Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mashed Potatoes

There's been a lot going on with us and I know I've been bad about updating. It's been over a year since we started this blog and I wonder often, should I keep it going? Does anyone really read it? But I do know this will be the kids baby book or life book as they call it for adopted kids so I better keep at it.
Emmanuel: We have decided to delay kindergarten for Emmanuel for a year. This means he and Annie will be in the same grade which I'm not all that excited about but I do want him to succeed. We have resorted to using a small amount of medication with Emmanuel. We got to the point where we weren't any further along than when we first brought him home and we started to have major safety concerns. The first day on the medication E-man got stickers from daycare for the first time because he was so good. I drove him home and to my surprise, he didn't unbuckle his seatbelt and try to drive the car. Now, we just have to work on him running into traffic after cars and throwing things and hopefully we can make some progress. After witnessing E-man in the doctors office, I told our pediatrician, thank you so much, I owe you my first born. She said, that's OK you can keep 'em! Emmanuel will start his special school in June. I'm thrilled, I think this is the magic pixie dust we need.
Abegail: Abegail had her first sleep over last night at Martu's house. Both girls loved it. I said to Kate when I dropped her off, can't you see them in each other's wedding one day. She said, Yes I can.
Annie: We are eating a lot of lollipops but still working on the potty.
Other News:
-We were sad to learn in March that Scott's Mom had a cancerous spot in her left breast. She had a lumpectomy on Monday and is recovering well with the help of her granddaughter Maddie. (Does she look like Annie or what?) Maddie will be getting a new brother the end of September! We welcome prayers for Grandma Charlene, she still has to go through radiation.
-Scott and I continue our daily work to try and keep the house from being burned down! We had a great visit with my folks. They noticed how disruptive one kid can be to a family. My other adoptive mom friends are noticing it too. Many of us have commented on our dark place when we feel overwhelmed. In the meantime we continue to all feel more isolated as we lose touch with what we can keep up with. But I also think it becomes harder because I actually not only love Abegail and Eman more everyday but like them as human beings even with all their idiosyncrasies. Then you see how hurt Eman is and how little you can do to help him.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Grandma and Grandpa Heaven

Grandma Marian and Grandpa Chuck came for a visit this past week. Grandpa Chuck and Daddy had a big project putting together a new playset, or as I like to call it, the get out of my house, run off your energy, and leave me alone play mobile. The kids love it and finally we got to 70 degrees so the kids put on their suits and pretended summer had finally arrived.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Emmanuel's Story

It has been suggested to us to put Emmanuel into therapeutic daycare which basically means a couple hours a day where E-man is not the naughty boy and can get lots of one on one attention. While there is a long road to get everything set to start that program, we had a very productive meeting with a counselor from our county's program today. It was so nice to hear, "wow he's been through a lot!" "Wow that's a lot to handle." One of the things she suggested to help with the chaos and confusion in Emmanuel's head is to write Emmanuel's life story with him to make sense of it all. With everything that's happened to him in his life, this story will really help him grasp everything.

So we did and he did a great job coloring and pasting on stickers. Now that we've done it I think I should do it with Abegail.

Here's how it goes:

Emmanuel was born in Africa. His Mama and Papa loved him very much. But times were hard. There was not enough food to eat and Mama and Papa wanted Eman to have a better life. So his Papa took him to the AFAA house where he waited for a new family and lived with many other children. After a long time his new Mommy and Daddy finally came to the AFAA house to bring him to his new home in America. E-man's Papa and Mama still loved him. But they knew he would be able to go to school and be able to eat waffles and frosted flakes. Papa said good bye as he left on a big airplane. Emmanuel's new Mommy and Daddy loved his so much. He was such a fun boy. He helped his new Mommy and Daddy and made them very happy. They never had a son before! Emmanuel's Mommy and Daddy were very nice. They took him swimming and played with him. They lived happily ever after.
The End.

Emmanuel drew happy faces at the end!
Mommy's Helpers

Abegail got a new hair style during her spring break!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Abegail's April Fools

From the day we met her she has been pulling pranks on us. She has snuck up and scared Scott and I so many times I'm surprised one of our hearts isn't lying around somewhere. Even Mr. Suzuki has told her to stop scaring him. So we've been dreading April Fools Day. At first Abegail was trying to play a joke on me with Scott. Lets borrow someone's dog and tell Mommy we bought it! Ah, not funny. (Everyone in this house wants a dog, except me, thank goodness this is not a democracy) Let's turn the car sideways into the garage and tell Mommy E-man got a hold of the keys and crashed the car into the garage. Aah believable, but not funny. So Scott smartly decided to team up with me and finally give Abegail a taste of her own medicine. What does Abegail hate more than anything in the world...SHOTS. So I had my coworker call the house and leave a message as the nurse from our doctor's office saying Abegail had mistakenly not gotten her chicken pox shot and she had to come in TODAY. The pictures tell the rest of the story...Oh no, not shots!
You think that's funny?

Got Ya!

OK, it's a little funny
I will get you back!