Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chinese New Year and Other Winter Fun

In February we celebrated Chinese New Year with a bunch of other families who have children who were also adopted from China.  Below is Natalie doing crafts with some of the other kids.

We had a couple of decent snows last winter which equated to 8 days of school missed.

During brunch at the Purple Cow Natalie ran into an old friend.

Natalie taking care of her little stuffed Newfoundland dog, aptly named Seadog (she recently started calling him "Seed"...his nickname she says).  I love how caring she is to people and her little "babies".  Natalie made Seadog a comfy bed, covered him up and left out plenty of food and water for him.

Dancing down the hallway

Ready to go to the Chinese Lantern Festival at school.

We were fortunate that Natalie's teacher was so open to celebrating different holidays in the classroom.  For CNY we took mandarin oranges and red envelopes for each child.  We also read a couple of books about Chinese New Year.  For the lantern festival a couple of weeks later each child made a lantern and then we had a parade with one child dressed up as a dragon and the kids all walking on bubble wrap to simulate firecrackers.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday!!!!!

About 5 months ago Natalie turned 5.  Maybe someday I'll get back to keeping this blog caught up, but I doubt it.  My girl just keeps me too busy.

Natalie had her 5th birthday party at the Museum of Discovery again and like last year she chose to have a safari party. This year the animals she chose were an albino corn snake, a chinchilla, a black rabbit, an insect from Australia called a prickly stick, and I think the other animal was a lizard of some sort.

There were 20 children in Natalie's Pre-K class, but we didn't have space for all of them.  I let Natalie choose who to invite and she cracked me up by making her choices based on how the children behave in school.  Two children were eliminated because "they don't listen to the teacher".  Another was mean to other children.  Natalie is usually a rule follower and she wants others around her to do the same.

Everyone had a wonderful time.  Natalie was a very happy birthday girl!

Natalie is fascinated by snakes.  Her favorites are King snakes and Rattlesnakes.

Natalie wasn't scared to touch this big prickly stick.

Petting a chinchilla, the animal with the softest fur in the world.

Happy Birthday Precious Natalie!!

Natalie and a sweet friend check out the dinosaur bones.

One of Natalie's favorite friends. 
Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair.

Surprised face when she got one of her favorite gifts, a Sofia the First schoolhouse.

Wearing her birthday crown that she got at school.  She got special privileges all day, like being the line leader.

Natalie dressed up like the Fairy doll that she got for her birthday.

Modeling one of her birthday presents, an Elsa dress complete with an Elsa side braid
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