Thursday, July 31, 2008

One More Picture

Look at the smile on her face. She thought she was big stuff holding the "baby." (Mayme, Emma better watch out - Rory will think she needs to hold her too!)


Yesterday was kind of a rough day. Rory was attached to my hip and very tired and cranky. She cried more yesterday than she has in a very long time. Michael came and picked up Camden to take him out for lunch and to hang out with him for a bit (wasn't that sweet!), but he came home tired and threw more fits than I can keep track of. We sat down with him last night and let him help make up a behavior chart, so hopefully that will be help a bit.

I made the mistake of grocery shopping at our small town store yesterday. I'll never do it again! I cannot believe how much more expensive groceries are there. It was nice to save a bit of time, but it wasn't worth it! Not only were groceries much more expensive, they were clearly restocking shelves at 8:30 in the morning and took up the entire aisle so I couldn't make it through with my cart - quite frustrating! At least I was pretty much alone in the store.

If you're interested in seeing Becky's talk last week, you can go to Micah's blog here. Bring your tissues. I managed to compose myself and only cry through about 99% of it.

We had some much-needed rain last night and this morning so it's a pretty gloomy day, but it's helping keep the kids sleep in so I won't complain! I think I'm going to make a trip into Nashville this morning. I need to go to the library and I think I might hit up Target as well. I'm trying to participate in a consignment sale and need to get my supplies to tag my items.

Fizzy Grape Slushie by Zoe Pearn/Lauren Grier
Circle of Friends by Lili/Kate Hadfield

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

We're Back

I never know quite how to recap after a long trip, so I think I'll just list the highlights and be done with it.

  • Left Friday night and drove 8 hours to WV. The kids were angels!
  • Met our new niece Miley and Brian's cousin's baby girl Aubri on Saturday morning
  • Celebrated Brian's grandparent's 58th wedding anniversary with a picnic, cake, and lots of family pictures at Grandview State Park.
  • Took over Brian's aunt and uncle's house when we added 6 adults and 7 kids to their household.
  • Camden absolutely wore himself out playing with his cousins. I am so glad he had such a good time.
  • Rory and Miley (14 months old) each thought the other was the baby and they were the big girl. It was so funny!
  • We found gas for $3.59/gallon!! Unfortunately, we had just filled up at $4.05/gallon.
  • We shopped at Brian's uncle's new Amish store and bought fun stuff like butter cheese, green onion cheese, and peanut butter spread that tastes like peanut butter fudge.
  • Leigh gave me a Chi blow dryer. I've used it once and already can't live without it.
  • Drove home Tuesday and it was pure torture. Camden was cranky beyond belief and Rory was pitiful. She sat in the back crying, holding her arms out to me, saying and signing "please" over and over.
Rory did really well playing with the other kids and dealing with all the madness that are family reunions, but she is struggling a bit since we've been home. She is super clingy and cries if we walk out of the room. She also cried for over an hour last night at bedtime, which was not fun!

On the agenda for today is grocery shopping, unpacking, scheduling Rory's hearing test, and trying to get both kiddos back on a schedule.

I have lots of pictures to share, although I didn't take as many as I wanted to. If you're not family, you might want to skip the pics! :)

Beckee, Cheyenne, Jon (Brian's youngest brother)
Logan, Jessica, Ashton, Tim (Brian's older brother), Miley

Linda, Aubri, Rodney (Brian's aunt and uncle)

Aubri, Leigh (Brian's cousin)

Bob and Brenda (otherwise known as Gram and Gramps)
Bob and June
(Brian's grandparents, otherwise known as Papa Bob and Granny June)

Papa Bob and Aubri
They look like they're learning something, don't they?

Rory and Ashton (I'm such a sap. I got all teary when
I saw this - I remember Ashton being this age)

Papa Bob and Rory
Grandview State Park Overlook
Me and Rory

I really like this picture of Brian
Gramps and Gram with all the grandkids
Gram and the girls
Uncle Tim with Miley and Rory
Rory and Aunt Linda
Rory and Aunt Beckee
(notice Rory cheesing for the camera, of course)

Roasting marshmallows with Uncle Jon
Eating Smores

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Blog Break

No one panic. LOL We're going out of town for the weekend so no new posts from me until sometime next week. I'll come back armed with lots of new scrapping material.

The weather outside was cooler and humidity-free yesterday so we spent quite a bit of time outside in the morning. I hadn't pulled my camera out all week so I decided to get it warmed up again so it would be ready for the weekend. I wanted to post these to show you that they don't all turn out good!

This picture is typical. I pull out the camera and Rory immediately starts with her fake smile. Camden, of course, is oblivious.
Look at her face. She was mad at him because he wouldn't move over.
We're hoping that Brian can finish up his in-service early today. If not, we're going to be on the road until about 1:00 a.m. this morning, which will not be fun. This is our first extended road trip with Rory - it's about an 8 hour drive. Hopefully, it won't be too traumatic! I'm in charge of finishing up the packing and getting the oil changed in the car this morning so I better get to it!

Lilypad July BYOC

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mario Kart

After almost 2 months of searching, we finally found and bought Mario Kart for Brian for Father's Day. He and Camden spent quite a bit of time yesterday afternoon playing. Then I had this conversation with Camden this morning.

Camden: Mommy, when I'm a Daddy, I'm going to get Mario Kart for Father's Day.
Me: I bet there will be something even cooler by then.
Camden: Yeah, like Pokemon!

Rory is currently throwing a fit because I won't let her take a bath with Camden. He begged to take it by himself this morning (I think he's tired of Rory stealing his bath toys!). This is her second little fit of the day - and this is really the first day that she's thrown fits. She's especially irritated that I won't let her take her diaper off. I can't imagine why not.

Rory's newest trick is if she falls or hurts herself in any way (or if Camden does), she runs to me and jabbers in this soft, fake voice showing me where she hurt herself and waiting for me to kiss it. She won't let Brian kiss it, only me (can't say I don't love that!).

Not much on the agenda today. After several days earlier this week of upper 90's and lots of humidity, today's temperature is only supposed to be 89, so hopefully Camden will get in some good outdoor time.

Every Which Way by Julie Billingsley/Lauren Grier

Big Fish Little Fish by Lauren Grier/Mikkel Paige

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Fashion Trends

They've got style, don't they.

It's Wednesday Already

It's 8:57. I've changed 2 dirty diapers, 1 regular diaper, been to the grocery store, fed the kids breakfast, broken up 2 fights, "saved" Camden's current favorite toy from Rory's destructive nature, and dealt with another infamous Camden temper tantrum. Can I take the rest of the day off?

Doesn't 2 adults for 5 kids sound like a good ratio? Yeah, I thought so too, but the playdate yesterday was B.U.S.Y. They were all so good and had a great time, but with two strollers and then 3 kids running wild through Target and the mall, they kept us on our toes! We even dared to take them into Gymboree and the Disney store. I left the house yesterday at 9:00 and didn't get home until 4:15. We missed naptime, so you can imagine how exciting our evening was! LOL

We have no plans today other than VBS for Camden tonight and church for the rest of us. Brian is at another in-service day. I think he's getting more stressed out as each day passes. He actually spent last night reading through a big 3-ring binder on classroom management!

A funny Camden story. I ran through the bank drive-through last night, and the teller gave me 2 suckers for Camden and Rory. As we drove away, Camden said, "I knew if we kept looking at the lady with our smile face on, we'd get suckers."

Lili/Kate Hadfield Circle of Friends collab

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Yesterday was not a good start to the week. In fact, it was pretty awful. However, today is a new day, and I'm hopeful it will be better.

We're meeting my friend Kathy and her two girls and baby for a play date and lunch today. The mall is almost an hour away so it will take up a chunk of our day. I'm sure Camden will have a good time. The mall has a cute playground, but I don't know how Rory will feel about all the other kids. I'm so happy to spend time with an adult! :)

This week is VBS at a friend's church so Brian took Camden last night, and he had a blast. I think we're all going tonight.

My sister Becky is speaking to alot (as in thousands) of people this morning at the NAFWB Convention. You might want to say a prayer for her if you think about it. I have full confidence in her, but it's a big deal, and she's speaking on her experience with breast cancer and how that has changed their career as missionaries to France so I'm sure it will be emotional.

LaurasKathi GABS kit

Dani Mogstad's Bunny Trail kit

Monday, July 21, 2008


The doctor's appointments went well on Friday. It's always good to have two healthy kiddos! Camden is still slightly below average in height and weight, which surprised me because he's grown so much this year! Rory is 2nd percentile for head circumference, 5th for weight, and 21st for height. She's grown 2 inches and gained 2 pounds since she's been with us. Camden had to get 4 shots, and for the most part behaved himself (there was quite a bit of SCREAMING during shot time). At one point, our doctor remarked about Rory, "it's not enough that she gets to be a princess, she wants to be the queen." It's true. She's quite bossy and demanding at times! He wants us to have her hearing checked because her vocabulary isn't expanding nearly as quickly as we thought it would, but I am certain her hearing is fine. She doesn't seem to have trouble hearing, and she really seems to understand everything we say.

Speaking of vocabulary, we did see improvement this week! She knows how to sing "Deep and Wide." It's so cute and definitely the first song she can sing! She also started saying "peas" (please). Now, she's been saying some version of please that no one would ever understand, but this version is a little more universally understood!

While I'm on Rory, we've also seen some improvement with her attachment. I know this will sound weird to those of you who are not adoptive parents, but I am so glad that she is finally crying and upset when I leave her in the nursery. The last 3 weeks she has been sobbing when I have to leave her. Thank goodness she stops quickly after I'm gone, and it's only for 1 hour on Sunday and 1 hour on Wednesday. It's just another good sign that she is learning that we are her family, and that I am her mommy and will be forever.

Brian has In-Service at school every day this week so it's going to be an adjustment for all of us! Camden is already depressed that Brian won't be around. Brian's stressed out at the thought of a new school year in a new classroom. I'm already anticipating the moment he walks in the door tonight and can play with the kiddos! LOL

I don't have any plans for today other than housework. The house seems to have collapsed around me over the weekend, so I need to get it back in shape. I'm also planning to get completely caught up on laundry so that tomorrow I can pack for our trip this weekend. I hate waiting until the last minute to do it.

All right, I think that's our weekend in a nutshell and you should be all caught up. Here are some layouts.

Shabby Princess Summer Cottage (DST July kit)

This page is Layout of the Week at Sweet Shoppe Designs. How fun!

Julie Billingsley Lights Camera Action

I love this picture of Rory and Mrs. Park. It was taken in the first week or so after Rory had come to live with her. I am more thrilled than you can imagine that we have so many pictures of them together.

Jofia Designs Suddenly Fresh

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Good Morning

Friday, July 18, 2008

Doctor's visits, shots, and secrets

Today, both Rory and Camden have doctor's appointments. I purposefully scheduled them together so that we could save a trip (it's about a 50 minute drive) and so Brian could come with me! This is Camden's 5 year appointment, and Rory is scheduled for a shot and just another quick check-up. Camden didn't have to have any shots last year, but I know he's going to have several this year. Hopefully, he won't embarrass himself by. . . . how should I put this. . . being less than brave. We're trying to bribe him with the promise of ice cream.

Brian is still feeling better. He is still in pain and can't hear a thing, but it's definitely better. I took Rory to have her hair cut yesterday. We thought we might like to grow it out, but it's so darn cute short that we decided to keep it short for a little while longer.

After the haircut and naptime, we let the kiddos play in the pool. Rory spent her time holding her nose and dunking her head under water. Camden spent his time trying to avoid getting water in his face. These children could not be any more different from each other.

Last night at bedtime, we read in the Bible where Miriam sang a song of praise after the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea and God has rescued them from the Egyptians. Camden decided to sing his own song. It was so funny. His lyrics were pretty good!

I have pictures from yesterday to share. Rory learned to "tell secrets" yesterday. It was the cutest thing.

Telling mommy a secret
Telling Camden a secret

Camden likes to wear his baseball helmet backwards.
Bedhead after naptime
Back to normal after a haircut