Welcome, January. Glad you're here.
This boy's waddle has transformed into something that resembles a walk. He's not quite there yet - but he's so close. The 'raised arms' are almost a thing of the past. Now, he walks with his toy of the day in his hand. Yep - holding a toy and walking at the same time. May not seem like a big deal...but let me tell you, it is. And we are so proud of our boy.
Our old friend, Paperwork, is back for a while. We're working on finishing up our post-placement so we can finalize Carter's adoption in the U.S. His adoption IS final, technically. But in order to get his equivalent of a U.S. birth certificate, we need to do the post-placement study and have a (very informal) court hearing in our county. This is also necessary to do if we ever plan to adopt again.
We also need this so that we can apply for Katie Beckett. No idea what that is?! We knew nothing about it until we were about to travel to Ukraine. If you have or are adopting a child with special needs, google it. Pretty amazing!
We're also going through and organizing all that paperwork we got in Ukraine. Some of it isn't translated....phooey. Google translator has been a life saver.
Paperwork - I thought you were gone for a while. I was wrong. Welcome back - please don't wear out your welcome.
The last few days have been filled with something that resembles normalcy. We're back to what looks like a routine, and I am loving it.
I've been enjoying this....
|Carter loves play-doh!|
This....because really, is there anything sweeter?!
And this...ohhh, how I've been enjoying this...!
Love the routine. Love the consistency. Love being home. Love it all.
Last night was DIY pizza night. Some dear friends popped over to join us - and it was really the perfect night. Laughter, story telling, jam-packed kitchen, teenagers sprawled out on the couches and floors.
On a side note - I loved all the activity. I think I could get used to having lots of kids around. We'll see what our future holds...but I'd be okay with a big family. Moving on...
This family happens to be Rachel's family - yes, our Rachel. The one who came to Ukraine with us. And her dad happens to have an amazing artistic talent. So, to thank us for bringing Rachel along to the great unknown - he gifted us with this amazing work of art. Really - it's incredible. Takes my breath away. He did it with charcoal, and when I asked him how long it took - he was all 'oh - a few days - not that long...'. Humblest guy ever.
Remember this photo? It was taken at the airport when we arrived home from Ukraine.
Well...take a look at this. Amazing. I wish I had a better photo to show the awesomeness of this....
Notice he removed the keys from Carter's hands and added a block? I wish you could see the detail in his hair. Really - it's incredible.
I've already told him that this is the gift that keeps on giving. Another baby...another drawing.
Thank you so much, Jesse. We absolutely love it - and we'll treasure it forever!
Blog is written, and now it's back to what I love best - spending time with my boys on a dreary Saturday morning. Shhh...it's January - going back to the cave to hibernate now. Do the same - and enjoy!
One Thing I Know For Sure: Lovin' January....!