Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Brrrrrrr

We can hardly believe that it really is spring here.

It's COLD!  Low tonight of 20 with wind chills making it feel much, much colder. Brrrr.

We are so thankful for a warm home:) Cause this is what it looked like last evening 'round here! 

So not only did MOM visit, but I figured out how to get info to post on the blog. 

Chloe was standing at the window and said "Are my eyes going funny or are there little white things coming down out there?"

I said "It's snowing Chloe, so there's nothing wrong with your eyes, but you are so funny and I am going to blog that."  It's called FAIR WARNING and I gave it.  


 I then went around with my camera and said "Gotta blog......give me smiles!


Okay, so they didn't smile very much. And they are doing B-O-R-I-N-G things, like homework, making some kind of paper project, taking out the garbage.  But they were warned.

So it's fair game.  At least that's my story
and I'm sticking to it.


Chance said "Doing homework and have no clue what the answers are!" When told I was looking for things to blog about.


The only "Non cooperative one?"  Camden.  I have a picture of him covered over completely by his bed blankets and he said I can't even post that.

 As if you all want to see his bed blankets and the big lump of him under them? 

 I don't think so.  I mean, really?

So we will go on to more interesting ones, Paisley, who was making some paper thingy. I don't know what it was supposed to be but it was big and colorful. She worked a long time on it.

And just for you Sherri (Zeke's mom) an update on this teen treasure. She's doing very well.  She's never been a "big talker" but it's funny how much she talks with Phoebe, patiently handling the numerous questions that Phoebe has. 

Paisley went to see "Son of God" with their youth group (God's Not Dead was sold out but they are going to see it next)  and I heard her telling Phoebe all about it carefully explaining who Jesus was and how He fits in with God and our lives today.

I hear some of the neatest stuff sometimes. I often like to just sit back and LISTEN to my children as they talk to each other, and even to me. Just listen to what they have to say. More often than not I am either---

Amused.
Impressed.
Surprised.

Once in a while ANNOYED, when wrong information is being told to younger siblings or teasing is happening. They are normal kids after all.  But most of the time it's really interesting to hear them tell of past times, or things they have learned since adopted.

Paisley came from a better funded orphanage than the other teens so often I hear "Hey, we never got that."  But even when she speaks of her orphanage life it's still eye opening. 

So they celebrated birthdays-- yes, but as a group.  "Everyone with an October Birthday, here's cake".  No gifts, no hugs, no real celebration of your birth:(

It's just not the same.  Not the same as YOUR OWN cake (even if they don't like cake!) and YOUR OWN gifts.

 Celebrating YOU were born.  No orphanage celebration is as good as being HOME......... being in a family where you know you belong, are loved, are one of US for our adopted kiddos.

And I have to say not only for Paisley but Phoebe as well, they know they are HOME. They know we are happy to have them be our daughters. Sisters.  They are cherished and wanted.

Health wise Paisley is doing as good as can be expected.  The long, cold winter has not be easy on her.  She is stiff. She aches every single day. Yet, she does not complain. 

 She keeps on, keeping on.  Her arthritis is under control, as best it can be. There's no fixing the damage previously done to her bones.

She walks up our lane from the bus each day and I bet you can guess who walks with her........ Yep, Phoebe. 

 Those two are like peas in a pod.  Close.  Phoebe adores Paisley but also worries about her and watches out for her too. They give each other encouragement and are a sweet joy to see together.

Sweet sisters.  Precious kiddos.  Blessings. Each and every one of them:) 

 And Sherri-- please know that Paisley was so happy you gave Zeke a wonderful family--- hugs, from us to you and your family. We think of you often and pray for you. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Birthday Girl!

It was a big day around here yesterday.

 Phoebe's 10th birthday!!

She was very excited, although we learned from Gotcha Day  Anniversary back in Jan. that she needed a low key celebration and realistic expectations.

 We did that and it went VERY well.

Hot dogs and french fries for supper. Cupcakes, ice cream and presents rounded out the party.

She was thrilled to get a doll and outfits to match, just like Kat's. 

 Someone NOT-SO-THRILLED-- Kat. Yep, the green eyed monster of envy hit big time with some snotty remarks and looks:(  Had to tell her to knock it off or go to her room.

Just lovin' this 10 year old girls drama and phases. Yes, I am.  (NOT)

No one was going to curb Phoebe's enthusiasm, thankfully--- she remained mostly oblivious to the jealous evil looks going her way and just enjoyed a day about HER. Whoooo hooooo!

Phoebe Girl LOVES attention.  She kept asking "Aren't you gonna take a picture?" Even when I already had:) Can't use a flash with her so she can't tell when I had taken a picture.

So here's the pictures of the fun.  Enjoy them as we did sharing this very special day with our wonderful treasure, Phoebe. 

Happy 10th Birthday Sweetie, you are sooo very loved!!

Update--  Here the girls are today.  Green eyed envy monster is gone, they are now enjoying having matching dresses for them and their dolls. PHEWWWW! And so goes the life and times of 10 year old girls:)

  My dear friend Anita made these (and the jammies) and did a fabulous job----  Thanks so much Anita!! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Teen Attitude

Well, normally I would be posting away, never going more than a few days with out updating you all on this fun and exciting crew of mine.

But something odd has happened.  They are growing up.  They have begun to lodge complaints about---

Standing for pictures
Me posting their pictures
Me posting ANYTHING about THEM

Leaving me with the weather to discuss and there's only so much of that to report.
Till it gets B-O-R-I-N-G.

A certain someone (Camden) was even POINTING at me and telling me about the last picture I posted of him, therefore making me show him who is the boss and posting the pictures of him complaining for you all to see. See what I am up against??

Scary little redheaded dude, and yes, he's still (barely) shorter than me. His feet are bigger. But I'm still taller (for now). Can't say he takes after anyone or I'd have to be giving up some personal info, ha ha.

So I'm left posting  (sorry fuzzy) pictures of this---- a chair. A paisley printed chair. Funny, huh? PAISLEY print:)

The kids and dad (I had worked night shift and had to sleep) went twice for work days of longgggggg hours to re cover over 100 of these chairs at church.  They had some terribly stained blue fabric on them, which was probably pretty at some point but had seen better days. 

I forgot to get a "before pic"--- sorry. But the finished ones look fantastic and the kids were such great helpers, I had 6 different people come to me and tell me what awesome workers they are.

"Don't complain. Hard workers. Didn't stop. Worked hard. Amazing work ethic" were the things I was told.  I did ask if they were sure they had the right kids- ha ha.

Just JOKING children o' mine that read my blog.  OIY, I've gotta watch out.

Seriously they were a big help and the chairs got done in time for a fundraiser (a senior project for another youth member) which was last night and there was a great turn out for it. The fundraiser benefits drilling wells in Africa for villages and enough money was raised for 31 people to have clean water!!

We also helped recently with a spaghetti dinner. I cooked the spaghetti and was laughing when the person running it said he thought 7 lbs was "enough" to start, I told him we brought our kids and I make 3 lbs just for us at home.  We added 2 more pounds "to start" then ended up cooking 12 lbs with very little left over. There was actually more garlic bread left than spaghetti.

We helped set up, tear down and clean up. Many hands make work light--- is totally true.  There's so many of us and the kids really are very helpful so it takes much less time to get things done. And they like spaghetti, one of the few things they ALL like.

Proof positive they are growing up--- Miss Kitty.  This picture just stunned me with her beauty but also how grown up she looks!  She decided instead of cutting her hair to grow out her bangs.  And it makes her look more like her older sisters, at least I think so.

Ahh, my babies. Getting bigger and bigger. Tying my hands to what I can and can't share with you........  I'll be waiting for your visit MOM to straighten them out:)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring?

Well that snow storm that was supposed to dump tons of snow on us Sunday in to Monday? It didn't come. 

We didn't get a snowflake. Not that anyone but the kids who were dreaming of another 2 hr delay from school, was sad. NOPE.

We are downright burned out on snow.  Hard to believe but true. 

Today we were blessed with a bright, sunny day-- just a day that warms your heart and makes you believe spring will, indeed, HAVE to come.

I *think* the kids have a little bit of spring fever.  They seemed especially rowdy and were carrying on today pretty heavy. 

I heard Camden jumping out and scaring people more than once.  And Chloe and Paisley carrying on, laughing while braiding their hair.

Just general silliness that let's us know that all is well and normal in our world today. 

 The kids aren't usually too rowdy but it's always blessing to know that they are happy and healthy enough to be a little rowdy and are having fun. Things we sometimes forget are a blessing:)  But not today, today we just enjoyed them in all their goofiness.

One thing the kids haven't goofed off at?  School work.  Yep, every one of them got honor roll grades for this marking period.  Not sure why Paisley was the only one who brought home a certificate saying she got honor roll when they all did?

But irregardless, we are proud of all of them, of all their hard work and extra effort they put in to their studies. 

We give them report card money, they were all excited and trying to decide what they would spend their money on. 

I noticed our fundraising girl Chloe convinced her siblings to buy candy she was selling--- she always seems to get them to part with their money, even the ones who typically save their funds. Funny how that happens.

Hopefully we can get some outdoor fun going now that it's warming up to a whopping 40 degrees during the day and the time changes this weekend so we will have more daylight time. 

Spring fever, bring it on.....................