Sunday, March 27, 2011

March a month for celebration

I posted this note on facebook, and thought I would share it here with family and friends.

We have had so much to celebrate in March! Spring! yay and with it came along Xi Chun Xin (West New Spring)

Yes, Kole. Kole came to us in the spring and moved to the west from the east. He was born new in the Spring and he found his new forever family in the Spring. He became a U.S. Citizen in the spring. He started a new life in the Spring.

His name is the perfect fit for him.

Many new beginnings happen in the Spring.

From a scared, frightened, angry little boy who had been ripped from the arms of the only life he knew and understood. How could he have ever known that the love for him in his New home would be never ending? How could he have known that his sisters would love and protect him and torture him with kidding? How could he have known that no matter what he did to make us leave him, that we would stand beside him?

I think he knows that now. As he thrives and grows in the love of his home with his new forever family. He has now lived with us, his family, longer than he lived in China.

Kole still has many more New experiences along the way and every Spring will be remembered for the tornado that hit our lives that has turned into a beautiful Spring day.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Advocating for Children

This month our family started sponsoring a little girl in an Anhui Cleft Healing Homes with Love without Boundries.  You can find a link to their site down the right hand side of my blog here.

Here is a link to sponsor a child for assistance with their fostercare, surgery, healing home, or education.

Any donations to this charity is tax deductable take a look and see if maybe your heart is touched like ours was.


O.k. so I am late getting this posted.  Kole's birthday fell on a Tuesday this year.  We took two large cookies to his class for snack.  One was frosted to look like a basketball the other had a football on it and the word Touchdown.  He was so happy to take in treats.

When I arrived home it was about time to take Kole to violin, so he opened gifts and we had supper.  Then we left for lessons, came home and had to wait for Kali to get home from her stuff so we could enjoy cake and ice cream. 

Tomorrow Kole is having a couple friends over for a few hours to play video games and go to Dairy Queen.

Here are some pictures from the day.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Still missing this little guy

Wow!  It has been seven months since John went back to the Philippines.  I miss him so much still.
I so hope he can find a forever home!

With a new orphan hosting program starting again this summer, it really makes me miss him all the more.  I hope that some day we will meet again.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Gotcha Day Kole!!!!

Five years ago today we met Kole!  What a changed little guy he is.  He is so happy.  We have so much fun with his antics.  Tonight to celebrate we are having Chinese Buffet!   He has spent the day shooting hoops and hanging out with his dad.

I was in Litchfield all day for solo ensemble contest.  Kaci is going to STATE!  She received a Division 1 Superior on her solo!  yeah!

Will add pictures later!

Here are the pictures I promised!

Kole March 12, 2006
Us with Kole March 14, 2006
Kole February 2011
Kaci waiting for her 5th and final performance
Kaci and her besties

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Keeping busy

This weekend Kali had IHSA solo ensemble contest.  She received a Division I for both her solo and a duet played with one of her very good friends.   Her confidence was broken a bit with her scales.  She stressed so much about it that she drew a blank, but came back to have a beautiful solo. 

Kali is also going to try out for the pit orchestra in their school's play of Cinderella.

Next weekend is Kaci's solo and ensemble contest.  She is playing a solo, a duet, a trio, and a quartet.  She is very busy preparing. 

I think we are done with contests after this round, then recital's will be arriving in April.

Kole continues to do very well on violin with very little practice.  The practice he is doing is done well.  I am amazed at how well he is picking this up.  I hope the girls instruments are paid off before we have to purchase a violin for him. LOL

I have been continuing with Weight Watchers.  I am down a total of 15 pounds and hope for another 35.    Then I will set another goal.   I really need to break down below that 200 mark.  I know hard to believe I was 110 at marriage and I have doubled my weight.  Stress is a really bad thing.  So are certain medications.

Boyd has finished painting the girl's bedroom.  It is PINK! with Chocolate brown trim and turquoise green curtains.  It looks really sharp.  And they have a fake crystal chandelier which really brightens the room.  Of course Kali's comment now is it looks too little girlish and something is missing.  I am sure she will think of it.

Kole's room is all blue.  I am sure I posted pics of it on an early blog entry.   The closet doors still need to be painted and put back on, but otherwise their rooms are done!  Yeah!  Now we can get the hall flooring finished.  

Boyd has been working Sundays so all the kids have been going to church with me.  Kole is the only hold out and he has no choice since he is 8.  But this week he should really like children's church.  They are going to play with WORMS!!!  Should be fun for him.  Boyd has also been doing all the changes to the kid's rooms.  He sure is handy!

The dogs are all healthy and so is the kitty.  There are days I think of letting some go to other homes to make our lives easier...  but it is like trying to pick which kid you want to get rid of and that seems to have the answer of none.  Tasha is 8 years old and she is such a sweetie.  She was housebroken almost immediately this year.  Her thing is to get into the trash, so that stays in the garage when she is inside.  Mia is 4 years old and she is house broke but she constantly dings you to pet her all the time and she wants the couch.  The bostons have finally all caught on to what it is to be house broke and the clean up has begun.  Reiko is about 4 years old Mojo is 5 years old and Doodlebug is 1 year old.  Then we have the Tinkerbell and she is about 10 years old. 

Kali will have driver's ed next school year which starts in August!  ahhhh!  How scary is that!  Hard to believe my baby is grown up soooo much.

I am sure there is so much more, but gotta go get my day started!

I went back and checked and no pics of Kole's room, so here goes.

Their rooms are all still a mess with bewds unmade so I can't show the full room shots yet.