Monday, May 29, 2006

Quote for the Week

Attitude is the crayon that colors our world

Dora Live

Delaney use to be in love with Dora the Explorer. When I bought the tickets to Dora Live was during a time that she only liked Dora.

Things have changed, she is in love with Dragon Tales now. I told her we were going to see Dora Live and she said that she didn't want to go. AHHH!! The tickets were not cheap. So I told her we were going anyway. In my head I was thinking, "You are going and you are going to LOVE it!" :)

We went on Saturday. SHE LOVED IT!!! When she saw Swiper, she immediately yelled, "Swiper, no swiping". She did so much better than she did at Care Bears! What a difference 6 months makes at her age. It also helped that it was at 11:00am and not 7pm.

Here are our pictures. It was a great show, I enjoyed it myself!

Zoo Time

Delaney is always beggging to go to the zoo. I have been telling her that as soon as Joshua is out for the summer, we will go.
We went on Thursday. We met some friends and had a great time.
It was HOT!! We had fun though!

Delaney is called "Monkey" by her Daddy. She actually loves it! Here she is as a monkey. Joshua said that he was the King monkey though because he has the banana.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Photo for Friday

This is a picture of the morning after Delaney came home. Joshua is still wearing his "I'm the Big Brother" t-shirt.

Look at his smile! Is he excited about his baby sister or what!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Chores Galore

Since it is only the first week of summer and Joshua is already stir-crazy, I decided I would add a few chores to the day.

Believe it or not, the kids were excited to help me with the chores list! Joshua has probably taken on more than he has realized but we can modify it as we go.

They arouse yesterday morning, excited to find out what they needed to do for chores. Any bets on how long that enthusiasm will last??

I think it is a great way to show them that they are an important contributing member of our family, and for now they absolutely LOVE it.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Eastern European Weekend

We had Eastern European weekend last weekend. It was so much fun!

We had a man from Russia play along with my friend Tanya on their instruments. Tanya played on her Domra, a traditional Ukrainian instrument.

We also had the kids make picture frames for their pictures with the Matroyshka dolls. We also had many other fun and informative activites. After camp on Saturday, we all went to the park and had a fun picnic.

Joshua just loves his "Ukraine" camp and looks forward to it every year.

Quote for the Week

Don't cry because it is over- Smile because it happened.

Working Out

Tote That Shrub, Lift That Kale
If you'd like to build strong bones without joining a gym, consider planting a garden.

In an analysis of several different physical activities, only yard work and weight lifting turned out to be good bone builders. In fact, raking mulch, planting bushes, and pulling weeds -- or doing whatever your green space takes -- were even better for bones than jogging. Researchers suspect that the digging, squatting, lifting, and pushing that yard work entails easily equals a weight workout.

I found this on Real Age tip for the day. I worked in my garden a lot yesterday. I can tell you from the soreness I feel today that it is a great workout!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Photo for Friday

I love this picture of Delaney. She is so beautiful in it. I thought a pool picture would be a great way to start off our summer break.

We went shopping today for more flower garden items---stay tuned.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Summer is Here!

Tuesday was Delaney's last day of school, today was Joshua's last day. Summer break is officially here.

I decided that since it has been in the high 80s around here, I would kick off the summer time fun by putting their pool up.

Delaney's little chin was shivering but she insisted that she was having a great time and wasn't cold.

The kids were so excited about summer that dinner was served outside as well.

We are in for a busy summer with swim lessons, soccer camp, Boy scout camp, Korea camp, Eastern Europe camp, VBS and visits to their grandparents.

We are also going to take a trip to Chicago to see the King Tut exhibit.

Sounds busy but definitely a fun time!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Quote for the Week

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.
Danny Kaye

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Motherhood, Sweet Motherhood!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

Here is what I have received for Mother's Day. My rose bush out in my garden even had two presents for me today!!

Joshua made a card in school. What he wrote in it was all from him. Be still my heart! Thank you God for blessing me with such a wonderful and loving family.

Mother's Day use to be a VERY hard day for me due to infertility. I refused to go to church on Mother's Day because motherhood was a heavy desire for me. It wasn't that I didn't want others to be Moms and celebrated, it just hurt so much that I wasn't one.

God led me through a very difficult trial with infertility. During the midst of it, I was very distraught and angry. Especially angry with God for making me struggle through it.

Now, on the other side of the trial, I can see that God had MUCH greater plans than me. Had I received the answers to my prayers at that time, I wouldn't be the mother of my two precious kids.

Going through infertility also eventually led me back to God and I am a much better person now. Not only do I have two ministries to witness to: Infertility and Adoption, but I am a much stronger and secure person for all that I went through.

For those of you that are still struggling and hate this day as I once did, your day IS coming! I know it is hard to believe but God has much greater plans and through the fire you will come out a refined and better person!

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Rooster Day Parade

We had our annual community parade in Broken Arrow. We have an adoption group at the church. We decided that a great way to spread the word about out group was to be in the annual parade. We had a blast!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Photo for Friday

Here is a favorite photo of the kids.
When Delaney was little, I would bring her into bed with me when she woke up each morning. When Joshua arose for the day, he would join us. I loved those moments!

This is how Delaney's hair looked for about the first year of her life. I would get it to lay down at the beginning of the day but as soon as it dried, it would stick back up. Too cute!

Highlight time

Delaney has been asking our hair dresser for red or purple color in her hair for about 1 1/2 years. She is serious about it. I guess she has seen me get color in my hair and she wants her favorite color in hers.

I had my hair colored on Wednesday and we decided to take the plunge.

Call me crazy! I have heard from others that if I give in to her at this age, what will happen when she is a teenager.

My thought is: This will not kill her or cause her harm. If she feels like she can ask me about things, all the better. Plus, she has been serious about this since she was 2 years old. What does it hurt? I say, pick your battles! Let your child express themselves.

The color is Boysenberry. It is very difficult to see in black hair unless the sun is hitting it just right. We put one streak on the right side of her head. I am not sure if the picture captures it or not. Can you see it?


As the end of the school year draws near, many of Joshua's favorite activities are coming to an end. He had his last class of Young Rembrandts yesterday.

Here is his latest drawing. He must be very proud of it. He has shown it to me at least three times already. I think he did a Great job!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Quote of the week

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

New Pet???

Joshua came running in after school today. He said that he wanted to keep the animal he found outside as his new pet. Well he had found an opposum. Not exactly the kind of animal you would want as a pet. Not much fun to play with unless you are wanting it to play dead all the time ;)

It is a little baby and is in my flower garden. It is kind of cute actually. I looked up the facts on it and it is considered great for gardens as it eats snails, slugs and other bugs. I assume it is probably attracted to the June bugs that are running rampant around here. Hey, if it will clean up my side walk, I just might let it.

I have advised the kids to not touch it or go near it. I told them it will bite and carries diseases. After reading more, I find that it is not true. Well it might scare them enough to stay away from it anyway.

It looks like I am not the only one enjoying my new flower garden

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

See you soon my dear friend!

Well the time has come for my friend to move back to New York. I have really enjoyed getting to know her. She is a great person!

I just regret that the busyness of life prevented us from getting together more often.

I will miss her and look foward to her return in a few years after her schooling is complete.

Thanks for being there for me, I have truly enjoyed our friendship.

Take care my friend-- see you soon.

Altered statues

I received two Willow Tree statutes for Christmas. It had always bothered me that the Mother/ Daughter statue never looked like me and my daughter. She does not have yellow or brown hair. All the Willow Tree statues have yellow or brown hair-- no black hair.

Well I took it upon myself to alter it a little. AHH-- much better!!

Clean Bill of Health

Joshua had his annual visit to the doctor today. He is completely healthy! He is 50 pounds and 49 3/4 feet tall. That makes him 50% in both height and weight. He has really caught up with his classmates on height since the beginning of school.

New Shoes

Delaney's feet are growing so quickly. She is now wearing a size 10 1/2 shoe at age 3 1/2 years. She received a brand new pair of Dora shoes last weekend.

The other day I asked her if she wanted to wear her new shoes so she could show them to her Papa and Nana.

She ran into her room to go get them. As I approached her room I heard the familiar song of "He's got the whole world in His hands". Well at least that is what I thought she was singing. She was actually singing, "I've got my new shoes in my hand, I've got my new shoes in my hand". I couldn't help but laugh, it was so precious and very creative!!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

My REAL age

I have been wanting to take the Real Age test for sometime and everytime I remember it is because it has been on Oprah and then the site is too busy and overloaded.

Well, I took it last night and I am actually 4 1/2 years younger than my chronological age. Okay, I am still 30- something but I will take 4 years when I can get them. How much older/ younger are you?? Leave answer in comments.

Take the test at Real Age Test.

You are also referred to the site of Years Ahead so you can evaluate how well you are instilling good healthy habits into your child. We scored 7/10 stars for Joshua and 6/10 stars for Delaney.

Great information!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Take my picture mommy!

What a princess!

My Flower Garden

We were tired of battling weeds so we allowed our flower garden to do dormant for a couple of years while we battled the enemies. So, we have had a lovely patch of dirt for our pleasure ;)

Paul decided that we had defeated the enemy and that the time had come to put flowers back in the area. He has worked very hard on it and surprised me with my favorite--- Yellow Roses! Ahh, what a sweetie.

I selected some purple daisies. Delaney and I have a love for the same color-- Purple.

Friday's Photo

Okay, I am going to copy Maryland Mommy's Random Thoughts and have a favorite photo on Fridays. I hope I can keep up with it. I have plenty of favorites so that shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks for the idea Amy!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Petty, Petty-- who needs it!

My friends and I were talking over lunch about how some people can be so petty. We were talking in particular about those that actually believe that money makes them better than others. How Shallow!!

I am sorry but I don't need a gigantic house and expensive clothes and vehicles to impress anyone. I love who I am and don't need to waste my time trying to prove myself to anyone. If someone doesn't like me for me then I don't have a desire to be friends with them since I prefer "real" and sincere relationships.

My friend was saying that a girl was real nice but has overheard her saying negative comments about her to others. I am sorry but that is lame! Do people really feel better about themselves by putting others down? To me that signifies that they are the ones that have the real problems and insecurities.

I have been told that one thing people like about me is that I speak my mind. There is no question about how I feel about something. If I have something that is bothering me about someone then we talk it out.

Life is way too short to not value people for who they are. It matters not what the bank account says, it is how a person is on the inside that really matters!

Life Support

My church has a Life Support ministry. They have a wide variety of classes to make you a more spiritual and emotionally healthy person. I have been through a lot of the classes and have even facilitated a couple. All I can say is what a life changing ministry.

My interpersonal skills have changed drastically over the years. Not only that but the fellowship and friendships that I have formed are awesome. These women and Occas. men are like a second family.

If you have never been involved in Life support ministries, I highly encourage it. Like I said, it has been truly life changing!

Work, Work, Busy, Busy

Well I am now officially a Dossier Coordinator for Dillon. I am processing dossiers from home and am still working in the office until school is out.

I was worried that there may not be enough Dossier work for my satisfaction but so far that has not been a problem. No wonder my co-worker was ready for me to get trained and up and running.

WOW!! What a busy office! There should be no excuse for boredom for me for awhile.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Are you a Nerd?

I actually thought I would score to be more of a nerd. It actually says that I am not a nerd and I am actually cool. There is my confirmation-- I am cool :) LOL

I am nerdier than 9% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!