Thursday, June 26, 2008
Ryan's team made it to the championship and a double header was on for tonight starting at 6. Little M's last t-ball game was scheduled for tonight at 6:45 (in a different town of course).
Amy most graciously volunteered to take M's to her game while Brian & I went to Ryan's.
Top of the 5th inning, we're ahead 2 to 0 (with Ryan being the proud owner of one of those runs) and the sirens went off. We waited the requisite 30 minutes but the weather didn't cooperate. So, we're on hold until Monday for Ryan.
Emma's game on the other hand was called off, I doubt seriously if it will be rescheduled. Amy says M missed her turn to bat because she had to make a potty run ... but, the most important thing - she did get a medal and a signed ball and a snack. Life is good.
More baseball next week. And I just THOUGHT we were going to slow down for a while.
- Paint Brush & Construction Paper - The idea was to let the child just use water to "paint" on the construction paper.
- Lift-A-Flap book to keep those little hands busy.
- Small containers of playdoh
- Painters Tape - I know, this one sounded odd, but knowing how much fun Emma can have with tape, I thought it would be worth trying.
- Squishy balls
- Little toy balls that have the suction cup things on them. Those should stick very well on the airline tray table!
- Craft Sticks - The ones that look like pipe cleaners. Scott has been tasked with creating little animals for miss Jenna out of those.
- Ocean Themed Finger Puppets
- A soft/cuddly little baby doll.
- "Watch Them Grow" animals, the ones that come in a little capsule and you place it in a cup of water and watch them grow.
- Stacking cups
There were some more things, but now I can't remember them all. Hopefully they will come in handy on that 'never-ending-flight' home. I've mentioned our flight(s) before, Emma was good for the most part but my goodness I felt like we were never going to get home!
Please pray for safe travels for our friends and for a smooth transition for Miss Jenna!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Hop on over to Leslie's blog and check out this kind woman! I think she did an amazing job with ours!
We first met Leslie at Wal-Mart within days of returning home from China with Emma and then ours paths crossed a few more times and now three years later I'm the recipient of this most kind gift.
Now, anyone want to take on say the house, the car, the closets or my oh' my - the dining room table?! They all could use some extreme make overs themselves!
Back to my blog-flogging ... I have his weird thing about wanting to post things in chronological order. Is that goofy or what? This idiosyncrasy started with scrapbooking and has carried over to blogging. For instance, I still have pictures and comments to make about our trip to Nashville back in April but can't bring myself to put 'em up since I've posted newer things since then. Anyway, I'm dying to post some pictures from our AHH reunion from this past weekend but the pictures are still residing on my camera and the download fairy hasn't been so kind to move them over to my laptop yet. I do however possess the cutest group picture of some of the girls from our travel group that I'm just dying to post ... but again, we have that whole chronological order hangup. So ... instead of therapy, I'll just jump right in and post it later today. I have to either get over my hangup or as the nike thing says "just do it" ...
Leslie - Again, thank you so much for the beautiful blog makeover. You did an excellent job!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
As I mentioned in an earlier post, little Miss M's has been learning to swim! She had a lesson almost every night last week and then through the weekend too. She's doing an excellent job in regards to the motions & mechanics needed for swimming and she doesn't seem to be afraid of going under the water, but bless her short little bones - she's having a hard time getting her head out of water high enough to get a breath. She's trying though and giving it her all and that's as much as I can ask for. On her last day she was able to go about 3/4 the way across the pool and she was able to come up for air 4 times, so we were pleased with that. We're going to leave it alone for now and just let her enjoy the water for the rest of the summer and then maybe go back next year for some additional lessons.
She's also too short to be able to grab on to the side of the pool deck too, at least at the pool she learned in so we'll just take it slow. Like I said though, at least she is enjoying it!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Speaking of the friends that I talked about in my previous post ... as I mentioned, they can cook like nobody's 'bidness. When we adopted Emma, we returned from China on a Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend. We were bushed! That flight, or more appropriately "flights" take forever. We flew from Guangzhou, China to Hong Kong, to Chicago and then on in to Louisville. I don't remember the exact times but I'm thinking we spent 26 hours traveling. Needless to say, we were TIRED when we landed. We were met at the airport by all kinds of friends and we arrived home to a freshly stocked fridge and several days worth of meals. What a blessing!
Anyway, our friends (mentioned in the previous post) invited us out on Memorial Day for dinner and swimming. We were still exhausted but you just can't pass on dinner at their house. Not only are they good cooks but they are just awesome company too. Dinner consisted of Brent's Green Beans - beans grown in their garden, canned and then seasoned southern' style. And man on man they are awesome!
The funny thing though, was that little Emma could not eat enough of them. That poor child ate like she hadn't eaten in months (and believe me, she had been eating well for us). But she LOVES those beans. It's so cute too because every time we've been out there since then she is scoping out the dishes and you can just tell she is looking for the beans. Anytime we have them somewhere else, even the canned variety at home - she always tells us they are NOT Brent's Beans!
She also likes to spend time in their garden helping Angie pick things. So, the last time we were out there, Angie had saved some seeds just for Emma to plant. Now that baby girl can have her own little section of green beans.
Again, as Emma said the other day "Thank you Jesus for Friends!"
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Ryan spent last week at 4H camp and this week at church camp ... and I'm ready for the little guy to make it home! It's been pretty quiet around the house and even though it seems like we've had something going on every night, I still miss him. Two weeks is too long!
So, while I am thinking about him, and missing him, and wishing he was sitting in my lap - even though he's too big to sit in my lap - the next best thing to do is to look at pictures of him. It cracks me up to see him enjoying the water so much because he used to be very scared of learning to swim and especially to go under water. But he learned several years ago through an instructor that says she can teach you to swim in 7 days. Let me say this, she earned her money with him. Speaking of her, Emma is currently taking lessons - pictures of her coming up in a day or two.
These were taken a few weeks ago out at some friends. They had a big party to celebrate their daughter graduating from high school. This is the couple who first invited us to the church where we are now and we've been friends with them ever since. They are lots of fun to hang out with and visit with ... and man they can cook too!
I decided to crop this one & repost ... have I ever mentioned I LOVE my new camera?!
And then while I was at it, I thought I'd crop it again.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Almost two years ago I received an email from a lady in Washington that I had met online during the process of adopting Emma. She had setup a yahoo group for people with June 2006 LID's and she knew we were in the process of adopting again and wanted me to join (even though I had sworn off joining any new groups until we had our login date). The reason she asked me to join was because there was family who had joined and they were from Louisville and this was their first adoption and Tassie wanted me to touch base with them. Well, I did because Tassie asked. Who would have known from that one email that a wonderful friendship would have been born!
Here we are two years later and we're still friends with their family. Both of their boys absolutely adore Emma and the feelings are mutual.
Anyway, to get to the point of my story ... they decided to adopt a special needs child and were matched with this precious, precious little girl! They will be traveling soon to adopt her and we are SOOO excited for them! She will be 3 years old on Friday and obviously is such a little cutie pie! You can follow their story at:
That page shows one of the first pictures they received of her. It's amazing how much they bundle up the little ones in China!!!
Their main page is:
CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT & KRISTIE!!!!
Kristie and I are going to get to have lunch together on Friday & celebrate Miss Jenna's birthday!
As Emma said the other day "Thank you Jesus for Friend"!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This is what happens with Ryan & Emma play together while I'm out mowing! She always ends up dressed one odd way or another. Once time he had her dressed in his cap and baseball shirt, which was really cute ... but this time they utilized all the accessories they could find!
Monday, June 9, 2008
He left for his week all bright eyed:
And returned one tired little camper!
He leaves today for church camp ... I miss the little guy already!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I know I posted this picture the other day (along w/ the other Fancy Nancy Pix) - but there is something about this picture that just makes me smile. She's the poster child for everything that is funny, cute, ornery and obstinate then topped with a big ol' heap of the Love of Life.
Lord I thank Thee daily for our children and the blessings they are and the fun and life they have added to our family!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Then there was a fund raiser at a local bar-b-que restaurant for the kids going to church camp:
We also had the privilege of attending their school play "Go West" - that was a lot of fun! He's on the back row, toward the left with the red bandana.
Now the summer fun begins! He left early this a.m. for 4H camp and then next week he is off to church camp.
I miss him already :-(
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Back to the box ... Emma was absolutely delighted! It's funny because she is all about surprises and suspense and when I told her she had a present she wanted to wait and open it after breakfast. Before she tore into the package she went down a list of what she thought was in it and boy, her expectations were more than met. Emma is now the proud owner of a "Fancy Nancy" skirt, hat, purse, red feather boa, jewelry that lights up, TWO new pair of fancy shoes, sunglasses ... and I'm sure I'm leaving something out - but all kinds of fun stuff. Katrina said this was to help her in her "pink and glitter education"!
Needless to say, we've had a delightful couple of days with all the glittery things. Our friend Amy had added to Emma's "Fancy Nancy" library a week or so ago which we have now read countless times - now Emma can dress up and read them too!