Sunday, March 25, 2012

Long Overdue Update

I cannot believe I haven't updated this blog in over a month.  Eek!  We've been busy!

Chris and I had our long awaited first visits with sweet Katie Ruth.  We had a bit of difficulty actually getting to her country,  but once we got there it was so worth the trouble.

Katie is amazing.  Smart, sassy, fun, energetic, happy, and full of life.  She is little for almost five years old, but she's not nearly as tiny as we anticipated she would be.  She is so, so much more than we could have hoped for.  We are incredibly lucky, and we cannot wait to have her home.  Our court papers were filed two weeks ago, and we will have our court date sometime within 8 weeks of filing.  Katie will then be home 30 days after court.  Soooo, that means that she should be home sometime in the next SIX WEEKS!  That is absolutely incredible.  I can't wait to get back and see her again, and especially can't wait to have her home with us.

I thought the waiting would be horrendous, once we had actually met her.  It hasn't been that bad.  Certainly, having three other children makes that waiting a little less daunting, simply because I don't have time to think about it.  David and Henry have started baseball again.  They have a new coach, and we are in the very start of the season.  They both recently got report cards and did exceptionally well.  We are so fortunate to have them in a school that we love so much, where they are exceeding any expectations we had for them.  

We got this chair for Katie at a consignment sale - $7.00!  I'm going to paint it a bright, cheery color.  She's too little to reach the table in a regular chair, but I don't want to do a baby highchair.

Big boys got haircuts and frozen yogurt.  

We started shopping for new booster/carseats for Katie and Jack.  Jack can move up, but I just don't feel like he's big enough for a seatbelt only seat - I know he's legally big enough, but I don't feel comfortable with it, so we're exploring some other options.

We've been playing a lot of "chef".

And, as always, building a lot of lego creations.

Now that we know how big Katie is, we've been able to shop for some "girl laundry".  And it's so fun!

We also cleaned the dryer.  And I mean cleaned it.  This is 10 years worth of lint inside the machine.  We Chris took the whole thing apart and cleaned it out.  He had to empty the vacuum three times.  

We've played pirate and climbed trees.

And we had a visit with Gigi and Grampy's new chickens.

They've all been named, and a chart has been developed so Gigi knows who is who.

And we're very excited for some fresh eggs!

We've played more legos. . . this is never ending.

Jack has been dressing in some serious Harry Potter gear.  Constantly.

We've had some gorgeous weather and had our first outside dinner of the season.

David is in a play at school this week, and he's an Oompa Loompa.  He's been practicing and I think his costume is a riot.  I'm so, so proud of him for trying out and sticking with it, and he's very excited for his theatrical debut!

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