Sunday, July 7, 2013

Our Summer

We've had a good summer so far.  Ruslana's behavior has dramatically improved since she has been out of school.  Even though she told us that she liked school, I wonder if it was an underlying stresser.  It's been great having her home every day and our bonding has improved dramatically.

Some of the things we've been up to:
  • Ruslana is continuing to love her swimming lessons and has become quite the fish. 
  • A teacher (an absolute angel) from R's school is meeting with Ruslana three times a week to help her with her English and math.  Ruslana loves her and it's been a major blessing for our family. 
  • R saw her first movie in the movie theatre (Monsters University):
  • She's taken an interest in doing her nails (which I, of course, love):

  • We met with Laurel, the director of God's Waiting Children, for the first-time in person:  
  • Ruslana bought something for the first time using her chore money--a toy car.  While we know that she loves this movie, it was a surprising choice to us.  Even more odd is that she still hasn't opened it or played with it. Hmm...
  • Her eating is hardly an issue now.  Restaurants are a lot funner now! 

  • We baked Scarlett (our dog) a cheese dog cake in the shape of a dog bone to celebrate her 2nd birthday.  Yes...we're a little crazy, but it sure was fun! And Scarlett loved it!
  • Mark and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by spending the night at the hotel where we were married six years ago. It was a fabulous getaway and Ruslana had a blast staying at her grandma's house (and getting spoiled!): 

Full circle--38 weeks pregnant in the room
where we had our wedding reception
  • With only two weeks to go until my due date, we are anxiously waiting to meet our sweet boy.  Ruslana also can't wait to be a big sister: 

This is certainly a summer we will never forget--it'll be our very first summer with both of our kiddos.  We are so very blessed and happy!

11 comments:

  1. Yay! Love your updates! Continuing to pray though I've not said it for awhile.

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  2. So happy that Ruslana is adjusting so well. :)

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  3. Glad to see Ruslana adjusting and blossoming in your beautiful family.

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  4. I love reading your story Jenny. Good luck as you prep for baby!

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  5. i can not believe how beautiful ruslana is!!! so so beautiful. you can see the love in her eyes. hoping to see the new baby soon. hugs from argentina

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  6. That sounds great cant wait till the baby is due.

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