Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sharing

Just a couple of things I want to remember:

This morning we had a delightful little girl come for a playdate as her family is considering us for home daycare. Of course we wanted the boys to make a good first impression, but tried to keep expectations realistic (and bribes nearby just in case). When the boys started to fuss a little I let them chose snack and they hauled out a box of wheat sticks - with only one package left inside.
Now, you have to understand, the whole big deal about wheat sticks is not so much the actual crackers, it is the PACKAGE - red, mylar, crinkly - and it is very important that each child have his own. So there we all were in the kitchen - me, two boys, one lone shiny loud package, and a third toddler expressing interest - what is that crinkly sound? with her parent, relaxed on the couch, having absolutely no idea of the potential for meltdown level that is hovering in the air... I say, calmly, "Oh, look, there is only one package, so you will have to share." And share they did, first with each other, and then Vanh took over and shared with their guest (who thanked him each time it should be noted).
Vanh, I was so proud of you this morning, I know you were feeling a little jealous about sharing your Mommy and Daddy, but you let it go enough to share your favourite snack too, and your sweet little soul just shone.

Later in the day: boys hanging out in their foam chairs when Max's slipped off the corner and squished back, with Max ending up half lying on the floor - not hurt or upset, just in an awkward position to get himself up, especially as he had managed to hold on to his rice cake. Vanh got out of his chair, crossed the room, and helped his brother get up and straighten his chair. Then he sat back down and they finished snack. Could you BE any more lovable.

Max uses a couple of dozen words now, but what he really likes to do is "read" them. He finds "his" pictures everywhere and loves his photo book. Books have been both boys' "favouite toy" for months. (It's not that we don't want them to be literate but while their choice seems advanced their reading material is not, and after the 368th time reading a one-word-per-page board book you start to hide them.)
Max, I love reading with you, you look up to the left a little when you are trying to remember a new word and I love love love to see you thinking like that. And thank you for offering me your fruit this afternoon, I know how much you wanted it.

6 more months at home - how lucky am I!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Are we identical? Please vote.

Update March 16: 22 identical, 3 fraternal

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Adoption Day!

Today is the official anniversary of the day we became a family

In honour of this event, here are some never-before-seen photos from that day:

Beautiful Loan

One of many ferry trips

Another ferry full of scooters, and a bus

The hotel in Tra Vinh

Happy Daddy

The Vietnamese officials who gave us our children

This is where we were supposed to stand and pose as a new family
(I just figured that out)

A nice photo - I guess a year ago I didn't think anyone would be interested in just us!

Our first moment as a family of four

Signing their Vietnamese passports

Vanh with his daddy

Two of the boys' wonderful nannies


Happy Famiversary!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Look who's reading!

Just for fun I made up little "books" with all the words the boys have been using. Here is what happened when I gave them to the boys:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One year later...

February 17, 2009 - the day we met

One year later...

2009

2010

2009

2010


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PPS Still not certain they are identical - but very close if not.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Snapshots of our Tết

Chúc mừng năm mới!
Happy Lunar New Year!

Fried spring rolls

Vanh trying his luck (he won)

Dragon dance

Singing in Vietnamese

Visits with friends


Opening Tết presents

My sister was our first visitor, bringing this:

Which she won for us last night. I think we will have a lucky year.

Áo dài from Saigon

New shoes (thank you Auntie Marg and Uncle Bob)

Lanterns for the moon - with hearts for Valentine's Day!

Year of the Tiger


More visits from friends

Giggles with MeMe and Gumpy
video

Tết supper - more spring rolls, watermelon, rice, vermicelli, and fortune cookies

Chocolate covered almonds - our newly established tradition for Tết
(adults only this year of course)

Celebrating at playgroup