We took our first out of town trip recently to visit James' mom and stepdad (Granny and Big Pa to Henry). It was a 4+ hour car trip with a toddler and two poodles--in the middle of mating season, no less--but it went amazingly well. Henry slept a huge chunk of the trip there and was content the rest of the time. Once there, we had a great visit with Granny and Big Pa. Henry warmed up to them right away and made himself at home in their house. He spent much of his time happily taking groceries off of a shelf in their kitchen and rearranging them throughout the house. He was particularly fond of a small bottle of a canjun concoction called "Shrimp and Crab Boil." We visited and watched Henry carry on this way for hours. It's funny how having a kid can become a sole source of entertainment!
Henry and Granny bonding
Henry checking out Big Pa
Henry and the beloved, infamous Shrimp and Crab Boil
Granny successfully wooed Henry with some of her famous homemade cookies that we've been missing. It was pretty much pure love between them after that! It was so precious to watch them bond. As an adoptive mother, I was initally worried that family members wouldn't love him as much as we would. Of course, everyone is crazy about him! I love nothing more than to see how excited everyone is to spend time with him.
While there, we spent an afternoon outlet shopping and spending time with Henry's great Aunt Iris. Aunt Iris is hearing impaired and has inspired us to teach Henry sign language. He's doing really well with it!
Henry, Granny, and Aunt Iris
One of the few pictures of the 3 of us
The rest of the trip was wonderful, and it actually flew by too quickly. The only rough spot we had was on the trip home. Henry was tired and out of his element. He fussed a lot of the way home, so we stopped at a roadside picnic spot to give him a snack. He did well until he fell flat on his face on some rocks. That gave him a giant scratch/bruise on his cheek, which is actually still there 10 days later.
9/23/08-mailed adoption application to Holt Int. 11/17/08-mailed homestudy paperwork to Lutheran Social Serv. (that packet was HUGE) 12/16/08-1st homestudy home visit (LSS) 1/3/09-2nd homestudy home visit (LSS) 1/24-25/09-adoption/parenting class 1/26/09-told Holt that we wanted Eun-wu, a photolisted waiting child 1/26-2/22/09-the difficult wait while 2 other families decided if they wanted to pursue adopting him also (if so, we all would have gone to a committee) 2/?/09-mailed 1600a form 2/?/09-fingerprinted 2/23/09-Holt notifies us that Eun-wu is OURS!!! (we name him Henry Eun-wu) 3/25/09-Legal documents arrive 3/28/09-mailed 1600 form 4/8/09-1600a approval 4/20/09-1600 approval 4/24/09-EP (Emigration Permit) 4/29/09-NVC (National Visa Center) submits documents to Korean embassy for his visa 5/7/09-P3 (Korean embassy sends packet to Holt Korea) 6/1-4 not sure of the exact day/09-Visa physical exam 6/5/09-signed Class B Waiver and Fed-Exed it back to agency 6/15/09-Visa issued 6/24/09-TC (TRAVEL CALL!!!!!) 6/30/09-HOME forever! 7/25/09-1st post-placement visit 10/2/09-2nd post-placement visit 11/29/09-3rd post-placement visit 12/11/09-FINALIZATION!