Thursday, December 14, 2006

9 Months Home

Today is the 9 month anniversary of Olivia offically becoming a permenant part of our family. She has now been part of our family longer than we waited to learn who she was for the first time (from the date of our paperwork being logged in until the day of our referral was about 8 months). OHHH how long that 8 months of waiting seemed and how fast this last nine months has sped by. Right now families who are logged in and are waiting to get the first glimpse of their new son/daughter's face from China are having to wait 15 months with the wait expected to increase maybe up to 24 months. (UGH! That would have been pure torture for me!!!)

Our little Livi has been a pure blessing for us. She has blossomed and grown so much. We can't wait to experience our first Christmas with her. All the new things she gets to encounter are so much fun to see again through her eyes. She delights in the smallest of things and squeals with pleasure when she sees someone she loves. She has so much energy and imagination that we often wish we could bottle it and save a little for us adults. Where she used to cry and run from the camera she now brings it to us and will dance and pose and loves to have her picture taken. If we could clone her I think we could make a lot of money because we have had many offers from people wanting to "take her off our hands". Her smile just brightens the room when she enters it.

Yes, Livi, you are our blessing and our little spit-fire all rolled into one. We thank God for you every day!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Christmas Prep

UGH! Time is just flying by! I cannot believe I have taken two weeks to post again. We have been busy with Thanksgiving, decorating for Christmas, and Christmas shopping. Today we are in the middle of a snow "advisory" and predicted to get about 8 inches of snow. Whoo Hoo! Bring it on!

The day we decorated for Christmas Olivia was taking her nap and when she got up Morgan and I were in the middle of putting up the decorations. Livi kept walking around the house saying "Wow! Cool!" She walked up to a Santa that is about the same size she is and was watching him move. She looked over at me and and said "Touch?" I said "NO, just look." She nodded "Okay". And that was it. She hasn't touched him yet. I am amazed. I figured we would be following the little tornado around picking up decorations for a month. She did help us decorate the tree and was very proud of herself. The only problem is, she touched those decorations to decorate the tree, so she thinks those are okay to play with. The other day I found some of her toys hidden in the tree. What a goof ball!