Tuesday, May 22, 2012


One of the things that we liked about our Russian adoption is that when EasternStar came home, her name had already been legally changed to our last name and she had a Russian birth certificate to prove it.  However, the only problem with having a Russian birth certificate is that no one can read it!  Every time we have to give someone a copy of her birth certificate we have to make a copy of her certificate and the English translation.  Things have gone smoothly so far, but I just know that eventually someone will give us a hard time about it.

We've gone back and forth over the past few years about should we do the re-adoption here and get her birth certificate from our state (which is the only benefit to doing it....that we see at least...) or should we just continue as we are.  Since we are getting ready to move out of the state, and we found a VERY generous lawyer that donates her time to help complete the paperwork, we decided to go ahead and complete the process.

It is amazing how fast this process has gone.  I was expecting to wait weeks and weeks to get a court date.  However, we turned in all of our paperwork on Wednesday (5/16) and we have a court date set for May 31st!

EasternStar is starting to understand a little bit about her adoption.  We've told her multiple times that she was born in Russia and that we brought her home on an airplane and that we are so lucky that we got picked to be her mom and dad.  But really, how much does a 2 or 3 year old understand.  With the girls talking about this new baby in my tummy, and TinyDancer stating that she was born in Texas and RainbowBaby knowing that she was born here, I think that she's started to understand a little more.  She says now that she came from someone else's tummy and that her first mommy couldn't take care of her.  That she was somewhere safe until we found her and that we brought her home on an airplane.  I'm sure that she still doesn't completely get it and that this will just the first of many conversations that we have.

I continue to be in awe of the process of watching her (and my other girls) develop and change and grow.  She is getting to be quite the little helper around the house, and quite the little mommy to RainbowBaby - despite our reminders that she is only in charge of herself.  8 )  She continues to be our little comedian and while often pretends that she is clueless as to what is going on around her, she is one sharp cookie that doesn't miss anything.  People sometimes remark that she is lucky to have been adopted - but I continue to believe that WE are the lucky ones.  I know that God made her for us; and us for her.  We are so lucky that we were entrusted by the Russian courts to be her parents and there are no words that could show how incredibly grateful we are.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy News!

Stranger and I have some happy news to share.  We've told almost no one .........

that we're expecting baby # 5 in November!  We are very excited about our new addition.  The girls are excited as well!  TinyDancer has promised to change lots of diapers and do lots of feedings.  We're assigning her to the hours between 1 am - 6 am.  8 )

Baby#5 doesn't have a blog name yet.  If anyone has any suggestions just leave them in the comments.

Lilypie Maternity tickers

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New House

Holy crap!  We're closing on our new house today!

And we are moving in like, 2 weeks!  What the heck are we thinking??

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More skating videos

Here are some more videos from TinyDancer's last competition.  This is the Elements part of the competition.  The judges tell the skaters to perform a specific skill and one at a time, each skater executes the skill.

In this event, TinyDancer placed first.


Skill # 1

Whoops!  Apparently all of my videos didn't upload to y.ou.tube properly.

How about a different one instead.  This is from skating camp last summer.

Skating camp 2011

I can't believe how much she's improved this school year!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

International Festival at school

Last week, TinyDancer's school had an International Festival.  Each grade learned a song and a dance from a different country and performed it on the stage for the parents.  Afterwards there were snacks from different countries.

Before the first performance there was a "parade of nations" where all of the children from different countries were announced and walked up to the stage.  It was neat because some of them were in the traditional dress from their home country.  I knew that TinyDancer's school was diverse - but doesn't every school say that?  When the school told me that they were "diverse" is just rolled my eyes and thought 'yup.  you and everyone else'.  But they really are!  In her tiny school, there are probably 12 - 15 different countries represented.

The first graders performed a song and dance from China and then the entire school sung the school song.


Chinese song and dance

School song

As a side note, I really need one of those monopod things if I am going to continue to videotape stuff with a 2 year old in my lap!!    

8 )