Mar 27, 2007

FInding her "happy place"???

This is what stares back at me when "little miss" gets in trouble. After I am through "scolding" her she then opens her hands and says, "peek a boo". Lord help us when she really understands humoring yourself out of a bad situation.

Mar 22, 2007

Pretty March day.

Claire now loves the outdoors....we can't keep her inside. The only problem is, she can't swing herself. I found her on the swing just sitting there waiting for someone to come and push her. She kept saying "higher" and no one was there.

She loves to wear daddy's hats....she seems to get a different attitude when she has them on. If I adjust it to really fit her head, she really loves it, it stays out of her eyes.

We sent in our application for Tawian adoption. Wish us luck. The wait is somewhat compared to China, so we have a LONG way to go. We will be taking a trip to Pikes Peak this summer, we have been there once before and loved it. I would like to live in Colorado, but my husband can't quite share that desire yet.

Happy Spring

Mar 18, 2007

Then and Now....50th post.

Claire Now (26 1/2 months)

Claire at referral (16 months)

This is also my 50th post. I am about to get this blogging thing down.
Happy Anniversary fellow Anhui travelers.


Mar 15, 2007

On Sunday (3/18) it will really be 6...

Yes, another post about how unreal it seems that she has been in my "arms" for 6 months. She has really become a 2 yr old in the last couple of weeks. She loves to play in the water for the dogs. It still is so chilly in the mornings, I would prefer that she not. I scolded her yesterday and said "don't get wet with water for the dogs..." she looked right at me and stuck BOTH feet in the water. I have to really bite my tongue and not laugh at things like that. The second she sees that I am unhappy with her actions she begins to laugh and run toward me. Must be a kid defense mechanism...."I am so cute, you can't be mad at me". Works in this house...

Hannah got accepted to the middle school we applied for. She now really feels like a pre-teen. So many of her friends will be going to this school...I hope it proves to be a good idea. She has been reading Anne of Green Gables so she now is trying to be like Anne Shirley. If you haven 't read the books or seen the movie, I highly recommend it. Such a sweet and warm story about adoption.

Enjoy the pics

Mar 8, 2007

6 month post placement...DONE

Yes, it has been six months since our sweet Claire joined our family. Our social worker couldn't believe how tall she is. I informed him that all girls from Anhui were destined to be statuesque and incredibly beautiful. He said he would have to agree. For those of you that are keeping track, she is 27 months old and is 34" tall. She weighs 29.7 lbs. Funny to think that she has put on 3 lbs since we have gotten her. Gotta love the American diet.

My sister will be here next week for spring break and I will get a break from my full-time job of getting my mother back on her feet. She is in that stage of "I feel really good, so let me do more stuff." Then she over does it and has to take a step back...frustrating.

We all remain healthy here. Claire goes for her last shots and check up next week.

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy the pictures.

Mar 3, 2007

How about this blog!!!!


How wonderfully kind this women is to make these templates for such a good cause. I hope I do her justice by keeping this blog helpful to my family and those waiting to make this wonderful journey.

I have just finished paperwork for our 6 month post placement. Where did the time go? To try and think of ALL the wonderful things that have happened to us since having Claire come into our lives. Just to list her accoplishments was a job. She is the smartest 2 yr old in this house. It was also amazing to actually see how tall she has grown. She has packed on 3 lbs and 2 inches. She may end up playing basketball after all.

Let me know what you think of the new blog.

New look coming your way

Thanks to Verna I, too, will be getting a new look here on the ol blog. So bear with us as changes are made.

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