Monday, June 16, 2008

A whirlwind week -- and 6 months home!

Whew! Our first official week of summer was jammed with lots of fun. (Thankfully, we don't have this much packed into every week, or I'd have to start sleeping a whole lot more hours each night to keep going!) Anya Rashi seems to have boundless energy for it all, and loves to "go, go, go" -- which is her new favorite saying. She learned it from hearing Mama scream it at the boys' ball games. :o)

Today was her 6-month anniversary of arriving home. Half a year has gone by already! We have so many incredible memories of our time in India, the day we met Anya Rashi, and those first jet-lagged, joyful, exhausted days (weeks?!) after we came home -- it was 9 days before Christmas, and our boys were so excited to meet her.

Anya Rashi has changed so much. She is so outgoing, and loves being outside and around lots of people. She climbs everything, including her brothers' bunk bed ladder -- yipes! I was cooking dinner one day last week when I heard a hall door close. My mom instincts went on red-alert, and sure enough, one of the boys had left their door open. There she was, as proud as could be, on the top bunk! (Sorry, no photos of that -- I was too busy trying not to have a panic attack.)

Her 18-month checkup was today: she has grown over 2 inches in the past 3 months, and gained two-and-a-half pounds. Bonus: she didn't have to have any vaccinations. Woo hoo! She's still afraid of the crinkly paper on the exam table due to past needle trauma, so our fantastic doctor did the whole exam with her on my lap.

The rest of our week included Nathan's and Aaron's first tee ball and baseball games, and their first swimming lessons. We also had a silver wedding anniversary for some friends, and a hospital visit for friends Tina and Todd, who became first-time parents to adorable baby Liam! We had a family reunion, and Fathers' Day celebrations . . . and a visit to our friend Tyler's house, where the boys caught 9 toads. Anya Rashi also had her first ponytails -- they lasted all of 20 minutes before she ripped them out!


Julie & Patrick said...

What to do with our girls that can't leave their hair alone? sigh...

You seem to live the same sort of busy life that we do and yours sounds so fun! Lots of activities with lots of friends AND...lots of panic attacks with a climber in the family!!

Julie R

Cindy said...

LOVE the pony tails!! She is so adorable. Sounds like summer really took off for you guys. . . too bad we don't live closer--we would love to meet you guys. I think Emy would love to play with Anya Rashi and Luke loves everyone!!

You have a beautiful family!

I would really like to see her on that top bunk though--LOL! Those girls are something else, aren't they?

The Labontes said...

Phew! So much to do, and it all sounds so fun. I hope the rest of the summer can live up to the first week :)

Enjoy the excitement of chasing a climber.

Kty said...

I love those pony tails, too! Cute about the bunk bed! Way to go, mom for not freaking out! I bet she was so proud of herself!

I can't believe it has been 6 months, I remember crying as I read those first few posts as I came across your website and you were bringing your sweet girl home!

God bless your family as she continues to make her place in it and feels so comfortable under your's and Peter's love and care.

Love, Katy

Pam said...

She looks so great Nancy!!! What a dolly!