Thursday, July 26, 2007

Family Day Anniversary #2

Oh my word, another year has passed since Buttons arrived. I wrote about Family Day last year as well and you may read about it here if you'd like. We are having a friend over today, but last night we went out to the same local Chinese restaurant as last year (tradition!) and had a great time.

When we were in China, especially the first few days, Buttons would only come to me if she were sleeping and then later only if we weren't in the hotel room. That was rough, but even at the time I knew it was better for her to attach to hubby first since he would be going back to work once we were back home while I would have time to form the bond when I stayed home with her. Luckily now, she switches back and forth and we even have a joke about one of us being "chopped liver" at any given time. Last night Buttons wanted to sit on my lap after she ate and she couldn't have been more cuddly. The love at that table last night was big.

Hubby wore his Great Wall shirt, we ate with chopsticks and talked about the day we met Buttons and the things we did in China. We told her she never slept in a crib the whole time we were there and she used to sit so far forward in her stroller we feared she would fall out. (I suppose she sat like that so she wouldn't miss a thing, much like now.)

We told her about the day we met her, and how we woke up very early, had breakfast and watched out of the big hotel windows hoping to catch a glimpse of her. At first sight we knew it was her and we smiled and told Buttons we loved her in Chinese.

We shared with her how in Guangzhou we took a boat ride late at night on the Pearl River and it was still so hot. Then Hubby told Buttons when we went through the tunnels, he would hold her up and she would look at the lights and smile a big toothless smile.

Last night, Buttons really enjoyed the food proclaiming "Chinese food is great". We told her about the reunion party we're going to this weekend to see our "China Family". We explained that most of the children who will be there were born in the same province as her, to which she exclaimed happily "just like me!" She loves the language, food, stories and people of her birth country. She is proud to have been born in China. I am proud to be her mother.

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At July 25, 2007 at 10:19 PM, Blogger Beth said...

You have a lovely family and it shows!

At July 26, 2007 at 5:55 AM, Blogger wzgirl said...

Oh happiness. Happy Family Day - Sweet Family. XO

At July 26, 2007 at 11:20 AM, Anonymous Marsha said...

What a lovely, sweet post. Congratulations to all three of you!

At July 26, 2007 at 1:29 PM, Blogger walternatives said...

Happy Family Day!

At July 26, 2007 at 5:40 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Much love to Buttons and her awesome parents on the best anniversary ever....Family Day.

We are looking forward to seeing you guys and the rest of our China family.

Hugs all around!

At July 27, 2007 at 8:11 PM, Blogger thursday said...

I love your happy family stories!

At July 30, 2007 at 12:04 PM, Blogger Gina said...

Oh so sweet! You guys have an awesome family. I'm like all "fughlempt."

At July 31, 2007 at 2:19 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! What a great way to celebrate. Kuddos to you for helping Buttons remain connected to the culture of the land where she was born, while she grows into her homeland. What a great family you are, and a great mom!


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