these two love each other. passionately.
but don’t assume it is all personality. they actually like a good fight.
but every day we encourage them. we tell them, “your sissy is your best friend.”
we tell addy, “you protect your baby sister.”
we tell mercy, “if you are scared, your big sister will take care of you.”
and it is really starting to pay off.
they love. love. love. each other.
and it makes my heart so happy. and thankful.
this morning mercy woke up at the very wrong hour of 5:45am.
i heard addy say to mercy, “it is only 5:43 mercy. and our clock has to say 7. wanna snuggle in my bed with me until 7?”
they keep me busy that is for sure. and i am sure one day when i have teenagers, i will gain a few more gray hairs.
but i am so, so, so thankful the Lord gave us sisters.
taxi ride to dinner, bus ride home!
addy is a happy kid. she is an optimist, social and energetic.
so when she gets sick, neither christian or i know quite what to do.
last week, we came home from our language class on monday and our bouncy four year old was laying silently on the sofa. our babysitter said she had not eaten, not played and not watched tv. red flags.
tuesday she was out.of.it. as in, falling asleep anywhere and everywhere.
even mercy was besides herself trying to comfort her.
she of course needed to sleep in between mama and daddy two nights in a row. (once a co-sleeper, always a co-sleeper.)
finally she was on the mend and then the goal was to keep a very, very, very over-active child quiet for another day.
thank goodness she was back to normal by friday!
what can i say. one of my kids likes random strangers dressed up in red, white and fake fur. my other kid? not so much. i didn’t even try to set mercy on his lap. all i did was stand next to him. she kept telling me, “nu! nu! nu!”
beware. i just might post every video i haven’t posted. meaning, catch up. i have lots of random cell phone videos. but they are always too big to upload through wordpress. i used to have the free vimeo account which had a weekly limit of about 1-2 videos and i never managed to remember to upload 2 videos a week. nope. i need to be able to mass upload 10 or 20. soooooo i subscribed instead and plan on seriously uploading videos.
on that note, this video is only from yesterday. we are
kind of into really into a new christmas cd i got from my brother andrew and his wifey, casey-princess (addy’s nickname for her thank you very much). they (addy and mercy) are obsessed with the santa medley. obsessed. no matter what is going on, mercy starts dancing and addy starts singing. addy got it into her head that i should record their performance. mercy almost refused to dance for the camera (her usual m.o.) but actually started dancing. if you are wondering what the heck addy is doing, look and listen carefully. she likes to sing along with the high part so she is plugging her ears so that she can hear herself sing. um hello? does that make her a natural because i didn’t prompt her or anything. don’t mind the seriousness. they were concentrating very hard on their performance. also, ignore mercy’s gangsta booty. it’s not my fault jeans were not designed for my no-booty kid.
oh and here is the song they are obsessed with:
we recently started visiting an orphanage outside of chisinau. it is such good practice for our language! this is my little friend and she loves to take pictures with my cell phone and the first time she took pictures i had over a hundred when i got home! to make things even more fun, not only does she love to take pictures, she loves to take pictures of me. i have never had so many pictures of myself on my own cell phone! enjoy this random post of silly and somewhat scary photos…good thing they are blurry, ha!
how do i study romanian while parenting a four year old and a one and a half year old?
meets massage therapist.
can’t you tell?
here are just a few of my favorites from today…we had a prefectly perfect princess party with a couple of princesses AND a few princes too! it was once again a group effort, thanks to grandmas, aunties and friends. happy birthday, addy grace.
and now? on to christmas!
i found this blog post and wanted to re-post it. kind of cool to read posts from a year ago. i’m also thinking about doing some sort of days of christmas “series” but i’m not quite sure the extent. maybe i am attempting too much, ha!
as we transition into the christmas swing of things, i thought these pictures might bring a little enjoyment. i call them goofball one and goofball two. maybe i should call them thing one and thing two. long ago in a galaxy not far away and before mercy was born, we had three other little girls and these monster towels from burbank ikea. so you can imagine my excitement when i found them at the bucharest ikea, asking me to buy them.
and this present is a little pre-christmas gift auntie cacey left for us. tomorrow we are going in search of our christmas tree. yay! i can’t wait, errrr, i mean the girls can’t wait!
anywho and whatnot…enjoy!
okay this might be the last cousins post. unless of course i find more iphone videos i forgot about. but i am pretty sure this is the last of the photos – – a handful i found on my phone that i wanted to share. i think i already posted a bunch of these to instagram but they still deserve a post, right?!
Oops. I lied. Somehow I found a few more pictures of the time with our cousins when I plugged in my cell phone to update it. This was the first two minutes Addy, Spencer and Emma spent being reunited. Sorry for the blur. They were a little excited, if you can’t tell!
let’s be honest here. if i wait until i have sorted through all the pictures from our cousins visit – – well it might be 2013 by then. so here it is.
i deleted the ones i deemed unsuitable.
and yet somehow i ended up with 315. seriously?!
so glance at this post if you so chose. or if you are a grandparent, click on each and every picture and oooo and awwww in grandparent-ly affection.