Tuesday, August 28, 2007

We made it home!

We are finally home with our girls! We had a great visit at home. Alexei and Brandon's Mom flew in and all of my family got to meet the girls. The girls were baptized on Sunday and it was a beautiful service. I will post pictures soon but our computer is not working soI am borrowing my cousins right now.
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.

Friday, August 24, 2007

We made it to Chicago

We arrived in Chicago after 32 hours of travel! Lilly was a little mad at us at first but after a day she is doing wonderful now. She is very protective over her baby Rory. She likes to pat her head and hug her when she cries. Alexei met us here on Wednesday and we are finally all together as a family. It is such an amazing feeling.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Were coming home!

We leave tonight for America! We will post more about our trip once we are home.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

We are at the White Swan

This is the first time we have been able to post. We leave to go back home tommorrow! Rory has been with us a week now. She is so pretty. She has had a rough time getting adjusted to us. But now she seems fine. She is happy and laughs alot. We have shopped a ton. Lots of presents for everyone. Here are some pictures of the beauty queen!

Rory's 1st Pizza

My pretty hat

I finally get to wear my pretty dress

Daddy kissing Rory

Happy baby

New Daddies

Mommy and Rory

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Last post in the USA!

We leave tomorrow morning for Vegas! We meet up with our travel group on Tuesday at LAX and it is on to CHINA!!!! I just wanted to thank everyone on here for all their support. We will be touring Beijing for a few days then on to Changsha! We get the girls on Monday in Changsha so late Sunday night I guess. 1 more week until we get our babies!!!! We are all packed and quite excited! I will try to post as ofter as possible. I can't believe it is finally here. Only 1 more week without our Rory. I am still nervous about leaving Lilly. I know she will be fine, but I am worried about Brandon and I. A whole 2 weeks without the Lilly Monster! What are we gonna do with ourselves. I know we will miss her but in two and a half weeks we will all be together as a family! Brandon and I and Lilly, Rory and Alexei!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Hair post

So tonight my friend Dianne came up to see us and say goodbye. I started to tell her the hair drama and we decided that if it was blond, or at least lighter, I would feel better. We ran out to tell Brandon and with my cousin watching Lilly (she was sleeping) we all went to Sally's (1st time for us!) . Do you know how to lighten your blond hair that you dyed twice to make it red? Apparently you HAVE to bleach it! This was sounding frightening to Dianne and I. We were at Sally's an hour deciding what to do. We decided to go ahead with the bleach (not your kitchen kind) idea but we learned you have to cover the whole head really fast or my hair will be spotted. YIKES, this is getting more terrifying by the minute! So we get home and it is decided that Brandon and Dianne will each dye a side of my hair so it goes on faster. It takes at least 15 minutes for them to apply this stuff. I was watching the clock while wiping bleach off my eye brow and out of my ears! I have to say I was a bit nervous!
20 minutes later they are both yelling "It is turning color we have to save your hair! Hurry get over to the sink!" So Brandon washes my hair out and it looks a bit orange, but we condition it and then I go dry it. It is actually cute. It is still red but streaky blond and strawberry blondish red. It looks really good. Definitely lighter and not so shocking. I look more like me!!!!
I am much happier and I only lost a shirt to the bleach. So far my hair has not fallen out!!!

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Only 3 days and 13 hours until our plane leaves SLC!!! We are getting excited. We spent the afternoon looking at China books at B&N. I kept thinking next week this time we will be in Beijing! With the time change we should be getting Rory in 10 days. The single didgets start tomorrow!!! Referrals for the August batch came today. I have seen a few from Hunan. I love those spicy babies! They are all so cute. Even now though Rory is still one of the youngest. I sometimes can not believe we are going to have a 7 month old baby in a little over a week. YIKES!

My hair is starting to grow on me a bit. I got some headbands and barretts to pull it back in China. I figure the red will be out by next week so whatever. It is just hair right.

Lilly is 21 months old today! She is getting so big. I can't believe that in 10 days she won't be the baby anymore. She will still be my baby but really she is a big girl now. Brandon was saying the other day about how she is not a baby anymore. She is a little girl. She loves trying on shoes at Target. She tries to help you put them on her and then walks up and down the aisle showing them off, connected and all. I think that means she is officially a little girl now! I guess she will have to be ready to be a big sister.

On that note this is a shirt I had made for Alexei. I got the idea from another Mom in our travel group. It is from Mandysmoon.com you can create the characters to represent your family! We will be all together for the first time on Aug 22nd! Alexei and Lilly and Aurora Grace will finally meet! I cannot wait to have our family together! Only 20 more DAYS!!!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


OK we are leaving to get Rory in 4 days and like 5 hours (not that I'm counting) and I was a bit restless yesterday soooo
I dyed my hair red and today I cut it all off. Alright not all but 8 inches worth! I actually did not want it this short but it seemed that the woman didn't hear me and she started cutting at my chin! I said I wanted a lot cut off but I wanted it to be able to be put in a ponytail still! I guess it will grow back. It is radically different. I am blond with long hair usually. It will fade from the red I am sure, but wow it is different. I hope they give me my baby and don't think I am someone else! It is cute, I just hope when I have to do it myself I do OK. Also that it is able to somehow be pulled back. I think it will have about an inch hanging down! I may die of heat in China.
I am trying to not miss my hair too much, it's just hair right? It just is not quite what I had in mind. I will look like a different person in all the pictures in China.