Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Day of School!

Today was the girl's first day of Jr. Kindergarten!!! They were both very excited. They couldn't wait to see their teachers and their friends. We went for meet and greet on Friday and they were able to see their new classroom! Lucy has talked about her locker ever since. She can't believe she has a locker. She is sharing it with Kit but it is a locker instead of a cubby. As we were getting ready to leave she ran upstairs to grab a sweater. It was very warm outside and there was really no need for a sweater. That is except to hang it up in your new locker when you got to school. Kit was all smiles and hugged her teachers when we walked in. She gave me an extra tight hug when I left and told me she would miss me. Lucy gave me a kiss and ran away to go socialize with all of her classmates! They will start out going three half days and one full day. I am going to miss my girls. I have one more year before they will be going five full days - so I will enjoy this year with them!!

Waiting to go in!

Right in front of their locker!

Loving their new teachers!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kit's Birthday Party

We had a little birthday party for Kit with some of her friends from school this past Friday. It was a beautiful day and we were able to have the party outside. Kit wanted a tea party so that is what we had. We made a few crafts, played a few games and blew lots of bubbles!! The girls were all sweet and seemed to have a fun time. It was a bit hectic trying to keep ten little girls busy and happy - so I don't have lots of pictures. It doesn't matter though because I will always remember how much fun Kit had!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Very Special Day For Kit!

Hey I want to tell you something!

Today there is a special little girl who is not one...

Or Two


Or even four!

Today that sweet girl is......


And could not be any more excited about it!!!!

I woke up very early this morning to the sound of little feet running towards my bed and then I heard one of the sweetest voices I know yell, "It's my birthday today!!!!!" Kit hopped into bed with me and asked me to sing her Happy Birthday!! I did just that. Not long after, we heard another sweet voice coming from Lucy's bedroom singing Happy Birthday to Kit!!! Not a bad way to start the day:)!

We went downstairs and Kit opened a few presents that had been delivered to her. She was so excited!

She especially loved the Hello Kitty mirror that Mimi and Pa Pa sent her with a special note inside when you open it- the note says, "Hi Beautiful!" Love - Mimi and Pa Pa. I can't tell you how many times she opened and closed her new mirror. Each time her grin was bigger than the last!

Lucy loved celebrating with Kit. She was a great sport all day and let the day belong to her sister!

I had asked Kit what she wanted to do for her birthday and she told me she wanted me to paint her nails. We decided it would be more fun to go and get a mani/pedi!! The girls loved it and Kit seemed to be in heaven!

Showing each other their polish!

We waited for Baba to get home and then Kit opened her gifts. She loved her Hello Kitty purse from Lucy and all the Hello Kitty accessories inside!

She loved everything and must have thanked us a million times!

She was thrilled to receive the bowling set she put on her list! I think the pins are as big as she is!

We then went out for a nice dinner to the restaurant of her choice!!! It was a good choice indeed. She was the only five year old celebrating a birthday there. As a matter of fact she was the only five year old in the restaurant!! She told everyone there it was her birthday!

We came home to have the cake she had been waiting for. Guess what kind of cake it was - Well Hello Kitty of course!!! If you can't tell Kit LOVES Hello Kitty!!!! She saw a cake like this months ago at the grocery store and has talked about it ever since.

The most beautiful cake a five year old

Hello Kitty fan has ever seen!!!

She blew out the candles and made a wish!

She received lots of phone calls with Birthday wishes today. With each one she had a grin from ear to ear!

We were just about finished with the festivities when her good buddy showed up!

A birthday wouldn't be complete without a visit from Lovey!

Look what he brought Kit - A mini stuffed Lovey!!!! She loved it and is sleeping soundly with him (the toy) in her arms right now!

Today was a special day not only for Kit but for all of us! It was a year ago this week that we found out we would be adopting Kit. It was a few days before her Birthday that we received the approval from China to complete the adoption. I was sad that we wouldn't be spending her fourth Birthday with her. We were able to send her a birthday cake, a photo album with our pictures, some little gifts and notes telling her just how happy we were that she was soon to be our daughter. I was happy we could do that for her. I knew the next year she would be with us and we could celebrate together.

What I didn't know then was what a special little girl would be joining our family. Miss Kit has had quite the year and has transitioned so well! She has mastered the English language, she has done so well at school, she has learned how to swim, and to spell and to write. She is fearless and she is sweet. She is stubborn and she is kind. At times she is shy and at other times she can captivate a room! She loves to give and receive hugs and kisses. She loves to rub my face and back. She loves to give me a shoulder rub and she loves to tickle me until I laugh out loud. She loves to be silly and at times she can be so serious. She is independent yet loves to be right next to me. She loves to help me in the kitchen and she is the best laundry folder I have ever seen!! She loves her sister and tells her often. She gets giddy when her Dad walks through the door each day after work. Every night when I tuck her in she tells me that she loves that I am her Mama. Even on days when I am probably not so fun to be with. She has a laugh that could make the crankiest person crack a smile. She has a big heart and a sweet disposition! Every day I am amazed at how far she has come in nine months time. What I am more amazed by is how much I love this little peanut. I can't remember days without her. She has been a true blessing! Today on her Birthday (the day that she has been counting down to for months) as she told me all day, "I so lucky Mama" I just hugged her tight and told her how lucky we are to have her in our lives!!!!!

Happy Birthday sweet Kit ~We love you to the moon and Back!!!!

May you be as happy for the rest of your life as you were today!!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Trip Down Memory Lane

The girls and I just returned from Michigan. We spent the week with my two oldest and dearest friends along with their families. Peggy, Mary Ann and I have been friends since we were six years old. We have remained friends for all these - and that is more years than I care to mention :) Peggy's family always vacationed in Michigan. When we were 12 Mary Ann and I were invited to join her family on vacation. We continued this tradition through college. I have the fondest memories of my time in Michigan with Peggy and Mary Annn. We still laugh about the times we spent there.

This year Mary Ann and her family were going back for a visit. Peggy was stayng with her family who has continued vacationing there all these years. Peggy was kind enough to invite the girls and myself to join them. Needless to say we had a wonderful time!!! Peggy and Mary Ann have 9 children between them. Six of their kids were with us and each one was sweeter than the next. They are all quite a bit older than Lucy and Kit but they kept the girls occupied every minute that we were together!! They doted on them and included them in everythng! The girls were in heaven!!!

My wish for Lucy and Kit is that they will be as fortnate as I have been and make wonderful friends who last a lifetime!!! Thanks Peggy and Mary Ann!!!!!

We kept busy while in Michigan!

We ate Ice Cream!

Played Putt Putt

Made lots of new friends!

Caught up with old friends!

Had wonderful dinners!

Laughed all day at the big kids!

Had a bon fire and made S'mores!

Watched the sun set over the lake

And spotted a crescent moon not much later!

The best part of all was.........

Being with four of my favorite girls in the world!!!!!!!