Sasha had his first overnighter with his Scout troop and he earned his First Aid Merit Badge this month too! He absolutely loves scouting!
I spent a lot of time in the summer like this. Sad to say that this is probably the last summer I will carry a child on my back...Hey...that might not be so bad seeing that he weighs close to 40 pounds! Bittersweet though...I am getting old...ugh!
First day of school for the Elementary kids. I walked them to school, Cali didn't want me to come but then when it was time to go to 1st grade, she was glad I was there.
We were looking through old pictures. This is Tiffany on the left with her cousin Amy on the right....love this picture.
Oh my goodness!!!! This is Tyler when he was a baby (now 16). He was the SWEETEST baby!!!!
Jason & Vitaliy...a little older pic but I wanted to throw it in. These two can be so much alike...its scary! It also means that they butt heads now and again.
Okay...pulled out the two HUGE tubs of Legos we have and they built so many amazing things. I may have posted this before...can't remember but I was impressed. This was a fun summer on a hot day activity.
Jenae and Sasha...cute!!!
This is Michael and his "best friend" Megan. They are inseparable!
Can I just say I am so very glad school has started. I don’t mean that in a ‘I can’t stand to have my kids at home’ way. I mean it in a ‘I love structure in my life’ way. My kids do so much better with set schedules and structures. Let’s face it, during summer break do you really want to get up at 6:30 am if you don’t have to? Do you really want to structure your day if it is not necessary? Well, I don’t, so summer does serve some purpose. But, this summer seemed challenging to me. Having two new children in the house that, in my opinion, really require structure was challenging and a bit stressful.
Now that school is in, we have a better handle on chores, schedules and what is allowed in your spare time. For example, during the school year, video games are only allowed after school on Friday and a little on Saturday. Between the chores Andy gives and the ones I give, Saturday is busier and there is less time to play games. Which, in my opinion, is great….don’t even get me started on what I think about video games…ugh…a complete waste of time. However, I do allow a little. During the summer, there was a lot more freedom with that and I didn’t like it. But, when it is so stinking hot outside, and, I am not the most creative mom, you do what you can do with it.
So….school is in and everyone is enjoying it…well…as much as kids enjoy school. I really think that they enjoy the social part most, of course, who wouldn’t? I have only Jackson home with me which is wonderful and I am so loving it! My high school boys have unusual schedules so they come home once in a while and that works out just fine.
We have been working with Vitaliy to rely on his English for reading, writing and especially praying during family prayer. He is getting really good at English and it is very easy and comfortable to have a pretty normal conversation with him these days. I had some time alone with him recently and was able to talk about things that went on during the hosting and the time between then and the adoption and it was very enlightening. I can’t wait to have that kind of conversation with Sasha. He is doing very well on his English but still struggles quite a bit with the alphabet and things. His conversational English is really good though.
When I am a good mom…a patient mom….a mom that takes time to reflect on what just happened and how best to handle it, we can have some really good learning moments together. I really need to work on being that kind of mom…I am only a part-time good, patient, reflective mom right now. Anyway….Vitaliy likes to make everything a competition and doesn’t handle not winning very well. Well, I was headed in to talk with him and I was not happy, but the part-time good mom kicked in and we had a wonderful talk about how we have so little time together and how it is important for him to understand that I have more years under my belt…yada, yada, yada…and how what matters is how we play the game…how we live our lives, not who wins that matters. I told him that some day when we face our Heavenly Father, he isn’t going to ask us how many races we won or how much money we made…he is going to look at how we ‘played the game’ and judge us on that. It really was a great moment.
Every once in a while I see a little glimmer of all our efforts paying off. I really hold onto to those moments because it is going to take a lot more time than 4 ½ months to undo many years of their lives. Am I up for it….well, apparently my Heavenly parents think I am so I will just have to roll with that!
Our beautiful daughter, Tiffany, just passed her NCLEX and she is now a Registered Nurse!!! Yeah!!!! We are so proud of her. She will graduate with a Bachelors in Nursing in May and school will be done for her. Unfortunately, but in many ways, fortunately, all this was going on as she was in the process of a divorce after only two years of marriage. There is so much more to say about that but now is not the time. She has moved back home with us and seems happier than she has in a very long time. My mom says she is even glowing. It is nice to have the old Tiffany back again. Something is definitely said for being surrounded by people who love you! I feel for the younger generation that is getting married right now because there are so many difficult issues they have to deal with that we never did when we were their age. There are so many worldly and stupid distractions that can pull young husbands and even young wives away from what is most important in life. I look forward to the day when Tiffany can be married to someone who loves, honors and respects her as the beautiful daughter of God that she is.
Sorry for the long post…. Hopefully I won’t wait so long for the next.