Sunday, April 24, 2011

I am still alive

I have been just awful at blogging. I am waiting for LIlianna to finish a history assignment. She is drawing and coloring a picture...

Easter was very nice. We got up early - ish around 630 kids ate a ton of candy found some Easter eggs and then off to church by 9. We were only 15 minutes late...a success I would say!

We have been having some issues with Zoe being extra defiant in the last couple of days. I am not entirely sure why now...but when you ask her to do something or more frequently to NOT do something she just looks at you and says NO. It is almost like she is a 2 year old...hahaha!

We are still working on names for #7...it is getting tedious. Although, Ben has a good one. He would like to call her Blue...I think or maybe it is Baloo after the bear in jungle book and tailspins....I can't figure out which one it is. Either way Ben is very concerned that I ate his sister. How else did she get in my tummy I guess! I have gone from not really looking all that pregnant to a looking like a giant house in a matter of a week. It is kind of sucky. Additionally, little Baloo is a budding soccer player, mosh pit rock star and stomach speedbag boxer. Lilianna was the same way and she is still a fidgety handful....yikes are we in for trouble.

Alex is still liking school which is a good thing because we are very much liking her going to school. Trying to homeschool her was not fun. Lilianna's school is really fun, however. Instead of doing a little bit of every subject each day we have gone to a block method. One day is science, one day is math...etc. We just go for a couple of hours. She is a pretty quick learner and we are cruising through a lot of these lessons. Tomorrow we are going to skip up some Languange arts chapters and try at the 90 day mark. It is 3rd grade language arts so I anticipate we will have to back up to get some concepts. I am not going to advance her composition yet because I think she really needs to be at the beginning of 3rd grade for that.

Lilianna has also started baseball...coach pitch. We haven't spent a lot of time with her at home working on it. Keith played baseball through high school and coached Owen's tball...but we have been so busy with school and home projects that Lilianna's home practice has been a little bit thin so far. She has done really good at practice. On Thursday they had a little scrimmage and Lilianna got 3 base hits and scored twice. More importantly to me, there are a ton of girls on her team and one of her friends from her old class at Wesley so she is LOVING the socializing with everyone. A good mom would have pictures of baseball...maybe someday! haha

Ben is still 2...oh how long will 2 last with him! He is 2...but he is also his father's son and full of more stubborness than any person I have ever met in the world (with the exception of Keith). Although, there is something slightly satisfying when Ben drives Keith crazy with his stubborness and I can say...."I wonder where he gets that hardhead?" bahahaha!

Zeb started Tball this week too. i am so proud of him. He doesn't exactly know what he is doing but he stays on the field and is excited to play catch with th coach. So while some of the other kids were running off the field to go play on the merry go round (yes the park actually has an old school merry go round - yikes), he was standing in the field playing tball. Even though I think there is a tee and balls in our stable somewhere - we haven't had time to practice with Zeb either so he was trying to beat the ball down into the tee...not a very effective hitting method. He will get it though! He really did really good. It is pretty hilarious to see 5 fielding 4 year olds tackle each other to try to field the ball...Zebby took one look at all the other kids tackling each other and just kind of stood back out of the fray. Good job Zeb. he has his first game on monday and I am going to take pictures. For sure.

Work has been very busy. It really wore me out on Friday and tomorrow is another busy day so I am heading up to bed. Creating life is exhausting..haha. Must get sleep!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kyrgyzstan?

I posted a couple of weeks ago that we had our first homestudy visit. A few days ago Keith and I picked the babies (Ben - Zeb..haha) up at school and Zeb asked me when his brother from Kyrgyzstan was coming home....totally random because we don't routinely say anything about it. Obviously because there is so little hope that he will come home...no reason to get the kids worked up about it. However, when we were doing the home visit, we had to explain to Zeb why we were having a homestudy and the social worker talked to him alone...asking him what he thought about getting a new brother...etc.

So, later that day I found out that the Kyrgyz parliament had passed a piece of legislation which overturned the moratorium on international adoptions.

I don't know what will happen for my family with this...but it is certainly very good news for the waiting children in Kyrgyzstan. I thought the timing of Zeb's question about his brother was great! It has also lit a fire under my butt to actually gather some of the more arcane and ridiculous components of paperwork for our homestudy...like the letter from our vet that our cats won't maul a child!

Must make cookies and prepare for our Financial Peace University class...we may be spending a lot of unplanned money soon....that would be nice!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ukrainian little boy!



This little boy, Vanya, is 8 years old and is about to be moved to an orphanage where his chances of adoption drop even lower than they are now. No greater joy Mom has just finished a fundraiser that covers 104% of his adoption fees!

If you have considered adopting an older child please head over to www.positivelyorphaned.org or www.nogreaterjoymom.com and find out about this little boy. He is cute and has made quite an impression on the families that have met him.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

K12

Lilianna and I officially started K12 last monday. The first couple of days were a little bit overwhelming...there is a lot of stuff to cover. I was approaching it like I always approach everything. If it is there we must do it. That is definitely the wrong approach for K12.

The worksheets are really amazing - the material is also really impressive. Looking through her history workbook is totally exciting. We started her in the 3rd grade Language Arts and I think that is perfect for her. She is understanding everything and able to complete assignments, but needs some teaching. I think it is totally appropriate for her. Our teacher coach suggested we start at the 90 day mark for everything so that when her semester is over in August she is ready to move to the next grade. I really want her to continue from the beginning because I really think this is where she is...it was a big jump to 3rd grade for her on some of the grammar rules and concepts. So we are just going to work through from the beginning of the grammar, usage, mechanics. We jumped ahead in the literature section to the 90 day mark and did an assignment and she did fine...but we will miss a bunch of folk tales and fun assignments. I think probably the 90 day mark is better for literature...but I have decided I am going to read through the literature book and pick out some of my favorite stories and just do them with her too.
I am the learning coach after all! haha.

Math we started at 2nd grade so when we started the Math on Monday it was waaaaaay easy for her and it took me a couple of days to figure out what and how I was supposed to move her ahead. The 90 day mark would skip a couple of important concepts I think Lilianna needs more work on so we are taking this week to pick out what assignments we need to do to get her to the 90 day mark.

I really like the workbooks, but I am still trying to figure out the online stuff - there really isn't that much of it. Keith was going to teach Science but I have no idea what he is doing trying to do or has done...so I am going to look into that when she gets back.

I think the material in K12 is superior to Abeka and Sonlight but it is a little more difficult for me to get a handle on what I want to teach and then getting it done!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The ooops adoption!

A few years ago I read somewhere about a family who decided they would always be homestudy ready so when God called on them to adopt they would be ready. I found that to make a ton of sense. So Keith and I decided we would be homestudy ready. To sweeten the pot a little bit, 2 years ago we started the adoption of a then 5 year old little boy in Kyrgyzstan. The country closed and has been closed since then. There is a short list of waiting families and it is possible that our name is on that list. So it definitely behooves us to be homestudy ready. So we are in the process of completing a Hague homestudy in case we need one.

We aren't going to send in any USCIS paperwork stuff or anything, but we are going to get our homestudy done and keep it up to date so if we ever need a homestudy...booyah we have one.

So noone missed an announcement or anything! We would be too crazy to be planning adding another child when we are pregnant with #7...but you never know when you are going to have an "oops!" adoption right!?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

what's new

I found out I was on call this weekend on Thursday - I frantically tried to find someone to help cover the weekend...I was sick and Keith was planning on heading to a camporee this weekend. Thankfully, one of my coworkers agreed to help out by taking my call starting tonight at 11pm...so I am free in 5 minutes - yeah!

Even though there is a lot going on around here to blog about...there is too much going on to have time to blog! haha. So here is a quick update....

1. Alex started public school on Monday. We were just having a heck of a time trying to homeschool her. She was tested and on some 6 point scale (6 being grade/age appropriate) she scored a 1 - 1.2 on everything - they didn't even test her in Math and Science. She is in the 3rd grade and appears to be getting along well socially but has about a 5-7 year catch up plan. Which mostly involves us homeschooling her after school...oh the irony! haha. Seriously, she is much happier going to school so far and we are a lot happier without the added stress and frustration of trying to figure her out academically.

2. Lilianna is starting K12 on monday and she is super excited. Alex heading to school has been a little bit hard on her, I think she misses having Alex to play with at "recess" time. Her and Keith have been really having a great time at home though. She and Keith have gotten a lot closer in the last week. She is a pure joy now that she is homeschooling. Her frantic, manic, jump around fidgetness is down from a 10 to about a 2. She is ridiculously smart and I can't wait to start K12 with her. I went through all of the introduction lessons online and read through the first lessons in all of her books today while I was at work. She is also starting coach pitch baseball soon...we should get team assignments next week.

3. Nothing much new with Zeb, Ben and Zoe except they are all getting so big! With all of the homework and learning going on around here Zeb keeps asking to do homeschool computer so we started him with Time4Learning preK and he really likes that. He also has a little preK book that looks like the big girl's books he does that too. Thursday he was sitting at the table in a big chair with arms working on it and Keith came home. Zeb spun around and leaned over the side of the chair to see keith and the whole chair fell over in slow motion and landed on his head...it was very dramatic but luckily not traumatic...except of course it scared Zebby to death. So...Zeb sits at the bench in the kitchen now!

4. Baby #7 is a girl...still a girl even though Keith keeps trying to find boy parts every time we go in for an ultrasound! I am exhausted, crampy, and have contractions like everyday (although never up to the 8 an hour to really start to get worried!) I wish everyday that we had our old bathroom and big jacuzzi tub but somehow I will survive! She is super fiesty and active just like Lilianna was. Ben was more mellow and less kick-y. I have images of #7 not just kicking, but punching and headbutting. I predict she will be a handfull...I don't think I am going out on a limb on that one!

5. we put a bid on a big old van on some government auction in New Jersey this weekend...it is actually more of a bus with a wheelchair chair lift in the back. We are going to officially need a bigger vehicle of some sort once #7 gets here. Otherwise Keith won't be able to get everyone to school in the morning! Lilianna has said for years she wants a bus. We looked at getting an older short bus, and we still might end up with one. We have a couple of months to figure it out.

6. We had our homevisit for our new homestudy last week. I was post call and we had an ultrasound appt in the am so we had about 2 hours to clean our 6600 sq foot house and then our really sweet social worker arrived 20 minutes early. I hadn't even brushed my teeth yet because I had gotten home and 8am and we had rushed to the dr.'s office and then I rushed around cleaning. I answered the door with a big comforter in one hand, a trashbag in the other and wearing the clothes I had been wearing for 2 days, no brushed teeth or washed face...hahahaha. Talk about keeping it real! Then I hadn't really looked at all the paperwork stuff I was supposed to have together so I ran around the house while Keith talked to her trying to find paperwork. I came across as very organized! However, that is the truth right now I am totally disorganized.

This post is already waaaaaayyy to long. Have to head to bed I am sure the kids will be up at the crack of dawn!

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