Yesterday as we prepared to get our taxes done I stumbled across the picture we had taken of her in Moscow for her passport, and while holding that picture I watched her playing in the floor and I couldn't believe what a difference a year has created in my beautiful little girl. Although some of her growth has been slower than what we hoped for, and compared to what we hear and read from others and on blogs, I know in my heart that she is healthy, smart and full of life.
The stoic look on her face then has now been replaced by smiles and laughter, unless of course she is tired and has turned into "crankopotamus", but from a girl who only laughed or smiled when she was tickled, to one who giggles and cackles at everything from running to yawning is miraculous in itself. Our little princess is so active and is talking so much these days, and we're always in awe of each and every step she makes!
Some of Samara's latest, greatest enjoyments in life are her love for jumping, her new love of her rocking horse and happy feet, which may be her favorite movie. Samara has always enjoyed being swung around, tossed in the air and anything else that would resemble a trip to the circus, but now she has learned that she can provide herself a small sample of that same feeling. She now loves (right now as I'm trying to type this she's trying to climb up on me asking me "pease" to tickle her, and it has become a game between both kids to climb on me and get tickled over and over) to climb up on the coffee table, or couch or chair, and jump off onto the floor over and over again laughing and giggling the entire time. She'll even applaud her efforts and give a big "yea" or "woo hoo" as she climbs back up. When you first see this little body doing this you get a bit worried, however after watching her jump and seeing how much strength and control she has in her legs it's really cool to watch.
Samara hasn't really ever been, at least to this point anyway, into her toys and she just doesn't really stay focused on one thing for long. Lately this has changed a bit and one of the toys she's found that she really likes is the rocking horse we bought for Ethan a couple years back. When she's in the mood (like right now) she will get on it and rock for a while. She learned very quickly to climb right on up and rock without much guidance, and now is a professional rocking horse cowgirl.
Lastly (well, not really but for this post it is) she loves the movie Happy Feet and screams with excitement when we turn it on. Whether she's watching it in the car or on the TV in the house she loves when the little penguin Mambo taps his little feet. If she's in the car when he begins she will kick her feet feverishly and giggle along while doing it, and this morning her and Ethan decided to do some tap dancing of their own in the kitchen. Unfortunately I wasn't quick enough with the camera to catch any video or shots of the action but I can attest to the absolute cuteness that was being displayed at the time. Leah and I just watched and laughed as the two of them tapped and slid across the floor like Gregory Hines (yes, I am that old).
I don't post much, although I have a new found affinity for following the blogs of the Caseys, the Currans and the Ortis family, and reading them this morning made me feel as though I had a small bit to add to the fun. Perhaps I'll find more time to post since I have so much inspiration surrounding me every minute I'm home with my two little monsters. Please enjoy along with the couple pics I've added.