Catch Up

October 31, 2008 at 9:54 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m sure you were waiting with bated breath to see what I thought of HSM3. My kids had the day off school (nice of them huh) so we caught the first showing at the theatre (which also saved us $9). Final word – cute, fun, probably my least favorite of the 3 though. It was obvious that they were using the film to introduce the next round of characters for HSM4 and frankly, I’m not sure the new kids will have the same appeal. So that’s my final HSM synposis.

Yes it’s been a long time since I posted because somehow the months of October and November seem to fly by and get busy.

  • Kids had a patriotic music assembly last week and each grade sang a patriotic song. Mrs. Rocca was awesome and picked some really cute songs I’d never heard.
  • Work has been busy as we are getting all our Christmas stuff lined up and I am also trying to work ahead to prepare to be out of the office for 4-6 weeks when we get the kids.
  • Natalie turns 6 on Sunday so we had her class party today, sleepover tomorrow, family party next week.
  • Signed up Noah for baseball that starts tomorrow, right after
  • The all church picnic which, for me, includes setup and picture taking.
  • Instead of trick or treating (and coming home with a bag of candy of which you will only eat 1/3) we went to Phoenix Christian’s homecoming. Saw a few old friends which was nice.
  • Next week Mark’s sister comes in from UK with my new niece Annabel. I guess she’s not officially “new” anymore since she’s 3 months old but since I haven’t seen her in person she’s new enough. Can’t wait to kiss on those chubby cheeks!
  • Can’t wait to eat some Ethiopian food at the Slonigers party on Sunday. Natalie is very excited about the injera.
  • 28 days til court!

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The Sound of High School Musical

October 22, 2008 at 12:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Only 2 days til HSM 3 hits theaters.

But first, you have to see this. Someone figured out that “Bet on It” from HSM 2 synchs perfectly to “The Hills are Alive” from Sound of Music. WARNING: Do not have liquids in your mouth while viewing.

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7 about me

October 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm (Fun)

Jen tagged me with this one so here we go. (I could cheat and steal from this list but I won’t.)

  1. About 11 years ago I was diagnosed with “benign positional vertigo”. The room goes all spinny and wobbly and it makes me want to vomit. After about 9 months it went away but every once in awhile, especially if I am over-tired or over-stressed, it comes back. Sleep is really the best thing to cure it.
  2. I can crack my toes. (Kind of like popping your knuckles.) It grosses Mark out.
  3. I am not a morning person – in a “don’t talk to me till I’m out of the shower” kind of way. I’m in my prime around midnight. This does not go over so well with my early-to-bed early-to-rise hubby.
  4. In high school I was convinced I would move to New York City and work for the New York Times. Instead I have to settle for visiting there every few years.
  5. I’m a loud talker, ESPECIALLY when I’m on the phone. Mark is constantly “shushing me”. Sometimes I catch myself, but mostly not.
  6. Being back at my college alma mater last weekend made me remember how much I love learning. Someday I want to finish my master’s degree. Or just take some classes that interest me.
  7. I am less of a control freak today than I was 10 months ago when we started our adoption journey. If it brings nothing else (and I know it will) it was worth the journey just to learn to “Let go and let God”.

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Exciting news…

October 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm (Uncategorized)

…over here.

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Bringing You Up To Date

October 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm (Parenting)

Seriously, I have been so bad at the blog posts lately. So this is the get-you-up-to-speed blog post.

Noah had a great birthday. The “sleepover” went amazingly well. The boys were all out by 10:45 p.m. which I consider a minor miracle. They were up around 6:30 a.m. but dad had morning duty 🙂 So Noah is officially 9! We are so proud of him. He’s doing really great at school and making new friends. He’s decided to play baseball for the Diamondbacks when he grows up. He loves a good joke and is frighteningly smart. Has an incredible memory (which sometimes drives me nuts) and is a bit of a perfectionist.

Natalie will be 6 in just two weeks. She’s having a small slumber party and very excited about it. She’s been talking about it for months. Any day now she’s going to start the “How many days til…?” questioning. She’s started taking ballet after school. One of the parents comes and teaches the K/1st grade girls once a week. We’re doing the 3 week “trial period” right now and then will see how she likes it and how much it costs. Natalie had a blast with her cousins last week while we were in Ark.

They got to climb the giant haystacks at the Haak Dairy (Mark’s Aunt & Uncle).

Here’s all the cousins, minus Annabel in the UK. From left to right are Isaac (2), Trevor (almost 8), Caleb (6), Averee (9), Natalie, Noah and Jayden (4)

Despite the 4 year age difference, Natalie and Averee have a great time together. They kind of have to stick together since they’re the only girls. I have no doubt they’ll watch out for Annabel when given the chance.

We had a great time hanging out in Arkansas. Unfortunately it seems we all picked up either allergies or hay fever or something so we’re trying to kick that out of our systems and get everyone rested back up.

On the adoption front our papers FINALLY got finished and our filed. Now we’re just waiting on a court date. At this point the end of December would be the EARLIEST we would travel.

So that kind of brings you up to date with what we’ve been doing.

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And the busy time of year begins

October 3, 2008 at 10:10 pm (Home, Parenting)

The craziness of the holidays starts a little bit early around here – kicking off with Noah’s birthday at the beginning of October. We’ve had the “bring cupcakes to class” party, the family party and, as I type, 4 boys upstairs telling each other “SHHHHH!” Noah’s first sleepover.

BTW, apparently only girls have “slumber parties”. Boys have “sleepovers”.

Natalie’s birthday follows a month behind and in between we have a trip to Arkansas to see family.

Then a visit from Uncle Brad and cousin Grace.

November will mean a visit from Aunt Jenny and Annabel (Auntie can’t wait to smooch on those cheeks)…Uncle Rob will come for a shorter time.

And somewhere between there and Christmas we REALLY hope to be going to Ethiopia to get our kids. (There have been a whole bunch of delays but we feel like we are on the right track.)

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Our Family

September 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm (Home)

By Natalie, almost 6

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Benefit Concert

September 15, 2008 at 9:59 pm (Uncategorized)

For those of you in the Phoenix area I’d love to invite you to a night of worship designed to benefit Hope for the Hopeless – a ministry to the orphans of Ethiopia that we are involved with. The important details are below but if you want to read more about it, go to our adoption blog. You can also find out more about Hope for the Hopeless at their web site.

Windows and Doors Worship Event

Friday, September 26th

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Free – Love offering will be taken

The Salvation Army Citadel

628 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

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Important life issues…

September 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm (Uncategorized)

…for a five year old.

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All “atwitter” with changes

September 11, 2008 at 8:49 pm (Uncategorized)

As of next Monday morning I will be sitting at a new desk and working on a new computer.

Not just any new computer, but a Mac. It took me awhile to think back, but it has been about 11 years since I used a Mac. Before that I had been back and forth a few times. The computers at the college lab were PC but the school newspaper was Mac. The first computer I owned was a Mac as well. But now, wow, 11 years is a long time. I’ve committed a lot of PC shortcuts to memory in that time 🙂

But I’m excited and I know it will come back to me quickly. And really, Photoshop is Photoshop no matter what platform you run. Except for I’m hoping it will run faster on my 4GB Ram Mac!

On top of that I’m moving down the hall into another office. For the last year I’ve shared the Media Office with Derrick our Worship Director and whoever happened to be editing video. In the last couple weeks we’ve added two new people – Josh doing video and Sean as Pastor of Creative Arts. That not only makes it kind of crowded, but VERY loud!

So starting Monday I’ve been moved into the office with Kathleen (aka Sassy Granny) and Bob which conveniently is right next door to Greg. No more walking ALL the way to the other end of the office only to discover that he’s gone to lunch. Yeah!

I’ll let you know how my Mac transition goes.

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