Thankful for Friends and Family

There are things that happen in life that cause me to be especially thankful for the people in my life.  Over the last couple of days, some very special people in my life shown a great deal of love and compassion.  For that, I’m truly thankful.

We are spending a quiet day at home.  Okay, as quiet a day as you can have with 4 kids in the house 🙂  but are thinking of our loved ones who we can’t be with today.

Have a wonderful day celebrating friends, family, and good food.

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Kids

As usual, things are busy in the World of Weeks.

The girls both had orthodontist visits.

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Naomi got a mold taken of her mouth so they can make her an expander.  She just doesn’t have enough room for her teeth to come in.  Hopefully this will prevent the need for braces, although it’s more likely that it will simply reduce the amount of time she’ll need to wear braces, which won’t be needed for a few more years.  She still has several teeth to lose.

 

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Lili, on the other hand, did get braces on her top teeth.  She’s had minimal problems and is taking very good care of her teeth so far.  She will only need to wear them 12-16 months.

 

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Little Bit is growing and changing daily.  She is really working hard on holding her head up and is beginning to use her legs more.  She is not fond of tummy time, but she needs to work on those core muscles.

She is no long swimming in the newborn outfits.  In fact, she fills them out quite nicely.  It won’t be long until they will be put away and saved for other foster babies we might have in the future.

 

We took a trip to a local farm with our homeschool co-op.  The girls fed a long-horn bull, cows, calves, llama, goats, rabbits and chicken.  We were entertained by the llama chasing the calves.  We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on the farm.

We’re beginning to gear up for the holidays now.  It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 8 weeks away.  Seems like not so long ago we were opening Christmas presents and now we’re planning again.

 

 

As Mother’s Day Approaches

Those who are on Facebook are familiar with the little reminders that pop up on an almost daily basis.   This time of the year, many are likely receiving reminders of Mother’s Day posts from years past.

For many, Mother’s Day isn’t all roses and breakfast in bed.  It’s happiness and sadness intertwined.

Here is a memory that recently popped up on my Facebook page.

https://worldofweeks.com/2011/05/08/the-life-of-a-mother/

 

Easter 2017

We tried a new egg dye technique.

Wrap a paper towel around the eggs.

Put drops of food coloring on the paper towel and then spray with water.

Gently squeeze to press against the egg and removed any excess water.

Allow them to sit until they dry.

I’m not sure there was enough water sprayed on several of the eggs, but we liked the way they turned out.

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Baskets ready for Easter morning.

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Photo Purge

I had quite a few photos on my phone and was running out of room.  So why not share them here.

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Lili and Naomi get a little help from Zoey

 

 

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Visit to the Gandhi Garden

 

This girl loves Snapchat and I have a lot more pictures to prove it.  Just don’t have the room here to post them all 🙂

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We went to the museum and found out that there will be a new exhibit soon.  Lili is VERY EXCITED!!!!  I’m guessing we will see this exhibit several times.  Good thing we have a family pass.

 

 

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Time for a selfie while waiting for our friends to arrive.

 

In looking at these photos, I think it’s pretty clear to tell which one likes to have her picture taken.

 

Shake up Christmas

Many years ago, hubby worked for a little company called Boeing :-).  One of his co-workers live on a small yacht on Puget Sound and invited his co-workers to come to his yacht for a Christmas party.

During the party, he took his boat out to parade with all the other boats decked out for Christmas.  It was a memorable time and when I came across this video, it reminded me of that Christmas party so many years ago.  Plus, I really like this song 🙂

Blast From the Past

Facebook is good about posting reminders for posts past and today I was reminded of a time, four years ago, when I took my girls in to get professional photos taken for Christmas.  It’s a day I will always fondly remember.

Neither of the girls were being very cooperative.  One of them didn’t want her picture taken at all and had to be coaxed to pose for every shot.  The other preferred playing and had to be pulled away from her play to get pictures taken.  The session, took twice as long as it should, causing other appointments behind us to back up.  The photographer worked very hard trying to get good shots on these two uncooperative subjects and it was stressful on all of us.  For a matter-of-fact, I’m quite sure I heard the photographer breath a sign of relief as we walked out of the studio that day 🙂

It was also the last time I took the girls in to get professional photographs.  The one who had to be coaxed to get her picture taken still has to be coaxed and it’s only gotten harder the older she has gotten.  Plus, hubby feels like getting professional photos done is a form of torture and that’s due to both the process and the cost involved.  LOL!!

The stress of that day passed long ago and as I look at these photos now, I smile as I see my girl’s personalities shining through and shed a little tear as I realize how much they have grown and changed in four years.

Naomi kept smiling and closing her eyes because she didn't like the flash.Eventually, they both decided to be silly during pictures.

Naomi's insistence on closing her eyes made Lili start laughingAnd when we finally got Naomi to open her eyes, she was looking elsewhere.

For example, looking up instead of at the camera.Or looking down.

But we did manage to get her looking at the camera and smiling at the same time.But unlike our photo session last year, Lili was pretty cooperative in doing what she was asked.

And she showed some very cute sides of her personality.  Like the scrunchy nose which she has done since she was a baby.Or the little side smile that she has also done since she was a baby.

So even though getting these pictures took a lot longer than we had hoped or planned, we managed to get some good pictures.  And I'm now able to look back on it and laugh.

Maybe one day, when the moment is right and cooperation is to be had, I’ll get them to  re-enact these poses and see what I can get.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy a blast from the past – the Christmas photos of 2012.