Sometimes the kids drive me c-r-a-z-y!!! They can literally get on my last nerve. Then just when I think I can take no more-- there is a turning point and they remind me why I love them so much. I chose this life with each of them because despite our trials-- there are so many smiles!
Today I took Adam and Caleb ( and Galina) to the doctor for their Whooping Cough vaccine. Besides being given a paper pillow case by accident to wear during his exam-- Caleb had me laughing as the doctor made him walk like a duck and cough like an old man. Come time the boys got their shots, Adam asked to hold my hand. It took me back about 15 years. Who knew that a doctor visit could bring back such old memories. Caleb got four shots in order to complete his physical-- but he is good to play sports for another year. Galina didn't end up needing the vaccine-- I misread her shot record. Afterwards, the boys talked me into taking them and Galina to Rite Aid for ice-cream cones. But the Rite-Aid we went to didn't serve ice-cream-- Adam and I decided it was because their Rite Aid letters were red-- not blue.
So, we went over to Wal-Mart to birthday shop for Sveta and we got a little treat for the way home.
Julia tends to be a little rough when playing around so as an alternative to being grounded from computer for a day for being rough with Rachel-- Rachel and I agreed that Julia can give Rachel a half hour foot rub. It totally bonded the two (who are already close) who later sent goofy IM's to each other.
All the kids are into playing four square right now. Who knew (when we designed it) that our back patio would be perfect for playing.
I took Paul back to the eye doctor today so that he could have his eyes dilated. Last week, Paul's results were all over the place that the doctor wanted to see if dilating them would make a difference and then he would compare the results from both days. When the doctor strapped on this big box with a light on it to his head to look into Paul's eyes-- Paul shouted how cool it was! The doctor played along and asked him if he would like me to buy one for his birthday-- and Paul said yes! Paul's response had me giggling to myself.
Paul came home wearing these plastic shades to protect his eyes- and I convinced Anna that they were his new glasses. She was flabbergasted how cheap they looked-- and thought I was c-r-a-z-y for buying them when I told her that they were more expensive than regular ones. I told her that the paper and plastic were made from a type of material that doesn't actually tear-- and for a minute I had her convinced. Here is Paul wearing his awesome shades!
I love how Sveta, Anastasia, Paul, and Alex enjoy playing in the play place. They also enjoy pushing the dogs in the stroller. Definitely a smile.
P.S. Thank you for all of your wonderful suggestions about Dennis' eczema. I am sorry so many of you or your little ones also suffer from it too. It was an especially nice surprise when John brought home some special cream from a co-worker who reads this blog. That was incredibly thoughtful of you-- thank you. Also-- thank you for showing your support for our upcoming trip to Ukraine. It is amazing how God used you guys at the exact moment He knew I needed encouragement. Whether through an email or a donation or a phone call-- whatever it was-- it was done at the perfect moment. Don't ever think that God can't use you to bless others-- because He does. Thank you again.