"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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Double Digits

And just like that...

Piper is TEN!

Piper chose to have an evening of fun at Gattitown over the weekend. Then her official birthday brought the usual favorites; cookies with her class, cake at home, and presents on the side... 

And a Happy Double Digit Birthday is was for our dear Piper!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Wet Weekend

The weather forecast showed a weekend full of rain, and our calendar showed a weekend full of outdoor activities. What to do? Grab an umbrella and make the best of it!

It started on Friday night with a party in the parking lot at church. The kids bounced their hearts out on wet inflatables in what will undoubtedly be the one of the more memorable parties to date. 

The rain continued into Saturday while we watched our favorite soccer player...

And later in the day, Michael took the big boys to the UK/Mississippi State football game to cheer on the Cats in the rain. This was Levi's second rainy football game, after his trip to see Western KY play Maine earlier in the season, but I don't think he minded one bit. 

Finally we spent a soggy Sunday afternoon at Touch a Truck...

The fact that I won free admission in a Facebook contest, and the possibility of seeing the Batmobile gave us no choice but to brave the elements...

And believe it or not, at the end of the weekend, not one of us caught pneumonia. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Moon Cake vs Brownies

With busy weekends upon us and multiple children going in different directions, it's often like a complex puzzle to get it all worked out. Of course we sometimes just have to say no, but we do our best to make it happen if at all possible. 

This Saturday brought Chinese school, a soccer game, a birthday party, a team pool party, and culminated with the Chinese Moon Festival Celebration. After such a busy day it would have been easy to skip this festival, but it's one that can not be missed. 

Lila and Easton have enjoyed this celebration for several years now and it never gets old. The food table is a collision of Papa John's pizza and authentic Chinese pot-luck. And I learned the hard way that if you want pizza, you have to get there early. I also figured out early on that moon cakes are not at all related to moon pies, and it might be a good idea to bring brownies. 

So what did Lila and Easton think about the variety of foods on their plates?

Noodles vs Pizza?


Moon cake vs Brownies?


And I'd say that's a pretty good compromise.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grandparent's Breakfast

It's our third Grandparent's Day at Glendover!

And what a special treat it has been for the kids to take their grandparents to school...

After eating breakfast together they were able to visit everyone's classroom...

Well, almost everyone's classroom, we do have a fourth grader after all.

We appreciate the grandparents in our lives today and every day!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Playground Pick-up

With the big kids at school, Declan and are having all kinds of fun. However, the best part of the day has to be the playground pick-up. Believe me, it's a whole lot more fun than waiting in a car line. For a little while, Declan has the whole playground to himself. But even better, when those doors fly open, there are no shortage of playmates to be found. We've already spent countless hours playing after school, even staying until 5:00 on the nicest of days. 

But he's certainly no stranger to this game...

Just a little bigger than last year.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

The kids have been in school for a few years now and except for the occasional field trip or special occasion, packing lunches has not been on my to-do list. On top of that, after finding out that as a kindergartener, Piper was going to breakfast at school after she had already eaten at home, I stopped fixing breakfast as well. 

Why did we have such a love for cafeteria food? 

Well, it was free. (Yes, I know it really wasn't "free".)

But, it was easy. In fact, too easy to pass up. And for the most part, everyone was okay with it. (Unless you count all the times Piper begged to take her lunch.)

Until this year, when our school suddenly didn't qualify for the grant that provides free breakfast and lunch for all students. At first I was devastated. After being off the hook for four years, I was suddenly faced with packing all these lunches. I was prepared to start this at middle school, one child at the time, and ease my way into it. Buying the school lunch was not an option as I couldn't justify it when we can pack for much less.

And the breakfast part was even worse. The kids were accustomed to being up and out the door early to beat all the bus riders to breakfast. Now came the possibility of lingering at home or getting distracted with the computer or tablet and being late. Or worse, making me late!

I know this sounds incredibly lazy and selfish, and deserves a laugh if not a few eye rolls, but it really came down to the disruption of my routine. However, it didn't take long until a new routine was in place. A planner by nature, I sat down and made a weekly menu and that was that. 

And now three weeks into the school year it's not nearly has bad as I expected...

I found that I CAN do hard things like feed my kids...and maybe even enjoy it!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Adoption Assistance Picnic

The annual Adoption Assistance picnic has been a favorite for our family since Lila and Easton came home. However, last year the location and time of the picnic changed and we just couldn't fit it in the schedule. 

This year wasn't convenient either, but we thought we would give it a shot. So, after making a mad rush from Chinese school and driving on seemingly never ending roads to a farm in Shelby County, we finally saw those familiar flags...

And after seeing Piper on the ponies, I realized the trip was well worth the effort. If we missed many more years, her legs would surely be dragging the ground...

The petting zoo was a hit, and Easton even turned out to be somewhat of a goat whisperer...

After lots of food, fun, and "a little" something to take home...

We left once again feeling grateful for Adoption Assistance and all of their support; before, during, and even years after the adoption process.

"Adoption Assistance-Building Families, Changing Lives"