Sunday, January 31, 2016

She's 12!

Katherine is 12 today. That doesn't quite seem possible, but it is.
My tiny baby girl is now a confident, responsible, talented young woman. She is also no longer happy to pose for pictures, so her birthday weekend has not included much photographic documentation.

When Kate was little, she had fun, themed parties that included invitations and decorations and a cake that I baked. She's over that now, so parties are a lot easier! She just wanted a couple of friends to spend the night. They went out for pizza and then came home to play Twister and bake a chocolate cake. Katherine assigned her friends jobs and then dared them to taste cocoa powder. (They did and were pretty grossed out!)
At 10:00 I told them it was time to stay in the basement and keep quiet. I didn't hear a thing from them until morning. Easiest slumber party ever!

Grandma and Grandpa came last night and we went out for Mexican food and then ate some more of the chocolate cake. Katherine, at this point, is pretty much at a loss as to what sort of gifts to ask for herself. She has few wants and likes experiences better than things. A ukulele was her only request this year and Granny and Poppy took care of that. We got her a nice tennis racket...

...and I gave her books that I had loved as a 12 year old. The Outsiders. The Diary of Anne Frank. To Kill a Mockingbird,  Book lover that she is, she was pleased.
Twelve years ago, we were waiting for our baby. We wondered if she had been born yet and where in China she might be, We wondered what she would look like, what she would be like. We wondered what it would be like to be parents. And now, twelve years later, we know. We know that this girl is amazing and that being her parents is an honor. I can't wait to see what the future brings.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ukulele Girl

Katherine turns 12 in a couple of weeks. Granny and Poppy are going to be gone on her birthday, so they gave Kate her gift early. She had to follow a series of clues around their house and finally found her present tucked into bed.
The reason for that big smile? A ukulele. Katherine discovered ukulele music this year and has been quite intrigued. She asked for a ukulele of her own for her birthday and Granny and Poppy carried through. She was one happy girl!

Granny and Poppy also sprang for a nice digital tuner and within 15 minutes Katherine had figured out how to tune  the instrument and was starting to pick out tunes,


This girl amazes me. It's clear that for Katherine, music is her language, her heart, and her soul.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Hike

The girls and I bundled up this morning and went for  a walk on the levee.
It was cold and clear and the sun sparking on the frost was glorious.

We walked and laughed and joked around.

There was no one around, but the birds were awake and calling. We saw hawks and herons, crows and jays and ducks swimming on the ice rimmed creek.


We wandered through the woods, stopping to admire ice patterns on frozen fallen trees.
We ended our hike by playing on a frozen puddle, sliding and skating and cracking the layers of ice.
It was a wonderful way to welcome a new year!

I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters

Sisters

Sisters
Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way