Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Preperations

As we prepare for Easter this Sunday, my children and I have been getting ready to celebrate this Holy Day!  We made Easter terrariums for our dining room table, colored eggs, and each night we open a couple more eggs out of the resurrection basket (each egg holds and item that helps tell the story of Jesus last week here on earth).  Later on in the week we will have a glow in the dark egg hunt, egg a few peoples homes (not the kind of eggs you are thinking of-plastic eggs filled with candy), make resurrection cookies, talk about Jesus and his mission.  Frank's family returned this afternoon after being in Texas for two week.  They will return to Germany on the 3rd.  It will be wonderful to be able to spend Easter with them.  Wishing you a wonderful Easter holiday!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Little Moments

It's life's little moments that matter the most!
Today we got exciting news
We are officially LID!
What's that?
LID means China has seen and approved your paperwork.
You have the green light to adopt!
We are logged in and waiting now patiently
to be matched with our daughter.
I have butterflies in my stomach!
Good butterflies
I am so excited!
(Top collage) Harris and Winston at Andretti
Winston leading the flag ceremony at the Blue and Gold Banquet Cub Scouts
Winston wins another chess trophy
Harris makes a wish
Belt Loops
(Bottom collage)  digging in
chef Roman
ready to catch a leprechaun
A stacked rainbow
Roman gets into rainbow fever

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Two Thumbs Up!

Always looking in love with chocolate!
Always in love with brownies!
get two thumbs up!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Addy is now 21 months!   She is spunky and strong willed.  Therapy is helping.  She is starting to eat some foods with texture.  She talks all the time, but we have no idea of what she is talking about.  She started going to day care two days a week to help give her more structure and help her with her sensory issues.  She loves it!  I love being able to get a few things done, but am not enjoying her first stomach bug as a result of going to daycare.  She has been throwing up all evening.  Poor baby!

Hair this child has lots of it and still hasn't had her first haircut.  I don't know what to do!  I am afraid to cut it because I am afraid of losing her curls and her curls are so apart of her.  It is now long enough to put into pig tails.  Most of the time it is a crazy mess.   One of these days she will get her first haircut, but for now I love her curls too much to chance that cutting them might be the end of curls.

Friday, March 15, 2013

March Weekend and Other Happenings

Shamrock Shake, Irish Cream, and Irish Car Bomb
You want to know something?
I ate all three and I didn't share!
They were good!
Spring is Here!

Irish Lamb Stew
And a string of Shamrocks

 The other day, I got an e-mail from my sons English teacher stating that our son had submitted a poem to a magazine for publication and it if we would give our permission they would like to publish it.  I was just about floored because my son hated this assignment, and if I remember correctly a few tears where shed writing it.  I believe he may not have gone to bed until two in the morning.  While he enjoys reading, he does not like writing and if he had his way would clearly stick to all classes that point towards engineering.  I am proud.  Maybe their is a little Irish poet in him after all given my side of the family come from Ireland.

The Kaleidoscope  of  Colors
Crimson, yellow, blue, and green
Dancing beneath the golden light of the moon
They move with elegance
The heat pulses towards me
Blankets me from cold
Mesmerizing, comforting, calming
We forget
We trust
Like innocent children
We are naive
A blanket of warmth now gone
Destroys, ruins, and raze
Innocent lives lost
Dreams, homes, memories
Now we remember
Who has the power
       By Harris

Addy is now going to therapy for her feeding issues.  She has been diagnosed with sensory integration disorder.  She is hyperactive sensitive to things like textures, touch,  and noise.  While she will taste just about everything swallowing it down is a different story.  She eats less than a bird.

We have been invited to go to Greece this summer for a wedding.  I so want to go.  We are still thinking about it!  I am crossing my fingers.

Winston went to see Oz the Great and Powerful with his Nana.  He really like it!  I am still on the fence on whether or not I want to see it.  The original always scared me.  I hated the flying monkeys. 

This week I watched a wonderful documentary called Somewhere Between.  The movie is about 4 or 5 different girls who have been adopted from China and their journey finding their place in the world.  Parts of it were heartbreaking; especially, when one of the girls discusses being abandoned.  I am trying to prepare for the day when our daughter will have questions about where she came from.

Today I really enjoyed our 75 degree weather.  It was so wonderful not to have to wear a coat today. Well, it has been a long day and I am off to bed.  Tomorrow we will celebrate with some friends the adoption of their baby.  A leprechaun trap will be made an if we have time some green play doh with gold glitter, and we are still patiently wait for our documents to get logged into the system in China. Just got word our documents left today for china! Yahoo! One step closer. So excited! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Feet "Corner view"

 Little Feet in Patent Leather Shoes
 Yummy Bare Baby Feet
Soft Footed Pajama Feet
and a Giant Big Smile

I love baby feet! Want to know something about me? I get grossed out over big feet! Always have since I was a little girl, so I am not the person to give you a foot rub. A back rub yes, but not a foot rub.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Gang Snap Shot Sunday

While Harris Birthday was last week, he had his party yesterday.  Cake, Pizza, xbox, and a trip to the local movie theater to see Jack and the Giant Slayer.  Harris spent the night with his best friends who are such awesome teenagers.  I am so happy that my son has such great friends and friends who make great choices.  I know my son will continue to make great choices because his friends are going to make awesome choices.  I am greatful! I am blessed!
Ni Hao Yall

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hands "Corner view"

Originally, I was intending to post a photo of my mother's hands. She always has either a crochet hook in her hand or knitting needles. I don't think there is a day that goes by that she isn't working on something; however, the opportunity did not arise that I could get a photo of her performing these task this week. Then I remembered this video with this song. It is beautiful. I usually do not post much on my blog about religion not because I am  embarrassed by my religion nor am I embarrassed that I am religious, but my testimony of God is so special to me that I just get uncomfortable talking about it. I know not everyone that reads this blog is religious or that you may have a different religious affiliation than I do, and I respect that. When I think of hands I think of the service they provide. We have all been given different talents which have been given to us to benefit ourselves and to be a blessing to others. Do you remember when Hilary Clinton wrote the book called It Takes a Village in 2006? Basically, she spoke of how our service to others ;especially, to children was in desperate need and that we can not raise a great nation without each of us helping each other. I am so grateful to the many wonderful people who filled in the gap. My mother worked and was a single parent for many years before getting married again. I was so blessed to have so many wonderful people bless me by watching over me when it wasn't always convenient. I know I woudn't be where I am today if it wasn't for these people and for that I am very grateful.  I think sometimes we think we have to something grand when we think of service, but it doesn't have to be.  It could be something so simple as taking time to talk to the check out clerk at the grocery store, a smile to someone as they walk by, taking a meal to a mother who just had a baby or to someone who is sick, or offering to watch someone's child so they could run an errand, and while these acts are so simple the impact is great. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Invasion of Star Wars and the Ground Won

You can't tell by this photo, but Roman's eye on the right is all black and blue.
He also has a big old goose egg under those bangs.

March started off with a bang as we spent Friday night in the ER.  Roman fell at school as he was just about to get on the bus.  I guess another child stepped on the heal of Romans shoe and he fell forwards.  He was holding his backpack, so he didn't have his arms to use to break the fall. He hit his head on the ground pretty good.  He got a good goose egg, scratches on  his forhead and nose, his eye is completely black and blue and it is also swollen to the point he can almost not see out of it.  He was acting funny, so I felt we better go to the ER just to make sure it wasn't something more serious.  He has a mild concusion.  Poor kid!   His papa felt so bad for him that he bought him a large Lego Star Wars set.  Roman is totally into Star Wars these days.

We celebrated Harris birthday by ordering Chinese from a new restaurant down the street and I made him and ice cream cake.  He will go to the movies with his friends this up coming weekend.

Currently, I am reading a book called Chinese Cinderella.  At first I thought the book had some connection to adoption, but it is about a woman who is growing up in China during the 40's.  I am loving it!

Last week I went to see the movie Safe Haven, it was so good.  It was worth the wait!

Winston and I went on a one on one date this past week.  We went to see Escape From Planet Earth.  It was so cute and funny.

As if loosing my husbands passport and Roman's injury wasn't enough, I blew the front wheel tire out as I turned to hand something to Addy who was sqawking in the backseat.  Since bad things happen in threes, I am hoping that is it for a while.
Counting down the days till our paperwork heads to China.  They should be done translating our paperwork either Friday or Early next week.  Can't wait for the call to say they have a child for us! 

Well, I hope your weekend was a lot quieter than ours.  Happy Sunday!