"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Friday, March 30, 2012


These fingers have become professional fingerprinters. 3 times in the past couple of years. Nursing license and adoption x 2. Hopefully the next time we will at least have a picture of her sweet face! Next up, re-home studied:)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Soapy Disaster

It all started with a great idea. A pinterest idea. I made some dish soap a few months ago and it was not good. My dishes were dirty no matter how many times I washed them. So, I still had all the ingredients to go towards laundry detergent. I Love finding easy and practical ways to spend less so this was perfect. I followed the directions perfectly until it said'you don't want to let it boil because then it will boil over the pot'. Well, folks, when they mean boil over the pot, they mean massive amount of soap suds flowing over the pot without stopping it. I was beginning to think the kitchen was going to be full of soap. It filled the stove top and dripped inside the oven. Filled the drawer below. Poured onto the floor. It was a mess. It took hours to clean. We even had to take the oven apart! And there There is white soap residue all over the place. The best part was that I was making dinner for a friend tonight and the stove burners would not ignite. I guess they are caked in soap. Super! Lesson learned- ALL is cheaper than a new oven!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Budding artist

Oliver got 3rd place at the Celebrate the Arts festival. Of course, we missed the festival because I did not check his folder and did not see the note. So sad! Thankfully, Oliver's teacher took a picture of it on display and sent it to me. I can.not believe we missed it! Tears shed. So proud of him!
Superheroes live here!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Never Grow Up

"Oh, darlin don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up,

 Stay this little.
 Oh, darlin' don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up. 
It could stay this simple."

--Taylor Swift

Monday, March 12, 2012

New Sleeping Arrangments

Oliver loves this girl and this girl loves him.  They are sweet friends.  Oliver has been wanting Daisy to sleep in his bed forever, but we just didn't trust her out and about at night.  She has slowly gained our trust and actually sleeps all night in the boys' room.  It is so sweet finding her all cuddled up with Oliver in the morning.  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

3 Cheers for Spring Break

We have no big plans.  We are just going to relax, spend time with some of our friends and enjoy the lovely spring weather.

We welcomed spring break with some butterbeer.  This a a drink from Harry Potter.  The boys thought it was so fun.  I actually made homemade butterscotch.  

Looking forward to "sleeping in" and no alarm clock this week!!!  Three Cheers for Spring Break.  Hip hip hooray!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Oliver is bilingual.  I bet you didn't know that.  I didn't until last week!

I received an email from his teacher last week and I seriously burst out laughing at random moments just thinking about it.  This morning I choked on my coffee and spit it out everywhere because I was just thinking about it.  This boy makes me laugh!

Teacher: raise your hand if you speak another language.
Kids raise hands
Teacher: Oliver, what language do you speak?
Oliver: British

CAN.NOT.STOP.LAUGHING!!  I told her we speak exclusively British in our home. :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

9 years old

You are NINE!!  WOW!  
Self-confident. Passionate. Smart.  Independent.  Loves to Read. Loves Legos.  Loves Harry Potter and Star Wars. You like your hair long and I am trying to just let it be. You are growing way to fast.  Size 7 mens shoe.  4 ft. 8 inches tall.  You will bigger than me soon!  

The birthday started with a breakfast of biscuits, sausage and eggs per his request.  Then off to school.  He had lots of visitors for lunch:me, Els, Gigi and Marlene.  When he got him he opened his gifts and wanted to spend the afternoon building his new lego sets.
For dinner, we went to Cici's with a couple of his friends and Gigi and Grandpa.
He has been best friends with Caleb since kindergarten.  They are both so big now!  :(
We then went back home for some cake.  He wanted a red velvet cake, but I had no red food coloring.  So, he had green velvet cake.  
We then all got in the boys beds and watched the third Harry Potter movie that he got for his b-day.  

 Happy 9th Birthday, Clayton D.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Birthday Weekend

Nonna and Nonae had a FUN. FUN. weekend planned for Clayton.  They took him to In N Out burger for lunch and then headed to find his most requested birthday item.  He wanted his own set of Harry Potter books.  We have been borrowing someone's books, but he wanted his own.  They found the hardback set at half price books brand new!!!  He was thrilled.  Then, to his dismay, they took him for a much needed haircut and he ended up loving the barber and his hair.  After that, the surprised him with dinner at Medieval Times.  He had a blast and said this was the best birthday EVER!!!!  What a great start to turning NINE!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


We have been DTE for ELEVEN months.  When we started, this was the longest we expected to wait.