Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Second time's a charm!

We made it, we made it, we made it! Oh my Gosh, I officially have five children! I am so relieved, so excited, my head is spinning, and I feel an extremely ugly cry coming on... Once I am able to stop crying long enough to actually write a post I will!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hanukkah!

This past weekend Jud's mom, (otherwise known as Bubbie) brother Dave, his wife Kristy, and their two cute kids (otherwise known as the MN cousins) Spencer and Nora, all came for a little visit to celebrate Hanukkah! Caroline lit the candles the first night.
















She especially loved her gift from Bubbie, a new acrylic setup! lucky girl!



















Saturday we took the kids to the Children's Museum...
















































...they all had a great time, it's a great hands on kind of place, unfortunately I think they may have picked up some unwanted germs on their little hands while we were there... Poor Spencer was the first one to show signs of the pesky tummy bug... but that didn't stop him from helping Jack light the candles!




















Sunday after our company left Caroline and Jud made latkes!
























The kids are really getting into Hanukkah this year, mostly I think because in this new neighborhood they don't feel like the ONLY Jews around!

But also many of their friends who aren't Jewish have taken an interest too. Caroline was hoping to have some friends over one night to light candles with us, eat latkes, and play dreidle....unfortunately the tummy bug is currently running it's course through our house! So we are doing things as a family instead!

Like putting on concerts!

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Oh, I sure love these kids! Even on weeks like this, where I am getting little to no sleep, and falling behind on everything that a stay at home mom should be doing, they can always make me laugh... I'm just so so thankful.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

it's all in the email

I recieved some great news today!


The little Peanut is doing great! We have lots of new photos and updates about his routine...what he likes and dislikes! What time he eats, how he reacts when he's being talked to, what makes him laugh out loud!!!!

I can't tell you how happy this update makes me!

Not only can I see from the pictures how great he doing, but just knowing that he is at the CHS (our agency) care center is a huge relief on my heart! I know how well the children are cared for and loved there... which reminds me, I've been meaning to write a post about why we chose, and stuck with the agency that we did, another day. Right now I am basking in the good news, and staring at all the new photos!

It's just amazing how one email can change your whole outlook:)

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Is the blog trying to tell me something?

I've sat down to write quite a few posts lately, but in the middle of all my thinking and typing my computer shuts down. I'm not sure if this is the blogs way of telling my words are not blog worthy or if it just means I need to bring my computer in for a little check up... I'll add that to my to do list.

So before it shuts down, a quick update. We did hear that little man had pnemonia, that was why he was in the hospital, but he seems to be doing well now. We still are not sure what care center he is at but hopefully after our new court date, December 22, we will get a more in depth report...

Meanwhile we have a sick little girl at home. Emma, who has really never been one to get sick, has come down with the mother of all colds. The poor thing has a raspy little voice and puffy eyes. After a long few nights (and days), she seems a little brighter this morning. I'm really hoping she is on the mend...

Around the house things are looking up. Jud, being the wonderful husband that he is, knew just what I needed to keep myself busy while waiting to hear more about the little peanut, a painting project! In every house we've had, I've begged him to let me paint the woodwork...to no avail. But suddenly he seems to have an epiphany and decided to give me the go ahead! Even though there are so many other things I should be doing right now with Hanukah and Christmas coming up, I just couldn't give him time to change his mind, so I've been painting like a mad woman!

Wow, I made it through a whole post and my computer is still going! Maybe that check up can wait...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving

As usual we had no shortage of family to celebrate this Thanksgiving with...except of course for my parents, who as Caroline says,"have migrated south for the winter!"

Don't worry Mom and Dad, Mike kept everyone in line, not even neck surgery could keep him down!

















Jud and Jim took good care of the Turkey!
















Jean was as usual, a beautiful hostess!















Mari and Meghan organized lots of fun for all the cousins!














































They all had so much fun!





















But these two...well what can I say?


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Postponed.

This afternoon I heard that our court case yesterday was postponed. Not exactly sure why. Not exactly sure when we'll get another court date. We still don't know why the cutie was hospitalized or for how long. And we are not quite sure which care center he is in right now.

So, we pretty much don't know anything

and we can't do anything

but wait.

Monday, November 23, 2009

not the news we were hoping for.

Today I was franticly checking my email waiting for news on the court decision in Ethiopia. I was painting the nursery and came downstairs to check the inbox one more time, when I saw an email from our specialist. My heart jumped. It must be good news to hear something before noon! But no. It actually had nothing to do with the court date. It was to let us know that the little man was discharged from the hospital a few days ago...this came as a shock because we had no idea he was in the hospital! Our specialist had no idea either and was going to try to get more information...hopefully we'll get word tomorrow not only about the court decision, but also about just what is going on with the little man and how he's doing.

Right now kind of a basket case.

tomorrow. tomorrow.

Friday, November 20, 2009

trying to settle in while feeling unsettled

I've been arranging and rearranging rooms. Trying to make this house feel like home. Our home. We know we love the area. We definitely feel like we have found our niche in terms of the area, but the house...we're still working on it! Poor Jud has been moving every piece of very heavy furniture up and down stairs. From one room to the next, and then back to where it started, good times!

I know that they underlying reason for my feeling unsettled is the upcoming court date on MONDAY! I'm not sure why I feel so anxious about it. but I do. I just hope that Tuesday I will start to feel more settled inside, because I don't know how many more times my back can take moving the piano!

Well, I'm off to finish moving the bookshelves!

My sister Karin and her kids are coming to visit this weekend, it will be a nice (and necessary) break from the nesting frenzy...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

another weekend come and gone

Do you ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day?

Here it is Tuesday afternoon and I finally have a second to write about the weekend.

We had a nice visit with Jud's Dad. Grandpa, Grandma, and Aunt Miriam were here all weekend, as well as my sister's little guy, Christopher. We've realized that this house is just a wee bit harder to entertain in than the last one... lots of people packed in a small place means you have to really pack em in to read stories!












































Also, getting a spot at the table for things like eating birthday cake
































or coloring also proved to be a challenge!

















All in all, even with the close quaters it was a really fun weekend. Although, I wasn't the one who had to sleep on a bean bag! Sorry Jack!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

At last some fall weather!

This weekend we took full advantage of the great weather! The kids were outside much of the weekend.
















































































































Emma was starting to get really annoyed with all of the leaves and sticks that were accumulating in her hair!

After the fun of the leaves died out they played around on the swing set together, literally for hours! I absolutely love how well they all play together! They just run around making up games and little stories! It's awesome! And really funny to listen to!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

a looooong weekend!

The kids were off of school Thursday and Friday... My wonderful pal Jodie had the great idea to take all the kids to a water park! Only catch was, the dads would have to join us later... Thursday night after work, and since Jud was in a Seminar all week he would have to meet us Friday morning.

I'll admit, at first the thought of taking all four kids to a water park/hotel for the night without Jud's help totally freaked me out.

But then I remembered, I have awesome kids!

And, we were going with Jodie and her awesome kids. Who my kids love and adore!!! So I figured we'd be safe...and one of Jodie's awesome friends and her 3 adorable daughters were in on this venture too, so we went for it!

Since the dads were joining us later we (moms and kids) carpooled on the way down to the water park just after lunch, which was another one of Jodie's brilliant ideas, because it made check in very easy...taking turns checking in and watching kids in minivans!

So let me break it down a little for you...

3 moms

10 kids. 10 very active, very excited kids.


Here we are trying to make our way to our rooms!




















It was a blast! I think it was just what we all needed after being cooped up so much over the past few weeks. All the kids got along swimmingly:) Not many pictures...it's a little hard to take pictures while trying to keep track of so many soaking wet kids- who knew?






















Funny quote from the trip...

Emma, in the car on the way down, "well, I don't care who started it!"

yup pretty much sums up all of our car rides!


Then yesterday, we went to Jodie's for their block party and trick or treating, it was a great day and the kids looked awesome in their costumes, although I forgot to bring my camera. Doh!

We've had their costumes for a few weeks, but for some reason on the morning of Halloween Jack decided he wanted to MAKE a different, more creative costume! So a few boxes, and a quick trip to the grocery store for 4 rolls of tin foil later he had a very cute and very original robot costume! I only wish he had this idea a few weeks ago before I bought the $40 Luke Skywalker costume! Oh well that's what we get for having creative kids I guess!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I may only be one. But I am one of many.

This is a video that This mommamade...






Seriously, if your anything like me, you see those faces and you feel compelled to do something. But you feel like it's a daunting task, you are only one, how can one make a difference? The thing is, we are one of many. Together we can make a big impact, and now is the perfect time to try. Doctors Without Borders currently has a matching program that will DOUBLE any donation! Just CLICK HERE to find out how. Believe me, I know it's been a tough year, but when your $10 donation can suddenly become a $20 one, how can you not? This is how we can make a difference!

Court date!

I just received notice that we have a tentative court date!

November 29th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After/if we pass there are still a few steps but we're getting closer!

So exciting!!!!



Since I've already used words on this Wednesday...I want to tell about some great moms doing incredible work! Like THIS one, and THIS one, and THIS one..

Really go check them out! And give with cause!

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 26, 2009

Falling off the blogsphere?

I just don't know.

I don't know what to write, I don't know how to get the things inside my head to make any sense at all. In the past writing about what I was feeling, reading about what other people were feeling, seemed to help.made it all make sense. but I just don't know.

I seem to be up and down. physically and emotionally. from one minute to the next things seem to change drastically.

The flu has definitely taken a toll on us. I have taken more trips to the pediatrician's office than I care to admit. Just as one gets better, another starts with a sore throat, or an ear ache, or a fever, or a sinus infection...and on and on it goes...it's exhausting!

But we're getting through it.

With lots of cuddles, movies, fluids and antibiotics!

I know that part of what is making it so much harder is that every time I check one of the kids for a fever, or get up with one of them in the night, I wonder how he is doing. I wonder where he is. Is he sick? Does he have a cold? a fever? Is someone there when he wakes up in the night crying?

Not knowing much is really tough.

I try to think forward to the day when he's home rather than wonder how many days it will be before we can hold him.

But it's hard.

I've started preparing for him. Nesting. Caroline and I set up the crib and Emma helped me make room for his things in her closet.

Yes, I realize it will be months before he's home but I needed to see his things out around the house. A happy reminder that it's really happening...It's been fun. Exciting to think about the future. Our future.

One true bummer though was realizing that we're not as prepared as I thought we'd be. As I had planned we'd be.

You see, I am very organized about the kids clothes. And by organized I mean borderline psychotic! Not only are their closets organized by color, but the system of bins in the basement-organized by size then season, it's something that sadly I take great pride in. Psychotic I tell ya! But with lots of kids, and lots of hand-me downs coming from cousins it really helps to have a system. Yes, I know I'm a dork! But a well organized dork! If I have a friend that is looking for 3t girls jeans, I can find them in 2 seconds! Girls 18 month swimsuit? In the pink bin labeled girls 12-18 month summer of course!

So imagine my surprise when I went to the basement to retrieve some onzies from the baby boy 3-6 month blue bin, just to spice up the chore of laundry one day, to find no baby boy bin! not 3-6. not 6-9. not 6-12.

This has turned into one huge headache!

The bottom line is, I lent all of my baby boy clothes, everything I had up to 12 months, to someone. Someone I didn't know all that well but, who I knew really needed them. Well, apparently she no longer has any of them. It's been frustrating! Not just because of the clothes themselves, although it would have been fun to see the little peanut in some of Jack and Sam's old stuff, but what's more upsetting is the attitude and ungratefulness that this woman is showing. I feel like I've totally been taken advantage of! And it's not a good feeling.

Jud keeps telling me, it's ok. We can buy new stuff. But that's not it. It's not about the clothes! I'm pissed off and I don't know how to just let it go. Right now I feel like I'm wasting my time and energy being upset about something that just isn't worth getting worked up about. So I've started wondering, if this isn't about the clothes, and I know we'll be just fine and prepared for the peanut, is my obsession about this clothes situation just a way for me to avoid thinking about all of the tough adoption related questions, all of the unknowns?

Probably.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Now what?

Well it's been just over two weeks since we got THE call.

Two weeks.

Two weeks since saw our first glimpse of our son's sweet face.

sigh.

He's such a little peanut.

We're not allowed to post his photo until we pass court and he is officially our son. But honestly, I don't think I'll be comfortable sharing his beautiful photos until I am able to hold him in my arms. Hug him. squeeze him. smell him.


So what happens now?

Well, we wait.

We wait to be assigned a court date. We should hear something later this week or next. I'm trying to stay hopeful that we will have a November court date, but I don't know if that's at all likely....Then if/when our case passes through court then we wait again to be assigned to a travel group. Then we travel to bring our son home!

When I asked my worker about what kind of timeline we were looking at, she said for sure not before the end of the year...so I'm HOPING it's January...We'll have to wait and see...blech!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Before I forget

I've got lots to catch up on, but we have our second fingerprint appointment early tomorrow so I am heading off to bed soon. But before I forget, I wanted to share a quick Sam funny!

This morning was quite crazy.

So when I picked Sam up from school at 11:00 rather than sit and wait outside for half an hour for Emma, I had an idea.

Me, "Sam, how about while we are waiting for Emma, we quick run to McDonald's grab lunch, then come back to pick up Em and then head home?"

Sam, "I like the way you're thinking!"

I started laughing and said, "Sam, you crack me up!"

He smiled and said, "Yeah, sometimes I crack myself up!"


oh I love that kid:)

Wordless Wednesday