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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 4:23pm

I miss talking to all you ladies all the time so I just thought I'd say hi to everyone! I hope you're all doing great and your lo's too! I have some new pictures from last week when we took Kayleigh to the zoo which I'll get uploaded one of these days to share with everyone. She's a little over 14 months now and as active as ever. She's learned how to climb on just about everything so she keeps us very busy! She's also recently started to answer questions, kind of...when she hears someone ask a question, whether is on one of her cartoons or a person passing by she likes to answer. Of course all she ever says is "yeah" but it's super cute and funny!

Lol, it seems like everyone is either pregnant or having baby fever here now. I have to admit I sway back and forth sometimes with baby fever but we'd still like to wait until Kayleigh starts school or at least until we move to Japan. I'd rather be there and then have a baby instead of having to travel there at a later time with two lo's but we'll just have to wait and see what happens!

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In reply to: allene7
Thu, 08-13-2009 - 1:43am

Aw so good to hear you're doing well! Kayleigh sounds like she is at an adorable age right now. I cant wait till Sailor starts to reach more social milestones. He is waving now though which is so exciting. :P
And I totally agree that it seems like everyone is having baby fever right now! Jackson and I included! We are pretty dead set on TTC again in December, when Sailor turns one. We're really excited. That is so cool about moving to Japan! It has always been my lifelong dream to live in a few different countries. I lived in London for almost a

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In reply to: allene7
Thu, 08-13-2009 - 2:04am

Aww, it's so cute to watch babies wave! Kayleigh never really got into the waving thing though but she does plenty of other cute things like giving high fives and stuff so I'm content :)

Wow, December is coming up pretty fast! What are you hoping for this time around?

Yeah, I'd love to live in Japan. I was actually planning on going to teach english there after college but my plans changed when I met my husband. Obviously I never made it to Japan, lol. My dream of living there still hasn't changed though so I really want to. It's just so hard trying to learn Japanese on my own now. I feel like I can't really get past the point that I'm at without some more help. We're going to see if there's any way we could get that Rosetta Stone software to help me. I hear it's really good so it'd be nice to have something to guide me along like that!

The thought of living in another country just sounds like so much fun to me! If you guys were to move when do you think you'd want to plan on doing it? Do either of you know any of those languages or would you need to learn them? I wish I already knew Japanese so bad! I'm trying my best to teach Kayleigh so that hopefully when we go she'll already be fluent enough to get by. Plus, she'll still be really young and shouldn't be too far behind the native kids since I'd like to get her started in school there in Kindergarten.

And I promise I'll get some pictures from the zoo up soon! It's such a pain though uploading them and then having to put them on here so I'll probably just make a slide show on photobucket like I always do.

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Registered: 12-28-2008
In reply to: allene7
Fri, 08-14-2009 - 3:10am

I know, its coming up super fast! We are really excited. :) And I kind of want another boy. Jackson and I decided that we either want 3 or 4 kids, either 2 boys and 1 girl or 3 boys and 1 girl, and I kinda want the girl to be last because I want her to have all her big brothers to protect her. :P But obviously we would be thrilled with whatever we get. I am not getting my hopes up about having a girl though, because DF is one of 6 brothers. *sigh*. Haha so it will be a mirable if I get a little girl. :P But it doesnt matter cause I would love to have a bunch of little boys too. :)


And I can totally relate to your dream about wanting to live in another country. And I totally understand what you mean about learning the language, its so hard! I took a few Italian classes in highschool so I know basic Italian (although its a little fuzzy by now) and DF knows a little bit because he was raised around his grandparents who speak it fluently, but he doesnt know enough to carry out a full on conversation with someone, so we would still have ALOT to learn. And his family that lives in Switzerland speak Italian because they live in the Swiss Alps right by the border to Italy, but Italian isnt spoke that much in Switzerland. Most of the population speaks German, with a little bit speaking French, and a tiny tiny bit speak Italian. So overall we would probably need to learn fluent Italian and the basics of German and French. Ugh it makes my brain hurt just talking about it! Lol. And about the when we'd like to move thing, honestly the sooner the better. I do NOT want to move after Sailor is in school because I dont want him to make his first little friends and then move him to a different country and explain to him that he will probably never see them again. If we do actually go through with it I would like to do it by the time he is like 3, so that it will be a change but not a completely shock like it would be if he was in school with friends and stuff, you know? Do you and your DH have a time you would like to move to Japan by? Its great that you are already trying to teach it to Kayleigh! Once Sailor starts understanding words a little more I will probably start trying to introduce a little more Italian and stuff to him, and maybe German or French if I could learn more of it by then. :)


Do you guys have a certain place in Japan in mind that you want to move to? :)


Bella <3

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In reply to: allene7
Fri, 08-14-2009 - 10:26pm

My husband only wants two kids but I'm partial to three. I definitely don't want any more then three though. Although, later on in life maybe when our kids are grown up for the most part I'd love to be able to adopt a Chinese baby but we'll have to wait and see on that since it's super expensive and I don't know what our lives will be like at that time any ways. Since we already have a daughter, I'd love for our next kid to be a boy. We have a perfect boys name picked out (it's a secret though :p) that I'd love to be able to use! We also have another perfect (also secret) girls name picked out so it'd be perfect if we had two daughters and one son, lol. I'd be super happy though to just at least get one of each.

Ugh, it sounds like you'd definitely have your hands full learning all those different languages for awhile. Yeah, I know what you're saying about moving before school starts. I definitely don't want Kayleigh to start here and then have to leave all her little friends behind too. Well we kind of have a plan. I'm going to take two years to get as fluent in Japanese as possible and then spend a year after that to teach Alex and Kayleigh some basics to get them by. So I want to move no later then when Kayleigh is 4. From what I've read kids in Japan are in Kindergarten from ages 3-6 I think it was so she should be fine starting at four plus that's when I started so I think it'll work out. The order of things is a little different over there but I'd like to still somewhat follow along with how we do things here in the U.S., meaning starting her in kindergarten at 4 or 5. As for where at in Japan that we'd want to move to, I have no idea. I'd really like to be able to find a penpal ahead of time so that way we could have someone we know when we move there and then they'd be able to help us plus we'd have a starting location as to where we'd live once we got to Japan, at least for the time being.

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