"Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again -
my savior and my God!"
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
What do you think? Should we go back to the hairdo's of the 1950's?
I am also carrying differently than my other two - much higher. Isn't it funny how each pregnancy can be so different? Anyway, I was feeling goofy when my husband snapped this shot, so I decided to get a shot of my view looking down upon my belly. Tee-hee-hee!
Stunning view, isn't it? Notice the lack of feet? I'm pretty sure they're still down there!
Now for the real reason for this post. I am starting to think about stocking my freezer with pre-made meals for after the baby is born. I have been stockpiling meat, so I have tons of chicken, beef (both ground and not), and pork in the freezer and I need good freezer meal ideas. I very rarely pre-make meals and freeze them, and some that I have tried have not been so good once thawed. So, for the hand full of you who read this blog, do you have any great freezer meal ideas? I have looked at books on this subject before, but have never been willing to shell out 25+ buckaroos for the privilege of owning one. Ideas? Anyone?
Friday, August 22, 2008
Isn't that cool? I didn't show the whole thing, because I don't know if that is kosher or not, but it is really neat. I have 10 documents notarized and ready for certification, so I will send those to Austin Monday morning. It takes about 2 weeks to get them back. Once they are back, I'll drive them to Houston to take them to the Chinese Consulate in person. Since we are waiting on the approval from immigration still, I probably have time to do that one by mail too, but I have been wanting to visit my brother who lives in Houston anyway. It will be a good excuse to stay with him for a few days. Then all of that will go, along with photos and other misc. items for the dossier, to our adoption agency in Colorado. They will go ahead and review everything and have it approved, or make us change things we missed, before they get the one last coveted document. That way, when we get our immigration approval, I can drive it to Austin for certification, overnight it to Houston to have my brother take it for authentication, and he can overnight it to the agency. This way, they can get the whole dossier out faster than normal since they will have the majority of the review and translation done. Whew! Doesn't it make you tired just reading about it? But God is good. God is faithful. He has worked out every detail from the beginning, starting with putting it in Jerry's heart to move forward with the whole thing to begin with. This is obviously His adoption, His special little girl, and His plan for our family. I am enjoying the ride!
In other non-adoption news, Ethan started preschool (at home) three weeks ago. He LOVES being in "school" just like his big brother. The program I had that I planned to use for him didn't work. After the first week, it was obvious that although some of it was perfect for him, parts of it were way over his head. Fortunately, I had just heard of a program available for free online called Hubbard's Cupboard. The link is to their 3's program, which I am using. We just finished week two today and it is amazing. Ethan just loves it and Aaron is really enjoying it, too. It is Bible based, which I love, and really covers all the basics. We can do a whole day's lessons in 20-30 minutes, so it is perfect for the active three year old. I usually break that up into 2 or 3 segments between Aaron's school. They have a 2 and a 4 year old program too, but I haven't really looked at those. I may continue to use it along side of Aaron's program until Ethan is completely ready to combine most subjects with his brother. Here's a picture of both the boys with the suns they made when we studied day 4 of creation this past week.
Can't you see the pride on Ethan's face? He couldn't be happier with being in school!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Another benefit is that they are getting exposed to so many sports! We are a football kind of family. In the fall, we watch the Ohio State Buckeyes as if our very lives depend on it. But we don't often watch other sports. In the last week or so, they have seen more sports than they knew existed! And they play all of them together while they watch. It is so fun to watch them play "volleyball" just now! I have on the gold medal match from last night for them. The really funny thing is that because we talk about China a lot with our adoption, they are fighting over who gets to be China almost as much as who gets to be USA! The only problem with all of this new sports exposure is that they happened to see a boxing match on Sunday. Can you guess how their imitation of this is going?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Yesterday, out of the blue, my cat decided to pee all over the beanbag chair in my boys' room. It was so disgusting and foul smelling! When we discovered it and went in the room, she proceeded to hiss at us. Then after we got it cleaned and the chair outside for now, she was back to normal and seeking attention and acting as if nothing had happened. Then today, I went to a meeting and a friend stayed with my kids. While I was gone, she pooped on the floor where the chair had been. She hissed at my friend, and when I got home and began to remove the poop, she hissed at me. Then this evening, she peed all over a bag I use to take my swim suit and towel to water aerobics in. I cannot take much more of this. I fought desperately to keep her alive just a few short months ago, but will not keep a cat who willfully pees and poops on my stuff. We are going to try a thorough cleaning out of her litter box. When I am pregnant, I cannot participate in that, so it does get a bit fuller than normal. :) I sure hope that works.
If you have a cat and have dealt with this, do you have any suggestions? I am in need of them now if you do!
Monday, August 18, 2008
I have finally finished purchasing everything for school which starts the second week of September. I'm in the midst of writing lesson plans for 2ND grade and kindergarten. I still want to get an art book for Ella and a music appreciation book for her, too. I am really anxious about starting her on an instrument but with the small place that we live in and the constant feeling of "we're about to move" I just feel it's a bad time for that right now.
My parents are headed to Hawaii again. They'll be "working" on Maui for another six months, although my mom is to come back in late Dec/early Jan so she can be here for the baby to be born. I have planned to take 5 weeks off of school during that time. I've never had a baby in the midst of schooling so I have no idea if that's realistic or not. My dad thinks that my mom should just stay here until he gets back from Maui. She'd be a huge help with school and EVERYTHING else, but I doubt she'll stay that long. I think she'll go back since round-trip tickets are often the same price as or cheaper than one-way tickets. Go figure.
We are still steeped in house hunting. The market here is just insane; it's hard to know if you're doing the right thing by buying right now. We are just expanding beyond this apartment though. On top of the insane market, most of the places around here are located in Florida's INFAMOUS Community Development Districts (CDD) and the fees for living in these places is often $1-2000 or more a year on top of taxes and HOA fees and sometimes "monthly maintenance fees." Whatever those are. What happened to places where you just went and bought a house and lived there? Make sure you read the article about CDDs. And keep in mind that we live in Hillsborough county and that the article is 4.5 years old. It's hard to find a house that isn't in a CDD. The fees are, I believe, partly responsible for the high rate of foreclosures and short sales here. The taxes are already high but then you add these exorbitant fees - that can be raised at any time - on top of them and your house payment just doubled. When they say your monthly payment for your house is $1000, you have to add anther $5-700 on to that and it prices many buyers right out of a decent house. It's infuriating.
I think I'll stop talking about this now, I might punch my computer screen and then I wouldn't be able to check the blogs anymore and that would be a tragedy. Or maybe I'd hurt my hand and not be able to cook dinner. Hmmmm...now that's an idea.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
So here goes. Here it is. My life. Almost in its entirety. Are you sure you're ready, because it is gripping - extremely exciting.
Don't I look excited? What is that look on my face, anyway? The couch and I are becoming very close friends. As my uterus continues to betray me, I am learning how to "slow down." I am thankful that I am still able to do a lot of things. Total bed rest would drive me insane! I have found that water aerobics does not cause contractions. Which is funny to me, since dancing with my three year old does. It must be something about the weightlessness of the water. Whatever it is, I am super thankful because I need some sort of an outlet for my energy.
A couple weeks ago, when I was not permanently bonded to my sofa, my grandmother was here visiting from Germany. We spent as much time with her as possible. Aaron absolutely LOVES his great-grandma. She indulges his insatiable desire for games. I cannot tell you how many times she played Sorry with him in one week! I thought you might enjoy some pictures of us with her. Note the game she is playing with Aaron - that's right, Sorry.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I found the comments after the article interesting, too. So many gay people wondering what SCC's opinion on same sex couples adopting. What does it matter? The government here and in the country they seek to adopt from make the rules. And all the comments about his statements that if only 7% of Christians in the world would take in one child, there would be no orphans - I think it is interesting that people thought he was saying only Christians should adopt.
Enough from me! Go read it yourself!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
- 4 tubes of Crest Multi-Care Whitening toothpaste
- 4 Oral B toothbrushes
- 2 Colgate Advance tubes of toothpaste
- 1 infants advil
- 2 CoverGirl Tru-Blend foundations
- 2 boxes of Post Grape Nuts Trail Mix cereal
I got all that for $5.79. Not too shabby! And, not only did I get all that for $5.79, I left the store with coupons for $23.28 off my next shopping trip. To be used just like cash. So when I go next week, the first $23.28 of my order will be free. On the house.
Like I said, that's what I'm talkin' about!