Tuesday, March 23, 2010


My two little masterpieces went to their first swimming lesson today. They loved it.

They painted masterpieces on Friday and I need to post pictures.

When I arrived at my blog just now, the song "Masterpiece" by Sandi Patty was playing. We listened to this when we were kids along with some other great songs she did on a kids album. It is such a sweet song and I am very thankful for my two boys who God created to be so special.

As they say on Veggie Tales- God made you special and He loves you very much.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thinking Outloud

Something I don't do often. I'm sort-of an introvert. But I guess this is the point of blogging.
So things are going really good with the boys. I mean, to an outsider looking in everything seems great and I think it is. Nick and Alex got up this morning and played for over an hour by themselves while I slept off a Nyquil hang-over.
Here are the hard things...
Some days it is hard to watch Nick try so hard with Alex and not get much back. Honestly, I would say Alex has mostly attached to Nick- above anyone else. Nick loves Alex unconditionally. He was so thrilled to get a brother and at first was in a little shock that Alex wasn't quite what he had expected. Now he tries to give Alex hugs and says I love you but Alex doesn't respond. Sometimes Alex will play with him and sometimes he goes off to do his own thing and that really frustrates Nick. It is hard for Nick to understand where Alex comes from because Nick's experience at the orphanage was very different. Nick was very attached to his caretaker which makes it much easier to understand how to relate to others and feel close to them. Maybe it is true that Alex's personality is just more independent but we also noticed a world of difference when we got Alex. He let us just carry him out. He never looked back. Never cried.
Alex is five years old and has caught on to our language quickly. Sometimes, he probably doesn't understand me and ends up getting into trouble. Sometimes, I know he understands me but is smart enough to play dumb so he doesn't have to do what I say. Lately, Alex has been very clingy with me. At first when I hugged him at night, he turned his head away. Then I showed him how to put his arms around me. I told him this is what families do. So he started to let me hug and kiss him. Now he has decided he wants me to hold him and comfort him. But he hasn't really done that with anyone else. It will just take time. I guess my point is that everyone looks in and thinks wow things are so great with them and Alex just acts like he has always been a part of their family. But I see the little things that still need work.
I'm thankful that most people seem to be understanding of Alex's need for time to adjust to all the newness in his life. Sometimes I feel like there are people in his life who don't accept him because he is so independent and isn't affectionate. I understand it is easier to respond to the kid who is constantly asking for attention and giving affection. It is hard for Ryan somedays because he comes home when both boys are tired and crabby and sometimes they reject him even though I know they are so excited to see him. But Ryan really is an incredible Dad. Even when I can tell he is exhausted from work, he doesn't let Nick and Alex see that. He runs around the house chasing them or plays in the yard with them. He tickles them and lets them climb all over him.
And for me the hard part lately has been not to fall into my little pity party. I have so much to be grateful for and I know God has blessed us beyond our wildest imagination. There have been lots of new babies lately and lots of baby talk. I've really appreciated that my sister has let me hold my new nephew Tyson and feed him his bottle and get to experience taking care of a new baby. And she doesn't just tell me everything about babies and treat me like an idiot because I've never had one. Of course, Jackie is pretty much the best listener in the world so she would never just talk about herself. She always listens to me about my life and it is always fun to talk to her.
I'm thankful for new friends that have come into our lives when we needed them. At this point in Nick's adoption, we were already starting the paperwork for our next adoption. This time, I know there is no way we can do that. The medicial procedures for us to get pregnant would probably be less than 5% what it would be to adopt a baby girl from China but I just don't know if that is the path for us either. I don't want to become pregnant just to be in the club so I can contribute the conversation when I am with my friends. If I wait a couple of years the talk will change to kids in school and maybe stuff that doesn't always involve our kids. I mean, I love my kids but there are other things to talk about. For now, it has been nice to find friends who do talk about other things and seems to be good for my emotional state.
In conclusion (I always think it is funny when people say that) my life really is great! God is good and the joy and hope of knowing Jesus is the foundation I stand on.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Quiet Weekend

No pictures to post. The boys are at Grandma and Grandpa Pruett's house for the weekend. We've heard some interesting stories already and they are having a great time. Nick and Alex are so blessed to have two amazing sets of grandparents!
Grandma Pruett called me yesterday and put the boys on speaker phone. They said they were filling up their treasure chest. Apparently, she bought a money drawer that counts the money as you put it in. The boys kept saying we need to find more money and Grandma was saying I already gave you all the money from my purse and Grandpa's drawer. Nick kept saying in the background 'now the treasure is all mine' in a diabolical cartoon voice.
I wonder what Grandpa was thinking when he got home and all his money was missing!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Finally pictures of the lost tooth

Everyone's Happy

Ryan is happy because he got a new Tassimo Machine. We tried to estimate how many cups of coffee his last one made- it was a lot!

Nick is happy because he got to watch two movies after AWANA tonight and finished his AWANA book for which he got a whole candy bar. He shared with Alex.

Alex is happy because he picked out a lunchable for dinner with cookies and I think only ate the cookies and maybe two pieces of bologna.

I'm happy because I have such an amazing family. What a difference being home for 8 months makes! The boys played outside today for such a long time while Ryan grilled and I set the table. First I had to scrub the table down- we ate outside. I can't believe the difference in those two. They ran all over the yard playing with sticks and on the playground and with balls. It made me look forward to summer. I just wish it could be this beautiful all summer instead of miserably hot!

Thank you God for the "discomfort" we went through to get to this blessed point.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I love that the boys can get up on Saturday morning and play with each other! Alex just brought me down a picture that he made for me. He used glue and scissors so I'm a little nervous to see what shape his room is in. Time to go find out!
What did I find? A clean room with his bed made. I need to put this kid to work on my sewing room.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Tooth Fairy...

came to our house last night. Nick was so excited this morning and talking a little funny as he adjusts to the missing tooth. The new tooth is already coming in behind.
Loosing his first tooth turned out to be a little traumatic. He stressed about the loose tooth for a day or so and probably drove his teacher crazy telling her about it every few minutes. Last night at dinner, it was really hurting to eat and then started bleeding. So he started to get very upset and I said "Here, let me pull it out". So I tried and it just started bleeding a whole lot. Finally, Ryan got the tooth out. Nick bled so much. We finally got the bleeding to stop and got him all cleaned up and he calmed down. He was very excited to show everyone his missing tooth and ran up to show Grandma and Grandpa Bradley when we got to church.
And now some thoughts on Alex who was not thrilled about the tooth episode. Of course, we focused completely on Nick and so Alex got upset. And I had to hold him for a while and try to pull his teeth out. He slept late this morning and wanted me to hold him again. He was very snuggly and patted my back and then ran and hugged Ryan.
Alex has been so independent since we got him, it is kind-of nice that he is wanting attention from us and giving hugs and kisses. He really didn't understand hugging or holding when we got him. This is a good sign that he is starting to understand what it means to have a family and is really attaching to me and Ryan.
We've been blessed with two amazing kids!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Grandpa Pruett

Grandpa Pruett turned 64 last Thursday. We didn't get to see him on his birthday but we did have lunch with him on Sunday. Hopefully, that threw him off and he didn't guess that he was having a surprise party tonight.

I didn't get a great picture because I didn't have my camera- had to use my phone and then crop it, but Alex really had a good time "helping" Grandpa open presents. Nick was busy watching a movie and kept coming in to see if it was cake time.

Nick also discovered he has a loose tooth. He is very concerned. I went in to check on him and he told me he was just worrying about his loose tooth. Alex fell asleep on the way home and Nick's conversation about the loose tooth turned into an in-depth conversation about adoption. We've been having a lot of those lately. He told me all about his teddy bear blanket with balls that he had in the orphanage. I don't know if this has anything to do with Grandma and Aunt Charlene having a conversation about our new cousin Brock- coming in June- and doing his nursery in teddy bears and sports. Nick also told me his Chinese parents put him in an Easter basket.

Nick and I sang a duet on the way home and he stayed on the melody while I sang a harmony, so that was fun! Isn't it amazing how much we have in common? He sings all the time about everything.