Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Two Year old Boys...Day 30

...are EXHAUSTING.

That' all.

Good night.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dollar Tree Deals...Day 30

If winter days in Arkansas were all like today, I could learn to like winter!

We had our normal MDO/school day today. This afternoon when we pulled into the driveway, we were greeted by a dhs worker...here for our yearly visit...not fiscal year...calendar year...because we just had this same visit last September. I tell you, I am r.e.a.d.y to be done with "home visits" and "home inspections" and all of that good stuff for awhile! The visit went well...except when the lady turned on the faucet in the kids' bathroom, it broke!!! Yes, broke! Like I couldn't turn it off! It was kinda crazy. Luckily I was able to take the handle apart and twist the piece underneath and it went off. Great timing :o) Ha! I was thinking about it today and we had had people in our house regularly for the last seven years! Yep, two international adoptions and foster care...that equals lots of visits.

Oh and we finally got to the bottom of why our adoption hearing has been delayed...lost fingerprints. Hubby will have to have his redone asap...oh joy!

After the visit, Little Pumpkin and I got a few things together for her Tet party we are doing in her preschool class later this week! She is so excited and so am I!
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{January 30th's picture}

I mentioned last week that I have a new found love of The Dollar Tree :o) I never thought those words would come out of my mouth :o) I am sure my mom is proud of me :o)

Here are a few of my AWESOME $1 finds...
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Did you know that The Dollar Tree sells bread? I had no idea! AND it's the good stuff! I love Nature's Own brand. They have several different options, I went with sandwich rounds. I got the hotdog buns for Little Pumpkin and Baby Boy...they {heart} hotdogs!

If you make you child's lunch or if your kid likes snacks, there are great choices at the DT!!
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I forgot to take a picture of the peanuts I get there too. You can get a package of 6 individually packages of peanuts for only $1! Lance brand. I get the regular peanuts for me and the kids and hot & spicy for hubby! Such an easy, quick snack!

More deals! I got the fortune cookies for Little Pumpkin's Tet party!
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This picture really needs no explanation...
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SCORE!

What are your favorite Dollar Tree deals?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

16 Orphans...Day 28

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If you are familiar with Vietnam adoption, you probably know the story of the Bac Lieu 16. If not, there were 16 families that traveled to the Bac Lieu province back in 2008 to adopt 16 orphans. Long story short, there were complications and the parents were not granted permission to bring the children back to America. The families have fought for years to bring their children home. They have written letters, met with representatives, begged and pleaded to anyone who would listen. They have made many trips to Vietnam to see their children. They have done everything in their power to move along the process. Luckily, after years...literally years...of heartache and pain, 13 of these children finally made it home to their forever families. Here is one of the "happier" stories . Just last week, I read that the 3 remaining orphans...all girls...were adopted out domestically in Vietnam...without consent or knowledge of the American families that adopted them 3 1/2 years ago. My heart aches for these three families. Aches. These families did nothing different than we did when we adopted Little Pumpkin. When they received the referral picture of their child, I am sure they fell in love instantly, like we did. When they met their child for the first time, I am sure they felt like they finally found the part of their heart that was missing before. We were lucky, we got to bring our child home within weeks of meeting her. They didn't. We have had the blessing of watching Little Pumpkin grow, mature and blossom over the years. They haven't. People often tell us how "lucky" Little Pumpkin is that she was adopted. Honestly, I KNOW their comment is sincere and comes from a good place. Really, I do. I know in my mind what they mean, but in my heart, I feel, "are you crazy? she's lucky? she lost her birthfamily and birthcountry. she spent the first six months of her life in an orphanage in a third world country. in those important first months of life, when most babies are being doted over and protected with intensity, my baby was laying in a wooden crib with humidity in the air and no air conditioner. she had flies swarming all over her face and body, she never had enough milk to satisfy her. it breaks this mommy's heart every.single.time I think about it. she will have to "deal" with being "different" her entire life. lucky? i don't think so," but the words, "No, we are the lucky ones" is always my response. "We are the lucky ones" never seems truer than they have in the last week. We are indeed very, very lucky that we were able to adopt her and bring her home.

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I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you

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Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lunches, Dollar Tree & Foster Baby...Day 26

So, in keeping with my lunch accountability mission, I have decided to post lunch pictures each Thursday. Yay...a plan!

Here is Monday's lunches...
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Top left to bottom right...

Baby Boy - goldfish, veggies (carrots, celery & cucumbers) mozzarella cheese, chicken deli meat, mini crackers and peanut butter cookies
Little Pumpkin - flavor burst goldfish, veggies (carrots, celery, cucumbers & grape tomatoes), ranch to dip veggies, turkey hot dog and mozzarella cheese kabobs, peanut butter cookies
Sweet Pea - strawberry cream cheese bagel, goldfish, veggies(carrots, celery & cucumbers), ranch for veggies, peanut butter cookies
Sunshine - flavor burst goldfish, carrots, ranch for carrots, pb&j on honey wheat bread, peanut butter cookies

Tuesday's lunches...
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Top left to bottom right...
Sunshine - Strawberry cream cheese bagel, mozzarella cheese stick, peanuts, apple sauce, flavor burst goldfish and Hershey dark chocolate
Little Pumpkin - mixed dried fruit, mozzarella cheese stick, chicken deli meat, cutie, peanuts, apple sauce and Little Debbie Valentine cake
Baby Boy - dried fruit, mozzarella cheese stick, apple sauce, goldfish, chicken deli meat and Little Debbie Valentine cake
Sweet Pea - dried fruit, mozzarella cheese stick, goldfish, chicken deli meat and Little Debbie Valentine cake

Thursday's lunches...
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I forgot to take a picture of Sunshine's lunch. Top left to bottom right...
Sweet Pea - strawberry cream cheese bagel, mozzarella cheese stick, pretzels, dried mixed fruit and peanuts, apple sauce, smarties and a tiny chocolate bar
Little Pumpkin - strawberry cream cheese bagel, carrots mozzarella cheese stick, pretzels, dried mixed fruit & peanuts, strawberry apple sauce, two tiny chocolate candy bars
Baby Boy - strawberry cream cheese bagel, carrots mozzarella cheese stick, pretzels, dried mixed fruit & peanuts, strawberry apple sauce, two tiny chocolate candy bars

In other news, I have recently "discovered" the Dollar Tree. Up until a week ago, I only went in there to find something specific, like a gift bag, or to let the kids to spend a dollar or two for fun. I had no idea how many great deals they have! I will post some of my awesome finds soon. One of Little Pumpkin's favorite deals is this new broom...a broom for $1...that seems so cheap to me! Anyways, I usually only vacuum my floors (tile, carpet, hardwood), but I just couldn't pass up a $1 broom. Little Pumpkin sweeps anytime she gets a chance...it is so funny!

Here she is this morning as I was trying to get everyone out of the door...notice she has her shoes, jacket and backpack on...sweeping the floor! Ha!
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...and as soon as we got home, she was back at it!
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A friend of mine just got a {sweet, tiny} foster daughter a week or so ago. I have enjoyed snuggling with her as often as I could, but today was the first day Sunshine got a hold of her!
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{January 26th's picture}
She held baby C for about an hour and I don't think she stopped smiling for a second! She LOVED feeding her too!
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That girl loves some babies! So sweet!
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dance and Clothes...Day 25

Yesterday, we had MDO (and school) and afterwards it was DANCE time!
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{January 24th's picture}
The girls are LOVING dance. Little sister really, really wants to join them each week...maybe this fall! The big girls both started practicing for their recital this week. I didn't get to see any of Little Pumpkin's dance, but I saw a bit of Sunshine's dance. For their jazz routine they are brides. The are doing the "going to the chapel" song..it is going to be so cute!
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While the girls danced, I took the babies to play in the indoor tubes. Baby Boy tried to give me a quick cheese, but he really just wanted to go play!
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They always LOVE looking at the fish. Baby Boy always insists on stopping by the tank and saying, "bye, bye fish" when we leave. So sweet!
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Today was an early dismissal day at Sunshine's school. They only get out an hour early, but it is such a treat to have her home with us! I wish we got out at 2:00 everyday! The little babies were sleeping when she got home so she and Little Pumpkin decided to read book. I hope my babies always love to read!
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If you have read this blog for any amount of time, it will probably not surprise you that Sunshine usually couldn't care less about what she wears. She has always been all about comfort {smart girl!}. If it was up to her, she would wear a t-shirt and stretch pants with her hair in a ponytail everyday. And no, it would not matter to her AT ALL if the shirt matched the pants. Needless to say, I pick out her clothes everyday...mostly because she doesn't have any interest and secondly because she also has no desire to dress for the weather :o) So you can imagine my surprise, when she wanted to pick out her outfit for church tonight! I think she did a good job!
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{January 25th's picture}
My sweet girl! I am curious if this interest in picking out her clothes continues!

Of course, since I was taking Sunshine's picture, everyone else wanted equal time in front of the lens! Ha!

First up...Baby Boy, age 2...
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Next, Sweet Pea, age 3...
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{Btw, these tights are from Crazy 8...they are part of the panda bear collection...the same as her stripped green dress...she got them as a Christmas present...thank you for the sweet comment!}

Next up...Little Pumpkin, age 5...
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See those pink cowboy boots she is wearing? Those were Sunshine's when she was younger. The little girls race to the shoe drawer everyday to try and get to the boots first. Cracks me up!

Monday, January 23, 2012

An Interview with an Ethiopian Princesss (aka Sweet Pea)...Day 23

What is your name? Julianne
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{January 23rd's picture}

How old are you? 3
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Who are your friends? Max, Olivia, Ashley, Le Le, Hill, Me, Daddy, Mama, everybody in our family
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What is your favorite toys? babies, I like to feed them, hold them and hug them, jack-in-the box, computer
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What is your favorite game? Dora game on my computer
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What is your favorite food? carrots and meat and pasta and fried rice and everything Mama makes and biscuits with jelly and cheese and that’s all
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What was your favorite Christmas gift? my doll that I can brush and fix her hair
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What is your favorite color? purple
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What is your favorite animal? monkey and giraffe
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What is your favorite book? Llama, Llama Misses Mama and Reindeer book
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What is your favorite movie? Princess and the Frog and Punky Brewster
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What is your favorite song? ABCDs (she always calls the ABCs the ABCDs...LOVE it!), B-I-B-L-E, Saw, saw, saw
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What is your favorite school subject? play time with all of my friends
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What do you like to do in your free time? play with toys and color
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What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to teach people how to talk
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What makes you laugh? when Hill tickles me and when Le tickles me and when Mommy tickles me
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What makes you cry? when I get in trouble
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What is the best thing that happened this year? Easter bunny visited, my birthday and when Santa came to my house
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What is the worst thing that happened to you this year? when I got in trouble
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Where do you want to go this year? Six Flags
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What makes you special? I am a princess
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Interview with Sunshine...Day 22

What is your Name? Hillary Ashton
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How old are you? 7
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Who are your friends? Madelynn, Ella, Grace, Harper, Annie Carol, Carol Ann, Ally, Allison, Sophie Le, Juju, Mommy, Daddy, Jonah
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What is your favorite toy? ipod, barbies, drawing stuff, crafts
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{January 22nd's picture}

What is your favorite game? Apples to Apples, Headbanz, Would you Rather, Pictionary
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What is your favorite food? brownies, chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes, pb&j that mommy makes, chocolate chips, French fries, mommy’s grilled cheese, Sonic's grilled cheese, Schloskzy's
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What was your favorite Christmas gift? i-tunes card, Pocahontas doll, clothes, music box, sewing kit, Would you Rather game
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What is your favorite color? pink, purple and black
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What is your favorite animal? cats, cute dogs, kittens, puppies, goldfish, dolphins
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What is your favorite book? Jack and Annie Series, Junie B. Jones, Bible
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What is your favorite movie? Tangled, Looney Tunes, Rio, Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol
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What is your favorite song? Read your bible (and pray everyday), Party in the USA, Dynamite, Bingo
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What is your favorite school subject? Art
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What do you like to do with your free time? play with Le, read my bible, play, hug and kiss Mommy, do art, play with Mommy
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What do you want to be when you grow up? artist that does pictures for stores and museums, teacher, a Mommy
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What makes you laugh? when Mommy tickles me, when Le makes funny faces, when Le says funny things
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What makes you cry? when I have to leave Mommy, when I get in trouble
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What is the best thing that happened this year? my birthday and my sisters' and brother's birthdays and going to birthday parties, vacation
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What is the worst thing that happened this year? when I had to leave 1st grade
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Where do you want to go this year? Disney World, Sea World
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What makes you special? I like different things and I am the only one in the family with blue eyes and the only one that is left handed
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