Thursday, June 23, 2011

One Year Ago Today Across The Ocean Far, Far Away...

We decided to start a new family tradition- every year we will re-live our incredible journey to bring home Sasha Jade by watching ourselves on the computer from this side of the ocean... one year later and one year wiser... Your comments are always welcome:

June 23, 2010
Today In Nanning

We are all getting to know Sasha Tian Tian and she is getting to know us. She screams in sheer delight when she sees JieJie and GeGe, even if they have only been away for a couple minutes. She has loyalty to her foster mother and sometimes she likes me, other times she calls me Aiyi (Auntie) and then we remind her I am Mama and she furrows her eyebrows...those eyebrows I have been staring at for I am happy to see them in person- even in a furrow...! But then she smiles a sly smile at me and laughs. 
Those eyebrows.....
I am thankful she had a loving foster mother and that she was so well prepared for her adoption. She came to use with over 100 photos, some clothing, many of the photo albums we sent to her over the past few months, and 3 backpacks. She likes to keep her "dongxi" (things) organized and near her bed. She likes to collect crackers and put some into her red backpack. We let her do whatever makes her feel secure.  I am thankful for the love and care she was given. Our friend Xi Xi is with us and she said she is adjusting the best she has seen. This is a strong remark since Xi Xi has facilitated adoptions for 10 years and has seen thousands of children. Tian Tian is constantly singing Chinese nursery rhymes in a tiny little voice. I mean constantly. It is so sweet. She learns very quickly when we sing to her, we have been singing the ABC's and she's catching on. She loves the elevator and you can hear her scream and laugh all through the hotel. She also loves any kind of thrill or any kind of funny or fast motion that I would have assumed she might be afraid of. She loves the escalator. She is a great sleeper and still naps every day for about an hour and a half. Today we went to the brand new Guangxi Minority Museum. Since we are in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Province, this is where the museum is located.
Big Sister/Little Sister stroller

We had dinner at the most beautiful restaurant 

Just what are these three conspiring about?

Walking around the streets of Nanning

Tian Tian needed a new pair of shoes...

Then she was ready to play!

Another wonderful day.... Wan An!

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Begin Home Study:
August 10, 2009
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August 19, 2009
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August 24, 2009
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October 5, 2009
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