Sunday, May 31, 2009

fishing and hiking

Yesterday T had some firsts. We went fishing, something she's really been looking forward to. Unfortunately noone caught anything! She said, "I've seen your photos when you all have caught a lot of fish...was that here or somewhere else?!" hahaha. Apparently she thought you caught a fish with every cast! Well, now she knows:-) And with Kevin as a father she'll have plenty more opportunities to catch a fish!:-) Since fishing turned out to be a bust, we decided to go hiking instead. We found a great trail that we'd never done before. It was late (after the fishing) so it was just a short hike. But it was another concept completely foreign to her:-) It took her a few times to understand the point of the little family outings/day trips that we like to take but she loves them now and really looks forward to the weekends. So I have no doubt that after a few hikes she'll like those too. She did keep going on about all of the beautiful wild flowers that were in bloom. We also saw a lot of wildlife: deer, chipmunks, etc. And she was really excited about that. We're slowly turning her into an outdoorsie girl:-) We hope to go camping once before we go to China- that will be another first for her:-) Ha! Welcome to our family- we'd rather be outside than in:-) Here are some photos from our hike:

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Super cute Jean Grey:-)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Well dang...

Well, it's Friday afternoon and the work week is pretty much over- which means we didn't get our TA this week. The Dragon Boat festival is being celebrated this week in China so maybe that holiday has held things up. Hopefully it will come next week! We have begun the boys' new Neuro program. Their programs are mostly the same except for the sensory part of it. They have different sensory needs so their program varies there. Unfortunately, we are seeing a regression in J again. With his first program J regressed terribly for about 6 weeks. I was really hoping he wouldn't do that again. The last few days have been very stressful! J is tantruming again. He had one that lasted at least two hours today. Let's see, so far he's broken part of the vacuum, tried taking down the ceiling fan in our bedroom, broken the master bathroom door off of it's hinges... not to mention all of the arguing, back talking and screaming...and it's only been three days. But like last time we have doubled and even in some areas, trippled his program. The more you do the faster you see progress. We need for him to be through this before we go to China! I've been emailing Nina and she said she has had some clients that regress with every new change in their program. It's looking like J is one of those. It's like every time change is made in his Neurology it opens up this can of worms. But we've seen the amazing benefits his first program has given us, so we're going to keep plugging along. I just need the strength to get through this. R however does not seem to be regressing at all. Perhaps his regression is still coming? Or maybe my Father in Heaven is giving me a break with R?:-)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hanging baskets

We have this old covered patio in our backyard. I've been trying to think of how to make it cuter and came up with this art project that I did with the kids. We got some of our empty paint cans (we always have left over construction/remodeling junk around!) and drilled holes in the bottom. Then we painted them with our left over house paints and planted some petunias in them. This variety of Petunia will supposedly get long stems and are meant for hanging baskets. We'll see how they do! The kids loved making these. Kevin and I even painted one each:-) A family that paints trash together- stays together:-)

Friday, May 22, 2009

going crazy

This is me going out of my mind... we are supposed to get our TA (travel approval) next week. Hopefully we'll get it and there won't be any delays. But just knowing that it's coming so soon and having to wait- I'm going coocoo-bananas! We've waited all of this time and I was fine. You'd think this would be no big deal but the suspense is killing me! I keep thinking about my friend Lori- I bet she's all packed and ready to go. They are adopting from China as well and will be leaving on the 5th. I think about them every day! I wish it were us:-) In the mean time I have been keeping busy. That's an understatement! I finally canned the boys' soup. Because of the their food allergies I'm trying to prepare as much food as I can ahead of time to make things easier for my sister while we're gone. I've also been trying get some photo album projects finished. The kids had dental appointments. This weekend is crazy. We have Nina Jonio from the North West Neurological training Center in Oregon here. She travels to several cities around the country and evaluates clients. Since I'm such a big advocate of Neurological Reorganization I had several families interested in having their children evaluated here. So I've been coordinating all of this with Nina. We volunteered our house for her to use and in exchange she is giving us a deal on the boys' evaluations. Today she evaluated both boys. She pinpointed R's issues so exactly! As you know we had J evaluated a year ago and his therapy program that she developed for him has changed all of our lives! I can't wait to see what their new program will be like and how R's will differ. Tomorrow from 9am-noon, she's giving a presentation to 20 people about what Neuro-reorg is (yes, at our house.) So tonight I'm taking all of the furniture out of the diningroom and arranging chairs, a projector and screen all for her power point presentation. Then after that she'll be doing evaluations until about 7pm. Sunday she's doing evaluations in the morning. And then Monday she's doing them from 9am-7pm. And again, all of that at our house. I've been cleaning house like a crazy person all week. I even polished the silver- I know, hard core:-) The dogs are staying at my parents' house for the weekend. Can you imagine Jakob and Charlie in the middle of all this?:-) The cats are being locked up in our bedroom with the kids and a stack of movies:-) Hopefully it all works out okay. Anyway, if you want to know more about what Neuro-reorg is, here's a link:
OH, we also got our vegetable garden in. I've been so busy I was worried we wouldn't get it done this year. So I pretty much killed myself last weekend and got it planted. Kevin is out of state this weekend photographing a wedding. He is probably checking into his hotel even as I type this. Last weekend he was in Yellowstone teaching a photography workshop. Then the first week in June he'll be in Yellowstone all that week teaching another photography workshop. Do you want to know more about Kevin's Yellowstone photography workshops? Check out this link:
Did I mention that we've been busy?:-) I can hear T rocking out to her David Archuleta CD as I type this:-) Having a teenage daughter is funny:-) Well, I better go. I've got a diningroom to take apart and 20 chairs to set up... where's Kevin when I need him?:-)

I am J.

Hello I am J.

I got hired to do a summer job by two of my Mom’s friend’s to mow their lawn. I get paid ten dollars every time I mow. I do it every other week. I got my own room. I like it very much. We planted our vegetable garden. That was a lot of fun. We also made these flowerpots. We painted old paint buckets and drilled holes in the bottom. Then we planted petunias in them. That was a lot of fun to do. Love, J

Thursday, May 21, 2009

dyes and fragrances

Hello all. I just thought I'd post this here... as you know, R is allergic to pretty much everything. Not only is he allergic to many foods, he's also allergic to some detergents, bath products, etc. Some shampoo, soap, lotion, etc really give him trouble. Lately we've also discovered that not only do some of these products give him hives BUT it affects his behavior as well. For example, we recently bought new soap, a kind we've never had before, and I've noticed that after he has a bath he's a wild man. So I've been doing my own little science experiments and without telling him, I've had him try our different things (soap, shampoo, lotion) and would you know it, his behavior is worse depending on what he uses! We've found that he's especially sensitive to red#40 (a dye commonly used in cosmetic/bath products as well as food.) SOOO, I've been on a quest to find 100% all natural products for him to use. You wouldn't believe how hard that is, even with supposedly "natural" products at the store. BUT I've been emailing this wonderful woman who is currently making some custom soaps for R. Her name is Paula Mosier and owns her own company called Lime Giddy. She makes her own soaps, lotions, etc. Here's her website:
I'm very excited about this. So I wanted to pass it along, in case there is anyone else out there that has similar issues or just want something more natural.

Monday, May 18, 2009

our family

Hello Everyone! I thought I'd post a little bit about our family. We have three wonderful children that each came to us through adoption. Our daughter T is 14 years old and from Vietnam. Our two boys are J (who will be 14 in 2 weeks!), and R (12 years old.) Our boys are from Kazakhstan. All three of our children were older child adoptions. The boys were 9 and 8 years old at the time of adoption and our daughter was 13. We are currently adopting another little girl from China. C is 9 years old. We expect to get our travel approval by the end of May!! We are all so excited!!! I'm sure as the weeks go by we'll have lot's to post about as our travel time gets closer:-)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

aren't we hip?

Hello everyone. Guess what I just did? I started a blog. I know... you've been waiting on the edge of your seat for this:-) I thought it would be fun if our kids took turns "blogging" so you may see posts from them time to time. I also think this will be an easier way to keep everyone updated on our upcoming trip to China! I think it'll be easier than the group emails I usually do. So come and check often! In the meantime, this is Anita entering the modern age... actually not really, if I were really cool this would probably have something to do with twitter... but I'm still modern, just not very contemporary....