Monday, November 30, 2009


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


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!

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'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!