Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Just Pictures

Yesterday was a fairly nice day and the girls got to play outside for the first time since arriving home. Bad weather and sickness had kept them inside. They loved being out!














Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Afternoon

After being stuck inside this past week because of snow and having so many sick kids, I tried to figure out something to do today to either use up some of the kids' energy or give them something to do for a little while. Our new girls don't entertain themselves very well so we have to give them things to do and usually help them learn to do it. So, for some reason I thought of paint.  I got out the paint and they painted rocks. What a mess they made, but they did have fun. 




























Tess was pretty intent while painting, but was covered in paint by the time she was done. It was even in her hair! But, she really seemed to like painting.






















































Bella seemed pretty upset that she made such a mess -- maybe also because I said "Wow, Bella you sure made a big mess." I didn't mean a thing by it, but she quickly got this very sad look. Katie was there to comfort.



























Piper was all into this painting -- no uncertainty after we showed her what to do and how to rinse her brush, etc. She jumped right in and enjoyed herself. She has quite a little personality when she feels comfortable. 



























Bethany painted a little and then decided to make a puppet. 



























As I was taking pictures of them painting at the the table, I realized that 5 countries were represented at that table -- the United States, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and China. 















































We realized something kind of funny today. We bought new gas logs this past year. They worked really well when we used them this past fall. But, ever since we came home from China they have been giving us some trouble. The pilot light will not stay on after we turn the fire off. It is kind of a pain, and we have to re-light the pilot light several times a day. We couldn't figure out what was wrong. Well, today we discovered what was wrong -- Tess. She thinks the fire needs to be ALL the way out and she keeps going behind us and blowing out the pilot light! Funny. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Piper and Tess

So, I was going to try to write a little about each girl and her personality. I started writing and then just realized it was useless. I really don't know enough about them to do that. I thought I did, but as I started writing I realized I don't really have much to say as I really know so little at this point. 

What I do know is -- Piper, though seemed so bossy and sure of herself at first, actually seems so very unsure frequently throughout the day. An example -- we spent a little time baking today and several of the kids joined in.


























Everybody helped a little at something -- whether it was mixing or adding ingredients or whatever. Piper and Tess were very interested. They both came to join in. Tess seemed very sure of herself and was very anxious for a chance to help. Given the spoon and the batter, Tess took over like she had worked in a bakery. 




























Piper also wanted to help, but when given the spoon to mix a little she seemed so uncertain of what to do and almost scared to do anything. It was strange for me as I watched her face -- I have always thought of her as being so bold and aggressive. She sure seemed that way at first, but maybe it was not really her -- I just don't know. 




























Piper mixed and helped and seemed to enjoy herself but when she had to do something alone she definitely seemed a little uncertain. This does not seem like the same little girl that ran into our hotel room that first day. She kept looking at me to make sure everything was ok. Just so uncertain. 

They both did seem to enjoy the whole baking process, though. We made several things so everybody would have a chance to help. 



 The girls fight a lot. They still hit and kick all the time. Piper is extremely jealous. She doesn't even like me to take a picture of Tess. When I try, she will run in front of the camera and that makes Tess furious. It takes a little work to get a picture of Tess alone as Piper is always there to join in the picture. As long as I get both girls in the picture, Piper is happy. Just don't leave her out!





It is going to take some time before I really get to know them and can write much about them other than just day to day stuff. We are busy learning about each other and getting to truly know each other and that will take a little time. But, things are going pretty well and I have high hopes that things will get even better.