Two China Dolls and a Prince!

This blog chronicles the story of 2 of our adoptions, both older children when they came home. It begins in 2008 and will continue in the hopes we can be of encouragement and information to anyone thinking of older child adoption.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ok, back again, at least it's only been two months this time. I truly cannot believe how busy we are some days. Getting 4 kids to their various places is just wild! At least Judi and Jaz go to some of the same places, but I am getting to the point where, on a rare day off, I want to stay home and go nowhere! Today was a day off, but here was the agenda: up at 6 to get the kids ready and drive them to school (normally they ride the bus), went back at 9:30 for Judi's Valentine party, then right to Jazmin's at 11. Got out of school at 1pm, drove 20 miles to Wsbg for Judi's doctor appt as she has sinusitis AGAIN! At least she went 4 months without it this time. Picked up medicine, hightailed it back to Leeton for parent teacher conferences for older 3 kids from 3:30 to 4:45. Picked up son, zoomed back to house, grabbed dance stuff, dropped Judi off with Jessica, and went back to town for James' baseball practice and Jazmin's dance class! Then I'm back up at 4:45 tomorrow for work at 6! At least the kids are out of school tomorrow so I don't have to whisk them into bed as soon as we get home. That's not a typical day, but kind of close!

The kids are all thriving, Jessica is doing so great this year in 9th. Always on the high honor roll, she got nominated for homecoming princess (tho didn't win, but close!), and is going to try out for the cheerleading squad in April. James is all baseball and basketball. He's 12 and a half and is over 5'6"; he grew 3 inches just from July! He's going to be tall and skinny like my dad and younger brother (6' and 6'3" respectively). He's also doing much better this semester, getting A's, B's, and a C instead of "ahem", lower. His teachers say he's really got his head on straight now and is seeming to mature more every day.

Jazmin is just precious and is loved by everyone she meets. She's doing great in 1st grade and her reading has really gone gangbusters so far; it's so cool to hear your kid read! She's a wonderful big sister tho she does get impatient with Judi sometimes; they still get along great almost all the time, but there are times I have to make them separate to get a "breather" from each other.

Judi just takes the world by storm; it is her playground. She walks around the school like she was born there. She still follows Jaz everywhere and copies her, we're working on learning that she can choose to do other things, it doesn't always have to be what Jaz does or gets or wants; still some competition there. She can write her name now very well, knows all her colors, almost all the alphabet by site, and is now asking me to spell everything. I think she'll be ready for kindergarden in the fall with no problem. She still seems little to me, just a compact ball of energy and smarts and attitude. She's only 41" tall but you always know when Judi's in the room! Enjoy the latest pics....til next time!


Aus said...

You guys are looking super great! I missed most of your last 'break' while we were in China with our latest adoption - been home about a week and couldn't be happier!

hugs - aus and co.

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