Friday, May 30, 2008
I'll post some more pictures later. Right now I have this cute little 4 year old boy hanging on my arm smiling at me. I think I'm going to go play with him.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Five years ago tomorrow is when we took Julia out of the orphanage in Ulan Ude. Who would of thought that little 15 pound 12 month old girl would turn into such a butt kicker. I'm sure most of the people that look at this blog haven't heard Julia's story. She is truly a 'survivor'.
Ok! Besides 3 people who reply on a regular basis, everyone else is lurking too much. Here is a news story about Julia by Angela Bettis at WISC TV. She is a great person and I am glad I was able to meet her. The record number of replies to a post is 9 for this blog. I swear if this video doesn't top that, there will be no more video's. Oh yeah, if you couldn't tell TP hijacked the blog again. JP will hurt me later, but I still do all the video downloads. We are really proud of this story, so please let us know what you think.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This mom has also laid her foot down. The kids (including the big one) are now going to fold their own laundry and put it away. Mommy the servant is slowing down a bit. I'm sure that there are going to bumps and bruises along the way, but learning responsibility now is better then 14 or 15 years down the road. I think Alihan will do well with it. He loves to help me. Rauan--well his attitude is a coin toss. Now Julia. Humm that one will be interesting. I wonder how many temper tantrums I will have to go through because she doesn't have any clothes to wear--of course, her basket of clean clothes will be overflowing. Good thing the warm weather is here/coming because she can get away with wearing a little less.
Oh and the kids will have swim lessons this summer. Julia and Rauan in their regular levels and in the big pool. Alihan is in the wading pool with the thought of just getting used to the water. I think that will go like the shower--total hate at first and now he asked constantly to take a shower and can't understand why he can't be in the shower for an hour at a time! Oh kids!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Alihan is up and going on ice skates! Not just any ice skates mind you--hockey skates! And he is among the rare breed of children (of which Julia and Rauan are) who laugh when they fall on the ice! Just from my brief experience as an ice skating parent (devleoping the bleacher butt to prove it), for a young child that doesn't seem to happen.
For those of you that know Ted he had dreams that Julia would be his hockey princess. I literally threatened him so he wouldn't put her on the ice too soon--in my opinion too soon. But, eventually she got on the ice and then busted his dream. She wants to figure skate. Damn--there goes my paycheck for the next 10 years. Anyways, so here comes Rauan who couldn't even walk cause he was so fat and then he has to be the least graceful person in the world. I mean literally he trips over nothing. So, ok Julia is skating might as well get Rauan out there too. And he falls. And he falls some more and more and more. His butt saw more ice then his feet. And he laughed when he fell. Sigh--there goes the hockey player. BUT WAIT---he got good. And I mean GOOD!!! Everything clicked and then he started playing hockey. He is so powerful on skates. I hadn't been able to watch him for a while and Ted kept telling me how good he was. I finally got a evening off and my mouth literally dropped open when I watched him skate. YES--Ted has a hockey player. Ok we are already living at Madison Ice Arena--so let's try Alihan. He sure seemed to like it. Big old grin on his face. Ted is thrilled and I have a bad case of bleacher butt. Madison Ice Arena has a direct line to my bank account. Marie...more hours please. I'll sleep when I'm dead.
Geez, when I think what my life was six years ago. I honestly have to say infertility was a blessing. I didn't think so at the time--but God gave me a wonderful gift through the infertility. I love my life and I love my life with my family more then anyone can ever imagine.
Ok--I'll get pictures on Tuesday and hopefully they won't be too dark.