Friday, November 23, 2012

Our first Thanksgiving as a family: 11.22.12

Today was such a beautiful day in so many ways. My husband suggested we spend the day at the beach for Thanksgiving, so we packed up some lunch and headed over to Galveston. I'm not a fan of the sand and I didn't fancy the idea of having Galveston beach in my hair, but, man, did we have a perfect day! Gorgeous weather, quiet beach, cool sand, yummy lunch, and fun company with my hubby and baby.

It was Henry's first experience at the beach, so it was very interesting to watch him walk apprehensively on the wet sand...it was like he was walking on hot coal. His favorite part of the beach was naturally the water and he dragged daddy over to the sea about four times to get his feet—and eventually his lower body—wet. The boy loves water!! After demonstrating our lame sandcastle-building skills to our son, and over-doing the snapshots of our Thanksgiving experience, we brushed off the sand and packed up for home. We had planned on eating out for Thanksgiving dinner but we were all beat, so my husband cooked a lovely turkey-meatballs-with-pasta dish. Not quite the traditional turkey dinner, but there was nothing traditional about our day at the beach either. I will treasure this day forever: our first Thanksgiving as a family.

"Daddy, let me take care of this, okay?"
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I LOVE this picture so much
I'm going to enlarge it for our wall!
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Eating lunch and using daddy as his comfy chair
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Nibbling on sour cream and onion chip
(I just love how he holds it!)
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Probably asking for more chips here
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The little dude couldn't stop pulling my hair for this shot!
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Here it comes! Wee!!!
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Wet, wet, wet!
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The tiny size of my 20-year old beach towel
shows we are total rookies!
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A few finishing touches here and there
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Another one of my fave shots
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Henry ended up putting the "spade"
(spatula!) in his mouth!

Happy fate

Last Wednesday, our day started off with a bit of a kerfuffle of canceled events and failed plans. On a whim, I took Henry to the Galleria play area and recognized a lady and her two daughters from a blog I used to follow months ago (during our adoption wait). I always tell my husband that I have "super facial recognition power" (lol) but I didn't want to embarrass myself so I asked if her name was Lisa—and to be doubly sure—asked if she owned the blog Are We There Yet Len? When she said, "Yes!" I was so excited and explained that her daughter, Lucy, and my Henry were from the same orphanage!

They were in town from Chicago for a medical visit, and we had a lot to talk about, so we all had lunch together. I was just blown away at our chance meeting and couldn't stop thinking about Lisa and her girls that day. Henry and I had such a blast!

Posing for our first pic at the Galleria play area
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Enjoying some Chick-Fil-A lunch
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How adorable! Henry holding hands with the girls!
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Awwww!

We decided to set up another play date and met at Hermann Park's lovely playground yesterday (my "super recognition" skills went out of the window when my husband told me I'd been to this playground years ago, but I swore I've never seen it before!). I was fortunate to meet Lisa's husband and mom, and we all had a little picnic. Henry and I had so much fun, and we hope to someday meet again :).

Hanging out with our friends from Chicago
at Hermann Park
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"Dude, hurry up!"
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Enjoying a picnic in the park
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Something looks interesting?
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Lisa and me

Monday, October 22, 2012

Growing up and starting preschool

Mama was very sad last week because our little pumpkin started preschool two days a week for almost four hours per day. Henry was fine when I left him with his teacher and classmates but I cried like a baby all the way home. I then watched his every move from my laptop for about three hours and couldn't wait to pick him up before nap time.

As I watched our little boy from outside his classroom for about ten minutes, the teachers were preparing the kids for nap time and at one point, Henry tried to climb into another girl's nap mat! I silently laughed into my hands and thought, "Daddy would be proud." Then, he noticed me standing outside...and cried. I couldn't help but cry, too. He didn't know whether to inform a teacher of my presence or to walk directly over to me but he decided to run over to his mama. I quietly opened the door for him and we both sat on the carpet and hugged and cried until his teacher came out to talk to me: he cried on and off, didn't touch his yoghurt, loved outside time, and finished his lunch. Good first day :).

On Thursday, Henry said "no" as soon as we walked up to the school building and cried when we entered his classroom. He buried his head on my leg, which broke my heart but I had to stay strong and not linger around. From my home computer, I could tell he was very upset and somewhat detached. However, after very little interaction from our big guy he was suddenly up (from his comfortable position of rolling around the carpet) and DANCING to "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"! I was so relieved and extremely happy to have witnessed this! :D

Anyway, here are some photos of the month :). Chat soon.

Henry testing his new helmet
and "WeeRide" -- loved it!
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Henry with Miss M at OT (he finishes
his session at the end of this month)
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Loving the swing in the Sensory Room
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Checking out the view from his new school
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First day of class :(
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Watching NickJr while I'm cooking
but he looks like he's watching
a major football game, "Oooooh!"!
 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

September update and pics

Just a quickie as it's almost 1:00 am! Here are just a few photos from the professional photographer who took pictures at Henry's 2nd birthday party in the UK. The rest are recent images of our beautiful baby (click images to zoom). I can't express how much happiness he has brought us since he's been in our lives these last 7 months. We love him to bits! Henry will be going to daycare twice a week starting next month -- mama not happy :(.

Look, I'm really a gold medalist!
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Our party favors
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"Trading cards" of Henry
in the favors
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Our handsome boy: "So, where are the gifts?"
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Eat this, daddy
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We had just missed the rain
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Singing Happy Birthday to our happy boy
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Dismantling one of his birthday cupcakes
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Top of the world!
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Splish-splashing at our friends' pool
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Yo, mama!
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Oh dear, two rides were not enough
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Enjoying his occupational therapy (OT)
with Miss M
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"Playing" with Miss K in physical therapy
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First time I left Henry with Miss M at OT
(I'm watching from the lounge feeling a little left out)
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Yay! First pee-pee in potty! TMI?
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Not obvious here, but he's loving
the fountains at Discovery Green Park
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Goofing around with these joke specs!
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Wagon ride with (missing) Monty;
between us we were bitten 15 times by
those AWFUL mosquitoes!
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Doing an impression of an elephant
at the pediatric dentist's office (all good!)
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Taking pics of himself on my iPhone!!
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Dancing to "Call Me Maybe"
(my little guy is OBSESSED with this song!)
 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Celebrating Henry's 2nd Birthday

I can't believe my baby is now 2 years old! Since most of our family members still hadn't met Henry, we decided to celebrate his "first" birthday with our families in the UK. We flew in two days before the 2012 Summer Olympics started so his birthday theme naturally celebrated the Olympic spirit in a summer palette of buttercup "gold," blue and green. Of course, Henry was the "World Champion Giggler"!

Our families live about a hundred miles apart so we spent the first week in Manchester, and the second week in Hull (northwest and northeast of England, respectively). We enjoyed every single minute of our trip especially seeing family fussing over our precious boy...and this little social butterfly was soaking up all the attention.

The party was a success and I hope to share more pictures from the photographer. In the meantime, here are just a small handful of my 700+ images we took during our trip.

Enjoy.
xox

My 6-page invitation package; a little over-the-top
but I wanted something really special!
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Our very own Baby Olympian
at Houston Airport
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Taking a nap in his temporary car seat
after an 11-hour total flight (he was
such a great passenger!)
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Playing with his new cousins
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Meeting a real cat (Simba) for the first time
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Soaking mama at the Blue Planet Aquarium!
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More splish-splashing with daddy!
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Our hotel in Hull had no bath tubs so we bought
this cute thing at a local supermarket (he LOVED it!)
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Finding ways to entertain
our bundle of energy
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Henry is beginning to throw a tantrum
because Auntie Chelly won't
take him back on the escalator
(I told you not to go near it, sis!)
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Loving the straw and water!
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Trying to play soccer with his cousins
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This little guy loves the swings!
(And, so does Henry)
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Henry: "Wanna race, cuz?"
Amelia: "You talking to me?"
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Uh-oh. After 3 rides on Thomas at the Railway Museum
in York, Henry kept crying for more!
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Expressing how he's feeling at the
Railway Museum in York (he's
probably still thinking about Thomas).
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Henry wants to be as tall
as his 2 cousins
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Strolling around the Hull Marina
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Catching some British rays (we had great weather!)
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This is the real Gold Medalist in Training!
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Giving daddy some love at Queen's Gardens in Hull
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Birthday party and Opening (Gift)
Ceremony for the two-time Gold Medalist
(not sure how his cousin's medal
ended up around his neck)
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Our beautiful birthday boy
(probably admiring the 48 balloons
mama ordered for the party)
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Pooped. We had to purchase another bag
for all those birthday gifts!
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Celebrating his actual birthday
the day after the party
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Sharing a joke or two with his last cousin of the trip
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Back at home and acting goofy
(he actually placed the hat on his head!)