Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Even though you can't see their faces I still like this picture. They are waiting their turn to cross one of those shaky bridges.
Friday, August 29, 2008
This is the front porch. He couldn't get the whole front in the picture because of the trees.
Here is the back of the house & part of the backyard.
I know it's hard to see until we get real walls up but I'm so happy to see anything. I think things will seem to move faster now that something is up. Most of the trees are in the front of the house but there are a few in the back. Chris says that will make it easier to add a pool later. I say much, much later!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It's my stand up jewelry box. As you can see, I already have it turned around backwards because shortly after the boys got home Zachary opened the drawers and pulled out jewelry. O.K. I won't lie - he was actually eating a Christmas light bulb necklace. Somehow when Alex pulled this down on him he turned it around at the same time so that the drawers opened up and all the jewelry inside spilled out on the floor. Alex was fine, I think it scared him more than anything but I had to search for little earrings in the carpet. I guess my next move will be to put it in the closet.
Today we did nothing exciting. The boys and I stayed home all day and never went outside except to walk to the mailbox at the end of the block and water flowers on the porch. We played catch, we played with babies, and we played with blocks over and over again. Oh, and don't forget doctor. They love to give shots so you'll cry and then they'll rub on your arm and tell you "It's O.K." or bring you a toy. It's funny how they can remember so much and you don't even know. Just like with the comforting you after you get a shot. They were laying their dolls on the couch and covering them up. Then they told the babies "No wake up - night night!" in a very stern voice. Um.....do you think they got that from me?A new thing they've been doing lately is pretending to leave. They get on a toy car or get a little bag of toys and tell me they are going bye bye in the car. Then I have to ask where and they tell me either Mimi & Papa's house, a baseball game, or to Luke's house (our friend). That part they always do. The last few days they've been telling me that they're going to a party at one of the above's houses. Then a minute or two later they come back to me with their arms open wide and tell me that "Alex's home!". Then I get all excited and give them hugs and kisses and tell them how happy I am that they're home. Sometimes they will then tell me that they ate ice cream at the party or some other funny little detail. Alex started this game and Zachary copies him. It is really cute the first few times but Alex will do it over and over all day. Any game repeated over and over gets really old for me but I guess it's still fun for a toddler!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
This morning (before I left) while the four of us were playing and watching T.V. Zachary just couldn't keep him eyes open any more and conked right out. That means that Zachary got an early nap as I was leaving and Alex napped later at his usual time. I do feel bad for Chris that he never got that precious nap time all to himself today.
Last night the boys were so cute in the bath. If I haven't mentioned it yet, they love to take baths. They (especially Alex) lay on their tummies and declare that they are Nemo, scrub the "dirty" tub toys, and help to wash their hair. Their new favorite things to play with are their water whistles that Aunt Amy gave Zachary for his birthday. The whistles make different sounds depending on how full of water they are. Wow, you should hear them. When daddy gives the bath I'll hear them from downstairs blowing their whistles and beating on the side of the bathtub like a drum.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
We tried for many years to have a baby on our own or with a little help from doctors before we turned to adoption. We didn't really care how became parents as long as we got to become parents. We turned to international adoption mostly because domestic adoptions scared me. What kind of contact would we have with birth families? Would someone want our child back? I know better now and don't think I'd be as scared anymore. With China and Russia being the countries where most adoptions were coming from, we started there. Although we personally know families that have adopted from China we decided on Russia. Mostly because we wanted the opportunity to adopt boys or girls. We began with our application to KidsFirst Adoption Services in April 2006. Since we knew we wanted more than one child we decided just to go for it and adopt two at once! We requested two children of either gender under the age of three. Next we began the paperwork (called a dossier) and that took us several months to complete. Our paperwork was complete and we were officially waiting for a referral in September 2006. Here comes the long part. Due to changes in Russia rules all agencies had to apply to be re-accredited. This used to happen yearly but in 2006 they decided to make it longer (permanent I think?). This meant it took longer to get too. So every agency in the country had their accreditation's expire and referrals and adoptions slowed way way down. We had a few close calls but finally got "the call" about our boys in September 2007. We traveled blind. This meant that we knew almost nothing about the boys - no pictures, no medical information, nothing. We accepted anyway and traveled to Rostov-on-Don, Russia to meet them in October. We met them three times each and took a doctor with us from Moscow to evaluate them since we didn't get any medical info ahead of time. We accepted, in writing, the referral of the boys and came home to wait some more. Luckily we didn't have to wait long. We traveled back to Russia only three weeks later to appear in court for approval of the adoption. Our court date was Alex's 2nd birthday. Russian law requires that all court decisions have a 10 day appeal period so although the judge ruled in our favor we couldn't bring them home just yet. Instead of coming home and making a third trip, like some do, we decided to stay and visit the boys. (They had to stay at their orphanages.) At the end of our 10 days we picked up the boys from two separate orphanages in two separate towns and flew to Moscow for another few day. Here we had to apply for the boys visas and have them checked out by an embassy doctor. Finally on Thanksgiving day we flew home!
Although we now have a hectic life (like anyone with two toddlers) we've had a fairly easy transition. We are so blessed that our boys have been healthy and have had minor, if any, adjustment or attachment problems. They picked up English very quickly, eat well, sleep well (for the most part) and get along with each other. We could not have been matched with two more perfect for us children. We love them to pieces!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
O.K. so this video is not new. It is from May but I ran across it on my computer again today and it cracks me up every time. The boys love to dance, especially Zachary, and especially to rap music. I guess it has a better beat or something. He'll even bop his head in the car to the music. What makes this video even funnier is that daddy is giving pointers on dance moves just off camera. You can sometimes see his reflection in the fish tank and his legs do show up from time to time. You'll want your speakers on for this one. Enjoy! (I hope Chris doesn't kill me for posting this.)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I've got a problem. Zachary is not the greatest napper - sometimes. I know I shouldn't complain about sometimes when most of the time both boys sleep really well. On those off days though......I get so frustrated and don't know what to do. Yesterday and today have both been one of those days. Today I put the boys down right around two. That's a little later than usual because we had a morning play date and went to lunch afterwards. He fell asleep in the car on the way home and let me carry him upstairs to his bed. Then as I was quietly changing Alex's diaper to put him in bed Zachary pops straight up and gets a big grin on his face. Talking, playing, sitting up in bed, kicking the bedrails all continued for about another hour. (I went up several times during this hour when I heard things get too crazy and settled them down.) Finally I laid on the floor with them to insure no funny business and Alex was asleep within 10 minutes. Zachary has been fairly quiet (it's 4:30 now) since then but when I checked on him a few minutes ago (I heard lots of rustling noises) he was sitting up in bed and had pulled a sticker off on something in or around his bed. I have no idea where. Alex was still asleep. If I don't let him out soon then I'm afraid he'll never sleep tonight.
Yesterday was a similar situation. We had a morning play date, came home, had lunch and then down for a nap. This time though it wasn't too late. Zachary probably didn't fall asleep for a good hour or 1 1/2 hours but then did sleep a regular nap.
I realize that his napping may be worse when our schedule is a little off or he falls asleep for 10-15 minutes in the car. I just don't know what to do about it. I know that he is keeping poor Alex up at the same time. (Once we move the boys will each have their own rooms and this won't be a problem anymore.) When we first came home with the boys this problem was with naps and bedtime. Alex had to take a nap on the living room couch or Zachary would keep crawling in his bed with him. At bedtime Zachary had to go up first and then we'd wait 30-45 minutes before taking Alex up. Both of those things have stopped and like I said there is usually no problem. I know I shouldn't get so worked up over it and that I probably add to the problem by going up there so many times and fussing him but I can't help it. God, please give me patience.
**This post has been amended to add that when I went to get the boys out of bed at almost 5pm Zachary was standing up on his bed looking out the window.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The boys are "sword" fighting.
Alex got hit in the head and then cries to mama