Monday, November 1, 2010
Well, I logged in to post Halloween pics, then I realized I never posted pics of the new house. So, first things first:
Posted by Jamie at 10:40 AM
Monday, September 6, 2010
So I feel bad blogging this without pictures, but its big news and I need to document it here! I'll add a picture post soon- promise. We have moved! We are all so excited that we found the perfect place. Shaun is now 20 min from work, we have doubled our square footage, it is in a fantastic neighborhood with great school, AND its on a lake. We have already been loving the benefits of having one of our favorite activities outside our back door.
Mackenzie has done fantastic with the change. She is a pretty adaptable kid. The move has prompted multiple other changes for her that we have been putting off. She had finally discovered she could climb out of her crib, so she is now in a twin bed. Her second set of tubes have been placed in her ears, so we no longer have an excuse to let her keep her pacifier (we kept saying we didnt want to take it away until after the recovery). And potty training has begun in earnest- she is THREE for goodness sake! So far, the only thing we have had much success with is the pacifier. The boppy just simply did not move with us. That is it, cold turkey, its gone. So she had very little choice, although she does still ask for one occasionally. The sleeping situation is hit and miss- fine on some nights, crazy on others. Naps have sadly fallen to the wayside- no way I can force her to stay in that bed in the middle of the day, and school pickup tends to interfere anyway. And bedtime....well- Z thinks bedtime is party time. All the bedrooms are upstairs, so tracking her is pretty easy. We tuck her in all snug, usually with a book she can look at for a few minutes. We place the baby gate across the door so that she will stay in her room at the very least. And we go downstairs and wait for the herd of elephants. The girl is NOT light on her feet! Off the bed, over to the window, over to Ashtyns bed (poor thing shares a room with her and is suffering in the sleep department because of it!), back to the bookshelf for more books, then to the door....Thankfully all of the toys are being housed in a designated playroom downstairs so at least that distraction is not there. I just keep remembering the super nanny episodes and stand firm...bedtime is bedtime. Problem is she DOES share a room with her sister who really does need her sleep, so we have said forget this and brought her back downstairs until Ashtyn is out a few times. And then there is the potty training. Yeah....not so good so far. She has had a few random successes- absolutely loves being rewarded with a Hershey's kiss. But most of the time I am battling that strong will of hers. I can MAKE her sit there, but I cant MAKE her go...and she cant sit there all day, so she gets up after she tries...and pees on the floor. And then blames it on the dog! I think it may be awhile before we are diaper free...
I do promise pictures later....
Posted by Jamie at 11:10 PM
Monday, July 26, 2010
Posted by Jamie at 4:31 PM
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Mackenzie's bloggy friend and former bunkmate, Ellie (did they ever occupy Tokmok at the same time? I'm not entirely sure) is on the cover of the Lifeway Babies materials this quarter. We were so excited to see this sweet smile, we had to snag a copy! So, for Ellie's mama- here is their picture together. Maybe someday we can get one in person ;)
Posted by Jamie at 10:18 AM
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Newsweek posted an article on their website this week that I hope you will take a minute to read. It brings national attention to the plight of the 65 waiting children and their families who are in limbo right now- and have been for about 2 years. Reading on John Wright's blog the other day, I was haunted by the story he told of holding an abandoned newborn at a hospital in Kyrgyzstan. Where do these children fall on the priority list of a struggling country? Where is their white horse? I continue to pray for peace in Kyrgyzstan, I pray for an improved government after the restructuring that will improve the lives of all who live there....but most of all, I pray for these precious children. They need someone to speak out for them, they need someone to care for them, they need someone to love them the way only a family really could.
Posted by Jamie at 12:54 PM
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I have been scouring the Internet for the last two hours looking for information about the events in Kyrgyzstan in the last few days. Reports state that 40 people are dead and 400 wounded in an uprising in Bishkek. (I think it actually began in Talas, and they are seeing riots in Tokmok and other places as well). I barely follow the politics in my own country, so my understanding of the details in Kyrgyzstan is limited. I am gathering that the people have grown tired of a government that is increasingly authoritarian- a president that came to power just 5 years ago calling for change himself but who has been appointing his own family members into key positions of power and moving further and further away from democracy. Add to that the insult of some key opposition leaders being taken into custody and a 200% fuel hike in a country that is already impoverished (remember the rolling blackouts this winter?) and you get some pretty angry opposition. Shots are being fired, bombs going off, cars overturned....they are demanding the resignation of the President and his officials. From what I understand, he has fled the capital and the opposition has put into place a temporary government. I am not really sure how I feel about all of this. I have been hearing of corruption in the government for some time now, but I hate to see the violence and bloodshed that making a change has come to. On the (hopefully) positive side of things- they have put into place a new minister of health who has given a sympathetic ear to the waiting families and seems to want to work for progress in lifting the moratorium on adoptions. So I pray that will lead to some positive change. Mostly my heart just breaks for the people there. Such desperation, so many needs. I see images of places I have walked- car bombs going off near gates I have taken pictures by. Fire and smoke coming from buildings, blood and bodies on the ground. It is heartbreaking. See for yourself (I have omitted many that were much more graphic). Please pray for these people!
Posted by Jamie at 11:28 PM
Monday, February 1, 2010
Posted by Jamie at 8:33 AM
Friday, January 22, 2010
So your momma has been doing a terrible job blogging for you as of late. Being our third child, I know you are already in danger of missing out on the careful cataloging of your early years. Ashtyn got professional pictures taken every six months....you do get lots of snapshots (you are more likely to smile for those anyway). Ashtyn got a baby book I wrote in religiously- yours has a few post it notes stuck in here and there, and nothing written in its actual pages yet. I always made myself feel better by telling myself at least you had this- a blog that covers all the major events. And maybe someday I would go back and plug it into that baby book :) I have been so busy with YOU (and your siblings) lately, that I have completely dropped the ball on this. Oh well, I am sure that you like tea parties better than momma at a computer screen anyway. But, so that all of these memories don't fade away when we go onto the next stages, let me try and record some of my favorite things here:
I love the way you put on the most ridiculous get ups-dress up skirts with your brothers boots, an apron from the kitchen and a backpack on your back- and parade around like you are the most beautiful little princess in all the world (you ARE, by the way)
I love the way you come flying at us with a huge smile and a heartfelt "YEA!!" after a separation of any length
I love the way you have to kiss every member of the household before you can go to sleep, and you remind me of this by smacking your lips together
Every other statement out of your mouth is "I-wan-tha-one", much to the dismay of your speech therapist. We spend I lot of time on "I. want. the. ball."
You are the toughest little thing I have ever seen- you will run full speed and then fall flat out on the concrete without so much as blinking, but if someone so much as taps your toe or your head, you exclaim "OUCH!" and look indignant
You have the most amazing imagination. You love to play with dolls in the doll house, baby dolls with the stroller, and cook in your kitchen. One of my favorite play sessions? Sitting at your little table, while you waited on me. "You wan coffee?" you would say, and then make little filling sounds as you pretended to pour it into the little mug. Then, before you could get me any food, you had to 'turn on' the water and wash your hands.
You have the worst sweet tooth ever. More than once I have looked for you in the morning because it is just too quiet. ..and found you sitting on the floor of the pantry, door shut behind you, sneaking cookies for breakfast. You really get insulted that I take them away.
You are two and a half now, and you amaze me with everything you are soaking up. You have more and more words everyday, and you are learning to tell us exactly what you want with them. It is a joy to watch you grow pumpkin. I love you, Momma
Posted by Jamie at 9:59 AM