Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fun with the Cousins


Ebert's Pumpkin Farm - Oconomowoc




































This past week we traveled to Oconomowoc, WI to visit my family, and introduce them to the newest member of our brood, Miss Vivi Grace. The usual 7 1/2 hr trip from Columbus became 10+ hours with a 3 month old tagging along! LOL! We have hit 2 malls, been swimming, had Vivienne's first visit to the pumpkin farm, and spent many wonderful hours with family and friends. I must say that I never see joy radiate on my daughter Lucy's face like it does when she is with her cousins. There is a connection there, a bond, that I can see she truly shares with them. I am fortunate that no matter what family dynamics I may have with my family.....she still has this.
Vivi has also done well! The first few days she slept little at night (making for a TIRED mommy and daddy!) but the rest of the week she has slept like a trooper. My mom has really enjoyed her time with her, although I feel my brothers are both a bit uncomfortable with the fact that she is AA. (DISCLAIMER!!! THEY claim they are not...) I knew all along in the adoption that this might be the case with some people, but I had hoped deep down that when everyone finally met her, that all that would be washed away. That she would be accepted like any other member of our family. That she would capture their hearts with her cute little smile. But, it is what it is, and fortunately I have some time left to work on them before she becomes aware.
We head home tomorrow, and Thursday is Trick or Treat, so I hope to have some more pics posted soon!




23 comments:

Debbie B said...

Lucy looks like she had so much fun. These pics make me glad that I'm in TX and can take pictures without jackets. I even saw someone's pumpkin patch pics with snow this year. Ack!

That's awful about your brothers. We were concerned about my husbands family but as you said once they saw her they were in love. So sorry it's not that way for them.
Does Lucy realize what is going on? Hoping she is too young.

Kim K. said...

Darling pics. I just melt over pumpkin photos.

Happy "almost" Halloween!

Kelly said...

I pray your brothers come around... God is faithful!

Lucy said...

Hi Jill!
I think I missed the posts on where you've been. I missed visiting your blog, good to see you back! Vivi has grown so much. Is she too almost 7 months? You weren't too far from me on your recent trip, would've been fun to connect! I'm so sorry to hear about your brothers' uneasiness with Vivi. I can't imagine how hard that must be. Isn't it funny how people see more of the "differences" than you do. It always surprises me because they are our children and we don't see it and really how it matters anyway...
Sounds like you had a great trip and Lucy had fun with her cousins. Great pics too, you really captured her joy!
Take care, Lucy

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Very cute! Vivi has lost her newborn look!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Great pics! Looks like a lot of fun! Oh how I always loved playing with my cousins as a child. Its still such a joy when they come to town.

I REALLY want to kiss Vivi's cheeks!!!

Blessings,
Robin

Reid, Dawn, Jilli, & Dru! said...

Bestest pics ever!!! Love them all :) It's been waaaaay too long between posts. I needed a Vivi and Lucy fix!!

Take care,
Dawn

Kristin said...

Very cute pictures! The girls have changed so much it seems!!

Can't wait for Halloween pics!

Elizabeth Frick said...

Your girls are just lovely! I look forward to following your family :)

Missy said...

Oh Jill,
Your girls make me SMILE...BIG.TIME!!! I want to just hold Miss Vivienne and snuggle Lucy :) I'm glad they had fun at the Pumpkin Patch.

So sorry to hear that your brother's aren't as accepting as you'd wished. It is most definitely THEIR loss and I am hopeful that Miss Vivi can ease her way into their heart before long.
You are sooo blessed!

Wanda said...

Wonderful to see your new post. And that the kiddies are beautiful and happy.

Courtney said...

Looks like lots of fun. Viv looks adorable all bundled up. Hopefully your family will come around.

Jan said...

Soooo much fun at the pumpkin farm!! And, so happy for an update!! We missed you!! Love, love, love the newest pics!!! How beautiful the girls are!! Miss Lucy is getting soooo tall!! Before you know it Miss Vivi will be toddling along!!! Hopefully things will work out with your brothers. If they can't accept it, it will be a very sad loss on their part. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers your way!!
Me

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Looks like you all had a great time... I see everyone is rugged up... just wish we were having that cool weather down here in Florida... hugs to you all...

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Oh my gosh, it's been way too long since I visited your blog!! Your girls are SO beautiful! Just brings tears to my eyes and warms my heart. Beautiful photos and fun times. Love to you - Maia & QQ

Sharon said...

So adorable!! Jill, I tried to email you back after your last comment but the way i did it didn't work, i think...Just wanted to ell you thank you and how supportive you are! That kind of thing is why blogging with other adoptive moms is so great. Hope I can do that for you one of these days!!

Gail said...

So happy to see your post...love the pics and can tell you had lots of fun!!!! Wish we could have gotten together while you were up here but maybe next time.

I'm truly sorry your about your brothers, I hope and pray they have a change of heart. Time can work wonders.

hugs to you friend! :)

and Happy Halloween!

Sharie said...

I can't believe how TALL Lucy has gotten. It always amazes me how much kids grow over the summer. Lucy is so so sweet - love her pinkness at the Pumpkin Farm.

So glad you have your girls:)

Jean said...

Your girls are adorable!! How fun visiting cousins! I could tell by the name that you went someplace in Wisconsin! I was hoping you lived their and then we could get together!

Keep posting ! I love seeing your girls!! Sorry about your brothers- it is their loss.

day by day said...

Hi Jill,

Your girls are just soooo cute!! Looks like they had lots of fun finding pumpkins.

The carved pumpkins in the post above turned out great!! Love the Chinese symbol one....I am sure we would never have noticed it was missing something if you had not mentioned it. : )

Glad the girls had a fun Halloween!

~Michelle

*Overflowing* said...

yeah...an update! Oh, the girls look so cute...will you tell them to stop growing up so fast??? I will be praying for your situation with your brothers...that totally stinks! But this is not above God so I will be praying that He opens their eyes to what a precious miracle that Vivi is!! Hugs girl!!!

Ohilda said...

Jill,

What great pictures. The girls are adorable. Vivi is so stinkin' cute, as is Lucy. I can't get over how big they both are getting.

Hugs,

Ohilda

Eliza2006 said...

What beautiful girls you have! Found your blog from Tate-R-Bug.

Tiffany

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