• Maddy in 2011

    We have had such a full year in 2011 and that is our only excuse for not updating this blog more often!  In addition to a trip to Hawaii during the summer, Madeleine also had her first taste of school with a preschool art class, potty trained, went on numerous hikes, moved to a new house and found out that she is soon going to be a big sister! It’s impossible to catch up with all this news in one post, but here is a look at Madeleine’s year in 2011 as we look forward to many new adventures in 2012.

    Outside the Denver Aquarium

    Looking at sharks in the aquarium

    Wearing her potty training crown

    Having fun at Akif's birthday party

    Playing with her toy kitchen

    Hugging Daddy

    Playing Animal parade

    Hiking with Daddy in Bear Creek

    Talking to Great-Grandma Leupp in Hawaii

    Playing in the sand on Ala Moana Beach

    Wearing sunglasses on the beach

    Walking to Waimea Falls

    Napping with Grandma in the condo on Maui

    Enjoying the sunset on the beach on Maui

    Climbing on the banyan tree in Lahaina

    Trying on hats with Daddy in Lahaina

    Hula Maddy!

    At the Alii Kula Lavender farm on Maui

    Visiting China Town in Honolulu

    Drinking from a coconut

    Relaxing on a dolphin watching trip

    "Hiking" with Grandpa

    Eating her first S'mores

    Watching Balloons take off

    Madeleine turns three!

    Getting ready to ride the train in Cripple Creek

    Twirling in the leaves

    Fun with moving boxes while we moved into our new house

    All dressed up for Halloween

    Playing in the leaves

    Playing tag with Mommy

    Funny dimple face!

    Making moustache faces with Daddy

    Choosing a Christmas tree

    Admiring the Christmas tree


    Hugging her new Build-a-bear, Giggles

    Snow angels

    Eating snow

  • Madeleine Ballerina

    Ever since receiving the book Angelina Ballerina for Christmas, Madeleine has been very interested in dancing and all things related to ballerinas!  She was also given a tutu for Christmas and I recently bought her a dress with an attached tutu and ballet shoes so she is now ready to dance.  Below are some pictures of her posing on the couch in her new ballet dress. We’ll see how long this phase lasts.

  • Christmas 2010

    This was the first year that Madeleine really looked forward to Christmas and enjoyed opening her gifts.  She especially liked opening her advent calendar every evening after dinner and playing with her nativity set.  We spent Christmas Eve with Katie’s family including her Grandma who was visiting from Hawaii and then saw Ben’s family on Christmas day.  Madeleine was thoroughly spoiled by everyone and is now worn out from playing with all her new toys including a little piano, a tent, a ballet tutu and leotard and a dollhouse.  We’re excited to see what the New Year holds for our family and to look forward to watching Madeleine continue to grow and learn!

    Madeleine, katie and Ben on Christmas Eve

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