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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yesterday and Ninth Visit Today

Good afternoon everyone!  Here are some pictures of our walk around the city yesterday.  We went walking to look for Coffee Life coffee house where they have wi-fi.  We have internet in our apartment with our modem, but it still takes too long to upload pictures.  We found it and had some wonderful desserts and hot chocolate. 

This picture was taken on our walk back.  We cross over this river and the building ahead is our apartment.
Across the street from our apartment is a playground. 
Evan enjoyed playing here for quite some time, even though his hands got very cold.
 Evan in the stroller we bought here.  It is much easier to walk around the city now!

Today was our ninth visit to the orphanage.  It was a very relaxed and enjoyable visit today.  Julia is very comfortable and used to us now.  And Aaron has calmed down a lot.  We have also learned what triggers some of his misbehavior and hyperactivity and avoid these triggers.
Even though he still seems to want to play by himself, not with us, he is learning to come to us for help with the toys.  He asked me to tie this tape measurer to the ball.  He is a smart little boy.  The tape measurer has a little metal tab at the end.  He figured out by himself that he could attach this metal piece to the magnetic connectors on the Thomas trains and pull them.  It was very neat!  I brought this tape measurer to measure the kids so I would have a better idea what size clothing they are in.  I had no idea it would provide over an hour of fun for Aaron.  He is very imaginative and likes to make his cars, trains and toys talk to each other.  We only wish we knew what he was saying.
Julia was having a great time today rolling around and playing with the balls.  She still prefers the two balls that she can grab onto, bang around and drop.  The other toys that she has a harder time grasping only keep her attention for a very short time.  They brought out a carpet for the kids to play on.  This was very nice!
Aaron still playing with the tape measurer!

Julia on her tummy!  We are not sure if she has been able to do this before today.  Up to this point, we have not seen her roll to her tummy.  While playing on the floor she kept getting way over on her side like she wanted to get all the way over, but just couldn't quite get there.  So we helped her over a couple of times and helped her pull her arm out from under her.  Then we watched her do it all by herself a little bit later.  She didn't stay in this position for too long though.  She had no problems rolling back over to her back.
Aaron playing with the trains and talking to them the whole time : )
Julia's hands were very cold today and they looked a slight purplish color.  They always have her in this sleeper with these socks over the sleeper feet.  I wanted to feel if her feet were as cold as her hands and they sure were.  Poor thing.  I thought maybe it would help if the socks were directly on her feet inside the sleeper, so I switched them around.

At the beginning of our visit today, we had Julia laughing.  This was the first time Steve got to hear her laugh.  It is such sweet giggle.  She would laugh everytime I laughed... it was contagious!  We tried to get the camera out fast to video it, but I think we missed the best of her laughing.  We did get some of it.  I tried to upload the video today, but it didn't work.  I will try to get it up as soon as I can. 


  1. I love hearing how all of your kiddos are doing. I think it is great that you're catching video of Aaron speaking his native language. That will undoubtedly be fun for him (and the rest of you) to look back at over the years.

  2. I LOVE the picture of Julia on her tummy! That is so sweet. It is nice to see a playground that is not so worn out! How far did you have to go to get to the Coffee Life House? Was this where Autumn was talking about? You will have to draw us a map! : ) No date for our SDA appointment yet!?!? Maybe tomorrow we will find out. Your court date is getting closer - hope it feels that way to you!
    Missing you guys!

  3. What an absolute miracle to hear Julia giggle! - I am sure that has not happened much/ if at all in her little life!

    Blessings to you!

    karen shervheim :)
    -adopted 2 little girls from the same orphanage! :)

  4. It's amazing to read about how much Julia has "grown" and how much more comfortable she seems with you even in the short time you've been there. And, as you said, I'm sure once you get them home for good, it will be much easier to teach Aaron what is acceptable and what is not. He is such a cutie - those eyes! What a blessing they both are! Can't wait to meet them! I'm sure saying goodbye, as you head home for the waiting period, will be so hard on all of you. We will keep you in our prayers!