Thursday, January 8, 2015

Loose teeth, looms and leading the way

Been a long day today.  Lots to do.  Alex and Max worked.  Max has a steady job and since Alex is homeschooled, he can work here and there with odd yard type jobs but agreement is he has to do his work first.  And this was yesterday and I never finished the post.  Figures.  Here goes.

Summer got four teeth pulled at the dentist the other day.  2 had the longest roots I had ever seen on a baby tooth.  There's no way they would have come out on their own. Plus, we'd waited long enough and they never budged.  She did great.

Tooth pillow broke.  Binder clip held it together so that stupid tooth fairy mouse could still come.  don't even ask about the mouse.  It's the reason we have to leave windows open at night in the dead of winter for a tooth fairy mouse story that Irina told years ago from Russia.  I have NEVER heard of another Russian kid and a tooth fairy mouse.  Been an experience all these years and we still have to open the windows.

Nik loved this activity.  He could do crafts all day long if you let him.

Working hard.  NOtice yet another naked doll in the picture.  i promise our baby dolls have clothes.

Little Guy taking the lead.  Max was leading him around the house but then Little Guy started walking ahead of him.  Too cute.  We have therapy every night.  Made it into our chore routine.  Each of the older kids work w/ the younger ones that do therapy....Little Guy, Sofie, Summer and Nik.  PT/ OT/ Speech/ Reading.  I think it helps with things.  In more than one way.  Receivers of the therapy are not the only ones benefiting. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Manic Monday

A Monday packed full of stuff to do so let's get started here.

  • waiting to hear when court is rescheduled.  
  • Bojan turns 16 today
  • Warren turns fifty something or another  
  • Going to park with friends today
  • Starting new semester
  • Going to museum (had to cancel last week...urghh)
  • Registered Alex and Reni for soccer
  • Asking about dance for Sofie and Summer as well
  • Need to get a family portrait done soon
  • Had windows open and shorts on yesterday.  Going to be 27 on Thursday.  Crazy weather
  • Planning trips, events, sports, classes, etc. for the next several months
  • Warren's car got fixed as a Christmas gift from his parents (this is AWESOME!)
  • My van needs an oil change
  • Babysitting this week for just two days
  • Kids are back to work-- oldest two
  • One son used another son's debit card-- urghh!!  Life lessons.  Got to do them.
  • Checking into huge mess w/ BCBS
  • Checking into coverage for this coming year for all the therapies
  • OT/PT/Speech coming this week
  • Alex, Logan and Bojan are going on a retreat this coming weekend
  • Oven still not fixed
  • Need to pay bills
  • Kids did a great job cleaning house yesterday.  Today, a disaster.  I give up
  • bojan has been in contact with his birth family in Serbia
And more going on to be sure.  Trying to figure out who's going to be in what activity, coordinate schedules and things of that nature.  It is time consuming.  But once figured out, it's fine.  So, speaking of which, need to go do a few things.  Some friends are coming over to wish Bojan and Warren a Happy Birthday.   Need to get going but will be back later to write some more posts.  Trying to better keep up with things this coming year.  Even got the kids up on time today!  Miracle after Christmas break. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Birthday Girl

You know I'm trying to catch up on some December posts here so bare with me.  A lot went on.  December 19th was Summer's birthday.  And boy, she won't let you forget it. 

About two days prior to her birthday, she went w/ us to Walmart for an impromptu shop due to finding out we had no oven after installing the new stove.  While in line I caved.  We got her a Frozen balloon and she was elated.

While at Wally World, we had to get a dinner.  Late dinner so cereal it was since we rarely have cereal.  And boy, we picked out a bunch of junk cereal too.  Call it Christmas time.  LOL.

Summer on her birthday.  She wanted to wear the special birthday pin we have.

The day of Summer's birthday, we did a lot of improvising. Actually, now I remember.  This day was the day we installed the new oven but during the day, old one was in so made her sugar cookies to decorate.  

Nik was more than happy to decorate cookies.  They all had enough icing on one cookie for ten.

Summer was beaming b/c this was her day.  Still had her pin on.

Some of the cookie helpers/ eaters.  The 'extra' is NOT Little Guy.  He is a family friend of Sofie and Summer.  Trust me, he got plenty of icing on his cookie too.

Later, with no oven, meant no cake.  No problem.  Friends brought Summer a cake that evening and stayed to sing Happy Birthday!

And let celebration begin.  

Summer blowing out her 8 candles!  She had a great birthday and loved being front and center.  Last year's family birthday bash remember was to TN at a waterpark for a few days.  This year in 2015, the kids voted to all go to an amusement park in the spring or summer some time.  Here, we'll be celebrating birthdays all year.  In fact, two more tomorrow.   Warren and Bojan!  My kids are growing up way too fast for me.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Special Santa

Awhile back we took the four youngest kids to a special needs event put on by a local organization here called Hopes and Dreams.  It was awesome! 

Before they left, Reni did their hair.  Summer wanted hers straight like her older sisters.

They had games to play and this is one of the prizes  Nik won.

Summer was rather excited when she found out Santa was going to be there.  Love the headband?

After standing patiently in line, Sofie literally RAN and jumped in Santa's lap.  Everyone was laughing at that one.  

The smile never left her face.  She was in heaven.  

Summer waiting her turn in line.  My little Fashionista w/ those boots and smocked dress.  LOL.

 She was simply delighted to tell Santa about wanting Barbies.

One last hug before the Northpole.

Elves were there too!  Handing out gifts.

And Santa even granted her wish!  The smile can't get much bigger.  

Nik giving his Minecraft list.  And of course he got legos! Had that picture just now till I realized it had Little Guy in it.  So, just imagine Nik happy w/ legos.  LOL.  Each child got a present and coloring book.

Course, there was all kinds of goodies and desserts.  Just was a very pleasant time.  Had a blast.  It was nice b/c they could really talk to Santa and not be rushed.  Very sweet of Hopes and Dreams to put this on. Thank you all! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Court delayed

As with any adoption, there are delays.  Even if stateside.  So, we will not be travelling for finalization quite yet.  Hope to hear news very shortly as to when the reset date will be.  Just anxious to be done and show the world our beautiful baby boy.  Well, he's our baby.  Today was errand running.  We were going to go to the museum for a field trip but kids were acting up so badly this morning while doing school, Warren said no.  I agreed.  So, we did errands, went onto Sam's, etc.  Nothing exciting, that's for sure.  Some of the kids hung out with friends. 

My shoulder is killing me.  Not sure if this is part of the tree falling on me last week or what.  But severe pain so this won't be long.  I've pulled something b/c certain direction.  Just not sure what.  After this, going to make a sling.  If not better tomorrow or if pain is the same, going in.  Trying ot avoid doc office as it is full of flu sick people.  May try the museum thing tomorrow, who knows. 

More posts waiting but I can barely type.  So, need to rest the shoulder.  Posts tomorrow for sure.  So many pictures to share.  Maybe our therapists can work on me tomorrow :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bubbles, Breathing, Bulbs and Blessing

Today is New Year's Day.  That is hard to believe to be sure!  2015 brings another year of change for Chaos Manor.  I am hoping this is the year we really get to move.  Our two current children become finalized very soon and that is awesome way to kick off the year.  So, a few things for 2015 like Alyona's surgery this month and then I know Logan will need tonsils out soon.  Lots of things here and there happening.  Looking forward to a promising year of change.

I know, can't see the face yet.  But, this is big brother Nik blowing bubbles for Little Guy.  

Nik and Little Guy really enjoyed doing this together.  They were interacting and just having fun.

Doc gave us this the other week.  It is for Sofie.  Asthma.  Not too severe so that is good.   Can be controlled and more allergy related for her we think.  So, she is on Singulair now, along w/ an inhaler.  She reminds me of Irina in winter, always sounding sick w/ that barking cough but she's not.  

A Pinterest Idea that didn't turn out too badly.  Was suposed to look like Christmas lights.  Sofie went a little crazy on the fingerprints though.

These are Nik's prints.  Little Guy actually needs to do his still.  Cute idea and doesn't take long.  

Over Christmas, a local church brought over some food for our family.  Knowing how fast food goes in this house, this was a huge blessing.

My kids are big fans of cereal b/c we rarely buy it.  So to see Count Chocula, Boo-Berry and Cheerios all in the same batch, well, it was jackpot for them.  And, of course breakfast for the next day.  We were really surprised by this gift and truly thankful.  

So much more to share that has happened over the last few weeks.  Bit by bit, I'll get there.  So, be prepared to be bombarded with photos tomorrow.

The Grinch Didn't Win!

So, a story of what happened here.  Mid-December my sister sends me a message asking if we got her package.  Said no.  Hmm, b/c it was delivered December 1st or so.  She couldn't remember if she'd sent it USPS or UPS.   Fine.  After conversation, we realized she sent it to a neighbor with a different address. He is known by many in this neighborhood as being grumpy.  I tell the kids to remember to be nice.  But, he's also done some not nice things to them too.  Won't get into details. 

Anyhow, sent Irina and Max over and said remember, be VERY nice.  They were met grumpily.  Irina asked if they had accidentally received a box that belonged to us.  He said "I don't know, I get lots of boxes."  She said well, this one would have our name on it and come from VA.  He said "I don't know."  And get your dog off my property.  Unbeknownst to Irina and Max, Digby had followed them over there.  NOT the house to go to.  He hates dogs.  And every neighborhood dog that escapes goes to his yard.  I am NOT saying it was okay for Digby to follow them.  Kids had no idea he did.  See, Digby stays on our front porch and in the yard.  Alaska is not allowed out unless on a leash but Digby stays.  Unless, his 'people' are going for a walk.  He's done it a few times before.  Bad, bad timing on this night.  Irina & Max were not happy the dog followed them.  Despite that, he wasn't all that kind and shut the door on them.  Attempt one at Christmas present retrieval. 

Next, Warren stopped by on the way home and got the lady of the house.  She is pleasant in demeanor.  She said they'd been away and the post office was collecting their mail.  It is now January 1st.  Have not heard from them at all about the present that we know went to their house.  He also knew it was a Christmas present from my sister. 

My sister was kind enough to send a replacement gift.

A new box.  One that came to this house.

They were ready to open it for sure knowing the other one was gone.

Awesome tin.  and a HUGE one as you can see.  Now it is filled with legos since it was emptied.

And of course they start digging into it.  So much though, the next day we had friends over to watch movies and eat popcorn.  Was great.

A few of the kids enjoying their Christmas present from Aunt Heather.  Thank you for showing Christmas Spirit and not letting the 'grinch' steal it.