Friday, November 28, 2008
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sawyer being chased by all the girls. It is his life story!
My Mavery, Happy First Thanksgiving Beautiful Girl!
Three little almond eyed beauties!
Adley & Sage
This is what happens at my moms house for most every gathering. Sitting around watching Football. Well, typically the men. I could care less about sports.
Sage relaxing while her big sister pushes her around! They are to cute together!
If I had more time I would tell you how my family is related on both sides and it is all legal. Always makes it nice for family gatherings. This is my parents brothers and sisters. Jan, (who is Terry & Judys sister, )Terry & Debbie. (Debbie is my moms sister) my parents in the middle, Ray & Judy. Ray is my dads brother, Judy is Terrys sister, and Joe, my dads brother. See if you can figure all that out!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Malaine had her first school party this week and we all went to watch her sing. She is having lots of fun at school and it was good to be back there with all our friends. She is fitting in just fine, as we knew she would and really enjoys going. Of course having such a great teacher is helping her adjust, even though they make her take naps! We are all very thankful for Ms Sherman! I am missing her in the day, and she assures me every night that while she likes school and wants to be there, she misses me "so much!" . ;0)
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
2 years old
ONE is fun!
- She has the best voice ever. It is SO deep and gravely and it makes me laugh listening to it come from this tiny little body.
- Gets nervous about some things such as riding in the big van but then is not afraid to hang off of the canopy bed or go headfirst down the steps on her belly or dive in 10 feet of water. (or to be honest, to dive in the bathtub off of the sink next to it, oh you can't take your eyes off her for a second!)
- Loves to sing and sings LOUD.
- Does not know a stranger and does not have one shy bone in her body. She just expects that everyone likes her. She is very sure of herself for sure!
- When we get to church she runs in her class and says "I'm Here" as if they were all holding up class waiting for her before they could even think to begin!
- Her favorite word is butt, though she knows she is not supposed to use that. So what she says is "Mom, I hurt my bootie, NOT my butt, ok Mom, not my butt" What do you do with that?
- She is also very artsy. Just ask her sunday school teacher what she enjoys making during play-do time. Poop, she made poop. Sigh...
- She LOVES lipstick. She puts it on thick and often.
- She is ALMOST potty trained. Funny thing is she did things backwards and NEVER poo's in her pants, but the other is random. I thought Mavery might teach her, but nope, has not helped much.
- Her favorite show is now Go Diego Go and that is about the only one she will watch. She loves animal books and tells me all of the animals that are on Diego.
- She eats so much better of of ANYONE elses plate or drinks from their cup better than her own. She just waits till everyone leaves the table and then roams it to finish her dinner.
Sage is just full of JOY and life and makes our lives richer because she is ours. As I sat and rocked her tonight (which is rare, she is not a huggy girl, much to busy for that!) I savored those moments of just snuggling and singing and praising Jesus that she is mine. I can not imagine my life with out her. 3 years ago she was born in China, 9 months later she was in my arms forever. Of course I think of her birth mother today, and those 9 months I missed, but it is not with tears as it sometimes is. It is with a thankful heart and simply a look back at how far she has come since I have held her. My Sage, our 4 thchild, the beginning of a chapter in our lives called adoption. The reason we were once again in China last month, all because we fell in love with Sage. A little girl handpicked by God to be our daughter. I will forever be thankful.
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Monday, November 17, 2008
I thought you all would enjoy knowing that her first comment was that "she sure is chunky!" She meant this in a good way, I think. And the funny thing is, we are pretty sure she has slimmed down some with all her climbing and running around here!
The visit went well. She was impressed with Maverys language and believes she is bonding great from what she witnessed. Which makes me feel good. Of course it is what I think, but it is nice to hear a "professional" tell you it is true.
We talked about sleeping, and that was kind of a bummer. We told her how she cries out in the night and how sometimes she actually wakes up with this piercing scream while thrashing around in the bed, it seriously sounds like the bed is going to fall apart. She is pretty sure it is night terrors and said there is no solution but that she will grow out of them about 9 or 10 years old. Yeehaw, that is great! Who can share a room with a kid that sounds like someone is stabbing her a few times a night? Sometimes she does not do this. She did when we first came home, then stopped. But started up again the last few nights. I am praying it is a passing thing being caused by a new stuffy nose because I am not big on being woke up a few times a night with a racing heartbeat!
The other "issue" we are having that she tried to help with is that Mavery does not go to bed for me. I lay her down, she screams. Mark comes in and pats her, she goes to sleep. Same goes for anything. Eating, if I sit next to her she hangs on me and whines. If he is next to her she sits and eats. Mark says I am to soft and basically that is what the Social Worker insinuated to. She told me I have to do things just like Mark does. I did not tell her that she might not want me following all of Mark's parenting tactics because HE is the one letting our children hang from the bedrails, but did promise her I am TRYING to act like him when it comes to putting her to bed. Apparently I might need more work.
So all in all it was a good visit. No one did anything to embarrass me, you know, they did not act like they normally do so that was good! Sage actually slept through part of the visit and thankfully kept her clothes on when she was awake. She did cry to watch tv at one point and I was worried she was not going to give up, but thankfully she got busy being cute so I did not have to show the SW that she knows how to find her favorite show on tivo. Hershey ( the dog) did not bite her or anything like that, but did jump on top of her trying to lick her face. Thankfully our Social Worker is really great and very laid back. You would have to be to take on our family.
Thankfully we did not have to offer up any pictures so no worries that she saw the gymnastic shots. Of course for all I know she found my blog and then we might have some explaining to do. Some of your emails cracked me up and I am glad you emailed instead of commenting, we have to keep it G rated around here ya know! hahaha!
Next visit at 6 months and then again at 12 months. So at least we are guaranteed to have the house cleaned 2 more times in the next year! ;0)
Posted at 3:41 PM
Saturday, November 15, 2008
And do you think I should hide all evidence that we visited this place, well I am not admitting how many times we went this week.
Maybe I should not admit to being ok with this (video games), but it means that 2 little girls sit quietly for a minute!
Driving Sage around kept them happy for awhile. Mavery is a pretty good driver, even if she had experience watching China drivers! ;0) Do social workers mind kids being on TOP of the car?
Now I know this one is a no no. But, since we can't afford gymnastics for the girls right now, we figure we need to get in their exercise. And yes, they both prefer to be with out clothes as much as possible!
And yes, even the dog gets in on the action to!
**Disclaimer--No children OR animals were harmed in the taking of these pictures. I (the mom) was wondering why every time Mavery was in my bedroom she would reach up towards the top of my bed, till I walked in and saw the dad doing these things with them!
Posted at 7:26 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
**Scroll down to bottom of the blog and pause my music so you can hear the bathtime fun!
The girls don't typically take a bath in their suits, but I wanted you all to see how much fun we have around here. Sage is just so crazy in the tub, I have one video of showing how long she stays under the water, it is wild! In China Mavery did not like to be in the tub at all, but now she runs and jumps right in! But as you can tell, she is not quite as crazy about the water as Sage, though I am not sure many 3 years olds act as Sage does in the water!
Posted at 10:03 PM
** Scroll down and pause my music at the bottom of the blog so you can hear the video!
I posted Mavery singing on her blog, not sure what she is saying here, but their 2 voices together are so different and so funny! They are singing a choir song from the kids CD, and they both have it memorized. They make me laugh every day!
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Monday, November 10, 2008
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