Oh Internetz, curses to me for leaving such a long gap between updates! The first few weeks with the girls were hectic - not just with settling in - but coupled with the fact that we had to drive them to and from their school each day. Since it was so close to the end of the school year when they moved in, we didn't want to move them to our local school, so it was a daily 40 minute drive each way. Needless to say by the end of school we were all ready to say "good bye" to that drive.
Summer vacation is here and the girls are loving being at home. "We get to spend all day with you!" one of them happily announced to us today.
This is great - but I won't lie, it's also exhausting! We're coming with all sorts of new and wonderful things to keep us active and busy during the day. We have discovered almost all of our wee town's playgrounds and if there is a free festival somewhere, yours truly will find it!
It was Canada Day last Friday, July 1, and we met up with some friends for town fireworks which was great fun. I'm trying to take photos as often as I can so the girls have all of these memories to keep. A favourite memory of mine was just the other day when the girls went with me to 'get our nails done.' Internetz, you might have died from cuteness from the two girls perched on pedicure chairs having their finger and toenails painted. They were both so proud it was to die for.
But if I'm honest, we have plenty of challenging moments too. I think we're getting over the worst of the 'testing' hurdles, but they still crop up every now and then. I'm getting used to have absolutely NO privacy at anytime and sometimes I struggle with that. On particularly challenging days I admit to taking some private time in the bathroom where I lock the door and just cry. Thank goodness for some other wonderful adoptive moms who have totally supported me and told me "it's all normal, stop beating yourself up."
Being a forever family ain't easy....but it's worth it.
How's your summer going, Internetz?! I promise I won't slack so much with the blog!