|(This balloon caused some tension among the kids. Whoops!)|
|(Ellie and I waited patiently!)|
|(Sammi was SO good with Ellie while we waited! I think she wanted to braid Ellie's pigtails here.)|
Quick background: Kelly and Kyle just adopted Charlotte. She's their first child, she's four, she's hilarious, she's in love with her parents, she likes dogs, and she has Down syndrome. She was born in Eastern Europe.
And now, the photos you've been waiting for... and a huge "Thank You!" to those who helped grant Ellie's first birthday wish.
|(Enthralled by the balloon.)|
|(Four kids + 1 balloon = Not smart, Megan.)|
|(Charlie and Liza.)|
To watch this sweet girl interact with her parents, take her new country by storm, and walk around International Arrivals "talking" on her purple plastic cell phone... well, my heart is still in a puddle on the floor at Dulles.
With Charlotte's homecoming, I was reminded of an event one year ago Sunday - Ellie's homecoming post-NICU. The three weeks she was in the NICU were the longest three weeks of my life, and yet the weeks between Ellie's first birthday and today have flown.
Matt and I celebrated with a date night to see "The Hunger Games." Of course, I loved the movie. I love the book. In fact, go see the movie this week if you haven't yet.
And just for kicks, a few other scenes from earlier in the weekend, before the rain poured down. (Gotta love long runs in the rain. Matt did his long run Saturday, I did mine Sunday. Gross.)
And of course, "Happy Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favor."
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