Sunday, October 31, 2010

Two Years Old!

Etta celebrated her 2nd B-day yesterday. She had a ball. It brought so much joy to see her surrounded by all these people who love her and she was soaking it up.

I pulled out a picture of her when we went to pick her up. It is amazing to see the transformation in the short 4 months we’ve been home. She is the happiest, most joyful little girl and can light up a room. She went from hardly putting weight on her legs to walking in just a short couple weeks home. Now she is running and starting to jump. She talks up a storm….can string 3 words together. She understands everything we say.

We’ve always felt she is wise beyond her years and she shows us that time and time again. She is secure. Confident. And extremely playful. I’ve said this before, but the best way to describe her personality is to say she sparkles.

Happy 2nd Birthday sweet girl!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Yes...she wanted it on :-)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Halloween Costume Preview
(if you knew who her brothers are dressing up as, it's an easy guess)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hair Puffs

A few people have asked how to do the hair style in the recent pics of Etta. I am a total beginner and still learning, but I'll show you how to start easy like me. A great resource is to check out Happy Girl Hair.

Here is how I did her “puffs.” For your first time, I’d start by parting a couple sections in the front of the hair. Use a fine tooth comb. Start by parting the front of the hair down the middle and doing two puffs on either side. Or, you could do one puff on top and 1 or 2 on either side. The key is to comb the hair into the section you want, then pull it tight with a small rubber band. Then you can add little clips if you want to accessorize.

And by the way, I think most kids cry a bit the first few times you do it, then they seem to realize it’s just part of what mom’s do! The key is to show them how cute it looks in the mirror :-)

Once you get good and have a little time, you can section the whole head (which I have not personally done yet) but this is what it looks like!