Sunday, January 31, 2010

Good times!

Here is Will having a good ol time getting his teeth cleaned at the dentist. This was his second visit at the dentist since coming home. He was a natural again, and I'm proud to say no cavities this time either!!

I have to share a Willardism(what we call the funny things Will says around here) Today Jeffrey was working on our taxes. He was getting toward the end and I'm looking at our refund on the top of the computer screen. Well, that adoption tax credit was giving us back more than we thought and so I walked up to Will as he was on the Mac computer with Jaymie making some sort of dance video and I said, " Will, you were practically free!" He went on to reply yeah mom, I know I'm 3, I'm not 4 yet. Obviously he thought I said he was practically 3. Jacklyn and I have a couple more Willardisms to share...that is for another post.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

an evening out

When Jeffrey is out of town for the week, the kids and I like to go out one night just to get out of the house and help the evenings go by a bit quicker without Jeffrey around. So.....since APPLEBEES has 99 cent kids meals M_W and I had a 5.00 off coupon, we decided to go out last night for dinner. We were also celebrating the kids cavity free mouths from our dentist visit ealier that afternoon. I'll post photos of Will in the dentist chair later. He is a natural.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Yesterday marked our 11 month anni. of being home with Will. It is absolutely amazing at how far this little guy has come in the time he has been home!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bowling fun

Here are the photos of the pure Wisconsinite past time! BOWLING.........Take note of the beautiful carpeted walls. You walk into a bowling ally and you feel like you have walked into a time warp.

wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Help for Haiti

My heart is breaking for Haiti........I hope the site below will maybe push someones heart to adopt. I pray the U.S. is able to streamline these adoptions. Go to the website below to read up on it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

budding artist

Will drew this after I read him a book. Can you guess which book just by looking at the photo? If you guessed the very hungry caterpillar.. you're right. I was pretty impressed with the detail:)
Today we are headed to the bowling alley. Yes, a very Wisconsin thing to do to pass the time in the winter months. It will be Wills first exposure to the sport of bowling besides the bowling on the Wii, which he seems to like a lot. Well, any sport with a ball Will is attracted to. Stay tuned for some lovely photos in the bowling alley. After bowling, the Cowboys are on TV. so I think it is going to be a daddy/son game time:) Jeffrey will have Will's jersey on him and his own Cowboys jersey on. Will gets a kick out of wearing the same kind of shirt as his dad.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Losing calories

I now burn more calories walking Oscar as Will wants to be pulled in his sled through the cornfields when I walk Oscar. I wont be surprised if Will starts yelling "mush mom mush" as I pull him. Will also likes to scoop up the snow and eat it as we make our way through the snow. In frozen or liquid form........Will loves water!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jaymie must have climbed into bed with Jacklyn last night. This morning I heard Will stirring upstairs, he called my name as I had already gotten up from bed and was downstairs, and then I heard him pitter patter across the hall from our room to Jacklyn's room. A few minutes later, Jeffrey went upstairs and told me to bring my camera. This is what we saw. I could watch them sleep for hours, but of course I have too much to do when they are sleeping. Bagherra and Oscar love sleeping with warm bodies!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

melting hearts.......

A couple times a day, well, maybe more than a couple times,I lean over to Will and say, "I didn't get my kiss today" and if he is in the mood..........he will give me a smooch. Well, today I got home from work after being off since before Christmas and he came up to me and said "Mom, I didn't get my kiss today and puckered up" Melted my heart. He just may have missed his mama after spending weeks together without being apart.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Rough life.....

He has it rough doesn't he? Will got a leapster 2 from Santa. I thought it would be a little too hard for him....he proved me wrong. He calls it his "Will size DS". Now he will leave his sister's DS alone:) He likes playing a memory game we downloaded on it. I like the drawing and coloring game.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The newest addition to our family......well we're fostering him so he is just here for a while. His name is Twix. Oscar, our boxer, is fascinated with him! Will and JC are loving having a little rodent.

A night out.....

We took a night out this week to take Will to his Ethiopian Restaurant in Milwaukee. The food is soooo good. I just wish it wasn't so far away so we could frequent it more often.Will diggin into his Ethiopian food. He was lovin it. Still hasn't forgotten how to eat it.
Jacklyn acquiring a taste for the injerra bread.
The picture speaks for itself.....
Jaymie won't taste the bread, but she will play with it and rip it into pieces for Will.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Well, this family made it til Midnight, but I believe we were all asleep by 12:10. The kids are still sleeping, but Jeffrey and I are enjoying our tea while we both do some computer work and take advantage of the kids sleeping. Jeffrey has been off since the 23rd and we have been going non stop with the list of to dos we created. It feels great to chalk them off as each one is accomplished. Our biggest list item has been transferring all of our info from the hard drives of my old laptop and our old desktop to the new addition to our family..........imac. Yes, our desktop was on its last leg, and my laptop died about 6mo ago, so we were using Jacklyn's laptop and Jeffrey's work computer. We visited the apple store and I was sold after they showed me it only had one plug and the rest was wireless. Then I was really sold after I experienced the iphoto program. We have been going crazy organizing all our photos. The kids just love the kid pix program and the photobooth gadget on the computer. Will is a wizard with the mouse. His ability to catch on to things continues to amaze me. The kids got the wii for Christmas and Will bowled a 170 his first game. He was on fire and now has spare and stike in his vocabulary. We have also experienced skype for the first time and have been able to skype relatives in other states which has been fun. Jacklyn will be using this often with her cousin in N.C.
2009 was most definitely a year of change for our family. It brought with it the gift of Will and the journey to Ethiopia. The trip to Ethiopia and the adoption of Will has forever changed the way I see things, as I'm sure it does for many who visit a third world country...The orphan situation weighs heavy on my heart, it overwhelms me, but at least I can feel we did a little and say there are 4.7 million orphans minus Will. Is there another adoption in our future? The girls would like to see that, and a part of me would love to do it again to. This time a waiting child, or special needs... but we will see what 2010 brings. I will continue to be an advocate for adoption and hope our story will put that push on others hearts like I had some 2 years ago. As it says in Proverbs 24:12.....Once our eyes are opened we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.
I'm going to try to attach some photos from photobooth as I continue to figure out our imac... the possibilities are endless with this amazing machine....Happy New Year!

The photos above sure are lovely heh? I just noticed the background on one photo is maroon behind our antique tennis rackets and the other background is brown behind the rackets.....yes painting our den was on the list.....and we got to chalk that off the list:) I should add here that Will can take these pictures of himself all by himself. He will sit in the computer chair for 20 minutes at a time taking pics of himself. Some of them are pretty scary looking, and some make you laugh so hard you start crying. Thankfully they are easy to delete. We're lovin our imac.

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One of our favorite photos of Will when he first got home

One of our favorite photos of Will when he first got home

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