meet the kids

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okay, it’s finally time. here are our children. these are not their real names, but for the sake of attempting to keep their lives somewhat private, these will be their blog names. and not sure how the whole “flight” name theme came about. you’ll have to defer to josh for that.

 

 

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amelia, our beautiful 5 year old daughter, is a fun-loving little girl. she loves being in preschool, adores her teacher, and has made so many friends. her little world has grown quite big in the past 9 months and she’s taking it all in great strides. diagnosed with epilepsy in november of 2006, she was thrown another hardball in the short life she’s lived already. but she’s managing very well, and we’re trying. she’s hardly ever seen in anything that doesn’t have pink as the main color and wants to be a mommy and a teacher when she grows up.

 

 

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wilbur, our 3 year old son, is quite the entertainer. he loves to make people laugh and has a great sense of humor. he’s growing like a weed, with his 4T pants getting almost too short. he’s going to be a tall kid! his favorite new game is “throw the (indoor, soft) basketball as hard as i can at daddy’s tummy.” this kid loves TV. we swear he’d watch all day if we let him. especially if it’s lazytown, finding nemo, cars, or well, pretty much anything kid related. he also likes to congratulate us when he notices us stopping at stop signs. maybe he’ll be a driving instructor when he’s older.

 

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and orville, our little guy, isn’t so little anymore. he turned 2 this past Sunday and has changed so much since we met him. he has quite an aversion to the english language. though he has words, he doesn’t use them often. he has mastered saying ‘uh’ for everything, and we have mastered understanding just what he means everytime ‘uh’ comes out of his mouth. he loves sleeping and eating and being the solid (wait till we post a bathing suit pic) guy that he is, we’re hoping he plays football someday.

 

this is the day we met, april 8, 2006.
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this is Christmas 2006.
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she cried

our daughter cried yesterday. she has done that before, many times actually. like when we say no to something she wants to do or say. or when i go to the store and leave her home with daddy and her brothers. or when she’s at choir at church and she misses us, even though we are at church too. or when she wants to play outside after school and it’s 15 below 0 and i tell her it’s too cold. but yesterday was different. she cried when she got in trouble. she has gotten in trouble many times before too. and she’s always put in time-out. or a handful of times we’ve sent her to her room. and two times she’s had to stand in the corner. but yesterday it seemed as if something had broken. this kind of hard shell that she came tucked inside of, had finally cracked. and you’re wondering, “what was the offense?” and really, it wasn’t a huge deal. she was coloring and decided to color on her face and her hands, with marker. again, not a huge deal. but, she is 5, so she does know better. and she admitted that. she said flat out she did it because she wanted to. it wasn’t an accident, it was on purpose. so she sat in time-out for 5 minutes. then she had to clean the marker off of her hands. then she had to clean it off of her face. but before that could happen, daddy came home for lunch and i suggested she show him what she did. he displayed a look of disappointment, told her she is too big to do that and she knows better. and then it happened. the lower lip puffed up and the tears started to roll. we sent her on her way to finish cleaning up and you know what we did? gave eachother a high-five and a big hug. she finally cried. that means that after almost nine months of living here, she finally cares if we disapprove of a negative behavior. she finally feels so much of a connection with us that it upsets her to see disappointment from us. and it felt good, because we are getting somewhere. she finally finished cleaning up her face and i scooped her up and gave her a big hug and the tears started to roll again. as i held her tight i told her we love her very much and we were sorry she was upset, but what she did wasn’t good behavior and we weren’t happy about it. and i told her that part of our job as her mommy and daddy is to teach her right from wrong, and to help her choose the right. and i told her, that she’s not allowed to use markers for awhile.

hip hop horray

remember that song? naughty by nature?

anyway, we’re back! well, we’ve been here all along, but three kids can easily take the blogging out of even the most faithful bloggers. not just the kids, but the laundry, the dishes, the cooking, the cleaning, the time-outing, the potty training, the diaper changing. i could go on and on. yes, i really could. and i should be cleaning right now as we are hosting a birthday party this weekend, but alas, i felt the call to finally update. and to chill out for a minute with some ben & jerry’s! hee hee!

life is good here. the kids have been home almost 9 months. they went on adoptive status in december and we go to court this month to finalize things. i can’t believe it!

we almost started off the new year with a big post about the kids including their pictures and their names. but, the husband and i had a disagreement about whether or not to post the kids real names. i wanted to, but he was concerned about their safety and their future. i kind of thought he was crazy, but now i agree with him. so, pictures and ficticious names, will be posted soon. thanks to starfish too, for helping me figure this whole name thing out.

and speaking of starfish, check out her little guy. and read their story. she’s a great writer, very funny. and an office fan. which if you are reading this, and you don’t watch the office, tonight’s a great night to start. NBC, 8:30pm Easten. be careful, you’ll get hooked!

okay, almost time to head to preschool, and the ben & jerry’s is getting mushy.

until next time…