Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Father Daughter Dance

On the last Friday in January, Jake and Abigail went to the Girl Scouts Father Daughter Dance (see same event last year). And this year, Bryony was invited to a birthday party the same night so I had a rare evening to myself. Lost in the forest of first trimester fatigue and sickness, this was wonderful!



Another Nephew

Introducing my third nephew - Parker Jack, born on his due date of Jan 21st to my youngest sister, Alexandra, and her fiancé Chris. Gorgeous isn't he?

 
Alex & Chris were convinced he would be a boy and were right! He has helped to solidify the family theory that the grandsons are made in England, granddaughters here in the States, ha ha. All of us are more confident in our prediction that mini-Madonna #3 will be a girl now.

Into 2015

So, now I'm caught up into the start of 2015. January in Arizona is glorious:
 
neighbour's lemon tree that drops fruit into our yard too

Abigail doing homework outside



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Years Eve 2014

debuting my first maternity shirt at 15wks

New Years Eve dinner with the Maggiores

Hosting Madonna-Holland Christmas 2014


We hosted Christmas for Milly, Lance, Morgan, Vann and Grandma. It was wonderful!

Vann's 1st Christmas Dinner


Grandma's tradition


Santa filled stockings for all four of them

Christmas morning discovering them

Monster High, of course

for Abigail too



I am teaching them to toast with 'champagne'


stylish new jacket



Sedona for the day


Holiday Season 2014

milk & cookies in bed at nanna and grandads

JW Marriott gingerbread house display

school party

I donated the dishes from my wedding - they were looking beaten up

nanna bought me a new set for Christmas

nanna bought them tickets to this fabulous performance

Bryony turns 4

It's probably not a surprise that Bryony chose Disney's 'Frozen' as the theme for her 4th birthday party. In fact, I'm sure every 4yr old in America chose it last year. She invited tons of friends (too many as it turned out, it was a little hectic). but had a blast. Can't believe my 'baby' is FOUR!
 
I used flaked coconut for the snow

both grandmothers helping with the cupcakes

opening presents and cards


she even made a Frozen Build-a-Bear

Mini-Madonna #3

As mentioned before, we found out in October 2014 that we were expecting a mini-Madonna #3. Again. I suppose that made it mini-Madonna #4 (see Feb 2014 loss). We were thrilled. As per usual protocol, I quickly succumbed to ugly morning sickness, but it was all worth it when we got to the confirmation ultrasound and our bean had a healthy thumping heartbeat.

8w2d
Still, we waited until 14wks to announce and used our Christmas card to do so:
our Christmas card 2014