Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ramblings...

I have to say how much I admire all of those savvy bloggers that can post to their blogs everyday! I can't keep up. I have all of these ideas for blogs with little time to do it. So instead of being witty, funny, and silly, it is just a run down of our everyday, humdrum, life. I feel the need to catch up and again it's pretty dry stuff.

Godzilla has been pretty busy lately. He finally completed his WEBELOS badge requirements and has advanced to WEBELOS II. The Cub Scout pack had their cross-over ceremony on Saturday. [QUIZ; Can you tell me what WEBELOS stands for????].

This is the bridge that the boys actually climb up and cross over. Last year it was a rope bridge (sort of like a tightrope), and needless to say some of the boys had problems crossing..

Big Tuna's job for the ceremony is to bang the drum.


These ceremonies usually involve the Order of the Arrow to add to the ambiance. For those not familiar with Boy/Cub Scouts, there is this whole "Jungle Book/American Indian" theme that goes throughout.

The girls managed to do pretty good throughout the ceremony.


This is Godzilla crossing the bridge. You can see him, right??? They always hold the various ceremonies either by candlelight/campfire/dusk. For an amateur photographer as myself, this wreaks havoc for me trying to get the right setting on the camera. I must have changed the setting about 15 times and it still didn't come out!
Yesterday as I was driving home, I found a big turtle in the road in front of my house. I was afeard that a car would run over the cute thang so I picked it up to move it out of the way. I don't know where Turtle thought he was going, but I think he was quite lost. I showed Turtle to the girls who immediately began screaming. Godzilla was pretty excited about it. We took Turtle to the ditch along our property to set him free. Hopefully Turtle will come back for a visit when it is time for Godzilla to work on his Amphibian/Reptile Merit Badge.


Godzilla holding Turtle who didn't like all of the attention.
Smile and say cheese!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sick Again!

Yep. Sick, again. Actually, I think we are all on the road to recovery at this point. It started a week and a half ago with The Queen. I spent the night sitting in a chair holding her so that she could sleep. She was coughing so much, and sitting up seemed to help. A trip to the pediatrician yielded a diagnosis of "sinus infection" and a Rx for an antibiotic. The next 2 nights a continued to sit in the chair holding her so she could sleep. Wednesday night The Princess started with a hacking cough and fever, etc. Another trip to the pediatrician and the diagnosis of the Flu! By this time, I am also feeling like yuck. However, I continue our nighttime routine of sitting in the chair, but now I am alternating the girls so they can both get some sleep. Of course, this means I haven't had sleep in about 4 nights. The Princess didn't seem to improve after the Flu treatment and has a few new symptoms, so ANOTHER trip to the pediatrician. The diagnosis this time is Strep. More medicine. My kitchen counter looked like a pharmacy. By this time I had resorted to "sleeping" sitting in the chair so I wouldn't cough so much and could get some (?) sleep.
This has been one of the worst "winter" seasons I have experienced. The weather is just refusing to admit that it is SPRING. Everyone has been sicker than any other year. I can't help but think that the weather and the illnesses are related. It can't be from my messy house:).

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Adoption Fundraiser


Me? No, no, no. Not now anyway:).
I am sure by now that if you have followed our blog or know us, you know that ADOPTION is near, and dear to my heart (not to mention usually no more than a few steps away from me at any given moment - day or night:). Some people may think that adoption is the "easy" way to have kids. Trust me, I have had two born of my flesh, and two born of my heart. If more people had to undergo the microscopic scrutiny of every aspect of their life (marriage, financial, family, health, relationships, background checks, etc.) just to biologically have a child; there would be less children in this world! It ain't "easy." No matter how you slice it, the adoption process is not easy. Ever heard of an "accidental adoption?? Didn't think so. I can hear it now. "Honey, you better sit down, I've got something to tell you. I'm five documents along." "Five documents? Are they notarized, certified, and authenticated? Shouldn't we see an agency or something to make sure we're adopting?"
Ok, let me get back on track... No the adoption process is not often easy. Especially the financial aspect of adoption. There are costs associated with preparing your paperwork, paying adoption agency fees, governmental processing fees, travel costs, etc. Not every family that is called to adopt is also independently wealthy either. Many families step out in faith and trust God to meet their needs during this process. I mean really, isn't God the author of adoption? He adopts us into his family when we accept His Son Jesus as our personal savior. We become His adopted children.
Several local adoptive parents (me included) are in the initial stages of our adoption ministry A Sea of Hope. One of the things that we want to do is be able to help families to lift some of the financial burden during the adoption process through interest free loans. Currently, there are 3 families that A Sea of Hope is helping to raise funds for. The first family is seeking to adopt a 10 year old girl from China. You can read more about them at Waiting on Lucy. Another family is adopting a 6 year old, special needs child from China. The third family is awaiting their referral of a child from China. The families are in various stages of the adoption process. For the fundraiser charity event, for each $5 donation you make you will be entered into a drawing for one or more of the following prizes listed here. The drawing will take place on May 23, 2009. If you have a heart for adoption and would like to contribute to help these families to bring their children home, please go to A Sea of Hope.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families,..
Psalm 68:5-6 (New International Version)
Thank you!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Fun

Happy Resurrection Sunday!


Where has the week gone???? We have had a busy Spring break/Easter. We have been busy, but with what exactly I can't say. Big Tuna left right after school on Friday to spend the week with his friend out of town. It was a last minute decision on his part and I didn't have time to acclimate to his departure. I walked around in a "mood" for the first few days. This wasn't the first time that he has been away for an extended period of time, but before I had more than a moments notice that he was leaving. This was the first holiday that he has missed with us. I guess this is just a sign of times to come....


The rest of us have been making Easter preparations at home and at church. The following Smilebox pretty much sums up our week.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tax Season/Spring Break/Lawrence Welk

Does the title even make sense???
Captain Daddy is a CPA by profession. For the past 3.5 months he has been up to his eyeballs in tax returns and clients. This is the final stretch, but also the most "taxing" time of tax season. It is also "Spring Break" from school. It's hard being on vacation when Captain Daddy is working so hard! We don't get to see a lot of Captain Daddy during this "season." So when he called home late Saturday afternoon and asked if we wanted to go out in the boat, we jumped at the chance to spend some family time with him.
The weather is now somewhat "spring-like" though still not up to the usual warm temps we are so fond of this time of year.

No, that isn't sunburn. That's the look of being a Popsicle.


Captain Daddy and the girls went for a stroll on the beach while the girls kept trying to pull Captain Daddy into the cold, cold water.


After returning home and taking baths, the girls crawled onto Captain Daddy's lap. Captain Daddy was watching the local PBS channel when old re-runs of Lawrence Welk came on. The girls became totally mesmerized by the show! All the fancy dresses, big hair, music, and singing (just look at the TV screen in the photo)!!!


There was no way that the Royal Duo could sit still! Off they went to dress up and put on a show for us!
I'm actually glad that they like to watch "Lawrence Welk." There really aren't any family shows anymore (like The Carol Burnett Show, etc.) that you can watch as a family anymore. So, I guess we will start watching Lawrence Welk more often!