Thursday, December 27, 2007

Season's Greetings

The Elmo car was a big hit. In typical Wynn fashion, she drove it around for a while, honked the horn a bit, and then started looking underneath it to figure out how it works. We glanced over, and there she was - on the floor like an auto mechanic about to change the oil. She is perpetually fascinated with how things go together - and how to take them apart.

We love that Wynn and Grandpa have the same fashion sense. Christmas Eve was a celebration of plaid this year.

Wynn's gift from Grandma Barb was a homemade Curious George quilt and pillow. Wynn loves them both and started playing "snuggle" with them as soon as we got home. She still enjoys watching George on TV but has discovered Clifford and Sesame Street as well.

Here's Wynn and Grandma Marilyn figuring the classic Sit and Spin. She doesn't quite have the upper body coordination to spin herself around yet, but, based on the look on her face when we spin her, she's motivated to learn. It has a switch on the bottom to turn the music off. Guess how long it took her to flip the thing over and find the switch?

What Minnesota winter would be complete without a ride in a sled? Baba and Wynn took it out for a spin around the yard during our lovely Christmas Day snowfall. We need to find a small hill for her to ride down because pulling that sled gets to be tough work.

The time off from work has given us a chance to not only relax around the house together; we have also been busy taking care of more adoption paperwork and such. We had our six-month meeting with our social worker last week. All went well, and Wynn willingly agreed to accompany Baba to the bathroom after she dropped an extremely stinky load in her diaper during the interview. :-)

The day after Christmas was spent in the waiting room at the Social Security Administration offices; after ninety minutes of waiting, our number was finally called so we could have our three minutes at the window. Wynn was great during the LONG wait; she stayed on Baba's lap, was sufficiently amused by opening and closing the zippers on our jackets, and got to watch a baby drinking out of a bottle, which she found FASCINATING.

Today we took care of applying for a US passport for Wynn and getting ourselves fingerprinted (for the THIRD time) for yet another background check - this time because Minnesota changed its process and is making *everyone* who completed an adoption this year get screened again - even though we have already been screened by the state and, obviously, passed.

Now we have another week of vacation to relax and enjoy the snow.

- Ann

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