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Catching Up

I took the afternoon off to spend some one-to-one time with Anne. Ever since Caleb was born Faith and I have always expected her to be all grown up, and for the most part she's been very gracious about it. It was so nice to give her space to be herself, and not have to be Caleb's older sister.
I received an invitation to bring Anne for a special session with CBeeBies' Mister Maker, an art and craft programme on BBC for kids. I wasn't sure if she was familiar with the show. It was only then I discovered she had ditched Playhouse Disney a couple of weeks ago, and now exclusively watched CBeeBies. When she heard that we could go meet Mister Maker live, she pretty much went nuts and started counting down the days to the event.
When she finally did meet Mister Maker, she took a while to warm up.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/4954110715/" title="The kids with Mister Maker by Lucian Teo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/4954110715_e493823fbb.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="The kids with Mister Maker" class="img-center" /></a>
She put her usual diligence into the art project,
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/4954114117/" title="Anne hard at work by Lucian Teo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4954114117_54d95956c7.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Anne hard at work" class="img-center" /></a>
finally warmed up a little,
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/4954701592/" title="Anne trying on her &quot;Alien headband&quot; by Lucian Teo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4954701592_45e94cfe9c.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Anne trying on her &quot;Alien headband&quot;" class="img-center" /></a>
and it took a bit of coaxing, but she gathered up her awestruck self and went up to the stage for a photo with her favourite CBeeBies personality.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/4954109255/" title="Anne and Mister Maker by Lucian Teo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/4954109255_a0bfda03fd.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="Anne and Mister Maker" class="img-center" /></a>
You should have seen how long the smile lasted on her face.

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