**yeah, this is nearly a month late...life has been, um, busy. and I would have let them go as I had already done a birthday post...but there was something about her expression that had to be shared**
Just in case you've ever wondered what it looks like when someone receives their very first birthday gift at age four...
For our newly turned four year old it looked a lot like disbelief that something so wonderful was actually happening.
I suppose that we can't be 100% certain Natalie had never received a birthday present before.
But because of the fact she clearly had no idea how old she was when asked by a native Chinese speaker ~ so there was no language barrier ~ we're fairly certain that birthdays one, two and three came and went for her with no fanfare.
There were many things we could have chosen to give her as a gift, but we knew she loved to be outside and while the tricycle was fun, she wanted to be like her siblings and ride a bike.
So our gift to her was a tiny pink and purple bike...a gently used one at that.
But she didn't see it as a used bike. Instead to her it was a new-found freedom to follow along. It was perhaps the most perfect birthday gift we've given.
...and then there were five...