I have abandoned this little space of mine for way too long (9 months to be exact). I'm not sure how it happened or why really. I guess just work and grad school kind of pushed everything else aside. The other day I took a few photos of the girls and since I haven't even taken out my real camera in a little over a year it brought up a lot. Last time I took pictures was of Dakota I believe and taking pictures was (is) something that I love and dusting it off, charging my abandoned camera, taking a few photos of the girls, and trying to remember the settings all just reminded me how much I have missed it and got me thinking about how much I missed blogging and documenting our life. It felt really good to get out there again.
So, these past nine months. Nicole turned four in January and she is still at the daycare and has made lots of friends there. She is such a social little girl and makes friends with everyone. She loves to talk (and talk and talk!). She knows what she wants and can be stubborn. She is super sweet and always compliments others and wants to do everything Kennadie is doing. She has done swimming lessons, gymnastics and most recently cheerleading, which was so adorable. She still sees her bio brother every few months or so and sees her bio mom quite often.
Kennadie started second grade is September and still loves school, and her teacher has been so wonderful. She's doing awesome in school and loves math and she reads for almost an hour every night. She has made some friends in her class but her best friend is still Raine and they've managed to stay pretty close even though they are in different classes. Kennadie has been doing horseback riding for about 9 months or so and loves it. She is also doing soccer again after taking a little break from it. She's a shy and sensitive little girl (wonder where she gets that from?!), embarrasses easily (me, again), but once she opens up her silly, fun, adventurous side comes out, and she's always willing to try anything. She's turning into a mature and caring 8-year old who asks me all the time if we can adopt again, and that she'd love an older sister.
I started working at the elementary school in late August as a 1:1 in the special ed room. I've really enjoyed it here this school year and it didn't take long to fall in love with the kids I get to work with! I'm only part time right now but it's worked out well since I started grad school for my master's in aba last October, and holy shit it's been pretty intense with the amount of school work I have. I'm hoping it will all be worth it in the end- a good job that pays well with flexibility, more money, and I definitely want to stick it out for me. I just keep thinking when I graduate from school it will be something that I did for me, something that I finished, something to be proud of, and to show my girls that although sometimes things suck and are hard that in the end it is worth it.
I will leave with some pictures I took of the girls the other evening.