Thanksgiving & Fall Leaves.
Apparently I thought Host Boy had gotten his visa but that was wrong information because I found out their visa appointment is actually this coming Thursday.
I will continue holding my breath until then! There should be no issues, but you know.
The disorganization of Ukraine and timeline for the program is hard. I desperately need to buy plane tickets to pick up Host Boy at Dulles but I’m not doing it until after he gets his visa at the embassy appointment. I’m going to leave the kids with my sister, fly from Louisville to Dulles, then fly back home with Host Boy in the same day. But they aren’t arriving in Dulles until 3:25 in the afternoon on December 20th. The ticket prices are going up and flights are getting booked, and mostly I hate not having everything squared away with 27 days to go.
More patience, right?
Swift subject change–Hope all of you in America had a happy Thanksgiving!
This year I’m very thankful for quite a few things. Especially thankful that my husband is willing to work a million hours a week to support us, and thankful that I have such a wonderfully supportive online community who has helped bring not one but TWO orphans here from Ukraine! I would kiss you all but a) I hate germs and b) I cannot reach through the computer with my lips.
As far as celebrations go we ate at my parents’ house yesterday. First Thanksgiving without my grandfather. Technically he didn’t eat Thanksgiving dinner last year either because he wasn’t feeling well, but still. Kind of sad.
I took funny panoramic pictures of everyone eating. Tyler was right next to me, so he wasn’t in the picture. Everyone else looks so goofy!
My sister and her boyfriend. Bahaha!
Lazy, all of them.
My Grandma and Ada’s booty.
(These are from my real camera)
Rosie is *always* eating. She’s a bottomless pit! Luckily (unlike Ada) she enjoys things like raw carrots…
Just down the road from my house, night before Thanksgiving:
My kids LOVE this house. It’s around the corner from us.
They call it The Crazy Christmas House.
A bit of ridiculousness:
My Silkie roosters think they can fight like ninjas.
Today we had a second thanksgiving at my in-laws’ house. We had chili instead of typical holiday food.
Afterwards we saw Rise of the Guardians, which was a pretty good movie. It was the first time Ada has seen a movie in 3D. She was quite impressed!
(She has a fruit snack stuffed in her cheek, haha.)
Rosie reading at home tonight–she’s reading longer chapter books now.
She likes to read in bed every night until she falls asleep. Best habit ever!
She just finished the first book in the “Hank the Cowdog” series. It was 129 pages! Pretty good for a 6 year old.
Then she read the first Judy Moody book in two nights’ time.
Now she’s reading The Children on Troublemaker Street, which is slightly easier. It’s by the same author who wrote the Pippi Longstocking books.
(I was a bit shocked to realize that this book says, “damn it” a lot. Rosie read me an entire chapter where the 4 year old girl says damn it over and over!)
I love that she’s enjoying reading so much. I have to encourage her to read a book from start to finish though, she tends to want to read part of a book then pick up another and read part of it, never actually finishing an entire book. That drives me crazy! It’s like book ADD.
These pictures are from a couple weeks ago but I never had time to post them:
You can really see how brown Ada is in these pictures. She’s a completely different skin color than Tyler, Rosie, and me. No idea why!
She also tans really dark quickly and never burns.
This is, hands down, Ada’s favorite picture of ALL TIME.
“Show me the picture of me Ada with the realllllly big leaf hair!”