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Saturday, July 15, 2017

One week home

One week ago we came home from Bulgaria with three new kids. It's been a whirlwind of a week, with each day flying by at an unbelievably fast rate. Tyler and I are exhausted, but happy and feel very blessed. 

The kids have adapted to our schedule fairly well. They wake up and go to the chore chart and get started on their chores. They like most of the food, most especially peanut butter! We still use google translate every day. My phone battery needs to be charged halfway through the day because of that! 

Michael loves his name. He frequently walks into the room saying, "Michael?" It's hilarious. Michael has excellent manners. He wants to help others. If I am cooking, he walks up and does the American Sign Language sign for "help." If someone is peeling potatoes - per their chore - he will grab a peeler and go to work. He does not complain about doing chores and he does a great job. I don't know where he learned such a hard work ethic, but I am thankful for it. He is always looking to have fun. Whether it is swimming or riding his new bike or listening to chalga music, he is there. He has stepped into the role of big brother quite easily. Whenever we translate something from English into Bulgarian (on google translate) he will read it aloud to Sarah and John. He is goofy as all get-out. He makes high-pitched squeals and sings loudly as he dances around. He is very affectionate. He loves to snuggle up. He and Silas have fun together. Michael loves Barkley, also. 

Sarah is adjusting to our family schedule better than we imagined. Initially she would complain about every chore, stating that she wasn't made to do this many chores in Bulgaria, etc. She and Tyler have had some showdowns where they are doing dishes together and Sarah will just walk away, as if she's had her fill. One night she walked away three times. Tyler was not thrilled, as you can imagine. She has mostly learned, though, that if you don't complete your chores you cannot have fun. She has become very affectionate with me and seems very genuine in her love for me and her daddy and siblings. She enjoys coloring, swimming, and playing soccer with John. She is fairly moody. Her connection with Anna has been one-sided so far (Anna is annoyed by her stubbornness - which is funny because Anna is also very stubborn!) but hopefully they will form a strong bond as time goes on. 

John and Michael have formed a strong bond. John and Sarah also get on very well. He is peaceful most of the time. But when he becomes sad or angry, it consumes him. He becomes completely non responsive and nothing seems to bring him out of it. Thankfully, this doesn't happen very often. Whenever I ask him if he is happy, he says "Very happy!" He is VERY curious and interested in cars. He daily volunteers to clean the cars. While cleaning, he inspects every button, switch, handle, etc, to figure out their function. He is especially interested in cars and technology. John is a great eater. He eats everything I put in front of him! He is slowly becoming more comfortable with affection from me. I make certain to pull him in to snuggle each day, as he does not seek it from me. But when I do snuggle him, he smiles and his body language communicates to me that he enjoys it. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Day two

This is what I woke up to at 7am. I guess I don't need to set an alarm anymore. 

I took five children to ALDI this morning for shopping. 

These boys are such hard workers! John loves this church shirt. I didn't expect him to wear it on days other than Sunday! Ha ha. 

Sarah loves the water!

Time to swim!

Silas absolutely loves his big brother, Michael. They have such fun together. 

Tyler was right - these girls are almost the exact same size! And they are likely done growing. 

I am thrilled to say that this girl has been super sweet and affectionate with me since we have come home. She is truly happy here, even if she doesn't want to do her chores. 

Tyler took the triplets to the store and bought them each a bicycle. They are so excited about it and have ridden a lot today. 

Sarah and John went with Anna to karate and had a great time. Michael is asking to go next time. 

Michael wrote this to me after he got his bike. He is a thoughtful young man. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Eight kids

It's hard to believe that we have eight kids now. I would say that the first 24 hours went well, with only a few meltdowns - and they were by Keith, Iryna, and Silas. 

Today we were struggling with jet lag, so we didn't attend church. We played dominos, matching games, billiards, ping pong, and put together puzzles. There was also a lot of coloring and we watched Veggietales and Moana. 

The new kids seems excited to spend time with all of their new siblings. I cannot say that anything didn't go well today. Tyler and I are very pleased. We know that transitions are rough and we are prepared for that, but it's nice to have some uneventful and pleasant days along the way. 

The chore chart is ready to go for tomorrow!

We still have fun translations provided by google translate. 

The kids are doing chores and spending time together. 

We hope our luggage is delivered soon. It's been challenging without certain items, like my synthroid, etc. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Home sweet home

We woke up at 5:30am so we could be ready to eat breakfast at 6:30am and then catch a shuttle to the airport for our 9:30am flight to D.C. John was tagged for a random search and he was worried that he wouldn't get to go to America. 8 hours is a long flight and I think everyone onboard was ready to get off the plane when we finally landed. 

We went through immigration and then went to collect our luggage. Except, our luggage wasn't there. After speaking with customer service, they *think* our luggage is still in Sofia!! Not good. We hope to receive our luggage very soon. 

Riding the shuttle from the hotel. 

The kids were thrilled to be home at last! 

Jet lag is a beast, so we are getting to bed early. Good night! 😴 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Greetings from London

There was a man who approached us during our flight and he gave us $100 worth of Swiss franks. He said he wanted to us to get something for our kids. It was such a surprising and kind gesture. 

We thought the bag of chips might explode!

So are trip home took a little bit of a turn, when we had to wait in the runway for almost an hour in Bulgaria. This caused us to miss our connecting flight in London. The airline put us up in a hotel here and we will fly home tomorrow. To say that the children were disappointed would be a huge understatement. They were very clear in their frustration that we were not going home today. But the hotel is very nice and we are comfortable here. We had dinner at the hotel, which was included, and everyone ate very well except for Sarah - who refused to eat anything and only asked to call Maggie back in Bulgaria. Upon arrival, the waiter grabbed three adult menus and two kid menus for our family. We said we actually had three 14 year old kids. One funny thing is that Michael asked for a Bulgarian menu at the hotel. 

Riding the bus to the hotel. 

This tomato soup was tasty!

Michael wanted to take pictures of all of the food, including this butter. 

Amazing sticky toffee pudding!