After the gym we took him to a cupcake place and sat and chatted. He didn't know what to ask so we told him all about the girls and the dogs. We talked about family and what we like to do for fun. At one point his social worker asked if he wanted to see us again and his face lit up and he said, "Yes! They are nice." So we set a time to meet with him today.
Today's visit involved the girls. All of us were excited about our trip to the zoo to meet up with him. My mom and sister decided to meet up with us as well. His foster mom drove him half way (they live on the other side of town, and she is an absolute angel to drive him to meet us) and we picked him up in a parking lot. Brian and I went to meet him, and I asked if he was nervous. "Yes ma'am, I am VERY nervous," he said. He got right in the big car with them, and just sort of sat quietly. At the zoo he tended to stick by Brian or I, and we were pleased to discover one of his interests seems to be animals. I finally have a naturalist kid to hang out with! He pointed out a mockingbird to my mom, and then would periodically give us random facts about animals. Once he loosened up we saw the "typical boy" type behavior from him - jumping up on curbs and benches to walk on them, and then at one point telling me that Gorilla's eat their own vomit...... great...... and wouldn't you know just as he is telling me that the Gorilla barfs and ....... well you know..... he was right.
After the zoo we ran to find him a Halloween costume because his saint of a foster mom is willing to have him come here on Thursday (I"ll meet her half way) and trick or treat. Then it is back to her house for the night. When our day was over and we drove back to the parking lot to meet up with her he looked a little down that the time was over. I think he was just getting the hang of things. The plan --- from the social workers point of view----- is for him to spend weekends here and then move in over Winter Break - before Christmas. If the boy and Brian have anything to do with it, it will happen sooner.
We feel so lucky to have been matched with him, and despite all of the waiting over the last 7.5 months of finished paperwork, we are thrilled to be moving forward.