Today we went to Peter's Pirate Party at the park. Peter and Alexa have been classmates since last year. Here Alexa is getting ready to go on the treasure hunt. Peter's mom Jill arranged the kids into 3 groups ( this was a big Italian party) and each group had a map and the kids had to find the treasure box which was filled with goodies. Very fun!
No eye patch for this girl, I barley got her to wear the hat.
We found the treasure!
Alexa was the only girl from her class who came and she keeps right up with the boys step for step. No pushing this girl around! She had such a blast playing and it was nice for me to hang out with the other parents and chat and just watch the kids play.
Flying the kite ( it really flew). She ran around forever doing this ( it was only 100 degrees) and got a kick out of it although I'm not really sure if she new it was up and flying.
Running in the relay race together.
Collecting pine cones. This was the highlight of the fest. She was very into picking these off the ground and sort of became obsessed about keeping track of them.
With the Moon Princess. She must have been a "last minute princess" because her outfit says ASU student more than it says prepared Moon Princess.
Today we went to our FCC Autumn Moon Festival at the train park. We met our new friends Amy and James there. They are waiting for the referral of their daughter from China. We feel blessed that we have met such wonderful friends that live close by us and it will be so great when their daughter is here. We are so happy for them and it is exciting watching someone else's journey unfold. Alexa loves them and they are so sweet with her. It was a fun afternoon.
Today was picture day at school. I bribed Alexa with one Skittle to take these shots before we left in the morning. She now will not look at me or smile when I want her too so the Skittle bribe may be in place for a while. The good news is, only one Skittle does the trick!
Last year for pictures she cried and we never got any pictures so this year I decided to be with her at the school in case she freaked out again. Of course she was fine and did great ( other than not looking at the photographer or smiling) but I realized that I AM A STAGEMOM!! How embarrassing!!!! And...I couldn't even control myself even as I was telling myself " calm down, she's only 3 and it's not like this is for the cover of Seventeen magazine!" I'm crazy, I know it and it is only a matter of time before Alexa realizes it and tells me to stay far, far away from her school!! Heaven help me!
Yesterday we celebrated the Chinese Autumn Moon Festival. We hung up lanterns, ate moon cakes then went outside to look at the moon. We talked about the people who are far away and that we were thinking about them. Alexa said she was thinking about PohPoh and Papa and Skokie. I always think about Alexa's birthparents at this time and hope they too are looking at the moon thinking about our beautiful daughter.
Alexa has always been a morning girl ( unlike her mother) and loves to go outside. This morning she was showing her baby the sunrise over the fence. It was so cute. Robert ran and grabbed the camera and got these shots. She loves playing "Mommy" to all her babies and takes very good care of them. She is such a loving and sweet girl. : )
This is what we have had to resort to to keep folks away. ; ) Didn't stop the ignoramus clerk at Target today from asking " EITHER HER DAD IS ASIAN OR SHE WAS ADOPTED" " HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD HER?" Same amount of time you have had bad manners!
Alexa has had it with people coming up to us and now hides, squeals or growls even when she sees someone in the same isle as us. We have talked about it and I tell her that she does not have to talk to anyone she chooses not to but can't be rude or mean. I try and set the example by answering or not answering people in the fashion that they should be.
Our annual family photo on the first day of school.
With Peter, who is the sweetest boy. He put his arm around her for the photo and offered her his hand to walk into school.
With her friend Sarah before school started.
Alexa started school again today. She is in the 3's class. She is with several of her friends from last year but has a new teacher. She was a big girl this morning and didn't cry although she did cling a little bit while I was leaving. When I picked her up she looked happy and said that she had a fun day. Success!
Today is Robert's birthday and yesterday we baked him a cake. Alexa decorated it and put the candles on. She loves to bake so this was extra fun. Tonight we'll have crab legs and cake! Happy birthday honey...we love you!
I am a fortysomething mom of an amazing daughter that we adopted in 2006 from Hubei China. Alexa is 10 years old and lights up our lives everyday. I am married to my best friend, have 3 crazy dogs and love my life near the beach. We are soaking up life in CA in our new home and welcome you into our piece of paradise.