Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Black and White Wednesday - "Milana's face time"

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It seems like ages since Milana had a turn here. So today's the day.

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Milana has made some huge strides in the past 6 months. She continues to be a happy little girl but has really blossomed socially. Where she used to cling to my leg (like a velcro kid), she now is the belle of the ball. Whenever she sees someone she knows or even a new person when we're nearby - her HI and BYE cannot be missed. She lights up like a lightbulb, is loud and in your face and so funny.

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At school - she seems to be the center of attention. Everyone is crazy about her. She will not be ignored. In Sunday school she's been known to jump in a few laps without notice and almost always a male lap. (She definately likes the men - oh boy....we're in trouble. Can you say "flirt"?)

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And very musical. She comes home from school humming Strauss waltzes (I'm not kidding). In fact - she's always singing or babbling. She has her own language and seems to have very little use for English or French but for a few words. Yet there is constant communication.

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At the end of the service at church when I'm turning off my keyboard and packing up, Milana jumps up on the drum seat (and sometimes the drummers lap if he's still there) and starts drumming. And she's got rhythm. I have to bring my video camera and capture it - she's really something else.

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This little monkey has charm to spare.

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(It's black and white Wednesday - check out some great photography.)

Oh...and...ahem....had to throw in one of Dahlia from her b-day party the other day. She has make-up on but I'm a bit stunned that she looks 8 going on 18. Yikes - what have I done?
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Happy Wednesday !


Kayce said...

Beautiful! Your Milana and my Jenny could start a band...Jenny is constantly singing and picks up rhythms so quick and absolutely loves the violin. I just love your girls sweet smile and vibrant eyes! Happy Wednesday Wanda!

Eboix said...

That last photo is beautiful! lovely shots, you captured some great memories

Captivus said...

WOW! That first shot is AMAZING! Those eyes are so intense! Amazing images!

Tina Michelle said...

Those eyes. Oh my. She is gorgeous. Those photos are so beautiful!

Dita said...

Yes, Milana's eyes are, indeed, captivating. When I hear that she is blossoming it must warms my heart. I believe Milana will do all things in HER time and that charm of hers will get her out of lots of jams in life...not to mention those eyes!

She is growing up but when I look at those scrumptous hands and arms I am smiling because she still has a hint of baby chub left. Take a bite for me tomorrow, wouldja?

Dahlia.....well, you're up a creek baby....that girl can WORK it!

Finally....your new blog design is SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXBEALIDOCIOUS! I am loving every single detail! Congratulations on this new chapter!

As ever,
Dita and the Darlings

Alyson and Ford said...

She is so adorable! Frame these photos, they belong on the wall for all to see! Beautiful photos!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Raymonde said...

Happy Wednesday! My my they are beautiful! xxx

Beth P. said...

Your girls are gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous.

Buckeroomama said...

Wanda, these are so sharp, so beautiful!

...and I want to say that I love your new "look." =)

Maddy said...

Loving the new "look" around these parts! Very nice And the B&W scheme is sooo you ;o) Milana is adorable! Those eyes are just stunning! I'm so glad she's coming into her own!

Leanne Franson said...

Amazing eyes, the first shot is just porcelain gorgeous. Nice site makeover too.

And you are so right... Dahlia looks so mature in that makeup with her little girl body she reminds me of that Anne Rice vampire character who grew older but whose body remained that of the child she was when she changed from human... eerily gorgeous! :)

Anyways, you are quite the photographer.

shelley said...

love the make over.....your girls are adorable as usual.

DawnS said...

Beautiful new blog design and gorgeous (as always) pictures! Yes, I can definitely see what you are talking about with the Dahlia photo - I captured one of Rylee like that this week that kind of made me panic a little bit!

Marla said...

Oh my, I LOVE this new look! Isn't Rita awesome?

And your pretty girl is just too adorable. I bet you can never say no to that precious little face. :)

one son+one daughter='s our happy ever after said...

So gorgeous Wanda!!! Wish you lived closer so you could come take pics of my sweeties! Love the new blog too btw! xo

Our family said...

Wanda!!!! What a delightful post! Your Milana is blossoming and isn't it wonderful to witness?! How blessed we are with our girls. I am so happy for you.

Btw, Happy belated birthday to miss Dahlia! 8 years!!!! Hugs Wanda, I know how these years are so transitional. We want to hold them like they are our babies forever. And of course we will. As I tell my girls, "you will always be Mama's babies, even when you are 80!". We just have to think of new ways to scoop them in:)

Now I must say, HOW GORGEOUS is your blog?!!!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look. Ok, I adored the old look too, but I love changing my blog, so I know what a makeover does to the spirit every now and then! I LOVE it! Did I mention that?!!!!


Krista said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos of such a beautiful girl. Her eyes are just devine!

Ashley Sisk said...

You have such beautiful girls and I love this focus on Milana.

Gail said...

Milana is just precious Wanda, such beautiful eyes! I'm happy your little flower is blossoming...and a flirt! Mr. Will is a huge flirt btw. ;)

Gorgeous blog re-do my, love, love it!!!

hugs to you,


Life with Kaishon said...

She is such a little doll! What a fun shoot. Her eyes are gorgeous. WOW! And her big sister is a stunner. She really does look like she is going on 18. Can you even take it? How doe the years go by so quickly?

Love Letters To China said...

Your little one is so precious. I can see the twinkle in her eyes.

What in the world are we going to do when our girls get older....I don't think I'm ever going to let mine out of the house. ;-)

Love the blog re-do!


Michelle R Photography said...

Such a beautiful blogover, Wanda!! And the images of Milana are precious. She is so adorable!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Oh mama- you are in for it! Those are some stunning girls! I totally know what you mean about being 8 going on 18- sometimes they look so much older in certain shots & it can really take a mother back. Those photos are just GORGEOUS

the greek chinese connection said...

I love the new Wanda"ish" STUNNING!!!
The pictures of Milana are beautiful as is she.

luv u


Just Bits and Pieces said...

Gorgeous photos of your girl!!!! Happy Wednesday to you!

She Writes said...

Such sweet photos!

8! nooooo. ;)

Erika B said...

She is stunningly beautiful and what a pretty smile! It truly is amazing to watch their personalities come out. We've seen it twice but our youngest is the one that has changed the most.

Erika B

Valerie said...

Lady Wanda,

Everything you touch is infused with beauty, the new blog (fab), your amazing young ladies (both so beautiful).

I'm so happy Mlana is finding her self confidance and voice. My girl was slow to come out of her brother's shadow, but sometimes the loveliest flowers are the slowest to bloom.

I think the party idea is terrific and so creative.

I treat your blog like a buffet, when I come I fill up on everything and then go back for seconds.

Delicious and low in calories, but fills the soul.

Love Valerie

Ellie said...

yep, those eyes - WOW!

She sounds exactly like my Tia. former velcro baby - man/boy lover (even my 14 year olds friends get wooed!) needs to be the center of attention and the universe - and she sings!! okay maybe our girls were born for the show?? Milana is gorgeous and I'm pretty sure she knows it :)

Love all these photos!

xo ellie

Nicole said...

Your very first shot is absolutely AMAZING! How beautiful she is.

Mama Hen said...

Fabulous! Gorgeous! Beautiful! Adorable! Talented! Your girls are beautiful! I love the pictures peeking over the flower! Your blog looks amazing Wanda! I have been slacking with blogging lately because I have been letting my sadbness get the best of me. I am trying to perk up. Thank you for all of your kind comments always! :) I hope you are doing great my friend! Have a good weekend!

Mama Hen

Mahmee said...

Yikes is right! Don't let D grow up too fast!
Would love to see little M drumming. I'll watch for that one. Love the new blog look.

Adrienne said...

WOW! what beautiful pics of your girl! That last one is pretty shocking! she has such a mature look in her eyes. They grow too fast! Slow her down! :) I love the new look.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

OH WOW.... I am overcome by the beauty on your blog today..... LOVE LOVE LOVE the new bloggy makeover....Rita ROCKS! And your girls??? GORGEOUS!! The light on Milana is so pretty... it just accentuates her naturaly beauty. Well done my friend:)

Hope you are enjoying your weekend~



Mama Hen said...

Thank you for your kind comment and thinking of us Wanda. It has been tough. My daughter is so sad. She does not know what happened though. I have to say these pictures are so beautiful again! That last one is adorable! have a good week my friend!

Mama Hen