Monday, June 29, 2009
21 pounds, easy folding and opening, holds up to 90 pounds, big storage, steers with one hand. I called and it was still there after 3 weeks of being listed! You better believe I loaded up the kids and went to try it out. I paid less than half for this barely used beauty. Sadly, I forgot my wallet at home! I only live about 3 miles away, so no big deal.
What a thrill to watch God providing for Hannah as we get really really close to her arrival. We did get some more information on our progress. Things are moving and we're closer than ever! Now, does anyone have a YukonXL or Suburban to sell?
We now officially have a boys room and a girls room. Of course, in all the rearranging, we found many treasures that, at the end, had no place to go but the trash. 3 Walmart bags of trash and 2 bags of clothes to donate came out of one room. Mounds of laundry got washed, dried, and put up, as well as vacuuming done. We washed both vehicles, checked out some camping equiptment for this week, and had a great time together through it all. I was so pleased with all we'd accomplished in one day. So grateful for everyone pitching in and making it happen.
When I put Samuel and Catherine to bed (Caleb needed a little extra attention since we moved his bed and added a bed to his room) they had big smiles on their faces. Samuel whispered, "I'm trying not to laugh!" He was so tickled about having a boys room. Catherine did have some trouble falling asleep. She's been with Samuel for 5 years now and had all this space to herself!
Funny thing is, today they have been playing so well with each other in their separate rooms with doors closed, going from one to the other. We've also added the signs of "No Girls" and "NO Boys" etc. We'll have to talk about that.
Now, if we can just get the girls' room painted, we should be about set.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
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I was able to get a 16GB memory card at Sam's yesterday. I have the capability of taking over 6000 pictures or 480 minutes of movies on one card. I was able to film some of their lessons today, practising for our trip. Now, to just get extra batteries. Thanks to an anonymous tip, I'll be better prepared.
Waiting patiently as some very important things are being done today. It's a big step closer to travel. Trusting God for favor and speed to accomplish this task.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Mary, who was so kind as to send us some traditional music earlier in our journey, sent us a cd-rom to help us learn the language better. I tell you what, hearing beats trying to pronounce on your own any day! There's a web site that has a variety of languages to learn. Another nice thing about it is that you can print out a picture dictionary! Worst case scenario, you can point to a picture which has the correct spelling in both languages and the phonetic spelling. Yesterday the kids had fun with it. Today, after talking to a friend who kindly encouraged me to not have this summer be just for projects, I decided to have some time by myself learning. I really do like learning new things and this could be a great way to have some "me" time with a benefit! I'll have something to do on the plane ride over, too! I actually think a good, long nap will be the best I could ask for on the plane.
Off to our next task of the day- quick errands, dance class, then celebrating a belated father's day with the family.
By the way, I didn't post on Father's Day because I was having too much fun having Buddy and Samuel back from their camp out and being a family. I'm really thankful for both my wonderful husband and my awesome Dad. Couldn't ask for better!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
So, off to Home Depot to lighten the paint, buy a new roller, and hopefully get at least one coat on before I call it a night.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Got me a little teary eyed when I saw these. She looks entirely too big, but oh, so happy.
Swimming lessons are going swimmingly this year. We weren't too sure about Catherine staying with Samuel in level 4, but she's hung in there. If only we knew our travel plans! I'd do another round to help her and a mommy and me for Caleb. I just hate to make mom do it. The kids do enjoy it and it would certainly take up a good chunk of the day....
Today is Catherine's first rehearsal for Sleeping Beauty. It's a good time for me to get errands done in town. This week has been really busy with running up to swim lessons in the am and then something in town in the afternoon. Really ready for next week when we'll only have 2 things in the afternoon and swim in the am.
Caleb has started calling trucks and cars "boom boom." He actually was crying yesterday because he couldn't find a big dump truck when we were headed for mom and dad's. Then, he found a Diego doll at their house and fell in love with "baby!" He walked around rocking it, saying "nigh nigh" and "Jesuth." On the way home he was kissing it and giving it a drink from his sippy cup. He spent a lot of time taking his cousins' Barbies and making crashing, smashing noises with them. It was quite entertaining for the adults. ALL boy. Monday we went to see my parents. When we met them, my mom was on the phone and had a report of some kind in her hand. Caleb saw it and said "d-e-f." We sing the abc's and I sign them. He anticipates letters and gets a big smile when it's time for "ZEE!" His little fingers are moving and trying to make the signs. I know there are some other fun things, but need to run at the moment. I'll remember to share with/bore you later.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
On to what-project-can-be-done-next? REALLY need to do laundry (didn't I just do 4 or 5 loads Saturday?) I'm going to attempt painting by myself on walls! Buddy is really great at straight lines and cutting in. I'm the prepper and roller. Never have the roles reversed. Should be fun! I'm also going to attempt painting trim. EEEH!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday while I was painting light fixtures, I took before pics with the video camera since my other camera quit (I had points from a credit card to order a new one, but didn't do it before the monitor died). I moved it out of the way so no overspray would get on it. Unfortunately, I put it on the grill and forgot about it. Friday am, we drove to a town about 35 miles away because a store was going out of business and had great deals. It rained really hard while we were driving, but stopped and we found some good things. However, upon returning home, I was going to take a picture of something and remembered what I'd done. Of course, it was dripping wet. Guilt, near panic, disgust at myself all came on me at once. I called Charissa who told me that Shelley told her to pack it in rice and put it in the freezer. I did, but when I pulled it out and saw all the ice crystals, I got concerned and just left it in the bag to see what would happen. Clicks and that was it. Buddy is not yet aware of this. I called a friend after hearing from JVC that it would be $65 just to look at it and could be the entire cost of a new camera to repair this one. Back in the freezer it went and will stay for a few days. Almost 4 hours of video and over 100 pictures are on it.
I also got a brown recluse spider bite on my leg Friday. Praise the Lord it was not serious. As soon as I saw it, I prayed over it and began doing what I knew to do to help it. I finally went to the Dr. today, but since it hadn't spread or gotten infected, he said to keep up what I was doing. When I got home I found a needle to start IV's from when I worked in the ICU. This was probably 7-10 years ago. The intent was asking Buddy to let me practice on him. Can you guess why it remained in my drawer, unopened all that time? Anyway, I got it out and dug out the little part that was black and all is lovely. I'd show you a picture, but....
Cooky weekend that could seriously destroy your joy and trust in the Lord. He's so faithful and has come through for us so many times before, I can't doubt Him now.
HOWEVER, we have had some news on our adoption. I can't give details at the moment, but I do believe something very exciting will be happening the end of this week/beginning of next.
Catherine had her ballet recital on Saturday, which ended up being a very long day for her- rehearsal and performance totalled about 5.5-6 hours, and me as a stage mom for some restless girls who had to stay in the black box for the entire performance! It was lovely, she thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd show you pictures, but... She will begin rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty this week. Very cool stuff.
There are many cute things to share about the kids, but I must go take care of Buddy who just got home from work at 9:20 pm!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Will post pics when I can. Just trust me for now that it's looking really good!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
When I got there, no busses were there yet, Caleb had fallen asleep, so I drove around for a few minutes until I saw other cars heading to the opposite side of the church. I kept watching for the kids to come out and scanned the crowd, unsure of how Catherine was doing. Sure enough, she was crying because she didn't see me. Where was Samuel? Off with some of his new friends and having a time. The whole way home, it was "Oh mom..." "Guess what mom..." "One of my friends...." This was one of my favorites. "When we get home can I take a shower? I didn't take one the whole time because the showers weren't closed very well and you could see in." "Wasn't it all boys in there?" "Yes, but you could still see." "That's the wonder of it being only boys. You all look pretty much alike and it's ok if you see something."
They had a blast and didn't stop talking for about 1.5 hours. There are still other stories to come, but it sounds like they had a blast. Swimming, canoeing, b-b guns, archery, zip line, very late nights, fun new friends. Just what you need to make lasting memories. As we were leaving (with someone else's sleeping bag) Catherine asked if we could do this next year.
Is my house as clean? Definitely not. Is my house as quiet? Not even close. Is there more hugging and joy? Most definitely. Glad they're home.
Friday, June 5, 2009
However, I've also been noticing less laughing, less hugs, less watching as they discover things. Now, it has been fun watching Caleb more closely and seeing him get to express himself more. I've had a chance to think of things I should do more of with the kids and plan how to implement that. More hugs, more praise, more encouragement, more time snuggling. More of what makes being a mom so great.
In 26 hours, they'll be home and things will not look the same around here in many ways. It was good for me, and I hope very memorable and life changing for them.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
After I got the potentially exciting news yesterday, I spent the majority of the day doing only laundry instead of doing the many things I really need to be doing. Wouldn't it be great to have someone come over to your house, tell you what things you need to do and help you figure out the best system for it? Dream day for me. Anyway, reality says- start making your list and hop to it! The kids will be gone starting tomorrow afternoon and I've made plans to take Caleb to a babysitter Thursday morning so I can paint dressers and do more in depth work. While the kids are away, many of their "treasures" may go away too!
I'll keep you posted!