Thursday, July 31, 2008
Way to go Anna!
Of course I wish I had done this sooner. We let it continue to long...yes....but when we adopted Anna, she had very little with her. She had the clothes she was wearing, a bottle, her Chinese name that we kept as her middle name and her fingers. So, her fingers were a comfort in her little world and we let her have them. We tried putting vinegar on the fingers and she still sucked them. Barry put medical tape around the sucking fingers and she removed it nightly.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Had to add these shots of the work. I can hardly find a parking spot. Not good for today when unloading groceries! What was I thinking?!?!
Anna just came in and said "Oh my gosh...I am so angry about this. There is a brown fat guy with no shirt on and an earring and tattoos AND he is smoking!" Well, he didn't have a shirt on and he is quite a beefy boy with a tan. Little does she know....I saw this same young man peeing in my back yard towards my neighbors house today. OMG! Quite a learning experience here today.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Justin had a blast with us and always enjoys doing things with Anna. I love watching the world through Justin's eyes. He takes it all in and loves every minute of life. He had a fun week at our parents' church at VBS. He is such a good boy. He is so smart! He is going to kindergarten a year early! Anna was squirmy all week there a naughty at times, but not Justin. He had a lot of fans there that knew him from his parents' restaurant. He is a sweetie. They gave me a Dairy Queen Ice Cream cake last night for my birthday. It was called Chocolate Extreme. It is like a slice of heaven on earth!
Brandon enjoyed telling us all about the zoo since he just spent a week working there as a ZOO KID. It was nice having Logan with us today! He is usually off doing 12 year old things when we go to the zoo and has been so busy this summer with his camps, etc. I took some great pictures of him and will post them next.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I had to move my van at 6:00 am to get ready for the driveway people to come by 7:00 am. Then I noticed the back tire was almost flat. The other day I had to fill it with air and today it was pretty bad! Luckily Barry rode with someone today and I could have his car. Mom helped get me to and from the tire place. THANKS, MOM!
My neighbor called and said that apparently there is a gas leak in our cul de sac by their house. I thought maybe our driveway work was causing issues, but the Power Company said NO...it was been there for 5 years! NICE. So, the power company has been outside 2 times today and are doing something out there now. The leak has to be worse than 15% for anyone to care. Never mind the fact that we have children who are constantly playing outside.
The boys must not have gotten the "BE GOOD ON MOM'S BIRTHDAY" memo and have been extra rotten to each other today.
Driveway....it rained some and little progress was done today. Plus, I think a snag has been hit or something. I really think we might sink through the earth soon with the driveway. Major issues and for the high price it is costing to fix this, let's just hope this works!
Anna's little friend, Kailee, just called to sing happy birthday to me. She is so cute.
So, that is just about it in a nutshell...an eventful day. Tomorrow seems to be a calm day in the calendar!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Not a very exciting day around here today. Barry worked and Logan arrived home from his week at camp at Noon. Then my new freezer came. WOO HOOO...our garage freezer was needing replaced, so..happy birthday to me a week early. I know....sad that I am excited over a new freezer. I would be even more excited over new carpet!
It was very dark in the morning and rainy, but no lightening, so Anna wanted to put a swimsuit on and play in the rain. I was a bit sad that Brandon didn't want to. He said it was for "babies". That is a first.....he always loves that! Boo hoo....he IS growing up.
Speaking of Logan......He had a blast at camp and is exhausted! I am working on his laudry right now and OMG....it is soooo stinky. I washed the darks two times and I am bleaching the whites right now. STINKY. He swam in a pond or lake all week, so things are just GRODY! He wants to go back again next year.
A family from our travel group has a 13 year old daughter that holds a special place in my heart. Erin is mentally and physically impaired. Shortly after she was born she developed cancer and survived that. She has had seizures all of her life, too. Currently she is in Milwaukee having brain surgery. She had one surgery on Monday to do a mapping/grid system to determine where these big and bad seizures are occurring. The area was located and another surgery was performed yesterday. The surgeons felt confident that the two portions of the brain that are causing the problem could be removed. In a few months it is the hope and prayer that the surgery was successful and that Erin's quality of life will be improved. She is a fighter. Erin is blessed with wonderful parents who have done everything they can for her. Please keep Erin and her parents Janis and Ed in your prayers. Also, Nathan, her 17 year old brother and Maya, age 4.
I am adding a picture that I took of the family when we met them on vacation a couple of years ago.
Also....I remembered this video this week of this disabled man who had an amazing father. I thought I would add this in honor of Erin and her family this week. When I was in college, I worked for many disabled young men and one man, Phil, reminded me of this young man in the video. I miss my work with the severely impaired population. After Anna goes to kindergarten, I am hoping to do more again.
This video is am amazing testimony of a parent's love for their child and that we will move mountains for our children.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Anna enjoyed being back in the water. We loved having Barry home in the middle of the day. We swam and picked more apples for applesauce. Then we cooked yummy ribs and Anna and I had to have shrimp scampi, too. Logan missed out on a good day here. I am sure that the camp didn't have ribs for dinner!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I don't normally take pictures of my kids in their jammies, but Anna wanted all her Guiping friends to see her panda jammies from Target. They are so cute. She said you are all supposed to go out and buy them. They are in the big girl dept. so that won't work for so many of you! The pants actually don't fall off too much for being a 4/5, but the top is falling off. I am hoping my mom can make it a little smaller (hint, hint).
On a side note, the finger sucking war has begun. For 3 nights now Anna has gone to bed with vinegar soaked fingers. Who would want to suck on those now? Well, last night when I checked on her before I went to bed, the fingers were habitually in her mouth, as usual. She didn't suck them as she went to sleep, though. The first night was pretty bad. It was like she was in DETOX or something! Tomorrow we will go to the store to buy some pretty nail polish, too. Maybe that with the vinegar at night will do the trick!
Anna and Brandon got fish today and also a frog for the aquarium, so we see how long they will last before we have to flush them into fish heaven.
Barry and I had our share of mission trips in our high school days. Things sure start earlier these days! I am not sure I am ready for all of this. He is only 12. The youth group that Barry and I grew up in didn't do trips until high school. I did start the trips in 8th grade, though, because there were no other 8th graders, so they let me in early. Gee....I remember this cute tall, skinny boy on these trips (Barry!). We really did some neat things to help others on those trips and we taught Bible School in underprivleged areas like the Appalachian Mountains.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Anna and I went to the Railway Museum's "Little Engine that Could" that was visiting. It was fun and we escaped the rain before it hit there. She enjoyed the train ride and luckily picked the air conditioned car! Whew...it was hot out there! It was nice having a day with just her. Hard to find in the summer!We try to take the kids separately to do things so we can have that one on one time with just them. Last night I took Brandon and his buddy Nick swimming, so he was thrilled about that. Logan leaves for camp today, so there will just be Anna and Brandon all week.