Thursday, 17 September 2015

Loves Camera

Maya had her first photo shoot for her modelling agency on Aug, 21, 2015. She certainly liked getting getting ready in hair and make up. I was sure to tell her this doesn't mean she'd be wearing make up everyday, not yet kid. She loved her hair curly. Isn't that always the way. She has beautiful straight long hair and she longs for curly hair. I have curly hair and long for straight hair.

Then Maya got out there and did it like a pro. She was a bit nervous at the beginning but soon started to have fun. The photographer was very happy. He barely had to guide her. The photos here are not the actual photos but behind the scenes. Maya eagerly awaited this day and went through the whole process without any complaints. It was a very nice studio and photographer's name was Anthony. He was fun to work with and Maya gave him a high five at the end of the shoot.  When she came out of the studio she was glowing and couldn't stop talking about it on the way home.  We were so proud of her that she did what she set out to do.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

First Haircut

We knew it was coming; the haircut day that is. When Maya was dropped back at the orphanage she came with long hair. That didn't last long though because soon the hair was cut very short, something she did not like at all. She fondly recalls how her mother had styled her hair in pony tails and pig tails but when she came back to the orphanage it was all cut off. They told her they'd cut it just a little bit but that was not the case. Not that she doesn't look good with short hair too, she does, it suits her well but cutting the hair is sort of like stripping her of who she was. So, we let the hair grow for the whole year and now it has doubled and more. It looks healthy and shiny and she's quite proud that it is so long again. On August 18th we took her for her first cut in Canada which was really a trim just to even out some of the length. Here is that monumental moment recorded just like any child's first haircut might be.


Thursday, 13 August 2015

From Youngest to Oldest

Here is our littlest one who is growing like a weed. He is so chunky already. Love it that he is starting to notice us and has moments when he is paying attention well and is even starting to smile. Will have to post a couple of pix of his cute smile soon too. He is almost three months now and we can't imagine him not being here. It's really something how a baby can grow on you so quickly, become a part of the family like they'd always been here. 

Next littlest is also growing and is becoming quite a handsome young man. He will be starting school in September, full time too. There go his days of careless play and fun though I'm sure he'll still get plenty of it at school just different kind. The two brothers are starting to bond more. The littlest one is noticing his big brother coming around and looks for him around the room. Soon they will have some fun of their own. 

Here is one smile, oh so precious, can't get enough of it. They're coming over for the weekend so I'll have get my fill of the both of them.  Also here is the middle one. She celebrated her first Gotcha Day as well as her first year home on July 31st. It's a special day indeed when she arrived to this new country she would call home. 

Grandpa gets time to hold the then two month old grandson. He was a little nervous in the beginning and didn't hold him too often but now he has more confidence that is until it comes time for a change of diaper then it's grandma's turn but grandma doesn't mind. 

How can you not fall in love with this little hunka munka???

And two of our elders when I can get them on camera which is not often. They are busy with work, dates and having lots of fun while they can get it. Soon school starts again for them too and then hopefully soon they will be in the working fields for good. Time for real life kiddos.

And the mama and daddy of the two littlest ones.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Happy Gotcha Day

It is amazing that a whole year since July 21 st 2014 has gone by. It seems only yesterday we piled into the very hot Civil Affairs office in Nanchang, China and met our new daughter for the very first time. She was so nervous and so were we. Now, it's been a year since she's been home and what a year it has been, filled with ups and downs and every emotion in between. Has it been easy? No but has it been worthwhile? It certainly has. Maya has grown up quite a bit since then and is evolving into a beautiful young girl. There is more healing to do, more adjusting. It's not over yet but we will persevere with love and support for her. I'm sure it will be an adventure.