Sunday, January 29, 2017

Butzbach Here We Come

Just like that when you listen to you heart everything falls in place.  We knew we were suppose to go to Germany this year, but things were not falling into place like we wanted them too. We couldn't find an apartment and even more difficult getting the children signed up for school despite them being citizens.  Then my husband listened to his heart and realized the problem wasn't going to Germany but where in Germany we were trying to move to and decided that we needed to go live in his hometown where he grew up.  I wasn't so sure that it was going to work because his village is small and finding an apartment for our size of family.  I mean a 4 bedroom apartment is not easy to find or for that matter of fact a 3 bedroom apartment, but withing a week we had contacted a real estate agent, his mother went and looked and the apartment, and now we have a signed contract.  We are so excited as the children will be going ot the same elementary school as their father and will only be down the street from their grandmother.  The children are so excited.  5 months left until we leave!   Butzbach here we come.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Eagle Has Landed

Over the last six years, my son has participated in the Boy Scout program and it has been such a blessing to him and to our family.  It has given him the opportunity to experience things he would not otherwise had a chance to experience such as learning to scuba dive which he learned with his father and other members from his troop, to hiking in the national forest, learning to cook, personal management, and deep sea fishing.  These are just a few of the activities because honestly the list could go on all in while also learning how to serves his country and others in the community.  He was surrounded by wonderful men who gave of their time freely and who are hard working members of society.  Last night, Harris became and Eagle Scout and we couldn't be more pleased. Congratulations to Harris!  You did it!  We are so proud of you!  We are also thankful to the men who helped get him to this point Chris Maycock, Tim Palmer, Tony Peterson, Larry Lubin, Doyle Delap, Norm Johnson, and Sandy Bartlett.  I know I am missing a few mens names because really this all began when he was 8 and entered into the cub scout program.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the program and supporting our son.  It really does take a village to raise a child and we couldn't have done it without your support.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That

Hi!  Hope you are having a great week.  The sun has come up,I have a banana cake in the oven, and my spirits feel lifted.  Let's just pray the cake comes out.  I haven't been on my baking "A" game lately.  The kids tend to distract me and I end up not measuring correctly.  Also, the recipe is something I found on the internet, so you just never know.  Ivy is finally feeling better which means we are all just a little happier.  She is pretty cranky when she gets sick.  Good news for the week is that my son Harris won first place in the regional FBLA championships for entrepenurship.  He will no go on to the state competition in March.  So lots on my mind this week, but I am still trying to shift through all of it.  One is we are still waiting for our application for an apartment to be accepted in Germany.  Let's cross our fingers as I am not ready to go back to the drawing board in looking for an apartment.  Will show you pictures as soon as we get a yes back from the owners of the apartment. Anyway, here are some pictures that have been floating around on my 1-phone for months.

Photos from the holidays, Sisters, wsays it isn't all unicorns and rainbows, fall leaves, World Adoption Day, a football game with dad  (Georgia Tech against Miami) and a visit with a friend Michal.  Roman made slime with his friend James which was a total failure, but he still had fun trying to make it.  Well, I gotta go pick up the children from school have a good day.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Go Hawks No I Mean Go Celts

Winston is our sports lover in the family.  When he has free time you will find hime watching a game of some sorts whether it be soccer, football, or basketball.  He seems to know who many of the players are and who won what game.  So when it game to buy Christmas presents it wasn't hard to come to the conclution that we should get Winston tickets for a game.  Originally, I was suppose to go with Winston as I had Chosen a game with my beloved Celts; however, my husband couldn't get out of his meeting that day and would not be able to get home in time to watch the littles.  I was actually fine in not going as I lot it would be a good bonding moment between my husband and my son.  I was a little torn on who to root for because I grew up a celts fan as my family is all from Boston, but I have lived in Atlanta now almost 14 years.  Shouldn't I vote for them?  In the end, the Celts won by 2 points.  The boys had a great time!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pie Face

Last week when the kids were off of school due to possible snow conditions, Roman had his friend Nathan over to play.  Nathan lives in the neighboring subdivision.  The boys always have fun together, but they had even more fun playing pie face.  Haven't heard of it?  It came on the game market last year, but we didn't get the game until this Christmas.  The children don't even care about who even wins with this game, they just love getting the whip cream slammed into their faces.  What is your favorite game?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rainy Day Blues and Thai Chicken Stew

As I look out my living room window, the copper leaves hanging unto the trees are blowing in the wind. The sky is grey with giant clouds hovering over the houses though in the distance I can see blue sky.  It rained this morning and Ivy and I are hanging out at the house today as she woke up with a fever.  I need to go to the music store to return a guitar that accidentally came to my house instead of the keyboard I ordered for Adelaide.  I don't really want to go.  Feeling kind of blue today. Feeling frustrated as it seem like each day the plans I have to go to the gym seem to get pushed to the side because a child is sick  or other urgent matters get in the way of me going.  I guess I just need to hang in there as I know this is just a phase in life, but still frustrating none the less.  On another note, I do feel good about the 5 bags of clothes I took to the Goodwill this morning. I cleaned out my closet and the girls closet and both looks so much better.  I also made a lovely Thai Chicken Stew.  So yummy! Not difficult to make either.  Found the recipe via Donal Skehan.  A note of caution if you watch the video the recipe is different than the one posted on the blog.  I would not recommend adding the chicken stock as it made for too much liquid in the dish. Oh, and just for those of you wondering Harris got a differed acceptance to GA Tech.  This means he can reapply in 2018 after completing 30 credit and another credited school.  Harris is depressed.  He really wanted to go in the fall.  At least it wasn't a complete no.  Not sure what he is going to do now.  He got acceptance to UGA but doesn't want to go there.  I think he is going to apply to another couple schools, so the waiting game continues.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Crockpot Mongolian Beef

Hi!  It is Friday and all I can say is yahoo!  This weekend after German school the girls are going to their nana's house for a slumber party.  I am going to go get my nails done which are long over due and then go  to dinner with my friend Nadja for Chinese.  Right now though I have to go pick up Winston from soccer practice and drop him down at his dad's office so that the two of them can go to a basketball game the Hawks against the Boston Celtics.  It should be a fun game.  The children and I will go to dinner while Harris is at an electric car competition.  He finds out if he gets into Georgia tech tomorrow.  We are all on pins and needles.  So say a prayer for him.  On another note, I made this crockpot Mongolian Beef recipe the other night it was so good and so easy. The only modification I made was that I added red peppers.  In the future I would also reduce the amount of water as my sauce didn't get thick despite having a good amount of cornstarch.  The children licked their plates clean.  Well, I am off.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Keeping Busy

I can't believe we are all ready 11 days into the New Year!  It is flying by!  The last couple of days we have been busy perusing finding an apartment in Germany.  Not such an easy task when you have such a large family as we do.  Most apartments have max two bedroom and we need three.  We would considering renting a house, but there aren't too many of those either and using Air B and B isn't an option for us since we will be there for over a year.  The good news is I think we might have found the perfect apartment, we just need to hear back from the agent.  We are also in the process of getting the children their German passports.  The boys all have passports but they have expired and so we have to start from scratch.  It will all get done and as I say to my husband you can eat an elephant in one bite so we just have to keeping checking off one item at a time.  Yesterday, I did score some amazing winter coats for the girls next year at 60% off.  I can't wait for them to wear them.  They are going to look darling in them.  Also, choose their swim suits for this summer.  On another note, Roman had a really fun play date with his friend Xander during the holiday break.  He went roller skating for the first time.  He can home and said he had fun but that skating was so hard.  Well, I am off to Home Depot to buy a part for our toilet.  Also, lets cross our fingers that Harris gets into Georgia Tech.  He should know by Thursday.  He is on pins and needles!  If he doesn't than he will go to UGA.  He really wants to go to Tech though.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


The girls started the New Year off with a play date at their friend Leah Grace's house. They had a blast.  These girls don't get to see each other enough as they are spread out all over the city, but it doesn't really seem to matter it is just like they have never been apart when they do see each other.  It is so wonderful.  It is fun to hang out with their mothers as they have become dear friends.  I hope it always stays this way.  I am glad my girls have other friends just like them who have been adopted from China and who share a similar story.  What a blessing!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

First Weekend In January

Hi1  Hope you had a good weekend.  The jury is still out on mine.  I don't want to sound ungrateful because I know my problems are really pretty trivial, but the first week of January hasn't exactly gone the way I had hoped and planned.  The children didn't go back to school until Thursday and then a weather warning was issued and school was cut short on Friday for impending snow.  Well, the snow never really came. It was suppose to hit around 4 p.m. and my son Roman even sat in his snow clothes waiting for it to come, but we didn't see any flakes until around 9 p.m. and then just as fast as the flakes started the rain came down and froze on top of it. Needless to say the children were pretty grumpy when there plans to go sledding were not realize.  The only positive note was that our friend Nadja is in town and we were able to go to lunch and the movies with her.  We saw Hidden Figures which is about three African American woman who were crucial to the American space program.  I loved the movie.  The frozen rain sure did look pretty too!  Well, I am off to church.  I hope it will lift my spirits, and hopefully this week I will be able to get the things I wanted to accomplish done. Have a great week.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Let it Snow

I am not a big fan of the snow or the cold that is why we moved from Michigan to Georgia almost 14 years ago which is kind of funny because I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and before that Lake Tahoe. Anyway, our state has issued a state of emergency effective noon today as they are expecting about 6 inches to come down upon us around 4 p.m.  Kind of bummed as we were supposed to head to Chattanooga this morning to hang out with a few of the families from our travel group from when we adopted Ivy.  We rescheduled though and will hang out the beginning of March.  Schools are letting out early today in order to avoid anyone getting stuck in the snow like they did a couple years ago. The city pretty much shuts down at any amount of snow as we just aren't equipped to handle it. No worries though as my refrigerator is stocked and I will finish up watching Mad Men.  I am on the final season which I am kind of glad because it is so good that I am staying up way to late at night to watch.  Isn't this snowman darling?  Roman made it a couple of weeks ago!  It is super easy to make.

To make him you will need: 1 white sock, 1 colored sock, ribbon or scrap fabric, buttons. wiggly eyes, black sharpie, a pink sharpie, decorative pom poms, rice, and orange pipe clean along with scissors, a rubber band or thread, and a hot glue gun.

Begin  by filling the sock with rice.  You will need 2-3 cups.  Once the sock starts to look full. Rubber band the top or with thread close off the top.  Then with a second rubber band or thread create a head by dividing out the sock into two pieces.  Cut the second colored sock at the foot leaving out the heal and roll up to create a hat.  Roman didn't follow instructions and used the heal which worked out OK too.  Hot glue the pom pom on top.  Roman also didn't want his snow man to be solid white so he slipped the leg portion of the sock over the body; otherwise the snowman would be white.  Hot glue on the buttons and the eyes and with the sharpie make a smile and cheeks.  Use snip off a portion of the pipe cleaner and insert it where the nose would go.  Tie the ribbon around the neck and if you want it to be extra secure you can hot glue it also into place. He had a blast making this adorable little guy.  I couldn't bare to put him away with the other Christmas decorations.  Well, I better go pick up the girls from school before the snow hits.  Stay warm!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Hi!  How are you?  Did you have a good New Years Eve!  We went to lunch with some good friends of ours from our days when we lived in Seattle.  It was so good to see Stan and Matt.  They were here to go to the Peach Bowl to see the Huskies (University of Washington) play against Alabama.  We ate at our favorite restaurant Baronda.  Afterwards, I went and did some grocery shopping and then came home to play with the children.  Harris took the little kids outside around 8 p.m. to shoot of some fireworks and do sparklers.  Winston had his friend Max over and then they went to the church dance. Frank was too tired to stay up which left Roman and I counting down the New Year while watching the ball drop on TV in New York City.  I was kind of glad we didn't have any plans to go out as it was raining and I was tired.  Do you have any resolutions for the New Year?  I don't do resolutions as I am bound to break them a day or two later.  I know so many people were looking for 2016 to be over as they felt it was a hard year, and while I thought it was a hard year as well I choose to be grateful that I was here to live it and choose to see it from the half full perspective.  I mean how can we complain as Ivy came into our lives in 2016 and what a blessing that has been.  Well, I better get the girls off to bed.  I stayed up too late last night binge watching Mad Men on Netflix and I am tired. Happy New Year!