Saturday, March 29, 2008
The case of "loving Jordan too much" becomes increasingly odd, psychotic and/or weird. We have discovered that someone has cut a 15 inch long section of Jordan's hair leaving a 2 inch long chunk sticking straight up alfalfa style.
Images of a stalker with a Jordan shrine adorned with her hair have entered my mind. I've looked for evidence all over the house, but have yet to find any.
Other options we are considering are: a witches brew which required the hair of a genius, some kind of Barbie wig or perhaps a lesson to teach her to not fall asleep in class.
We may never solve this mystery. I am hoping that there is no direct link between the mirror and the hair... Jordan may have a stalker living right here in this house.
Allow me to shed some light on that... it's wasn't what we had originally thought we would do. I assumed I would homeschool for the rest of this year, and then put them in Gloria Deo. Public school came into thought after they'd been home for a few weeks. I had absolutely no idea where to start with them, and I was having a hard time keeping them motivated and focused. They seemed to be much more into the school of Television than in the school of mom. Their English is so spotty, as is spelling, math and everything else.
Everything I tried to start with them seemed to be so over their heads. Josh could read an entire book and then not be able to tell me one thing it was about. And so we sent them to public school. In typical Gina style, now that they're coming home with counting money worksheets and telling time (two things they have NEVER seen), I'm beginning to see things that we could do at home that would be better... I'm never happy am I? So we will continue to keep them in public school for the rest of the year. I see another year of 3rd and 5th grade in their future, but we will do whatever works for them. That's the beauty of this family. We are non-traditional. We do what works for us at the time.
We have quickly found that what our new kids really love is playing outside. They are good at it and are really used to it. This is what they know.
Jameson likes baseball! That girl's got quite a swing.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Well, since no one cared about my Idol predictions, I have crawled out of my sick bed to put on some new pictures.
Joshua's first birthday (#11) in America. Where else would you want to go for that ?
Madison and Jameson riding the roller coaster.
Joshua was really good at the Safari Driving Game.
What do you get when you mix too much Coca-Cola, pizza, a lot of kids and way too much noise?
Give me more money!
Joshua had a great birthday. Thanks to all of you who sent cards - Jaclyn and Lisa. Thank you to everyone who came to the party - too many to name. We had a great time at Chuckee Cheese, and the kids had a blast. While watching Joshua open his presents, I was moved to tears. I don't even know what the emotion was, but it was definitely overwhelming. To know that he's here, he's loved, and he has a family is absolutely awesome.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Well after the first swim lesson, it was declared, "I can SWEEM very well now."
After the second swim lesson, I agreed.
We decided to get the kids a couple of swimming lessons, basically to teach them water safety, as well as how to not drown. They are complete naturals in the water. It amazes me that they have never been swimming before, had not even been submerged in a bathtub until a few weeks ago, and yet here they are swimming after 2 lessons. They are amazing kids! I can't wait to get our pool open now!
Time to wash ALL of the bedding in my house...12 hours.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
So, I'm going to address a question I've been asking myself for years. Why do I put myself through going to the circus every year? And why do my kids love it so much?
As with all of my more controversial blog entries, this one comes with a warning prior to reading. If you are a carnie (employed by a carnival), are employed by any type of circus, come from circus people ancestry, enjoy riding motorcycles inside a big metal ball, or are blessed with special talents such as the ability to wrap yourself up in fabric hanging from the ceiling while wearing huge feathers attached to the back of too tight, glittery, leotard without hanging yourself... you may want to skip this one.
First of all, my lovely fashion conscious daughter #4 announced that this was the best circus she had ever been to and wanted a costume just like exhibit A.
Where can I find that in a size 6X ya think?
I don't know about you, but this just doesn't look natural. Maybe it looks too natural, and that's what bothered me so much... It just looked like a bad idea, that's all.
I think this is this the elephant that later went to the bathroom all over while giving rides. It's really ridiculous to consider the size of an elephant's bladder... Wow!
Oh yeah, this was a great part! The Pekingese dog training thing. A bunch of pampered, spoiled little furry dogs running around and jumping over these little tiny hurdles. Then there was this one little ugly dog, who looked different from all the others... was probably 10 times as smart as the stupid Pekingese, but because he looked different, he wasn't allowed to stay with the Pedigree dogs and do the tricks. He had to stay in a separate dog house and was scolded every time he jumped ahead of the "smart" dogs and did their tricks. What a bunch of separatist crap?! But guess what? Once again, the kids couldn't see they had fallen for the propaganda. They couldn't see the irony of the dog being different and being segregated to the doghouse. What's wrong with these kids anyway? They just keep laughing and eating and giggling and smiling.
One thing the kids did learn was the importance of living in a capitalist society. The circus is no cheap trick; you nearly have to take out a loan to go. Honestly crack toys that are going to break the minute you get in the car for at least $10 a piece, $5 snow cones, $3 popcorn? Not to mention the $8 elephant ride! Seriously? For 5 children?
As we arrived at the circus, I once again chastised myself for giving into this habit, this custom, this addiction to the circus. The animals looked drugged. I thought the tigers were either going to eat Tarzan in his much too tight and revealing tiger print tights, or they were going to fall over from the amount of sedatives they had received prior to the "big show."
Then I watched as my children experienced the circus again. I could see them bringing back all the memories of our annual trip to the Shrine Mosque, soaking in the sights, gobbling up the snacks, and I could see our new children with their mouths agape, laughing and giggling like you have never heard. As I watched all 5 children enjoying the circus, some for the first time, others returning year after year; I was reminded why they love the circus so much!
**The attitudes and opinions expressed in this blog entry are entirely for fun and are not meant to cause emotional pain, familial discord or mean spirited blog comments. Ha
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Eyob and Nebiat. Eyob means Job. Nebiat means prophet. This is the only picture we have of the kids parents together.
Eyob as a young man.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Guess what this became? An empty plate, nearly licked clean by two really happy kids!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
The conversation went something like this:
Jeff: "This is boxing." accentuating the THIS
Joshua: slowly, with a big aaahhhh in front of it,
Jeff: "Yes, boxing..."
Joshua: thinking deeply about the words he's going to choose, "I like the boxing... aaahhhh.... where they throw chairs...?"
Jeff: "Oh, I like that too."
So now we have yet another boy who likes WWF. What is it with boys and violence? I'm so glad we took advantage of that teachable moment. YEAH...
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
It's a surprise we weren't banned from sledding here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many people did we just about take out?
Do I get mother of the year for this one? 1 vote for me for dragging my new child down the hill behind my sled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And our fun day of sledding came to an end with this exclamation!
We awoke today to such a nice surprise. I say surprise because the weatherman said there was a 100% chance for snow last night. I say surprise because they ALWAYS say that, and we never get any snow. I say surprise because I went to bed after midnight and there was no snow, and we awoke at 7am to find 8 inches of snow! This was the first real snow our new kids have ever really seen!
Jack and Joshua digging a fort in the snow in the front yard.
Joshua was a natural at sledding. I bet he went up and down that hill 5 X for every 1 time everyone else did. He couldn't get enough and was really disappointed when the girls were cold and wanted to go home!
It was awesome to see the kids actually playing together. Today was what I have been wanting: 6 siblings playing together, not 2 different families of siblings playing together. Today, these were two brothers playing in the snow together.
Poor Mae Mae still didn't feel good. She ended up watching movies in the car while everyone else went sledding ; (