Saturday, August 17, 2013

Three Weeks

So...   we have been home for roughly three weeks.

Somehow we haven't had as much time to blog.  There are have been doctor visits and lots of errands.  School has started back; Elena and Katerina and Juliana and Andrew are all in school.  Life is slowly turning into a "normal" routine.

After a long journey, after being "TV stars" on both sides of the journey - it is good to be back in our own home, in our own town, and  returning to the threads of our old life.   And they lived happily ever after.........

Isn't that a wonderful ending?

The book "The Princess Bride" by S. Morganstern (William Goldman)  ends this way.... then gives a teaser two paragraphs later....

"They could hear the roar of Humperdinck: "Stop them! Cut them off!" They were, admittedly, startled, but there was no reason for worry: they were on the fastest horses in the kingdom, and the lead was already theirs.

However, this was before Inigo's wound reopened; and Westley relapsed again; and Fezzik took the wrong turn; and Buttercup's horse threw a shoe. And the night behind them was filled with the crescendoing sound of pursuit."


There are days when it seems the newsworthy thing is not adopting these children - the newsworthy thing is living with them and being parents.

The news cameras aren't here (thank goodness) when Andrew has overflowed his diaper... and his swing... with nasty, nasty, ca-ca.... and we are already late.   And Elena is pitching a fit.  And Juliana is misbehaving.  And Katie is crying because Elena is crying.  And the dishwasher leaks under the kitchen and the kitchen has to be torn up to repairs.  And the children need a bath after every meal.  And the tire has a nail in it.  And we have a doctors appointment.  And we got to the store and the children are throwing thing out of the cart or putting things in the cart or running away or bruising the produce or begging for ice cream.  And.....

And then we wake up the next day and start the whole mad adventure over again.

Who said anything about an ending?

"Remember: that in books, and ages, and in life, the ending can never truly be written. "  - Atrus


Enough talking.  Pictures of children.

Katie, Elena, and Juliana

Katie's first day of school

Did you know that markers are not ice cream?  Really?

Juliana being adorable.

Andrew's first day of school.