Monday, July 27, 2009

The Hurried Child

I met Dr. David Elkind at the library. He was kind enough to fill my brain with the following post:

The dryer was broken and mother did not want any more laundry to do. It began to rain very hard. In fact, it began to rain in torrents rarely seen. The children desperately wanted to go out and run in the rain and the mother thought it best to stay in, but when she saw the look of hopefulness on her children's faces she knew Dr. Elkind would think it kind, and wise, to say, "Yes!"

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Childhood is fleeting. Let children enjoy the pouring joy from the sky, even when the dryer is broken.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Harry Potter

I am sure you will all be spellbound with my next ghost-writer. Her magic with words is bloody brilliant. Cheers from Just Kidding Rowling who visited our home during a recent family event!


An argument had managed to break out in Number 4, Not-So-Private-Anymore Drive. Harry Potter found himself face to face with his sworn enemy- Draco Malfoy, whose blond hair was slicked back as always and Harry’s was uncontrolled exposing his lightning bolt shaped scar.
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“I hear you’re supporting Ireland at the upcoming match, is that so Potter?” Malfoy said, raising an eyebrow.
“Yeah that’s right,” Harry retorted.
The argument continued momentarily until finally, Hermione managed to cut in and say that the Quidditch cup had already occurred last weekend and Ireland had won 170-160 over Bulgaria. Harry was able to pass off a smug look in Malfoy’s direction before having his arm tugged by Hermione, grabbing both him and Ron at one point as Malfoy drew out his wand.
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“Oh shove off, he’s not worth it,”
“Well we’ve already told Mum we’ll be gone for the weekend, haven’t we? We may as well find something else to do,” Ron finally said, scratching his head.
As it turned out, there was an upcoming event that even Draco and Harry managed to agree on attending together. A new muggle movie being released called ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,’
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“Excellent,” stated Ron, reading the description for it. “from the sounds of it, there’s loads of action and magic. Shall we have a laugh at how they try to portray that last one?”
“Sounds brilliant,” Harry replied with a grin.
“Oh, hello Harry,” A dreamy voice said. They turned to find a shocking scene. Luna Lovegood was holding tightly to a chain and behind her was a large three headed dog the trio knew all too well. A hesitant Cho Chang was lurking a fair distance away from the large dog. “We couldn’t help over hearing and we thought we’d attend this… movie?”
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“Err… right, yeah of course. You brought Fluffy?” Harry replied, glancing up at the drooling beast.
“Oh yes, I’m dog sitting for Hagrid,” Luna replied.
"Right then.. well, we should get going," Hermione said, taking a step away from the large dog.
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So the group straightened their ties, hid their wands away and attended the show and had a good laugh at the muggle interpretation of magic, but all in all, enjoyed the movie.
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Goodnight Room

Wow! You will be SO relieved to know that since I am such a lame blogger I have indeed been able to find some ghost-writers for my blog. Whew! I found them listed in the directory under "ghosts" and they truly live up to the name.

For the first, it is my pleasure to introduce one of my dear friends and favorite authors, Margaret Not-So-Wise Brown. I have known Margaret since I was just a little girl and she graciously offered to upload some of the last pictures from our old house. Thank you Margaret!

GOODNIGHT ROOM

In the great green room
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Which was painted into a zebra room shortly before putting our house on the market and remarkably selling before we could paint it neutral
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There was a cell phone and lots of birthday balloons and a picture of of a mom and daughter jumping over the moon (though it took lots of shots because the mom was kind of old and couldn't jump as high as the daughter)

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And there were lots of little bears sitting on chairs
(fifteen years worth of memories)
and the mommy loved her kittens even though they were always losing their mittens.
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Goodnight rooms
which we helped build and upgrade
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Goodnight loon
I think this one came with us
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Goodnight stairs
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Goodnight chairs
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Goodnight last minute rush
especially that last week with boxes everywhere
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Goodnight nobody
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Goodnight lush (also known as the woman who whispers hush)
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Goodnight Stars (even glow-in-the dark on the ceiling)and yes, there is a real human sleeping there on our last night in the house
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Goodnight lair (serving as bedroom to various kids and a bonus room at one time)
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Goodnight noises everywhere (we miss our neighbors so much!)
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(I think the kid in the front is mine. I'm not sure. All these kids were over at our house a lot so things got kind of mixed up)
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Two of Lizzy's good friends lived right behind us--they would hand borrowed clothing over the fence many mornings before school

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One of Kim's best friends lived a couple blocks away
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Goodnight tree (best climbing ever!)
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Goodnight playset (so many memories--still standing strong after being tortured for fifteen years)
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Goodnight house--on our last visit Vu laid down in the livingroom and fell asleep
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Goodnight dear, sweet, wonderful, house
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Now, quiet as a mouse
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Lacking

I was going to write a post. But I'm really busy right now. So I am going to write a post later. Later today. Even tho I will be busy then. Maybe I need to get a ghost-writer or something because I am such a lame blogger these days. Hmmmm . . . that could be interesting. But that would probably take time to find someone. And I lack time. And that would probably take money. And I lack money. Because I just moved. Which is why I lack time.

Why did I move again???

PS Do You think I would find "blog ghost-writer" in the yellow pages?

Seriously. A post. Today. Later.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mission Accomplished!

Well, we made it! We are finally all moved and have Internet access so life is good! We were completely blessed by an entire crew of friends and family who helped, making it possible to get everything out of the old house and into the new one in just over 24 hours! A feat indeed! Of course, we are still in the midst of unpacking but that will continue for some time, especially since I am trying to sort and get rid of things we don't really need.

I am trying to remember the rule that unless it is useful or I love it (hopefully both) then I don't need it. I am also trying to remember that by letting things go I am blessing someone else who needs it more than I do.

The kids have taken it all in stride, including Vu! I love it when my kids surprise me in a good way! The dog actually had the hardest time. He was in panic mode for a couple of days but has since settled in.

We are having an open house in August--please come!

I don't have any pictures of moving day. I made sure to put my camera where I would be able to find it. Then, of course, I couldn't find it and it was too chaotic to really look. Then, when we were all moved I found it. Right where I left it. In my purse. Alzheimer's strikes again!

I do have this cute pic taken just before we moved when the little ones decided to have an impromptu picnic with our neighbor's and wonderful friends. We were neighbors for 15 years. We miss them already!!! Luckily we still live close and had them over yesterday.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Twenty Thousand Dollar Question

The other question people ask us regarding the move is if we want more room so we can adopt more kids. The answer?

Well, it's an extremely complicated question and the answer probably contains such incredibly extreme academic verbage it would be difficult to comprehend.

I'll try. The answer--

I don't know.

What I do know is we love kids, we love being parents, we will always have a heart for orphans and, well, watch the video:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Moving and Adoption

Guess what I've been doing?

You only get three guesses.

This?
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Or this?
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Yup! The second.

We did go to the cabin over the fourth which was a much needed break (as seen in the first pic). It's always fun just to sit back and watch the kids have fun and since James, my mom and dad and a couple of the cousins were there it was even more fun!
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Several people have asked how Vu is doing with the move. One of the MANY reasons we had decided NOT to move (before we saw THE house) was because of Vu. We wanted to give him the stability of living here for as long as possible. And then, you all know what happened when we had the world's best "so you're telling me there's a chance" realtor give a call :-)

Here's a pic at the signing with our friend and realtor LP. We feel blessed to know her and highly recommend her.
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Anyhoo, I admit I was very worried about moving Vu. He has gained so much confidence but I still see bits of fear come up and he will ask me questions like whether he can still be adopted by a new, different family. We go over the whole process again and again and how the judge in VN made him our son and the judge in the US verified that and gave him the same last name we have. We assure him he will always, always be in our family even when he gets bigger and moves out (tho I also assure him that if he wants to live in the basement his whole life that is okay too! :-)

I've seen tremendous growth in all areas, especially confidence. Last weekend he even caught his first fish! At the beginning of the weekend he was still learning how to cast and by the end he was a veritable commercial fisherman! SO PROUD WAS HE!
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He even helped clean it with professional instruction:
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Well, so far, so good. We move in 2 days but I have yet to pack his bedroom. I will wait until the last minute and he will help me. He knows everything comes with us and we have even talked about the few things that will stay--ceiling fans, playset, strawberry garden :-(
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I still worry about setbacks. Time will tell.

Then again, in some ways, I hope moving will concrete the idea that he will always be part of our family and that nothing, not even moving into a new house, will ever change that!
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Flat

Eric took the little ones away for some fun today while I stayed home to pack.

It was weird. I thought I would be really emotional today, especially once some rooms were totally packed up, but I wasn't. I just feel flat. Flat as in emotions, not flat as in chested. I know I'm that so that's nothin new!

I don't know if it's just all the turmoil we've had with selling the house or that I feel like I am supposed to cry so I can't? Again, it's just weird, not what I expected.

Then again, this is just a house. I'm not really into material things. I never feel sad when we sell a car break a piece of our Wedgwood and I rarely keep any type of memento. The only thing I really collect are little ceramic boxes and I only buy one of those when I travel internationally to a new country.

Eric would say I collect kids too and I guess he's kinda right. International travel is usually involved there too. Still. I didn't even cry when I traced the kids heights off the laundry room wall (I will redo them all in our new house).

The only time I cried was this morning when Lizzy said she had a dream last night about Joe and he was laughing and eating ice cream--in our NEW house! Maybe that vision has been helping me through the day, knowing that Joe will be with us where ever we go.

I'll end with some pics of the kids at the beach last week. Kim and Paul were with their grandparents and I had intended on just staying for a little while then heading to a museum but the little boys had so much fun we ended up just spending the day at the beach:

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