When we adopted last year we worked so hard with the kids right away, trying to catch them up to speed, but this experience seems so relaxed, easier and just fun.
Sweet little miss slept and slept this morning, our times zones are about exactly opposite. Maria got up, got to school, the boys had their morning, and played with the OT therapist. An hour before their lunch and nap time, we decided to wake her, so that she could sleep tonight.
Finley and I walked in, “Good morning, J!” Finley said, and she woke up, a little bewildered, but then started smiling. She is very quiet, but very self sufficient. We decided to take her to a Filipino restaurant for lunch for her first meal, settle her in a bit. Rice and teriyaki chicken, a hit with everyone.
It’s just a shame the kids didn’t bond today, or enjoy each others company.
Once the boys zonked out for their afternoon naps, she went outside and found Maria’s bike. She tried it a couple times in the grass, and fell each time. And each time, got right back up, determined. Andrew saw her from the office and asked her if she wanted to learn.
And little by little, she gained confidence, peddling faster and faster.
Afterwards, she and I ran a couple errands. I thought about all the other host families taking their kids to fun places, but I needed to go to the bank and the grocery store, and she was happy to tag along. She is shy, almost silent, and I allow it, not trying to force too much conversation. It’s a very relaxed hosting experience. She is smart, curious, and independent. “She’s really great,” Andrew and I say to each other often, finding out more about her. While we were at the store, she started dancing in the aisle for a moment, then blushed, but I saw a bit of her spunk and gave her a high five.
For dinner, we made salmon, cheesy maple brussel sprouts with cashew (incredible: recipe here) and rice. Pumpkin pie for dessert.
I don’t know how this dinner ended up kind of fancy, so random, but it was a hit.
After dinner, the kids played toys. J loves toys, making my kids rediscover old toys. The kids love playing with her. She is so sweet and fun, still coming out of her shell, with bits of personality popping through here and there.
Once the boys were down at 6:30, they girls played and played. It was beautiful. Maria doesn’t really love playing by herself, so to hear the two of them playing doll house, snuggled and reading together was so sweet to us, I think they are both such good influences on each other in many ways.
Meanwhile, Andrew and I cleaned up and had some tea, we were like, “Where are we? Aren’t more kids supposed to be harder?” We prayed with the girls and tucked them in early.
Hosting in a nut shell day one: Sleeping (mostly), playing (like a champ) and eating. Great, great day!