Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hanna (update)

Well we aren't posting from the hospital....good news.

Hanna lost another pound since last week Tuesday....NOT good news.

We are starting treatment for a parasite called Ghiardia. It's actually not a parasite but a protazoa (I think that's how it's spelled). We tested for parasites shortly after Hanna arrived from Ethiopia but nothing ever showed up. I remember lots of other families dealing with it themselves after traveling or with their kids coming home from Ethiopia. One of the things I remember people saying about it was that it sometimes took several tests for it to finally show up. I did a little checking into it again today and found that it can hang out in your guts without giving you symptoms until your immune system is overloaded and then it rears its ugly head again. Anyway, all this to say that Hanna is starting the treatment and the lab is running more specific checks for it as I type. Basically we're treating her for something we aren't sure if she has in hopes that she does. I never thought I would be hopeful of my child having a parasite!! At least it would be a reason for all of this and it's very treatable.

We find out this evening about the test for Ghiardia and we go back for another weight check Friday morning. We are stopping all dairy products to give more rest to her bowel. If she's lost more weight by Friday we'll need to revisit the IV nourishment.

Please pray that we figure out what's causing the problem. That Hanna will eat some of the non-dairy food options so she can maintain her weight or GAIN some back (the only things she's really been interested in are all dairy)and that she'll start to get some of her strength and energy back. It's very sad to see her with no song in her heart!

Thanks for your prayers!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stinker!



You wouldn't guess it by this precious photo but our little lover boy has been a STINKER for two days now! He figured out how to roll over. He only practices this new trick in bed. He can't get back over once he rolls and he gets REALLY mad! He's a tummy sleeper so once he rolls onto his back he's like a bug with it's feet flailing in the air. It is cute to see but NOT cute when he does it in the middle of the night. I've gone in to roll him back a couple of times but have decided he's going to have to tough this one out. I refuse to "rescue" him every time he's between sleep cycles and decides it's play time. He's always put himself back to sleep in the night if he wakes up and he's just going to have to figure this new thing out.

Another milestone. Goes too fast.

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Beautiful Day on the Lake

I think if I owned a kayak, I'd go for a paddle on this beautiful day.



Hanna

She is one tired little girl. She has been battling this "bug" for almost three weeks now. She has lost somewhere around 3 lbs. She's lost her "girlish" figure and is truly skin and bones. Worst of all (for all involved) was her visit last night to the ER. She even had the nurses choked up.

Here's what we were able to find out last night:
Toe poke: blood sugar was good
chest x-ray: lungs clear but noticed lots of air in abdomen
x-ray of abdomen: showed unusual amounts of stool+air in the colon
blood draw: normal white counts, normal iron, pretty much normal all around
FIVE tries at an IV plus two shots of lydacaine (not sure how to spell that)to try to numb the area. Ended up getting blood results back during the IV process and decided the IV for rehydration wasn't all that necessary. UGHHH.
Enema: yeah...we won't go there

We still don't really know why all that stool and air is just hanging out making her miserable. For some reason her bowel has taken a mini-vacation. What we do know is that even though a bird couldn't survive on what she has been eating and drinking, it is enough for her. Amazing.

SOOO...now we try to give the bowel the break it wants and push the clear liquids and jello, applesauce, etc. And we wait and pray that she's back to herself SOON!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Plug

The Dave Thomas Foundation's "A Home for the Holidays" special is on Tuesday, December 23 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Dave Thomas was the founder of the Wendy's restaurant but he was also adopted and had an amazing heart for the hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. foster care system. I hope you'll tune in tomorrow night!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Doo Man



As he is lovingly referred to at our house, "Doo Man" had his 4 month check up yesterday. He certainly isn't the "fat boy" we thought he was. The two chins are indeed deceiving. He weighed in at 15 lbs. 2 ounces and 25 1/4 inches long. Just for reference, Derek was 16# 7 oz. and Lukas was 17# 12oz. and both were 26 in.! I think Drew just prefers his sleep over eating. He sleeps between 10 and 12 hours at night! I still wake him up every 3 1/2 hours during the day otherwise I'm afraid he'll sleep through feedings. It's a good thing I have been waking him up or he might have wasted away and no one would have known. He's such a happy buddy. He's just so laid back and slightly "ofish" if you know what I mean...in a good way of course. He's just so loveable!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

What did she say?

Before you play this, you should pause the music over to your right. Also, you should know that she is really saying "frog". This was too good not to post. I know it's a bit vulgar, but yet hilarious!

It's a.......




If you thought it was a baby, you have serious issues (Lindsay!!!). Although, I guess in a way it is a "baby" to the one inspecting all of it's parts in the picture. It's kind of like when new parents unwrap their baby and lovingly inspect each and every precious part.

The boys in this house are WIGGIN' and I'm not just talking about the little boys. Chris came home a little early from work yesterday just to pull the boys and their neighbor buddy ( they call him "Boss Hog".....think they watch a little too much Dukes of Hazard?...that's what happens when you purchase the box set of ALL THE SEASONS!!!) through the fields behind our house. We truly have the best place for a putzin' snowmobile. It sleeps in the "downstairs garage" where it is slightly warm and it has lots of space to roam in the AAA sod farm behind us. Chris was so excited when the owner of AAA said it would be ok with him if he rode in their fields!

I do think it's pretty cool. I know for certain there will be hours of fun between the boys and that snowmobile. Maybe mom will even give it a go!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

sshhhh....

There is a surprise at the Slager house! Stay tuned. I'll fill you in on what it is very soon.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

When is Spring?



Hanna enjoyed about 5 minutes outside the other day, then she was "all done play snow!". She was not built for extremely cold weather. Apparently when all you carry on your body is skin and bones you are not very well insulated. Maybe we could invent a personal heater to wear inside of her snow clothes. It'd be worth a try.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Blessed

After spending Thanksgiving Day with family at church and at home I'm feeling overwhelmed by God's blessing in my life. I am surrounded by some pretty amazing Jesus followers and I feel blessed to have a front row seat to the things God is doing in their lives and through their lives. I was also reminded of all the blessings I often take for granted and have committed myself (again) to give thanks in ALL circumstances, not FOR all circumstances but IN all circumstances.
If you are reading this, I am thankful for YOU! You are a blessing to me and to our family. I hope that your Thanksgiving was wonderful too! May God bless you and your family and may you know that the reason you are blessed is so that you can in turn be a blessing to others. Who can you share your blessings with TODAY?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bigger, Bigger

Just a few Drew pictures to keep you posted on how BIG he is getting. He's such a happy guy. Sleeping like a champion. He has become quite the sweet "talker" too (when he IS awake). He's my lover boy!



Wednesday, November 12, 2008

November

Did you know that November is Adoption Awareness month? I'll bet you didn't. Did you know that I'm kinda-sorta-lotta passionate about adoption? You might've. Did you know that there are an estimated 143 million orphans and waiting children in the world? Bet not. Does that number overwhelm you as much as it does me? Probably. Do you have a soft spot in your heart for kids who just want someone to tuck them in at night, hang a stocking on the mantle for them at Christmas, celebrate their acheivements with them and comfort them when they're hurt or sad? I hope so. I know that adoption isn't for everyone. I also know that it is for a LOT of people but they just don't know it yet. Could yours be an adoptive family? Think about it. Pray about it. If you're heart gets a little achy and fluttery when you think about the possibility of adoption please don't ignore it! Take action! If you'd like more information about adoption, foster care or child sponsorship, I have some connections and would LOVE to share them with you.

Here is a place to get started. It's worth the effort to check out. (Cry of the Orphan)

This month, my song selections are in honor of all those kids just waiting.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted!

I didn't get the cool "I voted" sticker that I saw at the polls on the news today. Thought I'd declare it here instead.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Funny Story

I must share a very funny thing that happened at our house today. Funny things happen a lot around here. This particular funny thing involves Lukas Jay.

So.....

Lukas arrived home from school and did his usual after school stuff. He ate a few PB and J's, made his sister scream, rode his bike around outside (with no socks, shoes, coat or sweatshirt in 40 degree weather)and sat down to watch "Sid the Science Kid" on PBS. All was well on a Monday afternoon. Hanna had gone down for a nap and Lukas was enjoying the show so I ducked into the laundry room to get a load going. I was in the middle of pre-treating one of Drew's blowout stains when I thought I heard faint crying. I didn't go to check it out immediately since crying isn't all that unusual at our house. The crying continued. Most crying at our house happens as a result of something one sibling has done or said to another. Since Lukas was the only sibling present I decided this crying might need some attention. I walked toward the sound of the crying and found Lukas standing part way down the stairs to the basement. He was leaning over the railing and crying with his hands covering his face. I asked him what he was so sad about and he wouldn't answer me. I went through all the possible reasons he might be crying. "Are you hurt?", I asked. He didn't answer so I asked him, "did you bite your tongue?". He still wasn't spilling it. "Did something scare you?", he shook his head no. Finally after much interrogation he told me in a very quiet and sad voice, "I got a battery stuck up my nose".

ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? I wanted to bust out laughing but knew it would only make him more sad so I did use restraint and held my laughter in. You're probably thinking "what terrible mother would laugh at her child in a situation like this?". Please allow me to fill you in on "the rest of the story". The battery in the child's nose (this is a little round battery from a tiny flashlight by the way, not a AA type battery) was taken away from him by his father only one day prior because he was putting it in his mouth. He got the full lecture about putting things in your mouth and choking hazards and whatnot. I'm not sure why the battery now was in a place that the child could find it, but I can tell you with certainty, he knew he should not have been playing with the battery. I didn't have a lot of sympathy for him to tell you the truth. I did, however, offer to help him get it out.

I could just see the shine of the battery when I peaked in the nostril. I thought there might be a chance I could get the battery out with a tweezers. I didn't want to make matters worse by shoving the battery further into the nostril so I was very careful in my attempt to pull it out. I couldn't get a good grip with the tweezers and had visions of having to take the boy to the doctor to have the stinkin' thing removed. I tried the tweezers a couple more times and still did not have success. Just as I was starting think about how I was going to explain this to our pediatrician who once called me a "good mom", a thought popped into my head. "Maybe he could blow the battery out like one giant booger", I thought. I wadded up some t.p. and told him to blow like he'd never blown before. Surely as the sun shines, that little battery came flying right out on the first blow. "Hallelujah!", I declared. My "good mom" label was safe yet one more day. Lukas bursted into tears as soon as the battery was out. Relief. Mom saved the day.

Later, at the table during dinner, Lukas told the story of the giant battery that jumped up into his nose and how Mom held him down and ripped it out with a sharp instrument. Stories are always better the second time around.

My favorite part was when Derek asked him why he was crying on the stairs about the battery. His answer, "I was afraid Mom would be mad that I was playing with it."

Amen child, amen.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crazy Fall Photo of Kids....CHECK!

So...my attempt at a group shot failed miserably. This was actually the best one I got. Sad. I might have to try again another day. Or, I'll just keep this one to "remember when".

Friday, October 17, 2008

Drew

Two months old already....

Drew had his 2 month appointment yesterday. He weighed in at a solid 13 lbs. 6 oz. and was 24 in. long. Interestingly, he was the middle brother for birth weight (Derek: 8 lb. 10 oz., Drew: 8 lb. 12 oz., Lukas: 9 lbs. 6 oz.) and he was right in the middle for the two month check too (Derek: 13 lb. 4 oz., Drew: 13 lb. 6 oz., Lukas: 13 lb. 8 oz.). I just thought that was interesting.

He handled the shots like a champ and so far hasn't really had much in the way of fussiness or reactions...hallelujah.

What a buddy he is. We are down to getting up just once in the night and it's a wonderful thing. We're getting lots of smiles and starting to coo a bit. He really loves it when Hanna sings to him and dances his arms for him. He gets pretty excited when she hugs and kisses him too. Often times he tries to latch on to her face or shoulder! Won't she be surprised when he suckles her nose one of these days. Maybe she'll think twice before invading his personal space so much! They are a hoot together though. I have visions of much love between them in the future....my fingers are crossed.

Before we know it we'll be in for the four month check up and I'll be updating you on Drew once more. In the meantime I'll try to keep the pictures coming so you can enjoy the amazing changes in him with us!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Pics

Enjoy some new pictures. You'll notice that Derek isn't in any of them. He is still a member of the family. He's just been busy with football. I'll be sure to post some of those pictures soon! (sorry Derek)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Poop Happens

Not feeling very on top of the game today. My sweet, innocent little baby boy sprayed juicy, yellow poo all over me and all over my laundry room. This happened not once, not twice, not three times, but yes, four times. My purpose is not to gross you out with words that will give your mind graphic pictures but I just have to share.

You may be wondering how, I, a seasoned poo warrior, could allow such a catastrophe to take place. Let me share.

Last week, Hanna came down with quite a high fever and then sores on her throat and much grumpiness and sadness. I began to wonder if this might be Strep Throat. I took her to the doctor where I learned it was certainly not Strep Throat but more like Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. Yuck. The doctor warned me that it would not be such a good thing if a tiny (I use that term loosely) baby like Drew got this lovely illness. He said to be on the lookout for a fever and/or rash. He said that if I suspected a fever I should take Drew's temperature and call if he had ANY fever, even a low one. He also was very clear that the temperature should be taken rectally to be accurate.

Jump to this morning. I thought Drew felt a little warm which got me to thinking maybe he had a fever. I remember the doctor's serious tone and look about tiny babies and fevers so I think I should take his temperature. Well I do not own a rectal thermometer so I call my friendly neighbor. She looks high and low but finds zero rectal thermometers. She kindly offers to run to the store to get one for me. I gratefully accept her offer. She returns with the thermometer and I review the instructions for operation with her. She leaves. I fetch the baby. I lay him on the changing pad which is on the counter in my laundry room. I lube up the thermometer with a little petro and disrobe the baby. I insert the thermometer and begin the wait. Suddenly, without warning, a stream of poo shoots from his bottom and sprays the thermometer, my hand and arm, the changing pad and the wall. "Oh crap!", I shout. I clean up the mess while chuckling to myself over the incident. The amount of poo that messed me and the room indicated to me that he should be empty so I start the process to take the temperature once again. I insert, I wait, I hear gas, it happens again! The poo sprays everything that I just cleaned off and a few additional items. Now the thermometer has poo inside of it. I'm not sure if the digital parts are going to work anymore but I'm determined to just get this over with. I don't clean up this time. Insert, wait and just like one of Pavlov's dogs barking at the sound of the bell, SQUIRT! "You have GOT to be kidding me!", I say through gritted teeth. I feel that I've lost control of this situation but I really need to get a reading from this thermometer which now is full of yellow juice. I go for it one more time. Success. The reading was 99 degrees which just so happens to be the temeperature the thermometer instruction said was normal. Praise be.

The clean-up was lengthy and drippy but all is now well.

I think I might write a letter to the thermometer company to see if maybe they could include a little blurb in their instructions. I don't know, like: "May cause oily discharge in very large amounts and it might be an explosive disaster so whatever you do idiot don't leave the baby's butt uncovered we can't believe we have to give this warning but you know there are stupid people out there who might not think to cover the baby's butt so here it is."

Would've saved me a lot of time (and wipes).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Getting So Big!

While Drew is not quite 5 weeks old, he sure is losing his newborn looks. He's got two chins and his belly bears the resemblence of that of a man who can't put the beer can down. His newborn onesies are too short through the torso. When he's just eaten and his belly is oh so full, he grins a sideways grin. He's awake for longer periods of time and is becoming much more alert of what is going on around him. The other kids are starting to "play" with him more because he's starting to really see them and can flash a smile in response. It's so much fun to watch him grow...a little sad too as these first weeks are flying by so very quickly. I'm trying to make a point to really enjoy him each day and not just survive them!!



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Number Two!!!

I can't believe you're two today big girl! Where has a year and a half gone? You have become such a character. I love to hear your songs and watch you play. I can't imagine life without you. Whether you are happy, sad or mad, you live life out loud. What a unique and special girl you are! I love you with all of my heart sweet girl!

Love,
Mom





Monday, August 25, 2008

Andrew Blayne



Here is a sneak peek at the newest member of our family! Andrew Blayne joined us on Saturday, August 23rd at about 11:00 in the morning. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. He is doing very well adjusting to life on the outside.

Lots more pictures and info to come. Just wanted to satisfy a few out of town friends with a sneak peek!

Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes. You're the best!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Vote for Hanna 2008

We've entered Hanna in the Right to Life "Cutest Baby" photo contest. If you have plans to visit the fair in our town next week you can vote for her. The display will be in the Ladies Barn and her number is 13. If you know anyone else that will be going to the fair, please pass the word. Thanks and GO HANNA!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

No Baby Yet

Just thought I'd ease your minds. It's been a while since I've posted and you might be wondering. No baby yet. Nothing new to report as far as babies go. Still planning for a big baby boy sometime in the next couple of weeks. We'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Yikes!

Had a 34 week appointment with my doctor today. Exact words out of her mouth while measuring my stomach? "Whoa, you're growin' a big one, aren't ya?!" (insert doctor's laugh here) Hmmm...not funny me thinks. She did assure me more than once that "we won't let this one go too far". I'm not sure exactly what she meant by that. I can only hope that it means we'll try to avoid the 10-pound-and-up-club! Yikes!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Swimming 101 and 201

This past week our pool has been a classroom. Hanna and Lukas, along with 3 neighbor kids and their 4 cousins, were able to take swimming lessons right in our own backyard. It was quite an adventure.

Hanna did not take to the water right away. It was a little cold and her skin and bones apparently weren't quite enough insulation. But, by the end of the week, she was sad a little less and trying to "swim" a little more. The swim teacher, Miss Sara, was fantastic. She had no problem letting the kids cry if it meant learning a valuable skill, like reaching for the side if you fall in. I'm glad she was so tough because after the first day I had thought about taking Hanna out of lessons. She had been so sad and so cold that she asked to go to bed and then proceeded to sleep for FOUR hours! Who knew that 30 minutes of swim lessons could take so much out of a kid.

I was a little worried that Hanna would be so turned off by the pool that she would never step foot in it again. But, to my amazement, last night the family was hanging out in the pool and she wanted to get right in. She showed off almost all of the skills she had learned in lessons and had a huge smile on her face the whole time. I think it helped that it wasn't so cold. I also have a suspicion that the absence of Miss Sara made her more comfortable, she does tend to hold a grudge.

So, Hanna passes swimming 101 and all is well.

Lukas had been swimming on his own without a floatie for about 2 weeks prior to swim lessons. I think this was the key to his success this week. He already knew he could swim on his own, which made lessons no big deal for him.

It really was fun to watch him. His swimming really improved and he had a lot of fun. I've never really been able to observe him in a "classroom" situation where he needs to listen to the teacher and follow instructions. I must say that I was quite impressed with him. I always thought he was kind of a stinker and might not be the best listener if the teacher asks him to do something he'd rather not do. He was a wonderful student! I would've been very happy to have him in a class of mine. He did everything Miss Sara asked of him and he did it quickly and with a smile. What a buddy! That kid amazes me on a daily basis.

And Lukas passes Swimming 201 with flying colors!

Swimming lessons....a success.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Dirt: No Longer on the Menu

Most of you have probably heard us talk about or have seen for yourself the love that Hanna has had for eating dirt (and sand, and toilet paper, and napkins, and wood chips, etc, etc). Well, last week she had some blood drawn to check for anemia. Of course, she is very anemic and had we had it checked sooner she could have been treated and she probably would not have consumed the majority of the "baby sand" from her turtle sandbox. We are very glad to have this figured out and to have her on her way to maximum health!

I think the problem here is that she is a third child and therefore we did not freak out about the dirt eating as much as we would've with the first. The moral of the story is: when it doesn't seem right...it probably isn't!

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July








We had a fabulous 4th of July at the cottage! The weather was absolutely perfect. The kids spent all day in and around the water and went back for more after supper each night. The adults enjoyed the water too but the food was the highlight of the weekend. Grandma does not joke around with holiday food. Chris said he ate at least a week's worth of food in 3 days. I guess we won't have to eat for 4 days now, right?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Our All Star!



Following the baseball season, Derek was asked to play on an "All Star" team for 8 year olds. The kids had a couple of practices and then a 6-team tournament this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun! Our team won it's first game but lost the second and therefore did not get to play for the "championship". Derek was bummed that he would not be bringing home a trophy but he had a lot of fun playing some great baseball on a beautiful day!
Way to go Derek!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wedded Bliss



It's very hard to believe that it was on this day, ten (yes TEN!) blissful years ago, Chris and I were married. It was a HOT and HUMID day. Did I mention that it was HOT and HUMID? Oh my. Our church had no air conditioning at that time (curses). I should re-thank all of you who stood up for us or attended the ceremony or participated in any way. You are all real troopers. THANK YOU!

Ten years have flown right by. I wouldn't turn a single one of them back in for a redo. I'm hoping for many, many more. I wouldn't mind if they slowed down a little though.

Here's to CJS and me! Happy anniversary to us!

Derek Robert

Monday, June 9, 2008

Lakefront Property




We now live on a lake! Unfortunately it won't be sticking around long. The muck fields behind our house flooded with all of the rain we got over the weekend. It sure was a lot of rain! Maybe we should quickly try to sell our house while it appears to be lakefront property. It's too bad that when you get up close to it all you see is brown nasty-ness. In the end we'd probably wind up losing money. Maybe we'll just enjoy the view while it lasts.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Last Day...again

Today is Derek's last day of 1st grade. I asked him if we was going to cry when he has to say goodbye to his teacher and he just said, "mom!". I'm sure you can imagine the sound of that word coming out of his mouth. The tone that implies he can hardly tolerate the thought of responding to such a ridiculous question.

He did have a wonderful teacher this year. Derek really liked her and I'm pretty sure she enjoyed having him in her class as well. What a blessing! He really has been blessed with fantastic teachers so far in his short school career. He's so confident and just really enjoys learning new things. I know that great teachers are a BIG part of that and I'm thankful.

I'll be spending the summer praying for another fabulous teacher for him next year and friendships to be thankful for too.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Last Day

Today is Lukas' last day of school for this year. Where has an entire school-year gone? Doesn't it seem like I was just posting about moving into this house and spying on the kids out the front window as the school-year began? I'm guessing it will feel like only another handful of posts and the new school-year will be upon us. Lukas will be off to Kindergarten next year. I sure hope he's ready. His current teacher claims he is. I'm pretty sure he is, it's just that he doesn't seem as old to me as Derek did at this age. He's just so precious yet. I don't want him to grow out of that. Derek is only in first grade and already he's convinced that his parents know nothing, his friends (who have lived for 8 LONG years) know a LOT, and he needs to express his disgust for his parents with eye-rolling and little phrases like "whatever" and "duh". Oh, how I wish they could stay 5 forever!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Memorial Weekend......(a bit delayed)







Here are some pics of our Memorial weekend up north. We had fabulous weather and lots of fun!

Derek spent most of his time fishing. He and Grandpa just can't resist. They didn't catch very many, but they kept at it anyway. Derek's highlight was when Grandpa taught him to fly fish. Oh boy, more stuff for us to buy!

Lukas stayed busy with many different activities. We call him a "putzer" because he's always busy doing something. He jumped right in when it was time to get the dock and boats in and clean up the beach. The beach never looked so clean!

Hanna really enjoyed the beach. We weren't sure if she would find enough to do to keep her happy, but she really enjoyed it. We did take quite a bit of sand and dirt home with us from the cottage....in her intestines! I was hoping she could resist eating the nasty cottage dirt, but no such luck. She did eat a lot of food as well. She really liked the elephant ears that we make over the fire...mmmm...who doesn't?!?!

Chris helped Grandpa put in the dock and the boats. He took home a "jacked up" back and wound up visiting Dr. Crawford for some adjusting. He says it's feeling better. All I know is that it looks a lot better. I'm pretty sure your spine should look straight when you stand up and not the letter "S"!

I tested out Grandma's new beach chairs and gave them an A+ for comfort! The sun needed someone to appreciate it for showing up in such a big way for the holiday weekend, and I was just the gal for the job. The sun and I do enjoy one another.

Anyway, that about sums it up. Good times had by all!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Big Girl Bed

So I've been gradually moving Hanna's stuff back upstairs into the "yellow" room. She had moved out of this room into the downstairs room because it was warmer in the winter. Because I do not want to paint walls that are less than a year old, Hanna will be moving back upstairs into a "girly" colored room and Baby Boy will be shacking up downstairs in a "boyish" colored room. The downstairs bathroom will remain the boy bathroom and the upstairs bathroom will remain the girl bathroom. This all works out great for decorating purposes. And I don't have to try to create any unisex spaces. Hurray!

Since moving into this house, I hadn't hung up any of Hanna's room decor because I wasn't sure which room would be hers. Since making the decision to move her back upstairs, I've just been slowly hanging things and getting ready to make the switch. Today I finished the decor process (as much as I could with what I had) and furniture moving.

When the room was finished, it looked so ready for her to move into. I decided to try her nap today in her very large, queen size bed. To my amazement, she went right to sleep! Hopefully she won't have a panic attack when she wakes up in her new giant bed.

I guess she's big now!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Check it out!



It's garage sale time! The following is a link to the information for this year's "We Love T.J. and Skylee Starr" sale. This is the garage sale (they call it a garage sale but it's so much more than that) that helped us bring Hanna home from Ethiopia (and Gabe and Kenzie from Guatemala, and Kobe and Nate from South Korea, and Rosemie and Naomi from Haiti). It truly is an amazing event and we'd love it if any or all of you could head out to the sale to help us bring another little one home from Nepal.

Check it out HERE.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Number 8!




Eight years ago today, a very healthy and precious boy entered this world. We welcomed Derek Robert at 4:37 a.m. He weighed in at 8 lbs. and 10 ounces. He entered the world with a baseball bat in his hand and cleats on his feet (ok just kidding, but he did don them at a very early age). He still loves all of his sports and claims that he'll play them professionally one day. We'll have to wait to see about that. For now, he's eight and has the world by the tail. What a neat kid he is (even when he says things to me like, "now listen here Missy"...I'm not sure if he got the memo that he's 8 and not 13!).

Anyway, if you see him today, be sure to wish him a very happy birthday!