Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Look who does not need her pants rolled up anymore!
Alyona has been busy GROWING (she has grown two inches!).

Kira found even more Masha and the Bear videos for Lona on iTunes, so they checked out the new episodes together.

Kira was making a snack and Lona kept cruising by for samples.

Bella noticed Lona was getting lots of yummy treats, so she thought she would give it a try.

We had another birthday in the family. This time it was Brian's birthday...

which only can mean one thing... well two. Chocolate cake and Grandpa!

Brian thought it would be fun to celebrate his birthday by taking Lona on her first trip to Disneyland.

You can tell she is not too sure what to expect on the carousel.

Lona is so funny, she liked it so much she did not want to get off.

Kelsey thought a spin on the Teacups would be a good idea. Again, the face says, "I'm not sure about this".

Oh my, Lona loved the Teacups!

Lona has been to her first real tea party and she was the guest of honor! The young ladies who held a bake sale to help with our fundraising to bring Alyona home, invited her to attend their annual tea party. They loved getting the chance to meet her!

The leader gave Alyona a Busy Bible. It is the cutest thing and she just loves it!

Kelsey decided Lona needed her first visit to Sea World. After looking at the sharks and penguins it was off to the Wild Arctic to see...

polar bears, beluga whales, and walruses.

I couldn't get over how much she LOVED the Shamu show.

After one of her doctor's appointments, we decided to go back to Disneyland. That is the beauty of living only 22 miles away.

Lona loved the carousel.

I love her dimples.

Lona loves spinning on the Teacups more than the carousel!

What a great face!

She was having such a great time I thought it would be a good idea to introduce her to Mickey! I just love how her arm is draped over his hand.

We also had the pleasure of seeing Kelsey sing with her choir. It was nice to finally have Lona get to see her perform since we are driving her to rehearsal all the time.

With the unseasonably warm weather, I thought we should head back to the beach for Lona's first picnic.

You can tell that she was much more excited about getting her feet in the ocean than eating. I can't believe how long her hair is getting.

Needless to say we have been busy, but we are all having a great time!


Mel said...

April, she seems to be doing SO well!! She looks like a different little girl! I can tell how much her sisters love her too. Thanks for sharing!!!

wordgardener said...

April, she is so incredibly beautiful! I forget you live in CA, my BIL is in Redondo beach and we hope to get to see him sometime this year, I will let you know and we can get the girls together for a day at the beach! (We fly free as i work for usair)...I have to say that if you remember I got one of your big tag blankets with the dots on it (pink and brown) and my SON has adopted it for naptime at school! He loves it, just so you know...glad to see all is well, she is so remarkable. Cathy, Marina's mama

Hansina said...

Oh my goodness how she has grown! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures!