Sunday Afternoon

After being stuck inside this past week because of snow and having so many sick kids, I tried to figure out something to do today to either use up some of the kids’ energy or give them something to do for a little while. Our new girls don’t entertain themselves very well so we have to give them things to do and usually help them learn to do it. So, for some reason I thought of paint.  I got out the paint and they painted rocks. What a mess they made, but they did have fun. 


Tess was pretty intent while painting, but was covered in paint by the time she was done. It was even in her hair! But, she really seemed to like painting.


Bella seemed pretty upset that she made such a mess — maybe also because I said “Wow, Bella you sure made a big mess.” I didn’t mean a thing by it, but she quickly got this very sad look. Katie was there to comfort.
Piper was all into this painting — no uncertainty after we showed her what to do and how to rinse her brush, etc. She jumped right in and enjoyed herself. She has quite a little personality when she feels comfortable. 

Bethany painted a little and then decided to make a puppet. 
As I was taking pictures of them painting at the the table, I realized that 5 countries were represented at that table — the United States, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and China. 

We realized something kind of funny today. We bought new gas logs this past year. They worked really well when we used them this past fall. But, ever since we came home from China they have been giving us some trouble. The pilot light will not stay on after we turn the fire off. It is kind of a pain, and we have to re-light the pilot light several times a day. We couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Well, today we discovered what was wrong — Tess. She thinks the fire needs to be ALL the way out and she keeps going behind us and blowing out the pilot light! Funny. 


  1. I hope the girls are doing well, and adjusting to life in a loving family. You can just see the sparkle in their eyes at all the new things they are doing, and the look of achievement as they grasp the ideas! Can't wait for another update 🙂

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