Friday, January 7, 2011

Hope's Holiday

So I'm still battling this bug. I can't decide if I'm still sick or sick again - I vaguely remember feeling sorta OK a day or two here and there. Then again my head is so stuffed that I'm not sure if I've had a clear thought since Christmas.

What else is new.

I thought I'd share some photos from Christmas ...

As we headed off to Brooklyn I asked Hope what the traffic would be like.

At my brother's house she tried on her new coat. She'll be appearing as Huggy Bear The Pimp in the Nick Jr. remake of Starsky and Hutch.

Daddy is explaining the fine art of wind-up toys.

She loves her Elmo phone.

Christmas morning concert.

I think she looks happy. She's responding to a call on her Winnie The Pooh fire engine.

Hope changed so she could respond to calls in fancier neighborhoods.

Two of our favorite people - Elmo and Anngelica. Anngelica is engaged to my DIL's brother. She is usually called Geli but on Christmas Day, in an attempt to say Aunt Anngelica, she has now been dubbed AnnaGelica. AnnaGelica is an actress. She has been on Broadway and has appeared in the lead roles of several road companies. This spring she'll be in Miss Saigon in Philadelphia.

AnnaGelica knows how to have fun.

Washing our hands demo with the aid of the talking kitchen.

So that's a bit of Christmas with Hope. I'm going to try and visit everyone over the weekend.



Jay said...

Dang babe. You need to get rid of that bug! Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Linda said...

Hope you get rid of that nasty bug soon. I always enjoy pictures of Hope and your comments.

Jay Simser said...

I love the pictures and I am sending healing thoughts your way. I want you well and blogging. I need my Forks "fix" often. Give Hope a Hug.. and yourself one also. j

Knight said...

Sounds like you need some steroids!

Hope's new coat is amazing. She will be the hippest pimp on the block. Did you get her a matching leopard print gun?

Every time you post pictures of your son I get lost for several minutes in fantasy land. I probably shouldn't tell you that though.

Mike said...

It's been a few years since we've had that many kids toys under the tree.

Akelamalu said...

Aw Hope looks to be having so much fun!

Hope you're feeling better soon Dianne. Happy New Year to you. x

Robin said...

My kid's got that same bug. Blech.

Sounds like Hope had a terrific Christmas. Everyone needs an AnnaGelica in their life :).

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Robin said...

PS Feel better soon!

ellen abbott said...

she is such a cutie!

Lynilu said...

She is one adorable little girl!

As for you being sick .... I have had several friends who have really struggled with whatever is going around. It seems to be a "hanger-on-er" for certain. I hope you can be free of hanging soon. :)

Reb said...

I am sorry that you are still sick. I hope it passes soon. Photos of Hope are adorable ;)

Hilary said...

She just gets cuter and cuter. At first glance the purse in the top photo looked like Hope's angel wing. She could easily be the Littlest Angel.

Quit being sick! Take care of yourself and please feel better soon.

Tracy said...

Oh my goodness Dianne, Is she a precious little one. You can tell she has personality plus becuase it is written all over her face. What a cutie!!! Shw looks like one to wrap up and take home.

I'm sorry to hear you still aren't feeling well. That is not a fun happening to endure. I could send you Angel-Kitty! She'll cuddle up with you :)

Jackie said...

Hurry up and get rid of that cruddy illness would you?!

Hope looks gorgeous as usual. And I think DIL's brother is onto a winner, AnnaGelica sounds like a fabulous woman.

ds said...

Like Hilary, I thought Hope was wearing her angel wings in the first pic. With or without them, she's still an angel--and growing up so fast!

Please get well soon.

Jinksy said...

Lovely photos - pity about the bugs! May they soon depart for good...

DJan said...

Well, from all these comments you must be realizing how indispensable you are to many of your blogging friends. Get well soon, and share as many pictures of Hope as you feel like it. She is so beautiful!

jabblog said...

Christmas with little ones is great fun - and exhausting! I hope you'll soon be fighting fit again. Nasty winter bugs hand around a long time.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm glad you were well enuff to take some Hope pix over the Holiday! Get all better soon.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I am so happy this beautiful child came into the world to delight heaven and earth!

I am sending a good, tight hug.


Kay Dennison said...

Sorry you're still ailing. I still have remnants of the er . . . ah . . . crap (foregoing a cuss word) I had so I feel your pain.

Looks like Santa thoroughly spoiled Hope and she had a grand time!!!!!

Get well -- dang it!!!!!

Dianne said...

jay - I know!! I'm getting sick of myself already

linda - I'm glad you enjoy the photos, thanks :)

jay s - thanks for the hug, I needed one

knight - you can tell me anything ;)
I played one of your singing videos for Jeffrey and he said you were 'soulful' and 'freakin' gorgeous'

mike - I am enjoying reliving childhood things with Hope :)

akelamalu - thanks lady :)

robin - I'm sorry the kids are sick, this flu sucks and appears to be quite resilient
take care that you don't get sick as well

ellen - thank you :)

Dianne said...

lynilu - it is really hanging on!! and I'm getting so sick of it

reb - thanks :)

hilary - my giant bag of tricks thrown on the floor ;)

tracy - Hope does have quite a personaility, she amuses me endlessly and tugs at my heart all the time
my kitties are annoyed with me, apparently I'm sleeping too much and getting in the way of their usual antics

jackie - AnnaGelica is rainbows and unicorns - that's how my brother describes her :)

ds - she is growing up fast. sometimes she appears to change overnight!!

jinksy - thanks so much :)

DJan - I appreciate all of you so much!! thanks :)

jabblog - this is the nastiest bug of all!

sallie - I take pics of her all the time, it's a joy
thanks :)

pagan - she is a delight, thanks!! and thanks for the hug

kay - she did get lots of toys, mostly Elmo related
it was sweet though, she kept giving her presents to other people and clapping :)

Linda Reeder said...

Sure hope you can shake that bug soon. My son has been battling a persistent case of something too.

Looks like Hope made a haul at Christmas, and I'll bet watching her was all the entertainment all the big people needed.

Ron said...

Okay, first I have to say the shot of Hope in that coat is BEYOND brilliant....

"She'll be appearing as Huggy Bear The Pimp in the Nick Jr. remake of Starsky and Hutch."

Bwhahahahahahahaha! That CRACKED ME UP!!!!!

Oh, she gets more adorable as time goes by! Love her little fancy dress. It's stunning!

And thank you for sharing about Anngelica being an actress, because I found that so exciting! I will look for her in the cast of Miss Siagon when it comes here to Philly in the Spring!!!

Hope you're feeling better soon, dear lady!

(((( Dianne ))))

Much X to you and the gang!

Cloudia said...

Thanks for sharing all the good fun!!

Aloha from Hawaii

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Grayquill said...

It is so sad that no one likes Hope - I have never seen such a deprived child. I think you need to double up your efforts in spoiling the child, I might add, it would be okay to give the child a little attention once in a while. In-spite of her obvious neglect, she looks surprisingly happy. I guess it speaks to the child’s ability to be flexible and do the best she can with her self focused caregivers.
Good job Grandma. :-)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

HOPE is growing up so fast...It is delightful to follow her on this lovely journey....She is sooo damn ADORABLE!!!! Love these pictures, my dear.

PLEASE, feel better very very soon, dear Dianne....I know it is no fun being sick!

Arkansas Patti said...

Are you sure you don't have a sinus infection? I had what I thought was a cold for weeks, saw the doc, found out it was a sinus infection, two days on antibiotics and was totally fine again. Be well soon.
Hope is hopelessly adorable.

Bob-kat said...

What great photos , I love the look of sheer joy on Hope's face. What a shame that adults cannot express such a raw emotion as well or often.

I hope you feel much better soon. The 'flu is an awful bug. *hugs*

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

Love those photos, Dianne! The top one is my favorite. Hope looks like a miniature 30 year-old, only shorter. :) And the caption with the new coat is priceless. LOLOLOL!

So sorry you're still sick. All that snow you've been getting must be bringing some germs with it.

Get better soon!

Scott Oglesby said...

Hope just gets more and more adorable every time I see her. And she has the most fashionable little people clothes, I’ve ever seen!

Anngelica is smoking hot!

Hope you get better soon hun!

Daryl said...

Oh I love AnnaGelica .. I had a Grammagusta

maryt/theteach said...

Christmas at your house looks like so much fun, Diane! :) Yes, and get weel soon...

Jim said...

Loved your pictures, Dianne! Hope is getting so grown up. Having a part in a play!!!!

We have a Sit-n-spin at our house, it was Karen's. Now KP plays with it but she can't make it go around by herself. How does Hope do on hers?

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Dianne, I hope you are over that bug! Thanks for sharing photos of Hope. I just love that kid! Hair to die for!

Raven said...

Christmas with Hope looks like it was wonderful. She's so darned cute!