Sunday, August 31, 2008
* Clean out the sink
* Get everything together (flea soap, towels, ect.)
* Do your very best not to even mention the B word (bath) or even really look like that's what your getting ready for.
* Sit down on the couch and look like your not up to anything.
* Call Vegas to come over and get petted (Because he's usually the one that runs and hides)
* Give up trying to get Vegas to come out from under the couch.
* Go get Cecil who has enacted his emergency response plan and gotten into the bathtub in the front bathroom like he's waiting out a tornado.
* Put Cecil in the sink.
* One of us starts washing Cecil while the other has to fish Vegas out from under whatever he has barracaded himself under.
* Wash Vegas
* Dry both dogs and let them loose.
* Wait 15 minutes and open a can of tuna to lure the cat out of wherever he goes when it's bathtime.
* Wash cat as he does his whole pitifull moaning thing.
* Dry cat.
* Put away soap
* Put all pet bedding and drying towels in the washer on HOT with lots of soap.
* Scrub out sink and surrounding counters with comet.
* Fill sink with hot water and bleach, cause no one wants dirty dog butt residue in their sink.
* Apply peroxide and ointment to scratches on arms.
* Empty the bleach water the next morning.
(We wash the pets in the big sink in the kitchen due to back problems)
Kitty loves his bath. Don't let that face or the pityful meowing fool you.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Annie and Brandon in Annie's dorm room. Behind us is her roommates side of the room the .....Uuuuhhhhmmm "neat" side of the room. :)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This of course is the "business end" where our great manure for the garden came from. Thank you horse booty. Thank you Ken and Leigh.
Glen got all of the poo spread out over the garden area and in the garden boxes.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Brandon starts a new program this year. He will only have one class at the high school that he goes to everyday. Then he will go on Monday and Wednesday, just in the mornings, to a computer driven school. The rest of the time he will be at home doing his school work over the computer. He has wanted to do this for a couple of years now, but he is not self motivated, so Lori and I kept him in traditional high school. We will see how he does in this first semester. If he does good then great, this is just what he needed and he can stay with the program, but if he is just at home sleeping all day, goofing off on the computer all night then it’s back to the high school for all day schooling. Brandon is a great kid, that has opportunities and
the potential to have an exciting and easy life. Good luck Boo!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Lori and I went to the President Clinton library in Little Rock, Arkansas for his (Clintons) birthday for two reasons: it was free admission to the library on his birthday, and we have never been. So what the heck, when we got there much to our surprise they were giving away free cake and a watermelon to boot. We toured the library and looked at all the things that went on during his presidency. One of the most amazing things I saw that day was not the replica of the oval office. It was this guy; I don’t remember his name but I was very impressed with him so I had to get a photo with him to remember him by. We went into a round room to watch a short movie and he came in and started speaking and using sign language at the same time because there was a deaf couple in the theater. I sat in awe as he signed away telling us about the library and why Clinton picked that spot for it. He was very nice to talk with after the movie had ended and was happy to let Lori take our photo. I may try to get his name so I can write the library and tell them how nice he was to us and what an asset to the library he truly is.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Well maybe not yet but for my first year I think I did pretty well.
We grow sweet potatoes, Yukon gold’s, and the purple one I can’t remember what they are called. We took the ones in the pan and got some rosemary from the garden and backed them in the oven yum! The best part I didn’t have to dig them up I just pulled the hey back and there they were on top of the ground. The sweet potatoes did grow down into the ground though. I do need to add a lot of organic material to the soil this winter to soften it up. We are also thinking about getting 2-3 small bantam chickens for eggs/ fertilizer/ bug eating.
Monday, August 11, 2008
After a 25 hour flight from China Annie arrived back in Arkansas safe and sound
Thursday, well really Friday it was after midnight by the time we got home. She didn’t miss any of her flights, got all her luggage, and didn’t even get air sick this time. She has come along way since the photo below was taken in August 2007.
We let her get over the jetlag on Friday then Saturday we took her to Wal-Mart to get her the supplies she needed for her new life at UCA. I was able to get her a small dorm refrigerator for her dorm room so she can keep some yogurt, cold drinks, some milk for cereal, and orange juice for breakfast. They have a cafeteria at UCA but it is not open yet so we also set her up with some food so she can have it now and when it is shut down from time to time.
Sunday we packed the truck to the roof and headed off, hoping to be able to move Annie things into her dorm room before the brunch they had set up for all the new international students at 11:00.
No such luck we were the first ones there, so we took photos of some of the buildings.
Can you spot Annie in-between the two signs in the front of the building, this campus huge this is a dorm?
After brunch it was time to check in, Annie being the kind hearted person she is helped some different groups of the new students from China who were confused about how to fill out there paper work.
And finally at around 2:30 we got Annie’s Dorm room key and moved her on in. there were a couple of students already living in the Dorm Annie is in but the bulk of them don’t move in until the 17th, I was really impressed with the way all the student were trying to help each other out, I think Annie is going to get a great education at UCA this year. When I left I reminded her that I have a phone and she has a phone and Lori and I will always be here for her.
We love you and are proud of you.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
A Journey of hope in a Chinese orphanage
By Kay Bratt
You can order Signed Copy of Silent Tears $19.96 Free shipping within USA/Canada. directly from her here at her blog.
I Came across this book the other day Silent Tears by Kay Bratt and knew I needed to get it.
I have gotten to page 199 out of 427 and it has been a wonderful read so far. It will truly give you a sense of what our sons and daughters may have faced though there first months, or years of there lives in the orphanages. The four years that are covers in the book may not be true of what go’s on in all orphanages but as I read through the book, it has conjured up many images from photos, and You Tube videos I have seen over the years of the inner working of the orphanages. I have seen so many babies come home with the back of there heads flat form lying in there cribs on boards for hours and hours. Our Norahs will be 7-36 months old when we get a referal for her this book will give me a deeper understanding of why her little personality is the way it is and to help her and us to try to overcome and thrive in spite of the time she spent at the SWI. We so look forward to the day we can bring our daughter home no matter how good or bad her SWI is it is not her home she just has to survive it to get to us.