The girl's are saying the cutest things everyday. I would love to just walk around with a tape recorder tied to my neck because I cannot remember at the end of the day all of the cute things that they say. But this one I remember. I was getting ready for a YPO event when Emma came to check on me in the bathroom. She loves to come in and watch me get ready. This time she came in and just stared at me with this look on her face like she was really trying to figure something out. And then she said, "Mommy, you look just like a cow." Now I realize that most of the cute things they say are not as funny when you are not in the moment and don't hear it come out of their mouths but maybe a few pictures will help you get this one.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
A lot of Emma and Meilynn's friends have started pre-school this year. There are many reasons that they are not at pre-school right now. One is that I was just not ready. I know, usually going to pre-school is based on whether your child is potty trained and can work in the environment that the school sets. After raising two daughters to adulthood already I know how fast this time goes. I don't want to miss it at all! I already missed out on eight months of Emma's life and two years and two months of Meilynn's. I missed so many firsts, I don't want to miss any more. My second reason is that Meilynn has only been home one year. My third reason is that I taught pre-kindergarten for 5 years and am a credentialed elementary teacher so I should be able to teach them everything they need, right? They get enough socialization in their many activities. Fourth, I am temporarily living here at the beach for probably three months.
So with that being said I am embarking on the idea of doing a little bit of homeschool pre-school. Just trying it out a little at a time. There are so many teaching moments in the day that I can't get through a quarter of my ideas.
Posted by Vicki at 3:43 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We love making cookies with Mommy!
"Let me see if you have more than I do?"
Posted by Vicki at 9:46 PM
Just a little update on our remodel. It started like this. We decided we needed a playroom and then it just grew! We gutted our kitchen and totally changed it. We are adding a master bedroom above the playroom and kitchen nook along with a master bath, a guest room and guest bath, we are making the girl's bath a little larger and we took the window seats out of the girls rooms along with a few other changes in our house. The one thing I am really excited about is a laundry shoot. I have always wanted one. This will allow me to just throw the clothes in it in the girl's bathroom and have it come out in the laundry room. Now if only I could figure a way out of folding them and putting them away! A girl can dream!
Here is how it started in April. We are expecting to be done in November. It is hard making the decisions from here. We get back to our home about every one and a half weeks to check on things.
Posted by Vicki at 7:15 PM
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Last night we went to the Moon Festival. At our Chinese language class I met another family that had adopted from China and since she heard that I was down here in Carlsbad while we are awaiting our remodel to be completed she invited me to the FCC Moon Festival here in San Diego. It was a picnic at the park and a lantern parade and mooncakes. We stopped at a pick up styx and bought our dinner to take.
Emma running at the park. I think she looks really tall in this pictureThe girls with their star lanterns. Meilynn kept putting her hand up like this whenever I took a picture. I asked her, "Why are you putting your hand up like that?" She says, "Because I am so cute!"
Meilynn running at the park
Posted by Vicki at 10:06 AM
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Reflections on our time in the Motor Home: I learned a few things while living in our motor home for 5+ weeks. First is that you can get by with a lot less than you think you can. I even had clothes that I did not wear during that time. You don't need as many kitchen gadgets as you think you do. Gymnastics should never be done in a motor home. Keep the girls fingernails short. Being that close together can get on every one's nerves after awhile! We had a beautiful place to stay close to the beach but I was so ready to get out. The last week everything just kind of came to a bursting point. The girls were not napping and going to sleep at night was becoming more difficult for the girls. Even with getting out to the beach, swimming, gymnastics class and Chinese language class the close quarters were getting to us. Their behavior was getting worse. Emma was getting back at Meilynn's teasing with her fingernails and hitting. Behaviors that I thought we were over were coming back. Emma was doing her gymnastics off the couch in the motor home and getting hurt. Mike and I had no time when we could be alone together. I will have many fond memories but I am glad to be here at the beach house where we can spread out a little.
Looking at the fish. The girls first experience in a fast food playground. They were a little timid at first but soon got into the swing of things. At the beach with Daddy and Grandpa One night at the pier The sun was bright Mae, Mae came down with her friend to visit us in the motor home. The girls put makeup on her. I told you things were getting rough. Meilynn decided to decorate the sheets and bedspread in the motor home with pen during her nap. Living in such close quarters things like a pen that would not have been in their bedrooms at home were easily accessed. I kept finding things that she drew on. She wrote all over her shirt and her pillowcase and later when I gave her a shower I discovered that her tummy also had her creative work on it. Eating in the motor home
Posted by Vicki at 2:24 PM