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Middle of the night murmurings

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Cute things Kai will ask, sometimes, when she wakes in the middle of the night:
• mommy? I love you
• don’t you want to come closer to me?

She sleeps with Mrs Bean these days – I’ll spare you the not-so-cure that get said…


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May 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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Our old home

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Yesterday, as I strapped Kai into her carseat she mentioned wanting to do something that we used to do in Austin.  I don’t even remember now what she was talking about but I told her that we couldn’t do it – that was Austin and we’re not there anymore.

She looked at me, her lower lip trembling…her eyes filled with tears and she started bawling “I miss Austin! I miss my home!”

That makes me so sad.

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February 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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Age of hilarity

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Kai: want to hear a silly song?

Me: yes!

Kai: la la la la (doubles over laughing)

Avi thinks Kai is Hilarious. It’s so cute to see them hug each other and kiss each other.

Avi has recently cut his two front lower teeth. Toothless wonder no longer!

A shopping list Kai and I put together.  She told me what she wanted to get at the store, and I wrote it down.  She loves to fold this list and carry it around in her pocket.  I love that she loves lists  :)

A shopping list Kai and I put together. She told me what she wanted to get at the store, and I wrote it down. She loves to fold this list and carry it around in her pocket. I love that she loves lists 🙂

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January 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Moving to a new city

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We’re moving.  Mrs Bean’s dad is sick so we’re heading to Atlanta next week.  Mrs Bean’s mom died last year and her teenaged sister will need company and support.  Mrs Bean’s sister is also planning on moving from SF.  A convergence!  Originally we’d planned for a mid-December move but his health has taken a turn so we’re moving earlier. We’re going to miss our friends and family and our routines and favorite places in Austin but I’m sure we’ll find new ones in Atlanta.

We broke the news to Kai just before Halloween that we were going to move and she’s had alot of questions and comments:

  • “but i want to sleep in my room”
  • “but i want yeye to come to my house”
  • “i worried about yeye nervous for yeye”

She also asked if yeye would still be sick when we go next week.  Mrs Bean said yes, and Kai asked if we could get him a new body  🙂

Kai is not the greatest with transition so we’re expecting the next couple months to be a tough time. At the same time she may surprise us all – she’s recently become much better with changes and new people.  This has corresponded with her becoming even more verbal and being able to express her feelings and desires very very specifically.  Avi, on the other hand, is preoccupied with drooling and trying to scoot.

Maybe after we’re done in Atlanta we’ll head to Canada  🙂  Might as well keep moving north, eh?


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November 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

tap tap tap

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We’re still around, just busy.  🙂

I keep meaning to post, Kai or Avi will do something and I’ll think ‘I should post this – it’ll be great to be able to remember and share the moment’.  But then I get on the sofa or sucked onto another subject (for example, bags…Mrs Bean and I love bags) and then poof!  Time for bed!

I finally got around to getting photos off my phone and onto my hard drive…I’ll try and post some favorites soon…

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October 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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Kai and Avi – quick updates

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  • 36 inches
  • almost 30 pounds? maybe? We haven’t weighed her for awhile
  • favorite foods: corn, okra, tortillas, cheese, fruit leather, bunny crackers, watermelon
  • favorite sayings: “mama silly”, “I really know but I don’t know”, “Happy birthday to you… (etc.)”
  • recent activities: making bird feeders from toilet paper rolls, kidnapping Avi’s stuffed animals for her own purposes, taking Elmo around the block in her ministroller


  • 22 inches
  • 10lbs 4.5oz.  He’s bypassed all the newborn clothes we saved and looks pretty comfy in the 3month-sized clothes.
  • Reflux.  He just started on meds for reflux, poor guy.
  • favorite places: the swing, our bed
  • favorite activities: watching the world go by


Kai is very sweet to Avi, and will put her arm around him and give his head a pat.  She will try and talk to him (sometimes I respond in my “fake Avi” voice) but if anybody else talks to him, she will sternly say “Baby Avi no know how to talk, okay?”

We’ve had to carefully go through old clothes, out of Kai’s sight.  She’ll find something cute in the pile and will want to try it on.  Since she’s able to squeeze into some 6-month sized pieces, she thinks that hand-me-downs for Avi are fair game for her…sigh…we did let her wear her rocket shirt all weekend.  It was in the bin of dress-up clothes for her dolls.

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August 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

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2010 Adoption tax credit – review finally over!

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Kai was born in November 2009 and our adoption finalized in June of 2010.  I filed for the adoption tax credit with my 2010 taxes, got a notice that they needed proof, sent in proof, got a notice that they needed explanations, sent in explanations, and am finally done with the process.  They are allowing lawyer fees for the adoption and home study fees, all other fees were rejected.

So, with baby #2, this time around, I will be keeping receipts, photocopying receipts and paperwork and I will also send in a letter explaining the hows and whys of our adoptions papers.  In Kai’s papers, they were confused as to why our preliminary filing occurred before the adoption date…because we knew we were expecting a child!!  I want to add a “duhhhh” but I know they have lots of cases to go through and are trying to prevent fraud….I just wish we didn’t have to go through this process.  It’s expensive, a pain and just….oh so frustrating!

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April 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

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