Saturday, August 21, 2010

ONE Year Anniversary

Today marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Aiden & Kyra's arrival here in our home. WOW, we can't believe it's already been a year. So much has happened. Let's see if we can re-cap a few highlights and our thoughts of things we have learned in the year about ourselves and the girls.

What we have learned (in no particular order)
  • When they say the 2 week honeymoon is over...it is when it came to Aiden slightly changing as she got used to living with us
  • It is a complete change of lifestyle from having 0 kids to 2
  • That no matter what happens that Family & Friends are always there for us
  • That a just turned 2 year old has a Terrible 2 switch embedded in her somewhere (can we switch it back?) LOL
  • The many miles add up when you drive to/from Fresno for visitations
  • Baths are required after most meals
  • That almost everyone who's ever seen the girls mistake them for twins
  • Aiden might be allergic to dogs
  • The Magic Box (TV) is the girls favorite thing ~ and Mommy & Daddy's when we need to keep them occupied for a little while :o)
  • Aiden & Kyra have learned to LOVE DISNEY as much as Mommy & Daddy
  • Having a laptop on an airplane or train with a movie to entertain 2 little ones comes in very handy when flying somewhere for a long period of time
  • Getting to experience the girls first time going to Disneyland back in April was more fun than we could have ever imagined
  • They do like seeing Santa Claus & the Easter Bunny
  • Girls sit through an animated movie really well and even wearing their 3D glasses throughout
  • They liked flying in an airplane
  • Breaking the girls habit of TV all day, everyday was very hard
  • Getting them used to only watching TV Mon, Wed & Fri for 2 hours was quite challenging because they were used to having TV all day, everyday in previous homes

The biggest changes

  • Taking in 2 BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRLS THAT WE WILL CHERISH FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES!!!
  • Going from 2 mouths to feed to 4
  • Buying a new home

Aiden's Milestones & What she has learned

  • Aiden turning 3 on September 19th, 2009
  • Aiden turning 4 on September 19, 2010
  • Was potty trained within 2 months in Oct. 2009
  • Learned to dress herself without any help from Mommy or Daddy
  • Learned to count past 30, learning colors, saying ABC's without help from anyone
  • She is a an Artist. We can see her possibly being an artist when she grows up, she draws & colors really well
  • Learned to ride a tricycle
  • Learned to swim
  • Learned that Santa does exist...my Dad ~ LOL
  • Learned what Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & July 4th were all about
  • Starting Preschool in the Fall 2010

Kyra's Milestones & what she has learned

  • Kyra turning 2 in May, 2010
  • Crawling & walking within the first month
  • Learning to feed herself & talk more (she had no words in the beginning)
  • Brushes her teeth before bed
  • She's a really great climber
  • An AWESOME problem solver
  • Learned to ride a big wheel
  • Learned she is a Big Time WATER BUG (just like me :o))
  • Taught herself to climb up ladders & obstacles @ the playgrounds by herself
  • Learned what Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & July 4th were all about
  • I don't know if I would call this a milestone but when you flail yourself like a Monkey your bound to get hurt and fracture your collar bone. That's what happened within the past week.

Not only has our lives changed but changes have occurred in their lives as well. Here are a few snapshots of the girls from the 1st time we met to current. My how they have changed. Emotionally and physically. They have come a long way in a year. IN THE BEGINNING. We also have all our photos from this past year on our Webshots so if you'd like to reflect on them, please feel free to do so.

Aiden ~ 7/23/2009 ~ 1st meeting

July 2010


Kyra ~ 7/2009 ~ 1st meeting

July 2010

Jake & I would like to Thank each and every Family member & Friend who have welcomed Aiden & Kyra with open arms. You all mean the world to us and we know you love our girls just as much as we do. We hope the coming years you all will always be a part of their lives as you have ours. Our girls are so lucky to have you all in their lives. With many heart warm hugs & Thanks, we Thank You!

1 comment:

  1. *HUGS* What an awesome post Laura! So precious!!

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