Sunday, December 29, 2013

Some random pictures from the last few days...


The girls waking up from their nap. I had no idea children could wake up from naps happy. Our oldest child likes to wake up an absolute grump, but these girlies are the opposite. Getting them up from naps is just hysterical. Every single day I laugh so hard at how happy they wake up. 

The temps got up to 50 degrees on Saturday so we headed out to introduce the girls to our favorite park and let Jude get in some more bike riding time...

 Jude looked at the big barge going down the East River and said, "Whoa, it looks like an aircraft carrier."

The girls are still warming up to the stroller. Simone wanted someone holding her hand most of the time. See Brett's hand as he pushes the girls. (When we started our walk, we actually pulled the stroller by each of us holding onto a hand and pulling their arms. Ha! It worked!)



By the time we left, Simone was sorta okay with not holding a hand.  Jude had so much fun riding his bike all over the place. In no time at all we'll be taking off the training wheels!

This afternoon was rainy and cold so I took Jude out to a movie for some one-on-one Mommy time...

Jude has been sleeping longer through the night since the girls are home. I think he wears himself out way more than he ever did as an only child. Tonight he attempted to stay up for the end of the Patriots game. To no avail...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas


This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And the darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine.  ~The Jesus Storybook Bible

We celebrated Christmas by waking up at 5:30 in the morning, staying in our jammies all day, and playing with new toys.












The girls love to do the pretend "bye-bye" and blow kisses, walk out of the room, and then get a big hello from Mommy when they walk back in the room. The tutus, sunglasses, and purses just help with the whole pretend thing.

I thought my heart might actually explode today (Simone)...

Roxie...


A Birthday Cake for Jesus with a whole lot of sprinkles...Jude never once took his helmet off all day...

Getting along and attempting to share...

Jude and Daddy got bundled up and spent some time riding his new bike around the neighborhood...


Again, my heart trying not to explode. He's just so BIG!

And the evening ended with a peculiar Oklahoma-esque sunset out the kids bedroom windows...

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve



We headed out of the house this afternoon to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. 
We were out just a few hours and the girlies did great among all the crowds. Staying in the Ergo's kept them cozy and warm. 

Jude likes to pretend he's a break-dancer on the subways...





Just look at my boys. They so don't look like tourists. Jude even managed to scoot around while licking a candy cane. I snapped this quick picture and it might be my favorite and so reflective of how we get around this crazy city...




Headed home just in the nick of time. No meltdowns. I kinda felt like high-fiving Brett.

Monday, December 23, 2013

One Month Together

We've been together as a family of 5 for FOUR weeks.

For your enjoyment a few pictures:

 Sibling cuddles...for like a whole 2 seconds.

Look at that face..."What have they done to me?" We may live in Queens but I think she'll be sayin' howdy and yeehaw in no time...

One month together and I think they're already puttin' on the chub...


Little miss Simone and the train conductor cooking up Mommy a delicious meal...


And I will leave you with our meal time shenanigans. As I've mentioned before, when kids grow up in orphanages they just end up having their own unique food issues. It just comes with the territory. I won't go into Roxie's dealings with food on the world wide web...but I will fill you in on the hysterics of our dinner tonight.
Behold this image of Roxie that lasted probably 10 whole minutes...

And for your entertainment, here are the questions verbalized by our almost 4 year old as Mommy and Daddy attempted and failed to keep a straight face...

Jude:

"What's going to happen?"

"Is she going to throw up?"

"Is she going to go night-night like that?"

"Is she going to get pizza in her bed? And on her pillow?"

"Is it going to be messy? But that will be yucky."

Precious Roxie gave us a frustrating but really, really, funny dinner. After all the kids went to bed and we re-hashed dinner we were in tears laughing so hard at all the escapades and Jude's questions.

Happy FOUR weeks to our little twinnies! Our house, our arms, and our hearts are full. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Whole Lot of LOUD

Our home, with 3 little kiddoes under the age of 4 is LOUD. Very loud. Kind of like nonstop chaos actually. 

And we love it. Life is so much better with loud, giggly, chaos. 

So Jude loves to hear his sisters scream. 
He picks on them every second of every day. Poor things. 


Simone has an old pancake in her hand. If I don't keep an eagle eye on these girlies they're crawling under the table for scraps or eating out of the trash.


That's a kazoo in his mouth...Loud I tell ya.

Everyone is slowly learning to share my lap. Reading books or playing games in the floor has become a tad better. Most of the time I have to stand while the kids play in the floor. My cheering and lovin' and encouragement must come from a standing position otherwise all the kids compete and scream and whine to sit on my lap. Not cool.
We're all learning...and mostly we're all just getting a little accustomed to being squashed.

Monday, December 16, 2013

****UPDATE*** Thank you for praying! The judge showed up, and gave the final approval to complete the Brown's adoption! Now they're off to Delhi!***

About 7 or 8 months ago Brett wanted me to change the clock on my blog from "India" to "Kerala." We were given strict instructions by our agency not to share the location of our girls' orphanage. But Brett changed that one little word on the side of our blog and anyone who was semi-curious could have figured out where our girls were living. 
Just 2 or 3 days later I got an email from another Mom adopting from India. And this was part of her email:   
"...I noticed that your little world clock says Kerala.  Are they in Kerala?  Our daughter is in Kozhikode, Kerala and I thought how cool if they were in the same state or nearby city..."

I freaked out when I read those words! I immediately wrote back, with fingers shaking, telling her in all exclamation points that our girls were in Kozhikode! We sat at our computers and wrote emails back and forth as if we were texting and discovered our girls were in the same orphanage and we had received our referrals the same day in January. 

And we've texted, emailed, or talked just about every single day since

We have prayed, cried, laughed, freaked out, panicked, calmed each other down, encouraged each other, and simply understood each other through every up and down. She was a gift from God when my days got very dark. We used each other as our "second caseworker" to piece together facts and lingering concerns or questions our caseworkers didn't reveal to us. 

Yesterday she met her sweet, precious, little girl, and sent me these pictures...




She also made the terrible "puke drive" to Kalpetta to appear before the judge so they could get the final court order. When they showed up for court, the judge had left town. So they're staying in Kalpetta praying for a miracle that this judge will show up tomorrow.
SO. Dear friends and family, will you please pray for my friend and her little girl tonight? Please pray that as we sleep, this Mommy would have the opportunity to sit in front of the judge and answer his questions. She needs that judge to show up and give the final order so they can move onto Delhi and make their medical and Embassy appointments...and make their flights home.
I am so thankful that our God commands Final Court orders for adoptions. That he commands the sun to rise and Indian authorities to grant adoptions.

We are so HAPPY for the Brown's!!!!!!

P.S. Thank you dear husband of mine for being a rule-breaker and changing our world clock to "Kerala." You have made many good decisions over the last year and this may be one of your finest. :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Snowy Weekends


Every afternoon I put the girls in their shoes to get accustomed to shoe-wearing and get some practice in. Roxie has been great at wandering around in her shoes, Simone not so much. 
Roxie and Jude checkin' out the snow...

The girls love pancakes!

We bundled up the girls and attempted our first outing as a family of 5 today. It was a quick little shopping trip and ended with some sightseeing around the neighborhood for Christmas lights. The girls were so cute and picked up on the "oohs" and "ahhs" and "whoas." They were so cute and so loud looking at all the lights...




Our first ever outing with all three of the car seats squashed up and filled up with kiddoes...