In my continued effort to get caught my life and blog synced back up - here is a quick recap of May's events. When we left off in April, my mom had just entered the hospital and I was up to my elbows in alligators.
To kick off May, I hosted 5 of my work counter parts in Detroit to assist with my largest distributor. Translation: I had to travel for 2 nights while my mom was in the hospital rehabbing from surgery #1 - a partial hip replacement for her broken hip. My kids have only ever stayed with myself OR Gramma. Needless to say, I was a BALL of stress. Too add to the craziness, my kids are BOTH structure kids. Coming out of institutions in Russia with a very specific schedule, they do best with a structure. My cousin has volunteered many times to have my kids stay with her while I travel, and it's such a gracious offer. Her family is at the other end of the structure spectrum, however, which poses challenges. I am totally not criticizing a more loose life - in fact I wish sometimes we were a little more laid back, but alas it's not meant for us.
May was a whirlwind of activities: Alex's 1 year Gotcha Day, Mother's Day including a visit from Grampa & Gramma, Spring Sing at school, the return of nice weather, a trip to Ohio for Memorial Day AND many, many visits to various hospitals to visit Gramma Darlin.
|Gotcha Day celebration - Pooh Matroyska!|
Alex's 1 year Gotcha Day was May 7th. It's so hard to believe that 1 year has already passed by. Alex's adjustment was very smooth. He is such a sweet, cuddly, loving boy. He does still like to use his tears and whining to manipulate people - and given his background, it doesn't surprise me. With everything going on: just home from vacation, hectic crazy weeks, etc. we celebrated with a low key dinner out and then special breakfast the next morning.
|Hanging with Grampa|
|Love that my kids get to know my Gramma - who looks horribly frightened here, |
but honestly, she had a great time at brunch
|Mother's Day with Gramma Darlin at the hospital - this was after 2 surgeries! |
She'll probably kill me for posting it... but it's how we spent our day!