Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cara's First Easter Morning With Her Family

We dyed Easter eggs last night and Cara thought that was pretty fun. She knew afterward she needed to go to sleep so the Easter bunny could come and fill her basket. We told her it was kind of like Santa Claus, but the Easter bunny instead. She was pretty excited this morning. You can tell the 16 year-old and 13 year-old aren't all that impressed. ;)

A ladybug box of candy! If there's a ladybug involved, Cara's all about it.

Dad, what could this be?

Oh, my gosh, a new necklace! She let Daddy put it on.

She thinks she's all that with her new necklace and basket full of candy.

After church we went to my mom and dad's for breakfast and an Easter egg hunt with the cousins.

A went with her bf to Tri-Cities, so I only got an Easter picture of two of my little loves. They are both so sweet.

This tutu was the final item that sealed the deal on potty training. If I would have known that a pink tutu would've done it, I could have gotten one six months ago! ;) So this was the fun, Easter egg hunting outfit.

Action shots of the egg hunt. I don't really consider myself to be much of a photographer, though I'd like to get better at it. I do like these action shots, though.

Time to go through her loot with Dad.

She's all wore out and napping now. Today was a really fun day for her. I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter with your families.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Many Faces of Cara

Sad face...
Happy face...

Elvis face...

Piggy face...

Bunny face...

Cute face...

Tantrum face!

She did all of these in under five minutes. I wonder if she'll be an actress...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Finally a nice weekend!

We went to Yakima on Saturday for the no tax sale at Big R. B is growing like a weed and needed a new show shirt for the livestock show and new boots. We found the boots, but no shirt. Cara and A wanted to be twins today in their 4-H sweatshirts. After Big R we ran some errands, got some Easter Basket goodies, and bought two new trees to plant in the front of the house. After dinner Grandma, Grandpa, and Great Grandma Ann came over to celebrate Grandma Ann's 82nd birthday. Yes, Cara is wearing a swimming suit. No, it's not swimming weather, but the suit has a tutu. 'Nuf said. Aunt D and Uncle D and L, D, and L came over for cake as well.
Little L decided to spend the night for Cara's first slumber party. Big mistake! This picture is an illusion. Cara kept coming into our bedroom over, and over, and over. Finally, A and L went into A's room to sleep and Cara had to stay in our bedroom with us. She cried until after midnight! It will be a while before she has another slumber party!
Who said Shanghai kids don't like dirt!? Well, it was probably me when we first got Cara. She wouldn't touch grass or dirt. Now we can't get her out of the dirt. She found a basket of Daddy's old tractors and toys in the garage after lunch today. Behind her is the fire pit that Cara kept dumping dirt into last weekend until Daddy caught her! ;)

At around 5:00 p.m., I thought I finally had her convinced to come in the house and take another bath. When she put the swather back in the basket of trucks and tractors in the garage, she spotted a dump truck she needed to play with. And a plastic yellow shovel.

It's 5:40 p.m. and she and her dad are in negotiations right now about coming in the house and getting out of the dirt.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Six Month "Gotcha"versary

Six months ago I was handed this precious gift. I remember, at the time, thinking "I can't believe they just gave her to me." Anyone who has adopted from China knows about the incredible amount of paperwork needed to complete a dossier, then the LOA, then the care plan, etc. I can't even remember the whole time line of paperwork past that; I think I've blocked it from my mind. Then you get to China for Gotcha Day and there is more paperwork to fill out prior to receiving your child. All of that mountain of paperwork melted away the moment I held Cara in my arms. I just kept thinking, "I can't believe they just gave her to me!" It just felt like she was so special and so wonderful and so perfect that there HAD to be something else I needed to do to prove myself worthy to be her mom. She was sweaty and nervous when we met her, but still cute and funny and willing to go to us. When we headed down the hallway to get in the elevator to leave, she saw one of the nannies from the orphanage further down the hall and started to cry. She can tell us now that she was really scared at the time. I can only imagine! I would be terrified to leave everything I've ever known and go halfway around the world with strangers who looked different and spoke a different language and I'm almost 40 years old. She has done amazingly well. She is up to 10-12 word sentences and can communicate quite well with everyone. She loves to play outside and is no longer afraid of any of the animals. Or grass. Or dirt. She loves shoes, clothes, fingernail polish, stick-on earrings, lipgloss and bows; you will never meet a "girlier" girl. She is affectionate and sweet and has unbelievable manners (she came with those). We are still working on two major issues: hugging, kissing, and allowing others to pick her up that are not immediate family and potty training. It's a process and we will continue to work on it. She has been wanting a tutu and we told her that if she was potty trained she could have one. Today was the first day she went to daycare in panties and didn't have an accident, so she got her tutu when she came home. She wore it to jump on the trampoline, because when you have a twirly tutu, a girl needs to jump!
Happy six month "gotcha"versary, Cara. You are SO LOVED!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Each of My Children Has A Special Talent

Or as we like to call them, future stupid party tricks! ;) A can stick her tongue out far enough to touch the top of her nose. B can lay on his back and put his feet all the way up behind his head. Cara can roll her eyes all the way into the back of her head. This is kind of a weak effort, because she knew she was being photographed. She can get them all the way back to where you can only see white. It's kind of gross, actually. When we were at the beach for spring break she would wear a pirate eye patch over one eye, roll the other one back and say, "Arghhhhhh!!" She also rolls her eyes back like this when she doesn't want to hear what you have to say. I can only imagine how many times I will see this face during the teenage years. My friend S has yet to meet Cara, but she likes to buy her shoes. And man, does Cara like shoes! She sent Cara pink sparkly TOMS this week, so of course, Cara had to wear them and have her picture taken.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Baby Chicks

We like to get a few baby chicks every spring to add to our flock. I think you can taste the difference between fresh, farm grown eggs and eggs from the store. The first week in March, Cara wouldn't even go over to the baby chicks at the feed store; even when I held her. She just screamed. The second time we went to the feed store, Cara would at least peer into the galvanized watering troughs that held the chicks, but there was NO WAY she was going to hold any of them. We bought 6 baby chicks on Friday, and look at her now!

B picked an all-white one and decided to name it appetizer after the baby chick on "Off The Map."

A posing. We need to take pictures of the kids with their pigs today in preparation for the livestock show the first week in May.

Aren't they sweet?