Alex – To go!

I guess he wants to be prepared? Maybe he is taking his friends for a ride…did he run out of room to store his stuff?



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A new family picture

Yay!  We have an official family picture now.  We said bye-bye to the one kid family picture from last year and said hello to the 3 kid family this year!

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The Warren Family 2012

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Let’s play: What’s in Alex’s Drawer Today?


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LWB: Realistic Expectations About Cleanliness

I am still amazed by the things I hear prospective adoptive parents say and I was more amazed at some of the things said by persons in our travel group about the kids, cleanliness, having accidents, etc. and it made me wonder if they paid attention during their Hague training.  Many of these topics were covered.  Is it meant to deter you?  NO!  It is meant to PREPARE you.  I am a very realistic person and do not tend to see the world through rose colored glasses, so some of the things we experienced in China did not upset me.  I am so very thankful for our Hague training, our excellent social worker and for websites like LWB.  Here is a post from LWB in their Realistic Expectation series they are doing.  Anyone about to adopt from China should read it:

Realistic Expectations: Cleanliness

Here is another one about toilets, toilet training and the bathrooms…or lack thereof…in China:

Realistic Expectations: Potty Training

And, here is another one I enjoyed.  While in China a group of ladies came up to us and told us we needed to put “two clothes” on Lillian.  She had a pair of sweatpants, two layers and a coat on and it was only 72 degrees.  I kindly thanked them.  This article sheds light on why the children are so bundled and that it is not necessarily a bad thing.  Many orphanages and homes are not heated and it gets very cold in many parts of China.  In order to keep the kids well and stave off colds and pneumonia, they get bundled in many layers.  Many cannot afford to treat their children if they get sick and many, many, many do not have access to healthcare or doctors.  We let Alex stay in his stinky clothes for two days because he was upset and did not want to be parted from them.  We just hoped the hotel and our travel group understood.  I saved them for him and they are in a box of things I think he will want when he gets older.  So, here is another good article on understanding the Chinese culture:

Realistic Expectations: Clothing

Thank you LWB for posting these articles.  These are very educational and will help many prospective adoptive parents understand their child’s culture and why they do the things they do.  Many times here in America, we have such a Western ethnocentric view and we forget that the rest of the world lives completely different than how we live.



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Enjoying some after dentist ice cream

Alex had a dentist appointment with a Peds dentist. He has four cavities and out family dentist referred us to Dr. Brasher because Alex is so skittish they most likely will have to put him to sleep while they work on his mouth. Anyway, two hours and no drama later, I took the kids for ice cream. I know, I know, it is kinda funny to award a child who did well at the dentist with ICE CREAM! Haha…but he deserved it! I was very proud. He was so brave and did very well. He even got to meet Bippo…that’s another story allll together!




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My little stash boy

Making a pass through Alex’s room I find this. This is his little stash he wants no one to touch or play with.




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Post Adoption 1 month pics

These pictures were taken for our one month post adoption visit back in January.  I forgot to post them.  I think they came out cute…all except me wearing flip flops in the winter..should’ve cropped that out…oh well.

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