Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Remember to be thankful for your Family and Friends everyday. They are the true gifts of the season!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Here's Rory really really enjoying She crab soup!
After all the planning Lilly was terrified of Elmo and all the character's! Also it was poring so we only stayed about 30 minutes after breakfast. Rory however couldn't get enough of the Character's. This is Elmo crying because Lilly wouldn't go sit by him. You can see my mom comforting her on the left. Rory went right over and was hanging out on his lap. Of course this was when my battery in the camera died so I don't have a picture!
She loves her Princess Lilly purse from Snapaholics! Sisterly love! They hold hands in the car. In case you were wondering Rory can face forward because she weighs 20 1/2 LBS!!!!
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Today was a long day. It started out with me taking the girls to Rory's Dr's apt at the U of U. The Dr. saw her spot on her forehead which I thought was just a birthmark and said that it wasn't. It was a concentration of blood, I honestly cannot remember what he called it, and he wanted to check it out more. Apparently these can sometimes be worse on the inside and cause pressure on her brain causing a seizure or worse it could cause calcium to form on her brain and effect her brain development. So he ordered all the new adopted baby bloodwork. A LOT OF BLOOD IS NEEDED! and a cat scan and ultrasound for another issue (mostly just to be safe). So Lilly, Rory and I spent 5 hours at Children's Primary today! Rory was a little trouper though. She hung in there when they drew 15 CC of blood and did the IV for her cat scan she barely fussed and then fell asleep for the Cat scan. Lilly was entertained by this amazing woman who is a child Life specialist. I had no idea these people existed but she was my angel! Brandon was working so it was just us girls and Lilly was restless. Anyway, we were waiting in the lab to have blood drawn and it had been about an hour. Then this woman Kim comes over and introduces herself and starts playing with Lilly.
She tells us who she is and says that they are there to help families and kids waiting for lab work or needing anything. She said that she is there to help with Lilly so I could focus on Rory and making sure she was comfortable. She said if I was not stressed over Lilly needing to be occupied I would be more relaxed for what Rory needed. She played with Lilly while I took Rory in to have the bllod drawn and then she then went to the Cat scan with us! She was with us a good 2 hours. She even went to find Dr's and the Radiologist for me to ask questions to. AMAZING! I would have never thought of this as a job at the hospital but after meeting Kim I think it is the best thing I have ever experienced. She was our Angel today!
So while we are at PCH for 5 hours...Brandon is unknown to me...Putting a bid on our new house. Going back and forth with counter offers and calling mortgage people and the people who will be buying our house if it doesn't sell first. All while calling the insurance people for me and not telling me all the other things he was doing. Oh yeah and WORKING!
So at the end of today Lilly turns 2 with a new play kitchen. Mommy and Daddy have a new house in NY! They accepted our offer!!!! The babies are asleep and we are exhausted! What a day today was! Being at Primary Children's is always an eye opener though. We are so blessed to have our healthy children and have the life we do. When you see the families who's babies are really sick and they are just making the best of everyday, it makes you realize how precious life is. It makes you want to go watch those babies sleeping safe in their own beds.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Lillian Chrystelle Rain Smith
With us as her parents. It was just nice to see. Now we need to get Rory's!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
OK, now about me. I stole this from a friends blog. I just thought it would be fun. Here goes...
Jobs I have had: past tense
1) Bridal Consultant
3) Bank teller
Currently I am a Mama
Places I have lived:
2) Hawaii (for a short time)
3) Upstate NY
I am currently moving to Long Island (closer to Alexei!!!)
Food I love:
3) Almost all seafood
4) Turkey and swiss croissant
5) Eggplant Parmesan.
Places I would rather be:
1) Disney World or any Disney park
4) A beach in the Caribbean
5) New England
Movies I love:
2) The wedding singer
3) A walk to remember
4) St. Elmo's Fire
TV Shows I Watch:
1) Gilmore Girls
3) Pushing Daisies
4) House Hunters
Books I Love:
1) Any Murder Mystery
2) Disney Travel guides
3) A walk to remember
4)Love in the driest season
Monday, October 08, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Four years we ago we could have never imagined the path our life would have taken. In the course of our Marriage we have been to Hawaii, Mexico, China, Haiti, and All across the USA. Were not finished yet though! Of course we always talked about adopting. But never would I have imagined the 2 amazing daughters that we have been blessed with. God truly had a plan for us. From the day 8 + years ago that we met at a Buffett concert to now, I couldn't be happier. I can honestly say that Brandon has fulfilled every one of my dreams! Now we just cannot wait to sell our house and move back to NY to have all three girls together.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The girls are doing great. Lilly is almost 2! We are planning on a pumpkin patch trip for her birthday. Rory is really feeling like a part of the family now. Even fighting for her toys with her sister. They are really sisters now!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Not much else is happening this week. Oh yeah I turn 32 on Sunday. All my friends wanted to take me out. I however convinced them that it would be much more fun to come over and have wine and paint! I want to get this house sold fast! What can I say. I was thinking last night about how excited I am to get to have all our girls together. We all miss Alexei. Lilly kisses her picture when she sees it. Oh wait now we have no pictures. We are ghosts! No one lives here!!!!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
We were supposed to be on out Free dining Disney trip this week. It is sad thinking where we should be right now. However I am not too sure it would have went well for Rory. Stability is good for her right now. It does give me a chance to start planning another trip. I am planning a huge PAC reunion trip for next fall. I am very excited to see all those Haitian babies at Disneyworld! How cute will they be! I am also trying to figure out a way to go in February or April. I am having withdrawal symptoms!
And on a happy note, I am so thrilled to tell you that 2 children from PAC came home last week. Jeff and Jon both went home with their families.
Also this week Tamar and Tessa will be going home to Georgia with their family!
I am so happy for them.
WELCOME HOME GUYS!!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I have to proudly state that I completely disagree with everything that has been said. I spent a total of 5 weeks in Haiti during the adoption process. I felt safe the whole time. Haiti is very poor and it is sad what you will see. However the people are AMAZING! We have been to the beach, to Church, to the shopping area and to the grocery store MANY times. As far as no trips back I have been twice and already am thinking of taking Lilly back to visit. I speak to the Orphanage director as well as other moms from the Orphanage that Lilly is from daily. We know if we adopt again it will be a haitian child and from the same orphanage. Another important thing to note is that Very often you can meet the birth parents. You will know more about your childs medical history and you can keep in contact with their birth family!
We had our baby home 8 months to the day I first called about her. Most people have a year to a year and a half wait to bring their child home. Yes, you do know who your child is most if not all of that time. However you will usually get your referral when or even before your dossier is turned in. So the wait is still half that of China if not a third of China's wait. Knowing your child and not being their every minute is torture for you in one respect. However there are no questions about how they are or what they are doing all day. Depending on the orphanage you choose to work with, it is possible to visit whenever you want. We have parents at our orphanage that visit once a month. And there are always new pictures and information about your child. You will see them grow. Lilly had NO adjustment issues when coming home. I spent a month their when I went to pick her up. Yes, that is longer than normal. However I think being with My DH and I and going to the Orphanage daily really made a difference in how she dealt with leaving. By the time we left I WAS HER MAMA and she was totally ready to go home. You can always ask questions about your child. Even if I called today and said when you had her did she do ..... they could tell me. In China we got nothing. Absolutely nothing! They handed us Rory and left. We figured it out, and after 3 days of screaming and greiving so much we were worried about her stability as well as our sanity. It did get better. But man I wish I could ask them questions over there!
If anyone has questions I am more than happy to answer then. Please don't rule out the children on Haiti because you heard that it is a scary. Inner cities are far more dangerous that a guest house in Haiti.place. Please feel free to look at my blog and read about our journey.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Lilly is doing much better with her sister. She is very protective over her. I did have to step into a little tiff yesterday over who's wooden spoon it was. Lilly wanted both, go figure! But overall I think they will have a good relationship.
Now for a few new Lilly adventures. While cooking dinner yesterday (I know not a normal occurrence) I turned around and there is miss Lilly STANDING IN THE CAT"S WATER! New stride rites and all. She just looked at me like it was perfectly normal. About an hour later after Brandon woke up (he worked nights this week) we are in the kitchen talking about the day and we look in the Family room and there's Lilly stirring my drink with the remote control. Needless to say we need a new remote. This one is fried now! We are looking at little kitchens now for her birthday. She loves to cook, just like her dad!
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Rory may be a mommy's girl but these two are all about their daddy!
We took Rory to Bucks for the first time! She sure likes bread. My parents friends own Buck's pit stop and it is a very important place for Brandon and I. It is among many other things where we got engaged.
This is Rory landing at LAX!
Rory in her first crib in Changsha, Hunan Rory in the pool at the Dolton with Daddy.
Isn't that the cutest thing ever!
Us with the director from PingJiang CWI. She had an ear infection and was so upset that we were kidnapping her!
This is Aurora Grace's first felony! We are so proud of her. She was a US citizen for approximatly 2 minutes! We are leaving customs at LAX and wanted a picture to remember it by. After we took this the customs officer said that he would let us keep the picture/camera but to not ever take another picture in there. OOPS!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The girls are doing fine. Aurora seems to be adjusting to her home. Lilly is having an interesting time dealing with the split attention from mommy. She goes between caring for Rory (patting her head and Kissing her) to trying to sit on her and taking her pasi.ffier out of her mouth and plopping it into hers. She has never had a pasifier before so it isn't as if she needs one. I am sure it will be fine. I am trying to unpack and get the house in order too so forgive me for not posting much this week.