Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Then he started moving around right under our noses. We found that he enjoys looking out the windows. You might think this sounds quite innocent, but this deer has a dark side. He can be quite naughty, you see. When you're walking through the house at night in the dark, he puts his little wooden paws out to trip you. When you're in a hurry, he jumps right in front of you to make you stumble. When he's naughty, he gets put in time out. We find him in the bathroom, the kitchen, the bedrooms, the laundry room...
But now this demented deer is hanging out outside our bedrooms and staring at us with those evil plastic eyes. Every time I turn around, this deer is in my face. But this morning, he's taken it a step too far.
* For you gullible types, the deer doesn't actually move. This whole thing started because I kept bringing it upstairs to be put away with the Christmas decorations. And Jeff kept making the kids take it downstairs. So then the next day, I would bring it back up... and so forth. Finally I'm like yelling at the deer, "Why do you keep doing this to me?" And Jeff is like "I'm so tired of those kids bringing that deer up here." After that we started moving it around the house when the kids weren't looking. He's ended up on the table, upside down on the couch, guarding the fridge, in our bed, and multiple other places. It's actually kind of funny. We'll put him in time out and then the kids will be like "Where is that naughty deer now?" And he'll be somewhere else. I guess we should name him. Leave your suggestions and we'll vote on the best name. The person who wins will get an autographed picture of us and the deer. Good luck!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
It was decided after watching the classic movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" that we have our very own Ferris (Nicole) and Cameron (Jordan). If you know Jordan, you're going to think this is really funny. And even if you don't know Jordan, it's still pretty funny. Sorry for the cuss words, you can't cut them out and evidently you can't make a movie without putting them in.
I received an email today that the letters for birth certificate and passport are completed. WE HAVE AN EMBASSY APPOINTMENT ON FEB 6TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They will get a copy of the birth certificate today and hopefully get the passport soon! I am booking airline tickets and guesthouse reservations right now!!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks as if this process is almost over. Our kids are almost home!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Cost of poster board and supplies................$20
Cost of MP3 player bribe for completing memorization of speech..........$40
Cost of seeing your child performing on stage...................................priceless
Justine showing off her "big butt," among many other "big" parts.
Nice, don't you think?
Friday, January 18, 2008
Merkeb and Filemon's backpacks are ready to go! They both have books, games, crayons, color books, journals with pens, and travel blankets.
I bought this "fanny" pack for my cameras. I thought the little camera would fit perfect in the pocket on the left and the video camera on the right. It also has a zipper on the back for money, credit cards etc. Jeff made fun of me, and said "I can't believe you're going to wear that." I told him, "I'm not wearing it, you are." Ha
1 of 2 eighteen gallon rubbermaid containers with donations for the many different orphanages we will be visiting. We have frisbees, soccer balls, jump ropes, bubbles, diapers, dolls, shoes, clothes for grandma, medicines, and many, many other things!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
So the only news today is.............
Julie did call me today and told me that a couple they met in Ethiopia, who were also adopting from Faithe Children's Home, called her the other day. They evidently were quite in love with Filemon and Merkeb (who has met them who hasn't fallen head over heels is what I want to know), anyway they made a video of their trip and of the kids at the orphanage. Julie said they Filemon and Merkeb are in a lot of the pictures. (Filemon more than Merkeb) She said that the McCoy's are sending us a copy of the video, and it should be here anyday. I would love to see more pictures, but the thought of possibly getting to hear their voices and see them in action gives me goosebumps! I will certainly let you all know when the video arrives!
Until further notice, I am boycotting zoomshare. Check back here for your adoption fix. And when we find out in a few days when we get to travel, it will most likely be posted here first!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I love the fact that Jordan and I have this common love of books, reading and learning. I think in this aspect, we are the most alike. Take us both to Barnes and Noble and we will be content for hours. Years ago, we both confessed to typing in our heads when people spoke. I told her I thought that was a sign of being gifted since we both had it and we knew she was gifted... hence saying that I too was gifted. She replied, "I don't think so." She has since moved onto translating into French everything that she hears, and I have tried to refrain from my weird little habit. But all in all, we are a lot alike. And I love that.
In Jack, I see myself in several of his personality characteristics. Unfortunately, I think I gave him several quirks that cause us both a lot of turmoil. Perfectionism and thus rage with frustration. But aside from the perfectinist rage fits, we do have our good points. Our love of children and babies. He is the only 9 year old boy I know who loves babies. He loves babies in movies, in books, at the grocery store, at church. This boy has some weird radar that seeks out all the pregnant women and/or newborns within a 10 mile radius. The competetiveness, I confess, he gets from his father.
Jaiden and I have our craftiness in common. Give us both paper products or scrapbook materials, and we would both be happy for eternity. We both share a flare for the emotional breakdown from time to time, but overall Jaiden is me on my best day. She's artsy and stable, and loves starting projects. She's helpful and sweet and full of good ideas.
Justine. Justine is what began me even thinking about this topic. She is me in that she loves to play house and with her baby dolls. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she simply says a mom with 6 kids. Sound familiar? But playing house with her is like an acid trip. Today, we were playing house. Her husband had died (he always dies when we play house, perhaps too many Disney movies with missing parents?) Anyway, when I asked her how her husband died, she said, "He was killed." Long dramatic, drawn out pause... "By ninjas." Everyday is like this. She has several children who suffer all kinds of horrible afflictions, and she's always a widow by the age of 5. She is me on LSD.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Today, not so much!
At the soccer game, Jeff was tickling Justine. We're laughing. We're having a good time.
Then Justine says (really loudly) "Stop it, you $#%^&@." Loud enough that our Sunday school teacher sitting directly behind us probably heard. Loud enough that the people sitting next to us gasped for air as if she had hit them directly in the stomach.
She denies it. Wouldn't you? We put soap in her mouth. We grounded her. When she came home, she put herself in time out. When we questioned her about it, she swears she said "you sucker." She blames Hannah Montana for her sailor mouth. I knew that girl was bad news.
So now, I'm wondering what it was that she actually said... did we just punish her for saying something she did hear on Hannah Montana? Well, we may never know for sure, but we do know that she'll never say anything that remotely sounds like $#%^&@.
What the $%^& kind of parents are we anyway?
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
We are going to get to visit Faithe Children's Home where the kids have been living all this time, as well as Grandma's. We are also going to a Nun's Orphanage that has all children over the age of 2 and a government run orphanage. I really wanted to go to the government run orphanage. I have heard horror stories about what we would find there compared to the private orphanages. As worried as I am about it, I know that it will permanently stay with me.
This statement made me think about people who are so afraid to "feel" things. Those who avoid anything which is uncomfortable. anything painful. anything that hurts. We as a society are so doped up on antidepressants, I'm not sure anyone "feels" anything anymore.
So, I am expecting to have my heart broken over what I am about to experience. I know that as happy as we are going to be to get Filemon and Merkeb home, I will undoubtably be broken-hearted over the kids I can't bring home.
So back to our plans. We plan on getting to Addis, checking into the guesthouse and perhaps taking a shower/nap? I don't know about the nap - depends on how much we sleep on the way... Then we are going to the orphanage. Shimellis said to plan on spending some time there, getting to know the kids and playing with all of them. He said to take pictures of our kids throughout the whole week, and we would be able to, just in a week's time, be able to see big changes in them. Then we are free to take the kids with us.
I don't want to just show up and say come on, let's go... and take them away from everything they know. As happy as they are, that's got to be difficult. It's hard to remember that we are gaining something, they are gaining and losing. There will be grief involved with that. When they are ready, we plan on taking them back to the guesthouse for showers and Merkeb's first bubble bath... relaxing and getting to know one another.
We also have plans of going to the National Museum, the Ethiopian Orthodox church and King Menelik II's palace. Oh, and he is going to have the orphanage people find out the kids shoe sizes so we can take them some shoes! I know it's premature, but I am getting things ready to pack. I just can't wait much longer.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
He said the kids are very happy and excited to have been adopted. They said that wanting to be adopted is closely related to how well the kids settle in. Those who really WANT to be adopted do better. I guess in thinking about that statement, I want to say DUH. He said they are both great kids.
He has developed more of a relationship with Filemon over past year and a half, so he knows more about him. He said that Filemon is such a good boy. I know he said that several times. Such a good boy. He said that he would do fine whatever the situation because that's just the kind of kid he is. He says he's very helpful and quiet. Patient, let's see what else did he say? He said that because he's been the oldest of the group, he's used to taking care of others.
When Shimellis told him that his cousin who was adopted to Kentucky was having behavior problems in his new home, Filemon responded "I'm very disappointed in him." He indicated that both kids were very close to grandma, and that her influence on them has made them the great kids that they are.
He indicated that grandma was so happy they were being adopted before she died. Can you even imagine? Shimellis wasn't sure how long their parents had been dead. He thought it had been 3 or 4 years! So that would make Filemon 6 or 7 and Merkeb 4 or 5 when they died. Poor babies! We talked about the name thing again. I thought that I was being adoption sensitive about keeping their Ethiopian names. Shimellis said that it would ultimately be their decision about their names, but we should present them with the pros and cons of having an American first name. He said that in his experience, having people not be able to pronounce his name all the time was a barrier to making friends and becoming assimilated to this country. He said he often wished that he had changed his name when he came here because it would have been much easier to fit in and make friends. So that's something to think about.
He also said that as important as it is to remember their culture, we shouldn't dwell on it too much at the beginning. That we should think about them becoming Americans and what can we do to help them learn our culture. That was something new to hear. He also said that the fact that we have children their age will help them because they will learn a lot just from being around our kids. I said that was what I was afraid of... Well I will talk later, must make dinner! G
Monday, January 07, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Well we finally made it to the Rutledge Wilson community farm near our house. You can check it out by clicking here.
So what's it like to take city kids to a farm? Better yet, what's it like to take a city dad to a farm? Well it's a little like this. When we got to the farm, the kids were sooooooooooo excited to see the animals. Jeff, in his leather coat and dress shoes, was jumping over cow patties and running from animal to animal. I don't know, but I think he was ready to go home about 5 minutes after we got there. When we came upon the miniature horses, I said "Look at the cute little ponies." Jordan informed me that this was not politically correct, "they are miniature horses; you hurt their feelings." So I tried to pet them. Jeff chastised me. Did I not see the sign in the barn that said the animals may bite? Miniature goats? Same thing. So we went to practice milking the fake paper mache cow in the barn. Jaiden, taking after her father, wouldn't touch the thing. Jack shot us across the barn with fake milk from the fake cow. Really nice. It's nice to see our taxes going towards something that we will utilize and that makes our community nicer. They are going to have homeschool classes and things for the kids to do in the spring. The farm will be connected to the Ozarks greenways eventually, so we can ride bikes and go to the farm. And it's within 10 minutes of home. How great is that!
Justine - get out from behind there... you don't know where that cow has been.
Jack shooting milk all the way across the barn. Nice.
"I'm kind of good at this. Mom can I have a cow?" "NO Way."
Jaiden absolutely not willing to give it a try.
Although Justine was really a natural milker, probably because she's such a "cheeseball."
Jeff was really enjoying the farm experience, even the crafts and snacks.
The girls making crafts at the craft station.
Jordan helping the girls to make bird feeders to hang in the trees at home.
And so do the adorable little ponies, err I mean adult miniature horses.
Do you see that sharp, shiny pocket knife? Does this scare anyone else?
What did Santa bring? A princess alarm clock that projects stars onto the ceiling. Do you think this will help her turn into a morning person?
Mommy make me better. The best gift ever!
Jaiden reading her jump rope rhyme book.
Mabel, Mabel, set the table.
Just as fast as you are able...