This weekend flew by. It started with work out in the yard. Surprisingly, Dennis was one of our big helpers-- probably because he was wearing his new boots that needed to get dirty in order to be really cool boots. Later in the day, John took him and few of the other hard workers to Rite Aid for ice-cream.
At church today, I got a nice surprise. We were sitting in the bleachers with Andrew right behind me. He gave me a nice little back rub and played with my hair. It melted my heart how sweet he was being, and boy did it feel good.
After wondering all this time why Nolan was missing his eyelashes on one eyelid, I figured it out. No it is not part of his EEC Syndrome like I first thought. It is from him pulling them out. When I first saw it, I could hardly believe it. He does it when he is in bed-- my guess is that it is an orphanage behavior that he learned to self soothe. I told him the best way I could that it is not good for him to do that and now he wears socks on his hands to bed. We'll see how that goes.
Anastasia has elevated cholesterol levels and the doctor instructed us to have her eat less oily foods. Try explaining that to a child who has only been in America 2 1/2 years. She acts like she understands what I am saying, but she really doesn't. Yes, she understands a lot of what I am saying, but she cannot put everything in the right context. She shakes her head yes, and she says a few right things, but she shows me in so many little ways that she just doesn't get it yet. She takes the word oil literally. So she piled three huge dollops of sour cream on her salad before I could stop her. After all, sour cream is not oil. And then she thought she couldn't eat the turkey chili because she saw me strain the juices which contains oil after I fried it up. Then she thinks she can eat tons of rice because it is not oil yet it was fried in butter. Thankfully, she asks for guidance as she is learning and I can see that this will only help our bonding, but for now I secretly find it cute. After 2 1/2 years, she has come so far and yet she still has so much to learn.
Dennis blew me away yesterday by reciting the latest memory verse for BSF. He is very serious about getting his study done which includes learning the verse. He is such a smart boy!
The finger painting with poo incident has been an isolated event so far. I had hesitated to make that assumption since my same son had finger painted with his boogers in the same spot. Both times we had him clean it all up by himself and then he had to stand in the corner.
As for the bottle of pee incident, I am so glad that it was not anything like I was thinking. Shame on me for first thinking that it had to be adoption related. Shame. on. me. Because it wasn't. I think I needed this incident to remind me that all kids do crazy things. Kids will be kids. Turns out that my son had a water bottle in his bed and he had to go to the bathroom. But it was cold and he didn't want to get up so he drank the rest of the water and then relieved himself. Later he threw it in the trash along with some underwear that he was embarrassed to throw into the dirty clothes. That bag of trash ended up in the garage because the child taking it out was too lazy to walk it all the way to the cans outside. Period. End of story. I am so thankful that the explanation was not more complicated.
Thanks for your pee and poo comments the other day. Growing up my family only had one bathroom so while my sister was on the toilet first thing in the morning I would sit over the edge of the bathtub and pee. I guess we all have our pee and poo stories.