Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Gotcha Day" 2009

Today was "GOTCHA DAY" 2009. One year ago we were in Guangzhou, China, where we were united with our Clare. We let Clare pick where she wanted to eat this evening. She chose Buffalo Wild Wings. That girl knows how to clean a chicken wing!!!! Actually, she knows how to clean six chicken wings and about a dozen sticks of celery. She had sticky napkins all over the table. Here are some "before" and "after" photos -- Gotcha Day 2008 and Gotcha Day 2009. Just notice the incredible difference. Thank you, Jesus, for blessing us with a wonderful year and a fabulous daughter.







November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Big Day For Clare - Re-Adoption Day

Today we took Clare to the Oklahoma County Courthouse for her re-adoption. We won't explain all the reasons why it is important, but it is.

Clare got her picture taken with the Honorable Bill Graves, the judge who signed the Decree of Re-Adoption. Thank you, Judge Graves.

Clare posing outside the Oklahoma County Courthouse with the Statue of Liberty.

Clare posing with Mommy outside the door of the District Court Clerk.

Clare, just leanin' on the door.

And, posing with Dad at the door of the District Court Clerk.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Clare's First Halloween

This was Clare's first Halloween. We went to China on November 7, 2008, so she missed Halloween last year. She really didn't understand what was happening, but she had a good time. We started down the street from our home and went to about ten houses and Clare said she'd had enough and was ready to go home -- so we did. She had her little bucket of candy and that was that. We took our tub of candy across the street to the Ventresca's and doled out the candy from their house. It was a beautiful evening, so they opened the garage door and we all sat in the driveway and handed out the treats to all the little goblins, Spidermen, and Dorothy (I don't think we're in Kansas anymore). What was interesting was that Clare had a wonderful time organizing all her candy into lines and rows. She had more fun doing that than eating the candy.

Hannah Montana with her bucket and the pumpkin her sister, Marina, gave her. She's just waiting to go trick or treating.

Mommy taking a picture of Clare.

Mommy putting on the make-up.

All "dolled-up" and ready for action.

Looks like one of the neighbors has lost some weight.

No Clare, the bucket is for candy.

Knocking on the first door with Daniela.

Aha, so this is how it works.

Getting more candy from neighbor, Fred.