Sunday, September 21, 2008

One year ago

Wow, has time flown. A year ago last Friday, we met sweet Sophie for the first time. A year ago from this coming Thursday, we brought her home to meet the rest of the family. As I read the blogs of others who have traveled recently, our trip to Ethiopia seems like it was just yesterday. I remember so many faces and stories and images of the country. We are really looking forward to the day that we can all return as a family of six. We don't know when the right time will be, but I'm sure we'll figure it out when the time is right.
We were lucky enough to join many other Gladney families in NYC last Thursday night. I was so happy to see Belay again. Of course he remembered "Yordie" right away. I wish that she had felt a little more comfortable so that he could hold her, but she was a little overwhelmed. It was so nice to see how many local families are in process, and of course so nice to see so many children home forever. I even saw one older girl who I remember from Kechene. I think that she held John's hand the entire time that we toured the orphanage (all the girls were obsessed with his very straight hair!). She was so sweet. We weren't allowed to take pictures there, but her face has stayed with me this past year. I was thrilled to see her at the dinner. Although she didn't remember me, at least I know that she has found a forever family.

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Day of School!

My first and second graders! A tiny subset of our big, fun bus stop


Off to preschool




And with school, comes activities.


Our first karate lesson (he was a natural - shocker)


And the first time as catcher
Happy 6 Katie! All the girls from her class came for waterslide fun. You have to love 80 degrees in mid-September (otherwise, they would have done some pretty lame crafts led by the most unimaginative mom ever!)

By now and we're all settled into school and doing great. The transition from 3/4 day kindergarten to full day 1st grade is still happening (tired and cranky, anyone?), but we're getting there! We try to go easy on activities in the fall, but hockey is about to start full force, so that keeps us busy! Sophie is walking like a maniac (after finally starting at 19 months!). I think her favorite word right now is hungry - she fits in well :)
I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of fall. This is by far my favorite season - the weather couldn't be more perfect - enjoy!