the long overdue pictures

Okay, we've already established that I am not the greatest sister-in-law. I am about to prove this further...

My sweet daughter is 5 years, 1 month and 5 days old today. That is a nice, creative way to say that I am 35 days late in posting these pictures. If it makes you feel any better, Annie Grook, I am some 200+ days late in posting Disneyland pictures, not to mention zillions of other pics, quotes and stories that I want to share. I really do have good intentions...and then, well, the road to an empty blog is paved with good intentions.

So on to the pictures...first up, Maggie's face of knowing delight as she showed off her birthday sweater. As she opened it, she nodded and said, "Annie Grook let ME pick the yarn this year. Oh yeah, AND the sweater!".

Here she is , getting comfy, telling us about something or other...

All settled in , and very happy with her new pink sweater!

Thank you, Annie Grook! She loves the sweater, and it's perfect. She'll wear it all the time, I'm sure. She is really happy that it looks nice with her Valentines socks from this year...oh, wait, that's another picture I'm late in posting. Dang it! Hey, Calvin has them on in the picture I posted right before this...does that count?

why cold weather can be enjoyed...or tolerated, at least

Honestly, I really don't like cold weather...and cold weather starts at about 65 degrees for me. But today I remembered one of my coping strategies...wool socks! They make all the difference. And when they are custom made for your feets by Annie Grook...well, if you haven't experienced it, you can't really understand it, but it's a very good thing.

By the way, in case you wondered, yes, it's very hard to get Calvin to stand still squished in between your knees for a picture like this. There is much whining, writhing and screaming involved.