Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The costume is shaping up. I have the main body about done. All that needs to be done on it is to put the velcro on the back for the closure and elastic around the wrist and ankles. The hood is done, too, except for the mane. The ears are on the hood and so I tried the body and hood on Aidan to see how it all fit. . .the body is perfect! He loved the tail and even giggled about the little puff of "hair" on the end of the tail. The hood covers the head but is actually too small! I did the Large pattern, too (my son has a big head!!) But, not to worry. I can add an extra strap of material under the chin and then it will work. The back of the hood is probably a little too high up, but it will be covered by the mane. Then, all I'll have left are the feet. Instead of doing the slipper kind of feet that the pattern calls for I am going to do a covering for the shoe. That will work out better with moving around outside. Aidan loves it!
Aidan discovered that he actually likes football. . .that's my boy! He saw the football game on the TV and said "FOOTBALL!" By dinnertime on Sunday, he was saying "TOUCHDOWN!" Yes, I have a Redskin fan in the making! : )
Over the weekend, Aidan said to me, "Scott ride ina kool but. . ." He looked pensive and thoughtful when he said it. So I said, "yes, Scott rides the school bus to go to school." And he replied, " Aya wanna ride ina kool but!" I told him he would in a couple of years. Every day. Twice a day! Not good enough. Aya wanna ride ina kool but. . .Aya wanna ride ina kool but. . .Aya wanna ride ina kool but! All weekend long, over and over. And again, this morning, for about 3 blocks. And then he saw a BIG TRUCK! And Aidan said, "DAT! BIG TRUCK!! AYA WANNA RIDE IN A BIG TRUCK!!!!" And so it went for the next 5 miles until we got to day care. . .
Where we saw two big deer in our sitters yard! And then Aidan finally stopped, sucked in a breath, pointed and said, "big buck. . ." Daddy will be proud. . .
In case you were wondering, the words in all caps are said at the top of our lungs, as loud as possible--ear splittingly so. . . : )
Life is good with Aidan, aka Aya Wanna!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
The shirt, by the way, was picked out by my niece, Kendall. Aidan loooooove's it because it has BB's on it. He points at his chest and says, "BB's on it!" Cute. . .
Sunday, September 21, 2008
So today, Aidan and I went to church by ourselves. Pat stayed home to do some work on the house. We went to an earlier service because we had decided to go to lunch at Clyde's with Pat's mom and dad. Our treat for a change! : ) We got to church and Aidan immediately said, "Backpack, Mommy!" I realized, then, that I had forgotten the backpack. . .where all of the bribery goodies are stored! Yikes!!! However, I gotta tell you, Little Man was soooooo good! He was respectful and said "Amen" at all of the appropriate times and did not have any outbursts at all. I was soooo proud of him. What a good boy!
After church, we went to the grocery store where we bought several items, including some much desired yogurt for Aidan. When we got home, Aidan wanted a Nack, so he ate two yogurts. After changing, off we went to pick up mom and dad for lunch! While at lunch, was Aidan good???? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not only did he act up, he actually hit Pat in the face! Then, he fell asleep on the way home, and slept about 10 mintues. That was nap! No further nap was taken! Boy! As good as he was at church was as bad as he was after! I called my sister Amy while Aidan was "napping" and she suggested that there was perhaps an issue with Red Dye #40. Sure enough. The yogurt Aidan ate has Red Dye #40 in it. . .so now we track it to see if he is aggressive like that after eating things with Red Dye #40 in it. Sheesh! These kids should come with instruction manuals including what you should and should not put into their little bodies!!! : )
And, here is a picture of Aidan on his Early Rider Bike. A friend of ours gave him this early in the summer. He couldn't get on it because his feet were about three inches from the ground. Now, however, his feet touch the ground and he is fearless about going down hills! Helmet comes next. . .and I will post some film of this as soon as I figure out how to download it!
Finally, here is the pattern of Aidan's Halloween Costume. Isn't it cute???? And Aidan tried on the material and said, " RRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!"And, I actually got it cut out today, too! While watching football, of course, and even with evil boy in attendance!! : )
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I already mentioned that they were on tour in Kras while we were there. Somehow, we and the Jergers got it into our heads that they were staying at our hotel. It might have had something to do with the teenage girls hanging out out front with their autograph books or something! : ) Now, if you google Hotel Krasnoyarsk, you will see pictures of a fairly nice hotel. And supposedly, this is one of the nicer hotels in the area. Believe me. Pictures are deceiving. And I say that from the bottom of my spoiled-about-hotels little heart!!! This was not anywhere close to the Marriott Tverskaya, which was along the lines I am accustomed to.
Anyway, we had gone to see the kids at the orphanage early in the morning. When we got back, the teenage girls were at their post and we, Lori and I, decided to hang out in the lobby for a while to see who would come down. We should have gone up to our rooms to rest! To this day, I have no idea who was at our hotel. Someone with a Mullet hair cut and tight pants did come down, but, it sure wasn't the Scorpions! We spent the rest of the trip trying to sing the "Winds of Change" song, but all I could remember was "Down at Gorky Park. . ." Funny, funny memories!
Aya wan dat! Translation: Aidan wants that! (He says this about all toys and some foods.)
Mommy, on! Translation: Mommy turn the radio up!
Wook! Mommy, wook! Kool but! An deres anudder one kool but! Translation: Look! Mommy, look! School bus! And theres another school bus!
Wook, Mommy. Tractor air! Translation: Look, Mommy. Theres a tractor on a trailer.
Wook, Mommy! Kool but up! Translation: Look, Mommy! There's a school bus on that bridge!
Now, finally, here is a picture of cute little monster boy. . .
When he does something bad and knows it, like throwing his peet; spoon/fork; or spitting/hitting he will always put his hands on his ears. Now, at least he is showing he knows it was bad! Yesterday, he had taken his kitty cat (Tigger) to day care with him. When another little boy when to get it, Aidan bit him! Bad Aidan. But our sitter said he put his hands on his ears right away. While not excusing the behavior, at least he knew it was bad!
Here is what I am reading to try and eliminate most of the bad behavior. It's really interesting and Pat will read it next so we can do this together!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Another change is the TV programming. We're now into the fall season of television. We have Dishnet for two of our TV's and Verizion HD for one. Yes, it's too much! We now have what amounts to nearly 1000 different channels. And yet, we can never find anything we like to watch! There is just nothing interesting on. Anything that might look interesting comes on around 9:00 or later. . .we go to bed no later than 9:00! We tried to DVR it and wound up with hours and hours of programs on our DVR that we never got around to watching. So, we live with the football games, occasional Nascar or Outdoor channel programming and then there is Ghost Hunters. . .A couple of years ago, I discovered Ghost Hunters, which is on the Sci Fi channel. Can't explain how I found that since I don't typically like Sci Fi stuff. But, Ghost Hunters was interesting because they show a lot of historical places and they took a scientific approach to looking for other worldly things. And they tried to debunk it. They didn't just accept the fact of a ghost! So, when they came upon something, it seemed more legitimate. The Ghost Hunter season started a couple of weeks ago. So far, I am not impressed. They seemed to have caved and are now accepting anything as proof of a ghost! I am disappointed, but will likely continue to watch in the hopes that they will go back to how they were.
Speaking of ghostly things, a couple of weeks ago at church, Aidan was looking up at the dust motes that were rising in the stream of light toward the ceiling of our church. I looked up in time to see him looking up and then he waved and said "Bye, bye!" I immediately had a chill on the back of my neck! Our church building is over 100 years old and the congregation has been around since 1732! Creepy!
This weekend is my company picnic. It will be Saturday afternoon on the Shenandoah River. Aidan is ready!And, I also have to share a picture here of Pat. This was taken when he was 3 or 4 years old and given to me by his dad. Isn't the resemblance to Aidan uncanny???
And a final note on the music for today. . .This is a funny song that kept coming up while we were in Russia. . .I mean it was all about all of the changes that happened after the collapse of 1989. . .but the funny part was that a group calling themselves The Scorpions was on tour in Krasnoyarsk while we were there! Funny. And now the winds of change are affecting the whole world again. Winds of Change. . .they never cease, do they?
He loves to say words precisely. . .Tractor. . .Bridgette. . .Maggie. . .
Aidan gets very frustrated with me if I don't respond right away. He will begin yelling Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! and then get right in my face and yell MOMMY!!!! Pretty funny. . .to me! : )
We didn't go to church last Sunday because we were all tired and still dealing with colds. Aidan knows we skipped and has been saying, Church? to me ever since!
When Aidan has done something he knows is bad, he covers his ears! Funny!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Yes, the Redskins won today! I'm still not a Jason Campbell fan, but they won and that is what matters. We tried very hard to teach Aidan how to put his arms up in the air and say TOUCHDOWN!!! He just laughed at us! Really! And the kid has paws the size you cannot believe! He will likely be a football player when he grows up. Then I can say "I'm a Football Mom! " : )
Aidan had his first swimming lesson yesterday. He loved it for about 12 minutes. Then it was NO! NO! NO! the rest of the time until about the last 3 minutes. During the last 3 minutes, I had to put him on the edge of the pool standing and then have him jump in to me. He loved that! He didn't want to stop. . .suffice it to say, we had to make a dash for home. . .
Where our Social Worker, Kristin, awaited for our 6 month Post Placement visit. She was here for an hour an a half. Truthfully, it was a great visit and I really enjoyed seeing her and talking with her. I had missed that. But, also in truth, I couldn't help having that niggling thought in the back of my mind of "What if she takes Aidan away??" Of course I realize that is not a thought from God, but I just couldn't help it! All was well, though.
We had lunch and then put Aidan down for a nearly three hour nap. Afterward, we went and had dinner with Grandma and Grandpa at Olive Garden. The 3 of us have been suffering from colds for the past week, in fact bad enough that I have very little voice today, so we were all very tired last night after our long day. Today we stayed home and as quiet as we could. . .of course it was hard during the Redskins game! Pat got called into work so early dinner and early to bed for me and Aidan! Yes. . .
Hot again today. In truth, August was not bad. But, I hate it when it gets into the 90's! And today was in the mid-90's. But, it is probably (I pray) the last time, thanks be to God! I'm ready for Fall weather!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Seven years later and nothing has really changed. And yet, so much has changed. . .
How does one discuss these kinds of issues with children? How does one discuss the troubles that exist between ones child's birth country with his or her new home country without being prejudiced? As a child of the Cold War, I find myself in a bit of a dilema regardless of how much I love Russia and her history. I don't want Aidan to feel hated. . .ever. He is too special for that. This will be a discussion to tread lightly with until he can fully understand it.
In the meantime, Aidan found a Corvette magazine and pulled it open to this page and showed it to me and said, "Mama! Look! Cool BB!" (BB is what he calls cars) The kid has taste.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Because of his cold and the rainy weather, Aidan got a lot of rest over the weekend. More than he would have otherwise. And it shows! He has been so much calmer this week. . .so far, that is! However, we have decided to not take him out to dinner again for a while. One of the places we like to go is a place called Shenanigan's. They have half price burgers on Monday night. Well, Aidan will be good for about a half an hour. . .just long enough for us to start bragging about it and then wham! The bad Aidan comes out. We have been thinking about looking for the 666 under his hair lately. . . : )
Hanna wasn't as bad as I expected. As I thought, there were several areas here in Northern Virginia that got hit hard due to the amount of rain which did cause some flooding. And there was some evidence of flooding along the small streams here in Loudoun County. But we were spared a heavy hit. Here in Leesburg, we did get a little over 6 inches of rain. But, we actually needed it so it was a good thing. And the wind, to me, did not seem overly bad. We did have sustained winds of 35 to 40 miles an hour for a short period of time, but we get wind as bad and even worse consistantly in the winter time. So, okay! Not so bad! And Ike is going elsewhere (I am sorry for those who will get Ike, though.)
Aidan held his own on Sunday. What a good boy he was! Sunday was the annual Ministry Fair at our church. As the Parish Historian, I was expected to set up and man a booth in order to answer questions about my ministry. The other Parish Historian had a stroke last winter, so it was all up to me. In order to be the Parish Historian, you have to have been a member of the church for 10 or more years (we've been there 15) and you have to have a love of History. . . um, well, I won't comment because those who know me are probably already snickering! Anyway, Aidan helped me set up late on Saturday, after the rain, and then he helped me man my booth for over an hour before church on Sunday. Then, we went to church. He held in there until about communion time and then he had reached his limit. So, we made it through communion and went back to our pew and I whispered to him that we were going home. . .He yelled, "Yah!" and then ran out into the aisle. . .So much for making a quick and quiet get away!
Speaking of communion, Aidan is technically allowed to take communion at our church (All baptized people are welcome). However, because he is only two, I have been teaching him to cross his arms across his chest which signals the priest that he does not receive and then they give a blessing to him. This usually works pretty well and he loves the blessings. I think it is important for him to understand what he is receiving before he actually begins to receive it. Well, this Sunday, I didn't get him to cross his arms fast enough so the priest gave him the wafer. A second later he says, in a very loud voice, "ALL GONE!" Of course, everyone at the alter begins to snicker a little, including both priests. So, smiling, I quietly whispered to him, "Amen." So, then Aidan, clasping his hands, says, "AMEN!" I was able to stop the administration of the wine (Thanks be to God!). Everyone grinning, we went on back to the pew, where the above scene played out.
Well, tonight I will get our pictures finalized and then Kristin, our Social Worker comes on Saturday. Saturday will be a very busy day! First we have swimming lessons, then Kristin comes, then we will walk down into town and celebrate the 250th Anniversay of Leesburg-wow! Then, we're hoping to get a little shopping done for Christmas that evening. Big day! Sunday will be a quiet reflective day spent in front of the TV watching football after church. A day of rest that we will all really need!
Friday, September 5, 2008
We took Aidan to see the urologist yesterday to discuss the surgery. It seems that this is actually a good time to do it for him--he's old enough that if there were any health issues that might be of concern would be known and also he has not been completely potty trained yet. So, we discussed all of the pros and cons and have decided to move forward with the surgery. We are now scheduled for Friday, October 24th at 9:00 in the morning. The good thing about this is that the doctor is a man I know from church! In fact, while I was on our vestry, I was the vestry liaison to the Preschool and Dr. O'Connor was the head of the Preschool Board, so we worked closely together for a couple of years on that project. So, this couldn't be better! I love it when you end up knowing and trusting the folks is whose hands you place your child's life, don't you?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Today was the worst yet. I'm afraid Mommy wasn't not very patient with little man this morning and he cried harder than he has for a long time. To the point where he started the uncontrollable sniffing back the tears. I felt terrible and ended up just sitting and rocking him for a long time. . .which made us late. . .and we had a different sitter today since our usual one is on a long weekend vacation for her brother's wedding at Oak Island, NC (yes, about where Hanna is expected to come ashore--another story!) So, needless to say, the poor little guy started crying immediately when I dropped him off with the back up sitter. The only good thing is that he had already met her previously and does know her young son, whom he has played with several times.
But, suffice it to day, I felt like a failure of a mother before 8:00 am arrived! Not much better yet, either. Poor Aidan!
And, to make his day even more special, Pat will be picking him up about 2:30 this afternoon (about the middle of normal nap time) and we will meet at the Urologist for our consultation visit for "that" surgery. Poor Aidan!!
Then, we'll be off for hair cuts for the guys. . .Poor Aidan!!!
But, on the upside, we'll take him to see Grandma and Grandpa and hopefully that will put a smile back on his face and remove the perpetual whine from his voice. . .yes, I know he is two!
Swimming lessons start on Saturday (indoor pool) about during the midst of whatever we are expected to get from Hanna. That should be fun for Little Man!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
So, we left our house in Northern Virginia on Saturday morning about 9:00 am. Not bad, considering our plan had been to leave at 8:00. Mosby had been dropped off the night before at Grandma and Grandpas, so we were good to go once we left the house. Aidan was excited and he was thrilled that Maggie was going whereever we were going. But, he kept asking about Mosby. . ."Where Moby???" After about the thirtieth time, we began to notice the subtle hint of a whine. . .sigh.
Then he slept, for about a total of an hour in 20 minute increments. . .We got down to Roanoke Rapids, NC around 12:30 and decided to stop for lunch, even though we were only 12 miles from our destination. At this point, Aidan was over stimulated, but we pressed on with our adventure.
When we got to the Lake House, Aidan was soooo excited! He first saw KK's cool BB (2008 red Corvette, which truly is very cool). Then, he saw the water (waty!!) and said "KK's pool!" No amount of explaining could get him to understand it was a lake. . .
After suiting up and putting on sunscreen and life vest, etc., we went down to the boat dock. I sat at the edge and held his hand (thank God!) and he proceeded to jump out into the air! My hand was still slick with sunscreen, but I managed to hold on (for dear life!) until help came in pulling his thirty two pound body back in. Crazy kid laughed the entire time. Fun and games for Aidan at KK's pool!
Later in the evening, we went for a boat ride, which Aidan absolutely loved. Then off to bed we all went for a 9 hour nap, which is usually 12!
Sunday, we had more fun on the water, raft and Jet Ski's; a two hour nap and then back to bed for only 9 hours. . .Needless to say, we have been in nearly continuous meltdown mode since then. Today I picked him up from Day Care as usual and found myself saying a resounding "NO!!!!" when Pat said we should try for a girl. . .sigh. Bad timing! : )
Anyway, here are some pictures. . .and yes, Aidan had a blast at KK's pool!
With Daddy on the raft getting ready to be pulled:
With Daddy again on the raft:
This is the view of the cove from the deck of Uncle Rob and KK's house:
Aidan on Josh's lap (he's one of our godsons) on our deck and KK is the one who got cut off. . .Mosby is in the foreground (he didn't want to be left out!):And, Aidan found some of my magazines and decided it was good reading material!
August 24th: We had our appointments at the FBI for our background checks.
August 28th: Received word that our notarized and apostilled dossier was sent off to Russia for translation!!!
August 30th: Bought most of the drywall for the basement. . .UGH!!!
We were definitely in the wait mode on the adoption and really hadn't gotten too far on the basement, aside from the framing, plumbing and electrical. Wow! What a difference a year makes!
As indicated, we went down to Lake Gaston for the weekend. Aidan had a fantastic time! He loves the water so much. He was very good about wearing the life jacket for us the entire time while we were hanging out on the boat dock. He loved going out on the boat and Daddy took him out on the Jet Ski at which time Aidan could be heard yelling "Faster Daddy!". Then, Uncle Rob towed Aidan and Daddy on a large raft attached to the Jet Ski.
I thought the pictures had been downloaded, but I can't seem to find them. . .I'll post them next time. Sorry about that!