Monday, April 30, 2012
The older kids had a great time. Katie and Karyie took a while to get comfortable. They wanted to stay near a grown up at all times. Poor little Karyie is so petite that she gets cold very easily. She was shivering and turning blue even though it was a heated pool. Gloria tried out her new goggles. Daniel and I raced up and down the length of the lap pool a few times. Next time we'll have to go during a time of day when Jordan and Michael can come, too. This time they were at school.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
She also has inherited my tendency to procrastinate. If I have six weeks to complete a project, I'm likely to work on it in the final few days. If I have six hours to clean my house, most of it will get done in the last two. Gloria is just like me. She'll start a job, like laundry or sweeping the kitchen... and then just wander off to do other things until she's reminded to go back. Then she'll do a little more... and wander off again. When I was a kid, my mom would expect me to do the dinner dishes. Like clockwork, every night I'd sneak off to the bathroom with a book to avoid doing my job. Gloria can usually be found in the same location immediately after dinner.
In this photo she seems to be acting the good big sister and teaching Shane to play checkers. The papers on the table are the research report Danya did for the science project she was doing for Options. Gloria was also supposed to be working on one. She put it off until it was almost two weeks over due. Then she sat at the computer and waited for me to come walk her through it step by step. If it doesn't involve making a craft or drawing, she isn't interested in it. Even if it's a fun project, she quickly loses interest and motivation. Even if she completes it, she'll neglect to turn it in. I get so frustrated with her... because it's exactly what I do.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
She's living in a group home for teen moms right now. We've invited them to live with us if she should decide she'd like to finish out her last two years of high school. The group home people are encouraging her to just get her G.E.D. I hope she doesn't go that route. She's talking about trying to finish the necessary school work on her own and complete school as a Junior. I'm not sure what will happen to her or to my grandbaby. All we can do is pray for her daily, which we do, and continue to offer as much love and support as possible.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
God's commands and welcome a stranger among us. We've done this in a different way before by welcoming foster kids, but now that we've completed our family through adoption, we're ready for a new challenge. Something I've always wanted to do, at least once in my life, was open my home to a foreign exchange student. This is the year.
We're going through a group, licensed through the government, called Pacific Intercultural Exchange, or P.I.E. for short. The process was fairly simple. Background check, references, home inspection. Similar to the foster care licensing process, but less rigorous. We had to take photos of all the main areas of our home. It's odd wondering what someone from a different part of the world will think of our home.
The girl we're hosting is from South Korea. I've looked at generic photos online, but still don't have a good idea of what her home looks like or the city she lives in. I'm curious to see what she'll think of how we live and the foods we eat. We're planning lots of fun things to do with her while she's here like hiking, visiting the Royal Gorge, and river rafting. We told our age 10 and up kids that they will be going river rafting and most of them are a little scared of the idea, but it will be a good adventure for them. Having a 16 year old South Korean girl live with us for the school year will be an even bigger adventure.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Danya and Gloria had to design their own cereal boxes for a lesson on advertising in their technical writing class at Options. Danya used the Fly Lady character as a base for her tooth fairy. I thought it was really cute. So did her teacher who showed it to the whole class.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Eventually, she learned to sit still and play quietly while we pour water on her hair and condition it. With African American hair, you only shampoo about once a month. On a weekly basis we condition it twice and then add a leave-in conditioner. The whole process takes about an hour. 20 minutes to remove her old hairstyle (longer if we put in lots of tiny braids), 30 minutes to condition and detangle her hair in the tub. 10 minutes to deal with clothing and diapers.
I'm enjoying it all as a bonding time between Karyie, Daniel and I.
Monday, April 09, 2012
She and Danya are in the same science class this year at their Tuesday Options program. I'm a little frustrated by it.
I thought that the reason we put them in this class was so that they could do more elaborate hands on science experiments in class than we usually do at home. Instead, the teacher devoted two months to having the kids come home, choose an experiment with me and do the work entirely at home. She would ask us to send some of the busy work to class with them so they'd have something to do there. Seems like a waste of a class period to me if it's really all just homework.