Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our First Christmas with Natalie

We chose the name Natalie because we think it is beautiful, but its meaning of Christmas Day is particularly fitting for this time of year.  Our first Christmas with Natalie was our best one ever.  Our long awaited daughter is the best gift we could ever receive.  Natalie astonishes us every day with her sweetness, intelligence and sense of humor.  The way she fits into our family so perfectly is phenomenal.

For a not quite 2 year old, Natalie was much more engaged in unwrapping and looking at presents than we thought she would be.
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The Asian-American Girl baby doll she received from our friend Carolyn was one of her favorite presents of all time.

"Hurry Auntie!! I'm ready to hold my baby."
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Natalie is a natural nurturer.
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Two proud Mamas!!
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Showing Baba her new baby
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Auntie brought Natalie a bunch of finger puppets from Boliva
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Raggedy Ann came from our dear cousin Marilyn
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When I was a child I was never very excited about gifts of clothes, but Natalie sure was.  She was so enthusiastic about her new slippers from her Grandmother that she had to try them on right away.
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They are now her very favorite thing to wear.
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She also got an adorable mermaid raincoat.  It's a little big, but Natalie will grow into it soon.
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Playing with Mama and Auntie.
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Natalie's report from the orphanage said she likes musical toys best and it still seems to be true.  Here she is playing with her piano from another of her other Grandmothers.  It wasn't really a Christmas present, but we made her wait until Christmas to open it.  She is really having fun with it.
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Natalie and Louie, her faithful sidekick
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Cousin A came to visit again.  We feel so lucky to have seen her 3 times in a week!  By the way, Natalie wasn't mad in this picture.  She was just very focused on her toy when Gary asked her to look up.
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Natalie asked her cousin to hold her new baby for awhile.
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Katie and our sweet cousin
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