Friday, April 13, 2012

A First :)

Even though it's been crazy windy and sort of cold, we couldn't wait any long.  The time had come...

...for Carter's first visit to the park.  Okay, well the park was actually a school playground - which leaves a lot to be desired in the area of toddler play equipment.  But we made due.

I helped Carter climb the one and only piece of play equipment and go down the slide.  His reaction?!  Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  

So we tried it again.

And again - nothing.  It will be a while before this little boy has any concept of what to do on a playground.  We're still washing away the orphanage grime.  Nobody ever taught this kid how to play.  Which is why at home, he chooses to wander instead of sit and play.  Because in that orphanage, he did a whole lotta sitting.

And this kid's over it.

It's okay.  We'll get there.  Slowly but surely.


Carter watches Mama, apparently.  Today he helped with some light cleaning.  You might remember his swiffer skills.  Well - now watch in amazement as he shows off his dusting skills.

Pretty sure I've never dusted the refrigerator like this - but why not?!  It probably needed it.


In the morning, when he still has his jammies on, I love to see his squishy little feet pull this (incredibly loud & obnoxious) alligator around the house.  It's by far his favorite activity - he is an alligator addict.  The minute we get home from somewhere, he picks it up.  The second he gets down from his high chair, he runs to find it.

I'm sure the day will come when this alligator will retire to a shelf, or be handed down to a sibling.  And I'll likely miss the pairing of squishy feet + alligator noise.  So until that day, I'll enjoy it.  

Obnoxious noise & all.  


Carter is serious about lawn safety.

This gutter-thinger was definitely blocking his walking route.  If he had a notebook, he would have pulled it out of his pocket and written a ticket.

As long as we were outside, he decided to mow a bit.  Forget about the fact that every time the mower went on the grass, he threw a little fit.

Carter mows sidewalks.

And sometimes, when he gets tired of pushing the mower - he pulls it.  Because that's much easier.

Yes - that brown and white blur is Moses.  He's very good at intercepting Carter when he's going to far.  Moses will jump right in and cut off Carter's path.

No joke.

And Carter will turn around and head the other direction.


We got a nice letter in the mail from our city, pertaining to our recent water usage.  They told us they were concerned that, because our usage has gone up tremendously, we must have a leak and should check it out.


I'm sure this has something to do with it.

Once a day (sometimes twice), since November.  Yep, that explains it :)


That's all I got.  It's Friday, and I'm so grateful for weekends.  A time to recharge.  Be with those you love.  Enjoy yours, friend.

One Thing I Know For Sure: Ready for the weekend.....


  1. He's too adorable for words! LOVE his Brewers outfit, would love to know where you got it! and that alligator toy hides on the top shelf in the girls' closet because it drives me crazy!

  2. He is so lovely! I am thrilled he found your family and vice versa! Thank you for sharing!

  3. He is so stinkin adorable! Love that you are soaking him all in!

  4. I love seeing how he is doing. What a little doll. Love that Moses is helping to take care of him too.

    If you get a chance will you do we a favor and repost my balloon fundraiser I am doing for all the RR children. It goes until Friday, April 20th at 12:00 p.m. Hoping it helps others like Carter find their forever families :)

    Carlene's soon to be momma :)

  5. I love your blog! I have a 4 year old son with Down syndrome and have been actively working to raise awareness for orphans with Down syndrome. Is there any chance I could get an email address to contact you? You can reach me at bradymurray34@gmail



  6. Wondering if all is ok there with u guys, long time and no Carter postas, starting to miss his little face!


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