Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Family

I think of blogging frequently, but either I don't have much to say or I think of something I really want to write about and then by the time I can get around to it the idea doesn't seem very interesting anymore. So, I end up doing nothing. 

I actually used my blog as a journal when adopting Bella and Sophia and sometimes when we are trying to remember when something happened I pull up my blog and find it -- dates, pictures and everything. So, I am hoping to continue -- if only for my younger kids that like to look at it and go back and remember all the things we have done and maybe books we have read, etc. Also, I do love to put up pictures of all the kids and the everyday things we do. 

Since it has warmed up and now we go outside everyday I have started taking pictures again. The grandkids have been over to play and we have cooked out and even gone to eat on the patio up the street and get ice cream -- my camera batteries died before I could get hardly any ice cream pictures.

We have had lots of time with family. On Sunday everyone came over and we cooked out. The kids ran and played and we sat on the porch and watched. Being Mother's Day I had gotten lots of flowers, candy and gift cards. I went out and sat with some of the kids and just watched everyone running around and thought about how blessed I am -- beautiful day, family over and everyone enjoying each other. I couldn't really ask for more. It was a wonderful day. 






























Bethany showing Kasia the fairy house she made.


























































Madelyn is getting so big. I feel like I didn't see her much for a couple of months because everybody was sick. So glad that we are all well and I can enjoy seeing my granddaughter again.





























Andrew buried Bethany in the sand and she loved it. The next day she buried him.


























Michael getting a picture before he and Kasia leave for home. Sarah loves Kasia and probably drives Kasia crazy talking to her and acting really, really silly around her. 






























A few pictures from the evening my daughter Meredith and I took some of the kids to eat and get ice cream.
































Reagan -- she didn't care for that yucky looking pizza her mom got her and I don't blame her.





























Thursday, April 30, 2015

What We Are Reading

I have meant to post so many times, but something always happened -- usually sick children. I have had more sick kids this winter and spring than I think I have had in the previous 10 years. We have had someone sick almost constantly since January -- strep, ear infections, colds, bronchitis, viruses, and pneumonia with a hospitalization. So, I have been slow to post. Things seem to be looking up and everyone is well so maybe I will get that update on Sophia done in the next week or so. 

We did try to keep reading through all of the sickness, though there were some days with so many doctor visits and then being in the hospital that I didn't get around to it. We read Fair Bay by Eleanor Frances Lattimore. It was written in 1958. I think everyone really liked this one, including me. I got it years ago at a library sale when they were getting rid of some old books. It is out of print, as are many of the books I read to the kids, but worth looking for. The book is about Trudy and her summer visit to her aunt's home on the coast of South Carolina. One morning she rides her horse to the lost island of Fair Bay -- destroyed years ago by a terrible storm. Her ordinary summer visit turns into an adventure when she finds an old fashioned music box and is subsequently taken back in time 60 years  -- to the last afternoon of the island before it was destroyed. It is light and easy reading and a short book, but enjoyable. Bethany and Andrew liked it best. 

We then read E Is For Elisa by Johanna Hurwitz and Summer With Elisa by the same author. I had read that these books were very similar to the Betsy books that Bethany loves so much so I ordered them. Bethany and Andrew liked them and I thought they were ok. I didn't find them that similar to the Betsy books by Haywood, though. 

We also read Forest Secrets by Tracy Kane -- a book about fairy houses. Bethany absolutely loved this book. Before we finished it, she was out making a fairy house in our front yard. We found book 2 in this series and I have ordered it as she liked the first one so much. 

We are now reading Secret in the Maple Tree by Matilda Nordtvedt. We are enjoying this book and it is actually part of the A Beka reading program. 

I have a few random pictures to post from the past month or so. I haven't even taken many pictures lately with all the sick kids. 

Kids playing in the rain last week -- it was warm. 





























Bella played in the rain and got kind of cold so got herself a blanket to warm up with.


























Niece and aunt together on the sidewalk.


























Reagan -- my granddaughter. 






























Sophia likes to sit and watch, but doesn't really like the grass.































Bethany and her fairy house. 





























I kept Madelyn (my granddaughter) the other day and got a few pictures of her.




























She may not look that happy about visiting, but she actually likes it here -- really.































Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bella -- Two Years Home

Two Years. Seems like she has always been here. There really isn't a lot to tell. She is a dream child. Seriously. She can go to her room - which she does often - and play for an hour or more by herself. Really play. She will stack blocks, look at books and play with her dolls. She does this almost daily. She is happy to play by herself and with her siblings. 





She is happy, content, loves attention, loves books, likes to dance and watch her older siblings do school. She is usually quiet and fairly calm. She has learned many signs -- ball, fish, more, eat, baby, stop, all done, water, book, shoes, socks, drink, thank-you, cat, I love you, dirty, sorry, bath, and quite a few more. 

































She talks a little, but not a lot. She can say, "want snack" and will not stop saying it until we give her something to eat -- she definitely has that one down. 































She does have quite a temper at times -- it is fast and short. Make her mad and she will jerk around and stomp her foot. It is actually kind of funny but I'm sure it won't be when she is 10 or 11. 





























She absolutely loves to eat. It is like she is never full. If you have anything to eat, she is right by your side. Food is definitely the way to her heart. 




























I know the squirrel doesn't belong in the Bella post, but he is the squirrel that watches her eat breakfast every morning. He sits in the window and just watches. He is actually waiting for his Cheez-Its that we feed him each morning. We have to be careful when we open the window to feed him as he will try to get in. Bella has gotten so used to him that she barely pays attention to him any more. We all have. 




























Bella is super connected to Sophia and is always concerned about her. If Sophia cries -- Bella cries. If Sophia is upset and yelling -- Bella is there whining and crying. She can't stand for Sophia to be upset. She even gets out of her bed some mornings and climbs in with Sophia to keep her company.





























Bella can move through the house so quietly and entertain herself for such long periods of time that I find myself looking for her often. She loves to go up to Sarah, Caroline, and Bethany's room, close the door, and get into their stuff -- dolls, doll clothes, dress-up, and lots of little suitcases full of small dolls, animals, and tiny toys. She is so content.



























She is no trouble at all. Nobody minds babysitting her as she is so easy. She will sit with you or play with you or just watch whatever you are doing. She very rarely gets into anything or into trouble. It is so strange to have such a child. 

She is such a blessing to us. She is so loving and we all love her so much. I can't imagine not having this child. 




























Next I will do Sophia. Hopefully, it won't take me long to get it together.