Here are a few pictures from last week.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Here are a few pictures from last week.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I’ve kinda struggled with this whole stay at home mom thing. Struggled a lot actually. To be honest, it’s pretty boring much of the time. I can hear the collective gasp of the rest of the world's stay at home moms either because (a) I admitted to the world it’s a bit boring or (b) that I would actually think spending 24 hours a day with two of God’s most precious blessings is boring. But it’s true. I was in a funk most of this week with the sameness of it all. So Friday afternoon I sat down during naptime and did some reading on being content and started listing my blessings. And as I did, I realized that boring isn’t so bad. Boring means everything is going really well. Boring means I have nothing to complain about. So my goal is to spend a bit more time reveling in the boring times and thanking God for them.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Christine, you can purchase the papers and elements I used for the Homework page here.
Brian and Camden went fishing this morning, and a SNAKE ate one of their fish. (video coming soon)
Speaking of snakes, check out my sister's blog for a great story.
Camden told me this week he was "terribly bored". I told him bored was a bad word.
Rory's new favorite game is to close her eyes, stretch her arms out in front of her, and blindly walk around the room until she bumps into something.
Our favorite new game is to watch her do it.
When you're a SAHM, there's not much to distinguish your week between your weekend. I think this explains my bouts of depression every Friday and Saturday.
Camden is going to be quite the charmer. He was staring at me during lunch today and I asked him what was wrong. He said, "I'm just looking at your beautiful eyes, mommy." I'd believe him except for the fact I'd just gotten out of the shower, my hair was still wet, and there was no make-up to be found on my face.
Okay, enough randomness.
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Here's a picture of Rory praying yesterday. She looks sincere, doesn't she?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
And here's how I spent my day (well, aside from reading the farm book to Rory dozens of times):
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
She was pretty cranky and clingy yesterday afternoon when we got home, but after supper she and Camden played so well together and even got into some mischief so I put them in time out. They look like it's a real punishment, don't they!
Rory likes to pour water "over her head" in the pool. She scrunches her eyes closed and pours. Of course, as you can see, she misses her face most of the time!
I walked with Mayme this morning and feel tired! I was still awake at 1:30 last night so I didn't get much sleep, but the exercise should rejuvenate me, right? We're going to the library reading/craft time this morning so I need to get moving and get us all dressed and ready. Brian's out running errands with his dad so I've got the kiddos to myself.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
We pulled out the little pool yesterday and the kiddos had fun splashing around. In fact, Camden stayed outside with Brian after Rory and I came in for another hour just playing by himself. Rory likes to pour water on her head, and it's so funny. She scrunches her eyes and mouth closed and then pours the water. Most of the time it never reaches her face, and then she wipes her face off on the pool. I think Brian has a video coming shortly with all the pool fun.
This afternoon we're taking Rory to Vanderbilt for the biopsy on her leg. It's called a punch biopsy and should be over in 3-4 minutes so I'm not too worried, but I certainly don't look forward to her screams of pain during those 3-4 minutes. I hate it even when she (or Camden) has to get shots! Camden is going to Mayme's while we're at the hospital, so I know he's going to have a blast with Ashton and Brady. We'll probably have to tear him away when we get home!
I did have time to scrap yesterday and managed to finish up two pages.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Here are several pages I scrapped while we were in Illinois.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday we went to the zoo with some friends. I don't think Rory was too impressed with the animals. There were too many distractions for her to be very interested, but we had a good time. The weather was amazing. I'd forgotten how dry the Illinois air can be after living in the sticky south for so long. In fact, the weather all week was great. It was sunny and 78-80 degrees all week.
On Wednesday mom, Rory, and I had a shopping day, and it was so fun. I can't believe how nice it was to shop with someone else who actually enjoys shopping and we spent lots of hours browsing shoes and purses and children's clothing. We didn't really buy too much, but had lots of fun looking. We did meet an adult Korean adoptee and her mother at Marshalls, and they were so sweet. I enjoyed talking with them. It's actually the first time another adoptive parent has ever stopped to talk to me in the 4.5 years I've been a parent.
Thursday was more shopping, along with some horseback riding. Rory didn't love riding the horse, but she didn't protest either. She did like petting the horses and being outside with Grandpa. In fact, she liked to anything with Grandma and Grandpa. She ran into their arms at the airport and never looked back.
Brian and Camden had a good, but exhausting week of camp. VBS starts tomorrow so Brian has spent the majority of the day over at church getting ready.
Some new things Rory learned this week.
- the word "stop"
- that she really wants to eat what everyone else is having, not what I give her
- to say her own name
- to call everyone Mama (when will she ever learn I'm the only mama!)
- to count to five (not that her numbers sound like anything you'd recognize)
- to take off her own shoes
- to say "wheeeee" every time we go over bumps in the car
Friday, June 20, 2008
There were 6 families there for consultation with the dermatologists, and Rory was clearly the star. Although to be honest, she was the only baby - the others were old geezers. She was tentatively diagnosed with an eccrine angiomadous hammartoma back in April, but we're scheduled for a biopsy this coming Tuesday to try to determine if this is correct. Our specialist has been doing some research and there are only 85 documented cases in the world, so as you can imagine the interns and residents are kinda geeked out about seeing her leg, and our doctor's resident clearly felt like she was his star patient. It was kind of funny. I can laugh about it because her situation doesn't seem serious.
Anyway, all the doctors examined her and then were meeting this evening to discuss her leg and decide what they think should be done. For now, we're continuing with the biopsy on Tuesday. Many of them mentioned to us specifically that they thought we should go ahead with that. I'm hoping that this will help give us a firm diagnosis and treatment plan. I'm not too worried about it since the spot has clearly not changed since birth (other than growing with her) and it doesn't seem to bother her at all. She did really well with all the doctors examining her. She cried pretty hard for the first couple of doctors, but then must have decided they weren't hurting her after all and calmed down.
I'll hopefully post tomorrow if I can pull myself away from the piles of laundry Brian and Camden brought back from camp.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Brian had in-service Friday so the kids and I played outside and worked on laundry. We met Brian's parents for dinner last night. Today has been full of packing for our trips, and Brian is frantically working on VBS material so it will be ready when he gets back. I was able to make a quick pedicure break, which is always nice.
I spent much of Friday afternoon and this morning praying and crying with my dear friend Mayme. They finally, after almost 2.5 years of waiting, received the referral of a sweet little one from China. Mayme was such a source of encouragement to me while we waited for Rory and especially now that Rory has been home, and I am just so thrilled for them. I have been overwhelmed with emotion, and I can't wait until she is home and with their family. She is close to Rory's age, and I told Rory this morning that she has a new best friend. LOL
I had an interesting phone call yesterday evening. We have a biopsy scheduled for Rory's leg on June 24, and the dermatologist called and asked us if we would participate in a seminar they're having next week. A group of 20-30 dermatologists are meeting at Vanderbilt, and they wanted to present Rory's leg as a case study. The spot on her leg very unique and quite large. Each of the doctors will examine her and then discuss her case and make a decision as to what the diagnosis and treatment should be. We are thrilled to be able to participate in this, and I know it will give us peace of mind that we've done everything possible. Of course, she is going to scream bloody murder while they examine her, but it's worth it.
Blog posts will be scarce for the next week or so since I won't have Internet access, but I'm hoping to take Brian's laptop and my EHD and get lots of scrapping done.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Rory’s vocabulary is really taking off. In the last week, she’s mastered the following words: cracker, baby, color, milk, towel (from
In other Rory news, she had a bad nursery experience last Friday night during revival, and I really think it’s affected her in a negative way. I know that it doesn’t seem likely that not having access to me for 90 minutes could really affect her, but there is plenty of evidence. She suddenly is crying when I put her down for naps and bedtime; she begs to be held during meal time; she wants to be carried 24/7; she has started rejecting Brian again at times; she is just more solemn in general. I feel like we’re in the “two steps back” portion of the phrase, “one step forward, two steps back.” I’m not necessarily concerned, I just know I need to give her extra attention and take precautions that it doesn’t turn into something more serious. It’s exhausting, but necessary.
Here are a few pictures from yesterday. The first set shows her "mad" face - totally fake as you can tell!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
While Rory chowed down on her pasta with both hands at the supper table tonight,
- He says “hell” with the hickest southern accent you’ve ever heard. It has something like three syllables when he says it.
- He wanted to know specifics of who was in hell and thought we should be naming names.
- When Brian told him that Jesus died for everyone’s sins, he asked if it was true for “everybody in the
’s and also for the African people.” America
- “But I don’t have any money” said in an incredulous tone when we told him that someone had to pay for our sins.
- “Awesome” – how he responded when we told him that Jesus took care of our debt for us.
- “We should have a party” when Brian told him that June 12 was a very big day for him!
- “I’ll give you a great big bear hug and smile when I see you in heaven. I don’t think Rory will be there, though.”
Since I don't have any new pictures or pages to share, here are a few from last weekend in the pool.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Our day ended with some excitement last night, although not really the right kind of excitement. Camden, for some reason, thought that he should give Rory a bottle of red Crystal Lite in the living room. Of course she spilled it all over her and the couch. While I was talking to Camden in his room about it, Rory went to the bathroom and poured out the entire bottle (that I just bought) of Camden's soap and about half of her soap. Oh, and the day started off right with Camden calling his daddy a curse word - his first! I have no idea where he's heard the word, and he clearly didn't know it was a bad word.
I walked with Mayme again this morning, and the weather was quite a bit cooler, which was nice. Rory and I are headed to Nashville today to go to the library and to meet a friend for lunch. Camden is staying with Brian and is going to "help" in the gym with VBS set-up. I'll be glad when Brian is finished with this project - he's missed bedtime 3 out of the last 4 nights and the kids are really missing him.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I've been up late the last 3 nights, and they're finally catching up with me. I can't seem to get moving this morning, although I did get up and walk with Mayme at 6:15 this morning, but I came home and crashed. I'm taking Camden to the library story/craft time again today, but Rory is going to stay at home with Brian this time. She'll have fun "working" in the gym with him, and it will be much easier to help Camden out with craft time.
I may have mentioned here before that Rory is quite the drama queen. Well, it's gone to a whole new level. When she gets in trouble (and by trouble I mean that I tell her "no" for something), she boohoo's, buries her face in her hand, and finds a quiet place to pout. Sunday afternoon we found her in the bathroom sitting in the dark with the door closed on a rug. Yesterday, she was at the end of the hall sitting on her little car. It's hilarious! She's half crying and half faking it and definitely looking for attention. She's also become a big fan of playing Patty Cake, which is fun about the first dozen times, but then starts to get old!
If you're interested in looking at the pictures we had taken at JCP last week, click here. They are under Melissa Lewis.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Rory was a little thrown off by our church schedule this weekend and by being in the nursery more often than usual so I ended up staying with her Saturday night, Sunday morning, and Sunday night, so I feel like all I did all weekend was sit in the nursery! It's worth it if it will make her feel more secure. She and Camden both have been a bit cranky because of the later nights, but our schedule should be normal this week and they'll get back on track.
Not much else to share today. I'm headed off to walk with Mayme, and then will get started on laundry left over from the weekend when I get back. Brian is very busy getting ready for VBS, and he also has 2 days of in-service at school this week.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Enjoy the weekend!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
We have "conversations" like this all the time. She jumps right into our conversations with each other and while we're on the phone and "talks" our ear off.
Camden rarely messes up a word these days, but yesterday he mispronounced two words. He had drawn Jesus on the cross on his magnadoodle (hopefully that isn't sacrilegious) and asked me who was on the cross next to Jesus. I told him two thieves. Well, he thought I said "thiebs" and proceeded to talk about them the rest of the ride to the library. When we got home, I asked him to pick up a pot holder that was on the ground, and he said, "Sure, I'll pick up the pop holder. What do you do with a pop holder?"
Now that Rory has learned she can ask for a "nak" she asks ALOT. Thankfully, she doesn't get upset when I say no. Well, not too upset anyway. Oh, and she's added "stop" to her vocabulary.
Here are a couple more pictures from the fun in the sprinkler over the weekend. It's hot enough that I think we're about ready to break out the kiddie pool.