Live...laugh...love Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Here is Maya, eating the raw onions (marinated in lime juice) off the very spicy mole. She was eating them like they were candy!? She is such a funny little girl!!! First raw cactus, then loads of olives stuffed with anchovies, fried crickets in Mexico and now raw onions with a hint of mole. I need to record this indefinitely in internet never-neverland so when she is older and only wants pizza, I have proof of her young global palate.
Chinese New Year celebration with the local FCC group! I love how the Lunar New Year can go on and on:). We started the month with the dumpling making class and the Chinese Consulate Reception , the had dinner at a Chinese Restaurant with many other families who have adopted from China, then I did a celebration at the kids' preschool, and tonight was the culmination of the "holiday season" with the huge CNY celebration. Tonito's Chinese outfit is SO short on him, it looked more like capris, so we decided his kung-fu outfit would be a great substitute (with the clause in fine print that there would be no actual kung-fu practiced on anyone:).
Friday, February 26, 2010
Here's a cute picture of the kids enjoying game night with Papi. In other news:), we finally have our I-171 approved from USCIS, which in layman's terms means we are approved by US immigration to adopt from Ethiopia!! Our paperwork will be sent to our agency, they will certify a couple of more papers, and it will be sent off to Ethiopia to be translated and presented! Our agency uses the date on our I-171 as our official "waiting" date, so although we have been in the process for months gathering paperwork and finishing the homestudy, etc, February 25h, 2010 officially begins our journey! We are requesting a little boy under 3 and we assume it will be about a year until we travel. International Adoption is not as predictable as a normal gestation:), but at least we are "paper pregnant" and the legwork is behind us!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Maya and Vivi both just started ballet and they LOVE it. I was a little worried about Maya, and wondered if she would be open to the class. Yeah right- not only did she run into the class and try everything the teacher asked- she smiled and flirted in the mirror the whole time, catching my eye and waving every chance she could get!
Something I love about their dance studio is how the teacher uses props during almost every exercise, and gets the girls to dance by having them dress up and feel like the little princesses they are.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tonio: "So aren't the kids in Tonito's class like 3 and 4 years old?"
Tonio: "And they're going to make a tiger out of the black and orange dough?"
Me: "Yeah- it's the Year of the Tiger!"
Tonio: "Aren't they still in pull-ups?"
Yes, when I tried myself to make a tiger out of the dough I failed miserable and ended up with an orange ball with black stripes. I realize it was out of their age range. I realize I overestimate how easy something is going to be, but when I try to do the task myself I fail to see how a 3 year old would handle it. I know, I know. But it always sounds like such a great idea!! And I always have such high hopes.
After not getting any sleep, the dough was almost worth it (here are Tonito and Vivi;s attempts:)
Next we painted quince blossoms (brown stick, pink flower puffs). This was much more a 3-4 year old activity!
Next we read some books about traditions at CNY, and finally we had our lunch of panda bear cookies from China, eaten with chopsticks (with the chopstick helpers!) Tonito and Vivi were both really proud in the China clothes- I'm not sure how long that will last so I am taking full advantage of it! I wonder when kids start to get embarrassed by things like that? Hopefully not for a while! The kids were all interested in the acitivites and I was amazed how adept they were at the chopsticks (with the helpers of course!)..