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.

 

 

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.

Merry Christmas, Wicked Weather

Guess we’re in Texas now :-0

Our first Christmas in Texas was really quite nice.  The girls were excited Christmas morning to discover gifts under our little tree.  Of course it meant more stuff in our small space that have no home, but I’ve managed to find places to put some things and today I’m off to buy a couple more storage items in an effort to get things a little better organized.

Christmas afternoon we me my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and niece at a local movie theater to see the spectacular movie, Chipmunks Road Chip.  Yes, it was your typical Chipmunks movie.  Good music, decent entertainment and an enjoyable afternoon spent with family.

The next day we got to experience Texas weather at its finest.  It was warm.  Quite warm in fact and then the rains moved in.  Shortly after dinner, sirens went off and we headed to the RV clubhouse to take cover.  Fortunately, the tornadoes that moved thru the area were east of us.  Unfortunately, the tornadoes were deadly and there are many families without homes.  I really can’t shouldn’t complain much about our little space knowing that others have lost so much.  We woke up to a dusting of snow, but we have a roof over our heads, heat on this cold day, food to eat and clothes on our back.  Maybe I don’t have as much room or storage space as I would like, but we’re safe and together.  For that I’m truly thankful.

In a few day we’ll celebrate a new year and I’m hoping for some really good things to happen in 2016.