Friday, December 17, 2010


Our social worker came for a visit today. She was amazed at how well Vladan has adjusted to being here. She watched him do puzzles and play with legos. We talked for about an hour. When she scheduled this visit, she asked if it was ok to bring someone with her. A high school student had contacted her about possibly visiting with an adoptive family because he is doing a community service project on adoption. He was very interested in the process and went on and on about how cute Vladan is (which most people do). LOL!

We mentioned visiting the orphanage and all the kids there that touched us. I said something about wanting to go back for another one at some point. She said, "I don't remember you saying anything about adopting two." She told us when we first met last February that she did not agree with people who adopted tons and tons of kids. I'm not sure what her opinion is as far as when she would approve us for another adoption.....I didn't broach that subject today. Knowing her as much as I do...I can imagine she would want Vladan home for at least a year before she would do another home study. We will see. We're not 100% sure of what God's plan is for us at this point. We are just living day by day as a new family. If we find another child we feel led to, it will work out like it's supposed to.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Serbian foods

When we were in Serbia, I missed food from home. Now that we're home, I have been looking for recipes for food from Serbia. Some of the foods that I have while I was there that I really liked were a traditional flat bread called lepinja (pronounced lep-in-ya), ajvar (pronounced something like ivar *long i sound*) which is a roasted red pepper spread, and kajmak (kimack with long i sound) a cream cheese type cheese spread. I put the three of them put together and it tasted pretty good especially if I warmed the bread because the kajmak would melt and get all gooey. The ajvar gave it a nice little kick. Although I was told that it isn't customary to eat kajmak and ajvar together, my uneducated American palate found it yummy. I found a site tonight that had recipes for all three! I might have to make some of the bread soon. I tend to make American comfort food. Roasted chicken, real mashed potatoes, buttered carrots, pork roast.......meat from a can, not so much (except tuna and occasionally chicken for chicken salad when I don't have any leftover chicken on hand). I haven't made bread with my bread maker since we've been home. Although I did make homemade biscuits and he seemed to scarf those. But then again, they were covered in chicken and gravy. :) I do have to say that I am a lucky Mama in that my child will eat anything I put in front of him. I'm sure that won't last forever, but for now, I am using that to my advantage. Leftovers never go to waste!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Coolest idea!!

You have got to see this idea! It's a GREAT way to help Reece's Rainbow kiddos' grants increase. You don't have to send hundreds....just a dollar or two would help! And it is tax deductible. :)


If you remember, we found our son through Reece's Rainbow. There are sooooooooooooooo many little ones on the site waiting for their family to find them. Believe it or not, there is not a shortage of families who WANT to adopt. But there is a shortage of money for them to be ABLE to adopt. So, your donation could be the drop in the bucket that allows a family to commit to a child.

If you want to see all the waiting kids, go HERE. Nellie is the angel I have been advocating for, but I will be happy to know that my friends donated for ANY CHILD!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

A first

Honey went back to work this past Friday. A couple of the techs at his store gave notice while we were gone, so they are short tech help. The pharmacy manager asked me to fill in a little. That's not a problem, but I can only do it on days that Honey doesn't work. Today was the first day. Vladan and Papa spent the day together and from what I was told, it was a really good day! Vladan stayed dry all day while at the house. While they were out, he was in a pullup and although he used the potty while they were out and about, he messed himself on the way home. Poor Papa had to clean a dirty pullup....his first since we got Vladan. LOL! He can't figure out that part of the potty yet....hopefully it won't be too long. He's so good at peeing in the potty (after just a day or two) I guess I can deal with the other part taking a bit longer.

We finally decorated the tree (that we put up a couple days ago). Vladan is quite the perfectionist and got angry a couple times because his ornament fell off. Our tree is a bit off balance. The top is perfectly decorated (by Papa) and the bottom is heavy with ornaments in one part and bare in the other. It's the prettiest tree I've ever had! :) We even put a santa hat on Vladan while he decorated......he threw such a fit when it fell off (it's an adult size). We truly can't help but chuckle at him sometimes when he gets angry at goofy stuff. But he's getting better.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


When we first found out that Vladan was not potty trained, I was a little worried. Why on earth would a 6 (almost 6 1/2) year old boy still be in diapers? We were told it was because he "didn't like the potty." Um, ok. I was a little nervous that there might be some medical reason why he couldn't be trained. I truly didn't want to be changing diapers indefinitely.

When we first came home, I decided to wait a bit to try potty training. There were a gazillion other things he would have to get used to and bad habits to unlearn first. Well, for some reason, I decided today was the day to start trying. This afternoon, I took his pull-up off and put big boy underwear on him. We went to the bathroom every 10 minutes or so and I had him try. He knows what is supposed to happen...he just didn't seem to know how to make it happen. Well about 45 minutes after we first put the underwear on, he wet himself. Let me tell you this, he HATED that feeling! Since I don't have 20 pairs of underwear for him (yet) I let him "go commando." We still went to the potty every 10 minutes or so. Then one time, I just told him to go pee and he went in by himself. Of course, this was the time I heard a little tinkle in the potty!!! Success! I went in and clapped and praised and he thought this was hilarious! About 1/2 hour later, we had another success. It was probably an hour later, he pointed to the bathroom. When I asked if he needed to potty, he shook his head and went in. HE WENT AGAIN and this was the first time he went because he felt that he needed to go. He had another bathroom success, but I won't tell you about that. Because that would be just too much! LOL!

Isn't he gonna kill me when he gets older and finds out that I blogged about his potty successes! :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010


We put up our Christmas tree tonight (although we didn't decorate yet). We have a pretty nice artificial tree that has built in lights which makes setting it up pretty easy. We tried to have Vladan help us, but I think he found it too prickly so he went back into the living room. We did get a couple pics though of the few minutes he helped. When we were done, we turned the lights on the tree on and all the other lights off and had Vladan come in the room. His eyes got big and he said, "Wow!" It was almost like a loud whisper. It was too funny! Wow is one of his English words that he uses correctly and is very understandable.

Later last night, around 9:15 or so, Honey told him to go to bed. I have put him to bed every night since we got him. To our surprise, he went over to Honey and gave him a kiss and then marched his little self upstairs and got into bed. I found it interesting in a couple ways. Number 1....he understood what Papa said. Number 2.....he did what was asked. Number 3....we went upstairs (in the dark) by himself and crawled into bed without turning any lights on. Don't worry. We went upstairs and praised him and kissed him goodnight. And we didn't hear another peep from him.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Blogging slacker

Yep, that would be me!! I am finding myself busier than I thought I would be. Not that I expected Vladan to watch TV 24/7, but he doesn't seem interested in it at all. So, finding time to get stuff done, even a shower (when Papa isn't home) is a challenge. He is learning so much and his brain can't seem to get enough! For that reason, he is sooooooooooo curious and into everything!

I am going to do my best to get the blog updated by the end of the weekend. So make sure you go back to where I stopped blogging and read all the updates. I am going to wrack my brain to remember what happened on every day and post for that day. :)

I have to call the school today and see if we might be able to go down sometime soon and have him check it out. I know it's soon, but I really think he would benefit from the social interaction and for us to be able to get him evaluated to see exactly where we are...and make a plan to help him reach his potential.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Have Visa....will travel

The embassy was supposed to call us when the authorization came in. We waited, and waited, all morning. They close from noon to 2pm for lunch, so at 11:30, I called them. The guy who answered the phone was the same guy from yesterday. I guess he forgot to call me. GRRRR!! He asked if I could be there by noon. Uh, yep, I can! He told me that only one of us needed to go. I am the one who feels more comfortable in the city, so I am the one who went. Our facilitator would have killed me for going by myself. But, I did it. I got a cab and made it to the embassy. I went in and after just a minute or two of waiting, I had his visa in my hand! Then, I walked back to the apartment. I stopped at the grocery store for a few things, and at a little shop for a couple gifts. Then I got home in time to make lunch for the boys.

The rest of the day, we just relaxed. All except the little bit of time that we all went out to finish buying souvenirs and gifts. In the evening, we finished packing up to go home! I can't believe we have everything we need to go home tomorrow! We have to be ready at 4:30am to be picked up by our driver. I'm not sure I will even get to sleep. It feels like we have been here for a year and I just can't wait to sleep in my own bed and, oh yeah...guzzle a Diet Dr Pepper!