We arrived in NJ to a chalk "Happy Birthday" welcome, and 2 very excited little cousins who wanted to wish Miss Maya the happiest of birthdays . . .
But Maya wasn't so sure, and took a while to warm up . . .
Soon she was loving the backyard, and so were Collin & Emerson:
Hey Parker, let's play in this house . . .
No, no, we aren't allowed to climb out the window . . .
Get back here, you doggie!
Maya can walk now if two buddies hold her hands (my mom & I):
And Parker proves that he can "leave" his most favorite treat (cheese) with no problem:
Dave, Superdad & Grill Master:
Then Prince Parker said it was time for cake.
Last week, Maya's special instructor asked me how I thought she would react when everyone sang "Happy Birthday." I said "Oh, we do music class every week so I think she's used to big groups singing. I don't think she'll care.." But Virginia said "Oh no, she'll realize that everyone is looking at her. She'll react."
And she did. With a combination of surprise, wonder, and bewilderment:
And Maya wants to thank everyone for their generous gifts, and for stopping by. We even had the Hausers & two sets of neighbors come in to visit!