Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hola, como estas?

(This photo may or may not make sense to you later.)

Wow, this month seems to have gone by quickly!

Lately, we've been taking classes for the Foster Adoption process. We've had three classes so far, and we've had "Team Adopt" backing us 100%! We are so thankful for all the help with our kiddos. Thanks Greg & Carrie, Gabe & Mary, Kyle & Christa, Jeff, Sara & Aaron, April & Charity, and Matt & Stephanie!! It has been like a relay race and the kids are having a wonderful time!! :) They've played games, explored the outdoors, hiked, played soccer, eaten ice cream, and hung out at the beach! Jeff even took Josh to get his wittling badge for Cub Scouts! I think the kids like that we are taking these classes!! Thanks soooo much everyone!!

Most recently we've taken RET (Relationship Enhancement Training) classes. Unfortunately we missed the memo that these classes were to be Spanish only. Whoops!! Well, since our high school level Spanish wasn't really going to help us with a communication class, we were blessed to have Ann privately tutor us!! She's an amazing woman who loves God and has had many foster children in her care over the years. She's also an excellent communicator, and we learned a ton from her. Already, we are better listeners and communicators with our boys. It's a bit mentally exhausting to learn how to rephrase our thoughts, but it definitely helps us understand one another better. We've also seen the boys take more responsibility for solving their own problems. Good stuff! :)

Well, that's all for now! Oh, except did I tell you that we went to Olvera St. when we were in LA for the wedding? What does this have to do with our classes you ask? Well... the classes were in Spanish and Olvera St. was part of a pueblo started by Spaniards and Mexicans (among others). I put 2 and 2 together. Does anyone else's brain work like that?

Here are a couple photos for you...

Lucha Libre Anyone??

Friday, March 20, 2009

Chocolate Motivation

Jason was potty trained at 2 1/2 years old. It was a surprise really, because Josh wasn't trained until much later. Maybe it's a younger brother thing and he just wanted to emulate his older brother. I'm not sure, but I wasn't about to argue with it. I just bought a pack of M&M's and we got right to training.

Things went very well up until a couple of months ago. I think Jason just decided he was too busy to stop and go, so he started having a lot of accidents. There were so many changes of clothes and loads of laundry that I started getting very frustrated. No amount of reminding or scolding seemed to have any effect at all. I told myself it was just a phase. Apparently not.

So, against my better judgment, I bought some more M&M's. You know what ? No more accidents... imagine that! Chocolate is just a great motivator. I refuse to feel badly about it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Wedding

Last weekend we were down in L.A. Patrick's first-cousin, Monica
(who used to be Monique... not sure where the change came from! But then again,
Patrick's first name is Ariel and he goes by Pat, Ari, Kuya, Coach Z, PZ, and
Helen Keller, too. So maybe it runs in the family. Come to think of it, his
sister goes by Virn, Virna, Lisa, and Ate. He also has an Uncle Ed that they
call Ding. Sorry, this little aside became a mighty big ramble.)
got married.
Josh was asked to be a ring bearer. He got a cute little tuxedo that he pretty much wants to wear at any possible venue. And he let me call him cute all day long. I love calling him cute and he never lets me. Anyhow, if you need a ring bearer, just call Josh... he'll be there in a flash. And I will be very happy, because Patrick will put gel in his hair, and I'll have a whole other day to call him cute.

Here he is in all his cute glory...

Here is his brother, who was also cute and completely out of control all day long.

He is 3 and he wants to be Nacho Libre. He doesn't understand weddings, but he said that his tie made him a bird. I'm not sure what he means.

Here is cousin Aubrey who did some really good twirling and showed everyone that a girl in tulle can still climb... no problem. She was a pretty princess.

Don't they look like a miniaturized Troy and Gabriella? They are going to break out in song any second. Soarin'.... Flyin'... There's not a star in heaven that we can't reach...

Here is Monica and her husband Troy (I'm not sure if he has any other names.) They are good looking. They want to have a lot of good looking babies right away. I'm not kidding.

And here is Josh once again. This is the epitome of cuteness. I'm going to frame this and secretly call him cute every day. Don't tell.
It was a beautiful day...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Home Remedy

I'm trying not to count any chickens before they hatch. I really should be writing this post in May, but I'm really hoping I am on the right path here.

Back in 1994, I got a really nasty sinus infection. If you've ever had a sinus infection, you know what I'm talking about. It feels like a migraine and a horrible cold combined. My teeth even hurt, and at one point, I thought that if my head exploded, at least the pressure would be relieved. I was that desperate.

Ever since, I have been battling my sinuses. For a long time, my weapons were a variety of over-the-counter remedies which usually did not win the battle. I would eventually end up in the doctor's office (or the ER on one occasion), and go home defeated with a bottle of antibiotics.
Over the years, I've tried a combination of remedies in effort to prevent an infection as well as fight one I feel might be coming on. Here's what has been working for me this cold season.
#1 Nasal irrigation- I've been trying this several times a week using a saline solution. If I feel a cold coming on, I do it a couple times a day, because colds always lead to sinus infections for me. I want to avoid using steroid sprays and the dreaded antibiotics, and this simple cleaning the nose is really helping.
#2 Emergen-C- I've basically been taking a pack of this every day since September, and although it didn't prevent hives from shellfish or the stomach flu, I've generally felt better taking it.
#3 Colloidal Silver- This is basically silver particles suspended in distilled water. Silver has anti viral, fungal, and bacterial properties. So I take it in the evening if I feel like I'm getting sick. Sometimes I have irrigated my nose with this and a salt solution and it has saved me a trip to the doctor.
So far, I am so thankful I've got a good combination going.
Lord willing, hopefully I can escape this season without a trip to the pharmacy. That would be amazing!!
How do you stay healthy?
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