Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Character Day & Trick or Treating...Day 299

Today was book character day at Sunshine's school. Each child in the second grade chose a real person that has made an impact on our world and read a biography about that person. Today they dressed as that person, gave a brief speech in the first person about that person and then fielded questions.

Sunshine LOVED wearing a wig...she looked so different with dark hair!
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As a child, this presentation would have been a nightmare for me. I was so shy! Sunshine...not so much!
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I was so proud of my girl! She did GREAT!
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It was so cute seeing all of the kiddos dressed up as historical (for the most part) figures. I loved hearing them discuss whether or not they might have known each other :o)
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Daddy came all the way from downtown to watch the three minute presentation. Good daddy!
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Me and Jane Addams :o)
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After supper tonight, we took the doctor, Minnie Mouse, the pink dinosaur and Scooby Doo trick or treating. They were all WAY into it this year!
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The picture quality is HORRIBLE, but do you recognize the steps?
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That is our old house!

The kids were very happy with their haul!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Well, that was Brutal...Day 298

I decided to give up caffeine this week. I had my last normal consumption Wednesday morning. Around noon, I began my "detox." The rest of Wednesday was fine.

Thursday was brutal. AWFUL. I don't want to be dramatic, but the lack of caffeine made me sick...more than once.

Luckily, Friday was much better. Saturday was great. I thought I would be in the clear today, but I have had a couple headaches, but overall pretty good. I think I have just about beaten the addiction. Thing it, I had no idea I was "addicted" to caffeine, but apparently I was.

Aside from the headaches and nausea, I have also experienced sounder sleep at night and a much earlier bedtime, hence no posting the last few days :o) I am still drinking about 10 ounces a day to curb the headaches. I am hoping to be drinking zero ounces by this weekend...wish me luck!

Have any of you had similar experiences?

Since I haven't posted in a few days, here is a "brief" run down of our last few days...

On Friday, we spent most of the afternoon outside enjoying the beautiful Fall weather...
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Little Pumpkin...
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You know Sweet Pea...my pretty, sweet little girl...
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Well, I was shocked to see her on Pinterest a few days ago...
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Haha! Totally cracks me up that someone "pinned" her and her wild hair under "art inspiration."

On Saturday, we had our adoption home study in the morning and then Sunshine had "Spirit Kid" cheer camp at her school. Before we left, I snapped a few pictures of my sweet little second grader...she is growing up so fast!
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Practicing her "moves."
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She had a great time at the camp! The varsity cheerleaders were so good with the kids. Look at that sneaky little smile as she is putting "bunny ears" on her leader.
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She did about a hundred cartwheels when the group ran out :o)
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She is sooooo excited that the "Spirit Kids" will be performing at the football game this week!
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The little kids loved watching their sister perform their cheer and dance at the end of camp. Baby Boy clapped and yelled, "Yay Dashton!!" over and over. Sweetness!
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As we were parking the car at the school, we listened to the end of the Razorback game (Sunshine performing is one of the only things that could have made us leave the house during the last few minutes of the super close game!) and were SO excited the Razorbacks were able to pull out a win over Vanderbilt! We should have totally dominated that game, but we didn't. We were so lucky to come out on top of that game!

Today, after church, the little kids took a nap while I took the big girls to a super fun Halloween party!
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My friend, Tricia, always gives the best Halloween parties! I have no idea where she finds the time, but my girls are thankful she does :o)

Tonight, we had our last Grace Based Parenting class. The study was SOOOOOOOOOOO good. If you have the chance to participate in a GBP class, I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FunFest...Day 293

Remember when I was trying to come up with a cute, coordinating group of Halloween costumes for the kids?

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This year, we have a doctor, Minnie Mouse, Scooby Doo and a pink dinosaur. Coordinating? Absolutely not. Cute? Absolutely.

I decided to do something radical this year...let the kids each pick out their own costume!
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Who'd thought? Haha!

Ready to go!
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Playing lots of fun games!
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Every year since Sunshine was a baby, she has won the cake walk. Her little sister...
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...AND her little brother carried on the tradition this year!
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The snack stop is always a favorite :o)
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Sunshine got to sing on stage for the second time this week...it's been a good week :o)
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Birthday Traditions...Day 291

My sweet tiny Vietnamese baby girl...
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...turned 5 today...FIVE YEARS OLD!
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I just cannot say enough about this amazing little girl. She is sweet, caring, smart as a whip, funny, insightful, beautiful and wise beyond her years. She is literally my dream come true...seriously...you can read more about that here :o) I am SO thankful God has allowed me to parent Little Pumpkin...an honor I could have never earned nor do I deserve. In case you didn't know...Adoption rocks...it rocks my socks off! Without international adoption, a piece of my heart would be missing. I am so thankful for my Little Pumpkin!!!

As you may remember, our family has several birthday traditions. This year, we started two new traditions and phased out one. Surprise, surprise, we are no longer having the number of birthday celebrations that corresponds to the child's age. For one, the number of birthday celebrations was getting out of hand...this year would be seventeen celebrations...on the other hand, I really wanted to come up with something that will help the kids focus on others rather than themselves.

Today we Incorporated the "Acts of Kindness" tradition in our house!! The idea is for the birthday child to come with a number of "Acts of Kindness" that corresponds to their age and carry them out on their birthday.

Today, Sophie Le committed five acts of kindness. The original idea was for my children to look beyond themselves and do nice things for other people, but I have to tell you, doing nice things for others is SO much fun. We tried our best to be as sneaky as possible since the acts are anonymous...as much as they can be :o) She LOVED that :o)

Here are the Acts of Kindness Little Pumpkin's did in honor of her 5th Birthday...

1. She left one dollar on the coke machine at our church.
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2. She left $1.25 (to cover the tax) in the toy section at the Dollar Tree.
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I would have LOVED to see the child's face that found this one :o)
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I thought it was really funny that she chose to leave the money on top of the piggy banks :o)
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3. This was probably her favorite act of kindness...she tied happy face balloons on the backpacks of her preschool friends while they were in class (she chose not to go to school today).
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It was SO sweet watching her crawl along the backpack line trying to keep low so her friends wouldn't see her :o)
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4. She left a soda for one of her favorite teachers to find when he opened the door after nap time.
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5. The last act of kindness was leaving soda money on the coke machine in the waiting room on the cardiovascular floor at the hospital. I spent a week on that floor about seven years ago.
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Fun, fun, fun! I just love watching my children get so excited about serving others. It makes my heart so happy!

We also did lot of other fun things to celebrate Little Pumpkin today too :o)

We had a fruit breakfast...our other kiddos get a donut breakfast on their birthday, but if you know Little Pumpkin, you know fruit is her FAVORITE :o)
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She opened lots of fun presents...
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I think the abacus was her favorite :o)
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You know they like a present when they stop opening presents and choose to play with that one :o)
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We went out for a traditional Vietnamese lunch...
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Did I mention Daddy took the day off to be with us? Yay!!!
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Afternoon presents and playtime with her sisters...
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And a yummy supper and German Chocolate cupcakes!
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Happy Birthday to you...
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We are looking forward to her friend & family party in a few weeks!!

Oh, I almost forgot...we also started another birthday tradition...I'll share more about it soon :o)
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Happy Birthday Little Pumpkin!!!
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