Join us in the adventures of our family, with our Belarussian Prince, Guatemalan Princessa and Ukrainian Princesses!

Friday, July 31, 2015

First Vacation!

all packed in the car and ready to go!
so thankful for video's!

everyone's clothes laid out for the next morning

our awesome suite! and we did not have to pay extra for children!

Reilly was very impressed with her first hotel stay!

they ended up bugging each other so much that Danny slept on the floor and Gerri got the whole thing :)
(she is SO smart! )

Super Lu was very tired from traveling

Super Lu is a good traveler - no food or pit stops!

she became a back seat driver :)
(are we there yet!?)

welcome to the reunion!

The kids promptly took out the camping chairs and cards!

go fish!

Lu helped cook!

Lu is a little loosey goosey! :)

she helped Reilly play cards

she really liked Danny's hat!

yah! Yogi!

can you see Gerri and Reilly's names? :)
Danny and Victoria wanted to pull out a sharpie and add their names, Reilly could not figure out why her name was there :)

best part was the golf cart!

go Ukraine!

Victoria's favorite part of vacation! Truman! :)

One of my most favorite people in the world!! :)

a tradition! :)

so much fun!

first s'mores! yummy!!

we put all the mattresses up in the loft and the kids LOVED it! :)
and we loved having them all up and out of the way!

almost all of the families there!

our Ukraine group! :)

time to go home! a bit punchy by now!

after vacation blues :)

when you have NO internet you have  a lot of emails waiting for you!!
omg! :) I hated to look at my phone :)

unfortunately we also brought some internal critters home from the yucky pool water,
it has hit Victoria and Reilly the most :( Victoria has had fevers and came to work one day, she was very helpful :)

while waiting on stool samples (yup - fun stuff) the girls are on this:

over all, it was a very vacation, the 11 hours travel split between two days was the only way to go, that was all the kids could take. we found nice hotels to stay at with pools and it was a great way to relax.

Reilly was confused why I kept getting and giving hugs and why there were so many kids from Ukraine there :)
but she did everything I did, swim, water slide, etc. fun fun stuff!!

her English has really come along now and one month home was a turning point.
The kids all just finished up a month of summer school and will have camps for the next couple of weeks, gymnastics, minecraft and acrobatic, dance camp :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

One month home!

We have been busy getting used to life again. Still have a long way to go, but we are riding the waves!

We had a dr's appt and they had this really cool translator :) actually the in person translator never showed so we were the first to use this online translation service and it worked out great! I actually think it was easier for Reilly than having another stranger IN the small room

Just hanging out and relaxing!

Fourth of July poppers!!

First time with sparklers :)


Reilly loves to paint!

Lots of jewelry making going on!

Playing with her sister's dolls' shoes :)

We let her pick out a jewelry box and she had fun designing

How sweet!

She has one week of summer school under her belt and individual tutoring. She is talking more and understanding much more of what is being said :)

We had our meeting with the middle school and they have agreed to put her in 7th grade!
(Her age puts her in 9th, but luckily they are willing to let her have two years of middle before heading to high school. She only just finished 5th grade in country)

In one month she has gone from not being able to swim to this:

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