Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Bigs

The bigs are not home enough to post about!! Julianne has been home the last two weekends and I did not take one picture, she will not be home until Easter now:(

Allie and Eric, Gardner and Kendyl come over every Sunday evening for dinner. Madeline and John David so look forward to them coming. For some reason Madeline thinks it is show night for her and always manages to say "HEY EVERYBODY" clapping her hands together like a choir director. It is really funny. Most of the time she delivers everyone tea but other times she just sings or whatever fits her fancy:) And of course it is LOUD.  I am convinced they leave saying "Whew, we sure are glad we don't live there anymore!"

So just a few pics to show that they do exist and are so very special!! These are just random pictures from everyday life, Julianne's graduation, both weddings and can't leave out making Chris fish:)

Madeline made Julianne perform as a dancer for her 4th birthday:)

I can never tell if Gardner is serious or trying to be a goober!

Just miss that long hair!

group hug before their joint shower

Can't leave out Chris's sister Anna, she and Julianne love each other so very much!

And of course I can't leave out my "other daughter" Sara

Julianne and Chris, my other "son"

Chris was so fun that day:) I can't remember if he caught a fish or not but it doesn't matter, it was the whole package of being 'stuck" with us that day:)

John David without teeth:)

One on Julianne and Chris's anniversaries

Madeline's baptism day

just can't get a "normal" pic sometimes

Madeline just could not understand why she could not have a piece of cake before the bride and groom cut it:)

Julianne's 18th birthday

just cause:)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Great Passport Picture Debacle of 2011

This afternoon Hank and I naively met at the post office with kids in tow to get their passports. Little did we know what a scene Madeline would create just to get her picture taken. This is where few understand unless they have adopted a child that spent some time in an orphanage: Madeline was terrified to get her picture taken ( the sitting in the chair behind a big black camera). Oh the words that came out of her mouth: I hate you, I hate pictures, basically I hate my life! We were listening to the ahhhhs and ohhhs coming from the crowd waiting in line, my emotions went from feeling very sorry for her to ticked off about every half second! Hank of course was great and did not let it ruffle him, or so he appeared:) We tried every sort of bribery; trip to Target, watching Power Rangers it went on and on to no avail.

I finally just left, having finished it all but photos for the M factor. I was determined that she was going to get her picture taken if it killed me and we got pretty close. I explained again that we really want her to go to China with us and she HAS to take a photo for this to happen. We decided to go to Walgreens and let her pick out a toy first and told her that she would not have to sit  and not even sit on telephone books, like at the post office( those really scared her for some reason??) She picked out a great little princess craft book and off we went to the photo lab. She was sooooo brave!!! She was sooooo uncertain....... holding her little book and her silky. I cannot even do this story justice until I get her passport back and take a pic of the pic... it is priceless and so sad to see how torn she was. I forgot to take a pic of the pics since I high tailed it right back to the post office to get it ALL over with! The lady at the post office was so proud of Madeline..... I'm sure she has never experienced THAT before!!!!

                                                         the after picture

I'll add the before pic when we get it....... priceless!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

First Packet Mailed

Today John David, Madeline and I mailed our first set of dossier papers to Great Wall..... a month early. Hopefully our Social Worker will complete our homestudy by mid to late April and then we are at the mercy of the United States government. Please pray that SW hurries!!! One step closer today:)

                                                     Can we take a "normal" picture just once??

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Break, Sweet Friends and the Zoo

We have had Spring Break this week and did not plan much of anything. So far the only thing we have accomplished is going to the zoo today with some sweet friends. Madeline and John David are both very blessed with friends as I am:)

Our morning started off with a little attitude:

Then said friends arrived:

                                            They truly love each other!

Cannot forget to mention the twins! Jacob and Tyler, who just go with the flow and are so very good and just precious!

These two are definately partners in crime, they have learned to get along so much better than when they were younger and I must say Carson has a VERY forgiving and loving heart for Madeline! Madeline can dish it out and Carson is so quick to forgive her and move on, we all need a friend like that!

and of course the token goofy shot:

Not sure what the rest of the week will hold but it sure is nice not doing homework and being on a schedule!!