Random Happenings

So much has happened over the last couple of months.  I am just going to throw it all on here before I forget everything!

– When we got home from vacation, we decided to work on breaking Daphne’s finger sucking habit.  We started the first night we were home. My theory was that because she was EXHAUSTED, maybe she would fall asleep easily despite wearing gloves.  We did this with Norah and Lucy – and, while it worked, the first several night were awful.  Lucy sucked her fingers again about 6 months later and we had to start all over again.  Daphne is definitely our most strong-willed child so we were both concerned that it would be awful.  She proved us wrong – breaking her habit was much easier than Norah and Lucy!  Now she is glove free and not sucking fingers – woot, woot!

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– We have our travel dates for Trip 1 of our adoption!  We are so excited to get to travel soon!  After thinking about it for 7 months, it is hard to believe it is finally almost here!  I will try to update our blog as often as I can once we actually get there.  We are planning like crazy – for the girls to be with grandparents, for us to be gone, and for the time we are with Levi in the orphanage.

– Norah and Lucy are playing Upward basketball this year.  They both wanted to try it – even though that have no basketball experience!  If they get their skills from me, they may not play more than one ‘season.’ Ha!

– We went on a couple really fun field trips in the last 2 months – one to The Fabulous Fox Theater and one to see The Nutcracker.  We see The Nutcracker almost every year, but this was our first time to tour The Fox.  It was pretty cool to see ‘behind the scenes.’   I love being a part of a homeschool group – we get to do so many field trips that I probably would never think of doing!

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My mom went to see The Nutcracker with us.Image

The girls Lifelight Youth Theater director set up a question/answer with some of the dancers.  

 

 

 

 

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Kevin’s mom came to The Fox with us.  It’s always fun to have grandparents join us!

– Daphne lost a tooth already – she is only 4!  Norah lost her first at 4, but it is really hard to believe.

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– After claiming to not like reading and taking a little while to pick it up, Lucy is now doing great!  She still prefers to read to someone – instead of to herself, but she gets really into the books we read together.  She is also great about reading to Daphne – every once in a while we wake up in the morning to the two of them reading together.

– We celebrated Christmas with my family over Thanksgiving weekend.  That was the only weekend that worked for all of us to be together.  It made for a crazy couple of days – but everyone had a lot of fun!

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Norah received a rainbow loom from Max and Denise.  Denise spent a long time helping her and Ryan make various bracelets.  They loved it!

 

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– We took the girls to see Frozen a few weeks ago.  We all thought it was a great movie!  Daphne, however, is OBSESSED with it.  She asked us to change her name to Elsa because “I do look just like her with my white hair and blue eyes.”  Ha!  She sings ‘Let it Go’ constantly – at the top of her lungs.  She also pretends to freeze us all. the. time.

– Norah is Mrs. Potts in their spring musical.  She is thrilled!  She even has a couple of solos!  If you would have told me when she was 5 that she would be singing solos in a musical by 4th grade, I would not have believed you!  

– Norah lost a molar – seriously, that is disgusting.  She has another one that is really loose already!  

– We had one big snow before Christmas.  We were only supposed to get about 2-4 inches, but we ended up with 9!  It stuck around a lot longer than it usually does around here.  The girls played in it for about 5 days straight!  

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 The girls and Kevin made a fort.  I stayed inside where it was warm!

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Poor Hugo wanted to go on a walk but he really doesn’t like the snow.  We took him a couple of times once the snow started melting, but he still had to jump/climb over some big piles of snow.  The girls loved going on a walk through in the snow – they laughed and fell and laughed some more! 

Enough random-ness for now – one more picture, though!

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Vacation Part 6 (and final!)

Friday, we spent a good chunk of the day at Epcot and then headed home.  The kids wanted time to swim and to just hang out!  Again, we weren’t 100% sure we wanted to do Epcot, knowing that it wasn’t as kid friendly as the other parks.  It was definitely worth it for the rides that they do have – and it was kind of nice to only spend part of the day there.

I think the favorite ride was Test Track – but by the time we thought about doing it again, the line was a couple of hours and the fast passes were gone.  We also really like Soarin’ – although Lucy wasn’t sure about this one.  Once we started – she liked it and Daphne said it was one of her favorites of the entire week.  Daphne and I waited outside while the rest of the group went to Mission Space.  Apparently, this was not a favorite for Lucy.  I think she was in tears before they even got to the ride.

We skipped the World Showcase – assuming the kids didn’t care about it.  We grabbed lunch and then headed back to the house to swim!

Epcot

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Saturday we went back to Magic Kingdom for several hours.  Then, we headed home for naps before spending the evening at Magic Kingdom for the parade and fireworks.

Daphne REALLY wanted to see as many princesses as possible, so here is the photo dump of that.

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Another favorite of the girls was Story Time with Belle.  Norah participated in the little drama – she was Mrs. Potts.  It was so cute and definitely worth the wait if you have little girls!

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We had a FANTASTIC time in Disney – the girls were the perfect ages to experience the “magic” of the trip and still be able to do most of the rides!  Our flight home was uneventful – thankfully!

Vacation Part 5

After a brief break from the Disney Parks we were ready to get back in the game!  Thursday was a beautiful day for Animal Kingdom.  We all debated about going here.  I had heard that if you live near a great zoo (and, of course, St. Louis Zoo is rated at #3), it isn’t necessary to spend a whole day there.  While it definitely doesn’t take a whole day, it was still fun!  The safari was BY FAR the best part of that day.  The Lion King show was fantastic, too!

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Vacation Part 4

We spent Wednesday at the beach.  The kids were thrilled to spend a day at the beach.  We went to the Atlantic side of Florida.  It was crazy windy but the kids still had a great time! (as I was looking through vacation pictures, I realized that I don’t have any of Norah from the beach.  Oops!)

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Verbal Referral

We have been waiting for our verbal referral.  The “normal” timeline right now is that a family’s dossier is submitted to the IAC, 2 weeks later they receive their verbal referral, 3 weeks later they receive the written referral and travel dates, and then travel dates happen 4-6 weeks later.  

We had a hit a point where we were starting to wondering why it was taking so long to get our verbal referral.  We have heard the waiting is so hard, but as busy as we are, we hadn’t felt that – until last week.  This morning I had prayed that I would be a peace no matter what the timing is.  I know that God’s timing is perfect.

About 30 minutes later, I checked my email and had an email that said this, “Not only has your dossier been approved, but the written referral was signed today and you have TRAVEL DATES!!!!”

What?!?!  Are you kidding me?  Praise Jesus!  We really thought we would be traveling the end of January/early February.  Now we get to travel sooner than that.  

It will definitely be a crazy month or so as we get ready for Christmas and to travel to Eastern Europe!