Monday, October 31, 2011

The Wonder Pets Save Mommy

Day 31!  (31 days for blogging for Down Syndrome awareness, AKA 31 for 21)

We made it, thanks for all the comments and encouragement Facebook and blog friends.

Honestly, not sure where to start tonight, it's been a hard couple of days with the little cutie.  My sister-in-law Jennifer totally came and saved the day.  Truth, Some days Down Syndrome is hard.  I'll spare you the list of reasons why and just say I had to apologize to Claire for loosing my temper, sigh.  

We belong together babe.  You are a precious gift from God.  I know we have hard days but life wouldn't be the same without you.  I love you my little love-bug. XoXo

 Priceless, this is just so my life right now.  
We just take turns.

 Lenny (Alice the hamster), Tuck (Claire the turtle) and Ming Ming (Makenna the duckling) too.  
We are wonder pets and we'll save you! 

Sister love

 Alice and Makenna at Kindermusik this morning
 Candy at EWU with Auntie Jennifer 

 "sad face" 

 Showing off her "pumpkin guts"

  Pumpkin puzzle 
I love the after fun, paint smeared faces. 


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Puffy = Popcorn

 I don't think it has anything to do with Down Syndrome, just a Claire thing, it is so easy to tell when she is not feeling 100%, she gets so puffy.  We acctually had her tested for allergies many times because she would be super grumpy all day, then get rings around her eyes, then she would cry and her face would puff up like a balloon.  Nope, totally fine, just what happens.

Well, today was a puffy day. She wined all through day and was just not herself.  We had plans to go swimming in the evening but I knew it would be a total desaster if Claire went, judging by her facial swelling.  However, I had already told them we were going swimming, there by violating parenting guide line number seven...

#7 Never promise your child stuff because inevitably it wont work out and they will be devastated and you will be hearing about how you betrayed them for the next three months.

I did not want to visit the repercussions if we didn't go, AKA major Makenna melt down.  So my wonderful parents took Makenna while I stayed home with Claire.  She was sad to miss out but fortunately I have the magic treat that trumps all others, POP CORN and a movie.  Rare and coveted at our house (I hate the mess), it's the perfect thing for a puffy day.

Unfortunately, because we don't eat popcorn we don't have any of those handy throw in the microwave, push the button ones.  We got to make it the old fashioned way. 

Place 2 T vegetable oil and 3/4 C popcorn kernals in a large pot with lid on Medium heat.
Once kernels begin to pop, sake the pot.
When the "pop" is three seconds apart take your pot off the heat.
Sprinkle with salt (and add melted butter if desired).

 Popcorn for Claire, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers for Mom and we are all good.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Little Brothers, Big Uncles

Claire and Harley
 Makenna and Tony

I told you that Claire is adopted but not that I also have two AMAZING brothers who were also adopted through foster care.

Where to begin...

My parents had triplest, crazy I know.

 Garrett, Tami (me), Brice
 That's me and my two triplet brothers.

Then they decided "four wouldn't be so bad but the potential to have two sets of triplets was, yes, crazy."  So I grew up just us three.  After we all graduated and they became empty nesters (possibly not a real word) they were like, hey we have energy, we love kids, we want to make a difference in someone's life.  So they started doing foster care.  Long story short, after a lot of temporary placements called respite they decided God was leading them to adopt and soon after my first little brother Harley became a permanent part of the Klein family in 2006.

 Our neighbor has a big boat, isn't he cute?!
 Harley's adoption

Well that was awesome!  Let's do it again so along came Anthony, affectionately called Tony in 2008. Tony was adopted the week after Claire.

Tony Klein with Holly the family dog. 

Tony's adoption 

I don't think my parent ever would have guessed it but now they have a family of seven.

 Four brothers! I'm still working on the sister adoption, they aren't going for it.

 Best part of brothers? SISTER-IN-LAWS
Nate (my husband), Claire, Harley, Me (Alice in the belly), Breanna (Brice's lovely wife), Brice, Mom, Jennifer (Garrett's lovely wife), Tony, Dad, Garrett, Makenna

Harley and Tony love our girls and the girls love them back.  They all pray for each other (unprompted) every night and look forward to their times together. The boys are so good with them!  

Here are some cute pics from today at the soccer game.

 Makenna watching the game with my Dad
Tony and Claire
 Harley and Makenna
They won!

Thank you God for adoption, brothers, daughters, sister-in-laws and little uncles.  What a beautiful family you have made.

Friday, October 28, 2011

It's Cheaper Then a Devorce

Date night!

When we get down about the price of baby sitters, dinner, even the occasional hotel room we remind ourselves how important connecting with each other really is.  Having three little kids or a child with special needs or being a military are all huge reasons to try a little harder but put them all together and what do you get, our family.

I'm trying inspire you to take some time for your marriage, it really is cheaper then a divorce and a lot more fun then being burnt out on life's busyness.

Did I mention I LOVE Manito!  We took a walk in the rose garden and Japanese garden and 
read a book in the perennial garden.

 Our favorite place is Ginger on the South hill, by Manito.  The food is great, the view is beautiful and 
it's less then half a mile from home. 
 (The view)
I don't love sushi because it's trendy, I love it because good sushi is so yummy.
What are you going to do?  What are some of your favorite things you have done?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Good Day

While Claire was at school Nate and I had a wonderful morning doing our favorite thing.  We walk around Manito Park, with coffee.  If you haven't been you are seriously missing out.  It's like God speaks to me beautiful, go.

Claire and Makenna are busy coloring and painting while I try to MAKE Halloween costumes in two days with no husband around and company coming into town.  When will I learn?  Makenna decided they needed to be Wonder Pets, their favorite show.  So one turtle, one hamster (how is it that I thought there was a p in hamster?), one duckling and three capes here we come! Next year we may just be princess like normal people.

Anyways, Claire has been thoughtfully, meticulously, patiently, quietly, painting for an hour! Wow, she is even painstakingly putting the lid on the end of her big crayola markers.  This is so cool.  Makenna is normally the crafting instigator but Claire has been asking to color a lot the last few days.

It is so exciting when we see these mile stones concord.  Not just, oh, ya, she colors, a little and also uses it as make up (yes that happens a lot but not today!).  She was so into it!

As you can see, we also went a little crazy with the poster paint today.