We haven't dropped off the face of the earth. We're still here (and still waiting.) We've all been fighting the Flu, well everyone except Garrett and Liam -- so far. I've completely lost my voice, but at least I can still type. Despite us being on our death beds at times, we've stayed busy as usual and I have carried my camera around everywhere. Here are just a few highlights of our past few weeks:
We enjoyed a visit from good friends who currently live in Alaska. They were in TN for sad reasons, but we're sure glad they got to stay with us a couple of days. Our boys especially love to play with their boys and now they have the sweetest little girl. Martin and I always enjoy getting to hang out with Steve and Lisa. They were one of the first families we met through our church almost eleven years ago. The completion of their adoption last February is what made Martin and I decide to finally quit just talking about adoption and actually go for it! We're really hoping to get to back to Alaska to visit them before they are transferred next year.
We had another snow day! Almost enough to go sledding, but not quite.
Nolan had his Cap and Gown photos taken for Kindergarten Graduation with our cover school, Aaron Academy. He looked so precious. He has started fiddle lessons and is doing great! (Now, we have singers, cloggers, pianists, guitarists, and a fiddler. I sure hope our little girl will enjoy music too!)
Baseball season started so Preston and Garrett have practice twice a week now.
Preston, Garrett and Nolan all completed their Science Fair Projects this week. Boy, was that a ton of work. But in a fun kind of way -- if we hadn't all been so sick trying to put on the finishing touches.
Our last baby boy, Liam, turned four years old on Monday. We celebrated with a party at our local skating rink. Bad weather and Flu keep several families away, but we still had a good group of kids and, most importantly, Liam had a blast!
Preston and Garrett sang a duet in our Church's talent show Sunday night. They performed "Down to the River" from "O Brother where art thou?". This was supposed to be the debut of the Abraham Quartet, but due to unforeseen illnesses, we were luckily to get two of them there. Preston's voice was scratchy, so he could only harmonize, but they were still very good. Of course, that is the opinion of one very biased mother!
We still haven't heard anything new from our placement agency about a new referral. However, I am very excited that so many families I have been following since last summer are finally starting to get referrals and bring their children home. It is good to see that Russia is moving along again after the loooong accreditation delays. For a list of some of the families getting travel dates and court dates, jump over to Jackie's blog at http://www.blogger.com/stepbystep2russia.blogspot.com/
(Can a fellow blogger please explain to me how to create a link with a title like "click here"? I haven't been able to figure it out yet.)
Here's a bunch of photos:
Snow day! Nolan and Liam
Such a handsome little graduate, but silly as ever!
Preston's project was about creating circuits. He made this "Operation" type game. When the metal tongs touch the aluminum foil boxes, the lights come on and a buzzer sounds. It was the most popular project at the Science Fair.
As part of Garrett's research, he created a really cool roller coaster with Preston and a friend using Sky Rail, Tinker Toys, Bionicles & dinosaurs.
This video is Garrett demonstrating centrifugal force. He has a metal marble going around and around the track without falling out. I have video with it going longer, but I love his laugh in this one!