Saturday, December 27, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Things I can do with a toddler:
Sort, load, wash, dry, fold and put away laundry.
Wash dishes, put away dishes, load dishwasher, unload dishwasher.
Gather veggies, wash, chop and put into the pot.
Weed the garden.
Sweep sidewalks, rake leaves, shovel snow outside.
Wash the floor, cupboards, stove, dishwasher, refridgerator.
Refill bean jars from the bulk bags.
Teach Algebra, Chemistry, Vocbulary, and monitor Spanish.
Clean the bathroom.
The key is to break the job into little parts so Amanda can participate- carrying a pot from the drying rack to the cupboard, taking potatoes out of the drawer, carrying the folded towels to the drawer. I either showed her hand-over-hand what she was to do or she just copied me. She has recently discovered how to stand nicely at the sink. She stands on a captain's chair and we put boat cushions behind her to keep her from falling backward. Some chores are done best with her wrapped on my back. I also use only mild cleaners and have trained her to obey.
My favorite part of working with Amada is when she leans over, wraps her arm around me, and says, "Awwww!" To which I always say, "Awww! I love you, too!" and give her a kiss.
There are some jobs that just can't be accomplished until she goes to bed:
Working on our profile.
Math, Chemistry and vocabulary corrections.
Teaching Madsen Method.
Teach writing class.
Writing letters or paying bills.
Sewing or any other craft.
With a little planning and creativity, caring for a new baby will certainly fall into the first category. I can't really predict how Amanda will react, but as long as she can still be close to me and really participate in what I am doing, she will truly enjoy having a real little baby to love.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
One of my most important jobs as Amanda's mother is to foster a deep love and affection for her Daddy. I do this very intentionally by making a big deal and rushing to the door with hugs and kisses when Daddy gets home, waving goodby at the window as he drives away, bringing her to him for good night hugs and talking to her about how thankful Daddy will be as we fold his clothes or make his dinner.
Sometimes I teach her unintentionally. Yesterday, Mike was sitting on the floor in front of the couch playing Tinker Toys with Amanda while I was making dinner. I sat down on the couch for a minute, ran my fingers through Mike's hair and rubbed his back. After I returned to the kitchen, Amanda quickly came over to Mike, rubbed her fingers through his hair and patted him on the back.
May she only pick up on my good habits.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
After receiving pictures of Amanda's birthmom, I marveled at how much she looked like my cousin, Elisa.
Hook 'em Horns!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
When Amanda started sucking her thumb last winter, we thought it was so cute and it was helping her go to sleep. Many former thumb-suckers and parents of thumb-suckers asked us what we were going to do about it. Mike said, "Enjoy it!"
This week, we noticed that she had a red, painful sore developing on her thumb, so while I was in the dentist, I asked for recommendations for breaking the habit. The hygenist suggested this:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
*This is not an official babywearing hold. It's the creative type of wrap one uses only for stuffed bunnies.
This is a 26 x 68 inches silk scarf from Pearl Outdoors. Using Front Wrap Cross instructions, children's baby carriers can be made out of any fabric about two yards long and 12 inches wide. Making real baby carriers require a few more safety specifics, but are still very easy!
Friday, November 21, 2008
She ran to the kitchen and threw the cotton ball as hard as she could onto the floor. Every other ball would have bounced and made a great sound. This ball? Nothing!
She is definitely the smartest baby I know! It's great to see how many words she understands even if she only says, "puppy" most of the time.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
You should have seen us last night! You'd think we've never had a sick child before. Both of us fretting and pacing,- wondering when we should take our baby to the doctor. Why? Because Amanda had a fever and a cough and she has been waking up the last couple of nights coughing. These are all new things to us. At least, things we haven't experienced in a long time and don't remember clearly.
After several phone calls, we have been reassured. Her fever was only 100 degrees F., her cough is sounding more productive and less barky, she's still eating and drinking, and she's still toddling around and doing her happy feet dance.
We would still covet your prayers for speedy recovery for our little girl and we are so grateful for the exceptionally good health she has experienced for most of her short life.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Today was the first day I dressed up our baby in warm clothes and handed her off to her Daddy for a quick trip to town. It was the first time Amanda left the house without me.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
In other news, we sent in our paperwork this week to begin the adoption process again. We could be waiting two months or two years. It all depends on which child God has chosen for our family.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I can't tell you how sick this little baby was and how slim his chances at life and the risk his mother took to try to save his life. All I can say is that God is good and people all over the globe prayed and he's here and he's healed and he's going home all to the praise and glory of God's name.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
We've got pig tails again!
"Look at how cute you are!"
Now, I use Luster Pink Oil lotion to moisturize and pull her hair into pig tails after naps. I found a pack of 600 little colored single-use rubber bands. I use her finger nail clippers to cut the rubber band and remove it with lotion so I don't pull out her hair. It easiest to do her hair when she's sitting in front of me on the toilet, even though she only actually goes potty when she's sitting on the toilet alone. I face her and she holds onto my legs, and I, her back.
We will see what changes hat season brings to our hair routine!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
One day Tyler came home and said, "Guess how many goals were scored on me? Zero!"
The coach told him to wear something different to stand out as the goalie, so he created this fun shirt. On the back it says, "Deflected."
The other game of choice is Four-Square on our garage pad. There are three neighborhood boys that end up at our house after school playing with Tony and Tyler. They've been playing with a basketball, but we'd really like to find one of those playground balls that aren't so hard. There's a basketball sized dent in the back of our van and nobody knows how it got there.Like my boys, these pictures are on the move. They belong on the family blog, but since I don't have access to my regular computer, I will publish them here.