I have to say that I am grateful for this blog because it's a wonderful way for my family and friends to keep up with what Lexie and I are up to as well as how much she's changing and growing. I'm also grateful that I'll have something to share with Lexie when she's older and wonders when she was potty trained (still isn't so the final date is sometime in the future - hopefully before she goes to the prom) or what her first Halloween costume was or about when we first met in Kazakhstan. But I'm MOST thankful for this blog as a storage tool for my pictures. Unfortunately the computer Geeks and all my computer wizard friends couldn't find the 6 months of pictures my brother-in-law Jim accidentally deleted. He was only trying to help and I was sitting right there next to him when he did it but the end result is ALL my pictures from mid June through the end of Dec are gone. Yes that includes Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, the Fair, dance class and all the wonderful moments in between. My mom and sisters are gathering what they have for me and anything I might have sent on Yahoo is saved in my sent mail box (yahoo Yahoo!) and at least all the great ones that I put on the blog are preserved for all time but all the simple little smiles, multiple costume changes and silly little dances that I caught of Lexie will just have to be fond memories of mine alone. I know there are a lot of true tragedies in the world right now so I'm drying my foolish mommy tears and learning from my mistake. One ALWAYS back up my pictures as I down load them. I have had my little external hard drive sitting right next to my computer since I returned from Kaz (where I always back them up) with the intention of backing them all up but never getting to it. And TWO if I do delete something that I want to save, be it pictures or documents, immediately shut the computer down and take it to my nears computer geeks. I guess when you delete something from your computer you then write over the space you deleted them from. So if it happens to anyone else, don't try to fix it or download software from a website since you will be writing over what you want to save. Either buy the software now before you need it or better yet, shut down your computer and call for a police escort to get it to your closest computer expert without delay. And rest assured that everything will then be okay.
The good news is that Lexie is still as cute as ever and I have had my camera out taking more pictures to try to make up for the lost ones. I do hope to get some Christmas pictures from my sisters and Mom to share with you sometime. Lexie looked so cute in her dress and had such a ball Christmas morning. But until then I'll keep sharing pictures of the ever growing, funny, smart, silly and even more beautiful Miss Lexie Lou!
We made this PRETTY hat for one of our weekend projects. She thinks it's sooooo fabulous that she won't wear it yet. And who can blame her? I'm just glad she hasn't asked me to wear it out of the house. How could I say no to that sweet little face?
And here she is being silly and charming and trying to tell jokes. Just a few of her many tricks that she uses to try to delay me from saying "it's time to go to bed." You would think I was asking her to lay down on a bed of nails the way she resists getting into it.
These hats were given to Lexie by a good friend of mine and when I gave them to Lexie she was so excited she wanted to wear them to bed. When I told her she'd have to take the dark pink one off.....well you can see the results. She was sobbing (not crying but sobbing) so hard that I let her wear them while I changed her into her jammies but she first had to get pictures taken wearing both. I promise you will NOT see her on "Toddlers and Tiaras." This girl just loves hats.
And here's why she could never be a pageant queen (besides the fact that her mother is completely against that nonsense.) This too is a favorite look of hers - a shower cap. Who knew what a big forehead she had under all those bangs?