Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Fun

Papa and his girls
I love you Papa.

Carving Pumpkins- I love pumpkin seeds - I really dislike gutting the pumpkin - slimey - eeeeewwwww - gross! E, and Syd absolutely loved it and it was so fun to watch. Syd and E love their Papa too and he came over for the fun.

My little giraffe. I loved Halloween as a kid - not so much since about college. I don't like scarey stuff and I really dislike the evil that seems to be a part of the holiday. But I really wanted E. to have the chance to enjoy dressing up and trick or treating. I was dreading it, but it was so fun. I found the giraffe costume at a thrift store for $3 yay! And she had so much fun at the 10 or so houses we went to.

Waiting for the trick-or-treaters - she loved giving out the candy almost as much as she enjoyed eating it :)

Ready to hit the town.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Applying for a Social Security Number

Today I went to the dreaded social security office. It's one of those necessary tasks that I've put off...I've had all the necessary paperwork for a couple of months, but just didn't want to hang out at the social security office for an hour or more for my turn. So, today I made the drive and waited for my turn. I was pleasantly surprised that the whole application process took less than a half hour. Woo the interesting part was all of the questions the agent felt free to ask me. So odd the questions people feel it's OK to ask. He wanted to know, "why did you go all the way to Russia?" and "there is no father? just you?" and "does she have family in Russia?" and "so, you've never been married?" I mean, really? I'm sure he was just curious, but really, people you've just met and aren't entering into a friendship with - ought to be a bit more sensitive. Don't ya think?
Oh's done.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Seven Months

Another month together. E. is learning so many things...she talks up a storm, she runs and jumps and climbs - what a monkey! She loves to be tickled. She loves to sing and read books and color. She absolutely loves to get dirty - thank you Lord for Emily who doesn't mind mud and other types of gooey messy stuff.
When we pray...she starts listing all of the people she loves and who she knows love her is very sweet. My friend Lesa, who runs the kids ministry at church, says, "she's the belle of the ball every week". All of the kids who waited and prayed for her to get home now look forward to seeing her each week. She is smart as a whip and knows who belongs with who....I mention one member of a family and she lists everyone else in the clan.
Overall....she is thriving.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Fall

Today we spent the day at Anderson Farms with Becky and Kelly. We had such a blast. Here are is a slide show of the photos.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Getting to the Good Stuff

I don't know how else to say it, the first few months home were just plain hard! So much to learn about each other. So many new things to learn about being a mommy....about being a daughter...not that we don't both still have much to learn, but it really feels like we are getting to the good stuff!
I was laying next to E. this evening and I realized that I find myself laughing more, smiling more, relaxing more, just enjoying her company more.
I don't think I had fairy tale views of what being a family formed by adoption would be like, but I don't think I expected it to be so hard to fall in love. I thought it would just happen....quickly. I loved E. in a commitment sense from day one! The kind of love that says no matter what, I'm here. No matter what, I won't give up. No matter what, I'm in this forever. But the mushy part - the googly eyed love part - that has been slow to develop. I guess because, well - I don't really know why. But, in all honesty it has.
Well, I'm happy to say that it's here. I get all teary when she smiles at me...when she calls me mommy....when she squeezes my neck and hugs me as tight as she can....whenever she giggles....when she asks me to "kickle me"(aka tickle me)....what a sweet life. I am so grateful I didn't miss out on this!