Happy 4th of July

What a relaxing day. Seriously! I had to force myself to relax but it worked. I even took an hour nap...now that is unheard of around here.

We took in a family movie at $34.50 (YIKES) for 6 to see a matinee of Wall-E. It was interesting, but actually a good movie to take Yuylia to since there was not much talking in English she actually understood it.

Then we came home for a little BBQ and off to our friends in Maple Valley. They live in a neighborhood that has tons of fireworks. It was a lot of fun and like I said relaxing. Now if all my days could be so calm.

Happy 4th of July!


Yuylia's Top 10

It has been 2 weeks since Yuylia has been here has been here with us. Here are her top 10 things she loves the most about America.

10. Top Ramon (Raton in Russian)
9. Hot Dogs
8. Clothes
7. Pop Music
6. Ice Cream
5. Shoes
4. Friends Anastia (this is her 2nd cousin)
3. Learning English and teach me Belarussian
2. The weather (go figure)
1. The ocean...that is all she has asked us to do with her!

She seems to really enjoy it here. She told the interpreter that she did not want to go home. Although, I think she misses her family, but we are a perfect fit to make her feel just at home.

As much as I try to feed Yuylia healthy foods she will really only eat fruit. She most nights just wants ramon or hot dogs. I feel bad but I guess I would rather her eat then not eat or it is better then a bowl of cereal. She is so funny!

We took her to the Dentist and she has a lot of cavities, but lucky for her a lot of them are on baby teeth that will fall out within the next 6 months to a year. So she has 4 permanant teeth that will need fillings. This is not bad and we are excited it will only be 2 visits.

She did fantastic at the dentist after being so afraid because of her experience back home. Dr. Sharma was honest and I think Yuylia likes having a female doctor. She has been brushing and flossing everyday. It has motivated me to be better about it as well.

Well till next time.

Lk. Wilderness Park

I took Yuylia and the kids to Lk. Wilderness park this past week. Despite the smell of Duck poop it was a beautiful day and the kids loved it.


Busy Weekend

It was a busy weekend at the Cavanaugh household (really when is it NOT busy...seriously?)

Friday night we BBQ it up with some friends and Mema came over for the weekend.

Saturday it was Davis's 4th birthday so we went to his Spiderman party at the park and it was hot! We had a blast there and our Lighting Shoes were a hit.

Then it was off to a Housewarming/Baby Shower for some friends of our Josh & Kara in Kent. The kids decided they were partied out and stayed home with Mema while Jason and I went. It was a lot of fun and Dylan is adorable and the new house is great.

Then off to the final desitnation in Woodinville for a good friend and past co-worker's 40th birthday. Happy 40th Kat! It was great to catch up with old friends and see the kids.

Then it was back home to finish a project for the kick off of Memory Market at church.

Finally, at midnight I headed to bed.

Sunday I was up at 5am preparing the last minute details for the project then I got everyone feed and out the door by 9am. After church we picked up Ksyenia and headed home to have a little R&R (my version anyway) with some swimming and just hanging out.

Needless to say I am pooped and it is Tuesday.

Liam's First Time at Day Camp

We made it through a week of Day Camp. Liam got to go to Day Camp at Camp Berachah with a friend of his all week from 9-4pm. After the first day he did not want to go back, but I convinced him to continue on and he loved it. His favorite part...canoeing, swimming and the snack shack. He did really good and seemed to have so much fun. He was happy to be home and with his brother and friends.

Update on Yuylia

Yuylia has been with us for 2 weeks now and seems to be enjoying herself. We have taken her to the Medical Screening which she was so afraid of the dentist and getting her blood drawn. She had a bad experience at home so no wonder she is scared. She loved playing on the big jumpy toys with the boys and her 2nd cousin Anastia. Anastia is staying with a family in Covington not to far from us so we have her coming over today to play with Yuylia.

We had Ksenyia our interpreter come over on Sunday for dinner with the family and just to hang out. She is so sweet and it was neat to hear all about her and to ask questions about Yuylia. We learned that she wants to see the ocean. She loves it hear and does not want to go home. She loves our babushka Mema. She likes all the craziness of our house and is bored when we are not busy with kids, etc. She loves hot dogs, chicken and potatoes oh and ice cream. She would like to have a slumber party with her friends that are here for her birthday. She likes Barbies and wants to learn how to swim. She is not homesick. I can hardly beleive that one, but she has only called home once.

We are scheduled for a dental appt on Wed. and it looks like she will need some fillings, but a lot of the cavities are on teeth that are baby teeth and will fall out in the next 6mo to 2 yrs. I am hoping she will be able to handle seeing the dentist. She got to go with us last night when I took all the kids. I think it was great for her to see them and that they enjoyed it.

Besides playing, swimming and just hanging out we really have not done any tourist things yet. I am hoping to get to the zoo soon and of course camping at the beach.

Stay tuned for more...

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