Thursday, December 16, 2010

Yeah, so I'm about 5 months late...

in posting that is!  But now that blogger lets you post multiple pics at once... wow, I may do this more often!

So let's see.  I'll try to catch you up on our lives as fast as possible without making it too boring!

July - Cooper's birthday - he had a small swim party because a week later we went to Disney World.
Disney was great except I think Kara is still a little too young.  She was great for about 3 days then everything was either too loud or too scary or too dark and definitely too hot!  Note to self: Never go to Disney World in July. But she got to see her beloved princesses (I think we found all of them) and we had lunch in the castle with them.  Here are some pics from that trip:

So that was Disney.

In August, they started their new school - It's a wonderful, private Episcopal School that goes from PreK through 8th grade.  They absolutely love it.  We love it.  The teachers are remarkable and the school is orderly, structured and small and they have very open communication with the parents. On the very first day, I received the email, cell phone and home phone of their teachers.  I receive emails from them about once or twice a week - whenever necessary, to tell me the good, bad or ugly! I got an email from Kara's teacher the other day telling me how much she enjoyed the bake potato soup they had that day!  Another one from her telling me that Kara was crying over every little thing and wasn't her usual happy little self, maybe she was coming down with something... They're awesome!
Kara is in PreK and Cooper is in their Bridge program which is between PreK and Kindergarten.  Since he's a July birthday and he has a little maturing to do, we held him back so that he'll be one of the oldest in the class instead of one of the youngest.  He's actually reading now and counting by 10's and 5's, it's absolutely amazing how much he's maturing and learning.  I (obviously) can't say enough good things about this school!
Fist day of school at Holy Spirit Episcopal:

I don't have any recollection of September nor pictures so I guess it wasn't a big month!

October though, is Halloween - such fun at our house!
I wanted them to match and they agreed so here's Batman and Bat girl:
Evidently, Bat anything is big around here right now!

 Yep, he's the shortest one!
 Getting donuts in the morning (like they needed THAT right?!)

November 3rd was Kara's 4th birthday.  She had a princess party - 10 girls got together and put on (and changed) princess gowns, had their nails and hair done, had "tea", danced and ate cake, fruit and ice cream sundaes at this fabulous place in the Heights in Houston.

Oh she also got a big girl bike for her Birthday!

She had a blast:

There were NO BOYS ALLOWED at this party per Kara but her daddy and brother did have to drop in for some cake!

Alright, it's December now - they just had their Christmas parties at school. 
Cooper did NOT want me to leave and pitched a fit crying when I did - little stinker.

Here are some Santa pics - they are not afraid of him at all and are eager to visit with him and tell him EVERYTHING!

Their adjustment is awesome.
They are right on track in every aspect except for Kara's speech.  She's a little delayed and is in Speech Therapy twice a week (a lady comes to her school).  That costs a bundle, but she won't need it too much longer (I hope!).  Most of her speech problems are language acquisition but she's getting there.
Their attachment is 100%.

In short: They are very smart, cute, funny as heck, clever, ANGELS and we are so in love with them still - Life is so good and we are incredibly blessed to be parents of these two.

If you are adopting or waiting or are just curious about something, please ask, I'll try to answer!

Kristine, I think you need a bigger photo!