Friday, February 29, 2008

"I'm adoption!"

Our sealing day, September 11, 2004

Today in the car we were listening to cd's, and when the kids' cd ended, the next one in the player was an adoption cd, with songs about adoption. Of course, they started to complain about the music.... so I said "but these are songs about adoption, and I really love them". Abigail got really excited, threw her arms in the air and said "I'M ADOPTION"! It was so funny!


I'm not always sure that she knows what adoption means or who everyone is, but she knows adoption is good and it has something to do with who she is! There is a girl at church who has the same name as Abigail's birthmom. We don't really know this girl, but one day I told Abigail her name, and even though I've told her that this girl is a different girl from her birthmom, she always runs up to this girl at church and gives her huge hugs! So, Abigail's birthmom, when you read this, know that she is giving you 'virtual hugs' every week!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jack Cheering

I love my little boy Jack! He is so funny when he wears these Auburn clothes that Granny gave him for Christmas. If you look closely, you can see the unfinished kitchen in the background. Maybe one day it will be finished......

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

May 17th

Kydon and I were checking and coordinating our calendars today. Looks like May 17th is the next time we have a free weekend!! Boy, that is so crazy! There are so many fun things coming up- FSA adoption conference, going to North Carolina to visit the boys' birthfamily, Disney vacation, Camille's wedding and reception, Dane coming home from his mission. I am excited about all these things, but we will be BUSY the next few months!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Eleventeen

Abigail counting....
one
two
three
four
five
six
seven
eight
nine
ten
eleven
twelve
thirteen
fourteen
eleventeen
sixteen
eighteen
TWENTY!!

Eleventeen is my new favorite number! I never correct her, because it is so cute!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I'm watching you!

I installed Google Analytics on this blog- it is so cool!! You can see how many times your blog is viewed, how long people spent on it, if they clicked any links, what city they are in, what website they clicked on to get to your page, etc etc. Since installing it I have had between 12 and 20 hits per day! It is so fun!!

If you want to add it to your blog, just go to http://www.googleanalytics.com/, and they will give you some code. I tried to add a section at the bottom, but it didn't work, so I added a blank sidebar to the blog, and put the code there, and it works great! Now I have one more thing to waste computer time on! :)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

How to get into debt

First, live for several years with only a house mortgage as debt. Then, in less than a year, do the following:
  • Quit your job, and therefore greatly reduce income
  • Buy a bigger house
  • Refrain from selling the old house and instead, keep it as a money-sucking rental
  • If possible, have the people renting the house fault on the lease, and leave you with several months of no rent
  • Start grad school, and somehow find several thousand dollars for tuition every few months
  • Put 3 kids in a pre-school program
  • Procrastinate potty training as long as possible, and therefore have 2 kids in diapers for years to come
  • Take exotic vacations to Argentina
  • The person staying home should take an active interest in home improvement, and spend time and money at home fix-it stores
  • Expensive car repairs

Any questions??

Can you tell that today is the day I paid all the bills???

Here it is

Here is the room all finished. It looks so good! And can I say how proud I am that I installed this light all by myself with no help?? :) It was a little precarious at times- standing up high on a ladder, holding a big heavy light with one hand, trying to wire it together with the other hand, and then the kids come to tickle my feet! But we got it done, and it looks awesome!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Finished!

I started a home improvement project just before Thanksgiving. It seemed simple enough.... just tear down the wallpaper and paint the kitchen. Easy right? In my past life I probably would have had it done in a few weeks. Well, I actually gave up on doing the whole thing, and decided to just concentrate on the breakfast nook, so that maybe I could finally see some progress. So this week I worked really hard- I finished the mudding and sanding, caulked the gaps in the trim, painted the ceiling, painted the trim, and then today I painted the walls!! Yay! I am currently shopping for a light fixture to replace the ugly one that is there, but I have that whole room finished! Now for the rest of the kitchen.... then the dining room.... then the 1/2 bath and laundry room... Oh boy, now I'm tired! ;)

One funny story.... yesterday I was all ready to paint the trim, but it needed some caulk. I have never done caulk before, so I was planning to wait and let Kydon do it when he got home. Then I decided just to try it, and if it turned out badly, he could re-do it. So I got out the gun, and it was super easy. Of course the kids are right there the whole time, and I was talking to them about how I was going to try something new, and they were watching me. When I finished, I said "Woo-Hoo, Mama can caulk"! Abigail then went around the rest of the day cheering "woo-hoo, Mama can talk"! It was pretty cute!

When I change the light fixture, I will post pics!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What a nice boy!

The kids and I went to the park the other day... it was beautiful!! That is one of my favorite things about the South- you will have weeks of cold, freezing weather, and then all of a sudden, in the middle of February, a day will come that is just beautiful! It was 68 degress, and warm, so we took advantage of it! I was snapping pictures of the kids, and of course they all have to look at the pictures after we take them. So we were looking at the pictures, and Aidan says "Where Mommy?" So I leaned back and took the picture above, then showed it to him. When I showed him, he leaned down and gave my picture a little kiss! Awww, now that is a boy who knows how to make his Mommy feel loved!

They love this little tire swing. I wished that I had my video camera there, because the laughs and giggles during this tire ride were so precious and funny! I couldn't help but laugh along with them. The moments in our life when they are all happy and laughing at the same time are the best in the world!

I loved this one of Abigail.... she is so beautiful! It was a great day at the park, and we love living in Georgia!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

New Pictures

I added some new pictures to our shutterfly page- just click the link to the right and it will come up! There are pictures of the kids outside their little play class, and our Argentina pictures (not very many- we didn't take hardly any!).

Big Boy Beds

Jack and Aidan have graduated! They are now officially out of the crib, off the floor, and into beds! I have had all this cute bedding since their birthday last May, and I am so happy to finally be using it! These beds are so cool- we got them from a co-worker of Kydon's, and we got them for a steal. They are totally solid construction, and when we are ready to bunk them, there are all these different configurations you can do with either traditional up/down or "L" shape, or you can add in the dresser and nightstands to do different things. I love them! Jack and Aidan love them too. Anytime someone comes over, Aidan grabs their hand and says 'want to see bunk beds' then he always adds 'no ladder'.... he was so excited to have a ladder, but it is in the basement until they get old enough to bunk them. So he feels the need to let everyone know that he does have a ladder, but can't use it yet. :) Of course, in typical Aidan fashion, he is resistant to change, so when it is time for bed, he gets really sad and says 'no like big boy bed. Want baby bed". And then he sticks his cute little bottom lip out and is just so adorable I could eat him up!

I love having their room done! The black bears turned out so cute. For a while I was worried that they wouldn't like it if it wasn't choo-choo's, but they love growling at the bear things, and plus the trains are currently taking a backseat to the newest obsession of monster trucks! And I figure they will be able to decorate their own room the rest of their life- I wanted to do it my way at least once!

We are back!



We had a BLAST in Argentina!! It was so fun and relaxing! I did everything on my list that I wanted to do, plus some. It was so interesting to learn about that country and see it for ourselves. The food was amazing. We ate more than our fill! They are known for their cattle, and therefore leather and steaks. We had really good steak for almost every meal, and it was delicious, but I have to say that when we came back we were both craving salads, veggies, anything fresh! Tonight for dinner we had orange chicken lettuce wraps. They were so fresh and crispy. Yum! (And thank you freezer meals- I just pulled it out and warmed it up!)

I didn't do a ton of shopping, but I did get a few fun things. I found my nativity, and a picture of the city, and my favorite thing I found is what I will give Abigail as her 'Argentina' item- it is a cute little stuffed sheep, made of Argentine wool. My proudest moment was when I went out in the city all by myself! I walked about 2 miles, ate lunch, walked around a mall, then took the subway back to the hotel. It may not seem like a big deal, but it was intimidating for me to figure all that out when I only speak about 3 words of Spanish! Although I quickly learned how to order "coke light". :) It was really fun, and I am glad I went.
I did really, really miss the kids, and I was so happy to be on the flight back home. Especially when we had to full-out run to make the flight from Miami... they did not give us enough time to do all the customs and passport checks! We heard them making the final boarding call when we were about 100 yard away.... we then did the 100 yard sprint and were the last ones to board! Whew!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Wish you were here!

We are having a blast on our Super Awesome Vacation! Argentina is beautiful. The food is so good. I feel like Kydon and I are having back to back to back date nights! It is wonderful! Last night we went to a Tango show- Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the tango. It was so amazing. They can really dance! I just sat there in awe at how fast their feet were movng.

Jack and Aidan seem to be doing fine. They are putting stickers on a chart every time they use the potty (what a great mother in law to attempt potty training while they visit)! And Abigail had a few moments of missing us, but Melinda read her a scary story and she went right to sleep. Leave it to our little thrill seeker to be comforted by a scary story! That is just like her!

I get to go to a few of the school things with Kydon, I was with him most of the day yesterday, but today and tomorrow I am on my own. There are other spouses, though, so at least I won´t be wandering the streets by myself! Thank goodness! Argentina has a very turbulent history, and it is fascinating to be here and learn about it all.... Now if only I could tag along to India and Dubai in July. But I think Valeni and Melinda would put a stop to that, LOL!