Wednesday, January 28, 2009

6 months ago today

Hannah now above and Hannah at the orphanage below.

On July 28th, our world changed forever. We went from a family of four, to a family of five. Today 6 months ago Hannah was placed in our arms. She was a frightened little girl who just clung for dear life. She made the mewing sound that was so pitiful, I just wanted to cry. The first week we were worried that this was going to be a disaster. She just lay like a lump in my arms. Oh what changes 6 months will bring. She is the happiest little girl, who loves her brothers and loves being the princess in the house. She loves shoes and hates to be told no. She loves to grab my face and give me kisses on my cheeks. She likes bows in her hair and purses. She loves to laugh and is just a joy to be around. We went to Disney last week and all I could think about was that 2 years ago, we were starting this process. We got the call at Disney that our application had been accepted and we were free to start the paperwork. God knew Hannah was ours. She was 3 months old and waiting for us to be ready to get her. It's funny because both Alan and I feel like she has been with us forever. She fits right into our family, as if she were custom made...and I guess she was. Thank you, Lord, for our littlest blessing!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Disney World

We had the best intentions to take our laptop to DW, but we plain ran out of room. First I wil give you the short version of our trip to the happiest place on earth. THe first 2 1/2 days, the boys didn't want to ride any rides. THey wanted to play at the playgrounds and swim in the pool. Tuesday and Wednesday were the c0ldest days FL had seen in 5 years. One night it got down to 25. It was cold and yet we persevered. I had 2 days where Hannah had blow out diapers-stem to stern. Up her back and front and down her legs. It took both mom and I to change her and we both ended up with poop on us. THe second time I stripped her down and bathed her in the bathroom the park, in the cold. BUt I couldn't get her clean!!!! Then on Friday, we were up at 6(kids were, Alan and I earlier)because we had to meet our bus to the airport at 7. We got there, had breakfast, and waited for our plane to board. I was trying to run Hannah around so that she would sleep on the plane. Right before we got on, I gave all 3 kids dramamine. We get on the plane and sit. Captain comes on and there is a leak. Hannah is squirming, kicking, screaming and wearing me out. Just about the time she falls asleep, we have been on for almost 2 hours, the captain says it will probably be another hour and we can get off, get lunch vouchers and eat. We get off, Hannah wakes up and we stand in line for the vouchers. People are still coming off the plane and they get back on the speaker and say the leak is fixed, get back on the plane. That takes considerable time and then they have to make sure everyone is back on. Finally we are on our way, except Hanah is not happy. She kicks, screams and cries until finally she passes out from exhaustion. She can't sleep comfortably though so she is crying and fussing in her sleep. We get to DFW, have lunch, and are about to board again when Jacob has a major meltdown. We are all so exhausted!!!!!!! We get back home and everyone is in bed by 7(children) and 8 for mom. I love Disney, but sometimes the trips are kind of stressful.

Don't worry. We did have fun and I will tell you all about it, but right now I have to go find where Hannah has gone!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009


Tomorrow we leave for Disneyworld. We leave early in the morning and I should be packing right now, but I am not. I am excited to be out of has been so cold and to be in Florida. EXCEPT, the cold front we have now is moving to Florida, so instead of a high of mid 70's it will be low 60's. Still better than the -15 we started out with yesterday.

The boys are so excited. Jacob has had our disney book out and is planning everything that he wants to do. And Sam just agrees. Mom and Dad are going and we are using our time share for the first time. I am excited to see how the rooms will be. Can you tell we are all excited?

Sam wants his own room. He likes to sleep with the lights off, Jacob likes to read. Sam tends to keep a neater room and Jacob, not so much. So we are onto the task of figuring out how to do that. Sam can move into the office, but we have to first figure out what to do with all the stuff in there and where to put the computer. So poor Sam will have to wait a little bit longer.

Jacob has been chosen(1 of 3 from his class) to work on a project with 17 other students from the 2nd grade. They will write a report on a president(he got James Madison and wasn't that crazy aobut it), put it together and then give a speech. I am so proud of him!!!

Sam was student of the month for his class in December. He loves kindergarten and is really taking off with his reading.

Hannah is getting bigger every day. She loves Elmo and always wants to watch him in the car.(She watches while we wait for the boys and thinks every time we get in the car, Elmo should be on.) She loves playing with the boys and running around the house. She is such a joy and we are blessed that she is ours.

That's a quick update. I might take my laptop and post some pictures while we are there.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

YEA WII!!!!!!

We got a Wii for the boys for Christmas(ah, who I am kidding, I really wanted it) and I got a Wii fit. I hadn't been able to synch up my Wii board until this evening. I got it to work!! Yea me!! And then I spent time getting it set up(no, I will not tell you my Wii age, but let's suffice it to say, it was not my age!) and then I spent 34 minutes doing various activities. And I had a blast!! I can't wait to work out on it each day(did I just say that out loud?). I actually had fun. Now I will be sore tomorrow because I did the hoola hoop and I can already feel it in my stomach, but that is good. Right?

The boys have loved the Wii as well. Jacob is an expert on the Indiana Jones game and Sam loves Mario Super Sonic Olympic Games. I struggle with the games a bit. We went over to one of our Journey Groups home for New Years Eve and we all played Mario Kart. We took turns because there were 4 remotes and 6 of us. So my friend Sonya tried to help me and instead ended up laughing hysterically at how poorly I did. One example, she was telling me which way to go and I thought I was doing a pretty good job. I was in 8th place, but since I am usually in 12th place, I was pretty proud....until she told me my car was in the upper right hand corner and I had been watching the car in the lower right corner. Yes, I was in 12th place. But I supplied a good amount of amusement for everyone.

That night the adults went to dinner, while the kids stayed at the house. There were 9 kids, including my 3 and I was nervous about leaving Hannah. I knew the boys would be fine, but Hannah didn't really know these girls. However, she did great!!! She went right into the arms of one of the girls and then she went and played with them. No problem. Then when we got back, the grown-ups were playing FastPaced Yatzee(or something like that) and she crawled right up into my friend Rachele's lap. It was so good to see how far she has come.

We also spent New Years Day with the same group of people, plus 2 more and Hannah and the boys again were with a sitter. Hannah had no problems and that was wonderful. The only down side was the sitter never changed her diaper, so we will have to talk about that.

And today is Day 3 of no cokes. I am surviving, but I still want one. 28 more days and we will see if I still want one. And with working out on the Wii, let's see if it makes a difference in my weight. Fingers crossed!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Well another year has come and gone, but 2008 was a good year for us. God blessed us with our daughter, we traveled to a foreign country, Sam started school, both boys started piano lessons. It was a good year. And now we are on to 2009. And since it is New Year's, of course it is time to make resolutions. Well I decided that mine will be called "Want to's" because these are things I really want to do. So here they are in no particular order.

Lose weight.(pretty original)
Eat better and eat out less.
Curb the coke drinking.(I'm going to see if I can go without completely in January.)
Exercise more. I did get a Wii fit for Christmas.
Spend more fun time with my kids.
Spend more alone time with Alan. Dates would be nice.
Spend more time with God.
And try to blog more often.

So quite a list. Nothing that can't be done, but will I do it? I don't have the best discipline in the world. But it is a start. Look, I have even started the year with a blog. No pictures, but I will try later this weekend to talk about Christmas and share some pictures. This has been a great Christmas and a great start to the New Year. We spent New Years Eve with friends and then we watched the Husker football game with those same friends plus 2 more friends. It was fun to be with friends and the cherry on top was the Huskers won the game. Husker nation is happy.

So happy new year and may the year hold meaningful encounters with God.