Then we had a fantastic meet and greet at the park in Wylie. It was so nice to see and meet with all of you that have been praying and thinking of us these long weeks. The kids had a blast playing on the playground and it was really nice for them to meet so many friends. I cannot hope to name everyone who came, but thank you all so much as it was just wonderful! After the meet and greet we went and the kids met my grandfather, Pappy. He is at a rehab facility in Wylie and it was so nice for the kids to get to see him. They hugged him and it seemed to really cheer him up. It is always good to see Pappy!
Clare and Pappy
When we came home Sunday night we were all exhausted and fell asleep pretty quickly. I desperately tried to stay awake to watch the DVR'd Cowboys game, but I fell asleep a few times (didn't help that it was not the most stirring of games). Then everyone awoke at a much better time Monday morning (except for Nik who woke up super early again). Monday was nice as we woke up and the kids played and played. They got our my sisters box of old toys and loved it. They of course had a ton of new toys and clothes to enjoy from all their grandparents. A large stuffed Nemo was really enjoyed and Nik used it as a pillow when she took a nap! My parents also purchased a basketball and soccer ball for the kids and they loved playing basketball outside on the hoop at my parents house. They lowered it down to 6 ft so it was perfect for the kids. Of course within 30 minutes of playing we kicked up a wasp nest that was in the basketball pole and Moses got stung by a wasp right between his eyes! Yes it hurt as bad as that sounds, poor guy. Then Pop went oustide and did his best to kill all those wasps asap. After an easy morning Niks parents had to head back to Oklahoma. That afternoon Nik took Clare shopping with my mom. Moses, Pop, and I did a few things around the house and then went to Moo-Ya, a burger place in Wylie, and Moses had his first hamburger! He loved it and really loved his fries as he kept alternating dipping them in ranch and ketchup. First hamburger was a huge success!
Nemo is "swimming" on the roomba
Aunt Emily's old toys!
"Swimming" in Dani & Pop's big tub
Dani, Aunt Emily, Clare and I (Niki's writing now.) all went to Emily's wedding dress fitting, then went to the mall to get some new clothes and shoes for Clare. We went to three stores before we found one with children's shoes in her size. She wears a size 1! That's what some of my 4th graders wear. We finally found a store and she picked out some white dress shoes and pink tennis shoes. Luckily, she has good taste, so I didn't have to say no to any ugly or tacky shoes. We ate at TGI Fridays and Miss Clare perked up! We bought some clothes and headed home. Clare really enjoyed getting to go out with the girls.
Moses had a lesion on back of his head that's really been really really painful. I'd contacted the insurance rep at my school district to find out that the kids can't be on my insurance until they are fully adopted. We only have legal guardianship of them current. Full adoption will come in the next 6 months. So, we've applied for Medicaid/CHIP and should find out about that soon. I hope we don't make too much to qualify for that. So, since there's no insurance we were worried about the cost of taking him to the doctor. Dana called up her friend that works for a county program that provides low cost medical care for kids without insurance. She let us in even thought we aren't that's county's residents, got us an appointment and took care of the $50 charge! YAY! What a blessing!! He was perfect at the doctor, there was a fun house mirror in the room that he loved. She said he had a lesion that had gotten infected (this happened in UG) and gave him an antibiotic that tastes like death and we were on our way. Poor Moses cried the first two time he took the medicine (we even got it flavored!), but now he takes it just fine with a Sprite or apple juice chaser.
Okay, I keep meaning to put this in the blog, but keep forgetting. Dana was looking up Acholi phrases and words before we left for UG. She found that "Dana", pronounced Donnie is the Acholi word for grandmother. So, she's taken on that name and we changed the spelling to differentiate it from Dana. So, she's Dani (pronounced Donnie).
That night Dani & Pop took the kids to see Pappy again. Travis and I stayed home and cooked for the first time in 6 weeks! We love cooking and have really missed it. We made fajitas, rice, and guacamole. MmmMmm! Travis and I left for a mini date. We went to Braum's for shakes and then walked around Firewheel mall. We had a great 2 hours. He hadn't been alone in 5 weeks! When we got home the kids had just finished "swimming" in the big big bathtub. That's their favorite thing at Dani & Pop's!
Tuesday morning Travis went to get my car battery fixed. I'd gotten a brand new one two months before we left and it died while we were gone. They replaced it for free since it was so new. The kids and I went up to Dani's school to surprise her. She was surprised! They got to meet A LOT of new people and her class. The kids had a blast! They loved sitting at the desks, writing on the white board, looking at the books. When the class came back from specials Clare was handing out stickers to each kid in the class. They all knew who Clare and Moses were and were SO excited that they were in their classroom. There's 20 minutes between specials and lunch, so the class and my kiddos played during that time. My kids even got in line with the class and went through the lunch time. The class was fighting over who C&M should sit by. Luckily, it was speghetti day, so I knew they would eat it. They tried chocolate milk for the first time. Moses was not a fan, but Clare loved it! They ate all their lunch and before I knew it they'd followed the class out to recess. Clare played with the girls. They swung, played basketball and played on the monkey bars. Moses played soccer with the boys. After recess we came in and went home. We were there for about 2 hours and the kids can't wait to start school! They will start school as soon as we get them on medicaid and get their vaccinations.
When we got back the kids played and played. We went out to play basketball and M saw the sprinkler on. I told him he could put him swimsuit on and play in it. He was confused at first, but then got excited. I told him to go tell C. He ran in, babbled something in acholi to her and his word for sprinkler was "ch-ch-ch", the sound the sprinkler makes. "Blah, blah, blah, blah, ch-ch-ch, blah, blah" with hand motions like a sprinkler. It was hilarious! They had a blast playing in it, but we needed to pack. So after 30 minutes of playing in it, we had them come in a watch a movie, so we could pack our 5 weeks worth of stuff back up, along with all the new clothes and toys. That was a chore! We got packed up, said our goodbyes (although C did not want to leaver her Dani!) and were on the road.
We stopped in S. Dallas at the Chicken Scratch to eat with Andy and Ellis Kirkdorffer, and their kiddos. It was so great to see them and their kids. After we ate, the kids got to play on the playground there. M loved playing with the tractors. He loved all thing transportation. It must be universal :) We got on the road, the kids watched two movies and fell asleep during the second one. We got home to our house, FINALLY!!!! It was such a relief to be in our very own home! The kids were asleep, so we carried them upstairs, put their pj's on and put them in bed. Neither one woke up enough to see that we were home.
The next morning was like Christmas morning for the kids! They woke up to new rooms and new toys. There was a Buzz Lightyear and Tiana from April, that they were very excited about! Wow, those toys took it out of me opening them! They put them in the package ready for nuclear warfare! Moses found an airplane from the Rachel, Kester and Harrison. Good thing I love putting things together! It was fun :) They played and played and played. Every once in a while they'd discover something new they hadn't seen yet, new toy after new toy. They both love Clare's two doll houses and the dolls.
Moses checked out all the drawers and cabinets :)
Moses and I then went and ran some errands. Picked up 6 weeks worth of mail at the post office and went to the grocery store. We had fun learning English and Acholi. I would tell him the English word for different fruits and vegetables and he would tell me the Acholi word for it. He was very helpful and we had a lot of fun.
After lunch Ellen brought Tag to us!!!! We missed him so much! Tag ran right in and the kids looked at him and went back to playing. We thought they'd be either excited or scared. We didn't think they'd be indifferent. I think it really helped that we had Tucker (Dani & Pop's dog) to introduce them to being around dogs. They now think Tag is funny and love to play with him. We had a great time catching up with Ellen. We'd missed her too! They sang and danced and showed her their rooms.
Tag and Moses played some soccer, then we all got ready to go swimming. All the Pflugerville community pools closed in early September, so we went to Lake Pf. Tag came too and they all had fun swimming and throwing the ball for Tag to swim after. Clare would throw the ball for Tag and swim out and then when Tag turned around she would swim back.
Moses helped Baba make dinner. He got to cut the mushrooms, and he stirred the pasta sauce. He did a great job! He really enjoyed cooking with Baba and now asked to do it tonight. After this the kids watch their only (!!!) movie of the day and we put them to bed! Day one of parenting in Austin done!
We won't update every day, but will every few days. Thanks so much for your prayers and everything you have done! Friday we will have an Austin area meet and greet at our house from 5 pm to 8 pm. If you need our address just message us on Facebook or leave a comment here with your email address. Should be a great chance for our friends to meet and get to know the kiddos! Hope all our Austin peeps can make it!