July 07, 2007

Last Day in Taiwan

We've been home a week and a day now, and things are falling into place. We continue to adjust and learn about one another. Each day gets easier. Ruby is speaking alot of english and is doing really well. Ila always wants to sit by Ruby even if she sometimes says she "doesn't want a little sister". She is the first to help out if Ruby needs something. It's not easy keeping up with a 3 1/2 year old and a 2 year old, but when you hear them laugh together and see them play together it warms your heart. Some days it's like I'm in the middle of a tornado and I can't remember my own name...like the other day when I put my camera on the bumper of my car thinking "I'll remember to grab this before I go into the house" ...and of course didn't. Luckily I had already taken my trip photos off of it. So pictures of our first week home are a little scarce. They're probably laying in the ditch somewhere...

On our last day in Taiwan, we went to the National Palace Museum and the traditional Chinese gardens that surround it. These are some of my favorite pictures from the trip...especially of Ruby. She was getting more comfortable with us and smiling and laughing alot. Many people have mentioned that I "went alone" on this trip and I just want to say that even though Scott wasn't able to go along, my dad was there with me and was a huge help. It would have been extremely difficult without him. So I just want to thank my dad and let him know how much it means to me that he was there. Thanks Dad!


Julie said...

I hate to use a euphamize,...but "You go girl!"


What a beautiful country.

Jean said...

Yeah Grandpa!!! I bet this was an incredible experience for him!!!! Your little girl has a dimple!! That is sooo cute!! Next we need pics of "the sisters"!!
Oh yeah! They are in the camera that is in the ditch!! ;-)
I love your blog!!
Jean and Family

joan said...

I love that smiley girl - you took some beautiful photographs, glad those aren't in the ditch! Hope you guys had nice weekend.


shelley said...

What beautiful countryside. What a beautiful smile. Ruby and Ila have the best grandpa.

I-Chwen said...

Wow, Ruby is already speaking English. No stopping this little girl. So cute to hear how they get along in their own way! Oh, such a good excuse to get a new camera, by leaving the old on the car. :-)

More fun and happy summer!

Amy, Ryan, Aidan & Lauren said...

Great pictures...sounds like you're settling in well together and that Ila is doing well with all the changes. Congratulations again!