Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tonight at supper Sydney was complaining because she has auditions tomorrow for the school play and she's sounding a little scratchy and sneezing her head off. Of course her brothers were quick to voice their "concern" and critique of her dilemma.
Lucas, "Sydney, what wrong with your nose, it's red!"
Eli, "Sydney, look at me, look at me,.....no it's not! It's pink!"
Followed by what else.....giggling. I wonder what those giggles will sound like when their voices change. I think we need to record them so that Sydney will one day have the last laugh from all their teasing.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Olive Garden is not Lucas and Eli's favorite restaurant but they endured because it was Rachel's night and I guess spaghetti sounded good as long as they were ensured there was "biff" meatballs.
As is usual there is a wait for seating and they hand us the little round buzzer, which of course necessitates a war of who will hold it. Too bad they have a mother who remembers the trauma of the buzzer from our last visit and also remembers it is Eli's turn to hold it.
We sat down to wait our turn. Peace rained for about 10 minutes until I happen to turn my head sideways to see Eli with the buzzer pressed to his forehead, his eyes shut, then we as well as half the lobby of Olive Garden hear him (say or pray - you pick) Come on Lord! Ring! Peace no more, laughter ensued and we had a table in 2 minutes. Keep praying buddy.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tonight I was doing the driving and Rachel was riding shot gun. Eli wants me to look at him in the backseat. I told him I couldn't because I was driving. His response?
"Oh, I fix it. Rachel, you drive, put hand on wheel, you can do it, mommy look at me."
As in the way of most dictators, his orders didn't get the desired results. In the way of the Grouch Marx he may have a future as the straight man.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The problem we have is that Lucas is older and is now working with an unmodified spelling list, different from last year. It's scrambling his mind. Eli being the supportive and competitive brother that he is has declared it his mission to "help" study.
Here is the problem. Eli is getting the words faster than Lucas. (this week) Can you all imagine the volume of unhappiness that erupts. Separation is the only peaceful non-violent way to go. Hard to do when Lucas can recite his spelling words by memory and then pauses to get the spelling that's when Eli begins spewing the spellings before Lucas can get it out.
Boys sure can improve your reflexes and mobility. If we are too slow I'm pretty sure they will be spelling words through fat lips, courtesy of their spelling partner.
Monday, August 23, 2010
I mentioned last night that he was so tired his eyes were half way shut.
His piece of wisdom:
And there you have it.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
It began with modern light sculptures on the main entrance to the city. This summer the city must have found a wealth of unspent money as they are constructing 4 metal sculptures near a new interchange and shopping development. Sculptures is a very loose description. They are probably 30 feet tall and I have no clue how wide. To myself having been raised as a farm kid, they look like the contents of the coffee can my dad used to put extra bolts, washers, nuts, screws and nails that inevitably was left to rust. That is what these "things" look like to me.
Mike, Lucas and Eli were in the car passing these "creative, ingenious, costly forms of environmental enhancement" when Lucas yells from the back seat. "Oh no! What happened, it's broke!" I think he pretty much has summed up 95% of what others are thinking. I'm so glad I wasn't in the car to have to try and explain why anyone would spend money, time and effort to dump a pile of scrap metal rejects next to a roadway, pay for the pile and then strategically place lighting so that anyone unfortunate enough to pass by in the dark won't miss the opportunity to gaze upon the waste of effort, money and sense.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
After their first 3 days of school we went out for pizza. Nothing strange about this. Off and on throughout supper we talked about what they learned, who they played with at recess and regular school stuff. Then as Sydney is recounting her first days as a Junior in high school, I hear the following conversation from the backseat of the Yukon.
Eli, "No, you say it this way... ep s ip a lee."
Lucas, " No! it is espee a lee."
Eli, "uh, uh you say es i plee."
Okay, what are they trying to phonetically say? This went on for about 10 minutes, volume increasing accordingly. Finally I had to stop it because each correction was followed by a punch to the other brothers' arm. The word that our two English language learning sons were attempting to say correctly? especially. Why that was the word who knows, but I'm pretty sure they shouldn't attempt to correct each other for a little longer.....I know, I know it's not gonna happen.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It doesn't work out well for them here in their female dominant home life - Mike just shakes his head and wonders if they will soon buy a clue and stop antagonizing the females in the house with their warped, male perspective.
The last few days have been very hectic with starting back to school, learning about new teachers, new classmates and a lot of repetition of school stories and talking about their teachers. Tonight they thought to ask Sydney what her teachers' name was. She said she has lots of teachers in high school and then had to tell them the names. She was listing them and she has classes with several male teachers. It took about 3 names starting with Mr. before Eli caught on that they are men. He stops her, questions whether or not she has become confused, she convinced him that there are indeed "boy" teachers. Lucas looks at Rachel demands she name her professors and wants to know if she has "boy" teachers too.
I wish I'd had a camera. The total shock and awe was amazing. Eli summed it up, "NO WAY! Boys are teachers! Awesome!" (Did I mention we were in a restaurant when this epiphany and vocalization occurred?) Ok, now I'm wondering, what job titles do they think their own music, p.e. and principal - who happen to be guys - hold? So I had to ask. We never made it past their principal. Their interpretation - he's a policeman and once again I'm relegated to the uneducated mother position for not knowing this obvious answer.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
As is normal for the male of our species to never let any moment, occasion or occurrence pass without the need for power tool involvement. Since we cut hair on the patio I guess Mike, Luke and Eli thought this was the best (translation most fun) way to clean up.
This wonderful new male version of a blow dryer (known to the females reading this as a leaf blower) has brought about the no whining method of hair cuts. There are some break neck races to the garage to be the first to operate the thing but so far no fatalities.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Tonight the family receiving the home were big into music and as a special guest the show had the band KISS meet them. You all (or at least those of us of a certain age know this group - for those who don't - it's past your bedtime :) remember Gene Simmons and the rest of the heavily made up group?
I think it must have been Eli's first glimpse of them. He took one look at them on tv, jumped up and hollered, "MOM! That is Dr. Pepper!"
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Looking at pictures of their beds at the orphanage and taking into consideration that it's usually hot in Zamboanga, bedding was not something they had. I'd finally just given up and decided it was one of those battles that really doesn't matter and we'd replace his comforter when it fell apart in the washer. Now to see where we find him in the morning.
Side note: you know the phrase, "a light bulb went off"? That is the expression that literally goes across the boys' faces when a concept finally sinks in. Even before they say anything, you can tell by the "light bulb" expression that they get it. It's really cool!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Cleaning up after supper I hear "clumping" coming from behind me, then I hear, "Mom, see me, I'm Rachel!" I turn around and yep Eli is wearing a pair of Rachel's 3 inch heels. After stomping around the kitchen he declared them "scary!".
Mike happened to come in (usually he's pretty laid back on most things - this wasn't one of them) He apparently doesn't find heels to be a part of the boys wardrobes. I have to admit I'm a little leery to see what they may be dressed like tomorrow.
Oh yeah - Sydney and Rachel think they are hilarious and I think they are reverting back to little girls playing dress up - this time with their brothers instead of Barbies - oh no - I hope the Barbies are packed away!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Eli being the little brother and more than willing to tease Lucas at every opportunity capitalized on this development and has totally enjoyed his brothers' irritation.
Lucas has no concept of changing grades generally means changing the teacher. Now he gets it. Now he thinks 2nd grade may need to be repeated. We've explained he will like his new teacher also but so far he's unconvinced. Hopefully open house will help.
It amazes us that one of the first things we learned about the boys was that they greatly disliked school and often refused to go. Hmmm....that hasn't been the case since they started here and a lot of that credit goes to their teachers. They both go to bed asking how many more days until school. Then Eli will say, "MY teacher is Mrs. McGinn!" Lucas growls and says, "I have a new teacher, Mrs. Dunham, I have her first!" They must have heard possession is 9/10's of the law.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I've received comments over the last couple of weeks such as, "well you're done with the boys' adoption, right?" Nope, still more hurdles and paperwork to chase.
We are still waiting on word from the Philippines to receive final permission to finalize the adoptions. Until we receive that we aren't able to schedule a court date to finalize here. Meaning we have attorneys, judge and court to navigate. Our final post placement home visit was done back in May so maybe we will hear something soon.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I started back to work at the school office last week. This week is always tough as it's long days in preparation for 2 days (& nights) of registration.
I feel so guilty. Rachel and Sydney are day sitting duty with the boys, Mike's got the evenings covered. I leave before they are all awake and for the next 2 nights won't get home until after they are all in bed.
I was really lucky (I know it more every day) that I was a stay at home mom when the girls were little. Lucas and Eli don't understand why I've been gone longer these past 2 weeks than normal. No matter how I explain that after this Friday things will be back to our normal days and evenings, they don't get it. I feel guilty and everyone is cranky.
So.....I'm lucky to have a job, I'm lucky I have family to pick up the slack, I'm lucky that I work close enough that the kids can stop in and say hi, I'm lucky the boys are 8 miles from me instead of 1/2 a world like last summer.......I'm lucky......I'll shut up now!