I'm so amazed--asleep in the cart or awake and full of JOY--she attracts so many people to her. They just love her and tell us how "beautiful she is--wow!" Yup she sure is--inside and out!
So...at the playdate--I brought a $1 bucket and shovel and a couple old tupperware containers for Izabella to play with in the sand. It was a huge hit with everyone--especially the little boys! Boys always are drawn to her everywhere she goes--hope this isn't a sign of things to come--yipes! So, before she could get to the sand box--a little boy was playing with her bucket and things. Our first real "sharing" lesson. She broke down in tears and cried--I told her it was fine--she can share and when the little boy was done with it, it would be her turn. Sure enough, just as I finished saying that--he was done (with a little encouragement from his mom) and she had her "stuff" back to play with. And she played and shared with the boys the rest of the date. She LOVES the sand box and the slides best! She even ventured off to play on the slides and equipment all by herself, checking back with me after each slide down the slide. She is doing soooo great! Truly!
We also brought a hand-held pin-wheel. I had that pinwheel given to me by a client "Nanny 2 Shoes" just weeks after we started our paperchase. It was my first lunch meeting where the client asks--"do you have any children?" and I soooo happily for the first time was able to reply "we're on our way to our daughter in China!" What a great moment that was! So it was special pin-wheel indeed. I looked over and there was a little girl playing with it! I thought, what ta heck--she'll have a good time--izabella doesn't care. At the end of the playdate she brought it back to me and thanked me for letting her use the pinwheel. She said it was really fun and she took very good care of it and didn't break it or anything!" I said, "well then you'll need to borrow it again sometime!" Too funny. So we scored points in the toys department. :)
The kids even got a little creative and plopped it into the middle of the full bucket of sand. As you'll see in the video--popular toys! $1 worth! :)
Oh God blessed us so with this group of mom's and kids. It's amazing to me--still--how'd this all happen to us!
Here's sampling of our fun:
Here are the two little boys with her playing with the bucket, tupperware and pinwheel! You can just see her arms/hands in pink on the right. They posted the pinwheel in the middle of the bucket. By the way--this was planned by the little guys with the little girl that had the pin wheel. She came over and asked them if they were ready for the pinwheel yet. It was a windmill don't you know. :)
Lunch sitting on a bench with her baby! I should have brought a blanket--uh-duh! Next time I guess. She looks like she's sitting on a bench in florida or some coastal part of the country.
Oh how I wish!
Izabella is so alert to everything around her. A mom was dealing with an un-happy son here--she was watching with --as you can see--much concern. Infact, last night at the restrauant--a little baby at the table next to us was crying and whaling. She was fixated on him saying, "sad, sad, baby sad!" Then she pushed her dinner away and wouldn't eat cause she was so upset the baby was sad. I tried to assure her the baby had his Mama and Papa right there to take care of him and he'd be just fine--not to worry. Suddenly the baby stopped crying and and she perked up and said, "baby happy!!!", pulled her dinner back over to her and was ok again. Whew!
She's so compassionate!
The next few shots are of her playing by herself after everyone had left--just a few other mom's still at the playground.
Completely exhausted from all the fun in the sun!
She fell asleep in the grocery store as I was shopping.