Sunday, May 23, 2010

Brooks Graduates!

Last week was a milestone in Brooks life...he graduated from preschool!!!! We figure with this degree under his belt the possibilities are endless:-) He was so proud of himself and we enjoyed making this a special day for him.

Next year he will join big brother Bradey at Grace Christian Academy for half-day Kindergarten. They are both so excited to finally be at the same school.

Here are some pictures of our proud day!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1st Gotcha Day!

Celebrating Anna being with us for 1 year!

It was a great day of celebrating together as a family as well as with Amy's parents who flew in from California. We plan on making this a special day for Anna every year by focusing on her Russian heritage and talking about our memories of the day she was finally ours. We made a meal of traditional Russian Borsch soup and stuffed cabbage rolls (recipe courtesy of our Russian friend Nina!). We also set out various souvenir's and mementos from our time in Russia. I remember the day we took her from the orphanage as clearly as I remember the birth of the boys. Every moment was so special, a new beginning for all of us! It has been a tough year in many respects but also a wonderful year, I am so glad to be where we are today in our understanding of each other. Sometimes I wish we could go back in time, knowing what we know now of Anna's needs and personality and redo some of those days of trying to figure it all out. I am so thankful to be where we are!

Leaving the orphanage one year ago with our sweet baby

One year later, a complete family!

Anna with some of the Russian souvenirs

Playing with her Matryoshka doll (this is a special thing I normally don't let her have it because I am afraid we will loose some pieces!) She loves to play with this!

The day was even better celebrating with Grandma and Grandpa and of course a few presents!