Gotcha Day – 9th Anniversary

I reminisce every year when I do our annual Gotcha Day posting. Looking back at all the stair photo comparisons, it’s hard to believe that this is the same child. He is turning into a Tween and his legs look a mile long in the photo this year. Looks aren’t deceiving – we have been through 3 sizes of pants in the last 6-8 months keeping up with his growth spurts.

I have been thinking a lot lately about what his future will be like this time next year when he has started Middle school. I am so worried about the transition but he can’t wait. That’s my boy, fearless and ready to meet the world head on! I’m so proud of my little man!

9th Gotcha Day stairs

Gotcha Day – 8 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 7 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 6 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 5 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 4 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 3 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 2 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 1 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 8th Anniversary

Well it looks like it has been a year since I last blogged! The ease of FaceBook posts are slowly killing off my blog postings but I’m not quite ready to give it up yet. Our 2Dolphins blog has a lot of sentimental value and was very theraputic during our adoption journey so it must go on!

We celebrated our 8th Gotcha Day this year and I hadn’t realized how much Liam had grown until I just saw his last year’s photo again. That boy is going to be taller than me soon!

One of our annual Gotcha Day traditions is to create the stairwell photo comparison from the day he left his baby home to now. It’s always a challenge to find the right stairs for him to pose on and this year’s stairwell is from the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium.

Every day I think I could not love this boy any more than I do right now but every day I love him a little bit more! I’m so thankful that Rob and I are lucky enough to be his parents.

Liam's 8th Gotcha Day

Gotcha Day – 7 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 6 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 5 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 4 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 3 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 2 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 1 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 7th Anniversary

Gotcha Day is here again and it continues to amaze us how quickly a year passes. Our little guy is growing up so fast and we are so proud of him. He is such a sweet and intelligent guy that has a tender heart that is full of compassion. I hope he never loses these qualities.

Below is our annual stairwell photo comparison of then and now with links below it to past years. Happy Gotcha Day Liam, we love you!

Gotcha Day – 6 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 5 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 4 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 3 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 2 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 1 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 6th Anniversary

It’s February 1st so that means that Gotcha Day has rolled back around again. I can’t believe how quickly 6 years has passed. It seems like only yesterday we were in Russia to bring our little guy home and now our little guy is not so little anymore. Below is our annual stairwell photo comparison of then and now with links below it to past years. Happy Gotcha Day Liam, we love you!

Gotcha Day – 5 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 4 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 3 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 2 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 1 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 5th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that it has been 5 years already since a scared little boy and a couple of scared parents instantly became a family. For those of you that might be new to our blog, we celebrate Gotcha Day each year with a few traditions; a cake (there are 5 candles but 2 are blended together in the photo)…

a few presents…

and a comparison stairwell photo.

It’s always shocking to look at the stair photo and see how much he has changed. Below are the links to the past stair photos if you missed them the first time around or if you just want to see them again. 🙂

Gotcha Day – 4 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 3 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 2 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 1 year anniversary photo

Gotcha Day – 4 Year Anniversary

We celebrated Liam’s 4th Gotcha Day by going out to Rosa’s for dinner. I’m guessing he picked Rosa’s because he LOVES their chocolate cake. On the way home, we stopped by Donna’s house to take our annual stairway comparison photo (see below) that shows Liam in 2008 on his way out of the baby home compared to today. It’s a reminder to me every year of how much he has changed and how fast he is growing up.

We got off to a rough start this year with Kindergarten but since the Christmas break things have been going great at school and his after school child care. They informed me today that he has been picked to be the Star of the Month at the child care because he did so well in January and his Kindergarten teacher gave him a reward for his good behavior. I’m so happy that he is finally adjusting to all the changes he had this year.

Most of all, I think he has learned the most important thing in life…that chocolate will always put a smile on your face!

Gotcha Day – 3rd Year Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated Liam’s 3rd Gotcha Day. On February 1, 2008 he busted out of the Podolsk baby home and came to be with us forever. I don’t know if we “got” him or he “got” us but I’m feeling a song coming on… I got you babe

Here’s what has become our traditional stairway comparison photos on Gotcha Day:

Liam’s Gotcha Day 2008 Liam’s Gotcha Day 2011

and here’s a couple of photos of him eating his Gotcha cupcakes:

Liam’s Gotcha Day 2011 cupcake 1 Liam’s Gotcha Day 2011 Cupcake 2

We love you Liam!

Metcha Tres

Anniversaries are a way to remember, relive, reflect upon, and fully appreciate again important experiences and events in our lives. And today marks one of those major milestones for us. Words fail to paint the significance of that day, but it was life-altering to say the very least…

On our second day in Moscow, Russia, 3 years ago today, Monday, December 3rd, 2007, Dede & I met Liam for the first time!

We weren’t allowed to post or email photos of him until the adoption was finalized several weeks later, but of course we took lots of pictures on that special day. This is the first time we saw our son, being brought to see us by his kind caretaker, on that frosty morning in Podolsk:

Liam's "Metcha Day" photo

Big congrats to Melissa & Nathan who’re experiencing their own “Metcha Day” today!