Thursday, August 28, 2008

Her eyes still sparkle!

Today Jailyn went to her first eye Dr. appointment and look what she came home with!
(Actually they are on order, but should be in next week!)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What a whirl wind week!

We have had such a crazy, busy last week! Conner tested for his conditional Black Belt! He did a great job at his belt test! He was the highest belt and had to do Pattern 6 and his specialized Pattern 7 all by himself in front of everyone! He did a great job!!! We are so proud of him! A few more months and he will be a full Black belt!

Saturday we finally were able to celebrate Kenzie's 12 birthday! She had 8 girlfriends over. We played a lot of obstacle course games... The theme was "I survived a Japanese Game Show". If you watched this TV show last season you will understand. Hai Majide!!!
We also spent 3 hours at the neighborhood pool! It was a fun day!!! Kenzie really has some nice friends! Happy Birthday girl!! We love you!!

Sunday we were honored to be "Family of the Week"!!!
We were awarded tickets to the local Water Park, Hawaiian Falls! We also had a Cabana for the day, and a Cabana boy! He was sooooo cute!!! We felt so pampered!! We had a great time!
After the day at the water park, Kenzie had a soccer game. They won!!! It was a great game!!

Monday - First day of school for all of the big kids!! And two of them are going to new schools. Thankfully we were organized and had our backpacks ready to go!
We have a few traditions for the first day of school - one being we measure the kids to see how much they grew from the last year - Brady grew 2 inches and has hit the 6 foot mark!
Kenzie - grew 2 3/4 inches!!! Way to go girl!!!!
Conner - grew 2 1/4 inches!!!
Jailyn - grew 3 inches!!! Wow!!! She is still only 24lbs.

They all had a great first day of school! Jailyn missed them so much!!! All morning she was asking for them!!!

Tuesday - Jailyn had her first evaluation for Pre-school. Our school district offers two different pre-school programs for Special Needs kids. She had so much fun talking with the therapists who were evaluating her, and of course she had them wrapped around her little finger! She did a great job. We will find out next week which pre-school she will be in. Jailyn is excited to go to school. This is making me so sad, but I know it is what she needs to succeed. Plus, when Jorja gets home this will give Jorja and I some alone time.

When will Jorja get home? Good question!!! We are hoping to receive our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) from China in about 3 weeks. When we sign this and send it back to China we will be waiting to get our Travel Approval! We are still hoping to travel before Thanksgiving! Can't wait to get our little girl home!!!

~ Jodi Sue :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I have a High Schooler!!

We have officially entered into the High School years!! Brady registered yesterday. Got his class schedule, his first High School ID. How exciting!
He is very excited but nervous about doing his best! I love that!
He will be trying out for soccer when school begins! Oh, I hope he makes the team!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Cute pictures of my Jailyn!!!

Future Olympiad!!!

Maybe some day!

I'm soooo happy!!!

I love the Olympics!!!! I will be glued to the TV for the next 16 days!!!! I love to hear all the stories of all the athletes! I love to hear how they fought to make their dream come true!! These athletes have such endurance, not just physically, but mentally! I admire every one of them.
It is also so fun to see China hosting the Olympics! 1 1/2 years ago when we visited Beijing we saw the "bird's nest" being built - it was amazing! But to see it tonight filled with over 90,000 people -WOW!!!

I will enjoy the Olympics this year but I will be excited when they are over and the officials in Beijing go back to work! Hopefully, they will work fast to get us our paperwork and give us the okay to go get our little girl!!!

Jay, do you have your collectable Coke cans? :)

This photo is from the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs! I was so excited to finally get there!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

FC Dallas!!

What a fun evening! Our soccer club, Manchester Soccer Club, enjoyed their signing party at the FC Dallas game vs. LA Galaxy!
Yes, Beckham was there in all of his glory! and FC Dallas shut him an the rest of the Galaxy's up!!! 4-0 Go FC Dallas!

Kenzie and Conner (and other players from our club) walked both teams onto the field! It was really cool!

Imaginary Friend or Sister-to-be?

Jailyn is getting very excited for Jorja to come home. We think she has finally realized that Jorja is not just a picture of a beautiful face! Jailyn loves to go "big girl bed" shopping for beds for her and Jorja. Jailyn hates to sleep alone - every night she says ,"Jorja will sleep in my room." She has also begun giving people assigned seats in the car. "Jorja will sit by me!" Of course, this brings up the whole topic with the other three kids - how are we all going to fit in our mini-van? We'll fit - everyone may not sit exactly where they want to - but we will fit! :) We are hoping for gas prices to go down as we find our selves taking two cars to one location! (We can dream!)