What a difference a year makes!! Last year, on June 23, 2011, I brought home a frail, sad, overwhelmed little girl. Not only has she grown 6" and gained 6 lbs. since she's been home, but she has blossomed before my very eyes. She is no longer frail, smiles all the time, and finds humor where you might least expect it. She may still get a little overwhelmed, but it's no longer from landing in a strange country unexpectedly. Maybe its from all our adventures!! Ooops! I just can't help it -- I love spending time with my girl.
So here's the girl I met (photo on 6/14/2011):
And, here's our girl on our one year anniversary:
Yes, it's the same girl I fell in love with when we met on June 13, 2011. I just keep falling deeper and deeper in love!! Seriously, she's a joy to be around, and I miss her when she's not with me.
So, what are some of the things we've been up to -- since my last post on Halloween? I'll let the photos tell ...
We celebrated our 2nd Birthday!
Got acquainted with Santa -- well, maybe next year (now that she knows he brings gifts!!)
Spent some time being goofy.
Rang in the Year of the Dragon.
First Manicure :)
Riding a Tricycle -- Big Girl Hadley!!
Celebrated Easter with Family -- Hadley LOVES her Grandma and Poppy!!
First Yankee Game -- Thanks Aunt Liz!!
All dressed up for a Princess Birthday Party.
Transitioned to a Big Girl Bed!!
Visited the New York Aquarium and the Board Walk at Coney Island.