Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Posted by Tracy at 3:39 PM
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Boys are taking care of Caden's class pet this weekend. Pongo, a hampster, is also a JETS fan! Who knew! Looking forward to the game later! GO JETS!!!
And, we are implementing a new reward system for the boys. They can accumulate marbles in a jar (got this idea from another adoption family) if they do good deeds, don't argue with each other, etc. They have to get 100 marbles for to earn a reward. Right now, they want to earn their own hampster (to share) and they plan to name him Mark Sanchez.
Posted by Tracy at 7:46 AM
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Posted by Tracy at 4:09 AM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Posted by Tracy at 6:29 AM
Thursday, January 6, 2011
M's 2011 Resolutions
1. Spend less time worrying about work and more time with family
(hence the reason why my list is last)
2. To get in shape both physically and mentally…for real!
(I’m almost friggin’ 40 years old)
3. Help more with bath duty, reading & tucking in
4. Spend more time outside with the kids
5. Run a half marathon
6. Read directions
8. Don’t worry about the future
10. Last but not least, cherish every moment with T!
Posted by Tracy at 8:31 AM
Posted by Tracy at 2:36 AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
1. To go camping
2. To be nicer to my brother and sister
3. To help mom clean the house
4. To go to Bob Evans for breakfast
5. Play more board games with my family
Posted by Tracy at 4:21 PM
Monday, January 3, 2011
Posted by Tracy at 5:24 AM
Saturday, January 1, 2011
We were blessed by the arrival of our third child (albeit a bit unexpectedly due to the sudden earthquake.) That whirlwind began way back in January and seemed to last well into the Fall. For one, we waited for over 40 hours in an airport food court, spend 1000's of dollars on cancelled flights and felt completely exhausted when the government finally released her. We didn't prepare as well as we could of (can anyone really prepare?) for the arrival of a little girl who had never really seen the world outside of her concrete walls. And although she did unbelievably well given the circumstances, it was overwhelming for Mike and myself.
Our boys had to welcome to a new sibling, who arrived very untraditionally, who couldn't speak or communicate with them. Life as they new it as a family of four, was now permanently changed and they each dealt with it in their own way. I believe it impacted our 6 year old the most as he moved from the baby to the middle child, and he is living up to that title very well lately! :) But, I think everyone is starting to really settle in to what is finally starting to feel like normalcy. And, arriving at that feeling of a new norm took much longer than I thought it would.
Aside from that major event, we called 911 for the first time for Caden this summer. I made a mistake with his insulin (which I thought was completely life threatening) and I had a migraine for two days following. He was fine and got a firetruck silly band from the EMS crew out of it.
Preston started Kindergarten and that has gone perfectly. He hasn't had one issue at school (not that I expected any) and I am so happy that he is enjoying school so much. He LOVES art, PE, recess...the typical things that most kids love at school. He lives for dress down day, and I love seeing his face light up when I pick him up.
We are excited about the New Year and what it holds for our family. Caden is trying out for a travel team in lacrosse and playing soccer. Preston is going to play lacrosse and Avery might try soccer! We hope to travel to new places and spend time together as a family bike riding and possibly "try" camping. And, above all, we hope to get Avery US Citizenship which is another story all on it's own...so we're still working on that!
Overall, we had so many positive changes in 2010, I can't believe I am glad that year is behind us. But, honestly, huge life changes whether good or bad, can be so overwhelming and exhausting.
Here's to hoping that 2011 is slightly less exciting that 2010! :)
Posted by Tracy at 8:29 PM