Thursday, December 16, 2010
Like last night, at around 9pm while driving home from church, she looked out the car window and said, "I see a rainbow in my eye." It was pitch dark!!!!
And on Tuesday she managed to sneak her after school snack out of her book bag and into her desk. And then proceeded to eat said snack. And she was caught red handed, I mean her mouth was full. The teacher, who is also know a The Queen,(which we will call Queen Bee) had this conversation.
Queen Bee: what do you have in your mouth?
Queen Bee: I can't understand you with your mouth full. What are you eating?
Queenie: nooo bbrbrbrbb
Queen Bee: I can see it in your mouth, swallow it and don't eat anymore.
Queenie: gulp! I not eating anything.
Queen Bee: I could see it. Let's stop.
(it was a store bought rice crispy treat)
And then the day before she had said conversation with Queen Bee.
Queen Bee: Queenie take your feet out of your desk. (fyi: she has the table top desk where you store books under the table top)
Queenie: my feet aren't in my desk
Queen Bee: uhhh yes they are and you are sharing/baring it all for everyone to see.
Queenie: no I not.
Queen Bee: Queenie just put your feet on the floor.
Queenie: yes ma'am
See what I mean. She is too funny and she doesn't even try.
And this is our conversation at bedtime on Tuesday night. Same night as the Rice Crispy Treat.
Queenie: I don't want no one to put me to bed tonight.
Royal Parents: you don't want either of us to tuck you in?
RP: well let's pray.
Queenie, hhhmp, ok
RP: (pray) goodnight, give us a kiss.
Queenie kisses everyone and exits scene and goes 0ff to bed.
Queenie: no one put me to bed!!
RP: you said you didn't want anyone to put you to bed.
Queenie: no I didn't
RP: do you want someone to tuck you in?
Royal mommy tucks her in and kisses her goodnight.
Life with a queen can be so demanding. All you can do at the end of the day is laugh.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This past week she told me, "I want to be you mommy." Now isn't that the sweetest thing you ever heard. And last week she asked me why we named her "Gracyn" and I explained about giving her an American name to go with her Chinese name and she responded I want it to be "mom." Sweet sweet sweet!!! And maybe one day it will be.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Happy Birthday to our special daughter. We love her.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
This week we booked her party for Chuck*E*Cheeses*. She is clueless, never been there. We ate at Cracker**Barrel this past week and she was looking at the girly stuff for sale and said is this my birthday party. So sad. But she will get to have her first real party and know what it is like and how it feels on Friday the 23rd. Oh and she has never been to Chuckies so that will be new too.
She is improving with her swimming all the time. Hates working on ABC stuff, but has learned that she must do it or miss her favorite teenage show-- iC*rly.
She loves taunting her bigger brothers and they love taunting her, just like siblings like to do everywhere, all over the world.
Oh and she has decided she is not going back to school. That she will just stay home when the rest of us return to school. When asked how she would spend her time... watching tv and playing. She will have to be sad though because life is life and she must join us out there. But it makes me happy to know she enjoys her home and being here with us.
Sorry no pics. Computer issues when it comes to that right now.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
We have had a lot of fun this summer so far. Last week the Queen experienced her first Vacation Bible School. She had a blast. She looked forward to the chaos every night. We have also gone to the beach, the pool, and back to the beach. She loves it all. And now this week we have celebrated another birthday. Our oldest has become a teenager. UGGGG!!!!! But we are proud of him, he keeps his grades up and is so much fun. For his celebration we went to C.Beach water front amusement park. The kids had a blast and we can't believe how much the Queen loves the fast rides. She acted bored on the train. Cracked us up. But she never tired of the merry-go-round. And then over to our favorite ice cream shop.
And then next week he gets his tonsils out. So more ice cream here we come. All of them will want them out I am afraid when they see all the ice cream he gets.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
face instead of her pretty smile. The smile that cracks us up.
Here's the funny face at the restaurant.
Friday, June 4, 2010
And this is the face that cracked is up. She was the funniest thing through out the entire play. The kids dressed a animals and came in 2 x 2. She was a mouse. But she was more into her hair and looking at us. She even got upset that her brother was sitting in the audience and chewing gum without her. That was the first words she said when we caught up with her. She even manage to pout while singing about the gum fiasco. And she spent one whole song fixing her hair. She is such a teenager or a diva. While everyone else was concerned about their performance or finding their parents in the audience, she knew where we were and concerned with missing out on what we had. She cracked us up so much til we cried. I mean the tears were streaming down our face. We cried so much ( and muffled our laughing) that the people around us thought something was wrong and asked if we were alright. I am serious. We lost it. I guess because we were expected to be quiet.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Some more updates. She graduates from kindergarten this Thursday. She will be a mouse in their little play. The last day of school for my kids in Friday and next Friday for me.
We have had sickness rampant in our house for the last 3 weeks. It has been various symptoms but they have visited us all in the last 3 weeks. Just hoping school ends soon so we can get some good sleep and hopefully get well ALL of us.
The Queen even was put on an inhaler during her bought of sickness, but she seems the healthiest she's been since we got her. And the funny thing is they gave her a breathing treatment at the doctors' office and she knew what to do. Anyway she is doing great now.
But the boys have really battled with us too as have the parents. We were all asleep by 9pm last night. Amazing being the last week of school.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Here is my little baseball player, #2. He played a great game tonight. While the queen was swinging off the fence, he was able to assist in a couple of outs, and he hit a ball to outfield and brought in a couple of players, plus he scored a run too. So we took the family out for Micky D's ice cream/shakes for a mini celebration.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Oh, and we can't mention any word that resembles "shot" like shop or shopping because she breaks out crying in fear of the doctor. Nor can you use the word "shot" in a sentence like, "they won the came with a 3 point shot." Because she also breaks out in screams and runs around screaming, "no doctor, no shots." At which point the boys fall out laughing.
She is so much fun.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Only to find out that she had moved her nightstand out from the wall and all her jewelry and toppled off onto the floor. And why? It was all for a baby doll bottle that fell behind it, all for baby "Shmay."
Monday, April 19, 2010
I must add, she is picky about her la sauces. Tabasco** la sauce is just yucky to her, but she likes to dip her nuggets in TExAs Pete*. Eating with her is an adventure and we look forward each day to see what new surprises we encounter.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
In the beginning it seemed we would take two steps forward and one step back. But now at 4 months, things on a day to day basis seem pretty normal. She is not a morning person much like my oldest child. She has certain foods she likes and certain ones she dislikes. She likes to voice her opinion more and more each day ( a little too much some days, but don't we all). She has her favorite tv shows, -**iCArL*y. And she loves nail polish more than anything.
But then came the event this week. The moment the had me questioning. The day her grandparents left afer meeting them for the first time. As I put her to bed that night she began to cry. Out of the blue crying. Nothing leading up to it crying. As I held her and asked her why, she shrugged "I don't know." But what I believe was she didn't know the English words to express how she was feeling. I really believe it was the blues, her grandparents left after spending the weekend with them. But what I was feeling was: is she missing ChangNing? Is she feeling abandoned? Does she think others will leave? Is she feeling insecure? Am I? So I did what any mother would do for her daughter that was crying... I crawled in bed and held her while she cried and then laughed and then went to sleep.
But the best part of parenting an adopted older child is the hugs, and an always ready "I love you," pats on the bottom as she walks by, and the fact that she will hold my on long walks. And she likes it!
During our trip home from church on Sunday the queen decided that she and her ba'ba were going to dance when they got home. Only she took it more serious than he did. He came home, slipped into some old clothes, and layed down for a nap. In the meantime, the queen went to change out of her Sunday clothes and I tried to put her into some play clothes. Only she had other ideas. She wanted to put on another "pretty pretty dress" for ba'ba and her to dance in. I managed to convince her to put on leggings and a t-shirt and finally a dress-up dress.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
And here is that gorgeous smile she flashes and melts everyone.
Friday, April 9, 2010
The Queen gets a visit from the royal paternal grandparents. She has never had grandparents in her whole 5 1/2 years existence. What is amazing is her total understanding of grandparents. She understands they are special family members, that they are to be treated with respect and that we love them and show affection to them. She has asked many weeks if they were coming and finally it happened, she got to meet them on Thursday the 8th. She ran right out to the car as they pullled up and met mimi at the car, hugged her and then went around to papa's side and hugged him. She is very smitten with them and makes her rounds to hug them when it is bed time and she does this without our prompting. It is amazing to us. God really has a way of working things out and we are grateful.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Happy 4 Months!!!!! Today marks four months with The Queen. It is hard to believe that she has only been with us four months. She has blended in so well that it is hard to believe she hasn't been with us her whole life. As you can see life is good for her and for us. She is napping on her daddy one Sunday afternoon. She is at peace with her new life. She talks about her former home but when you ask where she wants to be, it is here.
Egg hunt #1. Here is her egg hunt at school. You can see her anxiously awaiting what was to come. Only she didn't understand all the excitement. But she is easy going and goes along with whatever. The other kids were excited so she knew it was a special day, and mommy was at school. That alone was special. The kids had an egg hunt and then a party picnic style. She had a blast and ate lots of sweets. In China, sweets are not a big thing, but she has sacrificed herself and adjusted wonderfully to eating sweets.
Here is the queen intently listening to the Easter story. I know she seems really intent on listening, but I can assure it is because her Baba is telling it. This was her first Easter ever. And she has noticed the "cross" but she doesn't get it or understand it all. But that is ok, because I know once day her eyes will be opened to the truth.