Friday, May 30, 2008
Our sweet and innocent little boy. . .
At the Baptismal font after the service with Fr. Rob. St. Matthews did a fantastic job! I could not have asked for a nicer and more personal Baptismal service for our son! I still get choked up thinking about it all!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Our temperatures soared to near 90 degrees the other day. ..normally not so bad for summer (although it is still May!) but hard to take after the cool 60's for so long! Aidan loved playing in the sprinkler and did what all kids through the years have done. . .tried to get wet but ran around the edges of the sprinkler! It was so funny! The dogs had fun, too!
I don't profess to be a good flower arranger. . .in fact, I generally just put them in a vase and then set them on the table. But, the other day, I had bought several different flowers and actually took the time to arrange them. When I was finished, I picked up the vase to take it all into the Dining Room. Aidan took one look at the flowers and said "Whoa!!!" I had to take a picture of the flowers then!!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
1. The only person I truly and fully trust is my husband Pat. I love him to death! He is kind, sensitive, sweet and always forgiving (no matter what I've done!) and he is the only one who has full power over my heart (outside of God, that is!). We were married in December 1986 (I always wanted to be a Christmas bride) but have known each other since early 1984. He is the one who keeps me sane and always knows how to diffuse me when I get revved up. I can't even begin to imagine life without him!
2. Adding onto that, I hold grudges. I can't help it. I can forgive and I am usually nice to folks, but my inner circle of friends is small and tight. If you cross me, disappoint me, or (god forbid!) hurt me in some way, you are out and I will never let you back in again. Harsh, I know, but I have been hurt pretty badly by a couple of people over the years. I guess it is my way of protecting myself!
3. Adding onto that again: I am very sensitive. Sometimes I will cry just from a look from someone! I always try to harden up, but my feelings are on the surface of me just waiting to be rubbed the wrong way or plucked at! When I get my feelings hurt, I slide into my shell and I don't want to come out. Sometimes it takes a while until I do. Usually, people don't even know they have hurt my feelings because I go into my shell so quickly! : )
4. Probably part of the above: I love being home. I am such a home body that I actually sometimes count the hours until I can be there again when I am away. Let me tell you what kind of a slow torture being in Russia was!!!!! However, that was a joy on so many other levels that it really didn't count once we got Aidan! Don't get me wrong, I love to travel and I want to see more of the world than Canada, Mexico and Russia, but I just love being at home! Pre-Aidan, my favorite past time was to sit by a nice fire on a cold day and read an historical fiction book with Schubert, Dvorak or Corelli playing in the background!
5. I am an absolute clean freak. I sweep the floors about three times a day. I would vacuum more, too, if I had more time. I can't stand messes or disorganization. It makes me crazy! In fact, my current project is to clean out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry and reorganize it all! I just finished doing our budget through September, so I feel good there, and after the kitchen stuff, I'll tackle closets! Having a 2 year old little boy in the house is testing me!
6. I was born in Southern California. In fact, I am a third generation native Southern Californian on my fathers side (my grandmother was born in Los Angeles in 1911 and my Dad was born in Burbank in 1938). However, I love the east and will probably never move back west again. When I was little, I didn't know trees changed color in the fall and then dropped off! I think I missed the east when I was little even though I had never seen it. I moved away from California in 1975 and eventually came to Virginia in 1979 and have been here ever since. I love Virginia and the south. My mothers family are all southern people and so I grew up hearing southern accents. I think I can do an incredible southern accent that would impress all you all (plural for you all)! But, I was actually born in Newport Beach, California. Sorry!
7. I have a degree in History and English Literature. But, I also completed a four year certificate course of study in theology offered by the University of the South at Sewanee. While in college, every one of my research papers were based on some religious or theological aspect of history or literature. I guess you could call it a passion of mine. I read historical fiction all of the time and I'm always referring back to my school books to place things I read into time and place. I drive people crazy with some of the detailed information that I know (Pat calls me Rainman sometimes). Someday, when Aidan gets older, I would love to take a trip to some of the places in Europe and the Middle East to really follow the footsteps of some of the theologians of the past! How awesome would it be to scuba dive in the Red Sea and be able to say I was at the place that Moses walked the Isrealites across to freedom?
Okay, so I guess I need to tag three more: Amy, Kim, Dana. There! I did it!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Since I last wrote, our computer crashed so I can't upload any pictures right now. As soon as we get the regular laptop back up and running again, I promise to post pictures of Aidan's birthday and baptism.
So, my mom has been here for two weeks now. She leaves today. Poor thing has been working like crazy to help me out. I'm sure she'll be glad to go home so she can rest and get back to her own routine!
Aidan's birthday was a huge success. Pat's parents came out and we all went to Blue Ridge Grill for dinner. Yummy! Afterward, we came home and Aidan opened his birthday presents. The Little Tykes tent we gave him and the Little People Bus mom gave him were huge hits. He also received a lot of books that he has been looking at and that I will begin to read him at bedtime. I know he'll like them all. And he received a table and bench set and soccer goal that he loves! Right before his birthday he got a trike that he has been wheeling up and down the pipestem on and loving every minute of it. Now if it was be sunny for a while!!!!
My sister Amy and her family arrived on Friday and we celebrated Aidan's birthday a little more. Then, on Saturday, my sister Gini arrived and we celebrated Aidan's birthday a little more! Then, on Sunday, we went to St. Matthew's in Sterling for Aidan's baptism (awesome! and the sermon was all about Aidan and his baptism!) where he screamed during the baptism but I got to pour the water on his head! Wow! I was so choked up during the entire ceremony! We had an Open House following the service and Aidan received many more gifts--all of them very special! After Aidan opened his Baptism gifts, we celebrated my nephew Tyler's 9th birthday! I'm a little concerned that Aidan will think life is a little boring once all of the celebrating ends!
My sisters left on Monday and my mom leaves today. We will then begin the process of getting back to a routine and trying to get organized! We have one more person coming to visit before I return to work. My dad arrives on June 1st and that will be a nice quiet visit so that Grampa Dave can get to know his youngest grandson. After that, to the beach for a couple of days and then it's back to work for me!
This past week has been awesome for Aidan and his English vocabulary. He says the usuals: bye-bye, more, love you, peas mama/daddy, night-night. . .but he is also now beginning to sing the alphabet song, says "oh cool!" (where did that come from???), stop that! (to the dogs), Amen, and a host of other words. He understands so much already that he will respond to anything we say. He constantly asks what things are by pointing and says "Da" and we tell him and you can see his littel mind working to memorize the words. It's incredible.
I'm kind of glad we aren't going anywhere this summer. It will be good to be quiet and be homebodies for a few months. Next year will be soon enough to take Aidan on a longer trip and to begin seeing more of the country. For now, we'll concentrate on getting into a good home routine, getting his social security number and US passport and learning more English.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Today is Aidan's birthday! He is now two. So, the terrible two behavior we have experienced is now legit. : ) We bought him a cake with the Cars theme on it because he loves cars and points to "B B" 's all the time. I can't wait to see his reaction to opening presents and being sung to! All that after we take the family to dinner at Blue Ridge Grill. I'm looking forward to it.
And, the second thing is that we received Aidan's Certificate of Citizenship in the mail. It is very cool. Although he has been officially an American since April 13th, this certifies it. Perhaps we will frame it and hang it in his bedroom. . .we haven't decided yet.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Since the last post, my mom has been here for a week and will be here for another week. She is helping me a great deal. We have been stripping wallpaper in the kitchen and will paint it today. It's going to be really nice.
Aidan had his bloodwork done last week. We haven't heard the results yet. The experience was earsplitting-he screamed, but not as bad as we had thought-he had obviously been through something similar in the recent past. When we took him into the room where the blodd would be drawn, he seemed to know exactly what was going tohappen. The poor little guy started whimpering right away! When the nurse walked in, he started crying. The screaming started when the tourniqit band was put on his arm. Poor little guy! I don' know who cried harder, him or me! Afterward, when we asked what had happened to his arm, he whispered "kitty cat." So, we knew all was well!
We met with our sitter also and Aidan loved it there! In fact, he really didn't want to leave. The kids there all seem to get along great and there are a lot of cool toys to play with. He is going to do great!
Since last thursday, we have had 7.23 inches of rain! Fun! Aidan hates being cooped up and we have not been able to get out at all! Today will be nice, so we will get over the park this afternoon. The worst of the weather was on Mother's Day (my first and it was fantastic!) and on Monday, during which time we got 4.68 inches of rain within about 30 hours. Crazy! Flooding and power outages everywhere! When I saw it on the weather, it was a classic N'easter. What it would have been if it had happened in the winter!!!
My sisters come this weekend and Aidan's baptism will be on Sunday with an Open House following. Can't wait. I'll try to post more pictures by then.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Aidan is learning so many words these days! I taught him to say "Please, Mama." last night. It comes out sounding something like peas mama, but I know what he means! He definitely says Stop It! Mostly to the dogs, whom we tell to stop it all the time when they bark! He points to everything and says "Da", which I think he means "that" and is asking me to tell him the English word for things. He'll do this for about 10 minutes or so at a time and I know he is learning everything he can! He no longer says "nyet" opting for the English "no" which is, um, over uses. : ) Other words he knows are up, car, dog, daddy, and of course kitty cat.
Now, about kitty cat. . .we have a cat. Her name is Cleo, but has only been called kitty cat since we've been home. She isn't too fond of Aidan, although truth be known, she isn't fond of any kid, and scratch him a little on the hand one day when he tried to "pet" her (maul her). That has not deterred our fearless Aidan from trying to get up close and personal with Cleo. He will chase her around and will crawl under the desk to get to her. I continue to try and discourage this behavior, but to no avail. There has been a funny side effect to the whole kitty cat thing and that is that any time there is something that hurts Aidan, it is kitty cat's fault! For instance, I had to pick his nose the other day to get the hardened snot off (lovely job that moms get to do!). It hurt him a little even though I had softened it before hand. He flinched and then looked at me solemnly and wispered "kitty cat." I tried not to laugh. But, then later, he was picking a scab off his elbow and I said to not do that and again he looked at me and very seriously whispered "kitty cat." Later in the evening, he was running with the dogs and fell flat on his face. He immediately started screaming and I ran to pick him up, checked to see if there was blood and then began to comfort him. Having not seen what happened, I asked him, "Aidan, what happened?" He replied, in a whisper "kitty cat." I burst out laughing! I couldn't help it! I know it is the early stages of lying that he is blaming every bad thing that happens to him on the cat (Poor Cleo!) but it is just too funny!
I know he really unerstand English as he will follow our commands completely. Yesterday he came to me with one of his sandals ( he had his slippers on at the time) and wanted me to put it on him. I told him to go and get the other sandal and I would put them both on him. He came back with them both and began to take his slippers off so I could put the sandals on him. I did so and then handed him slippers and told him to go and put them on the toy chest in his room. Later, when I went back in to make his bed, I saw that his slippers were in fact on his toy chest! What a good boy!!
Well, were off to have a bunch of blood work done (fun!) after we go and vote for our town elections.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
A final note on fees---TOTALLY WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! We would do it again in a heartbeat. We cannot imagine our lives without Aidan!!
I always feel like I need to post a picture when I post a blog! So, today it is of Maggie, playing with Cleo kittys toy. . .There is a small ball inside this blue ball and Maggie sticks her nose inside the blue ball trying to get the small ball out! It's hilarious to watch her run about the house with this stuck on her nose! Aidan took the whole thing away yesterday. . .I guess he got tired of it. . .or maybe, being a part of the pack, he wanted to try his hand at getting the small ball out! Anyway, when I went to put the wash in the dryer last night after I put him to bed, there was a horrible racket--like there were sneakers inside or something! Okay, I actually thought Aidan had put someones shoes inside the dryer. Well, it turned out to be the blue ball! I got it out and Maggie took off, playing with it again! What a house. . .
Incredibly, yesterday marked 4 weeks since we got Aidan out of the orphanage. I can't believe it's been 4 weeks! And yet, can it really have been only 4 weeks??? He is such a part of our lives now that it is hard to imagine him not being there.
Bill and Tamara Holsinger-Robinson are back in the US as a family of four now. Yippee!! I know they are glad. Tamara suggested a bonfire for the clothes worn in Russia. . .I looovvvee the idea! However, and if I can pry the Sloppy Joes shirt off Pat, I'll have to give that to Lori!
I have discovered that private bathroom time is a treat not to be taken for granted. . .When I am alone and have to go, I get to be in the room with Aidan and two dogs. What fun! Privacy? What privacy!
One of Aidan's test results came back. He has Giardia, which is very treatable and he'll go on some medication for a couple of weeks beginning on Monday. He'll be ready for daycare and swimming when the time comes--but no nursery at church for a while. This is something I read about on one of the blogs last week. Another couple adopted a little boy a few weeks before us from the same orphanage and he had it too. So, I was not surprised when the pediatrician called about it. Hopefully, his other tests will come back clean.
Yesterday I tried to plant some nice annuals in my pots around the deck and patio. However, after the third pot had to be redone and dirt added, I gave up. I guess that is something to do during nap time!