This blog chronicles the miracles and struggles of our daughters, Emily and Olivia. Emily was born 15 weeks early and had many complications, but she continues to amaze us! Olivia, born in China with heart complications, is also beating the odds. She joined her forever family (us!) when she was four years old and has been doing wonderfully! UPDATE: We started homeschooling August 2009 :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Olivia's been home SIX months!!

Wow! Six months has flown by. I've been neglecting this blog lately as we get into our new school routine, but we're doing fine. Here are some recent pix:

Emily's always looking for an excuse to throw a party... so we made rice crispy treats and invited the neighbor kids over to celebrate Chelsea's birthday! It's hard to believe our energetic pup is 13!! Aside from some apparent hearing loss, our little senior citizen still seems like a spry young girl. I wonder how long she'll be able to hide her age and dread the inevitable. Emily tried to put a party hat on her, but it didn't stay on for long!

Olivia's hair is slowly growing. I'm trying to let her bangs grow out with the rest, but this in between stage is hard to manage. She generally doesn't like clips in her hair, but for some reason will endure pain for pony tails! She gets giddy about them and points them out proudly to everyone saying, "see, 'pone' tails!" Not much of her hair actually reaches the pony tails, and most is just in clips, but she doesn't notice or care. I wonder if she knew she had a boys buzz cut and is excited to finally have hair and be girly??

Today she started a park district art class for four year olds and the teacher looked a bit skeptical when we walked in the door, asking if she was in the class. I assured her that although she's the size of a two year old, she's really four and a half. Then when I added that she's still learning English, having only been here six months, I detected a bit of concern. However, at the end of the hour, Olivia got a great report. She fit right in and did very well. In fact the teacher said she never would have never guessed anything out of the ordinary if I hadn't told her. It's amazing how well she's adjusted and picked up our language. I'll have to post another video of her talking to you can see her progress for yourself.

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