Thursday, October 30, 2008

Busy Week

Library Fun-Dancing with our Teddy Bears (and Chloe's Puppy)
Jacob and his Teddy Bear Certificate
Snack Time at the Library
Fairy Princess Chloe

This has been a busy week for us! I still need to post pictures from Rachael's confirmation on Sunday. She missed the confirmation back in May because we were in China so luckily another church let her be confirmed with their congregation this last Sunday. It was amazing! There were over 150 children confirmed! We went to Olive Garden afterwards and had a nice dinner.
Saturday we did the business trick-or-treat here in town. Chloe caught on really quick to the candy thing. Our girl likes her sweets! Ryan had a lot of fun doing the guitar hero contest. He is amazing at it and is not so modest about his abilities. I had to tell him several times to stop talking to strangers and to be a bit more humble about sharing his scores.
My brother and sister-in-law had their baby Tuesday. Her name is Abigail Maria and she is just adorable! She was 5 pounds 7 ounces and 17 inches long. She is such a peanut! She has a lot of brown hair and dark eyes. Yesterday I got to go see her and she is just precious. Everyone is doing well and they are headed home today.
It has been such a busy week with lots of fun things yet to do!

Chloe, Jacob, and I attended Toddler Time at our local library on Tuesday. It was teddy bear day

Monday, October 27, 2008

Chloe and the Cupcake (Sappy Mom Rambling Too)

Chloe just love frosting and sprinkles. She got them up her nose even!

We feel so blessed to have such wonderful kids. It seems like such a miracle that this little person that fits so perfectly into our family was born so far away from us. I was reflecting yesterday that there had to be a hand somewhere into her being placed with us. I mean, out of over 200 agencies that get lists of waiting children around the world she went to ours. On top of that we were told our agency had hundreds of clients that requested special needs. Out of all of the agencies and all of the clients-we were chosen for her. I cannot imagine my life without her-as with the rest of my children. People told me how when you meet your adopted child from China you see how perfect they are for you family. I though, "Yeah right...what are you supposed to say?" I think you have to live it to understand it. I do now. She IS perfect for our family.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Giggle Girl

This is how I look when I am "pretending" to sleep. I wake up and say, "Here I am!"
Sometimes when I laugh really hard I snort. Mommy said it is very lady like!

On the way back from the pumpkin farm Rachael was playing with Chloe. You can see her hand on her head. Chloe was just having a blast. She laughed and laughed at "Ray Ray". Rachael still calls Chloe "Rou Rou" most of the time. It is so cute. I have Ray Ray and Rou Rou. I told Jacob and I am going to call him JJ. Ry Ry just sounds a little strange. He prefers his new nick name from school-Bread. I don't know if it will stick though. They are calling him Bread because of his name Ryan or Ry for short.
Chloe is doing so well. I can't believe she will be 2 in less than 3 weeks. Her vocabulary is getting so large. I am amazed that she knows so many words in English in less than 6 months. Yesterday Matt was bringing her downstairs in the morning and the conversation went like this, "Daddy!" "Yes, Chloe." "Look Daddy! Two kitties!" He was surprised because Oreo and Poochie were sitting in the living room. There were two kitties! I asked her to blink today and she did! I then asked her to blink for Granny and Grandma and she batted her cute little eyes. This girl is scary smart.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Picking Pumpkins

Last weekend we went to a pumpkin patch. The kids had a lot of fun. Chloe loves pumpkins and we had to watch her pretty close to make sure she didn't try to pick them up on her own. Poor Dad will have to do a lot of scooping and carving (yeah, Mom will too) Sunday when they all get carved. It will be interesting what Chloe thinks of scooping the guts out. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if she really liked it. She loves bugs. Why wouldn't she like pumpkin guts too?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jacob's Field Trip to the Fire Station

Whoa Mom! Look at me!!
Listening intently....
Say it isn't so! How cool!
This really is more fun than it looks right now.
Someday I am going to drive this thing too.

Last Friday Jacob's preschool class took a field trip to the fire station to re-enforce Fire Prevention Week. They got to see the antique fire engine. They also got to walk through an ambulance and a fire truck. It was very interesting and I learned a few new things. The highlight for the kids was holding the fire hose. They were all on cloud nine and fortunately stayed dry!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Brownies with Brother

Last week I Ryan and Chloe made brownies. Jacob took a turn stirring too. I think they were gone in less than 12 hours. They were the Double Chocolate ones. Talk about weakness! I think they went straight to my waist but boy were they good!
Ryan was so patient with Chloe and he just loves cooking. You can tell too that her hair is getting much longer. By the end of the day she has had it with clippies, hair ties, and bows. They get ripped out and the hair just hangs in her face. I will be so glad when it finally gets long enough to tuck behind her ear-or when she finally submits to me pulling it out of her face!

Catching Up

Chloe, there are rollie pollies in here!
You can't touch them though!
Let's check out some other things.
Life is full of fun adventures!

Things have been so busy around here the last few weeks. Rachael has been performing with the band quite a bit. Last weekend they took home 5 trophies in their competition. They did so awesome! Ryan is preparing for swim meets and needs to grow gills with as often as he is in the pool. Jacob started swim lessons too and is just loving it! Chloe is a bit jealous but her time will come. I have been taking them to Toddler Time at the library and that went over surprisingly well.

Sadly, Matt's Grandfather passed away yesterday. It has been hard for all of us. Grandpa Hester was an amazing person and he will be missed greatly. When you see all of the love and support that has been outpouring from everyone it makes you feel so blessed. I don't think it is ever easy to say good-bye though.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Princess Gets Her 1st Haircut (here in the states)

You can still see my accident from the karoke machine. I get into everything!
Look at how long my hair has gotten!
It is coming together. I sit so good for Mommy!
I can play with that thing? Really?
Cheese! Mommy and Me!

On Sunday I gave Chloe her first haircut. I took about 2 inches off the back to make it more of a bob instead of a mullet. She cooperated really well. I had no idea what to expect. I had heard that it can be really traumatic when they give haircuts at the orphanage and obviously from her referral photo she was the recipient of one of the head shavings. I am trying to grow her bangs out too and we are at that in between point. The poor kid looks so disheveled most of the time unless we get her to keep her hair ties in. Then it looks so cute. The top and sides are getting enough length that they don't look so much like "pokey tails" and more like "pig tails". We think she is adorable no matter what! I just love it when she says things now like "I'm cute!" or "I'm a princess!" Guess she is hearing them enough!

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Big Girl is Growing Up

Rachael and Granny
Isn't she so pretty!
My big girl.

It is hard for me to believe that my big girl is growing up. She can't be getting older because that means that I am getting older. That's just not happening, yeah right! This weekend was her first Homecoming dance. Friday night we went and watched our football team get whopped on. The band sounded wonderful and we really enjoyed watching and listening to them. Saturday morning we watched Rachael march with the band in the parade. I couldn't get any good pictures because I was on the opposite side from her. Afterwards we got a very quick bite to eat and we were off to have her get a mani/pedi. The black polish she was sporting just wasn't working for either of us. Next we stopped by the house and I washed her hair quickly, gathered my hair things and we were off to Susan's house for make-up. Susan is an outstanding make-up artist and has been a friend of mine since our kids were very little. I had so much fun watching her do Rachael's make-up and reminiscing about her son Taylor (who is the same age as Rachael) and Rachael were little. I was able to do her hair while Susan worked her magic. Finally we jetted home. Rachael looked stunning in her dress. I liked that she still looked her age (somewhat) in the dress. All of her body parts were covered and it really reflected her personality.

After a lot of discussion this week we decided that we would invite her friends to come over for dinner before the dance. Everyone brought a dish to pass and we invited the parents to take photos before dinner. Chloe and Jacob went to Grandma Ruth and Grandpa Mark's house and once we served dinner, Matt and I retreated to the basement. It was nice to have them here. All in all, there were 8 kids here Saturday evening. Matt and I drove them to the dance and they all were responsible for their own ride home. It sounds like the had a great time at the dance and we suggested to Rachael that they consider doing something similar again in the future.

I just can't believe she is in high school. I used to get looks when she was a baby. I figured they were, "Oh poor teenage Mom" when in reality I wasn't. Now I am pushing the "older Mom" end of the spectrum. I was okay with the first and I am okay with the second. I am just so happy I am a Mom. I have been so blessed with such great kids.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fun at the River Walk

I just LOVE water!
Can I please get in there?
Someone was a bit crabby at first.
A friendly passerby took a few photos for me.

Last week we went to the River Walk to meet our FCC Playgroup friends. I got there early with Jacob and Chloe and we had fun checking out the sites. It was so beautiful and peaceful in the morning. The birds were flying close to the water. The weather was perfect. It was the serene experience. The only problem was that I forgot to check and see exactly where we were meeting! I called Matt in a panic and he was able to look up in my email where the group was located. We were a little late but still had a wonderful time with our friends.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Super Star Kid

I'm an All Star!
My Mom needs to fatten me up!
I love little critters-just like sister!

Jacob is so funny. He loves his school so much this year. Today is our day to bring snack for the class. He has hemmed and hawed about what to bring. Gogurt? Teddy Grahams? Finally he decided that goldfish would be best. We are going to stop by Target on our way to school so he can pick the variety.

Over the last two weeks he has been on a bug hunt. I found a fuzzy caterpillar when I was doing yard work. He loved the little thing so much. Unfortunately it didn't live too long. Now he has a rolley poley that he is nurturing.