Archive for October, 2006

October 10, 2006

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Today is the three-month anniversary of Arina’s Adoption Day, so it’s time for an update.  Unfortunately, as it’s 11:00pm and I missed my afternoon nap today, I’m exhausted and will have to write a short one.

Life has definitely changed at 63 Hamptonwood Way, but Scott and I are starting to settle into a routine.  I teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during which time Grandma cares for Arina.  And, slowly but surely, I’ve been working on my dissertation with the help of my wonderful friends, who have yet to turn me down when I’ve needed a baby-sitter.  They’ve been so helpful, in fact, that I’m beginning to wonder when they’ll have time to get their dissertations written. 

Arina has had several “overnights” at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s and loves country life; favorite activities include skinny-dipping in her paddling pool (something you can get away with when you don’t have neighbors), swinging from the pecan trees (not from the branches — on a swing Grandpa made), and riding her golf cart wherever she wants (which is usually to MaMa Shirley’s house).

She’s had her first professional photos made, a sample of which is below.  A friend of ours, Shannon Osborne, took the photos, and we couldn’t be more pleased.  She also made the tu-tu for Arina to wear in the featured photo, which I’ve dubbed “Arina Ballerina.”

Upcoming Events: Arina will get to meet her Aunt Susie, Uncle Steve, and Cousin Lauren, who live in Texas, for the first time this Saturday and is very excited.  She’s received several presents from them, including the beloved Lucky Duck game, and has been working on their names in order to thank them in person.  So far, we’ve been able to get “Sue, Sta, and La La.”  We’re still working on Arina’s speech, but when we remind ourselves that she’s only heard English since June, we’re proud of the limited vocabulary she has.

She’s also looking forward to Halloween and has decided to be a skeleton and a dragon.  Our friend Joel bought her a glow-in-the-dark skeleton outfit that she enjoys wearing as pajamas.  She doesn’t seem to understand that skeletons are “scary;” she just enjoys the fact that she glows when the lights go out.  This costume has effectively cut out the need for a night-light; Arina now prefers total darkness as it increases her glow potential.

She saw the dragon costume at Old Navy and insisted on trying it on.  She ran around the store saying “GRR” and cried when I tried to take it off.  As I’ve learned to choose my battles with a two-year-old, I decided to concede this one.  So, I picked her up, the cashier “scanned” her, and I took my little dragon to Boozer Lumber, where her Papa suffered quite a pretend fright.