HELLO THERE!!! I know I know its been months. I have some good reasons and a lot to share so go grab a snack and get comfy…. Ready ok.
So, last I blogged about our life, I gave you the 3rd Birthday rundown. At that time we were still at my moms. Remember, the house had flooded from the busted rubber washer hose?? Well fast forward to December and the house was FINALLY done. So, what did I have done? Well the whole house was repainted, the kitchen was gutted and remodeled, the downstairs bath got new tile and the whole downstairs got new floors. The last things to do now are refinish the Master bath vanity and Vera’s vanity and replace the countertops with leftover granite from the kitchen. Oh and install those pesky laundry doors :-) I am sure I will think of a few other things as time goes on, but for now, Vera and I love everything about the house and are VERY happy with the change. Here are a couple of pix:
Christmas came and we decided to have my family over Christmas Eve to show everyone the house. It was fun to have everyone here. That never happens. My sister cooked up a storm and we ate, chatted, opened gifts and had it was great. After everyone left, we headed to my sister’s house to spend the night. Christmas morning the kids woke up and that was a blast! Vera was SO excited that Santa brought her exactly what she asked for. What was that you ask? Why a pink train and a new blanket of course!
New Years came and my dear friend Julie was turning 40 on NYE. We normally go to her house and celebrate her bday and NY. But this year, I just wasn’t feeling good. I even got dressed, drove there and ended up heading back home before I even entered the party. So, in lieu of a party, it was Vera, my niece Ava and myself. The girls made it til 11:50. They tried :-) I made it til 12:10! LOL
The month of January was pretty busy. I had two weddings to shoot and an engagement session. In between, just normal life stuff. Running here and there, dealing with the flu that got me, and making time for naps and snuggles on rainy days.
Vera is doing AMAZING. She is talking so much and all the time. Nonstop. She loves to draw and is presently obsessed with all things princess. She received a Cinderella costume and glass slippers for her 3rd birthday from Aunt Deb and she would wear those each and every day if she could. She has learned to write her name and we are working on neatness and fitting it in the space for her Valentine’s cards for friends at school. We are even having some friends over on the 15th for a Valentines Party as Vera calls it. My girl loves a party!
She is still doing gymnastics. She did change gymnastic schools. Not because the old school was bad or not good enough. We changed to a school that is owned by a Ukrainian family. There are lots of Russian families there. Vera LOVES it. They love Vera as well. She walks in and tells everyone “priviet” and when she leaves she says “paka paka” The moms and grandmothers like to talk to her in Russian and Vera smiles and nods a yes or no. Who knows if she knows what they are saying but they seem to be satisfied with her response. She no longer is nervous on the little balance beam and will go across no problem. She is great on the trampoline and can forward roll all over the place on her own. Coach Anatoliy (he isn’t her coach yet but he watches her and greets us with a huge smile each week when we get there) even told his wife that Vera is very good and an amazing listener. And I would have to agree. Two weeks ago we spoke to one of the grandmothers and I shared with her Vera was adopted and she asked what part of Russia. I told her and she quickly responded that she LOVES that area of Russia and vacationed there several times. She then proceeded to tell me, “Your daughter, she is really russian, you must keep her in gymnastics. It is in her blood to be here”. LOL!
Vera has been home now 16 months. She and I are mother and daughter and have a special bond that is so much stronger than I ever would have imagined. When she crawls in my arms for hugs and love or we snuggle to watch a little TV, it is in those moments that I realize how lucky I am. Part of why I was so quiet these past months is the adoption ban really did a number on me. It made me so sad yet so grateful that I have my daughter. It was all I could do to get thru each day without being overwhelmed at the thought of the children still there, waiting for their family. A few weeks ago, Vera was taking a bath and randomly said, “I sad at baby house. I wait for my mommy at baby house and you come back for me. I get happy”. When she said that my heart hurt and broke for all the children and families that will never be. I am still praying that those that met their babies will be allowed court so that they can bring their babies home.
So, that is the latest and greatest in a summary overview on us. I promise to be more regular. I have a list of all things Vera coming up! Have a great day everyone!!