Sunday, January 29, 2012

Joy’s Week

Because she’s adorable


Watching with sister                                         We painted our nails!


Painting with sister


J – ow-i-s  (Juice)  Joy can spot jowis!  a mile away.  She seems to instinctively know which stores sell jowis!


Playing with Bella on the trampoline.


Play hard, crash hard!!                                      Pizza!!


Our family’s friend has been in the hospital, so her dog has been staying with us.  Joy loves her!   

Joy’s friend will call and ask if she can come over and play with Joy.  Are you kidding?  Of course!  Love it!


Playing in the water – it’s been a very warm January!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Joy’s Week

Joy was so excited that her OT brought the swing back this week!  She loves to swing!  Jumping and playing with her sisters!

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Being a goose!  She is so funny!            Becca put make-up on Joy.  She is so pretty!

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Joy brought home her report card.  She got straight S’s (satisfactory) and is making progress towards all of her IEP goals.  Good job baby girl!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Joy’s Growth

Joy has grown so much in the last few weeks.  She has started to sing along with songs.  She is saying lines along with her favorite movies.  She is singing parts of the Just Dance 3 songs with Lizzy and Jessi.  She is getting so big!

She prayed – all by herself!  She folded up her arms so tightly, then screwed up her little eyes and mumbled something about day, and a whole bunch of syllables I didn’t understand, and then ended with “Amen!”  Amen Joy!  I am so proud of you!  I may not have understand more than two words, but you were talking to One who did understand and you spoke with meaning.  Way to go Joy!

Last night I went to bed early.  Joy was laying beside me.  I watched her as she rolled over and snuggled in.  She fell asleep so peacefully.  My heart was full of love for this little girl.  Here she was safe and loved in my home.  Some people say there is no difference between biological and adopted children.  And maybe that’s true for them.  To me, it’s always in my head.  Everything from being tall and slim to having beautiful brown hair and eyes screams that she is not my biological child.  But how I love this little  girl.  Sometimes I think her being adopted frees me to love her more.  She is mine.  And I am so grateful for this beautiful 4 year old gift.

Stayed home from school and she slept all day long – poor thing.

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Playing Wii

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Duck, Duck, Goose

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Pushing Bella and then Lizzy

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Doing therapy with Bella

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Because she is beautiful!  Love this picture!

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Happy and loving life

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Telling Bella to “look at Mama!”

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Relaxing with the ipad

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

2012 Begins

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     I just love your outfit Joy!  What a fun and happy girl!


      And this….ugh.  She found my scissors on my desk and cut her hair.   She’ll have a few wispies for a few months. Sad smilejan 3 001


Joy was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to get back to her schedule after the holidays.  When I dropped her off at school, she hugged her teacher so tight.  Then her therapists came over after school.  Huge hugs for them!  “You made my 2012 Joy.” her OT told her.   “MiMi home!” she told her Speech Therapist.  She loves her people so much!

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                                                                    Playing “Four Little Speckled Frogs”

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Of the four days school was in session this week, Joy only attended two days.  This virus just keeps hanging on and on.


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She wants so badly to do yard work like the big people and playing Starfall with Jessi.

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I loved this!  She was copying her sister – the way she held her body, everything.  So cute!

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Monday, January 02, 2012

The Rest of 2011

Joy has had a blast watching movies and playing with her sisters.

Goldfish – this girl loves goldfish!   You know those paper inserts that look like ipads and iphones?  Joy and Jessi played with those for about an hour– calling each other back and forth.

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Playing hard means crashing hard.  Love ya Joy!

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New Year’s Eve was spent at our friendly, neighborhood Urgent Care!  Upper Respiratory Infection, pharyngitis, and ear infection.  Poor thing!  Good medicine helps so much!  So grateful Jason was able to find an open pharmacy!