Sunday, January 30, 2011

Meltdown City


Well, we have experienced our first real sickness this week.  When I say real sickness, it means Josiah actually has had to take an antibiotic.   He started running a fever on Wednesday, so we did the normal Tylenol and ibuprofen.  By Thursday night, he had a HORRIBLE cough and didn't get much sleep.  Thursday night, he was coughing so bad that he threw up.  After throwing up, he asked if he could go see Ms. Leah so she could make him better.  How pitiful is that!?!  Frown Instead of waiting for Monday to come around, we went ahead and made an appointment to see Ms. Stacy on Friday.  He didn't get to see Ms. Leah, but we told him that he was going to see Ms. Leah's friend, and he was totally fine with that.  Ms. Stacy said he has a lot of junk in his chest and wrote us a prescription, but said we could wait to give it to him if we wanted.  Friday night was a ROUGH night--from 7:00pm to 10:00pm he woke up three times.  After the third time, I brought him to our room and propped him up on some pillows which didn't help.  So finally, I sat up against the pillows and held him in my arms.  He slept much better, but lets just say I didn't get much sleep.  Chris and I decided that if he didn't nap well on Saturday, then we were going to go ahead and start the prescription.  Well, he didn't sleep very well by himself so back in my arms he went.  So we went ahead and gave him his first dose of antibiotics.  Well, I have heard horror stories about kids being on antibiotics, but I thought that it was made up.  I have heard about how aggressive kids are. Well, I can now say that I am living these horror stories.  In the last 12 hours, Josiah has pushed Sophie over, talked nasty to me, had multiple meltdowns, repeatedly pushed his rocker ottoman into me, and put his hands over Sophie's mouth and nose. So I am praying that tomorrow is a better day--that he catches up on his sleep and is a little less aggressive to all.

Sophie did start running a fever, and I thought we were going through round two of what Josiah has, but last night I found a tooth that has come through. She has been having some meltdowns, too.  At one point, they were both having a meltdown.  I was so exhausted by this point that I wanted to throw myself on the floor and scream and cry like they were, but I decided that it probably wouldn't get us very far.  We are praying Sophie's fever was because of her tooth.  Please be praying that Josiah will get over this soon and that we all stay safe.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Birthday Weekend


Well, we've had a very busy, but fun weekend.  Friday was Chris' 33rd birthday, so I tried to surprise him by having some of our friends over.  I ended up telling him how many were coming because I could tell he was having a stressful week, and I didn't want him to be miserable the whole time.  So we had our little family, the two Korean girls, two of our youth, the McLeods and the Corsos.  I made Chris one of his favorite meals, lasagna with beef and pepperoni and bread from Wegman's.   For dessert, I made him Lemon Icebox Pie.  There is a lot of pressure to make this pie because he is used to having his Granny make it...and let's be honest it is hard to compete with any recipe a granny makes.  Smile After the kiddos went to bed, Chris and I headed over to the church to decorate for Sophie's birthday party.  It was so nice for John and Jen to stay while we went to the church--it made our Saturday that more relaxing.

We got up Saturday morning and completed some last minute food items for Sophie's party.  Sophie was able to take a little nap before we headed to the church which was nice.  There are LOTS of pictures in her birthday album, so please take a minute to look at them.  Even though we didn't have our immediate family here to celebrate, Sophie sure was loved on by all of our VA family.  She had her adopted grandparents (the Stilwells) and LOTS of adopted aunts, uncles and cousins (the Dages, the Corsos, the McLeods, the Byrum-Bouttes, the Pintos,  and the Manettis).

Today is going to be another busy day, but more with church stuff.  We won't see much of Chris today because he is going to a HFG to share some new changes coming to our church plus he has youth.  So I will head home with all four kids and get them fed and hopefully, we will all have a quiet rest time. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New Adventure


Well, today we are starting a new adventure.  In a little over an hour, I will be heading to the airport to pick up two Korean girls who will be staying with us for a month.  One of the girls is in third grade and the other is in fourth grade.  Chris and I seriously prayed and discussed about having an exchange student for the whole year, but never got a green light.  One thing that was really holding us back is the fact that our family days are Mondays and Tuesdays and if we had a student living with us, we wouldn't be able to do any traveling since they would need to be in school.  When we heard about a month long stay, we figured we could do that.  So needless to say, we are EXTREMELY excited about having these two girls staying with us.  Some of our friends who live a couple of blocks from us are getting two boys, so we will be carpooling with them to get the kids to and from school each day.  I'm sure as the days go on, I will post another journal entry and some pictures.

This week is going to be pretty crazy as we adjust to having a school schedule to follow, get ready for Sophie's 1st Birthday and celebrate Chris' 33rd Birthday.  Come back to see some pictures of all that is going on.