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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Claire talking to herself.....

video

Well, Claire loves her old broken cell phone and has converstations wth herself often....I'm working on how to put video on my blog so please bear with me....I'll get better...enjoy!

Gretchen

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Yucky Day!

Well, we're stuck in today as Jesse has a stomach virus. I hope so much that Claire, Lance, and I don't get it!! Well, I finally was able to get Claire's hair out of her eyes and into pigtails! I'm so glad her hair is finally growing!! She looks like a little girl to me, not like the baby we picked up in China 10 months ago.....

Here she is doing her "I'm a little bumbelbee" song from Mommy and Me Gymnastics class. She loves it and all the little things they do there each week!


Well, I promise to post as soon as I get some new pictures! Jesse will be included in them also! Love, Gretchen

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Happy New Year!

Claire celebrated her 1st Chinese New Year yesterday at a wonderful celebration with all the other families with adopted Chinese children. Here she is with Margeaux, a little girl the same age as she. Claire just followed all the other Chinese girls around and Jesse went from room to room doing Chinese New Year crafts and had a blast.
Claire was in constant motion for 2 hours. We only have 1 still photo of her. Welcome to toddlerhood I guess!
Here are some of the older Chinese girls about to perform their Chinese dance routine. Grace (the one on her knees in the center) is our neighbor and goes to school with Jesse.
Here are some of the younger girls about to dance as well. They were all so cute! And cold I bet!

Sorry I don't have more pictures of Claire in her traditional Chinese dress, but she simply wouldn't stand still. Lance and I will put her in it again soon an try again. I will post again soon!

Love, Gretchen

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Keeping Busy...

Claire continuing to love her new tea set and table and chairs she received for Christmas. She's always pretending to pour and serve us all!
Claire waiting on Mommy to put her down for her nap! She loves her baby, who we also call Claire!
Jesse, Claire, and their cousin Keri at a Lady Tigers game. Go Tigers!!
Cousins hand in hand after the game.....Claire is still playing with those pom poms!
Well, everyone is finally well in the Hollingsworth household, so we hope you all are having a fabulous January!
Love, Gretch

Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Well, the year has gotten off to a rolling start with Claire in Mommy and Me Gymnastics. She has only had 2 classes but is having a blast! Her little friend also from China, Lily Grace, is in the class also!! If Claire rolled once, she rolled fifty times!

Jesse had a sleepover with his cousins on New Year's Eve! Here Peyton, Alice, Jesse, and Claire were all making cookies with their choice of sprinkles!!
Tasting the finished product! Claire especially enjoyed all the extra sugar she never gets to have!!! The kids had a blast, shot fireworks, made their own pizzas, and stayed up til 11:30! Happy New Year!!Love, Gretchen