Visit with Caroline
**Note: we shaved Jack’s hair today, so some pictures are pre-cut, and some are post-cut…just so you’re not totally confused! Here he is with his new do:
Here is the adorable Caroline, who was Shanie’s buddy from Vietnam:
The last time Travis and I saw Caroline was January, 2008, when we said goodbye and left Que Son Orphanage with Shane after spending 6 weeks visiting the babies 5-6 times a week in the orphanage. Below is a picture of some of Shane’s buddies from the orphanage (Travis is holding Shane up in green, Travis’ dad is holding Leah, the nanny in blue is holding Caroline, and the nanny in yellow is holding Spencer).
While we were THRILLED to have our approval to leave with Shane after such a long wait, it was really hard to say goodbye to the babies that were not yet approved to be adopted. Caroline was one of them.
Thankfully, she was united with her awesome mommy, my friend Karin, just a few months (that seemed like years) later. Here’s Caroline kissing her mommy at our house this weekend:
Here are Caroline and Shanie reunited and all grown up…or almost;)
As it turns out, Shane, Jack, and Caroline all had a great time together this weekend. The boys LOVED having Caroline around; she’s the perfect bridge between their developmental ages, so she made a great buddy for both of them and the 3 did really well altogether. Finley, on the other hand, was an adorable pain in the rear. She enjoyed tormenting the “new kid” on the block by following Caroline around, stealing her blankie, pulling the passie and bottle out of her mouth, etc. Fin would cackle this evil little laugh each time and Caroline would shake her finger at Finley and say “NO ma’am!” Caroline was a good sport, but I doubt she’d ever be thrilled to become a big sister after the Finley Experience!
Jack was VERY fond of Caroline and kept referring to her as “my friend,” even when speaking directly to her (example: “My friend, would you like a string cheese?”)! It was pretty cute.
Finley (with her eye on Caroline’s “passie”):
Jackie karate kicking bubbles (pre-haircut):
Finley playing with a booger while Caroline watches in disgust!
My little gentleman, Shanie, putting Caroline’s passie back in her mouth (after Finley intentionally knocked it out):
“Caroline, look, an airplane!”
Shane leaning in for the kiss with Jack looking on (thinking about HIS next move):
Jack’s counter to Shane’s kiss…he takes Caroline for a wild ride on a (stationary) llama:
“Sometimes these boys REALLY bore me!”
Karin juggling 2 cuties:
Caroline, you’ve got these Good boys wrapped around your little finger!
Btw, I survived my 1.5 days with 4 toddlers. Actually, we had a great time in case you couldn’t tell from the pictures above. If I didn’t have a million question marks surrounding my career, 4 wouldn’t seem so daunting an idea! Ahh well, we’ll have to wait and reevaluate down the road I guess, but it was fun to have Caroline in the meantime.