Saturday, September 15, 2012


Well, Zoe is just darling. We've had and/or scheduled more evals - audiology (done, all is well there) and physical/occupational therapy for her motor impairments (coming up on October 1). I will blog about her developmental eval a couple weeks ago, but for now here's the highlight of it:

She's ours. She's doing well. She's loved.

And she thinks Daddy's gruffy chin tickles more than anything else in the world.

She's also a legit American, y'all. The USCIS sent her Certificate of Citizenship this week. They even spelled her name right and everything. (I hear this is a small miracle.)

Nope, that's not a new Dinglefest dog in the picture below. That's Sadie, who we petsat for a while. We're not ready to be a two dog family, but Napoleon likes it when we pretend for a bit. He loved Sadie and so did we, but Harley is still his favorite girlfriend. (I must post a picture of them soon. Quite a comical pair, they are.)

Here's a close-up of Jocelyn's shirt. I bought it at the airport in Taiwan. (After I lose 10-15 pounds, I'll be able to fit in my matching one. I didn't plan for that to be my incentive, as I thought I was getting the right adult size. Taiwan, your sizes confuse me.)

All the pictures were for the First Day o' School 2012, Part 2. You see, Jocelyn goes to a public school during the week, but she also spends two hours each Saturday afternoon in Chinese language school.

Most kids might be bummed about the idea of school on Saturdays. This is what Jocelyn's reaction was.

We had been on a waitlist for Chinese school, due to some miscommunication. (We signed up in time, but our English and their Chinese muddled things up, as they thought we had just adopted Jocelyn from Taiwan and thus placed her in the native Chinese speakers class. When we realized the error, the non-native speakers class had a waitlist. Yep, Dinglefest Schoolin' 2012: Brought to You by The Waitlist.) I took those pictures right after she found out she was in.

Cool side-note: We first met with the Chinese language school folks a day before we knew Zoe existed. We weren't planning to adopt a child from a Chinese-speaking country then. Ain't it neat how God paved the way in advance for us?

Our girl loves different cultures and languages in a way I can't claim credit for. It's just something God infused into her little personality. Now, between the daily instruction in Spanish at her elementary school and the weekly Chinese school (including homework, which helps me learn along with her), she is loving this year. (Yeah, yeah, math and reading and all that is fun too. But languages? That's what she really gets excited about.)

(That, and soccer. Which starts again in a week or two.)

And the boy?

He's a ham. Who loves Spider-Man.

And has an infectious smile.

He might have used that smile to swindle me into buying this Spidey baseball cap at Target this morning.

PS - I now live on the side of town in which a Target trip is also a meet-up of friends. FYI, friends, I don't plan to dress any nicer for Saturday Target runs than I used to back when I lived on the other side of town from most folks. Not gonna wear makeup for Target either. Thankfully, none of my friends recoiled in horror this morning, so all is well.


  1. All three of your little ones are just darling. I particularly like the picture of Jocelyn pointing to the dog. Aren't you glad you got the size right for her shirt? I know what you mean about sizes in Taiwan -- and after 9 years of living here, I'm pretty lost when it comes to Western sizes as well. After years of buying larges and extra larges for my husband at Asia chain stores, I always overshoot his size when shopping for Western brands at places like Costco since I think he's about a medium on an American scale. I do have to admit I am a bit jealous of your USCIS envelope and its contents. We can't even figure out what visa our son qualifies for at the moment, so we're in Taiwan until we work things out. Good thing we like it here.

    I hope Jocelyn has a blast with her Chinese. I have so far studied about 7 different foreign languages so I sense in her a kindred spirit. Hopefully she is better than I am about actually mastering one or two to the level of usefulness. My Chinese is quite fluent, actually, but only at a rather low level. It's nice to know they have classes for non-native speakers at Chinese schools. I grew up with a lot of friends going to Chinese/Korean schools on Saturdays, but I've never heard of classes for those who aren't from those backgrounds. I'll have to look into them when we move back West, be it the USA or the UK.

  2. She is LOVING it! I am really impressed with the teacher too and thankful that they offer classes for non-native speakers. The school as a whole is geared more toward native families (thank goodness for Google translate for the times when they forget to send an English version of the parent emails!), but they are very welcoming and helpful for those of us who don't know Chinese (yet!). She's a little sponge, and given her passion for "learning my baby sister's country's language" and the level of fluency her elementary Spanish program provides, she'll be ready to take a large part of the world by storm by the time she's 10. :)


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