Friday, August 27, 2010

Our Family's Story

Our adoption agency, Sunny Ridge Family Center in Bolingbrook, IL has a new page of stories of families who have adopted a waiting child from China, to help encourage families who are considering this wonderful program. Our family's story is currently on that page. Go read it here!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

First Day of School, 2010 Edition

Yes, I've been totally MIA this summer. I'll come up with some good excuses at a later date. In the mean time, we've had school to think about!

Monday was Meet-the-Teacher, Supply-Drop-Off day. I managed to survive getting all three girls to their new classrooms and to visit last year's teachers, all with a wild toddler in tow.

Abbie and First Grade teacher, Mrs. D.

Rachel and Third Grade teacher, Mrs. L.

Hannah and Fifth Grade teacher, Mrs. S.

Two days later came the Big Day! As the girls put on their shoes and gathered their things to head out the door, David realized he needed his shoes and backpack, too!

Official First Day photos (to be seen again on the last day of school for comparison purposes)!

Fifth Grader

Third Grader

First Grader

Wishing he could go to school, too!

Waiting for the bus...

Each year, on the first day of school, I give each girl the option of either riding to school on the bus or driving them. Except for Kindergarten - I reserve the right to have Al and me drive the child to school and to have a good cry on the way home. This year, Hannah and Abbie rode the bus, and Rachel asked me to drive her to school.
Meeting up with friends.
Big shot fifth grader, ready to roll!
David ran to Abbie when he saw her in the first grade crowd. She was more than happy to give him a big hug. Made me cry...