Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Aftermath

I am taking down the fragile Christmas decorations. If I don't we will have to keep the pumpkins up as decorations next year. I mean really how much superglue can one person buy? We have had a great and eventful week and a half and through it all Emmanuel did amazingly well. He really tried hard and it is such an effort for him. We met with his teacher today and quickly have realized he needs to get back to his structure and lay low for a bit though.

One of the highlights of the past few days was meeting Scott's cousin Lynn. One of Scott's other cousins lives nearby and bravely had a bunch of us over on Saturday morning. Scott has always raved about Lynn and every time we talk about him says, "you've never met him have you?" Lynn and his wife Kristine adopted two boys from Russia. Kristine and I found each other quickly and found we speak the same language and compared stories. It doesn't matter what country, adoption brings you into a unique club. Grandma Charlene and Grandpa Arthur left early yesterday morning and made it back to Oklahoma safely. But not before Grandpa and Abegail joined the clean plate club.
Grandma Charlene will be back on Monday. (She can't get enough of my cooking) Scott is having knee surgery Tuesday. So she will come to make sure I don't get admitted to the mental ward (not that there's anything wrong with that, it often sounds restful) since Scott won't be able to chase after the short people in the house. (It is about me afterall isn't it?) Scott is having microfracture knee surgery. Has anyone had it? How long is the recovery? In other words how long can I let him milk this??? I'm thinking he should be back plowing the driveway by the weekend, anyone? I mean its a knee surgery not a quadruple bypass right???

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas

We had a really nice Christmas. The kids got up about 7:20 which was not too early. We opened presents and were off to church by 10:30. Here are some highlights.

Quotes From Annie:
A: Mommy, kids are luckier than Moms.
M: Why do you think so?
A: Because kids have Grandmas and Grandpas AND Moms and Dads AND cousins and Aunts and Uncles.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Photographic Moments

The Turner Family: Front row, Chase English (4), Annie (4); Second Row Cameron English (6), Grandma Marian, Grandpa Chuck, Owen English (8); Middle, Abegail (8), Emmanuel (5); Back Row; Auntie Caroline, Uncle Mark, Zoe English, Scott, and Sue

We arrived home from DC on Monday safe and sound. I actually split up from Scott and the kids because we got stuck in DC. I had to be at work that afternoon and they couldn't get us all back at the same time. So Scott was stuck with the three kids and several multi-hour layovers from noon until 11 on Monday night. Emmanuel did remarkably well on this trip. But by the end you could tell he was itching. He had been fairly patient, even enough so we got a family photo in, and it was all too much. By the time Scott reached Atlanta a full melt down was brewing and overflowing. One look and Emmanuel just couldn't take it anymore. For an hour Emmanuel tried to get it out of his system until Scott finally got him calm. Then both exhausted, Scott stayed with E-man while the girls went to the restroom a few feet away. However they took a wrong turn out of the ladies room and ended up 30 gates from where they started. Luckily a police lady (that's what they called her) stayed with them until Scott got nervous and caught up with them. Abegail was slightly worried, Annie was dancing and singing not phased in the least bit.
Eventually they made it home and it was all worth it. We had a great visit with my family. The kids got along well with their cousins and enjoyed all the activities (especially the gift exchange)from the jingle bell hunt to the daily runs with Grandpa Chuck. We also went to see the National Christmas Tree and the kids got to see the outside of the White House.
I came home to 12 degrees below zero and was sent right from the airport to a raging apartment fire. I don't think I've ever been that painfully cold. But at least I had a home to go to. There were 190 people displaced by the fire, 1/3 of them on subsidized housing. A day after the building burned someone donated a million dollars to be divided by the 64 families living there. In all the people received more than 17-thousand dollars in donations to get there lives back on track. If this was your year you were wondering whether or not St. Nick was real, there's your answer.

Grandma Charlene and Grandpa Arthur arrived tonight from Oklahoma. The kids were so excited I'm pretty sure steam was coming out of E-man's head. Grandpa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' and they were off to bed. Merry Christmas to all and to all.....a good night!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2008 Turner/Richardson Family Video

Here it is!  Sue's annual family video!  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Day Three in DC

We are having a great time visiting with my family in DC. Yesterday we went to cousin Owen's school to see him perform a poem and have a Christmas party. All the kids got to make snowflakes and E-man found the reading corner.
Last night was Sundae night, a big hit!
Then a game of Santa Says...
Abegail and Annie wake up happy
A game of make a snowman blindfolded, even Grandma Marian plays.

Best Buds, Annie and Chase

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Santa Checks Up On E-man

We have arrived at my sister's house in Washington, DC. We are doing fairly well. Emmanuel got through the flight well and he even did a good job at his first movie with Grandma and Grandpa. So tonight Santa made a visit to congratulate his good behavior and of course see the other kids. Here are some highlights!

Meeting Alexandra

I was able to go see my friend Sophia and meet her new baby girl, Alexandra (born 10/30). She is beautiful, such a miracle.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

E-man Has A Talk With Santa

Scott says I'm crazy. I don't deny it, I just refuse to stay home because of what Emmanuel might do. For one, I'm not going to keep Annie from those fun memories and I just never think its going to get that bad. That's until I'm in line for Santa in the furniture department of Macy's (because the line is so long) holding 800 coats and E-man's sweat suit, saying Emmanuel every three seconds, don't touch, stay with us. EMMANUEL! E-Man! The man behind us comments, "wow he never gets tired of hearing his name." I generally come home from things like this and vow never to leave the house again (some time I will write about grocery store Emmanuel) but then I recharge and go again. Although I will admit, I do not take the kids swimming quite as often as I used to.
Last night I decided if we didn't go see Santa, we wouldn't have time to go before Christmas. Also, I had covered Macy's Christmas display, "A day in the life of the Elves" and knew the kids would think it was neat. Macy's puts on a different elaborate display every Christmas. So off we went, it won't be crowded on a Saturday night right? After an hour in line, we got to the display. I was trying to think positive, "this is good for the kids to wait in line, teaching them to be patient and wait their turn." The kids did love the display. Then we waited in a MUCH SHORTER line to see Santa at the end of the display. Luckily there were two black moms and their kids ahead of us. Black people are always more tolerant of Emmanuel than other strangers, I have no idea why this is. I have noticed this time and time again. They get a kick out of his energy and like to tease him. So I had a nice talk with the mom's ahead of me that started, "who did your daughter's hair?" To which I replied, "you know a white person didn't do that." Abegail just had her hair done for Christmas, by a high school girl we met through a friend, so its looking unusually good.
We finally got to Santa and Emmanuel says, "Santa! I want another Cadillac!" Santa says, "have you been good?" Emmanuel stops dead in his tracks, not wanting to lie to the great and wonderful Santa. "Where are your reindeer?" Santa says, "they are at the North Pole. Have you been good????" Emmanuel speaks slowly and more softly than normal, "uh...a little bit?"
"Ho ho ho, OK, Merry Christmas and be good now!" says Santa who gets a hug from Emmanuel, really that will convince Santa to load up his sleigh with a Cadillac won't it?

Happy Birthday Martu!
Martu turned 10 on Friday and we were happy to see her on her big day.

Emmanuel enjoyed another soccer medal from his indoor soccer season at the Y. He'll try basketball in January.

The girls continue with tap and ballet lessons. They are getting ready for a big show, January 31st.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

E-Man's Christmas Program

Emmanuel was a shepherd in his Christmas program at Mt Hope Lutheran School where he attends daycare. He was a very spirited shepherd and we had fun watching him Thursday night. The kids are fascinated with how many times E-man's name is referred to this time of year. I told him, do you know it means 'God is with us?' (oh yea, God is definitely with us!)