Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tonight, I told her we were going to go home and just "hang out." Two minutes later, I hear her in the backseat telling Cameron we have got to "HANG UP ALOT OF THINGS WHEN WE GET HOME." Really?? I found an expression that she doesn't understand? That's when it seems like 5 weeks and I happily explain it to her and savor this moment.
I just finished typing our 6 month update for our social worker. I was awestruck for a few minutes. How do I keep all that is in my heart about this vivacious, bossy, beautiful, athletic, bright, and friendly daughter of mine to 1500 words?? How do I describe the way that we have bonded? Can I possibly find words to describe the way that she has changed us and most everyone around her? Yes, she still wets the bed occasionally, she doesn't like time-outs, and she'd rather tell us what to do... but is such a JOY. My report is aweful and if I didn't have better things to do this week (aka Shakespeare in the park, fireworks, new child "basket" for the back of the bike, farmer's market, park, swimming) I might try to jazz it up a bit. It certainly doesn't dojustice to this child of mine!!
So, it's been a little over 5 months with our girl!! You can hear her daily remind us, "when I was little like a baby I came here from Ethiopia. Now I'm a big girl and I don't need a stool to see into the mirror when I polish my teeth." or she proudly states, "I am from Ethiopia and they didn't have toilet tissue there. We have it everywhere here!" or "I was little when I came from Ethiopia and now I want that 'W' off my wall. I want something new on my walls now that I am big!" geez, slow down. I'm not ready yet :)
Monday, June 21, 2010
Mommy, daddy, and Winnie were kissing and hugging before Winnie's bedtime. Tim gives Winnie a big hug and says, "I couldn't be a daddy today without having you be my sweet daughter (a bit emotional)." Winnie smiles back and looks him in the eyes, "I've gotta poop now."
laughing and a trip to the potty followed... it was only a stall tactic because she didn't really have to go!!!!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tim and I are enforcing some strict listening rules this week and it's HARD!!! She's so darn cute when she looks mad at you for not getting her way... infact I had to turn my face away not to laugh when punishing her last week for almost being hit by a car. YIKES!!!
Today was Win's first day with her new sitter. We miss Tiru, but Ms. Amber has a very sweet heart and we are excited to hear all about their day together.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We had a Birthday party at our house. Many of our friends and family witnessed a little four year old with a rootbeer and cupcake sugar buzzzzz. She and her friends blew bubbles and ran around until they were silly. I love the beads of sweat on her nose and cheeks when she plays really hard!!! When we got to the pinata, the fun really started... everyone pulled their ribbons, but the candy didn't come out!!! Winnie and the gang started picking up whatever they could find and started beating the pinata like the traditional method... minus the organization. Finally, uncle Brian stepped in and cracked it open over the kids heads.
It was really a great day of bringing many of the people who have supported us along the way!!!
In the ear piercing chair!! At this point she was sayin' she didn't want them.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Can you believe it's June already??? Winnie can. For weeks, she has been anxiously counting down the days to "my happy birthday"... For that same amount of time, she has been fixated on one birthday gift.... two shots, one in each ear. It's all she really wants. She doesn't care if it hurts. Winnie also told me today that she wants some "big, big, big earrings... like Maza has..." She is so funny. This holiday weekend Winnie, Abigail, Molly and Papa flew down to Texas to visit friends and family. Abigail reports that she did much better on the airplane. She had a great time with her big cousin Peyton, spent some time swimming, and got to visit some of her friends from ET. She spent the whole evening telling me about her adventure. Then Daddy had to make up for lost time, reading a quadruple set of bedtime story books...one for each day they were gone (Winnie's idea). Before she went to sleep, she asked one more time... "Winnie gets present tomorrow?" Yes, you do....Happy 4th Birthday Winnie. We love you.