January 31, 2010

Micah's party pix!

Micah's Birthday

Our sweet Micah turned 12 this past week. I cannot believe how fast this son of mine is turning into a "young man". Micah really wanted a cell phone for his bday so we added a line and now he has one!! He is sooo happy. He wanted to go bowling on his bday and then go eat at his favorite restaurant "Five Guys Burgers N Fries". His big party was Saturday and he had several friends over for pizza and Xbox!!

January 25, 2010

1 month....

Ok so we have one month down waiting for our LOA. Our agency coordinator told us it could be 2.5 mos fom LID to LOA. Our Lid was 12/25/09 so now we have one month down.(repeating myself). After we get our LOA, it will probably be another 2 mos before we travel. So..(just thinking out loud here) Say we get our LOA in one more month that would put us at Feb 25th...then two months to travel would be around April 25th. This is all BEST case scenario. I am praying God will make it much quicker b/c I know He is able and nothing is too hard for Him. He sees our precious son waiting for us. Will you pray with me that we will get all our "A"s quickly?

January 18, 2010

January 12, 2010

Everybody was Kung Fu fighting

I am so proud, proud, proud of my husband and children!!I just can't help myself! They tested for their black belts in Oct and FINALLY received them this past Saturday at the Black Belt ceremony. The road to BB had been l o n g. I am so proud of their endurance and for completing this goal. The kids have not always wanted to go to class and unlike other sports where you have seasons off there is no "off" for karate it is year round. Thank you to all our special friends who came and celebrated this once in a lifetime achievement with us. Way to go guys!! I love you and I am so proud of you!! On your way to second degree!!

January 8, 2010

If you can spare a second..

Please go to my friend Cynthia's blog. www.mychinesedumplings.blogspot.com For some reason I can never get links to work..someone help me please!! Cynthia and her family were with us together in China when we adopted Sophie and she is now adopting a darling boy. Please go check out her awesome give-aways to help pay for their adoption.

January 7, 2010

The Girls/ Meagan is old.

I scare myself in this pic.

The Mom-Mobile(notice Linzi's "wild" look

Wow, my nails look 30(look at the lady eating the chip)

Ashley has fingernails,,yes we were wild!

I see Linzi's elbow..pretty wild

It started with Meagan turning 30 and a spend the night party! I cannot believe my dear friend is now 30!!! I used to feel sooo much older than her but now I don't even mind saying I am 33!!! Cuz now we are both having to check the box 30-35. :)

So we planned one of our infamous "girls gone wild" parties. Which is really a joke because we are actually pretty boring, strict pentecostals so just the name "girls gone wild" makes us laugh even harder. I hope your following this..(Linzi this is for you). So Linzi, Josh, Ashley, Stephen and Taylor all spent the night on Friday,,,,uhhh notice who is missing? Yes, that would be the 30 year OLD birthday girl who is now much too sophisticated for our spend the night parties. We stayed up till around 2am playing Wii carnival. My arm is still sore(it's a miracle I was able to save the dog). Then we got up and got ready. (let me know when you notice something "wild"). Laura was the saviour of the day b/c she kept all the kids!! THANK YOU LALA! Well, our first "wild" idea was to take the 12 passenger van! Whoo HOO!! Yes, all 4 of us crammed in...it was tight. We are really starting to get crazy! Since it was Meagan's birthday we let her pick the restaurant and she picked Konomi. Well, guess what? We pulled up...it took me 15 minutes to get parked in the mom-mobile we get out in the cold and it is closed. SOOOO we decided we would be angry and throw rocks and burn the building down....NOW THAT would be wild. But obviously since we are not sitting in jail right now we did not do that. Instead we went to the next best restaurant. Superior Grill! There we got really crazy and ordered 2 DINNER size (even though it was lunch..remember we are "wild") chicken fajitas. (I even got sour cream). So then we basically stared at people and tried to figure out if this person at the next table was a man or woman. Never did figure it out. Well, since we were really getting crazy now we decided to go Home Goods and Bed Bath and Beyond and of course Brewsters for ice cream!
It was seriously the most fun I have had in a long time and I got to be with my favorite people and I cannot wait to do it again!!!!

January 5, 2010

Not your average hero

Well, it's not every day you get to be your kids hero. Our pond is frozen over and the kids wanted to know if they could take a quick break from school and go throw rocks at the pond. I said sure they had 15 minutes to get out there and then come back in. (benefit of HSing..take breaks as needed). So I had just hung up the phone and I was looking out the window at the kids. I saw our lab walking on the pond, I was like cool I am gonna go out there and check it out I didn't realize the ice was so thick and wanted a closer look. Well as soon as I got to the back door and opened it I could hear the kids hollering for me. I started running and saw that Duchess had fallen through the ice in the middle of the pond and couldn't get out.

Let me just pause here to tell you, I rarely in the middle of the scorching summer heat ever get in our SWIMMING pool. I only enjoy being wet in the shower or tub...and would much prefer to lay out then swim. Ok back to story.

To help set the stage further, I had to run Sophie to 4k this morning so I am in my son's sweatshirt a long blue jean skirt and my yellow box shoes. OK, I run off the deck, I roll under our barbed wire fence and get to the edge of the pond. At this point it is obvious that Duchess is not going to be able to get out. So I decide we are going to let her drown.. GASP.... JUST KIDDING. I hand over my cell phone to the kids and start going in. Now, the ice is so thick I am having to put all my body weight on it to break it, it is not thick enough to hold me so I HAVE to break it. I am not even feeling the cold. By the time I reach the dog I am up to my neck in the icy cold water. I have broken a path free and she is able to swim to shore. I am swimming back and I start to feel a little cold but mostly exhaustion. I get out of the water and I am literally gasping for breath. Did I mention my kids were cheering me on the whole time? I told them to keep encouraging the dog cause I was gonna be really ticked if I made it all the way to her and then she decides to drown! So my kids kept calling Duchess and calling my name. I could hear the terror and the pride in their voices. I made it out of the water(that's why I am here typing)...had to ROLL back under the barbed wire. I am really starting to feel bad..the kids are worried. They keep hollering "We need to build a fire!!" I told EG just to go turn the shower on. (Bert is still at work, w/ a torn ligament or a broken ankle not sure either way it is too swollen to X-ray, and Tyler is at a homeschool class). We finally get back in the house and EG has to take my shoes off and help peel me out of my wet clothes. I get in the shower ( a big rock fell out of my panties..lol) (for real) but the shower about killed me...the water made me feel like I was being stabbed to death so I got back out and put a big robe on. Well, I come in the living room and Micah and EG start hugging me and sobbing me and telling me I am the best mom in the whole world!!! Then they notice my legs which I had not noticed b/c basically I could not feel them. They are cut and swollen and bruised from thigh to ankle. I didn't even notice!! The feeling is starting to come back slowly and I have a feeling I am going to be sore tomorrow. But guess what? My kids think I am a hero!! oh yeah the dog is fine.