Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ten Months Ago ....

 Ten months ago Max had never set foot outside of the orphanage.  He has experienced so many firsts over the past 10 months.  We are so thankful that we have been able to experience these firsts with him and see the wonder in his little eyes.   

There are so many things we take for granted like the seasons changing, flowers blooming, leaves falling, the sound of the wind through the trees, airplanes flying in the sky, ants crawling on the sidewalk, worms in the driveway after a rain, hugs, kisses, I love you's, siblings, walking hand in hand with someone who loves you and of course in the fall the joy that playing in the leaves can bring.

Max experienced the joy that comes from gathering leaves in a pile, rolling in them with his sisters and  brother and throwing them in the air so they fall like rain on him.

Max joined in on bedtime stories with Shane.  What boy wouldn't love a book about Sharks.

The fall experience isn't complete with out pumpkin carving.  Max wanted to be like all the other kids and draw a face on his pumpkin.  He really had no idea what was in store for his little pumpkin.

Alexa and daddy were trying to convince him to put his hand in the pumpkin.  I knew from his reaction to different textures this was one that would sure make him stop and take it in and really feel what was between his fingers.

He became very possessive about his little pumpkin and didn't want any help gutting it.  He did decided he would rather do it with a spoon than his hand.  I don't blame him.  

He squeeled with delight when Eric carved his face in his pumpkin.  He carefully carried it outside by himself and sat down right next to it with a huge grin on his face.  It took a bit of convincing, kisses and good-byes before he would leave his pumpkin outside and come inside.

Max also experienced his first Halloween. As you can see he was a pretty scary lion with that big smile! The big kids have learned pretty quickly how Max reacts to new experiences .... like everything else he embraces it with everything he has.  They knew he would love Trick or Treating and couldn't wait to see him in action.


Max reacted just as we would have predicted ..... he LOVED it.  He would run as fast as his little legs would carry him from house to house.  He would scream at the top of his lungs with excitement as he ran.  He didn't even have a clue that people were putting candy in his bag.  He is Mr. Social so just was loving the excitement of meeting and greeting all kinds of people.  He won many hearts which in turn meant a bag full of candy. Eric would try to catch his hand on his way to the next house and often this is what they looked.  Eric trying to slow our ball of energy down and Max trying to pull his daddy along a little faster. Look at that sunset ... could it have been a more beautiful night? 

Max's night was cut short when his little feet just couldn't keep up with his body.  I know this will be the first of many bumps along the way.  When you have someone who lives life to the fullest and without hesitation you are bound to have some bumps along the way. This is what makes Max who he is so we will embrace our little man and he embraces life.
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