Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 210 - My Babies with Their Babies...

All of the girls have an "American Girl" doll that looks like them...all is right with the world :o)
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 209 - School Books and Foster Care...

This morning Jonah had a visit with his birth mother. After last month's visit, I decided that it would be best not to drive my girls' to the part of town where his visit takes place so we met his casworker at Target. The girls (and their mommy) do NOT like dropping off Jonah. The girls asked me a million questions about when (exactly) he woule be coming back, who would hold him and what he would be doing while he is at the visit.

After I loaded Jonah in the caseworker's car, I got back in the car with the girls. Sophie Le begged me to tell the caseworker that Jonah would need a bottle if he started to cry :o) Haha! I told her that I was sure he would be fine and his caseworker would take good care of him. A few seconds later I realized that his car seat wasn't buckled into her car so I hopped out and buckled him in. When I got back in the car, Sophie Le said, "Oh mama, thank you so much for telling her about the bottle. I was so worried about my sweet Jonah." However her relief was short lived :o) She quickly came up with another concern..."Mama, you have to tell her to add water to his bottles. You have to Mama! I don't want Jonah to have to drink a bottle of dust (the formula)!" Haha! Jonah is lucky to have three little mamas!

We received a couple more positive pieces of information from his caseworker :o) Yea! Keep the prayers coming!!

While Jonah was at his visit, I took the girls to a local water park. Besides the dad that swiped the lily pad Hillary Ashton was floating on, the girls had a great time! Haha! I mean, seriously...you are a grown man...you should not steal toys from a six year old little girl.

When we got home, the girls were SO EXCITED to find their new school books on the front porch!
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It took quite a bit of convincing to get the girls to change clothes before digging into their packages :o)
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One happy little girl, opening up her first box of books...
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She was VERY surprised when she realized that there was another (huge) box of books...
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That is a big stack of books, Hillary Ashton!
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Welcome to the first grade baby girl! I hope first graders are as much fun as kindergartners...I have a feeling they will be :o)
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Sophie Le checking out her new books...
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She cannot wait to get started! I cannot believe her curriculum includes cursive writing! Oh my goodness! We have a lot of work to do!
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I haven't updated on Julianne's teeth in awhile. You may remember that they were very s.l.o.w to come in. Well, I am happy to report that at 25 months she almost has a mouth full! Yea! There were days when I seriously wondered if she would ever get any teeth! AND...they are pretty, straight teeth...praise the Lord :o)
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 208 - Babies, Babies, Babies...

I
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Love (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE)
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Little Ethiopian
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Pigtails!
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And...

Sweaty little
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Vietnamese babies :o)
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And...

Happy
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Sweet,
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Baby boys...
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Jonah has court in a week and a half. I really.Really.REALLY don't want him to leave.

He is MY baby.
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Sniff, sniff. Moving on...

I am constantly amazed at how great our cats are with the kids. This is Meow with Jonah tonight...
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He may look like he is in distress, but he couldn't get enough loving from Jonah...haha! Every time, I put him on the ground, he jumped right back up to get some more lovin :o)

My baby learned to pump her legs when she swings...she likes that a lot :o)
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 207 - Google Earth...

You know Google Earth? I LOVE Google Earth :o) It is sooo cool! My favorite thing to do is to fly to Vietnam or Ethiopia and look around :o) It is amazing how you can see the houses and buildings. There is an artist, James Dive, that studied Google Earth for several months and then created a few images of what he thought the Google Earth images would have looked like if they were taken at a few well-known biblical times.

Here is Noah's Ark perched on Mount Ararat as flood waters receded...

Here is Jesus' crucifixion on a cross,hanging between two convicted thieves...

And my favorite, the parting of the Red Sea...


I got my girl back today :o)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 206 - Sad Mama...

This evening I went to the garage to (attempt) to gather the kittens so a guy (and his sister) could look at them. I started looking around and I saw Princess Lola nursing two of her (calmest) kittens. I picked them up and put them in a box while we tried to catch the other two. The third kitten tried to play hard to get, but I was able to catch her fairly quickly. The forth kitten (Treeman) on the other hand, proved to be a little rascal. Neil and I chased him (literally chased him) around the garage for 15 minutes...never caught him. That little stinker is fast!

When the brother and sister got to our house, I took the three kittens (never caught Treeman) to the driveway for them too look at. The third kitten made a mad dash for the garage so the decision was easy for the couple...they decided to take the two sweet (calm) kittens. Haha! As I watched them walk away with the kittens (that Princess Lola was nursing moments before), I felt soooooo bad. Princess Lola just meowed and meowed as the couple drove away. She was one sad mama. However, I am very thankful that the brother and sister were getting the kittens for their parents that live on 8 acres. The kittens will love having the land, their parents sure like running around catching wildlife!

Bye, bye Lilly and Lulu! We will miss you!
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The two kittens that left for their new home were both "Hillary Ashton's" kittens. They were her favorites and she named them. I called to tell her (she is still with her grandparents) and she was sad, but I told her I got her a new purple hairbrush at Wal-Mart and that seemed to cheer her up. We will see how she is feeling tomorrow when she comes home. She really wanted to keep all of the kittens...not a big surprise...she is six :o)

Julianne didn't seem phased at all that the kittens left :o) She was pumped that she found the 3D glasses in the garage :o)
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Sophie Le was thankful that Treeman was still here. She LOVES Treeman. As fast as that little sucker is, she may get to keep him...haha!

Little Jonah started getting up on all fours tonight! He is sooooo close to crawling. I just cannot believe how fast that baby is growing up! The quality is horrible on this picture...it is hard taking a good picture when you are cheering for your baby...haha!
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Jonah has another visit with him birthmother on Friday of this week. I didn't want to take him to his last visit with her and I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY don't want to take him to this week's visit.

Tonight, Sophie Le melted my heart. She said,

"Mama, when my birthday comes in the Fall, I am going to get a yummy cake. When I blow out the candles on my cake I am going to make a big wish. Do you know what my wish will be, Mama? I wish that Jonah will stay with us forever because I love him so much and I want him to live with me forever and forever. Do you know why I love him so much Mama? Because he is so cute." I agree Sophie Le and I hope your dream comes true!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 205 - Midnight Train to Georgia...

Actually, it is a minivan and they are heading to Texas...but the midnight part is not far off! This afternoon, Ganny and Papa Texarkana called to invite Hillary Ashton and Sophie Le to their house to spend the night. Of course, the girls were super, duper excited. And of course, Mama was super, duper sad :o( Haha! I just miss my girls soooo much when they are away. However, I am a good mama and I put my wants aside and told my girls they could go :o) Unfortunately, one of my girls continued exhibiting some bad behavior that I am afraid is quickly becoming habits so her punishment was to stay at home with Mama (and no ice cream after supper). I would never divulge which child that was :o)

Papa Texarkana and Ganny didn't get to our house until around 8:00 p.m. so Hillary Ashton thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and put on her pjs :o) That child would live in her pjs if that was an option! Here is Hillary Ashton (and Little Hillary Ashton - she named her American doll after herself) ready to go in their matching pjs...
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Since I used up all of my laminating sheets this morning (haha!), I decided to get started on another project I have had on my to-do list for awhile...Felt Busy Books for the Girls. I plan on letting the girls play with their books in big church and while traveling in the car for our vacation. I let the girls play with the dress up dolls (who have no facial features at this point which really bugged the girls...haha) this afternoon and they loved putting together different outfits and accessories :o) I still have a long ways to go, but here is what I have so far...
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 204 - I am in LOVE...

...with this magnificent machine...
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I don't know how I made it 32 years without knowing how much I enjoy laminating things! It is sooooo fun :o) Haha! I bought the cheapest laminator I could fine ($24 at Wal-Mart) and honestly didn't expect much. However, this little baby exceeded all of my expectations! It works so well and I have found myself looking around the house for things to laminate :o) Haha! I made (and laminated!) the girls a few more file folder games and other cool learning activities this afternoon...
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Here they are playing, "Monster Manners"
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Just for the record, they got them all right :o) At least they KNOW what good manners are...haha!
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 203 - Furniture, Piano & School...

Today we spent a nice morning relaxing at the house. I.LOVE.Saturdays! We also did a little impromptu furniture rearranging. We moved a chair from our office to our living room and added a book shelf that used to be in hubby's work office. It is amazing the impact little changes can make to a room.

Before...
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After...
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And yes, we still have a big box t.v. :o) We have another one in our garage...I know you are jealous! Haha!

I am planning to make Hillary Ashton's piano lessons a priority this Fall. I am thinking one lesson from Daddy per week and 20 minutes of practice three days a week...what do you think? Is that enough? Too much? Here is the piano book we are planning to use...

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This afternoon, we shopped for school supplies. The girls LOVED looking at all of FUN, cool school stuff...me too! Things sure have changed since I was shopping for my school supplies back in the day!

Sophie Le is so excited to be starting preschool this Fall! We decided to move her up a grade for this year and re-evaluate next Fall to make sure this is the right decision for her. Her birthday is late October so she is pretty close to the cut-off anyways. Academically, she could start kindergarten this Fall. Actually, academically she could have started kindergarten a year and a half ago :o) She is one smart little cookie! She is also great socially once she warms up. The only thing that concerns me about moving her up a grade is that she still likes to throw fits if things don't go her way. I am hoping the fits (and shutting down) will decrease once she is being engaged more. I really think a lot of her fits has to do with the fact that she is bored (and she is three). I am hoping the structure and new activities will be good for her.

It will be a real challenge keeping the girls out of their school supplies for the next three weeks!
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Here are a few fun learning games I finished up for the girls tonight. They are called "file folder games" because they are made out of...file folders :o) I think I've done more cutting in the last two days that I have in my entire life...haha!
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 202 - Inappropriate Proposition & Sophie Le's Hair...

Before I forget I want to share something kinda funny from yesterday. After MDO, we met Daddy at a school that we were considering for the girls. While we were taking the tour, Hillary Ashton went to play on the playground with some of the school kids (it is a private school and they have a summer program). Here is the conversation I had with Hillary Ashton as we drove home...

HA: (In a VERY serious voice) Mama, you will not believe what happened while I was playing on the playground.
Me: What happened?
HA: One of the boys asked me to be his girlfriend.
Me: (That sure helped make up my mind...that school is OUT..haha!) What did you say?
HA: I didn't know what to say, Mama. I just looked at him and said, "Oh my gosh" and walked away.

Hahaha! You never know how your kids will react to situations such as this, but I think my girl did good!

Whew!

Another funny story. I have mentioned before (several times, in fact) about Hillary Ashton's sweet friends, but I haven't mentioned much about Sophie Le's. Sophie Le has some of the sweetest, cutest little friends at church. I am so thankful for each one of them. I have had the pleasure of getting to know them really well this year since they are in my MDO class. Anyways, yesterday I noticed that one of Sophie Le's friends (AB) had gotten a haircut. I told her mom that it looked really cute. The mom told me that AB wanted to get her hair cut like Sophie Le's so she took her to their stylist. After the stylist finished cutting AB's hair, she looked in the mirror and told them they forgot to make it black like Sophie Le's. Haha! This story is even funnier to me because another one of Sophie Le's friends had her brother cut her hair to be like Sophie Le's a month or so ago. Haha! Who would have thought Sophie Le would be such a trendsetter in for the 3 year olds? Haha!

The girls and I were super busy today getting ready for school :o) I am actually really EXCITED about school this year...and so are the girls. Hillary Ashton asked me several times if she could start school early...haha!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 201 - Check, Check and Check...

To Do List:

1. Enroll Hillary Ashton is first grade - CHECK
2. Enroll Sophie Le in preschool - CHECK
3. Book Vacation!!!!!!! - CHECK

Yea! It sure feels good to check important tasks off of the list!! Now if I could just figure out a way to raise the remaining funds needed to build a well in Africa, sell our house and find a home for four ADORABLE kittens! A girl can dream :o)Haha!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 200 - What a Difference a Year Makes!

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I took these pictures last summer on our way to the beach. I cannot believe how little Julianne looks! My babies are growing way too fast!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 199 - Friends...

About a month ago, Hillary Ashton had her very first sleepover. It rocked her world :o) She is constantly planning her next sleepover :o) Haha! Her church/school friend EM is staying over tonight...

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I am so thankful Hillary Ashton has such sweet friends.

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They are needing the computer so I gotta cut this short :o)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 198 - August 19th...

...is a date I cannot get out of my mind. It is the first day of school in our area. Right now I have no idea where Hillary Ashton will start first grade. Eeeek! She may go back to the school she went to last year or she may go to a public school, a different private school, home school (oh wait...I mean "she may be educated at home"...that's the cool way to say it...haha!), we have applied for an intra-district transfer, we are considering a district transfer...oh my! Haha! Decisions, decisions. School is such a pain :o) No one ever told me the incredible pressure that surrounds educating your children.

No matter what school option we pick, I know none of us will enjoy her first day of First Grade as much as we enjoyed her first official day of Kindergarten...

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However we have managed to decide on a vacation spot. Believe it or not, it isn't Destin this year! The girls (and mommy and daddy) are soooooo excited!

Joanh started standing today (with assistance!).

Friends of Fanose.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 197 - The Girls are Back in Town :o)

After church today, we went to Arkadelphia to pick up the girls :o) :o) :o) I missed them soooooo much! After a (very slow) meal at Taco Bell, we stopped by the Ouachita Baptist University campus so the girls could run around before the trip back home.

It looks like the tiger is going under some renovation (like most of the campus!)
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It has only been 10 years since I graduated, but so many things have changed since I was there! There are new buildings everywhere! One of the newer buildings is the cafeteria. The girls were quite impressed :o)
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My sweet girls on the steps of Cone Bottoms...
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My girls having a little ole' country fun back at home...
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Sweetness!
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