"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kittens Galore

Earlier in the summer, a scrawny little cat showed up at my parents' house.

How could they resist feeding the poor little thing?

Not to mention the great excitement for the grandkids when they came to visit.

But as the weeks went by, the cat keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger...

I could relate.

Then a few weeks ago, things got even more exciting. About eight times more...

The intrigue was never ending...

Each visit has been filled with anticipation of seeing how the kittens have grown...

Now the time is coming to say goodbye. 

These two are my favorites...

But alas, we're not really cat people. And even if we were, we're going on five children. I think that's all we need right now.

However, if you or anyone you know would like a FREE KITTEN (or two), I can hook you up. 

Possibly even deliver. 

Serious cuteness...

Times eight.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Ones Left Behind

Our mornings have changed drastically around here. On an average morning in the past, only two people enjoyed the sunrise on a regular basis. That would be Levi and myself. My primary goal was to keep it that way. 

Now, that's just not possible. But it's really not a bad thing. It's amazing how productive the day can be when we get up and at it. And the three kids left behind have a pretty good time...

 While Lila, Levi, and Easton view Piper being away with varying degrees of nostalgia, they seem to make the most of it. With their fearless leader gone, they are free to do the activities of their choosing...

And spend time with whomever they please...

It's actually turned into a nice, quiet, and peaceful start to the day. And that's a good thing because 3:00 comes pretty quick...

And everything changes.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hello Four!

Last night our family celebrated Lila's birthday with favorite restaurant food, presents, and even some leftover cupcakes from her cousin's birthday party...

Apparently Lila considered this a party. This morning I told her that today was her birthday party. 

"I'm having another party?" she asked. 

She was thrilled...

No leftovers today...

"I wouldn't do that, Levi."

Special thanks to friends and family for more presents...

Happy 4th birthday, sweet Lila!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Finally Four

For several weeks Lila has been "almost four". And at last, today's the day! She is very proud to be older than the boys.

As an added birthday gift, there was no school today. Lila had the whole day to do as she wished.

Tomorrow the celebration continues, but for today, this girl is FOUR!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to Preschool

It's finally Lila and Easton's turn to strap on the backpack and head back to preschool...

Since Piper started school last week, I've had to remind Lila every day that she wouldn't be going that day. This morning was a different story. We celebrated with a first day of school wake-up. However, I still had to stress that Piper goes much earlier and we would have a morning full of fun at home. 

This girl was ready to get busy...

This boy, maybe not so much. He always says he'd rather stay home. But I know he'll be fine. We visited their class for open house yesterday and I could barely get them out of there. Plus he now has his big sister in class to take care of him. And as an added perk for me, they are both "watching out" for each other. I'm sure I'll get the full report every day.

And after the bus pulls away, I'm left with Levi. One may think going from four children to one is much easier. And it is in certain situations. But it also means I'm his only source of entertainment.

I probably won't get a thing done...

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Promises, Promises

Throughout the adoption process we handed over everything from biographies to blood samples. Paperwork to promises. Many, many promises.

Promises to love and care for, never to abuse or abandon. Those were the easy ones really.

Then there was the promise to teach the children about their Chinese culture.

About that...I'm not sure that plugging in the rice cooker once a week qualifies.

Thankfully we live in a town with the resources to support us in this endeavor.

Today was Lila's first day of preschool at Lexington Chinese School. It won't replace her typical preschool, rather it's a Saturday morning activity. Like soccer, only in Chinese. And without the ball.

Hopefully she'll learn about Chinese culture and language. At this point she remembers and speaks none of her native language. How could she? She hasn't heard it for the last year and a half. In fact, she could never really speak it at all. Sadly, when no one talks directly to a child, they don't learn to talk. And this is the environment of most orphanages.

But now, she's got all kinds of people talking to her. Probably more than she cares for at times. There's no lack of stimulation and her little brain is just soaking it all in.

Here's to another new adventure for Lila...

Friday, August 15, 2014

School is Cool!

The first week (or half-week) of school is in the books! And quite a success at that. When Piper gets home I get the full report. From the animal carcasses in the science room, to the vegetables she proudly passed over in the lunch line, I savor every little detail.

After the first day, she was disappointed that she didn't have homework. She also wondered why she couldn't go on the weekends. I'm sure this level of excitement will dissipate with time, but for now it's a great start.

And at long last, Piper has realized her dream of riding the bus. It was her decision, but certainly makes life easier for me. And they take great care of her with her own reserved front row seat...

(Don't worry, very little Mt. Dew was consumed by the boy in the above picture. He insists on drinking the very last drops, which in my estimate is probably about 75% backwash.)

So Piper ended this third day of school with a great report. She even made a trip to the "Kindergarten Store" to spend her reward bucks for good behavior. It may not have been exactly what she expected, but nonetheless a new found treasure was claimed.

And the verdict is in...

Kindergarten rocks!