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May 02, 2009

My Bonny Girls in their Bonny Bonnets

We Picture {this} (A Mamarazzi blog) has a really fun theme this month:  Hats

I'm a very humble contributor there and I'm personally challenged each month to post my best photos and put them up against the phenomenal talent of the other 24 contributors.  (You can contribute too!)

When I first learned of this month's theme, I knew exactly which hat I was going to have Maddy wear.  I've been wanting to put her in her Gotcha outfit one last time before she outgrows it. It was a big baggy dress back in 2006 when we adopted her but today that dress fits her more like a shirt and the hat almost doesn't fit at all.

The hat is so cute. She was wearing it the very first time we saw her beautiful face and that image is forever etched into my soul.

Here she is last week. Our Madeline Abigail and her sweet, sweet smile: 

Maddy's Gotcha Hat

Maddy picked these flowers because she thought they looked like the ones in her hat.  She has amazing attention to detail and I've come to respect her eye for art.    (Note to self:  post some of Maddy's recent art on the blog)

That sure is a pretty hat, Maddy!

She's watching her sister swing and has a beautiful peace about her.  She was so happy to be here with me even though most kids her age might prefer to leap to their feet and run off and swing too!  But I was able to steal this special moment with her and I'm so grateful because peaceful moments are few and far between around here.

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Maddy changed into play clothes and grabbed this old floppy hat and was so eager to be Mommy's model (again)!  At least for a minute or two!  I loved the way this one came out.   Usually, I straighten my photos but this one practically begged me not to.  

Then it was Gwen's turn for hat photos:

profile of a cutiepie       pretty girl with the backwards hat

This hat is fun for so many reasons.  I love the hot pink lining and the skull and crossbones -- with a big pink bow!?  Such a playful blend of many contrasting themes that seem to contradict each other but (strangely) work perfectly together.   A glorious mix!  Like our Gwen; Our Beautiful Mysterious Tomboy Princess!   

I think I relate to this so well because I was once so much like her.  I was a no-nonsense Army officer (later a cop) by day but just as emotionally comfortable in old denim, silk & antique lace most of the rest of the time.  I think she'll be like that when she's grown up.

Gwenny chillin' in the grass

Here she is chillin' in the grass.  She looks so comfortable --  about ready to fall asleep! 

I love the hole in the knee of her jeans that she got riding her roller skates.  Other parents buy jeans with fashionable holes already in them but my girl makes her own.  She fell so many times while she was learning to skate but just got up and wiped off the blood and kept going with a huge smile on her face!  This child is tough as nails! (unless you scold her -- then she just turns to jello).

Mom, this grass sure is soft!

We played in the grass for a while then she rolled over and gave me this incredibly beautiful smile!  Even though her hat is barely holding on, this is one of my all-time favorite "hat" photos!  

I love that I was able to capture the true sparkle of Gwen's personality here.  This is our girl!  Isn't she amazing?  How blessed I am to have such an amazing family to love and laugh with!

Please tell me which one of these photos you like the best. 

I'm allowed to enter just one photo in the I faces contest this week and this week's theme is, ironically, also "hats".  I just can't decide which photo to enter!  I've been participating in this contest for months and never even received so much as honorable mention.  I think I'm choosing the wrong photos to enter!  Please let me know which one you like best and that will be the one I'll enter tomorrow night.  :)

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