I know that I haven't posted much in the way of adoption updates.
Right now, there simply aren't any. That there hasn't been any activity is pretty hard some days. We've updated our website with Lifetime. They aren't in need of any profiles (though we are considering updating some minor things just to do something productive). Lifetime has suggested we add a video or an audio message to the site, but to be honest, speaking to someone I have never met seems utterly terrifying.
We're just taking life as it comes right now, remaining hopeful...Sometimes my new-found faith struggles with the wait, seeing other Mommy's become pregnant and have their babies, seeing other Hopeful Adoptive Parents meet their new bundle. All you need is faith the size of a mustard seed though, right?
Monkey has been going to summer camp at his school for the past two weeks - each week is a different country! He's learned about Ireland and Chile. I have been volunteering with another Mommy from his class and doing snack for all of the camp (only about 25 kids). Next week is Vacation Bible School. Monkey is attending, and I have volunteered to help with the second grade children, taking them from one activity to the next. I will also be the photographer!
I've *really* got to take the time and update my reading list! I've read tons of books. Most of them on my handy-dandy Nook. I pretty much carry it with me at all times. Oh! Kevin & I are participating in a 12 week class at church called Beginnings. It is supposed to help believers and non-believers alike learn about themselves and Christianity. So far, pretty interesting.
Must be off now, bloggers. The Monkey is having trouble sleeping.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This is Kiwi.
He's a Green Cheeked Conure, who hatched in January.
Kiwi is very sweet and tolerant.
He came to Monkey's preschool to visit the kids!
Here is my Pirate, Kevin.
(also known as my Husband)
Kiwi looks unimpressed by this flexing!
Here is Monkey checking Kiwi out.
Monkey is a little nervous, but only because Kiwi tries to fly.
He's got clipped wings though, and only flutters to the ground.
Just further proof that my Kevin is a big Kid.
That is Monkey's eye patch, and Kevin's idea.
(Did you hear that?)
Monday, June 13, 2011
This is Jack.
He is a 14 year old Blue & Gold Macaw, whose family turned him into a rescue for a screaming problem.
Having a B&G has been a dream of mine since I was 12 years old, when I fell in love with one at a pet store.
His name was Dusty.
I tried in vain to save up for him.
Jack is a very sweet boy...to me.
He tolerates Kevin.
Monkey just likes to look and talk.
We met him at a rescue in our state.
Jack is only being fostered with us for awhile, because his screaming is very severe.
We hope to meet another bird, who loves us that we can provide a forever home to,
especially if Jack is not happy in our house.
He is a very silly boy though, who has lots of words, which provide us with endless amusement.
Jack answers the phones, calls "HI" and "BYE" if we aren't in the room with him.
He also asks, "Wanna go bye bye? Huh? No!"
We also hear a random, "Alright!" for no discernible reason.
Jack just started meowing. He also barks and growls, and says "Quack quack quack!"
In his first home, he was with a family that had small children. Jack can be a jealous boy, and started screaming. The children screamed back, and it turned into a terrible screaming habit. With a lot of work, the Rescue thinks that Jack's screaming can be greatly reduced. We are working with him here!
I am worried that it will turn out to be too much for Monkey especially. If it does though, this Rescue is AWESOME and I know that he will be well loved until he finds a forever family.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Here is Monkey at his End of Year show for preschool.
Looks impressed, huh?
This is all of the kids singing a song about summer!
This one is my favorite.
His class sang the "Baby Bumblebee" song.
Snapped at the end of their performance.
It is the face he makes when singing the end of anything.
Monkey then demands you clap.
At the end of April, we had front row seats to a fire.
Said fire was on the mountains behind our house.
It was apparently started by a tank.
Yes. A TANK.
That also meant we had front row seats to the efforts of ending the fire.
We watched fire crews cut fire breaks and back burn.
Also, we observed (and listened to)
giant tanker helicopters flying almost nonstop.
Luckily, even though they told us to be prepared for an evacuation,
it never happened.