Friday, May 13, 2011

Watching Hannah Grow (Has it really been a year already?)

It is hard for us to believe that it has been almost a year since Hannah came home with us (where has this first year gone?). She had just turned two when we got her, and next week she will turn three! She is growing into such a big girl physically, mentally, and spiritually. She has grown over three inches and gained five pounds.  She can no longer wear the clothes or shoes we bought her in China.  That is a little sad for us, but for her it means that she gets to pick out new shoes!  She loves running, jumping, climbing and tumbling.  She seems to have no fear when it comes to being lifted, tossed or swung in the air; the faster, the better!  She's pretty smart too and likes counting and saying her ABC’s. She learned English quickly and has become quite a chatty little thing.  In fact, she gets upset when she is left out of a conversation, and says, "I want to talk." At some point in the fall, she quit using Chinese at all. Whenever Lois tried to speak Chinese to her, she would either say, “No!” or put her finger to her lips and say “Shhhhhh!” Since introducing her to “Ni Hao Kai Lan,” she has begun to use Chinese again, and even asks Mama to speak Chinese some times. There are so many things we would like to tell you about her, but don't want to overwhelm you in one blog post; so, below we have made a list of some things you might like to know about Hannah followed by a snapshot for each month she has been home. 

Hannah loves to listen to music and sing.  Her favorite songs are “Jesus Loves Me,” "God is So Good," “Deep and Wide,” “Itsy, Bitsy Spider,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "ABC's" and “Brown Bear, What do You See?”  Lately, she has begun to use the tunes that she knows with her own made up lyrics.  The results can be quite funny when she starts singing about Cheerios or Cheetos. 

Yes, Hannah likes Cheerios and Cheetos.  Hannah just likes to eat.  Her favorite food is still noodles, but she also loves hamburgers, French fries, grilled chicken, chocolate and just about anything sweet.  When she sees something that looks good, she points to it and says, "What's THAT?"  Her favorite restaurant is "Old" McDonald's where she can eat two hamburger patties, a small fry, apples slices and a bottle of milk in one setting.  Yes, Hannah likes to eat.

She loves reading and some of her favorite books right now are her Bible, “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” (and all of the "If You Give a ____ a _____" books), "Happy Birthday Biscuit," "Clifford Graduates" and her photo album with pictures of family and friends.  She doesn't watch a lot of TV or movies yet, but she does enjoy watching "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Curious George," And "Ni Hao Kai Lan." 

I know I said it before, but I have to say again that Hannah likes to talk.  If you ask her what she wants to talk about, she is likely to say, "Jesus."  You never know when she's going to stop in the middle of what she is doing to narrate or explain what is happening.  She gives advice occasionally too.  She might tell you, “Be careful!” or “Don’t forget your noodle!” or, if you are breaking open a fortune cookie, “We don’t eat the paper."

She still likes shoes, dressing up in cute clothes and looking in the mirror.  Her hair has grown out so she can wear pig tails now.  The first time she saw herself in the mirror with pigtails, she said, "Hannah's a GIRL!  Yes, Hannah is all girl. 

No matter where she goes, she is always anxious to get back home, and as we enter the driveway, she says, "We're home!"

I guess you can tell by all of the activities we have listed that Hannah is a busy, busy girl.  She is up early and likes to stay up late, but when you ask her if she is tired, she will likely say, "No, I'm happy!"  And Hannah does seem to be happy in the life she has come to live with us.  And we have to say that we couldn't be happier to have her in our lives. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so to save a few words, we thought we would give you a glimpse of Hannah's 1st year, we hope you enjoy it :>)

June 2010
July 2010

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011

February 2011
March 2011

April 2011

May 2011


Joe WayneYvonne said...

wow! thanks for sharing, Hannah truly is a gift from God. You are so blessed to have her, and she is so blessed to have you!!

Andrea Fisher said...

Thanks for updating. Hannah is adorable. It's hard to believe it's already been almost a year since Hannah walked into your hearts and lives forever. Can't wait to read more updates as she grows and becomes an even more beautiful young lady. :)

Virginia said...

Ohh, thanks for the Hannay update and all of the adorable photos. She is just beautiful and seems like such a sweet little soul. What a little blessing. I can't wait to see you all soon and meet your Hannah in person and reunite our girls.

Gin =)

Virginia said...

Oh, and I meant to say that Kerry calls it "Old" Mcdonalds, too!

The Younger Rachael said...

I have no idea when you'd make it to Texas, or us to you, but if it happens, I can't wait to meet Hannah! She is a beautiful and joyful little girl, what a joy to have around! Keep the pictures and one liners coming, I'm learning how to do those, too.