Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
One of the guys in our church's band is named Ethan. I, Tim, taught Mia how to make the rock and roll sign with her forefinger and pinkey. After church one time, Mia came by Kaden and myself as we looked at the drums and the "good guitars" (Kaden's phrase). I told her to give Ethan the rock and roll sign, which she did, and she has been talking about him ever since. Last week she spoke repeatedly about going to church to see Ethan. At church Leala and I had to pry her little hand away from his because she didn't want to leave him.
This week she hasn't spoken too much about him apart from right after I told my parents about her friend. This was the result. This is only a short clip. She went on saying this exact same thing for about 10 minutes. If you can't understand what she is saying, she keeps saying, "Ethan. Ethan is my friend."
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
At one point the patio screen was closed with Melody on one side and this dog on the other. The dog was around the corner and Melody was feeling especially tough talking through the door. The dog came around the corner and Melody fled screaming. She is really getting more and more comfortable with things around here. Leala took the kids to swimming lessons yesterday -- look forward to that blog from Leala -- but needless to say, as with everything else we do, it was an adventure.
Monday, May 26, 2008
This morning we were eating breakfast and explaining to the kids what we were going to be doing today. We told them we were going over to our friends', Chad and Collette's, house this afternoon. Kade looked at me and said, "Chad and Collette are coming over?" I responded "no," and told him we were going over there. He then said, "Oh. We get to see the doggies!" Leala and I laughingly looked at each other and both said, "Yeah, we get to see the dooooooooohhhhhh no!" We had totally forgotten they had two large dogs and realized that this afternoon is going to likely be consumed by screaming, running frantic, and utterly hysterical Joey and Mia when they see these dogs. Leala then launched into a long discussion with Mia and Joey regarding the dogs and how harmless they are. We'll see how it goes.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Yesterday, while at work, I received a call from Kaden. He told me in a very sad voice, "Daddy, the ladybug broke." I asked him what happened and he said that Joey stepped on the ladybug and it broke. He was upset that they couldn't fix it. He freely informed me that Joey was not sad the ladybug broke.
Leala stepped in to explain: Leala, Mia, Joey and Kaden were watching a small ladybug walk along the cement curbing in our backyard when all of a sudden, Joey, not watching where he was going, stepped squarely on the ladybug. She said that Kaden was very upset at first. When I talked to him, he was no longer upset.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
As you can see from the picture, Melody has overcome her intense fear of the cats and pet Jobe. Now she is all over the cats. She loves to pet them and sometimes has to be told to give the cat a break.
Joey, on the other hand, is not a big fan of the cat. In fact, shortly after the above picture was taken, Joey threw a massive fit because his foot touched Jobe. He's not comfortable with the cats, to say the least.
As Leala said, this month has gone by quickly and well. The kids are adjusting extremely well. Our adoption social worker came by and said that she was very surprised. In our prior conversatoins with her, she thought our expectations were not quite with what we would experience. The other day, she said she was amazed to see how well the kids were doing and they were much better adjusted than she would ever have expected. All of them are really good kids. We are very blessed.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
What a typical day is like.....(This is a post for all of those who might be curious what life is like with 4 small kids)
Thursday, May 8, 2008
On a separate note, Leala did Mia's hair by herself for the first time. Although Melody will say that it is not quite the same as when Mama Rukiya does it, it came out great. Leala had a lot of fun and Melody seemed to be real proud of her hair. It took quite a long time but came out really great.
One of my co-workers, Helen, came over one night to help us with Mia's hair. She taught us some things and showed us how to quickly, easily, and (for the most part and for Mia's benefit) painlessly do Mia's hair. It was fun learning about the differences in our hair and Mia's hair and also how easy it can be to do her hair when you have the right products. She was so helpful and we really appreciated her time.