"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Bunch Of Small Stuff

Sorry I haven't been around lately. I have been in a funk. Also, certain small people keep waking me up at 5 am. They seem to be taking turns in order to keep up their strength!

Francesca has finally decided that talking is a good idea! I asked everyone yesterday if they wanted a cookie and she piped up, "I do!"

This is how Anastasia looks when she is trying to convince me that a sleep-over is a good idea.

This is how my girls look when I cave in and agree to a sleepover. Notice there is no picture of my joyous reaction to this decision.

Victoria despises being set down when we are outside. I guess she feels like she can't go anywhere. She doesn't like to use her walker outside either. Next Friday, we are going back to Shriner's for a check-up. I am hoping they can fit her with a walker that gives her more support and confidence, cause she is getting really heavy! Her language is amazing! Today, she scooted over to the dog, patted him on the head and said, "good boy!" Genius!

I recently bought a great book that is full of fun (and easy, which are the best kinds) of activities to teach kids values.

The first one we did was the toothpick test.

Here is our family:

If we stand alone, we can easily break.

But together, we are strong! 

Francesca has discovered stickers are fun! Fun on the paper, fun on the floor, fun on the walls......

Another noteworthy event.....I made a pot roast!

Victoria is becoming super mobile. She just hangs onto the wall and zips all around the house. She tries to open doors and yanks everything off the shelves. She is finally a toddler!

Francesca has really gotten much taller than Victoria. There was some speculation about whether Victoria had strabismus,  but according to the doctor, there is nothing to worry about. She has eyes that mimic strabismus, but are really perfectly fine. Not sure exactly what that means, but it must have been invented to worry mom's! 

I will leave you with little Catherine and her random words of wisdom.
"Mom, I think I am very dehydrated and I need a milkshake immediately!" 
Hey, me too!!!!! 


  1. Someone gave me that book, I really need to open it up!!

    Love the look on Little Catherine's face in the last pic, as well as the look on Victoria's face when standing holding onto the wall. Each on of your girls is just beautiful!

  2. Me too Catherine me too. Ps will you stay over next week? I'm here....

  3. LOL.... Catherine cracks me up. And VICTORIA TALKING AND CRUISING!!!! WOW.... what a difference.
    Oh how I wish the orphanage workers could see her and Francesca!

    1. I totally agree. I'm sure they would not believe that is the same child that "has no potential". Your girls (and son) are absolutely amazing!! Thanks for the update on your crazy and fun life.

  4. I just started reading your blog and I totally love you guys. The difference in Victoria and Francesca since you first started writing about them is unbelievable.

  5. Oh my I LOVE you kids. I'm so glad you are out of your funk long enough to write a quick blog! Who could say no to the sweet Anastatia and the excited jumps of all three girls. Yeah for making a pot roast. Are you on pintrest? I'm sure you could find millions of simple recipes on there! :) So glad to see Victoria and Francesa are becoming more and more independent. And Miss Catherine.... I couldn't have said it better. Perhaps I'll try that out on a friend tomorrow. We'll see how it works for me. ;) -Angela

  6. maybe you were in a funk because you needed a milkshake immediatly? Try it - might do the trick!

  7. I agree with The Hillbergs! ;)
    Love the pics of V standing up and cruising, and I would love to hear her sweet voice. She is doing fabulous! The growth in F is wonderful to see. I love seeing her enjoying the stickers.
    My kids love sleep-overs and I detest them. Hope yours went well. :)
    How did your pot roast turn out? I have one I am going to do on Sunday. I have taco soup going in my crock right now.

    Hope your funk is fading. :)

  8. I love your updates! So sorry you have been in a funk, me too! Must be the seasons changing or something. Celebrating each success with you!

  9. My little guy just went to the eye doctor and they told me the same thing--it's just the shape of his eyes and the epicanthal fold around them that makes it look like he's crossing his eyes! :) -Vasi


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