Lots going on....

Monday, June 16, 2008
We have been so busy around here....I am going to try to catch up with bullet points as I have seen my fellow bloggers do:

~Kate had her 2 year check up today.  She is in the 90th percentile for height.  We continue to get such a kick out of this as the rest of our family is... shall we say "height challenged."

~We had our last home study visit (way overdue) last week.  Both the social worker and I got a bit teary eyed as we have really enjoyed one another over the 4 years we have worked together. The actual visit was a bit of a disaster...Kate put choke-able toys in her mouth, fell and got hurt and threw a classic 2 year old tantrum.  I think they are going to let us keep her anyway;)

Final homestudy
Kate and our Social Worker

~Denise had our family and Rachel's family over Saturday night for a delicious dinner. All of the kids played beautifully together (there were 11 of them).  I feel really grateful to know both of these families and live near them.  We have such a nice time whenever we see them.  Thank you Denise.  Rachel made awesome desserts too:)

Kate, Lily and Maggie played quite a game of "Ring around the Rosie!"

Lily and Rachel

Denise and Maggie

Wow!  This dinner looks delicious!


The whole gang!

~I went to see Sex and the City with some friends last week but a horrendous storm blew through town and the theatre lost all power.  So, we sat in the dark and talked and then went out for drinks.  I still haven't seen it:(

~But I did see Kung Fu Panda (with the kids) and P.S. I love you.  I also rented Atonement but have not watched it yet. Dave took the boys to Indiana Jones.

~Will turns 11 this week..where did the time go?

~Thank you SO much for all of the thoughts and prayers for Conner.  They will be in California for about a month for the procedures.  I will update you and ask for more specific prayers as his surgeries approach.

~Also, thank you so much for the encouraging e-mails and comments regarding my flight.  I cannot tell you how much they have inspired me.  I will write each one down (along with who sent it) so that I can look at them on my flights.  I am so appreciative of everyone's suggestions and encouragement.

~Harry got a guitar this weekend.  Dave is teaching him how to play.

~Dave started Judo this week.  I am not allowed to say anymore about that.

~Kate has decided that pink is her favorite color and she love the Fancy Nancy books (thank you Lily and Rachel).  That's my girl.  She also LOVES shoes and sometimes wears them with nothing else.  Her "sparkly starfish shoes" and her "croc shoes" are her favorites.

~Kate is talking and singing like crazy now. She is coming out with these little sentences!! All of a sudden, she is growing up.

~We had a very lovely and quiet Father's Day.  Dave does not like a big fuss. He is an incredible Dad! I had this photo framed for him.  He loves to cook. So, he insisted on cooking something for us for dinner provided I kept all children out of the way.  Dinner was fabulous.

A Kiss for Daddy

~I let the boys ride their bikes to our neighborhood tennis courts for the first time last week.  I was so nervous.  They called me from my cell phone.  They got lost!  Well, they weren't "lost" they just didn't know where they were.  Someone please tell me the difference.

~Going for Mom's night out tonight!


  1. Happy Father's Day - love that photo!
    I never posted about our 6 mos post-placement with our SW...mainly because big brother was playing with Mia, making her laugh and spinning her around. Next thing I know, she hits her head on the granite counter top and falls flat on her back on the wood floor...thank goodness she was fine, just a little shaken up. Big brother was distraught and so very upset. I still haven't been able to blog about it - but thought it would make you feel...less alone :)
    Glad Kate is alright!

  2. LOVE the picture of Dave and Kate...priceless! It sounds like your summer has gotten off to a busy, but very great and fun start! I will certainly keep Connor and his family in my prayers.


  3. always fun to drop by & see what all ya'll are up to!
    great photos kim

  4. Sounds like you have been busy...
    LOVE the bullets..
    Glad you had a Great Father's Day..
    Love the last picture..
    Have a Great Week..

  5. What a lovely update! Lots of good things. I am always so nervous when the children bike ride but they do love it.

    Here's another great book for your pink loving Kate...Pinkalicious. The little girl eats too many pink cupcakes and turns pink. It's a favorite for all our children along side Fancy Nancy.

    Hope you had a fun night out!

  6. How funny that Kate is going to be taller than all of you!!! I love it!

    Also, love the Judo comment. We want pictures!!

    Have a great week!

  7. Happy Father's Day Dave! It looks like you all had a great day and week! We missed you, talk to you soon, Clare

  8. sounds crazy....just like my house....lol....we should be neighbors!!!

    Have a great week.....how is the nanny working for you?

  9. Uncle Dave,

    Happy God Fathers day! Hope you had a wonderful day!
    Love the picture of you and Kate.


  10. Love the bullets, Kim. Anything with photos is highly acceptable :) I almost couldn't stand how cute the three girls were in their little dresses - loved it!!

    I finally did the "tag" from a looonnngg time ago!!

    Have a blessed rest of the week!

  11. Wow, you have been busy..making lots of summertime memories! When I think back on my childhood, my summertime memories are the most vivid outside of holidays.

  12. We had so much fun having all of you over! I have some questions for you and will hopefully try to e mail you or call you later.

    I hope you had a fun girls night out~

  13. Wow...you sure are busy!! What an accomplishment to finish the official paperwork...I think that was even more meaningful to me than just abut any paperwork we did. I had a scrapbook made (yes...made...I am craft challenged!) and I insisted that she "scrap" the last line of the 12 month post placement "This is a successful adoption...no further follow-up required". Sweet stuff!

    Lia has also consistently been at the top of the height charts...also a little thrill to her "height challenged" Mama.

    I got your quilt square yesterday...my first, and so special. Thank you. (Proper thank you on the way...Lia thought she wanted to draw you a picture as a thank you...so that may be coming too!)

    Happy summer friend!


  14. Love all the photos, but REALLY love seeing 'Super Janice' - one of my most favorite people in the world!! Have a great summer!

  15. Do you have Fancy Nancy and the Azure Butterfly.

    THAT is the best one. I love the message behind the story.

    It is so great that you have many families to get together with, So nice.

  16. Kim, I hope you all are having a great summer and enjoying every bit of it! How wonderful it must be to hear Kate singing around your home. Now you get to hear Harry on guitar too!! :) Your Social worker visit was a classic....the kids wait to do those things just for those times. LOL Will and Harry are so cute with the whole "not lost, just not sure where they are" thing...that's just a guy thing.LOL
    Happy Birthday to Will!
    Kim, that's SO great you are flying this summer...I will keep that in my prayers. :)

  17. What great pics esp of the girls. so fun.

  18. Sounds like one big crazy happy family!!! I love reading about what your family is up to!! I might "copy" the bullet idea myself!! LOVE seeing Kate, Maggie, and Lily all together playing Ring around the Rosie...precious!! Can you believ we are STILL not out of school yet???? This week FINALLY!!

  19. I LOve the kissing picture...so very sweet. Looks like everyone had a great time...beautiful pictures!

    P.S. Lottie and Emma Jane always acted at their worst when our social worker came over!

  20. Kate looks wonderful in blue.
    I LOVE the lost story. too funny:)

  21. I hope you have a great Mom's night out. The photos of the girls together are darling.
    I'm glad that all went well with the social worker.
    I can't wait to have Fancy Nancy books : )

  22. I simply adored Sex and the City; I only watched a smattering of episodes, but it didn't seem to matter. Loved it!

    As for Atonement, it is on my short list of all time most exquisite movies; I won't say a word about it, but please let me know what you think and I will give you my thoughts; I, movie critic extraordinaire!

    If I had any friends I'd be at girl's night out too!

  23. What a fun post...... With each "bullet" I found myself wanting to respond.... now that I have finished reading I have already forgotten.... That is why I think it is so wonderful that you are journaling all of these wonderful little adventures, milestones and memories..... this way they are forever preserved to share with the kids when they grow up..... I need to do better!

  24. Sounds busy but fun. I love all of the pictures - especially the ones with the three girls - could they be any cuter?! The Father's Day picture with Dave and Kate is adorable. Hope you are enjoying your week!

  25. Sounds like your summer is off to a great start! Love the adorable pictures of the girls, and the one of Dave & Kate is a treasure.

  26. Such a precious post, Kim!
    I love your beautiful pictures!!!
    Have a fabulous day!!!

  27. I LOVE the pictures of all of the girls together. How precious! And too funny about your social worker. Did you like SATC? My girlfriends and I have been trying to go see it before it goes off, I really want to see Charlotte and Lily ;) Luckily Kate choose the perfect favorite color for our home, Bella Ruth only wants light pink. And the boys getting "lost", what is it with men and admitting they are lost? I'm the first to ask for help, but my sweet hubby will try the reprogram the GPS, drive around and then finally ask for help!! And I understand about flying, I know my MIL is terrified but she swears by this new medication. She would only fly small, private planes where she would sit by the pilot. If you want me to find out about it let me know. My email is in my profile.

  28. Man, I wish I could have crashed that dinner!! haha I would have loved to have been there with you three! Kate 's hair is getting so long!!Bailey is finally napping on the sofa beside me, the laundry is in the dryer, the bills paid and the kitchen is clean! There are thank you notes to write but I think you are more important!! Haha

    I really cannot express how much I have LOVED your comments, insight, encouragement and support!! You are such a special person!! THANK YOU!!!
    Much love and hugs,


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