Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Kaitlyn's 6 month doctor's visit (or alternately titled, leaving my kids with strangers at the hospital)
A really nice woman bringing in her elderly mom for an x-ray timidly offered to keep her eye on the kids in the waiting room (offering me her driver's license as collateral, ha!), which was super sweet, and I decided that would be okay, but that option ended up falling through because her mother was transferred to some other radiology place. But still I sat in that waiting room, determined to get Kaitlyn in there. I just kept praying that God would provide a way for us to get the xray done. Meanwhile as we waited and waited (gotta love a crowded hospital, but at least my kids were behaving and not going sideways) a (very normal-looking!) couple, probably in their late-sixties, came in. Within two minutes the grandfatherly man was putting stickers on his forehead and making all my kids laugh. They loved this guy! He had a thick New York accent and thought my kids could do no wrong. After chatting with him for awhile I told him I had no clue if we'd even be getting our x-ray today, because of the older kids. "Don't worry about it, we'll babysit" he said. (On a side-note, I'm totally blessed to know lots of sweet mommies I could call to come sit with my kids in a jam, but again it was totally the principle of the thing, we were already there, and I'm anxious to know once and for all if something's wrong with her hip.)
WELL, the radiologist came and called Kaitlyn's name and immediately the grandfatherly man and his wife said, "Okay kids, come on." When Kaitlyn and I returned (we were seriously in there for less than 10 minutes) we could hear gregarious laughter coming from the waiting room. All three kids were playing some game where they were underneath the chairs, and the receptionists were cracking up, and told me I should take this couple home with me because they were great babysitters. I was SO THANKFUL that the Lord provided normal, kind, entertaining people when I needed them. I was totally uncomfortable leaving my kids semi-unattended around random people I didn't know (and seriously prayed nonstop for my kids during the x-ray), but the receptionists and other people waiting were watching too.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
From Ethiopia of course, this reminds me of my sons' homeland and our amazing time there. Plus I think it's pretty cool-looking!
I always had terrible skin, prone to break-outs. After getting married I saw the infomercial and decided to give this product a try. IT IS A MIRACLE. IT WORKS. I LOVE IT.
This fat stack of papers and photos is all we have of Yosef and Biniam's first 16 months of life. Information about their birth family (including names), medicals, development. These papers and what they represent are pricless.
No, there's nothing special about this particular GAP pea coat and scarf, but they represent my long-time affinity for wintry clothing--cozy coats, matching scarves and hats, cute sweaters and gloves. Sadly, I do not currently live in a climate conducive to this type of clothing.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Oh and I set the table with our Ethiopian tablecloth and we rocked out to an Ethiopian music CD. A good time was had by all.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday we packed up and drove to San Bernardino to visit Grandma Helen (my mom's mom), who lives at an assisted living facility. Good to see her and the kids had a ball talking to assorted elderly people, who LOVED seeing them. One old woman just lighted up when she saw that we had twin boys and told us all about how some relative of hers has twins, etc.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Mommy: It's supposed to be. Go back to your room.
Mommy: Why not?
Anna: Because I'm a punk!
So yeah a good time was had by all. My favorite part was on Saturday when the Iunker family took all of us (even little Kaitlyn), and Eden, out on their boat to go tubing. Each of our older kids got to ride with Daddy--the boys hated it, Anna LOVED it! (Yosef and Biniam did however enjoy getting to sit with Mr. Iunker and help "drive" the boat--they loved honking the horn!)The next day Anna went on the taco with Kevin and loved that even more--she kept wanting to go faster!
The following picture is of Anna digging in the sand with Jason Allshouse. She has really taken quite a liking to Jason (he's an "older boy" at 5 years old!) over the last several months. Later when I walked over there with Anna I asked her what the pile of mud was. "Jason calls it clay", she told me. HA!