The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Mouths of Babes

Having our niece (age 2) here last week provided extra opportunities for overhearing those too-cute things little ones say (and for breaking up fights, but I'll save that for another time). For instance, we had a running total of 4 generations here: Punk and Coral's (1st) great grandparents, (2nd) grandparents/great aunt, (3rd) parent(s)/aunt/uncle, and (4th) cousin(s). Did you follow that?

Coral lives with her mom, brother, and grandparents (for a few more days anyways) and so was trying to distinguish between that grandma and great grandma (whom we were all calling "Grandma" for simplicity). Finally, in a moment of minor frustration, she said, "Not YOU-Grandma! MORE-Grandma!" Pretty cute and insightful!

Punk's "phrase of the day" was less endearing, but right up his alley and therefore, awfully cute. He was wandering around with a scrunched up napkin. "Where's the crash can?!" :)

And, finally, for your viewing pleasure, here is the "fam" all cleaned up for the Sears portrait lady. In the back (L to R) we have Coral (age 2, Christina's girl), Christina (A's sissy), Auntie Joycie (Gayle's sissy), Great Grandpa Whitmer (Gayle's Dad), Gayle (A's mom), and Aaron. Next row is Rob (A's dad) and me. Front and center is More Grandma (Gayle's mom) holding baby Zane (age 3 mo, Christina's boy), and Punky (age 3).

I decided to throw in this one of Punk and Zane too. Punk just looks so handsome and we were all shocked to see how much the boys looked alike in this shot. They look more like brothers than cousins (but I really think it's just the picture).


Brandi said...

What fun family pictures. I like the new picture of your family on the side too! How are ya by the way?!

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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued