Thursday, January 2, 2014

Interupting my bloggy catchup for a beach day,

I love living in Florida. Seriously, I love it. I love the look of snow. I'd like to visit and play in it, for maybe a week but otherwise. I don't really need winter. I have friends, who can't wait to wear winter clothes. Sweaters, and scarves, gloves and boots. Nope, not for me. I live in flip flops and sandals and capri pants and I'm really happy with that, lol. All that being said, the fierce heat in summer, the humidity and the bugs (oh the bugs, lol), are worth days like today. 84 degrees on Jan.2.  The kids and I decided to seize the day and have lunch and the afternoon at the beach today. The house is still in a post Christmas/vacation wreck, but it will be here tomorrow too :) (Posts about our vacation pending, lol)

More November2013

I finally got a haircut. Wish it looked this good all the time, lol.

Fun at the park with some great friends. Bonus with homeschooling is the parks aren't too busy during the mornings :)

One of my boys thought it'd be funny to hide this in the pantry ;)

table in process for Thanksgiving.

The best part in my opinion, lol.

This year we were blessed to have some friends join us for Thanksgiving. Our little town happens to have a flight school here. And there are several hundred students, mostly young men, and mostly all international students. We had three friends from China and one from Nigeria. We had the best time. Lots of laughs, good food. Some serious talk about serious issues in each of our home countries. Blessed indeed.

A little Just Dance fun

Calvin fell asleep in XiaoPeng's lap. They are from the same hometown. It is a small world :)

Vivian had her yearly MRI to check her iron overload. I dread it because she has to be sedated. She rocked it though. Her shirt reads a Shakespeare quote, And though she be but little, she is FIERCE. And so she is. Her results were excellent, so we are thrilled with that too.

She had to have nothing to eat since the evening before, and what did she choose when she finally could eat? Crackers, or something bland like soup? Oh no, a spicy shrimp tempura roll.  And she ate almost the entire thing!

Hanging with her Gege. He's such a good big brother.

Stringing beads

No Iv pool is slowing them down.

Mid November 2013

Now she pops her own tubes in the transfer device and shakes them up, lol. She is so brave!

Hanging with brothers having smoothies in the lobby.

Love these chairs

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Hamilton loves doing all sorts of tricks with them, but at least we ARE in a hospital right? lol.

Calvin had a full cardiac workup. You see, he was listed as multiple special needs. His file listed both spina bifida and a heart defect. And I strongly suspect that is why he had waited so long on the list, despite being adorable and young. He was well under two when he was listed, but waited almost a year on the shared list. When I read his file, there was only one paragraph mentioning a heart defect, and and it didn't line up with anything else in his file. It also mentioned him being in a hospital in a completely different province. (I had to look it up). We asked for an update, but never got one. Sometimes, especially when files are translated, they mix them up with other files. I think that paragraph didn't belong in his file, but the unknown had kept him from having a family. I didn't really believe he had a heart defect, but we would have dealt with it if he did.  And after a through workup, his heart is just perfect :) So thankful!

 The girls and I went to see a local Christmas tree/ Gingerbread house show. It was fun, and festive. This is a local church someone recreated.

Gingerbread Florida style.

Sweet girl!