Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
(Kim and Ann agree!)
Monday, October 22, 2007
I miss the babies.
After watching Salem's videos last night I got depressed. Especially hearing Ella in the background of Helande's video saying "Dada-dada". I can just imagine her little silly smile and I miss it.
Bean's favorite past time is PAY DO... play-doh. So I will type fast and get all my thoughts out while she is at the table doing pay do. Her favorite thing to say right now is "I need that". She needs lots of things lately. LOL
I have done a bit of research today on applying for some grants or fellowships for the ORG (the one that to-be) to get a chunk of financial backing to really get going and make a bigger impact. I have been thinking of education and prevention and how we can make grassroots changes like that. I also am going to apply for a Family Fun magazine/Disney contest where you can win $50,000 for your favorite charity, you have to describe the way that your family volunteers together. If anyone else is interested in this contest, email me and I will send you the details.
Having hubby home has given me too much time to think... I think. Over the weekend he showed me how there is a new channel where you can watch four sports shows simultaneously. Although this was thrilling news to me (not) I caught him watching "10 things I hate about you" (which was shocking given that "Pretty woman" was on). I questioned his manhood. I did. He thought it was funny, so did I... his work is saying that it will be 2-3 more weeks before they get back to work. Hubs went and applied for three new jobs today... but we are torn if we should wait it out because he does enjoy the company that he works for! I guess later this week we will know more-hopefully. I keep looking at the calendar and all the appointments that I made and wondering if that was so smart. There are a couple days where there is one appointment at the physician's then two at the eye doctor, then one more back at the physicians. Apparently when I was scheduling these I really did think that it would be OK for hubs to do but not so much for me to do. Way to go Sarah.
The court is still scheduled for November 12th. I am planning to be in Ohio that week with Angeline. However checking the school calendar I did notice that 11/11 is a federal Holiday... Veteran's Day. The court is actually closed on 11/12... my court date. I am not sure what they means... if they will reschedule for later that week... or months away. I am praying on a fair settlement at this point as extending and prolonging this any further just seems like the wrong thing. I will keep you all updated.
Jeremy just called from AZ and let us know that he is getting ready to board the bus back to New Orleans... so we will once again have limited contact with him. (sigh)
This morning the OT was supposed to come and an hour before his arrival, after the pancake feast, Lulu threw up while walking across the living room in several places. He opted to just come next week.
I just read that Christy went home from COTP to her family. Awww... Isaac will miss his friend. (And so will I.) I am glad that she was able to go home though. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
Isaac and Christy @ COTP 2007
Until next time.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I rented this video from Netflix and I just love it. I passed it on to Kelly and she gave the thumbs up as well. It has different "stories" and "books" that are read by different "stars" with REAL children with "special different types of diversity" narrating throughout the film. I highly recommend it to all parents to have their children watch. Not just parents with children who speak another language, use a walker, or have nappy hair, but all kids! It's a nice way to celebrate diversity and to further instill in your children how we are all different and the same in so many ways. And that we all need to be proud and happy about who we are.
P.S. You can find it for sale on EBAY for a better price than Amazon. Or else look for it to rent at your local rental shop. :)
We had a busy week. Yesterday I made 27 (Literally) doctor appointments for the kids. Well child checks, eye appointments, and dental cleaning... November and December are FULL with appointments. (Have to take advantage of the fact that my husband is home as much as possible... yes.)
I hope that you are having a wonderful 2nd birthday today. I bet you are playing with your best buddies Elijah and Colin...
Looking at your family album and knowing that we are thinking of you all the time and missing you SO much...
I bet your being silly and helping keep everyone "in line" in the boat room just as you always like to do. :)
And of course today you are snuggling with your favorite nannies and...
And kissing your girlfriend Christy! :)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Turn the music off on the right so you can hear the video. This is from Lori (Real Hope for Haiti's blog) and documents the devastation from the flooding of recent days. Please consider visiting Lori's blog and making a donation or saying an extra prayer to help the MANY people affected by this tragic event. http://www.xanga.com/haitinurse4life
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I was not able to get the video to work directly on the blog. But please take a moment to visit the link above to see the beautiful video that Lori put together of the journey the girls have been on. Thanks so much for all of your prayers and support.
My Mom went home yesterday after being here helping out for three weeks. All of the children miss their Nana so much, as do I! It was so nice to have her here while I was gone and while I was here. She managed to rearrange my furniture, hang new curtains, organize the home schooling, and even left me a to-do list! (That I will let her know we are already working on today.)
Thank you Mom! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being here when we needed you the most. We love you!
Here is a great song that ALL moms should watch, but it would be enjoyable and funny for most everyone. :)
Monday, October 08, 2007
Isaac was so tired and sleeping on M. the whole trip. He did wake up a few times and looked completely "out of it" and miserable. Not exactly what I had thought about a near 2 year old boy getting on a really cool airplane... I guess I thought he would be excited and loving the plane ride. But it wasn't so at all. On the drive from the airport in CAP to COTP we were able to take Isaac's aunt home and D. came with Isaac and I to see his Aunt's house and meet his cousins. What a special moment to have to tell my son all about someday. Isaac wanted nothing to do with anyone but D. or M., these were familiar faces to him and his Aunt he doesn't even know. So these pictures tell a bit of how he was feeling... "D. hold me!!!"
Friday, October 05, 2007
I have been home now for 48 hours and am settling in still physically and spiritually. I want to be able to find the right words to say to create this fabulous memento of time and experiences that I have had over the course of the last week and a half. Finding just the right words to convey the experience is difficult. There were so many hard moments and even more glorious wonderful moments I don't want to forget any of them!
The girls were so good on the plane. They are now well seasoned travelers and took it all in stride. The picture of them sleeping together was on the plane. :)
We didn't have any troubles with traveling because all the Haitians from FLL to PAP were thinking it hilarious that Christella had red painted finger nails and toe nails (thanks to Lauren and Grace). It caused many a belly laugh along the way and everyone wanted to come to see her.
The Moms held the girls and Helande looked a bit spaced out like... whoa... where am I now, and Christella cried because she wanted me to hold her. This not only made me feel worse because I wanted her to be happy, but because I wanted her Mom to know that she DOES remember her, it was just going to take a bit of time to get adjusted and I didn't want her to feel discouraged.