Saturday, November 20, 2010

Family Pictures with a 3 year old (and a dog)

Those of you with toddlers will see the title of this posting and probably groan out loud. You know what I am going to say and will take a secret amount of comfort knowing that I have gone through the same horror you have. Let me start out by saying that I was looking forward to having our family pictures taken all week. I shopped and bought coordinated outfits (taking great care to try to create a cohesive theme without being too "matchy-matchy"), made sure Lucky stayed free of lumps, bumps, and bruises all week (not an easy feat with a fearless three year old who seems to have some sort of super magnet in his head that attracts wooden tables, concrete stairs, and the undersides of most counter tops), and carefully planned our schedule out to make sure Lucky would get a good nap before the pictures, thus ensuring a happy, cooperative, perfect little boy for the pictures (I can already hear you snickering).

I could see the perfect pictures in my head -- happy, smiling, all-american family...the kind the photography studios put on their websites and flyers to entice customers. Well, I'm quite certain we won't end up on any flyers or websites, unless our pictures happen to make it over to (which by the way is an awesome site).

The photos went something like this..."Lucky stop jumping around", "Lucky, stop rolling on the floor", "Lucky, stop touching that!", "I'm serious stop touching that!", "Lucky, smile"..."please buddy, smile",... "just one smile?", "Fine, don't smile, but at least look at the camera!" "Fine, you're done - me and Dad are having pictures all by ourselves then!" (insert toddler meltdown here).

And that my friends is family pictures with a three year old. Oh, and if you remember the title of my post also included (and a dog). Well, in all the chaos, we pretty much forgot Penny even came along with us and she didn't end up in any of the pictures.....She's going to be quite upset with us when she sees the proofs.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Hooray, Hooray, Hooray - our LOA came today!!! This means we can start the next step in the travel process. Traveling in February is looking pretty realistic!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Update on Ladybug!

TGIF! We received a update on Livvie today. The orphanage sent us five new pictures and a short developmental update. She's healthy and happy and they confirmed she received the photo album we sent her. I was hoping they would say more about if she liked the pictures, stickers, and lullaby CD we sent, but at least it's good to know it got to her. We also found out her nickname is "A Shuai" which phonetically sounds like "a shwaay". For the first few weeks with her, we're planning to try to use her American and Chinese name together "Livvie a shuai". Hopefully it will help her get used to her new name with minimal confusion.

Still no LOA from China and we're getting a a bit frustrated that it's taking so long. Without the LOA we stuck in limbo and can't start piecing together a travel timeline. I'm still hoping for a Feb travel date, but if the LOA doesn't come soon, that may not happen.