I can't believe May is almost over already! We just got back from a two night camping trip at Lake Roosevelt. We had so much fun! It took 6 hours to get there and Kepler didn't complain once! He just sat there reading his book, playing with his toy or watching the world go by outside his window. His favorite thing to see while in eastern Washington were the massive "round and rounds". Any guesses as to what they were?! Windmills! It was like a dream come true for him! We do fast food on road trips and he was very excited to get "chicken nuggles" for dinner! We call snuggles "nuggles" in our family and for some reason, this was so cute to me. He was relating nuggets to something that sounded familiar:) Away from our normal eating routines, we asked him, "Kepler, are you hungry? Do you need to eat?" He replied, "Yes. My hungry. Eat food." Daddy said, "Oh. You need some food in your belly huh?" Kepler looked at him like he was crazy and said, "No! Not in belly! In mouf (mouth)!".
One exciting part of our camping trip was that he got his new balance bike! He loves it! He mostly walks it around but they say that's how it starts out. He's rode it so much this weekend already that he is getting more confident at maneuvering it around already! I love it because it is powered by him. It's not mommy pushing him on a trike while he thrashes the handle bars back and forth making the walk the most annoying exercise I've ever had while he just sits there:) He also loves his "helmount" (helmet).
We did our second major (for us!) hike as a family this weekend! We hiked up to the top of Steam Boat rock again. It was better but more difficult this year. He is more sure footed and able to walk further than he could last September but he is HEAVIER! I had to carry him in the Eurgo up and down the rock! We had to have a stern discussion about him throwing himself to one side to point out birds and such because he almost sent us both down the side of the rock! He did fantastic hiking though! He hiked all the way up to the rock and the entire time we hiked up on top of it! When we got back down he said, "We did it!".
He did so well sleeping in the tent as well. He slept soundly both nights. This is much improved since last fall. I think his little brain is more sure that we'll be around when he wakes up. His sleep used to be so fitful and full of violent wake ups and screams. We are approaching our Home One Year mark and this makes me so happy. He deserves the peace.
We were surprised that he slept so well despite our noisy, foul mouthed neighbors camping 10 feet away. Amos said, "He might have some new words after this trip." So far, so good. We'll probably hear him use them in context sometime and be shocked:)
All in all, we had a great, adventurous yet relaxing trip. We are looking forward to the summer ahead!
Lately he's been asking himself something so he can answer it. Like on our trip we heard him say, "You hungry? Yes. Eat food." Today he said, "Want to go to park? Yeah! Take bike to park!". We have been practicing good manners as always but it's funny to hear them come out. People will ask him his name and he'll proudly hold up his pinkie and ring finger and say, "I'm two!". Sometimes people get his name when they ask how old he is:) My favorite is "Mice" to meet you. Do I ever have to correct that?! I don't want to!
An adoption #2 update:
While in Grand Coulee, we mailed off our I-600A to USCIS:) We are now waiting on our fingerprint appointments! Moving right along!
However, right before we left we got a letter from the IRS stating that our refund is in review. They are investigating our refund. I've heard from a few people that your adoption credit refund is tricky to get. You have to fight a bit. If they are hoping that we just give up, they are wrong. We NEED that money for this next adoption and I'll fight for it:) I won't be forgetting!