Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Break?

Sadly Spring Break wasn’t very springy this year.  Wet and Cold!
I went in with a loose plan of play dates and fun things.  Very much terrified of how it was all going to go down.  Three kids totally off their schedules for a week sounds like a blast!  But we did pretty good.  Well, that’s probably a lie.  We had a few rough and ugly patches, but overall we survived.  And Will might even go back to school and be able to report that he had fun.  Maybe.

Day 1, rainy and cold: cleaned the house and grocery shopped.  Followed by a fun play date and lots of TV. 

Day 2, rain/sleet and cold:  Today is Pirate Fairy Day!  A new Tinerbelle movie was out and I had intended it for their Easter baskets but being stuck in doors seemed like a good time to surprise them.  Lucky for them I started off the day exciting….cake for breakfast.  I figured cake and pancakes are basically the same thing so why not….plus I had a cake pan I’ve been dying to use (it’s been waiting 6+ years to be broken in….).  So cake for breakfast.  And before lunch we broke out the movie, complete with lights off, popcorn and blankets on the floor.  (Amazing, how still everyone sits when we change things up.)  Then we had lunch, followed by some pirate fights, and some pirate jello for dessert.  Saving all our party decorations form last year came in handy!  Will’s quote from the day, “I bet you didn’t notice we’ve done alot of pirate stuff today”. 

The kids all LOVED the movie.  All three reported they loved it better than Frozen. <cue screaming little girls around the world hysterical at this news> Turns out we do not have main-stream kids. 

Day 3, sunny and chilly:  A trip to the zoo with our favorite 13 year old and our cousins.  At the jaguar exhibit one of the cats made friends with Will and would not leave his side.  Fascinating.  And Will acted like it was totally common, but he’s an animal lover and all.  After lunch we headed to the local nursery for a kids gardening tour/lesson.  We were worn out after such a busy day!

Day 4, sunny:  No plans other than a quick, like 10 minute, egg hunt with friends.  But the kids thought it was a grand plan so they were happy.

Day 5, cold, again:  Friday we just survived.  Chris was off a half day so we just managed chaos until bedtime.  I am beat after this week.  And I am NERVOUS about summer!2014-04-18 spring breakWM

Saturday, April 19, 2014

any given night...

Say what? {Wilson}

I was asking Will to come help me with something and his response was “Wait, I have to send Meryl a text first.”  I had to run and see what he really meant.  Turns out he really was writing her a ‘text’. 

Sadly, I have already forgotten what it said.  But I’m sure it was very important!

IMG_9685

Thursday, April 17, 2014

work day

Wyatt just went through a Bob the Builder phase.  So a visit to Poppy at work was in order.  Wyatt and Ella LOVED it. They found plenty of scraps and sawdust to play with. 

I tried to explain that I played with these types of “blocks” when I was a little girl.  The sentiment was lost on them. 

2014-04-02 (6)

The best part, they got to bring home some scraps to play with.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Wyatt so excited about something before. They quickly decided their new blocks needed some color and got to painting.

2014-04-02 (9)

Wyatt decided his piece wasn’t quite done, and worked on it some more the next day.  Now he has a nice little addition to his train set/emergency center/parking garage.

2014-04-02 (13)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

still celebrating…

I think this is my last “Wilson birthday” post…..

The DAY of Mister’s birthday we started out with pancakes, covered in sprinkles.  And a small gift to start the day.

2014-04-07 Ws bday (7)

To add to the fun, Wilson had a field trip scheduled for the day.  Despite the rain, their class headed to a local garden to learn about veggies and plants. 
2014-04-07 W field trip (10)2014-04-07 W field trip (23)

And as a bonus…Daddy took off to spend the morning with him.  The class picnic at the farm was cancelled due to rain (and cold).  So Chris and Will made a visit to McD, followed by a movie.

2014-04-07 W field trip (12) 

The movie was followed by more celebrating….pizza and cake.

2014-04-07 Ws bday (9)

And more presents!

2014-04-07 Ws bday (21)

I’m not sure we’ve ever celebrated non-stop like we have this year.  But I know a certain six-year-old LOVED his special day(s)! 

2014-04-07 Ws bday (29)

And later in the week we had our final celebration….cupcakes with his class.  This year Will chose Oatmeal Creme Pies as his “cupcake”.  

IMG_9979

Monday, April 14, 2014

an interview with Wilson, age 6

I interviewed Will on his fourth birthday….somehow forgot to do it last year. 

What is your favorite color? Green
What is your favorite toy? Superheroes
What is your favorite fruit? Grapes
What is your favorite tv show? Super Hero Squad
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? French fries
What is your favorite snack? Cheeze Its
What is your favorite animal? Cheetah, cause they are fast like me
What is your favorite book? Berenstain Bears
What is your favorite thing to do outside? having battles!
What is your favorite drink? Juice
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Books
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? pancakes
What do you want to be when you grow up? a Wild Life Vet
What are you really good at? Soccer.  Karate, kind of
What makes you happy? Kitty
What do you and Daddy do together for fun? Battle…aka sword fights or super hero fights
What do you and Mommy do together for fun? No answer. Once again, I’m not the fun one.
 

2014-04-12 (43)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

sunday surprise

Poppy loves a good surprise. 

We were not finished with the birthday celebration just yet.  Poppy zoomed out with a scooter for Mister Wilson on Sunday.  He was SURPRISED!

2014-04-06 (1)crop 2014-04-06 (2)

After a quick lesson from Poppy on how it worked.  Mister Wilson was ready to take it for a spin, or crash.

2014-04-06 (5) 2014-04-06 (26)2014-04-06 (4)crop

 2014-04-06 (7)crop 2014-04-06 (11)

2014-04-06 (12) 2014-04-06 (16)
There were a few crashes.  And he almost gave up but we ended on a high note and I think he’s ready to scoot around everywhere now!
2014-04-06 (14)

One more celebration to go.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

who’s going to HERO up?

We celebrated our first baby this weekend.  We had a super SIX party this weekend.  Will cannot narrow down which super hero he prefers, so we celebrated ALL of them.  2014-04 April1

In keeping with last year’s idea…we all dressed up again. 

SONY DSC

We all had such a fun time at Will’s party.  He said it was the most awesome party ever.  Thanks to all the ideas on pinterest, this party was easy to put together.

My favorite thing, our super hero pictures!

SONY DSC

2014-04-05 (149)

Turns out flying is not Wyatt’s super power.

2014-04-05 (148)edit

Our friends flew around with capes.  Fighting crime, and eating cupcakes and popcorn.

2014-04-05 (63)crop 2014-04-05 (95)

SONY DSC

Will smiled the rest of the day.  It was a perfect celebration.  Thanks to our families and friends for joining us!

Monday, April 07, 2014

he did it….SIX

Mister Wilson went and turned six on us.  I’m mourning that my first, is now, definitely without a doubt, no longer a baby.  Five was still on the fence, but six is a big kid age.

He’s celebrating the day on a school field trip, with Daddy tagging along.  And pizza and cake for dinner! 

Happy Birthday our biggest boy!

SONY DSC

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

to plant a garden….

The kids have been offering to help Poppy in his garden for weeks. Sunday was finally the day.  They changed out of their church clothes, into work clothes and tromped off to the garden ready to work.

Wyatt’s job was to pick out the rocks.  He lasted 5 minutes before declaring he was ready for home. *look closely, he’s sitting on a bucket waiting.

Will was throwing the rocks into the woods.  And occasionally helping dig.  He only lasted a few minutes longer than Wyatt before he was also begging to go home.

That left Ella.  She happily worked alongside Poppy for several hours.  They planted tomatoes, squash and cucumbers.  Poppy even had a special tomato plant for Ella….her favorite, cherry tomatoes!  She was so proud of her work.  And I know Poppy loved having a hard worker alongside today. 

Spring is here!
2014-03-30 gardeningWM

Thursday, March 27, 2014

star of the week {Ella}

It was finally Ella’s turn to be Star of the week.  I guess she remembered Will doing his last year because she was all excited and wanted to get started on it the second we got home.

We quickly made a list of all the things she wanted to include: her family, Mimi & Poppy, Duck, baking, cupcakes, art, PINK and polka dots, China, the beach, fruit and Daniel Tiger/Curious George.

Mrs Monica said that Ella did a great job standing up and telling the class all about herself!  So proud :)


2014-03-25 star student

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

book worm, literally

My little book worm, Mister Wilson, has carried this stack of animal books around him for years.  One or two of the books are newer editions, but most have been around years.  Three years to be exact.
2014-03-16 (12)

These little treasures came from the $1 spot at Tar-jay.  And are prized possessions. No one is allowed to touch them but Will.  (And the littles are totally not interested in them anyway.)

Here is a little #tbt (Mom, that means throwback Thursday….).  Mister Wilson on his 3rd birthday….a Mommy/Will date to the zoo.  He proudly carried his animal field guide around the whole time. Can you see his little Raptor book clutched tight in that tiny sticky hand?

2011-04-07 (1)

And here is my book worm now, probably reading about worms or insects, or reptiles.  Or his current obsession, raptors.  This kid can work the word “talon” into almost any sentence.  Thank you Wild Kratts.
2014-03-11 (20) 2014-03-16 (8)

While the little kids are riding bikes, Will prefers to sit in the middle reading aloud about the animals of the African savanna.  And when they refuse to listen, he gets up and walks behind them reading even louder. Safe to say we only have one animal-lover out of the three.

IMG_9240 

And nothing says fun like using your field guide and finding where the animals live on the map.

All nerd jokes aside, what a fascinating book loving, animal loving, creature loving, almost-6-years-old, kid. He keeps us entertained, and educated!

2014-03-16 (14)

wordless wednesday {first school pics}

I totally expected Ella’s little smile in the pics.  She told me she only gives real smiles to us.
school pic

Monday, March 24, 2014

2 years isn’t forever


This spring Ella will cross the line of having lived with us longer than she did in an orphanage.  But we aren’t there yet. And honestly, I have no expectations that anything magical will happen once she has been with us longer.  But it is still a milestone for the simple fact that we will have known her longer than anyone else.  I remember mentally acknowledging it with Will.  That I “finally” had known him as long as his birth mother.  It’s just something we take for granted with a biological kid.

I’ve struggled with what to blog regarding our progress.  Mainly because I’m not sure what is too personal to share regarding the kids struggles.  So I’m trying to find the fine line I want to walk with what is too much vs. what is helpful.

IMG_5979

Ella has spent the last 2 years both running towards us with open, loving arms.  And running, frantically, in the opposite direction.  Turns out safety and love are just as frightening as the past.

She lived in her first orphanage right around 2 years before being moved to the new facility.  So I’m sure somewhere back in her subconscious she is waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Because to her “forever” has only been defined as 2 years.

IMG_8539

Earlier she was (lovingly) corrected for hitting a sibling.  And per the norm, she entered a pretty lengthy meltdown.  Taking the cue from a good friend, I reminded her that she was not in China anymore.  She was at home with Mommy and Daddy.  And she was here to stay forever.  Then I asked if she remembered why she was crying, if she was happy or sad, etc, etc.  She finally yelled “I don’t ever want to to go back to China!”.  The sibling squabble was long forgotten. Being corrected flips a switch.  The fact that she once lived in China, without parents, is always just below the surface.  And being sent back to China is always an option.  I scooped her up and used all the words I could find to tell her she would NEVER go back to China.  She would never be without her Mommy, Daddy, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins.  NEVER.  But when your only reference of “forever” is 2 years…is that even a consolation?! 

After she was calm we read some books about being a family and love, she really dislikes these books.  But I hoped the weight of the words sunk in somewhere.  We then talked about China some more.  She is starting to lose some of her memories from there.  Stories that she has told over and over and over, without missing a detail are suddenly gone.  And I can see her racking her brain trying to put pieces together.  (Which reminds me, I need to write them down ASAP!).

IMG_9291

There is not a neat and tidy wrap up to this “update”.  Just a quick story of where we are at.  And where we will probably be for awhile.We have to remind ourselves that this is a marathon, not a sprint.  I’ll be honest, I miss the days when I thought love was enough to heal my kids. We were just going to love them right on through all of their baggage. Love is a good place to start, but most of this healing can only be completed thru Jesus (and maybe a side of help from professionals).

I do promise to write more about this soon.  We get alot of questions from friends wanting to understand/support us.  And we are happy to share.  I’m just not sure how much, or how little, I should put out on the interweb. 
(Odds are if we talk at any length in person you have gotten an ear full, haha.)

The good news, her highs are HIGH. She truly finds JOY is so many things!
Even squeezing into her China clothes! 
IMG_5970