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September 07, 2009

Gwens 4th Gotchaversary

This weekend marked the 4th anniversary of the day Gwenny stole our heart.  We call this our Gotchaversary because it's the anniversary of the day all of us "got" one another.  Not the most poetic name for such a special day but it is what it is and I'm fond of the warm tradition in the adoption community of calling it this so this is what we'll, affectionately, call it.

Wanna see our Gotcha video?  I'm so glad that I posted this on YouTube because, during the course of several computer upgrades over the years, this video seemed to disappear.  Does anyone know if you can download your uploaded videos from youtube?  Anyway, it's not the best resolution but it's sweet and charming and I promise it'll make you smile. 

Here's the face I can look at for hours.  I took this one just before nap today. 

Gwen seems oblivious to stress.  She just drifts happily through life with the same relaxed expression on her face.  I have SO much to learn from her!

Be sure to click on the photo to see the larger size because, thanks to a spectacular portrait lens and some of Mother Nature's most wonderful natural lighting, I think this particular photo is truly amazing. 

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Our new jacuzzi has a cover that leans against the fence for most of the summer.  Today, it served as the perfect backdrop for this photo shoot.

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I found a pretty flower for Gwen's hair and she was happy to pose with it and even performed a little hula dance!  Too bad this fancy camera doesn't have a video mode!

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We have so many friends who have waited all these years to add a much wanted child to their family and I'm always surprised at (and saddened by) how slowly the days pass during their wait.  But I look back at the same four years in our life and see nothing but blur of flying days.   Not sure how that can be possible!

Anyway, tonight, I'm making a favorite family meal and spending the evening snuggling with my girls and watching movies on the "big tv" in the family room.   It might sound weird but this weird recipe has been in our family for many years and it's really good.  It's our comfort food:  Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatos with Del Monte canned sweet peas and chunk light tuna.  I never mess with the brands and make it the same way every time.  Oh man, it's good!  I like mine with fresh ground pepper.


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