Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

Olivia's 2nd Christmas! Oh what a difference a year can make!

Someone opened her own gifts this year (almost) all by herself.

I think the pink convertible was her favorite - and daddy picked it out!

She was pretty pleased with this one, too - a gift from her great-grandma.

There were a few gifts she liked so much - she simply wasn't interested in the next package.

Love those toes!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Signing Off...

Friday we went in to our agency's office to sign our "Letter of Seeking Confirmation" for Cora. It was a beautiful document. I wish they would have sent an extra copy for us to keep! We also completed additional paperwork for immigration, and we hope to receive approval for it soon! (And by "soon" I mean sooner than the anticipated 1 month wait! In fact, I think that would make a very nice Christmas gift. Don't you?)

Of course we're anxious to move on to the next set of approvals, but receiving our LOA is a huge milestone, and I'm so grateful that we've reached this point in the process. Just a few more steps to go!

Brendan was thrilled that I brought the camera to document this.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


It's official. We received our LOA today. We are so excited - what else can we say? One big step closer to bringing this cutie-pie home!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

she's ready...

Olivia's passport is here.

Now where are the rest of those official documents?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meet Cora Abigail Barrette!

Our newest daughter. A little Barrette! We are thrilled to see the face we have been waiting so long to see.

So who is this little one?
We know she's one year old. We know she's quiet. We know she patiently waits for food while other children eat. We know she's beautiful. (Don't you agree?) We know that we can't wait to meet her!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bad Blogger

Oh my. Olivia is 19 months old now, and I could just kick myself for not blogging past her first 2 months. I switched to a photo-sharing site then, which made it easier to upload pictures (and we do have some great pictures!) but I'm sad that I don't have much else "journaled" about her. So here goes...

She was an awesome baby - the best! Hardly fussed (at least not in public), just sat there and smiled. She got her first tooth the day after her 4 month "birthday." She had her first taste of "real food" at 7 months (if you consider cereal "real food") and has been a big fan ever since. She had the biggest, roundest, most adorable cheeks a baby could ever have. She crawled a little bit later than other children, but that was probably more my fault, because I didn't want to put her on the dirty floor. She took her first steps at 14 1/2 months old, and up until that time she was a very timid baby. Nothing stops her nor slows her down now! She does an excellent job of using her utensils. (The kids loves to eat! Especially milkshakes and cheese dip.) Her first word was "Mommy" and she was particular to pronounce it correctly. She squeals and dances whenever Daddy comes home - she adores him. She likes to help put on makeup, and learned pretty quickly how to unscrew the lids. (Yep - we've had several messes!)

She's beautiful - beyond words - and amazes me every day. I still cannot believe she's mine.

One Month

Two Months

Three Months

Four Months

Five Months

Six Months

Seven Months

Eight Months

Nine Months

Ten Months

Eleven Months

Twelve Months (Almost!)

Cute Baby

Adorable Toddler

Precious girl. You are so loved.