Happy Thanksgiving!

It is freezing in Mississippi! We’re bundled up like eskimos and I’m holding out for Sean to make the coffee.

My sweet Jacob turns 10 tomorrow!  He is sooo excited and has been asking to open presents all weekend.  We asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner and he said either Chick Fil A or chicken noodle soup at home.  He’s so demanding!

Julianna is doing really well.  She’s settling into the family and calls herself the baby.

Caleb is dying for Thanksgiving dinner.  I think it’s his favorite holiday because of the food;) He was so happy they had Thanksgiving lunch at school twice last week. He even had extra helpings since a lot of his friends don’t like school lunch;) Thankfully, he’s the least picky eater in the house!

I would update you on me or Sean but I know you don’t really care….I mean, you probably do, but…nahhhh–you don’t.

We had pictures made Saturday and they turned out really good, despite the freezing cold wind! Here’s a sneak peek…

IMG_6802IMG_6808 Awwww, they are so cute!

Julianna

A little more about Julianna…..

She is a very funny little girl, lots of personality, a daredevil, loves to play with her stroller and her kitchen, very independent, very strong willed, is picking up English quickly,  loves her brothers and likes to yell for them across the house, prefers chopstick to forks, is a good eater, sleeps well and is quite the girly girl.  She likes to help do chores, like wiping off the table, throwing things away, folding clothes, etc.  She thinks she’s grown.;) She does not like being told no. 🙂  She imitates us and it’s hilarious. She’s great at mimicking facial expressions.

The boys are doing soooo well with her.  Jacob did get mad when I called her “J” because that’s his nickname and how’s he supposed to know who I’m talking to if I call her that!?!   Oops. Good point, J.   Caleb caters to her, which she loves. He gives her piggy back rides and plays with her a lot, so he’s probably the favorite right now:)

For those who like to know about actual adoption stuff, she is adjusting really well.  She comes to me for comfort when she’s hurt or upset and if she needs something. She loves her Daddy and knows he’ll spin her around or play rough with her and she loves it.  We’re having fewer meltdowns everyday and she seems really comfortable.  She let Caleb push her in the stroller but was concerned that I wasn’t coming, so I stood on the porch and she was fine.  She’s pretty social, but seems to know that we are her family and she sticks close to us when other people are around.

Home Sweet Home!

I had good intentions. I was going to blog while in Korea and keep everyone updated.  But,   I did not. I’m a big liar–sorry.

Our trip was good and a bit of a whirlwind. We enjoyed some sight seeing, new food and the first days as a family of 5. As you can imagine, we had a scared little girl, but she was trying hard to be brave.  The boys were such a  big help. They were able to play with her and make her feel more comfortable.  The flight back was good, with a few meltdowns along the way, but nothing some shrimp crackers couldn’t fix!

We are doing really well.  Julianna is finding her place in the family and the boys are loving her.  Everyone knows that Jacob needs routine and people have asked how he is doing.  He did great on the trip and is excited about having his sister home.  It can be a little trying for him since she’s loud when he’s talking to us and he hates being interrupted! She’s still getting over jet lag, so our schedule is a little off still.  He’s learning to be a big bro and he’s doing a great job.  But overall, it’s just a matter of everyone getting used to everyone.  Caleb loves playing with her and is a great big brother, which we already knew.

More about Julianna…..

She is stubborn and funny, smart and a major copycat.  She mimics us like crazy and it’s hilarious.  She sticks her bottom lip out when she’s acting like Sean and Caleb and makes dramatic faces when she’s acting like me.    She’s adjusting well, sleeps well, eats well and is picking up English like a pro.  Overall, she’s a pretty typical 3 year old, which means, I’m tired!  We’ve had the normal behaviors that come with being brought into a new family that doesn’t speak your language, that looks and smells different, etc.  After the first few days with us, she settled in a lot better and seems more comfortable.  We see her personality come out more every day and she’s a little firecracker.  She LOVES her stroller and her baby doll stroller. She pushes them around all day and thinks it’s hilarious when she sits in hers and tries to walk herself around in it.  She loves to laugh and be silly, loves to fall down and roll around on the floor and she has the art of fake crying down pat!

So there ya go.  Thanks for all of the prayers and sweet words during this crazy long process. Thank you for all of the gifts and cards and balloons and the “welcome home” well wishes!    She is home and we couldn’t be happier!