Sunday, August 30, 2009

"I Feed The Ducks..."

One of Merrilee's favorite things to do now is go visit the pond at the nearby Woodlawn Cemetery.

The pond is filled with hundreds of geese and ducks. And, they're all VERY hungry.

So today, armed with FIVE loaves of bread, Merrilee had daddy take her there, so she could make sure the animals had a good meal.

By the time we left, their bellies were full.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Getting Caught Up...

We've been slacking off a bit in getting things posted in a timely fashion. But we have a few minutes tonight to get caught up.

First, thanks to Uncle Bart and Aunt Andrea for the wonderful birthday gifts. As you can see, Mrs. Potato Head is already a huge hit. Merrilee even wore out Bogart and Bacall trying to get them to play with her.

Next, some still photos from her friend Xavier's birthday party. Merrilee loved the "Jump Zone" and she loved the cupcakes too. Merrilee loves any party where there are lots of kids and yummy food. She's easy to please...

Finally, we all had a great time a couple of weekends ago when we went to Mr. Rob's and Ms. Susan's for a cookout. Merrilee really enjoyed the time there, and she loved playing with their dog, Biskit. (So did mommy...)

That's just a little look at what's been going on the last few weeks.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Birthday Party Fun

On Saturday, August 22, 2009, mommy took Merrilee to a birthday party. The party was for Merrilee's friend, Xavier Henry, who turned three.

The party was held at the Jump Zone in Columbia.

All of the kids had a great time! Merrilee loved all the bouncy toys, and she really loved flying down the sliding board.

Mommy shot some video...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gotcha Day Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Merrilee!

Happy Anniversary to our family!

It was one year ago today that we found ourselves in a non-descript government building in Wuhan, China, and a little girl named Pu Fu Na became our Merrilee.

Before our trip,. we had sent over a care package to Merrilee's orphanage. One of the things we included was a little stuffed bunny rabbit. That little bunny made it to Merrilee's foster family, and it was in her arms when she was handed to Beth. Merrilee slept with that bunny on the bus back to our hotel, and she still sleeps with it every night.

It has been a wonderful year. In December we traveled to Arkansas so that Merrilee could meet Beth's family. In June, we celebrated Merrilee's second birthday at Disney World. Merrilee has stayed relatively healthy. A few sniffles here and there, one nasty ear infection, and a small cyst that had to be surgically removed from her neck. She was almost completely potty trained before she turned two, but that continues to present some challenges.

She has a terrific appetite, enjoys the outdoors, loves music and books, and loves being around people. She is independent, and yes, at times, very stubborn.

We've gone trough the Wiggles, and Doodlebops, and are currently stuck in Elmo-land. She enjoys watching Ni Hao Kailan too!

Thank you all for following this blog and being so supportive. In the past year, Merrilee received so many wonderful gifts -- clothes, books, toys, blankets, dolls, stuffed animals, DVDs, special mementos...the list goes on and on. We have appreciated every gift, and Merrilee has enjoyed them all.

Here is Merrilee today, taken this morning before we got in the car for school. She is really growing fast.

One last note, congratulations to mommy, who last week, got promoted to Lt. Colonel!!! We are very proud of her, and her service to our country.