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Friday, June 8, 2012

Two crazy weeks

Well, since there's zero happening on the adoption front (do you hear the bitterness?), I will talk about the other things going on in our lives.  Warning: this will be a photo bomb.  We have had a seriously crazy last 2 weeks.  It all started with Ella graduating *sob* from preschool.  Two weeks ago, my baby graduated and will now be going to Kindergarten!?!  Here's a couple of pictures from that momentous occasion. :-)

My beautiful "big" girl

That weekend, for the first time in over a year and a half, we took a sort of vacation to Great Wolf Lodge.  It was only a sort of vacation because we only stayed for one day and we live only 30 minutes away.  But it was a great and much needed break.  Ethan slept in a "big boy" bed for the first time in his life and I don't recommend doing this for the first time when not home but they have these super cool bunk beds that are like they're sleeping in a wolf den so we had to let him sleep in one.  Yeah, well, guess where I spent most of my night...you guessed it, curled up in the teeny tiny bed with him.  Oh well.  And here are some pics from Great Wolf.

See?  How could I not let him sleep here?


Good times.  Well, a couple of days later, we had storms every night for 3 nights in a row.  This isn't exactly noteworthy since it's storm season but on the last night, we had one large boom from lightning that must've been right over us and our lights went out for just a few seconds.  Then, because our smoke alarms are hooked up to our security system, all of the smoke alarms went off.  Ella was already in our room and Ethan slept right through it all.  Amazing.  But the next day, we discovered that our cable and internet were out and we couldn't get it fixed until the next day.  Oh, the horror!  The next day, the lovely repairman came and fixed it no problem but when he left, the computer went nuts on me and stopped working.  So, Erik took it in to Best Buy and they said that our hard drive was blown and I'm guessing it was also from the storm or else it was just a major coincidence.  The awful part was that I had no computer for a whole week!  Terrible!  Who was going to stalk my adoption blogs?  And who was going to obsess over all of my adoption groups and what was going on in them?  Hmm?  Tell me!  Well, okay, so I still had my iPhone but still....

Okay, next up was Ethan's 2nd birthday!  We had a pretty low key birthday with just the 4 of us.  We went out to pizza and came back to the house for cake and presents.  He loved it!  He also apparently knows what 2 is because he got a case of the "mines" that night.  All of his presents were "mine!"  Oh boy.  It was fun though and he just loved everything about it.

Our terrible two year old

Okay, do you see that star confetti on the table?  Well, someone decided to swallow one of those and a few days later, well...he was a bit uncomfortable...well, a little more than "a bit."  I didn't know what was wrong but Ethan was in a lot of pain and then, I could tell he had swallowed something he shouldn't have but I didn't know what so I took him to urgent care who sent me to the E.R.  So, I took Ethan to the children's hospital near here and they did an x-ray, which of course showed nothing.  When the star was uh...removed, I had to laugh.  Really?  This much drama over a piece of confetti?!  But trust me, I stepped on one of those stars and they were sharp!

The next day, Ella had her ballet dance recital.  She did so great!  It's amazing, she started dancing when she was just 2 1/2 and every year we can see such a difference in her dancing.  Although, I (of course) think she's just a natural dancer.  She really is!  She's been dancing since she could sit up and rock to the music.  Okay, maybe every baby does but really, I think she's a wonderful little dancer.  And tonight, she had her first jazz recital. She loves jazz because it's "stylish."  :-)  She made me so proud tonight!  Here's a look back on her past recitals and the ones from this week.

Her first recital, when she was only 3!

See what I mean?  A natural!

Here's from last year's recital

And here is from her ballet recital on Wednesday

Jazz recital tonight

Oh yeah, day 78 waiting for our LOA.

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