Thursday, May 29, 2008

Summer Vacation and Bonding

The kids have finished school and once again we have come upon the time of year in which I really wish I had become a teacher - Oh well - I am definitely not going back to school - so I guess I will stick with my current job. We leave for Estes Park, Colorado tomorrow - I anticipate that 14 hours in the car with my kids will be much better than 14 hous in an airplane with them!! I am hoping to keep up with the blog a little better since I won't be at work - we will see how that works out! I am obviously blogging right now - since otherwise I would have to be packing - I believe I just need the proper motivation to keep this up to date - Benjamin is doing well - We were singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" on the trampoline tonight. This seems to be a good activity for teaching the body parts - He was trying to tell me their names in Mandarin and I can't remember anything he told me - I don't think I have a gift for languages. He now says "I love you" and will give us a goodnight kiss without being prompted - It is exciting to see him become a part of the family - It is hard to explain how your feelings change for a child over a period of time - Most of the time with bio kids (although not always) - Once they are born you have an instant bond with them. Claire was 8 months old when we got her - we loved her from the moment we saw her - but she had not been held much and didn't expect much from us for the first few weeks - she finally figured out that we would be there when she needed us and started to interact, reach for us, and become interested in her surroundings (although I must say that a hypotonic, detached child - makes for an easy plane ride) She has changed one million percent - as anyone can see - Benjamin came to us very interested in everything - we have worked to make him a little more dependent on us for things than he was used to. He now holds our hands like he means it - he has stopped trying to run off all the time - He shows affection (he likes to come and get in our bed in the morning). If you have adopted you will hear that in the first few weeks it can feel like babysitting - It is nice to be moving out of the babysitting stage and into the being a real family stage. I think things are really progressing well.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Finally Spring!

It was finally sunny and warm and not raining - I love spring - and I LOVE my flowers - So I was very happy to see flowers in my yard when I returned home today from a weekend out of town. I am not sure anyone else cares about my flower photos - but since I love them - Here they are --- The picture of Benjamin is his post haircut photo - He is now without his little friend on the back of his head - and he didn't seem to care that it was gone - I also have a photo of a sad Jessie - we are having a well put in where we are building a new house and Kendell said "Do not get in the mud - It is still really wet and it is very deep" So what do you know - Jessie races off to check out the well and comes back a few minutes later with mud covered pants and with no shoes. She said "Wesley told me that it wasn't wet!" Obviously Wesley is not the expert and I did note that he had not a speck of mud on him. I thought it was rather hilarious - Kendell did not since he had to get a shovel and dig Jessie's shoes out of a foot of thick, sticky mud.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I thought I would share a couple of photos for mother's day. I have included a couple of pictures of Mom - prior to my brother and I's arrival - You will note that raising us has slightly caused her hair color to change a bit - I am sure that won't happen to me! My mom just traveled with us to China and lived to tell about it. However, she may never want to travel with us again. We could not have gotten home with four kids without her - we might have come back with a couple - but never all four. She lives a few hours away - but the kids still love to see "City Grandma". I also incuded a photo of my grandma - The picture is from my college graduation and I think that was only 2 or 3 years ago - Ok - maybe it was 11 years ago - but I don't look any older and neither does grandma! I hope everyone has a great mother's day! I know I have enjoyed spending most of my day at the hospital on call!
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