...whether the update pictures of QiuQiu have sent us into a renewed frenzy of nesting...
THE ANSWER IS YES!!!!
Mike spent his "weekend" sanding and re-shingling her playstructure (which was in need of shingles when we moved in, and is now in need of a good sanding followed by a new coat of stain). It's a wonderful thing to watch a new father working on things for his daughter. Working day....
...and night, just to make her world a more beautiful place. Sigh.
Even our gardens seem to be working overtime to welcome Flynn QiuQiu. These funny things (don't know what they're called) had about four blooms per plant when I planted them last summer. This year, they came back in spades! You can also see the edge of my beloved thyme in this picture, which also has come back in spades. Colorado is a good climate for thyme.
And as for me, I was very excited today when my series of sign language flashcards came in.
I've got my work cut out for me! I will spend the next few months practicing my signs and burning through the reading material that is still left on my nightstand. I got through a great deal of material on China, its culture, religions, philosophy and history, during the first year of the wait. Last week, I read through most of The Happiest Baby on the Block (recommended highly by Hayley, among others). And a few days ago our neighbor Deirdre (who brought home her beautiful son Sidamo this past year from Ethiopia), loaned me a few of her favorite books on toddler adoption and attachment. So, don't you worry about me, folks! I've got plenty to keep me busy between now and Travel Approval!
(And, I can see from this picture that my other resolution - weightlifting to prepare for the rigors of toting a 12-month-old - is starting to pay off! My puny arms are beginning to show some muscle. OK, it's scrawny, weakling-muscle, but muscle nonetheless! Lucky for me, although my arms are naturally wiry, they do put on muscle without a great deal of sweat and pain. So even though I only make it to the gym about three times a week, I may actually be in shape for baby-wrangling by the time fall rolls around!)
Here I am signing one of the handful of words I retained from our one and only sign language class: "Mama"!
(In case you're wondering, the other words that I retained were "macaroni-and-cheese", "shark", "cookie", "rain", and the perhaps less than useful "octopus").