I know it is understandable, and I know you will forgive me, but I truly have not had any time to sit down and write emails or update this blog... but I have had the best of intentions everyday! It is amazing how busy we are... and oh, so happy!
I will try to recap what we have been up to, and I promise pics! Here are a few to tide you over:
In our backyard:
(Sally, I LOVE this dress!)
After getting down here from GC, it became all about settling in. Now, we are feeling very at home in our little apartment, and Mom and I are pretty good at a system for meeting up each day. Yesterday we met at "The Arc" and explored the center of Antigua. It is so neat there. I will admit that it took some doing to figure out where I was at first, but I am getting the hang of it! Sam has done an amazing job of helping me, staying by me, and being a total trooper... not to mention great big brother! We walk EVERYWHERE, and he barely complains! Once in awhile he asksfor a taxi which just cracks me up... we don't have a lot of taxis in our town, let alone tuk tuks!
After going to La Bodegada (??) to get goroceries, we spent a long time unpacking and visiting with Ilse, our 80 year old landlord, yesterday. I love this apartment. Ilse set up another bed for S, so the three of us are very comfy side by side by side!
Sam and I had our first tuk tuk ride yesterday... if he has his way, it will be our last. His favorite part was when it was over! Ha!
Anyway, after a bit of initial sightseeing, we stumbled onto this lovely italian place that takes you back outside once you are in. We were the only ones there, so S was able to explore the beautiful gardens and fountain.
Once home, I did all the usual bedtime duties times 2, and loved every minute of it! I can't wait for Keith to be here to enjoy those moments together!
Luciana is just a wonderful, happy, content baby. She is so enjoyable. She smiles all the time, and is a total snuggler. She had her best night last night (the night before was not so fun) only waking up once in the night for a bottle. I think we all had our best night's sleep last night and are starting to feel more... well... I won't jinx it.
This morning Mom arrived via tuk tuk... that is one cool Mimi! We did laundry and puttered. The whole morning was a dream come true to me. Before Mom came, we had done breakfast, homework, laundry, and showers/tubs! I was in domestic heaven! Ha! That will be short lived, but I was just beaming.
For lunch, we headed to Porta Hotel/Hotel Antigua. The walk there was a total adventure, but we found it and it was so worth it! This hotel has the most beautiful grounds. Sam, Lucy and I went swimming and Sam enjoyed the playground. It was great to meet and talk with other fostering mom's and to meet so many beautiful babies! Mom ended up babysitting an adorable 2 year old while her mom changed out of her suit.... too cute! We had planned to grab a taxi home, but the weather is so gorgeous and we just walked.
Now, I am home again with my kiddos and getting ready to start dinner. I feel like I have left out a million little details. It is all wonderful and happy.
Keith and I are in touch everyday, and though we miss each other terribly, we are both doing okay. He is working hard, and so am I! ;-) Before we know it, I will be posting PINK and he will be losing sleep looking for a deal on a flight! He read Sam a goodnight story tonight by way of webcam.... it was such an emotional moment for me. (Thanks, Sue... great gift!)
So, how about a montage?
This one starts at the Portland airport. The sunrise is from the plane. Sam sleeping on the ground is his intro. to Guatemala. The first bunch are in GC, then next shots w/ the view of the volcano are from Mom's room (Antigua), the rest are from Antigua in general, and the outside kid shots are our backyard. For the rest you can just sit back and enjoy... love, love, love!!
PS- For my fellow bloggers and timeline stalkers... our sample arrived in GC and was delivered TODAY at 11:29 AM! Any thoughts about a PINK Monday??? ** Edited to say Tuesday or Wednesday.... forgot Monday is President's Day!**