Monday, June 22, 2009

Check This Out!


Micah has been working so hard to launch this website. We had the idea to start this site when we attended the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit back in April. Our goal is to promote awareness and advocate for the millions of orphans around the world. The site is still in its early stages, but CHECK IT OUT! http://4africa4life.org/ Oh, and we would love it if you would consider buying a t-shirt - hubby designed those as well... (we have had a couple requests for kids sizes and we're hoping to add a kids size soon!)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

We Love Daddy


Why do you love daddy?
Eli: I love to watch a movie

What does daddy like to do?
Eli: Eat dinner

What is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
Eli: Play cars

What does daddy say to you?
Eli: “No-no”

What else does he say?
Eli: “Yep!”

What do you want to tell daddy today on Fathers Day?
Eli: That I go pee in the potty

Well there you have it from the mouth of a three-year-old :) We love you daddy, thanks for everything you do for our family, and all the ways that you show you love us. Your new daughter is going to love and adore you just as much as we do! Happy Father's Day!!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Swimming Lessons

This is the first summer that I signed Eli up for swimming lessons. He is taking them through the Florence Parks & Rec which is WAY cheaper than anything else I could find, and they do a great job! As you can see from the picture, he is enjoying himself... learning to kick with a kickboard, blow bubbles, and put his head under water (haven't gotten there yet). This picture was taken on the 2nd day of swimming lessons, after he cried through the entire first day because "technically" three-year-olds are supposed to be in a class without mom & dad. Unfortunately for Eli, that just wasn't going to happen :) Most of the kids in his new class are very close to turning three, so he fit right in. I think it's more important that he enjoys the lessons in a lower level class, rather than dread going each day. Maybe next year he can conquer the "true" Level 1 class :) Good job Eli!

Bye Bye Passies!

Last week Eli made a very important decision - he chose to give up his passies (pacifiers) forever! Even though we probably could have done this a long time ago, it was a battle I just chose not to fight. He only used the pacifiers in bed during naps and nighttime sleeping, so it really wasn't that big of a deal. After all, if they helped him sleep better... why in the world change it? :) Now that I have a little bit of time off from work, I knew I wanted to focus on two tasks: potty training (we'll dwell on that in another post), and getting rid of the pacifiers (check!).

Last Sunday morning I asked Eli if he was ready to give his pacifiers to the "babies in the hospital." I have asked him this before, and his answer is usually "no." To my surprise, however, he decided he wanted to! It probably helped that I told him we were going to Target and he could pick out a new toy for being such a big boy :) Hey, whatever works... don't judge! :) So, I gave Eli a ziplock bag and we rounded up all of the pacifiers we could find. Once we got to Target, he was so brave and carried them in all by himself knowing he was giving them away (awwww). If you know Eli, you know he LOVED his pacifiers, so this was HUGE for him. After I did a little shopping, I took Eli to the toy section and he picked a new Thomas the Train track as his "big boy" prize. We then went up to the check-out counter where I asked the nice checkout lady to "play along." Eli handed her his bag of pacifiers as "payment" for his train set, and we asked her if she would deliver them to the babies in the hospital. She played along like a champ (thank you check-out lady)!! She told Eli that he was such a big boy and that the babies would be so happy to get the pacifiers.

So how has it gone since then? Well we had a few tears within the first 24 hours, but after that the pacifiers were pretty much forgotten. Bye-bye passies!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Have you heard our INCREDIBLE news?

Since some of you out there might follow this blog, and not the adoption one... I thought I would post this message to encourage you to read THIS!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Recent Quotes (by Eli)

One of my favorite things about the age "3" is listening to Eli talk. Now that he is old enough to think more for himself, and has a strong grasp of his language skills, he says the funniest (and cutest) things! Here are some recent quotes heard in our house:

"We're home!!!! ...I've always wanted a home." (background... this is a line from the book "Corduroy" which we have been reading lately)

"I wuv you mommy, you're my best fwend." (awww shucks)

"Daddy you need to help me pick up my toys!" (Daddy replies telling Eli he needs to pick up his toys because he is the one that played with them) "But daddy, you're a GOOD helper!"

Sometimes when one of us gets home from work, or we pick him up from childcare, we ask if he had a good day. If he's tired or doesn't want to talk about it he emphatically tells us "I don't WANT to play that game." :)