Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy Half Birthday!!

It's a Happy "Half" Birthday Celebration!
And look what we are giving away to celebrate AA's 2.5 birthday day - some of her favorite things!

We have a tradition in my family of giving a small gift on a child's "half" birthday. My younger sister was born exactly 7.5 years after I was, so on my birthday, she always got a gift to open too.
We have so much to celebrate as it has also been six months since meeting our newest daughter! We celebrated her Second birthday while in China.

Six Months Ago! We are amazed how long ago it was since we were in China (September 20, 2008) celebrating AA's second birthday. That's us in the back row, next to the last on right.... next to Ruth and Abigail).

As a celebration of AA turning 2.5 years (yes, I am going from saying "She's 29 months old" .... to 2.5 years old), we have a GIVEAWAY for one of your precious children. Even if you do not have a child, maybe you can think of someone to pass this gift on to or to pay it forward.

We purchased several items that AA just loves...
Elmo DVD and Elmo book;
Elmo undies;
Cookie Monster;
Her (and our) favorite sippy cup and forks & spoons (all disposable/reusable);
Socks with gripper soles;
Hair ties for pony tails!

Here's pictures of Alyzabeth at 2 years old .... We love seeing her grow, smile, laugh, giggle, run, talk (still babbling) and her kisses and hugs! She is so precious to us!
While in China, once she would let Baba near her, her first smiles were playing on the floor with a small covered container that was in the room.....

At her birthday party in Chongqing City, China, she retreated (as usual for her) away from any of the other families as I stayed close by....

Here's a picture from Sunday, March 15th - She will be 2.5 years old this week!!
The beautiful dress is a gift from Catherine at Catherine's Chatter. So cute! And perfect to wear as it was 80 degrees outside this past Sunday!

To get in the drawing, simply leave a comment with the name of who will get to use all these goodies (the child's name please!).

In one week, check back to see who won! Friday the 27th we will hold a random drawing!


Suzie said...

Wow! AA has changed so much in six months - from timid and scared to happy and smiling!! I've just loved watching the transformation.

Although my Maggie isn't home yet (LID 9/4/2006), I would love to be entered. My best friend has an 18 month old named Ria Marie that I absolutely adore! She is my stand in until Maggie gets here :o)

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

AA is sooo cute..
she is growing up sooo fast..
Can't believe it has been 6 months..
HAPPY 2.5 year birthday...
I would love to be entered..
Have a great day..

LaLa said...

She has grown so much *sniff* I know the time has flown for you guys..they grow up too fast!

I would love these goodies...Coby can use some of them and then I will have to pass the panties (likely not Annslee's size) and other girly goodies on to our friend's daughter Wendi (she just turned 3 and came home from China in Nov)

3D said...

She is flourishing! So cute!

I would share the gift between our god son Scott is MANIAC for all things Sesame Street and save some our baby girl, Daphne (who will God willing be here soon!).

What a wonderful tradition!

Keep smilin!

Heather J. said...

My son is 7 so he's a bit old for this stuff, but I'd love to give these goodies to my sister for her two boys. Her Johnny is 2.5 this month (just like AA!) and Hughie is 8 months. And the girly things would be split between the baby girls belonging to members of my book club (one is named Storia and the other will be born soon and they haven't announced her name yet).

Gail said...

Love your half bday tradition...we also did that in my family as I'm 18 mos. older(to the day) than my sister.

I'd love to enter for my son Will, he's 3 and 3months old and adores anything Elmo. I'd give the girly items to either my daughter or a friend. Happy half bday AA!

Brandi said...

I'd love to be entered in your contest. Our daughter, Kalia...18 months, will be home next month, so this would all be put to good use.

It's nice to see AA doing so well. There's been a huge transformation since she was placed with you 6 months ago.

Happy half-birthday, Alyzabeth!

Wendy said...

Happy Half Birthday!!! She is growing so quickly in just those 6 months! I would love to enter Catherine into the drawing. :o)

Kayce said...

Happy Happy Half Birthday AA!!! Celebrating the half's is almost better than celebrating the real deal! Have a great weekend you guys.

PIPO said...

Just swinging by to wish a happy half-birthday to AA. I love that tradition.

AA becomes even more stunning with each passing day.

Claire is just beginning to really come out of her shell more consistently and it is a beautiful thing to witness.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy six months home! And happy half-birthday, AA!

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

Happy Half Birthday AA... Alyson and Ford she is changing so much and is so beautiful you are very blessed..

I want to enter the give away because Elmo is a HUGE hit in our house. Sophia would love these goodies for sure.


RamblingMother said...

Happy 2.5 years AA and happy 6 months as a family!

redmaryjanes said...

Your daughter is just lovely.

I am signing up for Sophia Jane!

Briana's Mom said...

Happy Half Birthday sweet girl! She is so stunning!

(I got your square! Thank you sooo much!)

Jboo said...

Look at her -- she has really grown in such a short amount of time! Happy half birthday sweetie!


Donna said...

She has changed so much, the light in her eyes is so bright now! Love her longer hair, too. And, you know that Lainey would love to have those goodies :)

Lisa and Tate said...

What a difference 6 months have made in Alyzabeth! She was always so cute, but now she looks cute and HAPPY!

The little gal getting to use the stuff if we win will be Tate. Hopefully in a few days or weeks we will see her sweet face... I am next, finally!

bbmomof2boys said...

AA is so beautiful - I just love her eyes. Grippy socks - love them. Little T uses them because she's always running and we have a tile floor in the kitchen! Oh, and the Elmo undies - too cute!! We are potty training now so those would come in handy!



Don and Be said...

AA is just beautiful .... and she's got fine parents giving her lots of love to keep her that way.
Someone is going to clean up good with your giveaway. What a jazzy idea! Count us in!

where our love grows said...

She is soo pretty!! Happy Half Birthday AA! So many wonderful changes for all of you in just 6 months! She has the most beautiful smile; it just radiates happiness! :) Thank you for sharing her LOVE of Elmo with all of us too! My two girls adore all things Sesame Street! Jessa Li and Hollyn go around the house singing "La la la la Emo's worl" all day long! Cracks me up! hee hee! They would love the Elmo undies for sure! :)

Congratulations on 6 months home! Happy Celebrating! :)


Jay & Mary Beth said...

Happy 2.5 Alyzabeth. My wife and I were recently talking about getting some ELMO things. PLease put us in the drawing Jay & MB Hardy. LID 3.8.06 NEXT we hope.

Jen said...

You daughter is just beautiful. I have a girl and boy adopted from VN and they just turned two. Jeremy and Natalie would love all of the goodies in your giveaway!!!

Sue said...

AA is so beautiful, I love to follow your blg. We are adopting from China as well our agency is CHI. Our LID is 4-29-2006. We will name our daughter Jadyn Brooke

Vivian M said...

Wow I can't believe it has been 6 months already!

Love the giveaway, good luck to everyone!

T n' W said...

Those pictures seem like a lifetime ago.I'm missing China. Ready for a homeland tour already!

Sign Sophie up for the giveaway! She thinks Elmo is the bomb.

Kaylen said...

Happy half-birthday!!
Your daughter is beeeeeee-utiful!!! Congrats!!

If I won, I have two wee ones (not mine) who would love to share the prize package: Price and Amelia. :)

Happy UBP 09!

Dita said...

Happy 2.5, AA!!!! I remember like it was yesterday that beautiful cake and the party at the hotel in China. You are like a different little girl today!

I love all the goodies Mommy and Daddy assembled in honor of your half day!

Please enter us in your giveaway!

Sweet Pea (and my mommy, Dita)

Jacquie said...

I swear, Alyzabeth is blossoming into such a beauty.

What a great idea for the half-birthday! Lily would love to be entered.

Anna said...

My 17 month old daughter, Addison, is just figuring out who Elmo is and can now say "Elmo, Elmo!" It's just precious. She would love to win this fantastic giveaway!! (And so would her Mommy.) :o)

Happy half-birthday to Alyzabeth!

Kimberly said...

Happy half-birthday, Alyzabeth An!! She is just so beautiful. It is amazing how much our little ones change in 6 months. We have been home for 6 months, too-- i think we were in China at the same time to adopt our girls!

What a wonderful giveaway-- my little Anna Kathryn would love these things! Thanks.

FinsUp said...

Happy half-birthday to the lovely Alyzabeth! Your sweet smile brightens up my computer screen and I thank you for that. (Thank your parents for such an active blog, too!)

Fin's Mom!

p.s. If my post is drawn, please give the fab prize to the children's home. Our tiny condo will explode in a dramatic fashion if we add anything else.

Claire's Mom said...

Well you know I had to get in on this one. It was such a pleasure to meet all of you last month. Now that I have received my referral for Claire, the days until I finally get to hold her seem to be excruciatingly endless!! Claire will be 9 months on Sunday - hopefully in my arms before she turns 10 months :)

Give AA a big hug from me!! And I'm surprised it's a Cookie Monster stuffie :)

Amy said...

Happy 2.5 birthday!! Seeing your photo of the group in the lobby of the hotel brought back such wonderful memories! We adopted Vivian 1 year ago on April 13th and stayed at the same hotel. We have never met in person but feel like we have since we have chatted online and followed each other's journeys.
If I win I would like to give the prize to Claire as a welcome home gift. Deb has been through so much and she is so close to holding her little girl!

Thanks! Amy

Allie and Hannah said...

Happy 2nd birthday AA, you are such a beautiful girl! Alyson and Ford Happy 6 months with you little Angel AA!! It only gets better from here!!

Lots Hugs,

Sindy & Crew

Michaela said...

6 months already? Time flies when you're having fun!
My son used to love Elmo, too, but his favorite was da count.
I'd love to enter your give-a-way-
I know a special little girl who'd love to get her hands on all these goodies...).
Best wishes,
Orlando, FL

Ruby's Fairy Godmother said...

I have loved watching you get your referral, go to china and pick up that sweet baby and now see her 6 months later...amazing! So wonderful....I have been watching a lot of the adoption stories, because my cousins have a June 06 they are getting close to bring Cloe home! I would love to win this gift for our sweet baby!

Anonymous said...

What a nice (and generous!) idea. I am waiting for my daughter and would love to be entered for the give away.

LID 5/15/06

Laurie said...

What a neat idea...anyway - wonder who I would have to use these?