First of all I missed speaking about Gotcha Day for Evan. It was the 25th of October and boy was that a day in a half!!! He sure has fit in with the our family. I will say one thing that holds true from day one; he is still strong willed and obstinate.... always determined it will be HIS way! Even if it is opening or closing a door especially if it is the car door! He and I go head to head on many a battle. I have a friend that tells me "now Lesa choose your battles". True, but there are so many with him.LOL On the other hand he's adjusting really well and is such a loving little guy. He loves his new school and he LOVES Dance!!!! He brought home an antic that the teacher taught him for their dance. Well I had never seen him do this and figured it was something he picked up from school. You know when children put their fingers in their ears and then stick their tongue out like they are saying nana nana nana....? Well I asked him to pick up something and take it to his room and he did this and I looked him and said where on earth did you learn this??? He then said "Ms. Bluejeans"... I did a retake and asked what? LOL When we went to dance I asked her about it and she said "yeah, he does this for our dance". I looked at her and said that is what he said, but did you know he used it on me when I asked him to do something for me at home? We both laughed under our breath and then she turned and said "Evan, we don't do this at home to mommy. (LOL!!!)
He and Wendy are beginning to play like pals. Yes, they still have their moments, but hey what sibling doesn't right. He loves his Holly and his Lacy. He and Daddy are huge pals. He and I have tons of fun here at home while playing outside or meeting with friends.
Holly celebrated her 23rd birthday on the 27th.
Wendy celebrated her 7th birthday on the 30th of October with a Mad Hatter Halloween Tea Party. I do believe that was the best party I've ever thrown and I've thrown many over the 27 year span! I have favorites but this one was just great. You know that feeling?
We had our first "official" Trick or Treating with Evan this year and he loved it so much. He knew exactly what to say at each house. It was so dang cute to watch how excited he was doing this. We did have a small celebration last year in China, but lets face it we only had one doorbell to ring and that was our own. Luckily I was prepared and brought some candy and 4 face masks (non scary type). We could tell then that he was going to enjoy our favorite holiday for sure.
Today marks the 1st year anniversary of our arriving home with Evan. It was some trip home and all of the planes we had to catch to finally be back in our house. The jet lag was horrible and still fresh in my mind.
Tonight at 12:30 a.m. marks the 1year anniversary of my dad passing from this earth. I miss him terribly and so does my family. I know that my mother really does. There have been many a phone call I've made to my sweet mother over this year. We have cried together and have reminisced about days with dad. We have talked to him when she has misplaced things that he actually put away himself. lol Do you know that dad actually seemed to help guide her to the camera that he had put in his clean clothes basket! I know you may not believe that but we do. Dad, we all miss your wonderful laugh and your love. I have been calling my little ones darlin' like you always called me....it seems to help. Love you with all my heart...until we meat again.
Evan had a wonderful birthday and party! Thanks to our friends here who attended. Evan had a Zoo Safari Party with Mickey and Friends Safari Cake. We got to hear the Lion Roar since we were right across from the Lions pen having our party. The kids got to do a Scavenger Hunt and we had a snake come visit the kids. Evan really liked that.
I really never thought this would happen, but hey I guess I'm only human. lol
Lots of things have been going on around here. Lets just start with today.... Evan began his first day of Preschool today. He did really well and even helped a new friend that was sad. When I picked him up the first thing he said was he got hit in the head and the back. I was confused and asked if he fell at the playground...being careful not to accuse someone of doing it. He said no. Then when we got in the car I asked how the other little boy did. Evan replied "He hit me and he was rude". I have never heard him use the word rude before, but often ask him and Wendy not to be rude to each other. I asked if the teacher talked to the little boy and he said yes and he said he was sorry. Mike and I were on the phone on the way home talking about Evan's day and he asked if the teacher said anything...in the background Evan said loudly so Mike could hear..."He said sorry daddy". I think it was handled okay. Once home the teacher called me and told me what had happened and it seems like the little boy didn't mean to they were putting blocks away and he accidentally hit Evan with one. One thing I've learned is that Evan will talk about things unlike my Wendy or Holly ever did!
I hope I can separate the photos.....
Secondly, over the summer we did another big "First" of Evan's...for that matter it was Wendy's "First" as well. We went to Disneyland via Car Trip!!! We went to the Petrified Forest on the way and really enjoyed it. Roadside Picnics and plenty of potty breaks. lol When we arrived in California we crashed. Not really. We went to Down Town Disney to look around and ate supper. The next morning was a Monday so we since our tickets to Disneyland didn't begin until Tuesday we decided to go to Huntington Beach. We really had a good time, but one thing did go wrong! Mike was going for shells and turned to look at us and waved....as I snapped the photo a 7foot wave was coming up behind Mike's head! CRASH!!! It picked Mike up 6 feet in the air and then he came back down with his right arm trying to help break his fall. He lost his sunshades and tried to look for them. Once he came back up where we were he didn't look good. He thought he had a really bad sprain, but nooooooo 5 days later when we got back home we found out he had fractured it in three places! Can you imagine??? He got a arm brace at CVS to help it. It really swelled up horribly! Tuesday came and he was really in pain,but didn't go on about it so we could go on to the park. He road lots of fast rides and did many things with it he shouldn't have. Once back home I insisted he go and get it x-rayed. Our doctor was out of the office on vacation, but got him in for one over the phone. Yes it was fractured and not sprang, but it was in line. Over that weekend he decided to mow. When he went in for a cast the next week he had maneuvered the fracture out of whack. He really needed pins in it, but opted for just a cast....so tomorrow he will find out if he can have it off or not. My bet is not! He just can't keep it still long enough to do any good. Luckily we did manage a wonderful trip in spite of all of this, and Evan got to see the MOUSE!
These photos are of the beach. Check the one out of Mike waving to us and the "Wave" coming up behind him.
The kids were invited to a Rockstar Birthday Party over the weekend. We had fun dressing them up. They won't probably ever wear this again, but it was really cute for what they were attending. Evan did wonderful! It was the first time I was able to leave him at a Party or really anywhere on his own with out one of us adults. Wendy was with him and that helped. Baby steps.... Next fall he will start Preschool and have to go to class on his own. I am also having him go to dance one day a week and he will be going by himself for this as well. Ms. Bluejeans and I think he is about ready. He is being weaned this summer some with dance class. I take one class with him and he is finally doing some of the stuff by himself. Then he goes on Friday and I am not there, but Holly is helping with that class. Again Baby steps. He is really doing well since we have had him 9 months this coming Sunday.
So sorry I've been so long on posting an update. I can't believe it has been this long since I've posted on my blog.
Last weekend we traveled to Taos New Mexico for a quick weekend of fun. Holly got us into biking, and believe me I haven't ridden in around 15 years!! I'm not exaggerating:) lol Holly bought a Mountain Bike and had this under her skin to go on her own to Taos, but then she got an idea for us all to go with her. Mike got a new bike from Walmart...nothing expensive at all. I used my cruiser that I have had for oh...15 years. lol Then we got Wendy a trailing bike to go back of Mikes, and I was to carry Evan in a kid seat between me and my handlebars. It was rough on me trying to just ride on my own at first let alone putting an extra person in front of me on my bike. I started off like Wendy learning without training wheels. I didn't think I would ever get myself use to my bike again. After training myself for two days we were off for Taos. Oh my gosh....what was I in for!? Luckily we found a simple trail....well sort of. Lots of huge rocks in various places on the trail. Remember I didn't have a Mountain Bike! Cruiser with no speeds!!! I think all considering I did very well. We ended up riding along the Rio Grand Gorge for 8 miles. Once back we cooled off some and had our picnic. As much as I dreaded it I had tons of fun.