Today, Apple Hannah is telling a new story:
So, once upon a time there was a little girl and her name was Ella. Ella was seven. So, one day she went out to play. Then she knew it was the first day of happy new years. Then she saw a bird flying over her head. The bird was there because it was getting ready for spring. Ella then saw a seagull and it was there because it was almost springtime. She liked them very, very, very much. The end.
We are also giving a brief update. We drove to Humboldt County in Northern California to see Hannah's cousins Gracie and Collin (along with some other family members). On the way up, Hannah heard her name on KFOG. She was so excited, which really made my day since I recorded the special message as part of their annual 10@10 holiday card.
In Humboldt, we had a great day at the beach and in Ferndale with cousin Gracie. It was a brisk day to be sure, but so much fun. Hannah got some really lovely gifts including a beautiful handmade bracelet and light catcher. She also got a craft folder (homemade) from mama with some pages to color, blank music pages for her to write songs on, and a calendar to make. I "borrowed" the idea from the far craftier Nicola. Hannah loved it and it provided entertainment for the 5 hour drive home in the rain. She also got a nice set of markers, crayons, colored pencils and water colors (which helped with the drive home too). Hannah got a science kit and made some crystals in a test tube. She asked Santa for dolls (either Moxie Girlz, a Barbie/Ken getting married set from h-e-l-l, or a small stuffed Alice in Wonderland doll) and science stuff. She got the science kit and she also got two Moxie Girlz dolls AND the Alice doll. As a bonus, because she was willing to give away 6 dolls before Christmas for those who had no Barbie type dolls - she got a small stuffed Glinda doll and a Dorothy doll.
This week, I have been at work helping another attorney prepare documents for trial (page-line deposition designations and motions in limine). Hannah has been with her friend Rachel, and my dear friend Robin (and her husband, Greg). They have been lovely. Hannah and Rachel are doing a mini ice skating camp. Hannah had skated only one other time in her life, last March at Lake Tahoe. She is really enjoying the skating lessons and now wants to take ice skating (in addition to her ballet classes) and she also wants to play soccer (and piano).
Hannah returns to school next week (she needs to write a few more sentences by hand to practice her handwriting and spelling before then).
Below are some pictures of Hannah, Collin and Gracie. Best wishes for a warm and safe New Year and for much joy and love in 2011.