22 February 2010

Chef Emi

For her birthday Emi got a chef's outfit for pretend play from Tante Dzintra, Uncle Marc and cousins Larisa, Bridget & Aija.  She loves it! (Paldies!)

This morning while I was cleaning up in her room she dragged it over to where I was asking for help in putting it on.  She was so happy and giggly getting dressed to whisk up dishes at her kitchen.  She loves the hat too.  She was wearing it even after she asked for help taking off the coat when she was done whipping up food for me to sample.  As you can seen in the photos, it is HUGE on her.  It's almost down to the floor and I had to roll the the sleeves 2 or 3 times.  It will last her a good long while.  And that is a very good thing!

Getting ready to play.

Pulling out the supplies.
Mixing the ingredients two-handed with two different utensils.

Taste testing to see if it's ready.
More utensils.
It's ready!!!  And it tastes so good!!

21 February 2010

Emi's 2nd Birthday

Sorry I've been MIA.  The past few weeks were BUSY!!!  Too much on my plate as always and never enough time to accomplish everything I want to.  Lots of Dr's appointments last week and a hearing aid fitting the week before.  Not to mention 4 1/2 days out of town to visit family!

Emi turned 2 on the 10th.  I can't believe she's 2!  It still seems like yesterday I was meeting Lane at the airport when he was returning from China with her and then she was just a day shy of turning 17 months old.  For her birthday we didn't do much.  I just bought some cupcakes and we had takeout for dinner.  Her birthday fell the day before we left town to have a big birthday party with friends and family.  She enjoyed dinner, the cupcake and opening her presents from us and her Grandma and Grandpa in San Antonio.

On Saturday the 13th we had a big party at my parents house with extended family and a few friends.  I still can't believe that we had 40 people in my parents house.  Lane's sister even flew up from Dallas to party with us (thanks Marla).  Lane and I come from big families.  Mine more so than his and most of the guests were from my family.  Emi to our knowledge had never celebrated our birthday and because we did a big party for Eriks' 1st birthday we thought Emi deserved the same for the 1st birthday we celebrated with her.  Plus it was perfect that Eriks had a 4 day break from school the weekend after Emi's birthday.  We had a blast.  Emi loved eating her cake and she's become an old pro at opening presents.  She knows just what to do. 

As I said earlier, Emi got her hearing aid.  In the pictures the pink headband holds her hearing aid.  However, we're waiting for the new one to come in.  There are switches the company should've turned off on it for it to work correctly as a bone conductive aid that they did not.  So we get a ton of feedback on it and it turns it self on and off at will.  Not very helpful in getting Emi to hear.  However, all that being said, she LOVES, LOVES, LOVES it!  When it was first put on her, she just sat in complete and utter silence for 5 minutes taking in all the sounds she could hear.  Her world had changed.  She's no longer living in a world of almost complete silence but she's living in a world where she can hear.  Hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday we'll get the new one and won't have the issues anymore.

The kids went to the doctor on Friday for their yearly physicals.  Emi is still small for her age.  But she is gaining weight and getting taller.  She's grown a little over 3 inches and gained 6 lbs since coming home.  The pediatrician is happy with how she's coming along.  She also received one immunization which she did not like at all.  But how many of us really like to get shots?  Eriks is a big boy for his age.  He weighs almost 54 lbs and is 46 inches tall.  He is in the 85th percentile for weight and 70th for height.  He's about the size of a 7 yr old.  He too had his final Hep A series.  It was funny because he was hysterical about getting another shot.  He didn't want it.  He was finally pinned down by the nurse and Lane put his hand over Eriks mouth as Eriks requested.  It was over in nothing flat and afterward he said, "That was it?"  We said, yes, you freaked out over nothing. 

Emi starts speech therapy soon which is really big.  She's definitely making more noises now that she can hear.  She's almost saying "Hi"  It actually sounds more like "Hiya".  We're trying to teach her "Bye".  We're still using sign as a bridge and learning more every week.  It's great to have that form of communication with Emi until she starts speaking.  She is currently at the level of a 1 yr old and it's going to take about a year for her to catch up to where she should be.  So we have a long road ahead of her but hoping that maybe things move more quickly than expected. 

09 February 2010

Chinese New Year Celebration

This past Saturday we decided it was time to get out of the house for a change and leave the chores for later.  A few weeks ago I got a message from Lisa telling us about a Chinese New Year Celebration going on at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga.  We aren't going to be in town for the kick off of Chinese New Year on Feb 14th so this would be our chance to get our celebrating in with other families who adopted from China. 

The kids had a fun time exploring and playing with all the interesting things in the museum.  Eriks especially loved the area where they could dig for dinosaur bones.  He would've stayed in that sand pit all day had we allowed him.  Emi found her fun with a giant microscope.  She was moving the slides into place and trying to focus the microscope.  Seriously she is smart as a whip. 

Both Eriks and Emi made Chinese paper lanterns with help.  We all got to watch a lion dance and a Chinese martial arts demonstration.  Both were pretty cool.  After the lion dance was over, the lions came around the circle greeting everyone.  It scared Eriks to death and nearly squashed me in search of safety.  Emi on the other hand wanted to follow them around.  She thought they were cool.  She made a mad dash towards them, stopped, turned around, pointed and smiled.  She was enamored.  She made us all laugh because she was so excited about them.

Here are the photos from the day.

In this last photo one of us is trying to keep Emi from touching the lion.  She seriously was in love!

My other friend Lisa took video of the lion dance so feel free to pop over to her blog and take a look at it.

02 February 2010

All's Quiet on the Home Front

It's been seriously boring around here so there isn't much to say.  Here is what's up though.
  • Emi is cutting teeth again.  Both of her eye teeth.  We were trying to figure out why she wasn't sleeping last week.  Now we know why.  Hopefully they'll be in soon.  For now we're giving her Motrin at bedtime.
  • Lane's job bites right now.  So ready for retirement.  It has nothing to do with the actual job, it has to do with the company that he contracts with.  I'll leave it at that.
  • Emi has an appt. on Thurs with her cranio-facial surgeon to make sure everything is still going well since surgery.
  • Eriks is doing well.  Nothing major to report on him other than we went to the dentist last week and he has no cavities but has 3 loose teeth.  
  • I can't wait for my haircut & color on Friday afternoon.
  • Saturday we're driving up to Chattanooga and meeting some other local families who have adopted from China at the Discovery Museum for a Chinese New Year event.  Should be fun.
  • Sunday is Super Bowl.  Can't wait to watch my Indianapolis Colts play the New Orleans Saints and stomp all over them. 
That's it folks.  Like I said.  It's B-O-R-I-N-G around here.
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