Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Lilly!

Well today is Lilly's 6th birthday. There are mixed emotions of happiness for her special day, but disappointment in not being able to have her here with us to celebrate it together!

So many questions:
* What kind of cake would she want if she were here?
* What are birthdays like for orphans in China?
* What is her favorite color?
* What would the girls want to get her or do for her?

BTW- it doesn't help that I am watching Adoption Stories right now about a couple adopting twin girls from Korea! :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What's a mom to do?

Okay, some will be jealous and some will be sad when I disclose the following information: I have been alone for the last 3 1/2 days! That's right, no kids and no hubby! Dad took the girls to grandma's, church camp and then stayed in the area to work a while. I will be meeting up with him shortly.
I have survived, but it is getting lonely now and I am ready to see everyone!
So, you ask, "What does one do with all of that free time?"
At first, I only planned to stay in bed and read, but after a couple of hours on the computer, I decided it was time to be productive......

Things marked off of my "To Do" list are:
* rearrange girls rooms and to make room for Lilly (I even took down and set up the daybed)
* clean out closets
* set up Play Room
* Clean, Clean, Clean
* Make and freeze casseroles
* weed garden and flower bed
* haircut
* pedicure
* wash sheep and goats
* Shop (shhhh!)
I wish I had taken before pics, but the following are after pics of the girls' rooms. I have to boast and say that I am pretty happy with how they turned out.

What a week, but I am ready for my girls to be home!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Brace Face



We are already teasing Haley with names like "Brace Face" "Metal Mouth" and "Tin Grin". She really thinks the braces are pretty cool, not real sure how long that will take to wear off though.

Lamb and Goat Show

I am happy to report that we survived our first lamb and goat show of the season. I know that this may seem strange, I forget not everyone grew up being in 4-H and having the great privilege of living in rural America. I was able to show lambs and heifers through 4-H and FFA and my hubby was able to show pigs for a couple of years. Therefore, we have been anxious to continue the tradition with our kids. I mean we do give them the "choice" to do it or not, but isn't it funny how if you talk about something from the time they are born that they want to do the same things as their parents.... I know things may change later as they begin to forget just how COOL their parents are, but for now we are happy!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Special Request

A family that I have come to know via blogging is waiting too for a precious little girl from China, I believe the same province and city as Lilly. They recently found out that she is going to have heart surgery, but the details are limited. The family knew that she has a heart condition, and were preparing to have her seen immediately when she was home, but as I am sure most can understand, it is very difficult for them to wait here while she is there. My request is that anybody reading this will say a special prayer for both Susannah and the family.
On a good note, I have heard from others familiar with the Kunming area that the children receive very good medical care. And, just yesterday I was asking our orthodontist about checking on Lilly's repaired cleft palate when she is here and he stated that most of what he has seen from China has looked good to him (he is ceratinly happy to see her and help determine what may need to be done). That made me feel better...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer Fun...

Since I am a newborn blogger," I thought I would share a little about my family and the happenings of our summer.

Emily finished a great year of coach-pitch baseball. She had some REALLY good catches and had at least one hit every game. The highlight of the year may have been the end-of-the-year party where the team was introduced at a Dillas (local not-quite semi-pro baseball team) game. They were even given pennants and the family got to watch the game for free! Haley and Macey each played volleyball and it was quite a challenge for mom to get all to their games on the same night when dad was out of town. There was even one evening that I was able to stop at an intersection and pass Macey to the car behind me, which fortunately was driven by the coach. All 3 girls had a lot of fun playing and improved bunches by the end of the season.

We made our annual trip to Ruidosa, NM. This is an annual trip because dad has a short conference there every summer where the girls are able to raid all of the booths and take home lots of "needed" freebies. Because of this trip, Jay and I also have an annual go-cart race. These are really fast go-carts that require the driver to be at least 16. I won last year, but due to Jay illegally bumping me he claims to be this year's winner.

And...we have our 4-H projects. Macey has 2 goats, Willie and Champ, and Haley has 2 sheep, Simon and Oscar. We will be taking Willie and Oscar to a small show this Saturday. I look forward to posting about that!

Well, that is a few of the things that we have done over the summer. There has been volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and horse camp, a trip to Six Flags with friends, lots of sleepovers, and we are only halfway through the summer......

Monday, July 7, 2008

Family, Fireworks, and 4th of July

WOW! We had a GREAT July 4th! My brother, Trey, and his family came to visit for the first time. My parents were here too. The weather was perfect, the parade was fun (a little long), and we had great fireworks at our house! We were also able to see Texas, a play performed in the Palo Duro Canyon and see more great fireworks.
I have to say the whole weekend was a lot of fun!

As you can tell, I need to work on my photography skills...I never had to worry about it until I started to post pics for all to see!

Adoption update

Okay, I think I am getting the hang of this. So, in the event that I actually remember to tell friends about my site, I will fill you in on what has been going on. Today we received an e-mail from AWAA (adoption agency) letting us know what to expect during the travel portion of our adoption. We aren't sure what to think about receiving this e-mail, as it sounded as if we have already received our RA (referral acceptance) which we have not. I left our family coordinator a message asking about it, but have not heard anything yet. It did make Jay and I realize that things could be happening sooner than later and we need to be ready! We have been saying we are ready, BUT there are still a million things that would need to be done first...plane tickets and travel arrangements, babysitting and coordiantion of the girls' extracurricular activities, packing, bed for Lilly, school supplies for the girls, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork...just to name a few things! Oh well, we ARE ready for Lilly!