Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday we went to Millenium Park. It's a man-made lake that's just the right size (and temperature) for our gang. This was the first giant-water experience for Avery, so it was fun to see her explore and test the elements. There is also a splash-pad there that is great to hose off in.
Sunday we went to see the Grand Rapids baseball team (I'm assuming they're AAA or something), the Whitecaps. It was hot and also happened to be "Bring Your Dog" day. I don't know that I've ever met a dog that liked watching baseball, but whatever. At the end of the game Caleb and Addie were able to go on the field to run the bases. Of course that was the highlight of Caleb's weekend! We had a great time and it was sad to see them go, but we are looking forward to the rest of the summer. This weekend was a great way for us to see just how much fun we are having here in Michigan. We can't wait for more guests!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Stage 2: Framing
The kids had fun "painting"
with the primer.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Big and small, God has been easing our children through situations that I had about given up on. Caleb, who does not handle transitions well at all, has had about the smoothest adjustment of any of us! This little guy who hadn't made it through a week of Sunday School without a problem in the past nine months has been having a blast at his new church. Each week we hear what a "Great Job" Caleb has done and how much fun he had dancing and doing the crafts with his peers (group cooperation has not been his strong-suit in the past). He has been a wonderful help to Mommy, extremely compliant and eager to help his sisters. One of the most surprising changes in Caleb is his sleeping. Without exception this child hasn't slept through the night since he was two years old.
Addie continues to be our middle-of-the-road kid :-) She's definitely turned two, but is much easier to redirect than her brother ever was. She, too, has adjusted beautifully, sleeping great and really enjoying her new house and neighbor friends (mind you, they're in their 40's and 60's). She's contemplating the potty and I think we'll try it out more regularly over the next couple of weeks. Addie LOVES her Sunday School class and has been trying out a more "motherly" role with Avery, as I keep catching her trying to feed her chicken nuggets or pick her up to move her someplace new.
And Avery!! My, my has she changed! When we left
All to say, the kids are doing great. They're still kids and we still have our days, but we have been truly blessed with how smoothly this transition time has been going. We appreciate everyone's prayers and (of course) welcome more!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Though we have yet to make it to the zoo, we have been able to enjoy our own wildlife exhibit right in our own yard. We weren't aware of it at the time of purchasing the house, but
Later that same day, Addie was admiring a bird flying in the sky and was informed that it wasn't actually a bird-bird -- it was a turkey vulture. I'm not sure that I've ever heard of such a thing, but we've added it to our list. I'm hoping that these outside animals will hold the kids' interest for some time because Caleb and Addie surprised me last week by informing me that, (as Caleb put it) "We decided that we want a pet." I'm not sure where they came up with this as a good idea, but one of them will bring it up at least once a day. I told them that they didn't need a pet because they have a baby sister. I'm holding strong on this one.
Monday, July 14, 2008
This Fourth of July weekend was a weekend of firsts for our family. We were shocked and thrilled to learn that Matt had the entire weekend off, including the holiday! Caleb has never been one for the unknown (or loud noises) so we have never been able to enjoy any of the Fourth of July celebrations until this year when Caleb expressed an interest in the weekends events. Fireworks were held here on Thursday night. We were able to see them from Caleb's school which thrilled him because (as he describes it) "the fireworks were shooting from my school's roof!" Caleb and Addie enjoyed the show from their lawn chairs (courtesy of Grandma Jan!), munching on popcorn and marshmallows (their choice) the whole time. They sat side by side, looking so cute, exclaiming, "That was a big one!" after each firework exploded in the sky. They both really enjoyed their time, although Caleb was slightly distracted by the six school buses lined up in the parking lot as he tried to determine which one he would ride when he turned six.
The next day we headed into town to see the parade. The kids did a good job and had fun waving to the cars and collecting their candy. Next year we're going to work on staying in one spot and waiting for the candy to come to them instead of them running 30 feet behind the parade to try to get the candy thrown 10 seconds earlier, only to be too late to collect that candy and then missing out on the candy thrown directly where their feet had been prior to them getting impatient (anyone follow that??). Regardless we had a fun time :-) There was a free carnival that was held at the library near the parade route which we were able to take advantage of for a bit of time. Addie was able to ride a horse which she was very excited about! Mommy wasn't as excited after being sneezed on twice by said horse.
After naps we had a cookout at the house of one of the residents (think JD and Turk) Matt works with. It was nice to meet some people and the kids had a lot of fun playing. There are lots of other little kids in the program. Caleb is actually the oldest of all of the residents' kids (go family planning!), but all of their birthdays are merely months apart all the way down to newborns. From what I can gather there are probably about 15 Ortho kids.
The next day we had a get-together at the house of one of the Attendings (think Dr. Cox) on
there (he has six kids 4 and under - triplets in the mix). The yard was great with room for baseball, a giant swingset, kiddie pools, and of course the lake. The kids had a blast wading through the water and playing with their little boats while the Daddies played on the big boats. Apparently Matt lost his trunks while tubing -- he managed to hold onto them with one hand and get them back to their proper position at some point so he did not have to attend the rest of the function bottomless.
It was a busy weekend, with many hours also spent in the basement, but it was a welcome treat to have the time with Matt.