Ethan has a new "thing" to obsess about, or rather two. We've moved past wearing bathing suits everywhere. It kind of started when it got bitter cold out and then when the two older kids had their birthdays he wanted his birthday to happen. So, he planned for a Swimming Spiderman Birthday Party - and yes, you have to say all of those words or he gets mad. Anyway, he started packing a bag full of ALL his bathing suits to prepare for the big Swimming Spiderman Birthday Party, and that was the end of wearing bathing suits everyday. Now he LOVES Spiderman, and a lot of our conversations start with either "Who is stronger, Spiderman? Batman? or Incredible Hulk?" or "What does Spiderman do?" or "Where is my Spiderman t-shirt you bought me for a prize?" This morning, as we were getting ready for church, he had to have a Spiderman t-shirt to wear under his collared shirt. Well, we couldn't find one, or rather, we couldn't find a CLEAN one. So, we are digging through the DIRTY clothes looking for any Spiderman t-shirt this kid can wear under his nicer church shirt (I figure no one is going to see it anyway so what's the harm, right?), we finally find one and we are off to church. As we picked him up his teacher said that he was so proud of his Spiderman shirt that he had to show everyone and he told the teacher to write "Spiderman" at the top of his paper NOT Ethan! His second obsession is diving. According to him he's been diving with everybody in his family and will go diving with them again "tomorrow." He practices diving every time we take a bath until last night when his goggles broke. He likes them down low on his head, over his ears, and very tight, he's constantly tightening them and they finally gave way. The rest of that bath was in tears because he couldn't practice his diving. Thus the life of a strong willed, very lovable, three and a half year old.
Well, our house is currently in 'fruitbasket upset' mode. Our upstairs bathroom, the one the kids use is in the process of being painted. Our former formal dining room (say that 10 times fast) looks like the bottom picture - freshly textured, base boards off, deciding on which red to paint it, wood floors bought, but not installed, and lots of new outlets. It is very slow going because I can only really work on it when Carlie is asleep (trust me, I tried while she was awake and she got a handful of primer 10 minutes before we walked out the door for church), Lyndal can only work on it when he's not working, and when bedtime rolls around I just want to go there myself. It will get done! Next week our floors are going to be installed, so we have to have the dining room painted by then. In the meantime we just keep trucking along!
I am a wife to a wonderful man, and a mother of five beautiful, healthy children. If I had time, I would get organized, read, research stuff, exercise (pressing on!), and take more naps. We live in the great state of Oklahoma. Life is good. God is great!
A List of Common Adoption World Abbreviations and Terms
SWI - Social Welfare Institution, the orphanage, but also sometimes an orphanage and a home for the elderly
SN - Special Need, some of the families request a child with a special need, we have chosen not to
LID - Log In Date, the date your dossier is officially logged in in China
Travel Group - All the other families who have the same DTC/LID date as we do and we will all travel together unless one of them chooses a child with a special need. Usually all the referrals in a group come from the same orphanage, which will be another thing we will have in common with our travel group.
I-171h - a PPP that we waited 6 weeks on so we could finish our dossier
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bethany - Our adoption case worker at Dillon who is very patient and has a great sense of humor
Dillon - Our adoption agency, which we love, is based in Tulsa, but serves many parts of the country, and it's Christian based
PPP - Pretty Peace of Paper, once you have received the pesky one it becomes the pretty one ;)
PPP - Pesky Piece of Paper, which is any piece of important paper you are waiting on
Referral - The first picture you see of the child you have been matched with and a brief medical history