Jeff just came back from trip two! We found out two weeks before he had to be back in country. We pulled together the fees and paperwork just in time. He left early Friday morning and flew home late on a Tuesday. He had a court appointment. Now we heard that Latvia court was hard but all of our experiences were great. Jeff said this court was hard. They (the prosecutor and judge) questioned him for 1.5 hours!! The major topics were our finances, everyday life schedule, improvements, communication, schooling, home arrangements and Jeff and I’s adjustments. Jeff was glad that he took 22 pictures this was a big deal to have, he probably should have taken more. It was a one day ordeal and that was all. Jeff decided to fly Aeroflot (the Russian airline) which went from JFK airport to Moscow then to Riga. Aeroflot only flies out of JFK but is about $400 cheaper.
All we have left is just one more trip to Latvia and the expensive part of the adoption is over!! I can't wait. We hear we might go the 1st or 2nd week of August. Perfect time so we can get the kids into school.
Life has kept us moving. The kids are learning so much English it is great. Jeff and I now have to talk after the kids go to bed. HA. The two older ones have gone into a different class at daycare. They are now with the school age kids. Hunter is by himself but he is doing well. He asks where Elliana and Spencer are but he is learning so much by not having them around.
While Jeff was gone I took the kids swimming. They loved it. They must have been in the water before. They can’t swim but they were not scared. Hunter was very close to floating. Elliana loved to go underwater and hold her breath. Spencer could splash around on a noodle. They want to go again soon. We are definitely going to set them up with swimming lesson this fall at an indoor pool if not sooner.
The kids’ rooms are almost done. Elliana has flowers painted on her room. Her Aunt Robin did an amazing job. Elliana even got to paint a flower. She loved it! We are adding the butterflies to them tonight. Elliana has been saying she likes the blue flowers. We finally got her to say that she likes the color blue. Aunt Robin said that her favorite color was blue. Elliana had to think for a minute. She understood that a girl can like another color besides pink. It was great that she is getting comfortably enough to finally say what she feels and likes. Of the three kids Elliana is picking up English the quickest.
Spencer is starting to come into his own as well. We have very small steps but they are steps. He always says he likes what everyone else does. Hunter loves dinosaurs. So Spencer says he does as well. I got another poster for the boys room and I showed them before I put it up. Hunter was kissing this T-Rex and Spencer looked up gave a fake big smile and went back to playing. I wanted until he was alone and asked him if he liked cars or airplanes. He got really excited when I said airplanes. Just like Elliana he always gets happy when we talk about any “machine”. So I happened to have two planes pictures. I pulled them out and Spencer said I like those planes Mom. I painted the picture frames to make them more for kids. It was a hit! So the boys room has planes and dinosaurs.
I really want the kids to be able to tell me what they like without being afraid of my reaction. So we let them pick out there clothes. Regardless of how they look that is how they dress. I don’t want to limit them because it is the one thing that they can pick out without me pulling teeth to get them too. Hunter by far is the most adjusted. He will tell me what he likes and does not like. Luckily he like almost every type of food and is very easy going.
I want to share with you a video of Spencer feeding Mia. These poor dogs have to listen to “Happy Birthday” song before they are feed. Mia is licking her lips and sitting really pretty. It cracks me up! You can hear Hunter crying in the background. He sometimes does not wake up well. These dogs do love these kids back. Mia carried Spencer’s blanket to the coach and slept on it while Spencer was at daycare.