In March, Amara, Grandma Carol and I were able to travel on the family bonding trip and visit Naika. We had such an amazing time bonding with Naika as a family. It was truly perfect.
Amara slept with Naika and me every night, except one. Amara escaped and slept with Grandma the night Naika’s diaper leaked all over and we both woke up wet.
Sister time is exhausting
One afternoon an Easter celebration that included decorating a bag and hunting for eggs was organized by another visiting sister. Thanks Rachel for such a fun activity for all the kids to participate in! Sisters rock!
Amara trying to encourage Naika to go hunt for Easter eggs together
On the hunt for Easter eggs
Silly hair sisters
Amara and Naika both loved swimming together. Amara spent all her time rotating between the two float toys. Naika refused the float toys and preferred to be held by me the whole time. I was a bit surprised Naika enjoyed the pool so much this trip since during the January trip she refused to even get in the pool.
Preparing for pool time
Amara did a great job both sharing the iPad with Naika and also protecting the iPad from Naika. It survived.
Sharing the iPad
Since we took an afternoon flight into Port-au-Prince we were served a nice snack pack on the plane instead of the usual morning muffin. Amara saved her snack and shared it with Naika. I did too, it’s part of our tradition.
A sister snicky-snack
One night we had a dance party with the glow sticks and necklaces we brought to celebrate all things sister.
We spent part of a day at the orphanage helping with some tasks and visiting the other children. Grandma spent some time rocking her grandaughters (and another special baby boy) on the porch. This porch is my happiest place on earth.
Grandma love, such a blessing
Special sister snack time
Naika’s all time favorite thing to play with is a cup filled with water and a spoon. She had a set with her most of the time. We are packing more fun items like a tea set for the next trip.
One mother planned a birthday celebration for her twin girls that would be turning 3 in April. Another family that lives in Haiti picked up a cake on the way over to the hotel. Those Haitian pastry chefs sure know how to create a delicious cake. Amara ate all her frosting as usual. Naika ate her whole piece of cake and the rest of Amara’s cake. I suspect this was Naika’s first taste of cake, and she approved! Thanks Donna!
A sister swagger
On the last 2 trips I have brought instant snow. You just add water to some crystal-like sponges and you have snow. It’s a hit with all ages!
Sister snow time
Those of you that know my mom, you know that she seems to always have her eyes shut in pictures. Always.
3 generations of sister love
Sweet sister love
We have begun preparing for Amara’s 6th birthday in June. Amara started off her birthday wish list with American Girl Doll stuff. Oh, how Amara can play dolls for hours. Within minutes Amara had revised her birthday wish list. All she wants is for Naika to come home on her birthday. While I realize this is not remotely realistic it broke my heart to explain this to Amara. Our new birthday wish is for Naika to be home to celebrate Amara’s half birthday on December 30th 2012.
Please pray for this wish to become a reality. God’s perfect timing will be revealed one day. But oh, how I pray it will be this year.
26 more days Amara’s special sister!