Thursday, July 31, 2008

Videos of Lucy.

Here are a couple of videos that we took tonight. (Still no Chicken Run ones, sorry.) Lucy is quite the character and is really blossoming right now. Here are a couple of new things that she likes to do.

Dancing...she loves Adele so much and has learned how to dance with her. They don't need any music because, hopefully you can hear, Lucy always sings for them.


My sweet little 16 month old is finally beginning to walk. We were afraid that she was going to start when we were in Rwanda...last April. Guess she is a bit of a late bloomer. But anyway, it's so fun. The lighting on the video isn't great, but you'll get the idea.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chicken Run

Well, this weekend we entered Adele and Elise in Georgia's Chicken Run at Deanna Rose Farmstead. Adele ran in it last year and we had so much fun that we just had to do it again this year. There are lots of games for them to play and then the run itself.

Adele did great this year in the run. She isn't exactly a track star, but her smile as she runs is always priceless. Elise, on the other hand, struggled a bit. Actually, she didn't run the race at all. She's our one who gets scared really easily and it was just too much for her. I'm not exactly sure what she was most upset about though, the fact that she didn't run or that she wouldn't be able to get a medal. I guessed it was the medal, so I took her to a spot further away from the people and had her run her own "race" so that she could get her medal and feel as though she accomplished something. She did great and you could tell she felt really proud. We talked about how maybe next year she "can race with the other kids". She is just so cute.

Anyway, so here are a few pictures of the morning. I'm having a little trouble with the videos, but hopefully I'll get them fixed and up for you all promises though.

The medals are cool and all, but what the girls really love is the free Krispy Kreme donut that they get!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Our Weekend Away

Anthony and I got to take a quick little vacation this last weekend. We headed to Orange County for my dear friend Annie's wedding. It was such a fun weekend. It was great to get to be a part of such a special weekend for Annie and it was great to get away for a little bit.

We did make it to the beach, although we didn't get in and swim. But it was a fun evening for us. Just walking on the beach, eating dinner together, buying little necklaces for the girls (Adele already broke hers), oh and having cash issues when we realized that our ATM cards were expired and we needed cash for the ferry to take us back off the island we were on...good times.

Anyway, so here is a little picture of Annie and her sweet new husband Bill. The wedding was really beautiful and at such a unique and fun little place. Oh, and her flowers were just incredible. Congrats Annie and Bill!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Adele's Prayers

One of the amazing things about being a mom for me has been watching the girls develop spiritually. There are so many things that I could share that they have said to me that have really made me pause and smile, but I think right now I just want to share about Adele's prayers.

Every night we ask the girls to do two things, thank God for something or someone and pray for someone. The thanking has varied from people to the artwork on their walls. It can get interesting, but we think that it is important for them to develop grateful hearts, so if they want to thank God for their pink walls...that's great. We've always tried to make sure that they also pray for someone before the day ends. Usually it is Lucy, Mommy and/or Daddy or one of their other relatives and the prayer has traditionally sounded like this... "Bless (name). Have a good night sleep. Amen." It would rarely stray from that formula. And for Elise it still is almost exclusively that. It's a sweet little prayer and we don't discourage it. I'm still convinced that that is why little Lu is our best sleeper yet. Her sleep has been prayed over by the girls almost every night since she was born!

Lately though, Adele's prayers have really changed and are just so beautiful. Ever since we got back from Rwanda, her prayers have been focused on Nathan. She told us that every night she was going to pray for him and I think she has only missed a night or two since she declared that to us. Here are a few of the things she has said during her prayers...

"Bless baby Nathan. Have a good night sleep." (Old habits are hard to break.)
"Bring him to our family soon."
"Have Mommy go get him from Africa."
"We miss him and want him with our family."
"Bring baby Nathan to us so Lucy has someone to play with."
"When Mommy sees him, she's going to hug him."
"When he is here, I'm going to tickle him."

That's just a few that I remember. Each night her prayers bring me to tears. I can't help it. They may sound silly to you, but they are always so thoughtful and just show that he is so real to her already. He's already such a part of our little family. And we all just pray he will be here with us soon.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Life doesn't stop.

Despite the fact that the adoption is never far from our thoughts, life has continued in the Dummermuth household. It has been incredible to see these girls grow up and I am constantly amazed as to the things these girls can do, what they enjoy, and just who they are. Here are a couple of little snippets of life this summer...

Adele and Elise were the recipients of my nesting and had their room painted last Friday afternoon. They are thrilled to finally have a pink room and if you come over, I'm sure they'll take you up to see it!

Did you know that a three and four year old can do their own laundry? Okay, so I do all the washer and dryer stuff, but Adele gets everything out of the dryer, they each fold all their own clothing (and do a really good job too), and then the hang all their dresses up and put everything in their respective drawers! It is so nice. Sure it takes longer to have them do it then it would for me to, but they are really learning to take care of their things and to help around the house. They also make their own bed and help in the kitchen with the cooking, not to mention the normal picking up and helping to get things. They are such great little girls and truly love one another. Lately they have been staying up until 9:30 at night just giggling in their bed together. (Their bedtime is 7:30.)

We have made our way over to the pool a couple of times so far this summer and our biggest challenge has been getting Adele to jump in on her own. Her prize for doing it has been pink icecream (anything pink goes over well in our house). She has done it twice so far. Elise, on the other hand, will be the first to tell you that since she hasn't jumped in the pool, she "only gets vanilla". She's quite the drama queen. The picture I'm including is of course not of the pool Adele is learning to jump into, put a picture of all the girls looking at the camera...I had to include it.

Elise's summer has been about potty training and princesses. This child is obsessed with all things romantic and would get married today if she could. Anthony has played a partner to all of her daydreams and has been everyone from Prince Philip (to her Sleeping Beauty) to Pongo (to her Perdita from 101 Dalmations). He's a good man and an amazing dad. Boy do I love him...and boy does he need another male in this house!

And little Lu. This child is something else. She is nearing 16 months now and is crawling all over the place while showing little interest in standing or walking by herself. But the personality on this girl just kills us. She is so funny. A real ham. And that smile will just melt your heart. She is also a huge fan of Adele's and has been known on a number of occasions to curl up in Adele's lap. Elise, on the other hand, is not on Lucy's best side and Lu will seek her out and start a fight with her. It's really kinda funny.

What a life we live!!