Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

As I sit here tonight waiting to ring in the New Year, my thoughts are on a friend who has given me bad news today. My prayers of healing be with you my friend, I am so sorry for the illness that has befallen you but a stronger woman, I do not know. So it is fight time, and I will be here for you. We will not give up!

The children have spent their time off in different ways. Playing with their new toys, mainly that Nintendo DS is getting a work out from Miss Kitty. Apparently these smart children can link the DS's together and play against each other in the games. Don't ask me how they do it, makes me feel old and dumb. Donovan is enjoying his camcorder and train set. C is mastering that wicked skateboard, no broken bones yet. The Barbie cash register is a great gift, even the boys have played with it (the older ones) but don't tell them I told :)

We got a good snow last night and then icy roads on top of it. It wasn't very nice as we planned to go visit our Min sister, Narissa :( Boy, were we bummed. She only gets to our area a few times a year and since Kat and her clearly recall being crib mates, we love to see them together here and sharing each other again. So we had to postpone to another time.

The boys went and got some coffee, cocoa, cappuccino from the local convenience store, it is free on Christmas and New Year's Eve so they have to go and act like total pigs. They will be all caffeined up to stay awake, since they aren't usually allowed caffeine they will be bouncing off my walls soon.

We visited this week with my mom, my second mom, my grandma and other family. We had a great time at my second mom's with a yummy dinner and visiting with my cousin and her family. Also C's sister came and spent a night here, Kat was cozied up to her as soon as she got here. They were fast buddies.

I thought about taking down all the Christmas stuff today but then didn't. I like for it to last as long as possible and I can get away with a few more days till it needs to go away. It's a relief it's over but sad that it goes by so very fast.

Not to much else going on, just waiting to see the New Year in, wondering what this New Year will bring us. We have been so blessed this year, it's hard to think anything could top this!

As I hear the girly giggles from downstairs and think of all the fun we are having with our girl, it's just incredible the love we have for her and her for us! I posted a picture of her a year ago waiting for the New Year and the other day in her jammies. More hair, more language, some Kat-i-tude and lots of joy- that's what a year's difference has made. We love you Kitty Kat forever and more.

Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas cheer

Our Christmas was WONDERFUL! We had such a FUN time. I love having all these kids, wow, are they a blast. We had our 5 plus my niece (Debbie) and her daughter, Jada, Jay ( #2 son) and Derrik (#1 son) come in after working night shift.

Camden was up at 5 am, crawled in with us with his freezing cold limbs searching out my nice warm fluffiness to warm him- YIKES!

We got up at 7, waited till 7:20 for Derrik to arrive and had to wake Kat and Jada, Jay, Malaree and Debbie. They raced down the steps and it was like a circus. Controlled chaos. Kat ended up in a chair covered by presents as she is slow going, in the present wrapping business. They older kids were all thrilled with their stuff. I think C will never be the same after his first wild Christmas spent with us :) He was very happy with his Ripstick skateboard, just 2 wheels that also swivel, he had to go our immediately to try it as I envisioned a fast trip to the ER for his broken head. But he is good, he managed not to hurt himself and even ride it some.

Kat opened her gifts, she got a DS game opened first and said "Oh Strawberry Shortcake, I love it" and didn't even realize it was a DS game, so when she opened the Nintendo DS (in pink, of course) she FLIPPED> she squealed with delight and said "Oh, Santa, thank you, thank you!" It is her favorite gift. Donovan got a huge train set and a camcorder, he was worried when he could not find any of his gifts to open, but they were there. Malaree got an IPOD, that was about all except a pair of jammies stating "My boyfriend is NO Prince Charming" with little frogs with crowns all over them - Ha ha!

The older kids got more useful stuff, Derrik a vacuum, Jay a shaver set and poker card set, Brandon a watch and flashlight. Camden got his beloved Pokemon cards, I had thought I was beyond those but no, alas, another generation of the craziness continues. The older boys brought him the ones they had collected over the years and had left, so he was sooooo happy. He also got a Pocket Rocket, Miss Kat is on it in the picture, even though it's not her gift!

My brother called us from Japan in the midst of the chaos and we got to share the fun with him. We miss having his family here but it seemed like he was just across town when he is able to call and share such special times. It really made my day.

We felt so blessed that all the children were happy, everything worked, nothing had to be returned, and we didn't charge one penny of Christmas buying. We were very good to stay in budget and right on with Santa's list of things for each one. Such a fun morning.

We had our ham dinner at noon, Grandma Y came in and we enjoyed a good meal. Pumpkin pies for dessert. I put the ham in the night before on very low and it was wonderful. We had just finished up the dishes and clean up and was considering a nap when the phone rang and it was my work. I was to be on call for 33-11 and 11-7 shifts. I was needed- ahhh! So I went to work but was able to come home and be on call after 11 pm. So it wasn't too bad. I was pretty tired but we had a Christmas baby girl born. Just a lovely reminder of the precious baby Jesus' birth.

My grandmother, age 95, visited us yesterday, she is the only living grandparent I have left. It was wonderful to see her and see the spunk she still has going on. She enjoyed the kiddos and we talked of Christmas' past when we went around visiting all of my dad's brothers and we all would leave everything under the tree to "show" when people came. Funny to think of that now.

Today we have C's sister here staying for them to have some time together and see what kind of life each other has in their foster homes. She is in a different home and doing well. But she misses her brother. He is going to stay a night with her in her foster home next week. She is enjoying the little ones, although I am sure they would annoy her after a while :) Kat hasn't left her alone since she got here.

I have to share a recipe with everyone. It's called Winter Trail Mix. It's super easy, I make it for all those hard to buy for people, neighbors, mailman, bus drivers for the kids, teachers, etc. My family LOVES it, and I LOVE how easy it is.
Winter Trail Mix

2 cups Cheerios (generic brands are fine)

2 cups Rice Krispies

1/2 jar unsalted peanuts

3/4 bag pretzel sticks ( 16 oz. bag)

3 bags white chocolate chips

Christmas colored M & M's, one bag

Place everything in a cake pan. Heat at 200 degrees for 30-45 minutes ( do not make higher temp to speed up time or white chocolate will burn) then mix together, add colored M & M's, then spread out on a cookie sheet. Cool. Break apart and bag. Serves 10-15 people, stays fresh in airtight containers or bags for up to 2 weeks. YUMMY.

We are enjoying the gifts everyone got us and the kids are playing with everything.
A fantastic ending to this year for all of us and hopefully all of you! We love you all. Thanks for being here for us :)

Here's Kat enjoying her favorite gift, must work better for her this way??

Saturday, December 22, 2007

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas is........ there to be no more orphans. I know, I know, this is an impossible wish. But if one by one they are adopted till there are no more.... wouldn't that be amazing.

I have had in my heart since we came home with Kitty Kat, the idea that WOW- I want to do this again! Since we were focusing on our family and getting Kat settled we have done little except think about doing it again- someday. We felt as she deserved her time to be secure in her place as the baby. I do not care to touch that security with a ten foot pole :)

No, I have in my thoughts and prayers, a child of older age, maybe 9,10, 11 that is a China girl, Haiti, Columbia, foster??? I do not know. I have asked God to lead us to her. Wherever she may be. My first thought is another China girl, for the simple reason of staying within one culture of learning, as I feel the need to teach our China girl as much as I possibly can about her heritage. But skin color to us is not a factor, so I do not rule out other countries or even our foster care bringing us a child to adopt.

I can only imagine a child, of any color, wanting a forever family, maybe standing and watching as all the cute babies go to forever families, thinking she is too "old" to ever be wanted. We want you precious child, to be blessed by you as a part of our family. Hubby is even on board, we just need FUNDS. So we are holding off, waiting for God to show us the who and the how :)

It would be so nice, as I am sure ANY adoptive family will tell you, to have a money tree, sugar daddy, lottery jackpot to pull out every time a "fee is due"- in reality this is not happening and it isn't free to adopt. If love counted we would be rich!

I liked a story I read in a book a dear friend (Suzy) sent me that was so neat, a girl adopted from China came home from school and said a boy asked her "how much she cost." And the mom replied "all babies cost money, it costs to go to the hospital and have a baby, fees are involved, paperwork, care, etc." Made me really think.

We can consider foster to adopt, if our child is there. But my heart is first and foremost drawn to ORPHANS, something you rarely find in the U.S. foster care system. We are foster parents so we KNOW how it all works. Too often it's the PARENTS these kids have that can't/ won't/aren't able to cope with raising their child.
I am very close to our foster son, he has made such great personal strides here, we are proud of him. The girl aged out and moved out, she was safe and secure here. She was putting in time and we knew it.

This is a far cry from being orphaned at birth due to being a girl, or being so poor you have no food to eat and your mom takes you to the orphanage to try to spare your life. Or your parents die in war or from AIDS.

Foster children come with a set of BIG issues that we lovingly take on, but can be terribly frustrating. But we are wiling to take on whatever God has in store for us. We love our children, they are fun, they are a handful, but they bring us great joy. They are the future. They are a neat group of kids- each one special. WE consider them a blessing from God, one that we hope we deserve and honor Him in His gift.
I'd love to post the pictures of Kat with C- they got pictures together and separate for his family gifts, they are so sweet, but as he is a foster child I am not allowed to.

So if it's God's Will we hope and pray that we will continue to foster and help children in need this coming year and maybe give an orphan a chance for a forever family. We'll just have to see :)

One by one, till there are no more orphans......... I'll take 2 please, since the blessed child we have been honored with to raise is an amazing and wonderful little girl, how could we NOT want to add another?

Prayers be with all the orphans of the world tonight.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

6 days till Christmas

It's 6 days till the big one. We have done the Christmas program at school. I have worked the last time till Christmas. Everything is wrapped. I think, I think I am prepared.

I have a few pictures to get frames for as gifts and my dinner stuff. Otherwise we are counting down the days and enjoying the childrens' excitement. It's so fun to be blessed with little ones that still believe in Santa and even the big ones are excited too.

Miss Kat was in her Scooby Do jammies and playing, then she got into trouble. She is trying to explain WHY she hit her Gie Gie Don-o-bin and still deserves to have the Nintendo DS show up under her tree. Such a turd.
We went to work today just for a meeting and CPR re- certification and she was totally amazed by the tiny 3 lb baby twin boys we have. Red headed like Camden and she said "too tiny for Kat to hold." Yes, too tiny. Sorry Kat. She'll have to stick to her dolls :)

We stopped off and saw the foot doctor that we know that has a China girl. He said she was growing and needed to come see his girl. I mentioned something about Kat being labeled "Special Need"- ha ha, that her toe was the issue and showed it to him. He said " I will fix it for her, for free." I was shocked. This was not a consultation, just in the hallway, talking about our China girls! We LOVE her toe, as it is. I would have to really consider doing anything to her toe. I think if it embarrassed her or hurt her then I would want to fix it as best we could.
Kat is having a hair issue. Her bangs are thin, they have breakage going on. I do not pull her bangs up into her piggy tails, I HAVE to put something in her hair other wise it grows straight down in her face. Doesn't try to part at all to the sides. But I don't put her bangs up and yet they are breaking off. I hope it's a temporary thing and they come back in full, they seem to be growing and I hope moisturizing her hair is helping. It's not terribly noticeable unless you look for it but I certainly do not want anymore of it to break off. I'm sure our dry winter air isn't helping matters.
Both Camden and Kat got to go have their parties at the sitter's. They had a ball getting all sugared up and getting their gifts. Camden got a Playstation game and Kat got a Dora backpack that she just loves. It has a "map" and she tells you what all the things on the map are then sings the "map" song.
She is a singing and happy girl, eager to see her 2nd Christmas with her forever family. 6 days to go girl!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Any one else nuts about now?

The kids are home from school, yippee yeah. It's freezing rain and sleet outside, a nice coating of the stuff, so I can't even send them out to "play" without risking the dirty looks of the neighbors. Darn. We are expected to get a few inches of the ice coating with a snow storm coming this weekend too.

So far Camden has complained Donovan gave him a "wet willy" (what is that?) and Kat is fussing since she isn't thrilled she must behave to get her "pink DS" from Santa. She decided last weekend she wasn't going to behave any longer and she didn't WANT the pink DS any longer. So there to YOU, 'ol Santa. She has since changed her mind, although she is frustrated with the amount of time it is taking the old man to get here!

Camden was taking some pictures for me the other day, I wanted some of Kat and I together and he snapped this one of me kissing her. Is her expression not priceless? Like, ohhhh, I am sooooo loved by my momma and I know it. Too cute :)

I got all my wrapping done and am nearly done with the cards and finishing stuff for the holiday. PHEWW. This year we feel blessed and thankful for all that we have.

What does everyone want? The big kids always ask for $$. Ha Ha to them, mom likes to shop and spend that $$. C wants a skateboard. Malaree wants an IPOD, Dono-bin wants a train set, Camden wants a all kinds of things, and Kat wants her pink DS, of course, along with everything she sees on TV.
Anything girly, that is. Dora kitchen, furry animals, anything with girls playing she says " you get that for me?" and I give the standard, " we'll tell Santa and see." To which she says " okay" and giggles.
H will be leaving us next week as she turns 18. She is moving on with her adult life and we wish her well. Kat will miss her painting her nails (green and red right now for Christmas) and I will not know how to act with a phone free for my use at any time :)
For today though, my world is lego building, fighting over the TV's, hot cocoa, snuggling in and enjoying my life. Doesn't get better than this. Is it nap time yet?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Shopping, Shopping

It's Christmas time and shopping is the word. I saw a lovely sign at a Wendy's saying "Happy Birthday Jesus", Kudos to Wendy's for that. He's the Reason for the Season. Let's not forget that.

Miss Kat went shopping - although for groceries on Thursday so I am NOT depriving the child of her shopping fixes, no nasty e-mails- please. Yesterday when Baba came home early for us to go do the "big one" she started to fuss then I told her we had to talk to Santa and make sure he was getting her the pink DS and if she went along he wouldn't talk to us. She settle right down and was FINE about not going!

We accomplished much, even had a dinner out to ourselves!!! WOW, I thought I should be cutting up someone's meat, wiping a nose, something, let me tell you Baba didn't appreciate my efforts to "help him get to the bathroom". Oops. My mommy mode forgot to turn off.

Apparently Malaree can't understand the meaning of "mom and dad OUT together" as she must call us to check up on us numerous times when we go anywhere alone together. She'll be the one we call when we are old and can't find our teeth, so it's good to know which one cares enough to call often:) Paybacks are fun, Mal, just remember that.

Our shopping is done even though we looked at the haul when we got home and were shocked, as we usually are, at the actually amount of bags we had for all that $$$. Sad, we used to have to make many trips to get it in, this was only 2 trips. But they are blessed children, technology has even made diapers smaller in size so no wonder all their pricey toys are so small. We are thankful we are able to provide them with a nice Christmas, that they know why we celebrate Christmas and the joy will be felt here.

I took Miss Kitty to see her Great Grandma, my father's mom, as she is in the hospital. Gram asked that Kat come see her at home. I think Kat misunderstood her that she would have to go the hospital aka- doctor's and she said "no, no thank you." Gram just loved her, she was talking about a 5 generations picture with my niece's child being her only great-great grandchild and Kat said " I want be great great" with the cutest pout. Grammy got a good laugh out of that and said "okay, you can be," making Kat all smiles again. Gram is doing well for her age and is spunky as ever.

So now I just have to wrap that haul and try to keep my irrational fear of the house catching on fire and ruining everything in check. It's seems to get me every year after we manage to pull off buying for all these kids and are done, that "what if" and the 5- yes FIVE house fires within blocks of us in the past month are not helping my paranoid state.

I did dress Kat in the same dress and hat that was so adorable last year in her picture, I was lucky enough to find a pair of velour pants with the same print so she is wearing the dress still, just as a long shirt. It's so cute on her and I wanted to post pictures of her in it last year and this year. What a change! You can see that Kat- i- tude shining right on out of her, huh?
She's so incredibly gorgeous, hubby said last night as we shopped for her, "she is the prettiest girl to ever come out of China."
There's a Baba in love with his girl, if you ever heard one, huh?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

No shopping today

Miss Kitty was getting dressed today and declared- "We go shopping." When I burst that bubble for her she cried and cried. She was wanting to GO.
She even said last night at bedtime - "we fogot somebin ( forgot something) today mom, go shopping." The nerve of me to NOT go shopping for 2 days in a row.

It took some coaxing and thank goodness for Yo Gabba Gabba (never thought I'd utter those words) for her to settle down. She doesn't care that I have 6 loads of laundry to do and that I am a scrooge when it comes to buying anything in December- even a deodorant could be a stocking stuffer :)

She will be even madder when she finds out Baba and I are going on Friday and Saturday to shop and hopefully finish the gift buying fun. Hope Grandma comes prepared to block that fit.

We got to go to the mall and she talked with Santa last week so then when we went to a party for the foster kiddos Saturday we got a bit of a "oh no" moment when Kat decided she was getting her pink DS she had asked Santa for. YIKES> to prevent meltdown I explained to her that she had to get her pink DS under our Christmas tree at home, and she was very happy with the pony he got her. She even went back up to him and thanked him. Donovan said she now knows what she is getting- I think at age 4 and you ask for one thing you pretty much can be excited and happy still to get it:)

We got a letter from our wonderful China grandma, Po Po. They are doing well, but for arthritis. It is winter there too, but not near as cold as here. They have never seen snow and I am trying to think how to describe what it is like. I think the most amazing thing to us living in a small town, is the quiet, serene atmosphere that prevails even in town. Just the scraping of the snow plow once in a while, the distant motor of someone's snow blower, but it's so QUIET. Just a really special time. I actually go out to shovel on purpose to enjoy the beauty of it.

So far none of that beauty has found it's way here, we have had the wind blowing for 2 days, rain, snow flurries, some ice even but no pretty snowfall. Maybe for Christmas it will come. We'll have to see.

Oh by the way- 21 days till Christmas-ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Stop the clock!

Can anyone tell me where my time goes? A week since I posted and I am hurrying to get this up as Survivor is coming on :) I'm hoping Todd wins and that Courtney, please send her home before some of her bones come poking right on out of her skin- yuck.

Can you believe that there are only 26 days till Christmas left? So much to do!
I am still not flipping that I have barely scratched the surface of buying Christmas for 9 kids. I think someone is lacing my food with Ativan:) If so, please continue to do so with my blessing- ha ha!

Miss Kat has been a busy girl, shopping today with brother Derrik to help him get everyone bought Christmas gifts for. She stopped off to see Santa- she was so tickled to see him, and she told him she wants a DS, in PINK! That's a Nintendo DS, as she has been stealing Camden's for some time now and causing trouble for it. So hopefully Santa will help out to keep them from fighting over Camden by bringing Kat a "pink DS." I have posted a picture of her playing Camden's DS "on the sly" and getting caught. Not that it fazes her a bit to be caught.

Last week it was nice enough to go out in the leaves C was trying to rake, not sure what got into him but he ASKED to go out and rake. So they went out to "help" ending up in his piles, spreading them everywhere. Someone forgot to tell them they weren't able to "make angels" in leaves since that's what they said they were doing. They were having a blast though. This week is supposed to end in storms, of the winter variety, so maybe we will have some of the white stuff for them to play in and make their angels.

Kat got a flu shot this week, don't want to have her sick as she was last winter. While at the doctor's she was weighed and measured. She is now 39 inches- up from 35 when we brought her home (October 2006) and 29 lbs. She was 23 3/4 before. She falls into the 40th percentile for her height, and the 5th percentile for her weight. So she is growing and it cracks me up that everyone says "oh I remember when you brought her home as a baby," -it was just over a year ago and she has grown so much she looks like the toddler she is now. Such a difference for the good. She is healthy, strong and well.

We have to have her titers checked for her immunizations. We found out that many of the children from QinZhou have come up with no immunity from their shots. So she has an appointment next week for that. She did have some shots when we got home but we have to start the Hep A series with her now.

The kids were so anxious to open the gifts Uncle Mark and Aunt Karen sent in this week, it's deer hunting season here and Uncle Mark is on the homestead hunting. Look at the funny faces they were making trying to convince me that it would be okay to open them now. Needless to say, I did not cave:) The gifts are under the tree teasing them each and every day. Such a mean mommy.

I'm going back to the addressing of Christmas cards. Lots to do, oh my.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Much to be Thankful for

In our Thanksgiving time this year, we have so much to be thankful for. I'd start a list but I'd be here all day :)

We had a fun day turkey eating, stuffing, gravy, yams, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, mixed veggies, bread, cranberry sauce, cherry, shoo fly, pumpkin, and apple pie. Plus a pumpkin roll. WOW- we had so much to eat.

Grandma came in and the boys are all trailing in as they can. Derrik just demolished a good portion of the leftovers, he works night shift this week so his meal was supper.

We can't have a holiday without incident so since this was one of the few that some one isn't sick (usually mom) we had the excitement in the form of a cut thumb of Malaree, we thought it might require stitches, but I doctored her up with steri strips and she is going to be hurting from that.

Otherwise a windy, rainy day, but good food, family and a warm home and we are feeling extremely blessed this Thanksgiving Day.

Monday, November 19, 2007

You Know your Daddy loves you when.......

Miss Kitty is very much a momma's girl but when it comes to daddy, she thinks he is something special. As we all do. Funny enough when we came from China knowing Daddy was Baba in Chinese we all started calling him "BaBa" and have continued, even some of the foster kiddos call him that, but Kat calls him "Daddy."

But Daddy aka Baba is one special kind of dude. When we first met up again after being each other's first loves at age 14 and 16, we were grown, had kids and a few divorces under our belts. I just remember knowing he was still that sensitive wonderful man I knew years ago when we were dating and he was allowing his girl to paint his fingernails and toenails, just 'cause she wanted to. She even would paint him a a fake nail on his cut off finger.

So needless to say when H thought Kat would enjoy a lipstick kit and came home with it, all the boys took off from her, all but Daddy. Daddy allowed her to gloss his lips, much to her delight and she even declared him "boot- te-full."

I had the strangest conversation so far with my girl this morning. I was getting ready for the day, putting on makeup when she took of with the blusher and I said "give me that back." She says " I aln't like be girl mommy." I said " huh?" She says " I aln't like be girl, I want be boy." GREAT- I am thinking at this point- Excuse me God is this a joke on me? HELLOOO I'm the mom with 6 BOYS already!!! So I ask her, "why you want to be a boy, I like you as a girl." I think she will say she wants to be like Camden or something but no my serious child comes off with "girls' die." HUH? Girls die? Did I hear her right? Yep. That's what she said and when I said "girls don't die faster than boys."She was done and on to the next thing of her morning. Just like that.

So did she see something on TV, did she hear something that she thinks girls' die? I am left to ponder what that was, in one of the MANY, MANY moments my children have decided to give me cause to wonder what they are thinking, if they need help, if they are just spouting out things for no reason, if they saw something, heard something, are having dreams or nightmares......... worry me sick, why don't ya??????? And it's probably nothing. No wonder Miss Clairol has to help me cover all the white hair.

I'm cooking for Turkey Day, it will be sweet smelling in my household. All the kids usually come in as they can, it makes for a nice day, lots of good food, family and for Baba, some football. I really enjoy a lazy Thanksgiving Day, no rushing around and leftovers can't be beat. I'm making pumpkin pies and cherry :) Yum Yum!

This morning after Camden went on the bus Kat curled up in my lap and we watched a Sponge Bob episode I think I've seen 3 times or so now and she laughed and we snuggled and she told me she loved me, I told her I love her and there is nothing better than that. Wow, it's just pure love. I don't know how it gets any better than this:)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tooth Fairy Alert

Yes, it finally happened. Camden lost a tooth. At age 7 and 2 months he is a late one. He has fussed and been so mad that EVERYONE has lost their teeth, sometimes 2 or more a WEEK last year in his class and not a one of his were loose, but now it's begun. He looks so cute with his little gap there. Our boy is growing up.

Our wild cat daughter, Miss Kat, got sent home from gymnastics, no future as the next world champion for the USA for her. She BIT a girl in the behind, tushie, butt, hind end, whatever you want to call it. Kat was poking this girl and when told to stop or she would have to go home, she YELLED "no" and turned and bit. Now, knowing my girl as I do, she gets angry and then bites things, mainly pillows, blankets, referring back to her orphanage crib days, when she was given a piece of cloth to comfort herself and I am sure she bit it. She also bites her blankets when going to sleep, not really biting, she just puts the edge in her mouth. So I figure she meant to turn and bite whatever was available in cloth covering and this girl's tushie was it. Yikes. Kicked out of class.

She hasn't bit anyone ever on purpose except Camden who was taunting her, but she has accidently bit before, she did this in China to poor Baba when we got her overly excited at bedtime and were wrestling around on the beds and she rolled over him and chomp- bit him HARD> on the leg. She was very upset when she was told she could not EVER bit anyone again, she attempted to drop her corn dog on the floor in protest of her anger but that didn't fly with Mom. She was sternly warned she was to NEVER do that again and she bawled. It's been an ornery kind of day!

We are all done decorating for Christmas, yes, I am one of those, who decorate super early, but then I have so much shopping to do! I'm still freaked out by the 9 kids to shop for but I do have some good ideas for the majority of them. I guess my stress level is showing, in the form of 2 not so nice cold sores. Now it seems to me if we can get a man/woman to the moon, why, oh, why is there no way to cure the nastiest cold sore virus??? Kat is thrilled that our Crit- mas tree is up and telling everyone who comes in the door, "look, lookie, Crit-mas tree!" She remembers well what that is about:)

Kat was checking out her teeth in the mirror today, I can just see what is coming- "why can't MY teeth fall out and I get mongee?" Oh boy. She was all dressed up to go to school for the fun turkey dinner meal with Camden, she loves to go to school for any reason so she was very excited. She will be more than happy to climb on that school bus as momma cries her eyes out- hopefully though she will not snack on anyone's behind if she gets mad at school.....I can just hear the phone ringing now..."Is this Kat's mom? You will need to come get her again today"................

Saturday, November 10, 2007

November Meyhem

We have been sooo incredibly busy. I have had my work pick up since 2 people quit, not great for me. I like to be home as much as possible with my girl. She misses me. We noticed that she stutters sometimes, this seems to increase when I work more. So it's obviously a stress to her for me to work too much. But then I need to work to keep her in shopping trips, today she came home after we shopped most of the day and she CRIED because she had cream colored bunny slippers, not PINK slippers. Oh wow, I thought, how spoiled can you get in a year? Pretty spoiled if you ask me!

Today's shopping was NOT about her though, C and H needed coats. Winter coats as it is freezing cold here, it even snowed this week, but not enough to stay around or lay on the ground but it was pretty to see :) We've been talking about getting out the Christmas stuff, it seems to get earlier and earlier each year we feel the push, the calendar barely said November and Christmas music was playing in a store which freaked me out. I'm not ready to think of buying Christmas gifts for 9 kids!!!
I do usually have more bought ahead by this time of the year than I do now, but curiously enough, I am not concerned. I am getting so mellow with hitting 40 I am scaring myself.

But today was just for coats, I even found one for me. C got a great deal on his, he got to turn in his old, gently used coat and got a 25% discount on his new coat. I also had to get Camden some longer pants, the boy is growing like a bean pole. His pants bought for the start of school are too short! BIG NEWS for him, he finally has a tooth loose! After waiting and crying that EVERYONE had lost teeth in his class but him, he is able to wiggle his bottom tooth and it's hurting him. He seemed surprised that it hurts, I told him it's the new tooth pushing up and it does hurt sometimes.

We went to Chinese buffet, "eat CHINA" as Kat says, although C ate American food, the spoilsport. They had all kinds of food and H was even happy to try fresh oysters, sushi, the works. She is brave girl.
Camden stayed home with Baba and the others had plans for the day so it was just the 4 of us. I had to laugh when H was talking about Baba and called him Baba, she asked if he would mind being called that by her, I said "not hardly when everyone calls him that."

It's so funny to think that we have now had Kat home through a whole year of holidays and it's fun to compare her to last year at this time. I included pictures of last year at this time of her and I, then of the other day of us both. She's looking pretty secure and even smug, I do believe. We love it!

We are getting a box ready to send to her foster family, they miss her more than ever with the one year anniversary. I think they will be surprised and happy to see pictures of her, she has changed so much. Most of it for the good, except maybe too spoiled.....hummmmm.
It's amazing to think of the changes in her life in the last year and how well she has adjusted to it all. She was teling me the other day that she is a China girl, she knows that is something quite special and she was listing all the China girls, Kat, Em-i-lee, Rissa, Jade-in, Yan-Yan, Manda, Dan-Dan, she has a pretty impressive memory of all her friends. Then she said "Camden not China girl- ha!" Oh boy.
Talk about being snotty.
So now she is spoiled, snotty, and special. What a combo. Just our precious China girl with some spice, I'd say:)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

More Candy Momma?

The theme of Trick or Treat. More candy momma? Miss Poodle Kat and Power Ranger Camden along with ballplayer C went a trick or treating. Kat had her squeaky shoes on and between them and the cute little pink poodle outfit, she got the most candy of all! She had the "Trick or Treat" down fast and the "thank you" too. She was funny when after each house she would say "more candy momma" meaning- NEXT house!

They had a great time, although Kat was more interested in other kids' costumes at first. She called a baby in a skunk suit a "cow", close but no dice:) She went nuts when she saw Sponge Bob, yelling "Scunge Bulb Mommy, LOOK, Scunge BULB" and ol' Square Pants was nice enough to wave at her.

We were surprised when they had only gone a few streets and were done. Only an hour and they were quitting- guess those bags got heavy! Baba took Kat to the college, they usually have a fun trick or treat time there but when a witch scared her, she was done. Camden refused to even go, he was into his stash and counting the goodies.

C even had a good time when he went with us and he was not wanting to go. He realized quickly that he was by far, NOT the oldest person trick or treating and even had the foresight to see some girls that were dressed very inappropriately and said "they should be on a street corner" for which I said " hey, look they are!" They were crossing the street :) C and I get along good, we seem to be able to laugh with each other a lot.

I had to laugh at Kat yesterday, she is getting quite the attitude about her "touching" EVERYTHING. She just HAS to touch things. When I asked her where my dry erase marker was to change my calendar for November I got this response instead of the usual shoulder shrug and "i'aln't know." " Me no took mommy, me not." She is learning we come to her and ask first since more than likely she is the culprit:)

We are enjoying our fall weather, chilly as it is, we haven't dug out winter coats yet, but sweaters are needed. I had to put away Camden's shorts or he would still be wearing them. He loves shorts. He has a teacher conference today and he is doing wonderful in school, besides being very bright, he is considerate of other kids, helpful and downright funny, the teacher said. She really enjoys him in class. What a great kiddo he is.
We told her what a nut he is about school, he gets up every day and has dressed, eaten, brushed teeth and hair and has shoes, coat and backpack on and is ready to go by 7am. This kid doesn't get on the bus till 8:30!! He is so excited to go. Hang on to that buddy, you'll need some of that excitement when you hit the high school and I am dragging your butt out of bed:)
Kat cried when we left his class, they had been playing on the chalk board during the conference and when I asked her what was wrong she said " me go to school?" I said "sure, in 2 years chick", since she had no clue how long that is she said "Yeah", gave her little giggle and wiggle (too funny) and was happy as a clam.

Mom's not giving her up to school too fast!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Hair Emergency

Wow, I thought my heart could not fit below my stomach but it sank right to my knees (crowding out my bladder) when hubby, whom I swear has this warped sense of humor said "there's hair in the bathroom and it's black." Warped why? Well, he has said this before and it always turned out to be a trim of bangs of one of the older girls or something and I have totally freaked out thinking the worst and it's nothing. Urge to hurt hubby here.

This time was the ONE. Malaree did something to a hunk of hair that it was no longer attached and then left the sissors on the sink in the bathroom, aka Kat's play area. (the girl LOVES water- she constantly in there messing in the sink)

So I am on the phone, trying not to freak out my sitter when I find the 3-4 inch piece of BLACK KAT HAIR. yup, it's hers. So as I finish my phone call before the screams erupt and deafen our sitter forever, I check out her head. Can't see where it came from. Really have to look as she is hiding her head now, knowing she has Baba and Momma in the room , looking at her and asking "did you do this?" BIG TROUBLE.

So after figuring out she chopped a piece off the side, I went with what I had been thinking of doing for a few weeks now. A TRIM. Toward her face angle since she had a hunk of hair that is still growing out of the "shaved off all her hair just for our Gotcha in October 2006" and was only about 5 inches long on one side of her head. the other side it was down to her shoulder. Now it is all even, angled and trimmed up neatly and after drying the tears (hers NOT mine) and a STERN warning that she is NEVER to do that again, her hair actually looks better. Hummm and didn't I just take her for pictures today. Go figure.

Yes, Miss Emily and Miss Kat are the best of friends and we met up with them at the mall and got the girls pictures taken. Talk about CUTE. We both had traditional Chinese outfits in purple for the girls and for some reason I have not gotten around to having Kat's picture professional done with her China clothes that we love.

Em's mom even had a Chinese umbrella that completed the picture. We shared the sheets of pictures, spent very little (thanks for the great coupons Lisa!!) and got the cutest pictures of our girls. Em smiled wonderful, what a sweetie that girl is. Kat was less cooperative, can't imagine that she is sick of picture taking, can you?

What did we do this week, since a whole week has past by so fast? Let's see. Appointment for H since she had a toothache that was ignored for over a year, took her to an endodontist after our dentist said she needed surgery for a botched root canal. Well, ends up she had a filling on the root canal tooth that was too big and rubbing, causing her pain and was fixed in less than a minute. Unbelieveable that she dealt with this all this time. Wow. C got a good report from school, his grades are good, improved very well although his teachers voiced a concern of him not having friends.. I guess it's common for this issue with teens, they come to a new home and school, don't want to make friends since they want to go home and making friends means you may have to stay with us awhile.

Malaree finished up with field hockey, and Camden finished soccer. Both were showing big improvements over the season. Donovan is going out for basketball, he thinks. He isn't sure yet. Camden is READING- he read me a Dr. Suess book, the whole way thru. He is in FIRST grade! Wow. What a great kiddo. He told me earlier when he had set up Kat's play table and they had playdough, he was trying to show her to do something a certain way and she refused to do it his way that "teaching her is too hard." It's not hard if she wants to listen :) She is just too stubborn. Smart as a whip, but stubborn as a mule.

So that's about it for the excitement at our house. That's enough for me.