Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Recently, Las Vegas has experienced unusual, torrential downpours which has devastated the Magical Forest and forced it's closure. The much-needed revenue from admission to the Forest is now lost and the organization is pleading for help. If you are feeling generous, please donate to their cause ($10, $5, anything). This is one of the more rare, fun events for children that Vegas holds each year. I was planning on taking the children this year. It has true Vegas spirit with over-the-top lights rivaling a casino. My sister was one that was helped by their organization. She has a mental illness and they employed her for a time. If helping individuals with intellectual disabilities is close to your heart, this is a wonderful cause. Thanks everyone. :)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Jadyn, Nika and especially Kole seemed mortified. The harsh depiction of an orphanage and the lying evil scientist who easily adopted 3 girls upset them horribly. I was very saddened to see how hard this movie makes it for adoptive families without a GIANT FAT warning! I know it is my fault that I didn't fully research the movie. I did watch it with them and explained to all of them that they would never be returned anywhere! Kole just kept asking, "why would they stick them in a box of shame, why would they erase them from the wall, why doesn't he go back for his girls?" I had a whole lot of explaining once the movie was over. They were satisfied with the ending. I had to tell them that some adults make many mistakes too. That Dad and I are not leaving you anywhere. If anything were to happen to us, we have a plan and you would not be in an orphanage. Not my most favorite movie about adoption. Everything in this world happens for a reason; this was a learning experience and luckily in a safe environment with love and someone to explain all of this to them. I can't imagine the impact on a traumatized child who watches this alone. These girl are quite resilient and display some behaviors that closely mimic children who have been hurt (although it was cute when the little one wrapped her body around the man's leg, it still was not an appropriate behavior for just meeting someone... hello social promiscuity!).
I am thankful to have seen my children be sensitive, in different manners, to this material. Adoption holds a special place in their heart and even though they were upset about the treatment within the movie, I was warmed to know that they do not turn a blind eye to important themes that need to be discussed. They have learned something, especially because I was there and we were able to have an open conversation about it. Granted, I wasn't prepared to dive into this realm at this particular moment, but life is unscripted... when do we ever really get a warning. I'm glad that I didn't fumble and drop the ball completely. The rest of the night, they were sweet little cling-on's. I am so thankful that they view Milana with such love and protection that they were hurt inside about this portrayal of adoption. I know that may sound strange, but it helps me to know that they have grown and matured to understand something that those untouched by adoption do not understand. This is the enrichment we need as a family. So yes, I was shocked about the movie, but was it all bad... I can't really say that it was. And hey, I didn't end up in the emergency room with stitches. It was a cute movie, but it does have some deep things that need to be fully explained.
So in other news, I am swamped with school. Almost done with this semester. Decided I am just going to have to write snippets and forget grammar, spelling and all that fun stuff if I want to be a friend on my blog. I miss everyone. Milana, Jadyn, Kole, and Nika are doing amazing. Donnie and I are doing well although super busy and my dog is awesome and naughty at the same time (boxer puppy). Please don't forget me, I won't forget all of you.
Oh I forgot to write about my favorite melt your heart night. Milana was going to sleep one night and said firmly, "Mommy, you hold me, Mommy you kiss me now, Mommy, You are my bestest friend in whole world! I love you!" It was after a particularly hard day and I do have to say, I did not have a hard day for a whole week because it just is an awesome thing to think about. Or the sweetest thing, she saves her snack everyday at preschool. When I pick her up, she talks about sharing it with Jadyn the whole way home and then runs in the house screaming, "Jadyn! Jadyn! I have snack for us to share! One! Two! One me, You two!!! YYYAAAYYY! Today she had rice and Jadyn asked if she could have her Chinese rice. I tried in vain to explain that it is just rice that happened to be bought from a Chinese restaurant. Next thing I know, Milana tells me that she was born in Chinese rice! I tried so hard to explain that she was born in Taiwan and yes, she is Chinese but Taiwanese too and all she cared about was that she was born in Chinese rice! I never thought I'd hear the words, "You were not born in rice," come out of my mouth.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
About a month ago, Milana was running in the mall and fell face first on the concrete floor. Four of her teeth went through the inside of her lip and blood just started gushing everywhere. I quickly asked the cashier girls to go get tissues. And they panicked and brought out band aids, wipes, papertowels, toys for the kids, a lei for Milana, a trashcan, some alcohol swabs, etc. One girl said, "I don't know how you are being so calm. I have an 18 month old and I don't know what I'm going to do when my child does this for the first time." I just smiled and laughed, "you get used to it and besides it's all relative." Relative, perspective... I knew that she was going to be ok. I checked her teeth and they didn't fall out or move, her lip was swollen as well as her face from crying, but she was healthy. A bumped lip was the least of what she has gone through. I didn't have gloves at that time and even if she had HCV, I wouldn't have cared, she is my baby girl and I love her with every ounce of my being. I'd give my life for her. Mommy loves you Milana and I'm so thankful you are here with us. Thank you for being my precious daughter.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I am taking a break. Really. I have been pre-reading my anatomy book for class so that way when I am doing school for four children and myself, I'm ahead of the game. I'm on page 361 of a 560 page book. Finished my PSY class which was more like PSY year 3 not 101 (even a different professor said this teach went all out)... but I survived and hopefully wiser as well. School starts in one week and I am sorry but summer is way too long of a break; I favor year round schools... why? so many reasons, like doing daily homeschooling is exhausting while they're out (I give huge props to the full-time homeschoolers!!), adults don't have 3 month long breaks so why get the kids used to that and then throw them out into the work field and see if they can reverse 20+ years of summer break, and three, my ideas lag about the 2nd month on how to keep them entertained especially while reading about the sternocleidomastoid muscle while the kids are sneakily kicking each other and blaming the other child.
Oh wait, this was called "cashews in the washer"... why, because that is what I found when doing the wash after going to Legoland this summer. I put them in Kole's pocket when we went to the ocean to keep him eating and his mind off of... dun dun dun dun SAND ON HIS FEET! I had to pick out tons of them. I've had a multitude of oddities turn up in the washer but never cashews. What odd things have you found before? Haha... and you probably just thought I was nuts naming this post about nuts! har har I need sleep.
I also found that Milana LOVES rollercoasters and other exciting rides... not too keen on the darker ride that strolls through cave-like interiors. Kole... not a thrill seeker; loves laser shooting rides. Jadyn half and half and Kole's nerves seem to overtake her sometimes, but Nika and Milana's adventurous spirits sometimes win out... Nika mostly there and while she'll go on any ride, she gets nervous just before take-off. I don't have nerves other than wishing I didn't have to rub my neck after the inevitable whiplash of the bruisers. The kids are so adorable and loved having some time to chill.
We also went to Arizona in June for a week and a half. My niece's wedding gave us a great reason to visit everyone. It was right in the middle of my PSY class so I did 4 wks of college work in two weeks (which since it was a summer class was equivalent to 6-8 weeks) just so I could go and enjoy AZ (I think I still am having dreams about seratonin re-uptake!). We went swimming, visited a small amusement park, had a great pot-luck with my giant familia (which some of them had never met Milana before so that was actually very nice as Milana really liked them... I waited for her to be freaked out by their sheer voluminous numbers but she did awesome), and my kids went on a boat for the first time ever... I even wake-boarded and didn't get dragged the whole time.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Donnie and I celebrated our 11 yr anniversary & we got.... a new bed! Okay, everyone needs to get a Wynn Dream Bed... so not kidding. We both laid down on our backs and couldn't move... we both sleep on our sides but couldn't get ourselves to roll because it was so comfy. So my brave husband went first and said I had to try it because it was even better. I have slept so soundly the past couple nights; it's amazing. Oh and Happy Anniversary... I really do love you more than the bed. ;) You really are the only one who could ever understand me and actually enjoy it! I love you.
I still haven't gotten to our b-day posts. I have to do it soon, because I start college on Monday. I am going to start studying to become an Occupational Therapist! WOOHOO! I'm excited and so nervous about starting something for me. I did take my placement test for English and received the highest with ENG 101. I was so nervous that I'd have to start at the bottom because I haven't been in school for 13 yrs. I chickened out of the math one... so I can study more. I even bought Danica Mckellar's Math Doesn't Suck & Kiss My Math books... they are for middle school girls but I think I may have forgotten middle school math steps. oops.
Milana had a Urology appt & ultrasound and.... her kidneys are healing! Her hydronephrosis is lessening and we will do one more ultrasound in a year to make sure she continues to outgrow this. Her bladder size is going back to normal and this is excellent news. Her health is such a miracle and blessing.
Kole told me the other day, "Mom, I know what psycho kenesis is! It means you can move objects with your mind." Um, Kole, I don't even know how to spell pyscho kinesis... where did you learn that from?!@
Now, I need to run off again. =) ♥☻☺
Monday, May 10, 2010
Nika, Milana and myself had birthdays in April! Woohoo! B-day posts to follow. Let's see, we had spring break, Milana started preschool, and we will be having our final post-placement report this week. We have Nika's choir concert (so very excited to see that)!
Milana's preschool: She is doing absolutely wonderful! I stayed for days there but went into Kole's classroom and visited every 15 to 30 minutes until her body tension eased. She was a champ by the second day and very eager to go. I came back an hour later to check on her and she didn't run to me; she looked up excitedly and asked me to come look at her art. She was having a blast and it really eased my mind. Her demeanour has completely changed from almost a year ago. She is funny, bright, has budding confidence, knows her family well, is becoming predictable (HUGE BLESSING) and many many more great blessings have happened and continue to happen.
Well, the kids are hungry... have to run. =)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
He tells the occupant he needs to check the room for water damage and they find it near a huge mound of now wet and damaged convention clothes laid out near a wall. Obviously not the leaky room, up another couple floors and when he finds the closed room with water pouring out, he bangs on the door, yelling for the occupant to open. No answer, so after trying a few more times, he warns he's coming in.
Six inches of water comes spilling out and he sees three luggage cases floating around the room. He wades into the restroom and finds a tub overflowing and a shower running with a woman passed out, laying across a shower bench. He yells at the woman to wake up. No reply. Turns off the shower and keeps yelling for her to come to. He can't wake her and at this point with the way her body is draped across the bench, he has no idea whether she is just crazy inebriated or wasted by drugs or drugged. Finally he gets her to mumble out, "Is this a dream?" He says, "No this is very much reality, and you had better get up and get it together because in about 5 minutes, you're going to have a room full of men in here draining the water."
He says her only dry clothes were dirty on the bathroom counter, and out of her 5 day stay for work, this was her 4th night (almost made it unscathed). She had two cots in the room and asked where the guys were.... then she realized these "guys" did not stick around and abandoned her. Now what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.... except your $8 - $10,000 flood bill.
This is literally one of millions of stories. My husband says this song is his theme music. So to today's Aquatic Beauty ... that's what you get for waking up in Vegas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CYuAcTEkU4 copy and paste (embeding diabled)
Katy Perry - "Waking Up in Vegas": "One Of The Boys" (MTV one but delay on words and it bugs)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
We are so thankful this year as we just found out Jadyn’s heart murmur is one of those innocent functional ones. whew. I was concerned and lost sleep over that one. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to worry anyone; I also didn’t want to think about it until I knew for sure.
Back to birthdays! Jadyn had a Ironman cake… yes, she is Ironman as well. She really loved her presents and time with family and we love every minute with you my sweet multi-animal darling. You guys will get a tiny glimpse of our comedian in the pictures hopefully.
Donnie… that man is my hero. He seriously is a tank, indestructible or something. Happy Birthday Love.
Squirrel. This present was given because 26 animals will be enjoyed by Miss Squirrel.
Nika’s crazy horns on her Avril Lavigne jacket.
And finally, I’m going to post a youtube video of our CNY fun. Turn the speakers on if you want to listen. =)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
It’s such a great day! 6 years ago this week, my little man came into our lives and blessed us with so much and soooo many laughs. Our little handsome man is a pretty awesome little dude. This last week he graduated/exited from his developmental delay program (speech, fine, gross motor skills, social skills) and when they tested his IQ, Surprise! He scored in the upper extreme range, with a score of 144 out of 145. He has brains 99.8% higher than kids his age. Hello! Not sure where that came from and now having trouble figuring out exactly where to start to challenge him, but so happy for him. The principal sat there with her mouth open in awe and the other group of teachers and I couldn’t help but giggle as he read us a chapter book that he had started and finished during our meeting. It’s one of those odd, awe-inspiring, shocking things to see a kindergarten child not stumble over words like lieutenant and counterfeiting. Normally they don’t even test kids for gifted capabilities until they are in second grade. Since he qualifies and they haven’t even had one in this school yet, they have to make him a program and tweak it for a kindergartener. Whew… Still shocked here. Very excited to see what he does.
Today we spent two hours setting up the “Tower of Doom” (actual name) for our little man and the kids had a blast playing with it. Have to get to bed, but couldn’t sleep without wishing my Kole-o-ly-oxen-free a Happy Birthday. I love you. =)
Monday, February 22, 2010
We’ve been fairly busy. I’ll upload our Chinese New Year adventures soon. Then since I’ll be caught up, I may have time for a note. I miss everyone ALOT. Four is a busy number, but I think even more so when one of my monkeys equals about 5 by herself!