Friday, February 27, 2009

announcements...


HEY! Listen up! I'VE GOT SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS TO MAKE!


First, just like my baby Elmo drinks real milk...


now I do, too! (here was my first taste) Bye-bye formula!


And second-- ask me how old I am, and even if I'm zooming out of the room, I'll letcha know...


Have a great weekend, everybody!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

birthday gift from birthmommy Megan...


I got a big birthday package in the mail today with my name on it! Hmmm... it's from my birthmommy Megan!


Wonder what's in it?


Well, is there ANY doubt AT ALL that my birthmommy Megan loves me?!? WOW!! Several outfits, pajamas, two pairs of cute sandals, a CUTE swimsuit with the matching coverup!, and a denim skirt-- I am READY for summer, folks! I'm gonna be the cutest thing out there! Thank you SOOO much, Megan!


And Grandma Bitner, I LOVE the lift-a-flap book you sent, too! We love you guys!

Oh, and while we're on the subject of gifts, wanna see what Daddy got for Mommy for Valentine's Day? She said it was THE most romantic gift ever...


a garbage disposal! YESSSSSSS!!!!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

starting early...

I've already started learning some of my catechism questions! Wanna hear?

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Monday, February 23, 2009

first walk...


Yesterday I put on my walking shoes so that Mommy & I could take our first walk together in the front yard! Holding Mommy's hand, I walked everywhere! It was so neat to have this soft, crunchy green stuff under my feet!


Can you tell I LOVED it!?


I only took a few falls...


and I even did some solo walking! Oh Mommy, I'm gonna love it out here.

p.s. Happy Birthday, Mamie! Can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks!
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

25 things at 12 months...

Well, I'm the last one in the family who has yet to share their 25 random things, so here goes...

1. I weigh 22 lbs 4 oz. (50-75th percentile for my age)
2. I am 29 1/4" tall. (50%)
3. My head is 18 1/2." (90-95%) This should come at no surprise since I'm a Corbett. :)
4. I have 12 teeth, and right now I'm getting at least two more!!
5. I sleep from 7:30pm- 6:45am.
6. I'm supposed to take 2 naps a day at my age, but with all this teething I've been switching it all up and keeping Mommy guessing.
7. I also find that pooping helps me get out of taking some naps, too. ha!


8. When my musical chair sings, "la la la la la!," I try to "sing" it back as loud as possible! (shown here)
9. I have figured out how to drain the bathtub AND flush the toilet, and I find that Mom & Dad don't seem to like me doing either one.
10. I have PERFECTED the "roar" sound of a tiger, and I have my own version of a cow "moo" and a doggie "ruff ruff ruff."
11. Words I'm working on saying right now: "ba" (ball), "nya nya" (banana), "ga" (God)
12. I am SO tired of people thinking I'm a boy in public, (even when I'm wearing pink!) and since my hair is long enough for a bow now, I'm finally starting to see that lessen.


13. At times (like after I've been wearing one of those bows) I've been known to look like Alfalfa. :)
14. I now spend more time walking than crawling, and each day I'm getting better at keeping my balance. I'm also picking up a little speed as well.
15. My favorite toys right now are books, balls, and anything that plays music, has buttons to push, or makes noise when I shake it.
16. So far, I refuse to do ANY baby sign language words that Mommy & Daddy have taught me. Instead I prefer to just say, "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA." It proves to be just as effective. :)
17. I WILL do a few other things with my hands (well, besides opening up cabinets, reaching into the toilet, picking up dirt off the floor to eat, etc.)-- I can wave, point, clap, high five, and pick my nose.


18. Some words to describe my overall personality: happy, outgoing, silly, strong, and energetic.
19. However, I sometimes choose to be the opposite around babysitters. :) Can you blame me?
20. I LOVE music. If I hear it, I'm probably dancing to it in some form or fashion.
21. I'm just about to make the big switch over to real milk! No more formula! Hooray!
22. Even though I'm not speaking it, I am understanding more language every day! For instance, when Mommy says, "Where's the ball?," I go find a ball, pick it up, and hold it up high!
23. When Mommy plays with me on the floor, alot of times I'll walk up to her and give her a big, sweet hug. I can tell she loves it.
24. Pretty soon I'm gonna sit facing forward in my car seat! (now that I'm a year AND over 20 pounds)
25. I thrive on my bedtime routine so much that many nights I don't cry a peep when it's time to go to bed.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

do-it-yourself marriage retreat...

I (Amy) came across this awhile back on another blog that I frequent, and tonight instead of turning on the tv, Marc and I thought it'd be fun and helpful to pull out some of these questions and start talking. Well, after talking for over an hour on only a few of the questions, (this is going to take SO long for us to get through!) we both feel SOOO refreshed with a deeper understanding of each other and how we're feeling at this point in our lives. In fact, we both looked at each other and said, "Why don't we do this ALL the time?"

So whether you've been married for one year or for fifty, I HIGHLY encourage you to take a look at this do-it-yourself marriage retreat. They suggest taking a 1-2 day retreat away from your home, work, & responsibilities, but we just decided to print out the questions and tackle a few at a time whenever we get the chance.

Hope this helps!

cardio with caroline...

Are you looking to lose those 10 pounds but just can't find the motivation to do it?

Well, look no further, because with MY cardio plan, you'll be dropping weight AND building muscle tone in no time! Come on and join in the fun!
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(there's definitely another potential future career here...)

Friday, February 20, 2009

one year ago today...


We signed the papers at the hospital.


We tearfully thanked Megan for allowing us the dream of being parents.


We exchanged gifts...


including special matching bracelets that had 3 flowers within one heart (symbolizing Megan, us, and this sweet baby girl).


Families were excited.


And families were united.


We soaked up our last few minutes at the hospital together, thanking God for His awesome plan...


And cried our way through a special adoption service for our families.


And then we took a special little girl home with us forever. :)
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

bubbles!...


When we got back home after dinner last night, I walked into the kitchen...


and Daddy was keeping the birthday celebration going with BUBBLES!


Huh! These things are neat!


I've never seen anything like it.
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remembering my texas roots...


To keep the birthday festivities going, we decided to honor my Texas roots last night and headed out to Texas Roadhouse for dinner!


Give me some grub, Y'ALL!


"Yee-haw! It's my birthday!"


See y'all back at the ranch!
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1st birthday...

We had all the ingredients for a great 1st birthday party today!


Streamers.


Outdoor decorations.


My Nanny & Papa.


Elmo cupcakes.


Elmo cake especially made by Nanny!


Elmo balloons.


Party hats.


And a Mommy & Daddy that adore me. Let's party!
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