Sunday, July 15, 2007

Fun Times with Friends

Hello from Nashville!! We have had a wonderful time here so far. First of all, my sister's new house is awesome!! Moving is miserable, but we have made some serious progress. Much less gets accomplished with 2 littles ones in the middle of everything. Yesterday we got to have a reunion with 2 of Lucy's Que Son roomies. We had the best time with Grace and Lily Ana and their mamas (and Grace's Aunt Terri, who we also love because she was in Vietnam with us). To see all three girls together again was very emotional for me. I didn't cry, but it was just so special. They were all in the orphanage at the same time. Grace and Lucy are only 2 weeks apart in age. Lily Ana was only 2 months old when we were in Vietnam, and boy has she changed. She still seemed so small to us because the other two have gotten so big. I am in love with her hair - it sticks straight up everywhere. She is such a mama's girl and is doing amazingly well. Grace is still the most laid back baby with just such a great demeanor. I love her personality so much and we got to see the Elvis face several times!! All three of the girls have adjusted to their new lives so so so well. They will grow up knowing one another, which is so cool. Then today we all got together for lunch and Annslee and her Mom and Dad joined us. It is so fun to play with your blogging buddies!! Thanks for so much fun girls!! Can't wait to do it again soon.

Lucy is doing great. She is in the process of switching to whole milk from her soy formula. Right now we are doing half whole milk and half formula and she is doing great. No signs of any problems, which is such a relief to me. She took about 2 weeks off from milk for no apparent reason - she was only taking 8-10 oz. (if that) total per day. Yes, I was totally stressing about it, but she is back to her normal bottle schedule. She is totally in to people food and if anyone anywhere near her is eating, she thinks she needs some as well. She is our little baby bird. She can walk across the room now. She still crawls when in a hurry. Her walk is so funny because her arms are straight up in the air the whole time.

Here are some fun pictures from our trip so far.

This was actually in Little Rock, but what a cute swimsuit!!

John thinking about sharing his cup with Lucy.

Really cute picture of John and his curls.

Gracie girl who turns 1 on Tuesday!!!!

Grace, Lucy, and Lily Ana playing with Lily Ana's fancy toys!!

Lucy and little bitty but very strong Lily Ana.

All three girls playing in boxes and paper.

The three mom's and their precious girls!!

Justin and Grace.

Justin with his Vietnam travel girls!!!

Lucy was sticking her finger in Grace's mouth and just dying laughing about it. It was all fun and games until Grace chomped a little too hard. Also, Lucy would get very jealous if I was holding Grace.

The lunch group.

The Que Son girls.

All 4 girls outside after lunch.

Two pink bowheads!!!

Beautiful Grace!!

I just love their profiles.

I feel so blessed to have made the lifelong friends that I have made through this adoption. I hope to meet more of you someday soon!


Kristin said...

Looks like you guys are having a great time in Nasvhille. The babes are all so cute! I sent a CD of Lucy's pics along, but Brett got a message from Justin that the CD didn't work...I've been having issues with my irritating. I'll get another in the mail this week. Sorry about that! Hope you have a great time on the road!

Nicki said...

Oh my gosh, that looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us envious ones!

Jo said...

I wish I could have come down.... Next time.

I love seeing how wonderful all these little girls are doing.

And talk about a total cuteness overlead!!!!!

KelleyO said...

I love the pictures. Very special!

Cara said...

What a fun visit! I used to live in Nashville and it's a wonderful city! Can I also ask where you got the beautiful dress for Louisa? It's absolutely darling!!

LaLa said...

We had such a fun time was wonderful meeting you and seeing the beautiful Lucy!! Hopefully you can meet us to feed ducks tomorrow...

ShellyW said...

What a bunch of cuties! All of the girls are beautiful. What a speical time for you all!

Sara said...

SO CUTE! The girls look adorable together. How nice for them that they will always have that special connection to their birthplace. Well, you will meet us soon and though we are not a fellow adoptive family, we have met you through this process and can't wait for the girls to dance together at the concert! We must talk soon...we need to coordinate their outfits!!
Sara :)

Sherri said...

This was one of the best weekends ever! I just wanted to cry too. Watching the girls playing together on the floor was so amazing. They have grown so much and are so healthy and happy. And they are all so beautiful. How did we get such beautiful girls. Love the pics by the flowers, I knew they would be great. Will send you pics tonight. It was also great to see Justin. Love, love, love the dress. Thank you. Can't wait to do this again. Love to all.
Sherri and Grace

Laurie said...

They are so cute altogether. Looks like they had a blast!

rachel said...

What a great bunch of girls! (moms included!) Thanks for sharing the pictures...looks like everyone had a great time.

Ann said...

Awww looks like you are having a great time. It must be great have a reunion. And the pictures turned out great with the pink flowers and all.

ADELE said...

I am so happy I found your blog today! I love it and I will definitely be back. We have one daughter from China and currently LID for our second daughter who we are naming LUCY! Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and it looks like yall are having a blast!

Anonymous said...

Kelly, that is so great that Lucy gets to play with all of her "sisters"! I'm so glad you guys got a chance to get together -- those pictures are adorable! Say hi to Holly and dumplin John for me!

Ashley Steel

Susan said...

Petunia and I had the best time!! I'm really glad we were all able to get together last weekend. It was VERY special to have the Que Son girls together again.

It was such a pleasure to finally meet Justin, and so nice to have lunch with Annslee and her parents, too.

My Internet at home is still dead, (boo-hoo) but I'll post about the weekend as soon as I can. Can't wait for the next get-together!

Melissa said...

So many cute bubbies!

Emily said...

these make me smile!
the girlies reuinted!

melanie said...


Shawna said...

Kel, she really does get more and more beautiful every time I see an update. Am I going to be able to play with you and Miss Lucy this weekend in LR? Hope so!!!

Michelle said...

I have been following your blog for some time now and have drawn such encouragement from you and your journey. Thank you!! We are in the process of adoption an infant girl from Hanoi, Vietnam and are hoping to receive our G & R date anyday now! Your Lucy is absolutely gorgeous!


Brave China Doll said...

I absolutely love your blog and your Lucy is precious! My husband and I are praying through adoption now, and are interested in Vietnam, however I don't even know where to start -- how to pick an agency, etc. Is there any way I could contact you about how you started the process?

Becca :-)