Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Learning to walk & Chinese New Year
Maddy took her first step on her own January 22, but this week especially she has really been starting to practice a lot. She takes about 5-6 steps and then either looks for the nearest object to grab and she falls into a crawl. She walks from mom to dad and back. She walks from the couch to the barricade around the TV and then to the dog. We put her squeaky shoes on her and she really gets a kick out of hearing the squeak with each step.
Over the weekend we celebrated Chinese New Year with some of the adoptive & pre-adoptive families from the MN Red Thread group. On Sat we went to Albertville to a party in a home. Maddy was 1 of 4 girls there & it was so fun to see how the girls are growing, talking & walking. On Sunday we went to the local FCC (Families with Children from China) celebration held at a school in Crystal. This celebration had hundreds of participants & included cultural dances, crafts and vendors with various wares. The adoptees at this event were a wide range of ages (Maddy being to one of the youngest to teenagers). It's fun to be able to integrate some of the Chinese culture into our family's life and look forward to celebrating this event for years to come.
A few CNY pictures: