Monday, September 30, 2013

Family weekend

We just got back from a wonderful weekend with Rob's family.  We spent the weekend at my in-laws house with Rob's brother, my sister-in-law and their three kids.  They have two boys who are the exact same age as our boys and the four of them have the best time together.  Doesn't hurt that my in-laws live on a golf course and have an xbox! Heaven for boys!!! 

My brother and sister-in-law also have a beautiful 15 month old girl named Pressley.  Kate has adored her since the day she was born.  There is a five year age difference between Kate and Pressley, so Vivian fits in great right in the middle of the two of them.  The girls played so well all weekend and I really loved getting to spend this time with little miss Pressley, who is just a doll.

Pressley (15 months), Kate (6), Vivian (almost 3)

This weekend was the first time these cousins have had a chance to spend more than a few hours with Vivian (we do not live in the same city).  I think if someone had seen them it would be hard to believe they haven't been together for years. 

Teaching Vivi how to race

Teaching her to do the "We're #1".  She copies everything everyone does and the kids thought it was hilarious that they taught her to do this. 


It was a great weekend and we can't wait to see everyone again.  Thanks Grandpa and Grandmom for hosting us all!

We are coming up on our 3 month "Gotcha" anniversary.  As we hit this milestone, I think of this:

Three months ago, there were no grandparents in Vivian's life.  Now there are four.

Three months ago, there were no cousins in Vivian's life.  Now there are ELEVEN.

Three months ago, there were no siblings in Vivian's life.  Now there are three.

And three months ago, there was no mommy or daddy.  Now there is Rob and I, and we are beyond grateful and humbled to be her parents.

People like to say that Vivian is lucky to have all of us, but the truth is (and I think all the cousins would agree) that we are all the lucky ones to have her.  She brings out a wonderful and caring side in all these kids.

In other news, someone is turning 3 in a few days!!!  Back with more on that later:)


  1. Beautiful post, georgeous children, and heartwarming photos, as always. Every time I read one of your posts, I am reminded of how grateful I am that you share your magnificent family with us. Thank you.
    I adore all of these photos, but the one thing that stands out to me in this batch is the last photo, with your sons affectionately holding hands. You and your husband are clearly doing everything right raising these four amazing beings!

  2. Vivian is blooming! Love the one of her running with the kids and of her resting her arm on her brother. So adorable. Happy early Birthday to her! I had forgotten how close in age she is to Brielle. She just turned three on 9/29.

  3. and her cousins are Gamecocks! Even better! :)

  4. Love this post! It seems much longer than 3 months. I love the photo of the three girls in their matching shirts.

  5. The affection your children share between each other is so precious! I love how much the boys clearly dote on Vivian. Such a lovely family!

  6. Just found your blog while searching for families that have adopted from China... we are finalizing our dossier right now. Thanks for all the great posts about your trip in country... super helpful for me! I look forward to following your family and Vivian's progress.