July 29, 2012

Do you want to see the twins???

I bet everyone is tired of seeing pictures like this of the twins:
Well that is about to end...today!!!! :)  I have probably been more cautious than necessary about posting their pictures, but the wait period is over and has been over since June after our last finalization court date. So prepare for some pictures of the twins, learning their names, and what country they are from!
Let me start by catching everyone up....

I have mostly good news and just a bit of bad news....so I think I'll get the bad part out of the way.

On Friday, Robertson woke up with a fever. :(  It is, of course, making me nervous because that is how his Guillain-Barre started....with a fever and no other immediate symptoms.  I took him in to the family doctor and she didn't notice any neurological involvement, so we are waiting and watching carefully.  I called yesterday evening to speak to the neurologist on call.  Every time Robertson's advil wears off, the fever is still spiking and I wanted to see if the neurologist would be concerned about what is going on due to the Guillain-Barre.  Oh my goodness, I'm so thankful that the neurologist we got in the hospital was *not* the one that I just spoke to!

She merely offered that if I gave him tylenol, as well as advil, that his fever would "go away".  Ummmm, I don't think that quite *solves* the problem. :(  Only when I continued to explain that he recently had Guillain-Barre and I wanted to be sure that we weren't missing something etc did she finally say that if he still had a fever today that we could bring him back to urgent care....UGH!

Okay....the *good* news!!!!  And, there is a lot of it! First of all, Robertson's vision is finally getting better!  When you hold your finger closer to him, he is seeing only one finger!  If you hold the finger further away, he still sees double but he is truly and *finally* making progress after a long stall of no progress at all.   I can't even begin to explain how happy that makes me!  His eyes are tracking much much better as well so they don't even really look crossed anymore.  If this horrible fever would go away, I could truly begin to relax and celebrate....

Next bit of good things.....as far as the twins!  So much has been going on in our household lately that I forgot to do something that I absolutely intended to do.  Twenty days after the last court date marked the last bit of waiting for the finalization of their adoption....what does that mean?  Well, we are not yet done entirely with the adoption until the third trip which is coming in just a couple of weeks.

But, that trip is just to allow their immigration into the United States.

The beautiful country of *Latvia* granted us permission to adopt and after no one contested the adoption during the wait period....we can all dance around......

We are rejoicing that they are legally our children! :)

Yes, I know....they are beautiful children, inside and out!!!!

Can you imagine the two of them being split up?  I absolutely cannot!!!
Announcing "officially" the adoption of Ilya and Katerina (Kate) into our family!!!!!!!!!

Last Friday,  we decided to make a very spontaneous trip to the beach.  We *needed* it sooo badly!  We had not been to the beach to camp as a family for about three years due to caring for our grandmother until she passed away last year (see this link for our memorial slide show from a year ago....I just watched it and still got teary :(

Anyway, early Saturday we got ready.....well, actually........we kind of spontaneously threw things in our van and headed out.

And, off we drove towards San Francisco...

And, eventually, we made it to Half Moon Bay!

It was so BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

Eleanor loved it!!!

Kate loved it!!!!!
Ilya loved it!!!

Robertson loved it!!!

Amelia loved it!!!!!

Emily loved it!!!

Mary loved it!!!

Maria loved it!!!

And, when *all* of the children are happy....guess who else is happy too!!!!

We were all so focused on heading to the beach for the twins to experience the Pacific Ocean for the first time, that we never thought about the fact that camping was a completely new concept that was even more foreign to them!

We set up our tent next to the porta potty....I know, it sounds ridiculous.... but for a family of many children and a mom with a weak stomach, coupled with the fact that no one else wants to camp there....it just seemed ideal! :)

So, Ilya kept looking around strangely at the other tents and then at ours...and asked "What you doing???"  I explained that we were setting up our tent and that we would be sleeping in there that night.  He paused for awhile and then looked back at me and said...."WHY???" in a tone that could only be translated as "are you crazy?!?"

Ha ha, it was a good question!!!  Oh well, he got over it quickly and decided that he actually liked the idea of camping!

As did Eleanor, once she found the doggie door!

Kate thought it was a pretty fun idea too!
Another brand new concept for the little ones....SMORES!!!

Oh! I almost forgot to mention where we were camping!  Since our trip was so spontaneous, we didn't have a reservation at the state park.  We were hoping there might be a last minute no show, but when we arrived, we realized that wasn't likely....the parking lot for day use was even closed because it was full!

So, I was thankful that I had taken some time to research other options and we headed down the road to the  Cameron's Pub and Inn.  

It may not be immediately obvious that they offer tent camping as well as RV parking but they do and it was a lot of fun.  The place is set up like an old English Pub but it is family friendly and the food is wonderful!

And, they have quirky English decorations all throughout the property......

Ilya trying to look like a mean pirate!
Kate trying to look scared! :)

Uh Oh!  Amelia is in some serious trouble now!

He's a natural!  He went right into this pose!
And, so we spent our last day at the beach....a long leisurely day of playing and resting and just enjoying the ocean......

Emily made friends and saved a little shrimp!

If you weren't sure before.....now you will know that the twins *loved* the ocean! :)

And, while you chuckling at how cute the twins are...how about a little further entertainment compliments of my darling husband, who decided to get a picture of me while I was taking this video of the twins!

Now you're sure to be laughing...you're welcome! :D


  1. Congratulations on your official newest additions ! All your children are just beautiful. And yes the last pic made me laugh !

  2. yay!!! Love seeing pictures of their sweet faces. What a blessing to have their adoption complete even though you have to go back for immigration. I love the way their country does things. Love seeing everyone having a good time at the beach after your very eventful spring/summer :)

  3. What wonderful news! The beach pics are awesome too! I'm really happy for you all.

  4. I just came across your blog. Congrats on your sweet twins!!! What beautiful blessings from above. God Bless!

    Alisha from


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