8 Year Old!

This girl is eight. (August 17th, so she's already pretty much got it down.) She got new roller blades for her birthday because she had already grown out of the ones she bought herself four months ago. She also got some pretty stellar presents from her brothers and sister, like a Magic 8 ball and panda bear earrings. To celebrate we had family over for cake and ice cream, and also went out to ice cream with Anna's good friend Alyssa.

What I want to remember about Anna from the past year....
  • She is so much fun to talk to--I'm so glad I have a girl to chat with!
  • She likes to tell me what she's thinking and surprises me with her profound thoughts about life. 
  • She is easy going, and I'm thankful for that over and over again when our family is going through changes or things get crazy.
  • She is funny and she works hard to be funny. She likes to laugh and make other people laugh.
  • She LOVES to tell stories and write stories.
  • She does a great job of helping me out in so many ways and has gotten especially good at helping Georgia and Charlie.
  • She helps take care of the chickens 
  • She makes delicious instant pudding and cheese quesadillas 
  • She loves her brothers and her sister and loved sharing a room with Georgia this past year.
  • She has been so anxious and excited to get baptized.
Happy Birthday Anna! We love you. 


The littlest

It's hard to be the littlest, sometimes, especially when your greatest desire is to be helpful and also in charge, and you are only two. Georgia's favorite phrase these days is "I help you!" (not a question) and she really, really means it so I try  to make dinner without her noticing, unless I'm in the mood for lots and lots of "help". She is getting grown up and tall and just becoming quite the big girl. She can say anything she wants and she talks about her cousin Violet all the time and spends a lot of time being a mommy to her baby dolls. She likes to avoid at all costs things like naps and bedtime and eating anything that resembles a balanced meal. She can make her older brothers and sister laugh and laugh when she decides to be really silly and she misses them when they are at school. She's does a very good job at being the littlest, and we love her.


Baptism Day

 On Saturday, September 6th Anna was baptized into our church by her dad. It was such a special day for our family and I'm so thankful to be this little girl's mom. She has such a pure, kind heart and I love watching her as she grows and faces challenges in her life. She is a sweetheart. We had a wonderful day with family and good friends.


Goings On

We have had a whirlwind summer! Sorry for the lack of posting! We are doing great, but have just had a crazy last couple of months. now school has started (sniff, sniff and hallelujah--mixed emotions. Summer was fun. My kids are awesome. So is a clean house.) and we are settling into a routine and feeling like life is calming down a little bit. Things have not been moving as quickly as we would like with our adoption, because what we would like is for us to get on the next flight to Hong Kong. We are really aching for our little Simon these days. The good news is we just heard that we are in the last stage of our adoption. We're now waiting for High Court Order from Hong Kong which is the last step before we can travel. We were told that we would hopefully receive High Court Order at the end of October, which means we'll hopefully travel in November. So a little more waiting. I told a new friend at church about our adoption yesterday and she said, "How great for you're family! How did you get so lucky!" That's how I feel! I can't believe that we will actually get to have this little boy come home with us and be part of our family forever. I know there will be challenges as he adjusts and we adjust and possible future challenges that I cannot even predict, but I'm so excited to be his mom and to watch Taylor be his Dad and to see him develop relationships with his brothers and sisters. At this point I am feeling so ready for any challenges because we have been waiting and waiting, and hoping for this little boy to the point that we love him and miss him even without really knowing him. So, please pray for us to be patient waiters and that it won't be too long till he is here. 

Here are a few pictures from recently. 

Naptime is back!

Charlie the preschooler

Max the first grader and Anna the third grader heading off together to their first day of school.

My helper

 Sea shell counting on mom's bed


Help yourself

Take a look. I found the sink like this and I was happy to note that I have successfully taught at least one of my children not to double dip when helping themselves to spoonfuls (10) of peanut butter. Good job mom. Also the spoons are in the sink, not on the cupboard, or still in the peanut butter jar, or on the couch. We're growing up around this house and becoming responsible. And last, I love that a measuring cup was used by the peanut butter eater when he/she ran out of spoons. Mmmmmmm. 


While the boys were away...

While the boys were away, the girls played, and also really missed the boys. Last week, Taylor went with the scouts to do a high adventure camp at his parents cabin in Idaho and Grandma Sonja and Grandpa Kent invited our boys up to spend time with them while the scouts were there. Max and Charlie were thrilled and had a wonderful time and we missed them! It was so extremely quiet here.  

We (the girls) had to keep ourselves very busy so as not to get too sad and lonely, so we...

went shoe shopping

had a girls day with cousins and made festive 4th of July shoes

painted our own pottery at Color Me Mine

 painted some Yellowstone scenery on the boy's wall

and sunbathed. (well they sunbathed and played in the sprinklers and I mowed the lawn)

It was pretty much fun. I love my girls. I love my boys. I am glad we are now all back together, and can't wait for Simon to be with us. It feels like we are always missing one these days. 

Also, I'll have to post some pictures of the boys adventures too, cause they had such a special week with their grandma and grandpa.