Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

This and That

Just to bring you up to date on a few things:

La Nina managed to pass her swim class without ever attending her actual class. How can this be, you ask? Well, apparently, if a child pitches a big enough fit, they get their own "special" class aka "private lesson" for the entire two week session. And she never has to get in the pool with the big boys. Yep, she worked that out for herself, didn't she?


The Magster attended her first gymnastic class this week. This was no Mommy and Me class, this was gymnastics, just like her big sister. At the tender age of 2.5, she strode into class with a look of sheer delight on her face, smiled and waved at me and proceeded to do well in her class. She wasn't clear on waiting her turn, but she didn't mind when the teacher told her she had to wait. Mostly, she loved every second of having her very own activity. La Nina got to spend 45 minutes watching her sister do something for a change and she handled it well. She yelled, "Good job, Maggie," several times during the class. Of course, this means I now spend 2 hours a week in a darkened Gym watching my girls do things that make me cringe, but hey...that's motherhood.

Wonder the part of our life that took the biggest hit when the kids entered our lives? I've decided it was the financial management part. I opened Quicken this month for the first time in 3.5 years...who knew it had been that long? The last day I entered, downloaded or even thought about recording a transaction: December 10, 2002. We left for China to adopt Carly on December 13, 2002. Coincidence? I think not.

June was a really fun month for us. For the first time, we noticed our kids are easier. I swear when kids hit 2.5, they change and Maggie hit that age in late May. As a result, on weekends in June, we went to the city, went to a rodeo, went camping and went to a swanky party. It seemed like a busy month, but when I write it down I realize a month like this hasn't been possible for us in 3.5 years...hmmmm....that timeline surfaces again. December 2002 really slowed us down, not that we minded. Yet, it's nice to know that a little freedom is coming back.

Don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a couple of weeks. We have a lot going on. I'll save the stories and share them with you once I catch my breath. And for those who asked, yes, the kids really do steal our shoes.


  • At 12:10 AM , Blogger ExCindrela said...

    2.5 huh?? So there's a light at the end of the tunnel next March??? At 22 months Tenley is happily being a terrible 2, and since the Magster seems to be a blueprint for her- this is encouraging news!

    Have a great month Julie!!


  • At 7:33 AM , Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

    Sounds like you've been packing a lot of fun into every weekend - excellent! Have fun and can't wait to hear more stories when you come back.

  • At 6:11 PM , Anonymous elizabeth said...

    That's really sweet that Carly called out "good job" to Maggie at her class. She sounds like a wonderful big sister!

  • At 8:11 PM , Blogger One Lucky Mom said...

    Note to all- My mother pointed out to me today that Maggie turned 2.5 in April. So, I was off by a month? Geezzz


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