"Being a family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what." ~Author Unknown

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Home Sweet Home

It's so great to be home!  I'm just going to give a quick run down of the last couple days, because now I have laundry and cleaning to do and can't just sit on the computer(the drawback of being home)!  The flights home were uneventful.  Sofia was so good!  She slept a few hours but mostly ate and played quietly. 

In the hotel before leaving.
Taking a snooze on the plane:)

These pictures were taken at JFK airport.  A new American citizen! 

We had lots of friends and family at the airport to meet us.  Everyone was so excited to see her in person!  The first day home was busy.  Alexa had dance so we dropped her off and went to have a Starbucks!  Of course I had to get one for Sof!  Her first Starbucks steamed milk, and so sweet they didn't charge me for either drink!  They know me well and have been waiting for her homecoming also!
She so knows how to pose for pictures!

The hardest thing coming home has been her reception to the other kids.  She still is not interested in Mark at all, but he understands.  The kids however have been waiting for her for so long, and just want her to love them.  She is still very attached to me and not good with others.  Not sure if that is a real diagnosable adoption issue, or just her personality.  I know it hasn't been long, but I just don't know if I should be doing something different.  This morning Lexi and I sat and played blocks with her, and then I edged myself away.  Lexi was really happy and it was a good step!
Adrienne is gone all weekend at a dance convention so we'll see how that goes tonight!  Sof is having fun checking out her surroundings and playing with all her new toys.  By the way, she hates dolls and stuff animals.  Same reaction she has to people...hmmmm.  One step at a time:)



  1. Welcome home. So glad i could share in the touching arrival of your daughter. You are doing an awesome job letting her get acclimated on her terms with a little push here and there. Slow and steady wins the race. I know it has got to be hard for the girls to understand why she is not instantly loving on them when that is all they have waited to do. I know Sofia will get there soon. Being that loved is hard to ignore. Again congrats to the whole Culley Klan. Your famly is now complete.

  2. Let her get used to the time difference first. She has to be a bit confused. I know I would be a bit cranky after all the traveling you guys have been through lately. A few weeks of rest and adjusting are in the cards now.

  3. Welcome home!!!! Give it time! We have been home 3 weeks now and I am amazed at how different Hayden is! Congrats!!!!!

  4. Congratulations on your new American Citizen. What a joy for your family to be together. Hope that Sofia will adjust and fall in love with her sisters soon, but like Chad and Heather said, just a little time and all will be good.

  5. It took Alex a long time to like stuffed animals. He wasn't used to playing with soft things...probably because plastic is easier to clean in the orphanage.

    Another couple we traveled with last time had the same issues with their daughter and her daddy. It took time...but it got better with time! (Although she is still very much a mommy's girl!!!)