Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sleeping beauty?


Look who fell asleep eating grilled cheese and tomato soup on sunday!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Another plane trip...



This map shows all of the states the Daniel has been in since arriving in the US on November 8th of 2008. He has also been in Ethiopia, and Rome. I would say that this little guy is a world traveler.

This last week we had planned on traveling to Arizona to see Grandma DJ. She has been on hospice since November for cancer. We got the call on Monday that she had taken a turn for the worse and we may not make it. Tom called the airlines to see if we could leave a day early. He asked me how quick I could have 6 of us ready to go. I had started the packing already, but was no where near ready... I told him 20 minutes. We were out the door in 30 minutes. We arrived in Arizona (Tucson) at 3:15 am. We slept a few hours and headed over to see Tom's mom. She was unable to communicate with us, but I think that she could hear us. We spent the morning with her and then took the kids to the zoo (a much needed break for them). Hospice then called us back to the house. We visited a little more and then Tom took the kids and I back to the hotel. He returned to be with his mom. With in minutes of his return she passed away. This has been a tough year as Tom has lost both of his parents and the kids have lost 3 grandparents. We planned her memorial service and attended that. We were also able to take the kids over to a mountain. Tom took Allison, Michael, and Benjamin on a nice long hike up the mountain. Benjamin (who will be 6 next month was the one who kept pushing them to climb higher). Daniel and I hung out only a little ways up.

Here are some pictures of the good times we had in Arizona.









Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Celebrating three months....

Today we celebrate three months since gotcha day! We took Daniel into our arms 3 months ago today and walked out the door of the Transition Home with him. Just look at how much he has changed since our referral pictures in July. We love him so much and he is such a blessing to our family. We could use good sleep at night, but that will come.

July (referral and traveling family pictures)




August (August Update and traveling family picture)



September (Our September Update)


October (these are our October Update Pictures)




November (Our time with Daniel in Ethiopia)





November (Daniel's home coming)





December (home 1 month)



January (2 months home)



February (3 months from Gotcha Day)


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Long Weekend!




On Saturday, Tom left to take Michael to his basketball game, about 40 minutes later I tried to take Allison to her basketball game. Both games were in different cities and not ours. Well as I started backing out of the drive, I got stuck in the snow and ice. The more I tried to get out, the worse I got stuck. Thankfully a neighbor took Allison to meet Tom, so that he could get her to her game. Michael then stayed and watched the neighbors basketball game and then they brought him home. I called AAA for help. They came out and looked at our drive and told us we were on our own. They could could not help us. Daniel and I worked for an hour, the van was just stuck. When Tom got home we worked for over another hour, sand, salt, digging.... nothing was working. I got it stuck good. (Thank goodness Tom was not home when I got stuck or the car would have been blocked in the garage). It was really cold and dark out, so at this time we decided to call it a night. We will deal with it in the morning.

Well Daniel is having a really restless night. At 12:30 we give him Tylenol, and I decide to lay down with him in the guest bed until the Tylenol kicks in. It is after 1:00 and he is still restless. At 1:20 he sits up, crawls forward and puts his head back down. He misses the pillow and hits the bookcase headboard. I immediately grab him and turn the light on.... there is blood all over his face and all around his eye. After cleaning him up we see that he has split his head right on the right eye brow. So it is off to the Emergency Room. The van is still stuck. We can't fit everyone in the car, so we leave Allison with the boys. We head to the Emergency Room! We had a terrific nurse and a great pediatric doctor. Daniel got three stitches on his right eye brow. We got back home at 3:30.

On Sunday, after about 3 1/2 hours of working and neighbors helping we finally got the van out. We even made it to a friends house for a Super Bowl Party. Yes, all of my boys are happy that the Steelers won.

Daniel had an ear infection that had not gone away, that is why he was so restless. He is now on a different antibiotic. He goes Friday to get his stitches out.