The short take...

We're enjoying a crazy summer (already), before Kate starts Kindergarten (ALREADY!!?) this fall. Our kids are so much fun, and we are SO blessed!

If you want to browse our pictures, you can do so at our new Google Picasa album).

June 26, 2008

Well, we've been back from vacation for more than a week now, and so much has happened! First (most important), Kate is walking! She took her first steps in our hotel room on vacation; she took kind of a tentative first step, then immediately took 4 or 5 more toward Kyla! She's getting so much better with her sign language; she's mastered "please" along with "more", and "milk", and she's got the idea behind "mommy" and "food". I might have missed one or two more in there =)

It's hard to believe that Kate will be one year old in just over a month! She's got such a great attitude and's a joy watching her. She's recently really made the connection that round things tend to go together (round block in a round hole, ball in a chute, etc), so now anything she finds that's round will get mashed together with the first other thing that's round she finds! Her favorite is a ball and one of her hollow round blocks. She's also been dropping the round blocks through one of the "round hole" toys that's designed for balls, but she figured out how to reach in and retrieve it so it doesn't block it when she drops a ball in!

Well, I haven't gotten my DVD burner to cooperate, so still no videos of Honey's funeral; I decided that until I can get the DVDs to burn, I'll compress and post the full video here for those who want to see it sooner. Stay tuned for the link...we'll post the latest batch of pictures on Kate's section at the same time in the next few days.

We've gotten great news in the last few weeks regarding our friends' adoptions! Mark and Brenda brought Caleb home from Vietnam and we've gotten the chance to meet him- what a cutie! Also, our other friends (no names at this point) have gotten their court date for their daughter- they could be traveling to pick her up in as little as a few weeks!

Daniel continues to excel at his latest "station"- it's great to talk to him and hear how well he's doing...especially considering he's "supposed" to feel buried at this point! Actual flight time begins next week for him! Hang in there, buddy!

Hope this finds you all well- write us and let us know how you're doing! Love you all!

June 05, 2008

Summer is off to a wonderful start this year! We've got a little almost monsoon-ish rain so that the forest isn't too dry yet, and even a few SNOW storms! But we're off on vacation for the next week or so- to our favorite resort to relax and introduce Kate to long afternoons by the pool...with lots of sunscreen, of course! ...and an umbrella, and no skin showing, and a hat and...hey, she's our baby! ;-)

Kate is doing her best to learn the idea behind walking- she's always crawling over and holding her hand up so she can walk with you while you hold her hand, and she's started releasing whatever she's holding onto for support for longer periods of time while she reaches for something or switches hands or supports. Won't be long now, and we won't be able to keep track of her!

Daniel has started his latest "classes"- it sounds like he's quite busy, but he sounds like he's doing really well. It's gotta beat essentially doing NOTHING, and it's just the kind of environment that he thrives in- tough guy!

We'll deliver on some pictures of our vacation when we get back! Until then, hope everything is well with all of you!