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Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
We've definately gotten two very obvious and wonderful blessings adding to our family this year. Lucas and Eli may not totally understand the American holiday of Thanksgiving but they definately enjoyed their first one if the shear volume of food consumed and excitement of watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on t.v., plus playing with cousins Klayton and Landyn were indicators.
The boys understand this about the holiday:
- It's the holiday before Christmas
- We have turkey (which they are convinced is a "HUGE" chicken)
- It doesn't have gifts
- Christmas is the next holiday (it does have gifts)
- They like something called green bean casserole
- Eli learned how to make baked beans (amazed by the can opener)
- Christmas is in December!
I had started to end this post when the boys came into the kitchen which Mike and I had been industriously cleaning and putting away food in. They ran in, froze, looked at each other and said, "No more?" Now that question held more than one meaning.... I showed them the leftovers in the frig (and Eli made sure there was green bean casserole left) then we explained that yes Thanksgiving Day was almost over but we can say thank you for our blessings every day and oh by the way...Christmas is the next holiday.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
As you may have noticed there's a new family picture at the top (thanks to my niece Jennifer). The girls have grown up with my taking family pictures outside. A few things you may need to know if you don't already; Pickles are not athletic, they are not coordinated and definitely not outdoors people, especially Alison, Rachel and Sydney.
Anyway there have been pictures in trees, bean fields, near water, in water, on rock piles and in flower beds (sorry about the allergic reaction Rachel). The big argument is always about who gets stuck in the tree this time. Alison actually did get stuck in one when she was 10 but hey the picture turned out and eventually we found a ladder.
That being said for this latest picture the girls were standing around "another" tree again debating who was the climber and also how cold they were. Until the moment when all three realize they now have brothers who not only like to climb trees but were actually in the tree already posing and thus ends an era of arguing for the Pickle Ates. Thanks Lucas and Eli!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Dawn is the school nurse where I work and the head of the nutrition police at school, she is also a former nurse in our pediatrician's office and was there at the airport when we got back from the Philippines. Being the every observant and oh so helpful person that she is, she noticed that the boys were fascinated by the ring pops my great nieces had (suckers that are attached to a ring the kid wears until it's gone or such a mess the parent pries it from their protesting fingers.)
So on our way to the first pediatrician's visit last week, we stopped by my office to let the boys see "my school". Again I should have had the camera as one look at Dawn's face said she had something up her sleeve or in this case in her office for the boys. Yep - ring pops - red ring pops, right before the doctors visit. Needless to say I have access to Dawn's youngest son and their will be reprisal of caffeine and sugar. For some reason she seems to have forgotten I will be returning to work the first of February and I have a long memory.
We went to Mom's today as told below and you'll see a picture with my great nephew and his pacifier in his mouth. It didn't stay there long. The boys number one are in love with babies and two they thought this baby had a "lolly pop". No explanation worked until Eli took the pacifier out and looked it over. Put it back in Landyn's mouth and declared "NO Lolly pop" then he and Lucas proceeded to give Landyn the most pitying look as if to say poor baby doesn't even get candy. Thanks Dawn - way to corrupt an entire generation!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I guess there's another highlight to the day - Luke and Eli started talking as soon as we got to the truck in the parking lot (it took most of the day before) and we didn't have a kangaroo roundup in the parking lot. Luke even asked to go back into the doctor's office to watch the rest of Lion King. Disney is Magic!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
For those of you who've read the previous blog we all did survive the night although Eli did finish the night sleeping with us. I was just glad to wake up with him standing by the bed saying, "sleep mommy?" Pretty much the first non-ticked off voice I'd heard since the pediatrician. I could live with the elbow in my back for that.
I took a trip to Omaha down to the Holt office and the grocery store. While I was gone Mike and the boys had a daddy's day. First to the park (they've begged everyday to go to the playground at school) then to Burger King (chicken fingers again - yuck!) and then for their first combine ride with Grandpa and Dad.
It's amazing how fast the English and Tagalog come out when they are excited. I pulled in the drive, they were playing basketball (yes there are finally Pickle's who play a sport). They came running up to the Jeep, yelling "Mommy, John Deere, driver, daddy, big, (some Tagalog - I have no idea) daddy, tractor, brrrrrr, (motion of corn coming out of auger), park, shoot ball, play, King, chicken. And thus they summed up their Daddy's Day. (I've not heard any hair raising tales of this outing but there's still time for it to come out.)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I'm going to have to get a whole lot braver to ever attempt to take them to the doctor by myself. I don't remember being so upset when the girls had their shots? Is this the beginning of selective memory? The girls will tell you yes!
Guess I'll get to find out on Thursday as they have to make a return trip for a couple more tests they were unable to complete today due to equipment malfunction? Now really did the equipment stop or were the techs traumatized too severely to continue?
So my theory is that a herd of kangaroos would be easier to take to the pediatrician than the boys are or will be. They've seen way too many doctors and needles in their short lives and I definately know it will be a loooooong time before we will not be conducting round up in the doctors office parking lot when they see where we've taken them again!
In short trauma of any kind is horrible...but when it involves kids it's horrendous beyond words!
Monday, November 16, 2009
More of the welcome committee, the 2nd cousins brigade
(Taylor & Landyn were there, just missed the picture)
At the People's Palace in Tagaytay
Quin knew from the posts of the aquarium that the boys love fish. As a thoughtful gift today he brought the boys two fish bowls with two fish each. They ran in and out as Quin and Alison got the bowls, rocks and water ready. They put the fish in the bowls, Lucas and Eli run in, Quin and Alison watching to see their reactions..... Lucas and Eli holler (again with the hollering) FISH. Eat, good food! Never a camera in hand when you need one. Come on people it was funny!
Before Quin and Alison headed to their homes we decided for Pizza Hut as it's a near mid-way point for everyone. We're working on who are the sisters and who are friends thing. Lucas is very interested in what everyone's job is. He defines Alison as nurse, Rachel as teacher and Sydney as driver (he found out she drives him to school). Quin is also studying to be a nurse. So during supper Lucas was once again defining everyone, came to Quin and Alison said "he's a nurse too". Again no camera - Lucas' face froze, mouth dropped open, frown appeared, sat bolt upright looks at me, then Alison, then Quin says "Noooooo!" Totally shocked him that a guy could be a nurse, guess there are some stereotypes already in place even this young. Poor Quin!
Mike and I took the boys for coats as they are "cold MOM". Which is fine and expected. Except that they go to the door, open it and stand in the house as the cold air rushes in and scream COLD! Our answer, "yep, now shut the door."
We had to buy some smaller sized jeans for Eli today. In the Philippines he wore 5T, I had gotten smalls and 6/7. The little draw strings didn't even work unless we hung them around his neck. We'd been given some hand me downs (thanks Lynn) that worked to get us to the store without flashing anyone.
Coats were another experience. I didn't know boys were so opinionated on color. Nor did I realize that getting the boys to actually put their hands completely through the end of the sleeves would be such a chore. They both thought they should keep them up inside the sleeve as they were warm there. Therefore we moved onto gloves........mmmmm we sat in the Target aisle explaining how only one finger per finger hole. Eli opted for mittens, he looked at me like duh why didn't we just try these first. Sorry son, mommy is a little slow.
Boots, well they've never had shoes that fit so any size we put on them was "Good MOM", once we finally found the size then it was a matter of getting them to walk a little to see how they fit....ummm you'd have thought we put cement shoes on them. Two very unhappy boys when we told them they had to wear them when it snows. Maybe they'll build leg muscles before snowfall?
One last note for this post. Whenever we go somewhere 90% of the time we have to drive by the school. Lucas really wants to go to school right this minute. Rachel left this morning for college and Sydney decided to head back today also. He was really disappointed to not be going with her. So everytime we passed school it was "School now MOM?" Bet he's not that excited tomorrow about the doctor's appointments as he is about school.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
About this time in the story Lucas came in and screams "Mommy - Eli (motion for jump in, motion for water over nose) "Daddy (motion for pulling) Eli (point at arm) Eli (cough)." Eli marches in the room. (Remember fewer English words) "Mommy, Daddy, arm, (motion for pulling out of pool). He turned around to Mike and hugged him. I'm not sure survival counts as bonding. Thus Sydney now chaperones the swimming pool.
Mike and Sydney have the boys back at the pool for round two. It was that or throw everyone in the bathroom while I tried to pack suitcases. We dug the suitcases out and the boys became very worried. We talked and showed them that their things were going too and then we just stopped and got all the toys and stuff for the plane and let them pack their backpacks and talk about them taking their things on the plane tomorrow to their new home.
One thing we do a lot of is talk. Amazing how much can be said when the two parties don't totally get everything in the conversation. Lucas laughs himself silly when I try to use Tagalog, Eli thinks I'm nuts. But both guys think their Dad is cool - that's cause he just grins and doesn't make a fool of himself.
Anyway the packing is pretty much done. As far as we know the flights are on time so we're leaving for the airport at 4:45 a.m. Manila time tomorrow. It takes Lucas and Eli just about 3 minutes to dress (Alison and Rachel take notice) so I'm hoping that we can throw their clothes on at 4:30 and have them downstairs without waking the entire hotel. Fat chance of that, it's a race to the elevator button, a race into the elevator (where they promptly crouch on the floor cause they don't like the way it makes their stomachs feel) and then a race out into whatever floor we're at. Sydney has learned to position herself in front of the elevators to block their exits. So far they haven't mowed her down.
Oh yah - I noticed something yesterday when we were at Tagaytay in the zoo. The boys were as explained below all over the place and I was chasing Eli and I turned around to see my 16 year old daughter in Lucas' path with her finger out saying "you will stop and hold my hand right now." Oh Lord it was like hearing my voice out of her mouth. She definately has the mom finger and eye brow raise down to a fine art form. Even better he's listened to her pretty consistently since. Once in awhile you'll see the upcoming battle for supremacy that's bound to rear it's head. Lucas has been the oldest and care giver, Sydney the youngest and has had two older, shall we say seasoned siblings to show her the roll of older sibling so let's hope we make it home before the monumental event.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Eli and Lucas found energy enough to swim after a long day!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I can't help but think of our neighbor Shirley. When Alison was little she always wanted her to sit on her lap but Alison just didn't cooperate. Lucas' favorite spot seems to be my lap which is fine by me. He just wants so badly to be touched, hugged and reassured.
Right before we left ICAB Eva took a photo for us. Eli does not like to sit for pictures, it's not a joke anymore people. All the pictures we've had up to this point someone has been holding onto him. There's a reason, he's gone before you can press the shutter.