Friday, May 30, 2008
God must have known I’d rant and rave for days after experiencing life in the Lewis household yesterday if I hadn’t already said in the blog I wouldn’t, so in keeping with my new no complaining rule, I won’t. But, let me just
scream say OH. MY. STARS.
As I think about what my next paragraph should be, everything I can think of is complaining about yesterday. Oh, boy.
Okay, here’s this. Last night at bedtime, we’re all (well, minus Brian) on Camden’s bed doing our regular routine, and I prayed that I would be more patient, not lose my temper so easily, that Camden would speak kind words, etc. When
I think the consensus is that the picture of Rory is from her 100 day celebration in
At this time the samshin halmoni is honored with offerings of rice and soup in gratitude for having cared for the infant and the mother, and for having helped them live through a difficult period. The family, relatives and friends then celebrate with rice cakes, wine, and other delicacies such as red and black bean cakes sweetened with sugar or honey.”
In other news – we have a new red leather sofa! I’ve always wanted not only a leather sofa, but a red leather sofa, and I am so excited that we were able to find one used on Craig’s List that was in excellent condition for a really good price (I won't tell you how much because then you'll feel bad about how much you paid for your new sofas LOL). Now I’ve got to start thinking how I want to decorate this new family room we’re putting together. On a seriously
impossible small budget, of course.
Because Brian's schedule got rearranged a bit yesterday, I didn't make it to the warehouse sale, but I'm headed there this morning. Brian says to stay gone as long as I want, and I just might take him up on it.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Sorry for bad quality. I had to take a picture of the canvas, and the canvas is textured so it didn't come out well.
This is not related to Rory, but Camden's newest gripe is meal time. He's become more and more used to all the "good" food that he was getting at school. You know, cheetos and oreos for snack time, chips and ice cream for lunch, etc. He was able to choose not to eat his vegetables or meat or bread. Well, every meal time he throws a hissy fit and complains and says, "but I didn't want that" (imagine this in a 4 year old whiny voice). So this morning after I had got up early, made coffee cake for breakfast and he complained yet again (despite the fact he loves coffee cake), I told that him it's too bad that he'd chosen to not eat breakfast and sent him to his room. He wasn't happy. We'll see if missing a meal changes his attitude toward what I cook. Oh, yeah - and that coffee cake? Tasted like dirt, and we threw it out.
On today's agenda is a family trip to the grocery store. Brian is having lunch with the other 4th grade teachers at school and then having dinner with a friend in Nashville tonight (isn't he quite the social butterfly). In between lunch and dinner while Brian is home, I'm going to a warehouse sale. Doesn't that sound fun? It's a children's brand, Coco Bonbons, and they're selling their Summer and Fall 2007 lines 70% off. Hopefully I'll find some cute stuff that I couldn't otherwise afford!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Today we're just getting back into the grind of every day life. Rory is Miss Cranky Pants as she adjusts back to home life. Hopefully, she'll settle down a bit. Brian left for a "meeting" this morning (he calls it a meeting; I call it leaving your wife behind to unpack, do laundry, and entertain over-stimulated kids while it's cold and rainy outside!). I got up at 6:00 and by 8:00 had already showered, did a quick pick-up of the house, washed a load of laundry, vacuumed the house, checked email, emptied the dishwasher, fed the kids breakfast (does dry cereal count?) and started to unpack.
I just took both kids outside to put something in the mailbox (how sad it was probably the highlight of their day), and Camden told me that he "planted God's creation and then covered it up with dirt." I think he meant the tree branches he "planted" because he thinks he can grow trees from them.
The best quote from the weekend was when he told my Grandma, "I just love this house. It's so full of love and joy. I love it; I love it; I love it." Where does he come up with this stuff?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Now I'm going to go crash on the couch since I just spent the last 3 hours uploading pictures!
We had a great time - it was very busy, but good. We spent Sunday afternoon and evening with my grandparents on my dad's side, and also got to see my uncle. Monday morning we left and headed to an indoor picnic (since we had storms and serious rain) at my aunt's house on my mom's side. We had lots of fun. Camden really had a blast. His two second cousins were there, and they played and played hard! Rory did really well with all the people. She was clingy and a little anxious, but not so much that we couldn't enjoy ourselves.
Monday night we went to my other set of grandparents with my parents, Micah, Becky, and their boys. I was thinking on my way home today how lucky we are to not only have such great immediate family, but to have such a wonderful extended family. It is truly a blessing.
I think Rory was happy to get home. She headed straight for her toy box and played for an hour and a half all by herself!
This is Brian's first week home from school, and it's very odd to not have plans. Well, Brian wouldn't say we don't have plans. He still has his church job and definitely will be working this summer not only at church and to get ready for his new class and the new school year, but his schedule is pretty flexible. It's kinda nice!
And now, for the pictures. I'm just going to apologize ahead of time - there are way too many. But I knew family would want to see them, and I did start off with 285, so I cut it down quite a bit if you can believe it. There are a couple that I'll put in a separate post since they're pretty darn cute, and deserve their own space.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Brian is now home for the summer, which is already helpful. He's been so relaxed the last two days now that his big responsibilities at school are finished. His interview went well on Friday, and they offered him the job right then so he will be at a new school in the fall. It's about a 15-minute commute, which is a little further than where he was, but that's not bad. We're hopeful that he can stay at this school for a long time. He's still teaching 4th grade, and his classroom is next to his mentor (she is also moving to this school).
I was able to have some kid-free time today. I went to Nashville and ran some errands alone, and it was so nice! Brian took the kiddos and ran a few errands himself, fed them lunch, and got them down for naps. I watched the movie August Rush tonight, and it was really good. It starts slow and gives alot of background and details that I thought were unnecessary, but in the end, it was really good. I cried the last 15 minutes of the movie. I'm so emotional these days. Mayme says having a girl is turning me soft. It might be true. :)
I'll be back Wednesday with lots of pictures.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I took a late walk with Mayme last night and didn't get home until 8:30. The walk was so good. I needed the exercise and really needed the adult conversation! The result, however, was that I was wide awake until well after 1:00 a.m. I'm such a night owl, although I really try not to stay up too late because, ironically enough, my munchkins are both serious early risers. I did get to sleep until 6:00 this morning, which isn't too bad.
Today is Brian's last day of school. He actually finished up yesterday, but he has to pass out report cards this morning, and then he will be officially done. He has an interview at another school this afternoon. His job situation is up in the air for next year, so we're concerned, but not overly concerned. I'm so excited that he'll be home for the next 2 months!
I have several pictures to share. I pulled out the camera yesterday while we were outside. Rory just cracks me up. She immediately goes into "cheese" and posing as soon as she sees the camera, and these are the first pictures I took.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Our meeting with the caseworker went really well. She said Rory is doing very well and for the development checklist, she only had two things on her list that Rory isn't doing, and the list was for a 24-month old. I think I talked her ear off. Hey, it was adult conversation!
Today is already off to a better start. The kiddos both slept until 6:30, and woke up in good moods. They're actually playing together right now (GASP!). I need to grocery shop, so it should be an adventure with both of them. We've only taken both of them once, and Brian said never again! If we're going to have anything other than peanut butter sandwiches for supper, though, I better venture out.
Here are a few pictures from yesterday.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Our new caseworker is coming today for our 3 month post-placement visit. The house is pretty much ready. Now all I have to do is come up with a way to keep the kiddos from trashing it before noon.
I spent yesterday morning running errands - six stops in all! Rory was VERY good and put up with all the trips in and out of her carseat. After Brian took Camden to school this morning, he realized that Camden actually was supposed to be there all day and not a half day, and it definitely was easier to take care of those errands with just one child instead of two! I picked up our pictures from Angie, and then went to Michaels to look for frames. I've been trying to decide the best way to display our pictures of Camden as a baby, plus Rory's pictures and then various family pictures. I think I'm going to plan to put alot of the pictures (especially the non-current ones) in our hallway, and I bought white frames plus mats for them in different sizes. I'm hoping this will allow me to display quite a few photographs in a decorative way. If I were really creative and brave, I'd try to buy coordinating frames, but I'm not so I bought everything in white wood, which will match our white trim and white doors.
Brian had the awards program for his school last night so he was gone all day. I think any exhaustion he might be feeling is outweighed by the excitement of having his first year almost over. Today is field day (whatever that means, but it's out of the classroom) and tomorrow is the 4th grade picnic, so he is basically finished with the year. I think he has to go in on Thursday for some paperwork and then a couple hours on Friday to hand out report cards.
Here's a picture of Camden yesterday morning as he headed off to school. I took a picture of him on his first day as well. If I were on top of things, I'd post the picture from his first day as well, but I'm not so you'll have to settle for this one. I also included some pictures of him from our picnic and feeding the ducks on Saturday.