Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 365 - I Made It...365 days in a row!!!

Whoo hoo!!!! Thank you to everyone that has joined our family's journey through 2010. It is pretty amazing to look back and see how our family spent each day of 2010. It's been a pretty great year :o)

This is the first year in recent memory, that we have had the same four children living under our roof...beginning to end :o) Haha! I am ready (and a little nervous...haha) to see what God has in store for our family in 2011. We are so thankful for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon us in 2010.

We started our day with some fierce competition on Wii Dance and then hubby and I snuck out to the garage to assemble one of Sophie Le's Christmas presents.

She was SO EXCITED when she came outside and saw the pink, four wheeler sitting in the driveway. It was like Christmas all over again :o)
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Our normally very cautious child, let loose and had a ball riding around the yard on her new toy.
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Sweet girl!
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Her sisters kinda like her new ride too :o)
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After the initial excitement wore off, I had to stop the girls and put their helmets on :o) I tried to be laid back...it didn't work...haha!
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After Hillary Ashton gave her a quick ride, Julianne ran into the garage and got her mini four wheeler :o)
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The girls then decided to try out all of their wheels :o) The temperature was perfect today!
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Her pink t-ball helment is getting some use after all :o)
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While the girls were riding around, we got a few surprise visitors...
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Not sure where they came from or why they decided to come to our house to visit, but the girls LOVED them :o)
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We looked them up on the internet...they are called guineas.
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They made a very distinct sound. Hillary Ashton ran into the house and got her duck call so she could communicate with them properly :o)
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Then it was time for a camp out...
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We are finishing up the day with stuffed crust pizza, a camp out in the living room and a couple redbox movies. Not sure if we'll make it to midnight...but luckily the girls don't care what time the clock says...they are just excited about the new year :o)

As far as blogging in 2011...not sure what my plans are :o) I may be back tomorrow...I may not :o)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 364 - Finished Purse, Bantu Knots & Wii Dance...

Okay guys, you are in for a real treat :o) Hillary Ashton (age 6) got a sewing machine for Christmas and she wanted to make a purse "how-to" for the blog :o) Haha! This is her very FIRST solo sewing project. I am one proud mama :o)

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Step one, make a one inch fold on each end of your fabric and sew down with a straight stitch...
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Trim excess thread...
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Next, cut a piece of fabric to make a pocket. She used a rectangle piece of felt and cut a blue piece of ric rac to sew across the top. She's fancy like that :o)
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Pin & sew the ric rac to the top of your pocket...
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Fold your fabric in half (right side out) and pin the pocket to the center of the front...
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Sew the pocket around three sides...leave top open :o)
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Don't forget to trim your excess thread :o)
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Next, fold your fabric in half with wrong side out...
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Sew both sides together with a straight stitch...
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Turn right side out...
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Cut ribbon for each handle (make sure they are the same...haha!)...
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Sew ribbon on BY HAND...
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If you like things fancy, like Hillary Ashton, you might want to add buttons to the front of your purse...
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SWEETness!
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Ta-da!
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Check out that handiwork!
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That's my baby!
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You guys, she even threaded her needle all by herself!!
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Her machine even came with a mini tomato to match mine!
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I have a friend named Leigh. She is one of the "cool kids" in our Vietnamese adoption circle :o) She is one of those friends that pressure you into doing things that you aren't really comfortable with, but you do anyway just to make them happy and stay in their good graces. Haha! She got a wild idea last night that involved Julianne and Bantu Knots. She can be a bit persistent and I knew she wouldn't let up until she saw Julianne sporting some cute Bantu Knots. I decided to just get it over with this morning :o) Btw, Leigh has committed to blog everyday of 2011 :o) She is also an awesome photographer and she will be posting lots of awesome pictures on her blog in 2011. Haha!

I started by washing Julianne's hair with a conditioning shampoo and separating her hair into sections. I then sit her on the bed and told her about Leigh's plans for her hair. This was her reaction...
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Once I put on some PBS kids, she was game :o)
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First things first...detangling. I have only done this three times before (GASP!). However, today I used a method I found HERE (thanks Jess!) and I am happy to report there were NO TEARS. In fact, I plan to do this once a week from now on :o)
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Her hair is actually pretty long...
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Btw, I applied a leave-in conditioner to each section as I worked with it (Carol's Daughter). After you section and detangle the hair, you take one section and divide it into two stands. Then just twist the two stands until you get to the end. Then wrap it around itself and put in a band. This style is actually really similar to the "pig buns" I put in the older girls' hair.
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There ya go, Bantu Knots!
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Julianne cried a little bit when she first looked in the mirror, but I think she was just surprised. I held her for a minute and asked if she wanted to look at it again and she did. She touched it and then said, "I like it." Haha!
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When we went to pick up Hillary Ashton, she was shocked. SHOCKED. She kept saying, "JuJu just doesn't look like JuJu."

Honestly, I am not in love with the 'do. I prefer simple hair styles. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her afro. LOVE. Tonight, I took down the back and I LOVE the sweet, larger curls that the twists created. I left the four front "knots" in and I like this 'do. We will probably leave it like this for a day or two. It is just much simpler and softer.
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We continued playing with Christmas presents today :o) We spent WAY too much time playing Wii Dance. It is just too FUN! Haha! We played a lot this afternoon and then Daddy played with us after supper. Wouldn't you know, he has the highest score!

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Even Jonah likes Wii Dance. He was memorized watching the girls dance. He watched them this afternoon until he couldn't hold his eyes open any longer. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE holding a sleeping baby.
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One more day to post and I will accomplish my goal of posting EVERYDAY of 2010!! Whoo hoo!

A BIG thanks to Life with the Lebedas for featuring my S'more boxes on her blog :o)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 354 - BUSY Day & Update on Jonah...

We were super busy today. The girls (and Jonah) and I had so many AWESOME Christmas presents to play with, we didn't even have time to get ready today :o)

We started with Hillary Ashton's new Crayola color twister...
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So.Much.Fun!
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Then we made bracelets, rings and necklaces with Sophie Le's new bead set. I think we have some future jewelry designers. Next, we played with Jonah's new Mr. Potato head. Next came Barbies :o)

We took a short break for lunch and then it was back to business.

We spent the afternoon playing with two different Glow Explosion sets, dressing up the American Girl dolls in their new clothes, having a concert with their sing-along dolls (those things are sooooo cute!) and making balloon animals.

While the little girls (and Jonah) took a nap, Hillary Ashton started a new project on her sewing machine. She is making a "lesson for the blog." Haha! I will share it once she finishes :o)
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She is a natural...she even threaded the machine all by herself!

One of Hillary Ashton's friends called and asked her to spend the night. I couldn't get her out of her pajamas all day, but it was a different story when it was time to go to her friend's house...haha!
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I told her that I sure was going to miss her tonight, especially since she was in Paragould Sunday and Monday night. I said, "I am going to need you to stay home tomorrow night, okay?" She said, "Of course I will stay home tomorrow night...unless someone else calls and invites me to sleepover." She is grounded when she gets home!

She and her doll were not twinkies (gasp!) when I took the picture above so she HAD to change her for the sleepover before she left...and wanted me to take another picture :o)
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Btw, the bad news in Jonah's case this week had nothing to do with him leaving our home anytime soon. It just put off the possibility of permanency...again. He has been in foster care for over a year at this point and I think that is more than enough.

I haven't done a Jonah update in awhile. He is still a very happy, laid back, easy baby. He is eating "normal food" and drinking whole milk now. We made the switch about three weeks ago and he didn't skip a beat. I have a goal is getting him up to the 8% by his next doctor's visit. Judging by the way he has been eating the last three weeks, I think we are well on our way. His third tooth just started poking through over the weekend and he is saying "hi, bye, mama, dada, daddy, dashton, le le, yea, huh uh, uh oh and onah." He is sooo funny when we go to the store, he says, "hi" to almost every person we pass. It almost always gets a laugh from the other person. He also likes to greet you with one hand straight in the air as he says, "hi." It is so cute. He isn't walking yet, but he is close. He loves giving kisses and loves to pat your back :o) He also likes to cuddle. Several weeks ago, he started throwing little fits. I don't know if it is him or that we have had several kids before him, but his fits crack me up. I try my hardest not to laugh because I know it isn't very nice to laugh at someone that is upset, but I just find it so funny when he whines, pouts his lips, slaps his hands on the ground, lays his head down and then looks to make sure we are watching :o) It is really quite the show...haha! He has really gotten into playing with toys lately and loves to push things around. He LOVES when Sophie Le plays the "roar game" with him. She will go to the other side of the room and roar at him as she walks or crawls toward him. He just laughs and laughs and laughs.

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He is such a pleasure. We are so blessed to have him in our home!