When we left Romania to move back to the States, one of Adrian's cousins asked me to try my best to "keep the kids European". What better way than to let them play "fotbal".
Today was their very first game.
Meet team "Tiger Snakes": P is #7
Meet team "Bulldogs": Nic is #4
The kid on the far left's name is "Thai" (he is 1/2 Vietnamese - check out the curly hair!) So cute.
I'll be a fun family activity for us.
Makes me smile thinking about Grandma seeing Grandpa again. Imagine that reunion!
So many things to say about Grandma, but I'll keep it short and sweet. She is truly an inspiration to me. Even with all of the opportunities and resources I have living in the US, my accomplishments are nothing compared to this amazingly talented and elegant woman.
We mailed our LAST post-adoption placement report to Romania! This means no more visits from social workers....although the adoption has finalized, we were still required to have a social worker come to our house for a couple of visits to make sure P and Nic's environment was suitable (happy & healthy).
Our social worker warned me that P would start asking more about the adoption. I have taken the "open" approach and have been honest with her about the whole situation, whether she understands it or not.
Sometimes I think she gets it, sometimes not....here she is explaining it all:
We did not make reservations. Packed the car and headed to the mountains, all we need is one open campsite.
We scored the perfect spot. I absolutely LOVE being outdoors, letting the kids run around and explore. This particular campground has water holes to cool off in. Without shade, it was in the high 90's, so you would think the water would be comfortable....but it was freakin' ice-cold!
** more in mamarazzi **
A day at Knotts Berry Farm!
I think it must have been in the 90's...I was miserable. Forgot my hat, so waiting in line in the sun was unbearable. The first roller coaster ride made me nauseous....wah, wah, wah!
When we went to California Adventure (next to Disneyland), Adrian took P on the giant roller coaster (Houston folks - think Texas Cyclone)....anyway, we think that traumatized her because she nixed all of the big roller coaster rides.
THANK YOU SEMPRA....what a great way to end the summer.
* there's a short video of P dancing under "videography"
** more under "mamarazzi" **
Adrian and I are paralyzed by the news we got today about our friend Norbert.
I blogged about his visit back in June. He is an old friend of Adrian, but after that short weekend, I considered him a friend of mine too. When he was here, he wanted Adrian to take him to different markets to find a particular type of dates (fruit) that he loved.
Adrian emailed him recently about these dates.....his wife wrote back to let us know that Norbert is hanging on to his life. He was in a car accident last week. He is in a coma and his changes are slim. I am sick to my stomach over this news. He is my age....full of life, so like-able, so in love with his wife...I can tell how good a guy is by the way he talks about his wife.
I pray to God he pulls through.
The acoustic version of "crossfire" is pretty nice.
Click on this link: "crossfire"
I'm just not digging her birth name Paula. I asked her if she cared if we call her a different variation of her name..she seemed to not care. If we are going to use a different name, we should start next week, when she starts school. I tried calling her "Paulina", but it's 3 syllables...too long. A month ago, we had some friends over for dinner. When I heard my French guest say "Pauline"....oooh, it sounds so beautiful...but anything coming out of a French woman sounds beautiful. She told me that Pauline is the French version.... it's 2 syllables, kinda retro, frenchy....not common, not strange...pretentious?
Frankie (bird heaven)