Thursday, September 30, 2010

Petite maman

I am struck by how fitting her name is: Annablle Rose...She is a pretty in pink little girl. We are trying to get as many pictures of her as possible to match the albums and albums we have for Yannik. Thanks to a tip from a friend, I also have blown up the earliest pictures we have of her.. those provided by the Baby house and have them proudly displayed. She now will have baby pictures as well!!! Thankfully we have a little girl who likes to pose....since we love to take pictures of her!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New members of the Oborn clan

Mimi (Annabelle's choice), Rover (Yannik's choice), Olga (Jocelyne's choice) and... Thor (need I explain to whom that one belongs!). The kids are beyond excited right now!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day at the Farm...

Our little country pumpkins

Just my size!

Ah.. maman.. can I have one...please?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our very own Pippi Longstocking!

It took a while.. and they are not yet very long... but here they are...Annabelle's first set of pigtails...a la Fiffi Brindacier/Pippi Longstocking!! She was rather pleased with this new look.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Today's new adventure

The bikes get bigger and bigger! Her new words of the weekend "A l'aide" - help - will probably come in handy!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Anna's first English word....

Our little polyglot continues to amaze us.. remnants of Russian, loads of French, a liten svenska.. and now English....Leave it to Sven. I sent him and the kids grocery shopping and Anna bursts into the house, shouting "Cookie" Cookie"!!! Now I am trying to convince her that it is a "biscuit" in French... but no, the kind lady behind the counter at the bakery offered her a "cookie"... and she is beyond thrilled to learn this new word! There is no way of changing her mind... She understand too well that if you say this SPECIAL word, they give you something soooo delicious to eat;0))

Here are the rascals...rather pleased with themselves...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A new grin!

For those of you who noticed Yannik's peculiar smile of late....he was anxiously waiting for his baby teeth to fall out. His new front teeth had come in while the others had yet to fall out and were overlapping. I just noticed that he is grimacing in some of the pictures lately, especially the one on his first day of school. That being said, I asked him to show off his new adult teeth. Tu es beau comme un coeur, Yannik!!!

Let's just say that Annabelle played a major role in how those two stubborn front baby teeth finally fell out ;0))) A good head butt does the trick everytime!!! Have never seen a sibling so happy to receive a blow in the face before. Annabelle was so happy with herself since Yannik gave her the biggest hug. I just have to make sure that she understand that she can't do that again!!!!She now thinks she was helping out.. and she did... but it's a one shot only deal ;0)))

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Memories from childhood....

When cleaning out Annabelle's closet last evening, I came across this little treasure, purchased way back.....while waiting for one littlest one. I had a very similar one growing up and couldn't pass it up - I think I got it at a yard sale. I had put it away after our first unsuccessful trip as it was too painful.... and forgot about it!

Knowing Annabelle's new fondness of jewels, I thought it would be a nice surprise. And it was... She is completely mesmerized by the ballerina. Perhaps we have some ballet lessons in the near future ;0)

Language update... The last remnants of Russian seem to be fading away. Ironically, Sven and I are sad to see the "da" (yes) be replaced by "oui". I have been working at improving her vocabulary and it seems to be working. She is repeating everything these days...I used to mark down every single word she learned.. now I have completely lost count.

In other news, our dear friends from Paris are currently in Petro, on day 2 of bonding with a beautiful little girl and no doubt, a future little friend to Annabelle!! Like us, it took a bit of patience.. did I just say " a bit"...??? ok... a whole lot of patience.. but they have just met the newest member of their family and we are simply overjoyed!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A serious little girl no longer....

Guess who is now the comedian in the family! Annabelle loves to tease. It's amazing to see how radiant she has become. She is a little girl full of laughter. I was struck by how I had described her as a serious little girl in our first post after meeting her!

In retrospect, perhaps we mistook saddeness for seriousness...

She radiates pure sunshine these days....A serious little longer!

PS - We found a "mate" for our bouncy Kazak appears that Annabelle enjoys this one as well!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Our first night out!!!

We finally took the plunge and took a little bit of time for ourselves... a big step...perhaps more for the parents than for little Anna. We came home to happy kids quietly reading with their new best friend, with huge grins on their face. Annabelle did great!!! and was just happy to see us...She had nodded her head when I told her we would be back in a few hours...She understood!!! This is such a big relief for us....She must begin to realize that we won't be leaving her behind.. she's stuck with us.. .and seems rather happy with the situation ;0)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Can I come too?

Back to school means that Annabelle loses her favorite playmate, big brother Yannik, for the day.. Don't worry... Annabelle, plenty of time to conspire together as of 2:15. The house does seem alot quieter without Yannik here right now...I can't wait to hear all about his first day as a first grader!!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My first barrette

My hair is finally thick enough to wear one of these things in my hair... My mom says it looks lovely....

This is me, trying to say "do I look too goofy in this?"

But then I finally came around and though...Yeah, I look good ;0))

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Papa & Anna

Nothing better on a hot and sticky day than lay in the pool with my Papa.