Friday, February 13, 2009

Our Life... in pictures

Life is good.
Before I get to the pictures, I want to share a sweet Cooper story.

A couple of nights ago, I was reading Cooper a book that had a plane in it. Cooper said, "mama, papa, kara, cooper - russia - home". I said yes, Mama and Papa were home with no children and Cooper and Kara were in Russia with no Mama and Papa. We were a perfect match so we came to Russia to pick you up and bring you home." Cooper said, "No, Russia no more... Mama - home now" and he took my hand and squeezed it and kissed it. It was our FIRST true adoption talk. We've talked to them before about remembering the BIG plane and how cold it was, etc. but I think it's sinking in that they're truly here forever now.

We want them both to feel very comfortable with it and confident about themselves and the only way to feel confident about anything is to do 'it' over and over again so that you know 'it' by heart.
You know what I mean?

Now for the fun stuff, photos!
The kid's school celebrates Valentines Day today and it was so festive there today I had to get a pic-

pretty entrance-way to school
Do you know how hard it is to get a 2 and a 3 year old to stand next to each other and smile at the same time for a simple picture?? Impossible! Here's the proof:

The girl really does have a beautiful smile if she'd ever let go of the paci and show it to you!

Here's one I took awhile back when she was taking a bath:

And here's Coop's pic of him in the bath -
We had these two pics blown up and put them on their bathroom wall.

I did get a good one of Jim and Cooper in the car this morning -

So to be fair, I have to include a pic of me and the kids from last week-
and then, Jim and kids again -

(Please, no negative comments about my shiny face - it was late!)

Ok, ok, only a few more, I promise!
Kara resting in our backyard - if even for a second!

One last pic of the kids horsing around after their bath - silly monkeys!

Yes, life is good and this is the way it's supposed to be.


Susie Q said...

We hear it all the time from friends family and's true for you guys too. they look just like you guys! I'm so happy to hear all the great stories and fun times you 4 are having.

Jane said...

I can never get too many pictures of your two! They are absolutely gorgeous. I have to laugh about the adoption story, Caroline's favorite book is "Russian Adoption Story" and anyone that will listen, she will tell them she was born in her Mama's heart! It just makes me cry everytime she says that.

Roger and Joanne said...

Absolutely! The pictures are always great of those two adorable kiddos. It sounds like attachment is going very well. Life is good!

Nancy said...

Those pictures are so adorable!

Lauri said...

Cuties... love Kara's eye.. they remind me of Livi's.. are they brownish green?

They are both so cute

Carrie said...

They are just precious. Thanks for posting so many pictures. They are great.

Life is good - I couldn't agree more.

Becky and Keith said...

Your post absolutely warmed my heart. The pictures are awesome and you all look so happy!!

David and Kami said...

I love the close up black and white pictures of them. They are both too precious and have such soulful eyes! :)

Karen said...

The Cooper story was really cute. I love your new header picture too!

Carey and Norman said...

Sweet pictures. The Valentine's party looked amazing. What a fun day. Kara and Cooper are absolutely precious. And, photos are still hard to capture when your little ones are 4 and 5, so I don't know when it gets easier to photograph two kiddos together.

Love the new header too.

Sira said...

That's awsome!

Susan said...

I love the story about Cooper saying no more Russia. That's really sweet!

Troy and Rachel said...

Your life looks pretty good in pictures!! They are precious and I love your new header photo!