Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hey Boy! Hey Girl! Are you?

One of the fun things about being a mom is watching Hadley develop her personality through the experiences she has and the friends she makes. From the moment she was born, I knew she wasn't what you'd call, "a meek child." Hadley is bold. She likes to get out and do stuff, and she loves to meet people. This is evident in our trips to the library and the park as well as when she's around her toddler friends. However, I didn't know how she would react to hanging out with "big kids."

This weekend, we had the special treat of visiting with the Dornbos family. Todd and Rhonda, along with their children, Elisa and Seth spent the weekend with us and while it is always fun to see them, Hadley was out of her mind with joy at having the chance to play with Elisa and Seth. She needed to do everything they did. If they sat at the table, she would sit at the table.

If they were coloring, she would color. (I am usually the official "marker opener" for Hadley, but Hadley passed the baton on to Elisa this weekend.) Seth taught her how to slide down her big triangle head first, a trick that Hadley is very happy she can accomplish. And on our trips around town Elisa wanted to ride with Hadley - something Hadley just loved.

It was very important to Hadley that Elisa and Seth hold her hand as much as possible. She would run up to them, extend her hand and say, "and, and" and they obliged. Here they are walking around the Mall this past weekend.

Along with making new friends, Hadley got her first glimpse of the White House.

She also took a look at the World War II Memorial. She was impressed, I'm sure, but mostly because of all the water that looked quite appropriate for splashing in (that is why she is in the stroller in these pictures).

I do believe that the highlight of the weekend for Hadley was swimming in the pool at the hotel the Dornbos' stayed in.

The pictures don't do it justice. When it was time to go home, Hadley threw quite a fit screaming, "Boy! Girl! Pool!" the whole way home. The names Seth and Elisa seemed to be difficult for Hadley to say, so she called them Boy and Girl. Throughout the weekend we'd hear, "Boy! Girl! Are you?" (That's Hadley's way of asking, "Where are you?")

When our visit came to an end Monday night, Hadley was very sad to see her friends go. We were sad too, as it always seems we pick up right where we left off with Todd and Rhonda. And while it's sad to see good friends go, as I watched Hadley learning how to play with the big kids, I was reminded of the friends I had that kept me company and I'm excited for Hadley and the people that will put a smile on her face.

1 comment:

hannah elizabeth said...

3 things:
~soo...you posted at 4:11 AM? what?!
~of course i remember that ridiculous comment in the 5th grade
~hadley is so stinkin' cute.

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