Thursday, January 22, 2009

Splish Splash...

Marilyn loves taking a bath,
and her great big smile shows it!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Marilyn's First Big Girl Haircut!

Last weekend, we traveled to Nashville to visit Hunter's family. We had a great time and a wonderful trip. While in Nashville, Marilyn had the opportunity to have her very first big girl haircut! It was extra special because we were able to invite Grandpa Don & Grandma Jane along for the fun. We went to a place called Snip -Its, which specializes in kids haircuts. Marilyn was a bit squirmy but the stylist did an excellent job, and Marilyn ended up with a cute swing bob, extra stylish and perfect with her glasses.

The before shot... nearly a mullet.

Grandpa Don captured the event on tape for us.

Marilyn & Grandma Jane

All Done!

Uncle Chris (Hunter's brother) and soon-to-be Aunt Abbey reading with Marilyn.

You may have noticed Marilyn's new red glasses as well as her new hairdo. The red ones are a temporary pair while her pink ones are being fitted for new lenses. They are a little bit big, and I swear she looks just like one of her little people. But at least she can see!

Marilyn and Grandaddy Robert reading two of her very favorite books: Peek-a Who? and Brown Bear.

A cute new hairdo and an extra special trip to Nashville.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Brenton Family Christmas

Kate & Brett have safely returned from their East Coast visit, and now that they are back... here are some of Brett's pictures from our Brenton Family Christmas. Brett told me that over the past three weeks he has taken nearly 1000 pictures. Whew, I can hardly remember to get out the camera let alone take such great shots! Thanks Brett for the pictures and for saving the day for your camera-less Sister-in-Law, AGAIN!

Grandma & Marilyn

Marilyn and her Brenton footies.
(We each get a pair at Christmas from Grandma)

Too cute!
With so many colors, they will match all her clothes!

Marilyn and her 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Doll. Grandpa & Grandma used to buy these same dolls for Kate & I when we were little. How special that they can now do the same for Marilyn. She already has our pre-loved babies to play with. Of course I kept both mine and Kate's for future enjoyment.

Grandpa or Santa?
At our house, they are ONE in the SAME!

Oh, Goodness, what could it be???

It's ELMO!! I have never encountered such a "real" toy. Marilyn surely enjoys Elmo's stories and interaction, but my personal favorite is when he encourages us to DANCE! Thankfully no pictures of that!

Great Grandpa-pa

Kate received some books on traveling the world...
go figure!

Great-Grandma & Marilyn

Brett looking much too excited for running shoes!

And this is my favorite present of all! For those of you who know my Uncle Greg (dad's brother), you know that he is very clever when coming up with a gift. Beyond Elmo, he thought Marilyn should have her own dog toys, since she is so keen on playing with our dog toys and every other dog toy she can find, so he found her some of her own! They are too cute, and she plays with them

However, the best part is that our dogs cannot figure out if they are toys for them or for Marilyn, and they are too afraid to play with her. She throws the toys and the squeak, which thrills the dogs, but they are too afraid they will get in trouble for chewing on her toys to play with them. (We had to perform emergency plastic surgery to a little person who lost her hand in the teeth of Spud.) I get such a kick out of watching her throw the "dog" toys to our dogs who are terrified to play with them. hahahaha, Life is funny when your little one thinks everything is a toy!

But that's what makes this life so great!