Well, this is my first attempt at a blog, so we'll see what happens! But we decided this was a great way to share our family happenings with our friends and relatives quickly and easily. I will try to post weekly or so to keep you all updated!
This year has been such an amazing year! Daniel came home from China on August 9 and is doing just great. We have been learning firsthand just how different boys are from girls! Daniel is constantly active -- running, jumping, building things, etc. The kids are all getting along great (minus the regular sibling rivalry issues). Mali liked having someone to wrestle with from the start. Maja has recently decided she is pretty tough, too and she jumps right in the mix.
Mali and Maja can both recognize a few written words and *mostly* know their alphabet. Mali can write D, O and M and kind of writes her name (not very recognizable). Maja's speech is progressing by leaps and bounds. She has recently started using some short, complete sentences and her pronunciation is greatly improved. Daniel's English is coming along quickly. He picked up receptive language very quickly and "parroted" everything we said from the beginning. He is now using English without being prompted. The nice thing about him learning English after being fluent in Chinese is that he has gone right into using sentences and already understands the purpose of language.
We are just about ready for Christmas! Our family photo is taken, our cards are ordered and nearly all the gifts are purchased. We are excited to watch the kids enjoy the festivities this year. Daniel will think that it's a pretty fun holiday -- all the food you can eat and gifts, too!
Well, this is it for my introduction. Please subscribe to our blog and it will automatically send you notices when we update the site. We will be adding tales of our happenings and new photos.
Our favorite places to visit on the web:
- Wide Smiles - Another great resource for parents of cleft-affected children
- Maja's website (not updated in more than a year, but still cute!)
- Love Without Boundaries: An incredible charity providing for medical needs in China
- Daniel's website (not updated in ages!)
- Cleftline -- a great resource for parents of cleft-affected children
- CCAI - Our favorite adoption agency!