Sunday, January 30, 2011
Right now Cara uses 6 to 7 word sentences and is able to explain herself pretty clearly. She understands just about 100% of what we tell her, but we do use a lot of gesturing and picture clues if we need to. She still gets frustrated sometimes and starts to have a meltdown, but we say, "Use your words, show us what you mean." And she can usually pull herself out of it and use words or gestures to show us what she means. She is starting to sing songs she hears on the radio, which is quite funny. Katy Perry and Rhiannna seem to be her favorites! ;)
Other news: A and her BF had their yearbook dance Saturday night. The theme was 70's and 80's, so they wore Muppets shirts.
Tonight is WSU vs. UW in basketball aka Apple Cup on the hardwood. Cara is wearing her WSU pj's in honor of the game. Here she is just after taking her bath. Go Cougs!
Monday, January 24, 2011
We went to Spokane last weekend to do Christmas up there with J's family. This was Cara's second time away from home where she spent the night in a hotel room. She did better this time than she did when we went to Pullman. She crawled into bed next to Daddy and went to sleep when she was tired. Here she is snuggling her brother at Aunt P's house.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This top is Carter's. We got it at Fred Meyer earlier in the week for $7.99. The leggings are new from Gap Kids. They were a "must buy" because Cara peed her black leggings that she had on this morning.
I wanted this Gap sweatshirt when I first saw it, but it sold out quickly online and we don't have a Gap Kids near us. We were lucky to find it today at the store. The inside of the hood is polka dot, too. I bought a size 5 because I want her to be able to wear it this coming fall and winter. It was originally $35.oo and we got it on sale for $20.00
Love this dress! Carter's outlet for $11.00.
This shirt was a last minute buy at Gymboree Outlet. It was $4.99. The straw cowboy hat was a splurge. There's a hot pink ribbon and flower on the band.
This pink shirt was one I really wanted to get her. It was at Gymboree Outlet.
This is B's favorite dress on Cara. Gymboree Outlet. I think Cara looks great in this green.
Rockin' out in her new swim suit and sunglasses. She has a white eyelet cover-up, too, but she was refusing to have her picture taken in it.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
On January 15, 2010 we spoke with the Waiting Child coordinator for our agency. She told us to expect a referral in the next 18-24 months. We did not think 2010 would be our year for adoption. We decided to take a nice family vacation for spring break and start saving for adoption expenses after that. We asked the kids where they wanted to go and they said, "Hawaii!" So Maui was the destination of choice for spring break.
We also ended up going to Disneyland because I had a work conference in Anaheim and J and the kids decided to tag along. Another fun-filled vacation for 2010.
We received an amazing surprise on June 22, 2010 when we received a referral for our daughter, Cara, and traveled to China to get her in October. Her special need was an unrepaired VSD. Cara's cardiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital believes her heart can still self-repair and wants to see her back in a year. More fantastic news for our family.
I received another surprise the end of October when I was offered the position of Principal at my school. It meant coming back earlier than I might have liked from my adoption leave, but it really is my dream job and I could not have been happier to accept the position. Cara has done wonderfully at daycare and loves going there.
A turned 16 in December and got her driver's license on the 29th. I now have another driver in the family! This will be a big help, I'm sure.
I have great kids, a handsome husband, and we are all healthy. I could not ask for more. I am eager to see what 2011 brings, but at the same time I am thankful for all of the blessings our family received in 2010. Happy New Year!