Thursday, July 28, 2011
Also, I'm sure you're wondering why the post title says "MIA" in it. Well for the next 3 days or so, my mom and I will be "missing in action" from the blog. We've got A LOT to do this weekend.
Wishing you all a safe and fun filled weekend!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
- She can speak English - I'm talking full blast! She understand everything we say, unless it's a new word that she's never heard before. Then we just have to explain it.
- She can sing her A, B, C 's - And knows her letters. Every once in a while she might ask for help.
- If you tell her how to write a word, she can write it down. You just have to tell her what letters to write down in order.
- She definitely can write her name! She knows how to spell her full name as well.
- 'T' absolutely LOVES coloring! She stays in the lines very well, and enjoys coloring princesses.
- 'T' can pump on the swing all by herself, and often has little "races" with 'S' to see who can get the highest.
- She has recently learned to ride a two-wheel bike. Her and 'S' have learned that within the last month.
- She doesn't know how to read of course... but she can't wait to learn. My mom has started reading her the Junie B. Jones books. My mom reads them with correct grammar though.
- She can do puzzles, although she can get frustrated easily when pieces don't seem to fit together. We mostly have her use open-ended items, just to make things easier. (Things you can't do wrong).
Those are most of the things that I can think of right now. It's good to see 'T' enjoying her "Table Time" and all of the things in her bag. Just because she's learned so much in just one year, doesn't make things any easier. She's still a spunky little girl, who has a mind of her own. We've also realized that if she goes to bed with a little attitude, then she will wake up with an attitude. Just to say the least... today is one of those days.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Finally! Our forever family, July 23rd, 2010! I can't believe it... it seems just like a couple of days ago, I had met her for the first time, and gave her a hug for the first time. If you would like to see a few more pictures of our homecoming then just go to last years post right here!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Things you need:
1 zuichini (or more depends on how much you want to make)
1-2 eggs (again it depends how much you're making)
How to make it:
Start by heating a fry pan and lightly pouring the vegetable oil in the pan just to cover the bottom of it.
Next, you can start cutting the zuichini in medium slices, and putting them off to the side.
Then, take a handful of saltine crackers, put them in a plastic gallon sized bag, use a rolling pan or just your hands, and start crushing them.
Put the crushed crackers into a bowl, and also the egg(s) into another separate bowl and mix well.
Once your pan is heated you then take a slice of the zuichini, dip it into the egg, roll it in the crackers, and finally place it on the pan to cook.
Once each side is done to your liking flip it to the next side.
Continue until all of your cut slices of zuichini are made.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
In our house we call the orphanage the "sharehouse", because all the kids shared EVERYTHING you could think of. Clothes, toys, beds, and a whole lot more. Maybe they would "steal" things rather than share them, because when you're in an orphanage it's basically survival. The orphanage or "sharehouse" 'T' was at was called Shalom. Sadly because of some complications, our adoption agency does not work through Shalom anymore. :(
We've seen, and heard so many of 'T's friends from Shalom come home to America and we do stay in contact! One of 'T's BEST friends and her even got to Skype! They were both so excited to finally "see" each other again, and talk to each other. It was truly an amazing gift for both of them!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
We were in Africa one short year ago.
It changed us.
I desperately want the impact of our experience to remain forever.
To know JOY, HOPE & PEACE despite what society says our response should be to our circumstances.
We are abundantley blessed.
I Need Africa More than Africa Needs Me....
She was more beautiful than we dreamed… a sweet shy little girl, both nervous and anticipatory of the moments when “strangers” would come for her. She seemed familiar with the visits from the “new” mommy’s and daddies. It had only been a few weeks since she said goodbye to her dearest friend and the new family who had come to bring her home.
She was walked over to us, a few words spoken to her by a nanny, all of us surrounded by many excited energetic children –
Simultaneously, the moments were both wonderful & awkward… all very surreal!
It didn’t take long before she claimed us as her own & the backpack we carried along too – her curious little hands were exploring the contents in no time. She delighted in the “treasures” we brought – lollipops & bubbles for everyone, her very own sunglasses & sparkly ball to play catch with. She let a few friends try on her new glasses but only with her assistance and only for a brief second or two. She led children away from us, to claim our laps & attention for hers alone.
Our time together that first day slipped by quickly & before we knew it we were saying goodbye – Each of us aware, just a few days later we would be together again, and this time united as a family forever.
One year later ... it is harder than I could have ever imagined.
I'm jealous ... of those whose journey's seem to have fallen effortlessly into place.
And I want things to be easier.... We knew our start together would be difficult, we did not expect the intensity it would become a year later…
Friday, July 15, 2011
She was our little mischievous puppy that everyone, but mom wanted. So after months of begging we finally got our little Hattie! Somethings that we're told about her, and other random things we know:
1. Everyone says that it looks like she's wearing mascara or eyeliner because her eyes are darker and much prettier than other Golden Retrievers.
2. She's well trained, and listens.
3. She can do so many cool things... which my dad and I taught her. ex: high-five, hand-shake, sit, lay down, speak, hug, and more.
A few things we knew had to line up before there was a "Hattie":
1. To get my mom a little excited about a new puppy, it HAD to be a girl. She says they're much smarter. (no offense to any people who have boy dogs, they're just as special)
2. We found her in a newspaper ad-not an expensive petshop, with her other little siblings.
3. Her dad was a huge "stunt/frisbee champ" dog, and they lived on a farm.
5. We'll always love her, no matter how naughty she is!
Just a few short weeks after becoming part of our family :)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
On Friday I didn't even use a screen at all! I was so proud of myself! (sorry if that sounds a little self-centered or something.) I don't know about you, but when you don't have the opportunity to go onto something electronic you can do 2 things that I've noticed so far.
1. Your mind expands so much more, with things to do.
2. You can see how much people are sucked into their iPods or other things much easier.
So since I haven't had my iPod this what I've done:
1. I got the motivation to make an album - not a big one, but it was super fun. It was from last summer as we stayed with friends, while my mom and dad were in Ethiopia! (I hope to post it soon)
2. I had to watch a dog of a family I babysit for the weekend. (including walking up early, and it was really good for me.)
3. I got the opportunity to go to church with friends, and then babysit later on Sunday. :)
4. I've helped my mom a lot more around the house, because I wasn't looking at a "screen".
5. I also have read a lot more since I haven't had my iPod.
I know I've done a few more things, but I just can't think of them at the moment. I'm actually going to babysit a little girl right now!
Hope you all have an adventerous day!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wishing you all a healthy and productive day!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
- 'T' and 'S' had a soccer game on Monday
- Erin had a soccer game on Tuesday
- We also had ortho dentists app. on Tuesday (Erin and I have braces, but that's a different post)
- On Wednesday 'S' and Erin had soccer games, and I went to youth group ('T' had a hard day)
- On Thursday Erin had to travel with some friends to a far away game for soccer, and as you know we had a beach day with friends!
- 'J's game was cancelled on Thursday because it was so hot out.
- Yesterday, Friday, after all the heat started to cool down we got a very bad storm. It rained like crazy, hailed, and it was soooo windy. Then, after a power outage the tornado sirens went off. Luckily no one was hurt, and there was no reports of any tornados.
- Finally today, Saturday, Erin got up extra early with dad to go to a friend's house and spend the day, and now she's sleeping over.
- Dad worked so hard today... He volunteers to mow the cemetary where our baby girl 'L' is at. (with my help sometimes) Then he came home, and off to work to fix some machines because the power also went out at his work.
- My mom, the 3 youngsters, and I went to our grandma & grandpa's house to see a few cousins who were staying at their house. It was fun to watch them go on the slip-n-slide, (a.k.a. plastic grandpa pinned to the ground with the hose running on it) draw pictures, playing together, and enjoying some home-away-from-home time!
Friday, July 1, 2011
.........in our nice, cool, comfy, air conditioned home!! Playing with legos, watching a movie, napping, and I'm on the laptop. I know it sounds like a pretty lazy day, but sometimes those days are very good!
Hope you're all enjoying the hot day in a cool way!