Zipping Right Along

Cross-posting from our main, family blog: http://prairiefrogs.wordpress.com/

Things are zipping right along!  Wednesday afternoon, as we played on the swingset, Kiffanie lept into my arms and when I said, “J’aime Kiffanie!”  (I love Kiffanie!) she replied with an enthusiastic, “J’aime Mommy!”  She’s been doing better than we could ever have imagined.  Of course, tomorrow may be a different story entirely, but she’s an amazing, brave little girl!

She’s really enjoying her sisters, and her slaves–er, brothers too!  She can say each boy’s name, but generally calls both of them, “Keegan”, and gets slightly annoyed if the wrong one answers.   They are both a little too eager to cater to her every whim, and adore her–whether she calls them by the right name of not.  She names the right sister every time–something even I can’t manage.

Vocabulary continues to improve.  She says “Chicken”, “Tree”, “Yes”, “Please”, “Thank you”, “More”, “Popcorn” and a dozen or so other words.  Some words slur together.  When we play peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek she’ll announce, “There shoes” when finding someone.  We figured out it’s her version of “There-she-is”, which we say when we find her.

So far she’s pouted briefly when not getting her way, but quickly snaps back into the fun of family life.  Last night she opted to sleep in her own bunk in the girls room, and after I snuggled down with her for a few minutes, she was sound asleep.  She’s been feeling great again after whatever hit her tummy on Sunday, had a and we’ve had no major challenges at any point.  Either Ken or I are with her constantly, both for bonding and because she loves to explore every drawer and cupboard.  When told not to touch, she’s good about complying, but often after feinting a reach for the “no-no” a few times with a mischievous look.  She’s better at cleaning up her playthings than her brothers (Keegan and Kieran, take note!), and dives right into any activity.

She takes bumps in stride and comes up laughing.  She’ll straighten out while on the swing, which results in falling off into a fit of giggles.  If she’s riding in the wagon and topples, she laughs a belly-laugh and hops up to try again.  We’ve been to the naturopath, the hardware store, and the shoe store.  (She loves her new sandals from the later errand.)  Mostly though, we’ve been keeping to a relaxed, home-based routine, playing a few games of Candy-Land, throwing scratch to the chickens, playing with Legos and Kitchen toys, and getting to know one another.

Outdoor activities have been fun with the weather warmer this week.  We’ve done more light yard-work, and lots of play.  Yesterday, Ken set up the zip-line.  We take it down for the winter, so all the children enjoyed ride after ride on the new-again attraction!  Kiffanie loves flying across the yard!  After each turn she pantomimes holding on.

Zipping Along (Click to Enlarge)

Zipping Along (Click to Enlarge)

Wheeee!

Wheeee!

Fun and Smiles

Fun and Smiles

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Wordless Wednesday

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Kiffanie

Kiffanie

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A Quiet Mother’s Day

This is cross posted from our main, family blog, where I’d posted it on the Monday after Mother’s Day.  I realized it might be of adoption interest, so am now retro-posting it here too.

Friday evening, and Saturday were full of wild fun as Kiffanie got to know the house and her new family.  Sunday dawned quietly, as exhaustion from travel finally caught up to her.  Kiffanie slept almost the entire day, waking only to eat a bit of apple, and for several snuggle sessions which ended with her asleep on my lap.  We thought it was just travel weariness catching up, combined with some sadness and adjustment, but after dinner we realized her stomach was upset as well.   (It was hard to miss at that point, as it required clothing changes for both of us.)

Ken cooked a yummy Mother’s Day meal, the children gave me sweet presents, and Kiffanie gave me precious sleepy snuggles, but I don’t think I got a single picture.  It was a lazy, sleepy day, tending a sick girlie.  It was good bonding time, even though it was hard to see her so lethargic.

Today around noon, Kiffanie bounced back, and resumed her customary romping and giggles!

I forgot to take pictures of the children outside this afternoon.  This evening they are playing with the toy food and kitchen utensils.   I’d expected to keep her fancy homecoming hairstyle in longer, but noticed tension bumps on her scalp from the hair being pulled tightly in the extensions, so this morning, while she was still recovering and sleeping, I styled it in loose rope twists to rest her scalp for a few days.  I was rewarded with a happy smile when she saw the mirror.  (Although I’m guessing her approval had more to do with the flower headband than the twists themselves. )

Except for the tummy bug making for a miserable 3rd day home, she seems to be acclimating well.  She likes ice cream, steak, rice and tomatoes, potatoes and fruits, but isn’t sure noodles are food.  She loves the swingset and playing with the faucets, and knows what to do with Legos.  So far she’s said very little in English, jabbering away in primarily in French, but she’ll choose English for debate.  When told, “No more” on ice cream, she flashed an impish grin and said, “Yes more!”

When playing with siblings she calls Keegan and Kieran “mon frère” (brother), but her sisters “mon ami” (my friend.)

Play Kitchen

Play Kitchen

Out of focus photos–my shutter speed was slow, and Kiffanie moves fast.

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Homecoming

All flights were on-time or even early.  The only delay happened when they were on the shuttle from the airport, just an hour from home.  The bus broke down.

After an extra hour or so delay, they were home safe and sound.  A sleepy Kiffanie was lifted out of the vehicle, to greet her new family.

Sleepy Kiffanie with Mommy and Daddy

Sleepy Kiffanie with Mommy and Daddy

Greeting Big Sister

Greeting Big Sister

With Siblings

With Siblings

We thought a bath might feel good, but had no idea the magic therein!  I didn’t take bath pictures, but the moment Ken and I put her in the water, she was delighted.  Giggling, splashing, and having a blast!  Running water is a novelty. Although they bathe twice daily at the orphanage, a warm bath is a new treat!

Here she and her siblings are dressed for bed, but far too wound for bedtime yet!  We found ourselves checking Google-Translate for phrases like, “Don’t throw.”   Inside rules will be a teaching opportinity, as matchbox cars really shouldn’t be air-born.  It was all joyous though, and I think she’ll learn the ropes fairly quickly.

Ready for Bed?

Ready for Bed?

In the ensuing playtime she had spontaneous hugs for mommy and sisters, hugs for brothers, and lots of wild giggles.

We ate dinner and I snuggled her into bed.  She let me lie beside her as she dozed off in the futon at the foot of our bed.

This morning we woke to a dusting of snow!  No outdoor play for the moment, as I think Kiffanie would freeze.  I thought I’d play some duck-duck goose with her and the other children while Keegan did the breakfast dishes.  Little did I know that four children and mommy playing a game wouldn’t compete with a brother washing dishes!  Once again, the delights of running water beckoned.  Soon she was helping Keegan with the dishes.

Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes

Ken has many photos from the trip I’ll be sharing as we get time, but for now, I’m off to enjoy!

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She’s HOME!

After an eventful journey, Ken and Kiffanie are home!  They are tired, but safe and well.  God is amazingly good to us!

She had a blast in the bathtub.  

I hope and plan to post more details and pictures tomorrow.

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