Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Silas!

Whenever a birthday rolls seems only natural to reflect back on their lives. Silas was the youngest child for us to adopt. He's the closest thing I have had to a baby since Anna. Silas was 18 months when I first met him and he was 2 1/2 years old when we brought him home. He is such a spunky fellow - with plenty of energy to spare. He enjoys making others smile. He enjoys being active and playing outside. He is in kindergarten this year. He loves going to church and learning about Jesus. His ADHD/FAS greatly affects him, but I am hopeful that in time he will learn how to reign himself in. Here are some photos from his childhood:

He was actually warming up to me at this point. Ha ha.

First time meeting Silas - he was scared.

Play time in the orphanage.

One of the hardest things ever - witnessing Silas recover from heart surgery.

Passport photo. Look at that sweet face! And those blue eyes.

I love this precious boy!

Gotcha Day! 

Brothers meeting each other for the first time.

We are so happy to have Silas in our family. It's hard to believe that he is SIX years old. The balloon fairy got fancy this year and drew Spider-Man on the red balloons. 

Silas requested strawberry crepes for breakfast.

My best friend, Nichole, made his AWESOME Spider-Man birthday cake. 

I just love this pumpkin so much!

Spider-Man presents abounded!

Dear Silas - I hope you know how much I love you. You are precious to me. I love your snuggles and I am not ready for you to grow up - but I am looking forward to getting to know you better and to see your potential. I love you.

Thoughts on prayer

The other night I was reading scripture stories to my children. The story was about Christ praying to Heavenly Father for the Nephites. A thought came to my mind - if Christ were praying to Heavenly Father for me...what would he pray? I know that we pray in Christ's name...but what actual words would he say? And if Christ would pray those words - whatever they may be - should we, also, pray for those things? Such a profound thought...and yet...I haven't quite wrapped my mind around the idea just yet.

My scripture to ponderize (ponder and memorize) this week:

Friday, November 13, 2015

The latest around these parts

Tyler reading scripture stories to the kids.

I try to make Russian food from time-to-time and help the kids connect with their heritage. This was Sausage Blinchiki - crepes with cooked ground sausage and onions inside. They go quickly!

Nichole and I took Amie out for dinner at this super cook restaurant in Mount Vernon. So neat!

This is a common sight. Wherever I am, there Maggie goes to snuggle up. I love it!

Nichole and I went to get a pedicure. It was badly needed.

I am taking up a new hobby - knitting!

My pretty toes. I love having fun toes. It makes life fun.

In other news, Iryna was suspended from school on Tuesday. She was hurting the administration - which surprises me. She didn't hurt any of the other students in her class. They called me up to get her and had a letter suspending her for two days. I am trying to figure out what to do here.  This is her second suspension in one month and now it's two days. Suspension from school doesn't do anything to prevent this from happening again - as she struggles with impulse control, so she isn't able to think in the moment. I am trying to figure out what to do to prevent it from happening again - but Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is always there. Hmmmm.

Another conundrum: Calvin isn't eating his lunch at school. He eats half of his lunch and then hides the rest in his backpack. Yesterday, Tyler found several juice boxes, apples, string cheese, etc, in the trashcan in the garage. Everyday I ask Calvin if he ate his lunch - and he says he did. So now we are dealing with hiding, lying, and him not eating his food - which is a problem since he is already underweight. I am trying to get his 504 edited so we can get someone to literally sit with him during lunchtime and not let him leave until he finishes all of it. This is what we have to do at home with him already. It is frustrating - but I hope his school can help come up with a solution that works. You would think he would be hungry?!

We caved and put up our Christmas decorations. We have some traveling to do in December and I wanted to have enough time to enjoy the decorations this year. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015

Anna dressed up as Erza from Anime. Her friend, Killian, and she had matching red hair.

My kids kids!

I was a kitty this year. I guess cats and dogs CAN coexist. 

We had a BUNCH of candy leftover from Halloween. We are still giving it away.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall Celebration with Keith

Keith's school had a Fall Celebration this week. I think that the DC area is having a Fall Celebration! Look at the beautiful trees. I love this time of year.

Keith painted his pumpkin yellow - his favorite color. 

Yes, the pumpkin quickly became VERY yellow...

Keith played some soccer and had a great time.

He is seriously the happiest boy every. I love his excitement!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Pumpkin Carving FHE

This past Monday, we had our pumpkin-carving activity for FHE. I love this pumpkin patch that I found last year. They have many types of pumpkins and some cute photo locations - can't beat that!

This year I tried a new recipe for an FHE treat: Pistachio Cookie Bars with cream cheese frosting. Then you decorate the tops with candy. The kids loved them (no surprise there) and promptly devoured them.

From left to right: Tyler (jack-o-lantern), Calvin (Batman), Silas (jack-o-lantern), Jill (polka dot), Keith (wheel), Iryna (mario running), and Anna has a tiny pumpkin in front with "BOO" painted on it. I love family activities. We have such a fun time together. I am so blessed.