Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bouncing and baking

I know I have much to catch up on.  I will.  Bit by bit.  This past week we've been busy.  Plus, I was under the weather. Now, much, much better.  So, time to catch up on a few things.  The other day, Alyona and I took the toddlers to the bounce house. 

Alyona was a great sport even if she wasn't allowed to jump.  No rough playing for a few more months.  

To a little kid, this is like climbing a huge mountain.  But, they were fearless.  Kept going down.  I went up one time w/ each of them.  That is a lot of work.  LOL.  

Sofie on her way down.  

Sofie and Alyona goofing off.

And this is a sign it's getting time to go home.  Batteries are running down.  Little Guy was the same way.  

Not sure what Alyona was doing here.  We all had a great time and this place is literally around the corner from our house.  Was nice to get out and great when they play w/ all the other kids too.  After this, we headed home and had some lunch. 

Recently, we were given a few boxes of apples.  4 big boxes to be exact.  That's a lot of apples folks.  However, you have to think about how many we eat in a day.  around 30 apples a day if we put a small limit on the # people can have.  So, they do go very fast in this house.

Bojan was one of the peelers and corers.  We'd cook two crockpots at a time. 48 apples for both pots.  

Start of it. It boils down so, so much.  But the applesauce is so tasty.  Kids have just eaten it up!  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

And it is official! We have adopted again!

This will be short b/c kids have a lot of homework tonight and I have a lot of things to do.  But today we received a letter in the mail.  As you know, Little One has been with us since January.  As of yesterday, she is now officially one of the Boyd Bunch.  Without further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to our newest member of the family. 

This is Sofie Rose Boyd.  She turned 4yo last Friday.  Don't let that innocent smile fool you either.  LOL.  She has a definite mischievous side.  We absolutely love and adore her to pieces.  I have written a piece of how she came to be here.  I will share it at some point in the near future.  This has been a different kind of adoption for our family.  But so very glad we took the chance.  Faced the unknown.  You will probably be tired of seeing pictures but you must realize, I have much to catch up on.  I can not really put into words how much we love this little girl.  Though she too drives us nuts at times, we just can't picture her not being here.  Many met her this summer running around and showing no signs of slowing down.  She's our little firecracker.  Again, I have so very much to say.  Her love for dogs, her hate of eggs and oatmeal, her love for her sister, her non-stop energy and everything else that makes Sofie Sofie.  More to come.  Just had to share the news.  

Took the toddlers to the bounce house today.  Boy, I think I was more worn out than they were!  Crazy.  tomorrow may take them to have lunch w/ Nik and Reni. Don't know yet.  Tomorrow is the Homecoming football game at the high school and Yana will be in that for ROTC.  But, we all get up very early on Saturday to go have some fun all day long.  Busy weekend but fun for us I do believe.  In fact,next two weekends should be fun-filled.  So, from here on out, Little One is no more.  Her name is Sofie. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Manic Monday

Yes, it's that day of the week again so here goes:

  • Went to doc today.  Congestion type infection.  Antibiotics for me.
  • Art classes this week
  • Speech this week
  • Camp Woodbine this weekend (can't wait!)
  • Piles and piles and piles of applesauce, apple butter, and apple anything to make
  • Piles and piles and piles of banana bread to make
  • Made 8 loaves this evening of banana bread and 2 dozen muffins
  • Need to put second coat on coffee table
  • Ready to pull two kids out of public school (not sure how much more I can take)
  • Ready for our camping trip next weekend
  • Aqua NC raised our rates 21.5 %!!  
  • Little One is getting more gifts this week so she should be thrilled
  • Thanksgiving here this year if anyone would like to join us
  • Warren forgot the ipad password he just redid on there.  Lost everything.
  • Never did get the Halloween decorations out this year
  • Need to get costumes for all the kids ready so we know what we have and don't have
Okay, I see I started this thing and never finished.  So, leaving unfinished for sake of time.  LOL.  And of course, before it hits next Monday.

Yeh, he's twisted

Okay, so once again I am beyond far behind on this blog. However, I honestly have felt under the weather.  On antibiotics and hoping tomorrow is the upswing day.  Found a pic from the other day I wanted to share. 

Nik is really happy here.  He took some of his b-day money and bought this Air Hog thing.  Lucky he got it b/c Dad read the price tag wrong.  URGHH!!!  Anyhow, it flies in the air but best watch out for the blades.  They do hurt and get stuck.  What do I mean?

When it lands, it tangles everything in it's path.  Yes, it is stuck in Summer's hair.

Closer view for you.  It did have to be cut out.  No saving this.  But, Summer has such thick hair it truly didn't matter.  From then on, everyone stayed away w/out being asked.  LOL.

Oh I have so much to say.  Just been so exhausted.  Coughing so hard at night, can't sleep.  Again though, hoping we're on the upswing now.  Definitely be back to share more.  Have a great evening everyone and at least tomorrow is Thursday.  We have an awesome weekend ahead of us.  Going to Camp Woodbine for the day.  Older kids are helping my friend out with a petting zoo while the other kids go.  Weather should be fantastic which is awesome.  Kids are also excited about the following weekend to our camping trip.  We're ready to travel, have some fun, and enjoy the fall. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mark one off that Fall Bucket List

Actually, the first item was easy to knock off.  If you missed it, our Fall Bucket List we made is here.  We came up with 12 items we'd like to complete by winter time.  Completed one item list today just because it is yummy.  So, loaded them up in Big Bird.  See, we had worked on much organizing and clutter clearing today in the house.  Yana painted the coffee table.  Look in those magazines you get folks.  Lowes is always giving free paint samples. Enough to paint a coffee table and tv stand. Makes it look new again. 

Ignore the mop bucket and other stuff.  Even managed to get about the same color.  It's awesome b/c it looks brand spanking new w/ no kid marks on it!  Love it.  No stains or anything.  Going to put a second coat on tomorrow.  

Anyhow, got a lot done and felt we all deserved a quick break. Wanted to go to Pullen Park but it was raining so maybe next time.  That's on our bucket list as well.  This week I'll attempt a new fall meal.  Or, what I just may consider a new meal. 

Alex and Logan.  Hadn't told them where we were going yet so they were less than thrilled.  This is the typical 13yo boy look you know.  My friends and I talk about this look all...the....time.  Eventually, it goes away about age 15.  Just a little FYI in case you are getting these same looks.

Donut making watching by a few of the kids.  Always cool to see at any age.  I used to make donuts at 5am YEARS ago while in college.  Not for Krispy Kreme but still the same concept.

Cool box now.  Really neat Halloween donuts as well.

No, those aren't all his donut holes.  Little One is still watching the donuts.  But, once the donuts were on the table, the Littles were all over those donuts.  They thought those were better than the snap peas we had for snack earlier.  LOL.  Warren made shrimp stir fry when we got home.  Hey, sometimes you just have to have dessert first. 

Irina, Alyona and Reni.  Think they're enjoying that donut?

Summer in between her brothers.  Creamy goodness inside to be sure!

Time to make the donuts!  This store is really cool b/c they are always making donuts.  Kids love watching the process.  

Alyona here smiling again.  Why today?  Because we found out today there is NO INFECTION!!!  Wahoo!!!   Does mean there is a small CSF leak but truly hoping the wound will heal itself and self-correct the leak. We'll know next week for sure if we have to do surgery again before the big scoliosis surgery.  For now, celebrating good news. 

More to come.  Just wanted to share a little of our day.  Lots of planning happening around here lately and just trying to get things done.  I went through Summer's clothes today and shoes.  No wonder she had so much trouble in the mornings.  Too much to choose from and shoes that weren't even fitting right.  See, with orphanage kids you really  have to watch.  They will NOT tell you when things get too small or don't fit right.  Every one of my kids has done this.  So now I check w/ season changes b/c that's just a good reminder.  Got rid of flip flops and such.  New sneakers she didn't even know she had in there.  Summer is set for clothing, slippers, pj's, etc.  She is good to go w/ a much better organized closet.  My next project is the Littles and their wardrobe.  Got all their pull ups in one place today and told them when they are gone, they are gone forever.  They are working on potty training but definitely not quite there yet.  Little One was not happy when I told her that those were going away.  That's the goal anyhow.  We'll see.  As for future adoptive parents out there, you must realize to take the kids at their pace.   Summer was not trained until 5 years old.  Some kids simply take longer than others and that's okay.  Though I must admit, the days of diapers gone will be a welcome sight to be sure.  

Oh, must tell you all something.  Nik came to me on Friday here at the computer.  He said "Mom, that type."  He was pointing to the keyboard and what I was doing!  I didn't even know he knew the word.  This is huge!!!  He's talking!  forming more and more sentences.  He told me he was going to teach his sisters to talk.  And he actually tries to read to them on the couch.  I'm just so happy he is trying to talk and wants to talk.  His therapist noticed a huge difference this week.  See, when he went back to school, he started to regress.  We changed the IEP and made the decision to take away the interpreter.  Yes, risky move but apparently, the right move and it's working!  Keep you posted on progress.  Okay, we're watching Gilligan's Island tonight.  Trying out Amazon Prime for a month free.  Kind of like Netflix.  Seeing the difference between the two.  We don't have cable so like this option.  Have a great week.  More tomorrow.