Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bike Riding 101

This video clip of pictures shows how our backyard was transformed into a bike riding acadamy . . . among other things.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Double Trouble!!!

Jon installed a gate for the door to our bedroom. Mommy needs to be able to go to the restroom without 7 children joining me! Within minutes of Jon setting up the gate, we saw our 2 three year old sons running towards our room. Brennan and Brayden had gone to get a step stool out of their bathroom. We found Brennan on the step stool trying to lift Brayden over the gate. They were not going to let a gate stop them from getting what they want! Looks like there will be a lot of mischief in their future!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mommy's Top Ten List

It is hard to believe that we have been home with our new children for 3 weeks already. It has truly been a "wonderfully crazy" time! Here is my "Top Ten List" for our first 3 weeks as a family of nine.

10. The first trip to the donut shop! Yummy!

9. Lots and lots and lots of laughter! It’s “chicken,” not “kitchen.” Aliyah & Ava laughing as they taught each other English and Amharic words. The toilet full of candy at our church’s “Trunk or Treat.” I’m sure our new kids think Americans are CRAZY! Tickle! Tickle! Everyone wants mommy to go around the table at meals and tickle them. They especially like when I tickle Daddy.

8. Mom! Mom! Mom! I hear that at least 500 times a day!

7. Clean up! All 7 kids are great at cleaning. When everyone helps, we have more time to play!

6. Over 100 bananas were eaten the first week. We now go through over 50 a week just for breakfast!

5. Lots of bike riding! The joy on the kids faces as they learned to ride bikes was priceless, and the shock on the big boys’ faces when Mommy rode a bike (and beat them in a race) was hilarious! They were also surprised to learn that Mommy could kick a soccer ball.

4. The first lost tooth! Why is Mommy so excited about my tooth being out, and why is she putting it in a plastic bag with my name on it?

3. 70 fingers! 70 toes! That is 140 nails that need to be cut each week!

2. My sweet husband, who gets up on the nights he is not flying with Brennan, so I can get a good night sleep.

1. Hearing all 7 children singing “Amazing Grace” together during our family devotions!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Our first days at home!

It's going very well but is definitely a bit crazy at our house. Before posting this video, it is halfway through the day and I finally realized my jogging pants are on backwards :-)