Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Milana

We started looking at cakes for Milana's birthday several weeks ago. As we were flipping through the cake book we came across a cake that looked similiar to the one below. When Milana saw it she went nuts. You see this girl is a HUGE hockey fan! She LOVES her Carolina Hurricanes. We couldn't tell at first whether or not she wanted the Hurricanes cake or a Tinker Bell cake so we put the pictures side by side and Milana made her choice. Carolina Hurricanes for this birthday girl!

Milana loved when we sang Happy Birthday to her. She has a couple of books with birthday cakes and parties in them and we spent pretty much EVERY day this summer singing "Happy Birthday." By the end of the summer I was hiding the books so I wouldn't have to sing Happy Birthday anymore. I'm not kidding when I say we sang it at least 100 times a day every day the entire summer.

Mmmmmmmm........this cake is soooooooooooooo YUMMY!!!! I get to eat the ENTIRE piece!!! YUM!!!!!!!!!

Look at all this yummy frosting. Want a lick?

Yes Mom! I did swallow all the cake in my mouth. So can I have more cake now???

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gotcha Day - Then & Now

Milana September 8, 2010
This was the very last time Milana was in her orphanage. Just minutes after this picture was taken we said our final teary goodbyes to the caretakers and then we were on our way.

Milana Sept. 8, 2010 at our apartment in Lugansk.

Milana Sept. 8, 2010 - Exploring our apartment and probably wondering where in the world am I and when is this lady going to bring me back home :(

Milana September 8, 2011

My how she has grown :)

Doesn't she look so big....and HAPPY!!!!

Happy Gotcha Day Anniversary Milana :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Where Does The Time Go?

It just occurred to me that one year ago today our 10 day waiting period had ended and the race to get Milana out of her orphanage once and for all began. Violetta, Sasha, & I began our running around to get the paperwork we needed such as her Certificate of Adoption and her new Birth Certificate.

Unfortunately since it took all day to get just those 2 items I wasn't able to get Milana out of the orphanage that same day.

So...do you know what that means?? It means tomorrow is our 1 year Gotcha Day Anniversary!!! Yay!!

Here is a cute Milana picture from our vacation in July :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Milana's First Day of School

Milana was so excited this morning when she woke up and I told her she was going to school. The first thing she signed was bus. This girl loves to ride the bus.

Bye Montana! I'm going to miss you today!

I'll miss you too Bailey. Thanks for keeping me company while I wait (and wait) for the bus to come.

Milana got tired of waiting inside for the bus so we moved things outside where she continued to wait.

Oh goodie...my sisters are keeping me company while I wait for the bus.

The bus finally came and Milana got to sit next to her best friend Nadia. When Milana got on the bus and saw Nadia she was so excited! I'm sure she was even more psyched once they got to school and were in the same class. (Those poor teachers - talk about trouble)!

My parents got Milana off the bus today and said she was so happy! When I got home she was screaming with delight and gave me a great big hug! I guess she had a good 1st day of school.

Aren't these girls just the cutest? Peyton and Riley were thrilled to see Milana when they got home and find out how her day was.

Milana loves her big sisters....

and of course they love her too!