Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Life According to Miss Em

Emme has a very exciting life in our little house (well, exciting to her, I guess). Here is a little of what she does throughout the day!

She generally wakes up about 6:30 am for food and some snuggle/Mickey Mouse Clubhouse time. She eats, gets dressed, and we have some serious play time. Her favorite activities include (in no particular order, because frankly, it depends on the day):

Play with the Ball Popper (thanks Aunt Cindy), and not only is this fun for Emme, Maddie also thoroughly enjoys the ball popper. So if I want to occupy two little minds at once, this is the preferred toy of choice...



Do you like how she palms the ball? I don't know if that's a big deal or not, but Trent and Grandma think it's pretty cool!



Another great toy is the walker like thingie, to practice her walking.


This toy is pretty cool, except that we are usually concentrating on her feet...


And she is concentrating on the steering wheel and horn. Oh well, it keeps us occupied!!

Batter up! Her bat and ball are pretty exciting (to chew on). The funny thing is, she LOVES the pink ball from the ball popper, and sometimes the red one and that is it... I don't know why!


Oh, all this playing makes her tired!


So she sleeps...


And not always very pretty!


And when we wake up, what do we do? We dance!!


And wave!



Isn't she graceful?!?

So poetic!





Now, she's over it...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sad News

I have been reading a lot of books to prepare for our adoption. My favorite book (and I recommend this book to everyone, even if you are not adopting) is "There is No Me Without You" that tells the story of a foster mother in Ethiopia.

After the death of her 23 year old daughter, Mrs. Haregewoin Teferra planned to go into seclusion to live out her life. Before leaving, a priest brought her a child to care for, because they had no place for her. She thought the priest was just trying to keep her from going into seclusion. It wasn't until her little house was full of orphans, that there were children that needed homes far more than she needed seclusion. Waizero [Mrs.] Haregewoin was a woman that held so much love for the orphans in Addis Ababa. She took all children in (even those that are HIV+), and gave them a home. She lived with the children, and worked so hard to find them forever families. Mrs. Haregewoin Teferra passed away last week after a sudden illness, and left 59 children behind.


If you would like to help the children, or learn more about her story, please visit the author's blog at http://www.thereisnomewithoutyou.com/blog?op=view&id=63 .

This woman is an inspiration to me, and my heartfelt condolances go out to all of the children Waizero Haregewoin cared for.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

And they're the "Best of Friends"?

Emme is not our first child. Our oldest is Rosie. She is a little squirt, who is the queen of our little palace here in Brookings. She is a whopping 11 pounds, and she is a Shih Tzu. She was my roomie, my amigo, my buddy, my best pal... UNTIL she was 4, and I moved to Brookings. She did not really like sharing my attention with Trent. And then (much to Rosie's horror) we brought Maddie home...

Maddie is our lovable, rambunctious, bright (actually, not ALWAYS bright) Chocolate Lab. Who is now weighing in around 70 pounds at 2 years old. Rosie and Maddie are best friends (not really). They frolic in the back yard (more like Maddie runs Rosie over), and they play so nicely with each other (Maddie tries to play, Rosie bites Maddie's lip and brings her down to the ground). It is a Love/Hate relationship (Maddie LOVES Rosie, and Rose HATES Maddie).

The problem with them being the best of friends (in Maddie's eyes) is that she thinks that she is as little as Rosie... We keep trying to tell her that she is big, so she belongs on the floor... I guess she doesn't understand English, because she likes to sleep with us in bed, just like Rosie.

Well, with how muddy it is outside (not to mention how crowded the bed gets at night) we decided that it was time. We have to put Maddie on the floor at night...

So three nights ago I made a nice big bed for Maddie out of old blankets and an old pillow. The first night she slept there, but tried to get on our bed about 6 times, until around 3 in the morning.... Then the pouting started. I didn't realize the dogs can pout, but Maddie had the loud "thud" to the floor, and the over dramatic "sigh" (which happened about 6 more times throughout the night). But she stayed on the floor. And I didn't have a dog taking up my bottom half of the bed, so I got to sleep with (gasp of JOY) my legs all stretched out!! YEAH!!

The second night, I slept even BETTER! And Maddie hardly tried to get on the bed at all!! It was great. We started to wake up and I rolled over to Trent and said "Maddie did much better last night". With which he replied "Yeah, but did you see where she slept?" So I turned on the light and this is what I found (right next to her big comfy bed I made for her)...

This is Maddie... Curled up into a tight little ball... On Rosie's bed... I believe the bed is made for a dog up to about 25 pounds (I should write the company and tell them that it fits dogs up 70 pounds too)! And yes, she was still pouting...

Isn't that just the saddest face?!? If she knew what crying was, she would probably do that as well...

But once she got out of bed (a little stiff, mind you)... Rosie had to jump in and take over...

She looks mean, huh? Because she is mean... And she is staring Maddie down, saying "Stay OFF my stuff Maddie! MOOOMMMMM, tell her to stay off my stuff, it's MINE."

And Maddie just started sniffing and licking Rosie, saying something like "You are so CUTE when you are angry"....

Some days, I think they are just acting and trying to prepare us for when our kids are older!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

It's Been Awhile...

I have fallen a little behind with the blog, so probably need to catch everyone up on our family!

The last few weeks have been busy! We are trying to get our application done for Children's Home Society (our international agency) but it is slow going there! I ended up with a bad case of mastitis the last couple of weeks, which sent me to the hospital at the beginning of this week. My fever would not come down, so I was in from Monday - Wednesday. Luckily my Mom stayed with us and helped with Emme, who ended up getting spoiled! Emme LOVED visiting the hospital, because she got SO much attention there!! They even gave us a bassinet to let her take naps in... Needless to say she was a little big for the bassinet, so she took naps with Mommy in bed!! She looked like a 20 pound newborn in the bassinet!! And she has mastered her wave, so when anyone passed our room she would wave like crazy at them with her big cheesy smile!
I feel a post is not complete without pics so...
Here is Emme on Valentine's Day....

And here she is riding her truck, which now she can push herself backwards!!

We ordered some new books this week, which I am hoping to get before we travel to Bloomington, IL later this week! Other than that, our time is pretty much consumed by our lively little 7 month old!!