First Father’s Day

IMG_0118Mommy and the kids spent a lot of time planning for Daddy’s very special first Father’s Day celebration.  I spent time researching ideas and praying about just what to do to make it a very special day for Daddy!

First, I took one of the pictures Daddy first took of the kids after we got home, and sent it to be made into a key chain for him.  Daddy is an amazing photographer and we are so proud of his pictures. The kids told Daddy, that by having the key chain picture, even when they are in school, he will have them with him!

Daddy's cheeseNext, I found a way to use Daddy’s favorite food – CHEESE- to make a special surprise.  I found a picture of dress shirts made out of cheese!!  We used cheese, crackers, pimento, mustard, and pepperoni, to make dress shirts!  We even put them in a little box with paper!   Then we used the olives, pimentos,  and cheese to make the Italian Flag and Hungarian Flag.   The kids had fun making them and Daddy thought they were so special!!!  They were tasty too!

Father's Day lunchThen came the big surprise – we planned and cooked some of Daddy’s favorite foods for lunch!  Now this is huge, because Mommy doesn’t cook very often!!!  So the kids and I went on a special trip to the store and purchased all of the items we needed to make – Angus steak burgers with pimento cheese, steak fries, and broccoli/cauliflower.  The kids really enjoyed helping to make each item for dinner.  They also helped come up with ideas to decorate the table.  We added candles and special dishes for that extra special dining experience!

IMG_0163When Daddy came home for lunch and opened the door, the kids said, “Welcome to La Rosetta.  May we take your shoes?”  Daddy smiled and felt like a King!  We had a wonderful time!  Daddy said it was the best Father’s Day ever!  We are so glad because we know he is the best Daddy ever!!!!

Creative Lessons

We have had a lot of fun learning this summer.  Our family motto is “Make Every Day a Memory!”  So we spend time each day doing something special together.  That something special may be as simple as tickle time – but we make an effort to connect, bond, and love each other every day.

One of our favorite things is after meal time hugs and laps.  After the kids finish eating, they come and sit in our laps.  We talk, laugh, tickle, hug, and make that time special.  We pray that as the children grow up and even get to be teens, our after dinner talks, hugs, and laughs will always be a part of our family routine.

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The kids needed some work on vocabulary and on some math skills, so we came up with some creative play to learn.  The first day, we set up a store.  We used empty containers and boxes and some of their toys.

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We put little green stickers on each item for prices.  We used different dollar and cent amounts and then gave them some play money.  They did not know the names of the coins yet so Mommy was the cashier and helped them learn coin names and counting with coins.  They had a blast!  They enjoyed learning to count money and buying fun items.  We played for hours and they learned most of the names of the coins and the amount that each coin is worth.

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They had to recognize the cost of the item by number recognition and then whether it was dollars or cents by the sign.  We had so much fun!  This was something that I played in my kindergarten class when I was little and I have always remembered it!

Astronaut collageThe kids did not know anything about space or the moon.  So we set up a day that we became astronauts!  We read a book about an astronaut and his trip to the moon.  Then a few days later, we suited up and went on a moon walk!  The kids had so much fun!  We talked about the spaceship, the rockets, gravity, and so much vocabulary.  We used their beds for the space shuttle and blasted off – we practiced counting backwards.  Then we went down the stairs and collected moon rocks.  I had them put weights on the moon rocks – we counted by 10s and 5s.  When we got finished collecting moon rocks, we collect specimens.  I had placed their phonics cards all over the room.  They had to find a card, write the word for the card (with my help) in their scientific astronaut notebooks.  They had so much fun!  We even used the jet packs to collect the specimens and one of the kids floated away and I had to rescue Tibi!  Then Tibi had to rescue Dorina!  We used pretend walkie talkies to communicate and even made the skeee noises!  We also took a break from our mission and had a moon snack – “Moon Pie

We read “A Pocket for Corduroy” one day and then practiced sewing large buttons on canvas.  The kids really enjoyed that too.  We practice writing our names, address, phone numbers, and they have started spelling a few small words.  They still love to sing and that is a daily activity.  Tibi makes up songs all day long about scriptures, numbers, and whatever it is he is doing at the time.  He may be a song writer someday!  The kids love to sing to Jesus and do it all day long!  They also enjoy creative play and are so cute when they play!  They really enjoy imitating every thing that Mommy and Daddy do – that keeps us on our toes!  :-)s!”  The kids had a blast!!!!

IMG_0136We have had fun reading books, riding bikes, playing Frisbee and many other things.  It has been a wonderful time!  The kids have learned many more scripture verses and pray for every one and every thing.  They listen to hear what God is telling them and are so sweet and loving!  We are so proud and so blessed!  We thank God for each day!

Let the Summer Fun Begin…

first photo of kidsOne year ago today, we started this blog to chronicle our journey to be “A Forever Family.” God has blessed us beyond our dreams. This is the first photo that we saw of our kids back in the fall of last year. Last year was a flurry of activity to get ready to meet our children and bring them home. What a wonderful journey it has been!

We just talking about it today, how much the children have grown and how much they know since January 14 of this year! They have such amazing vocabulary already and have conversations with adults who would never guess that our the kids’ first language was Hungarian and not English. They have learned so much in such a short time! We are so proud of them! Daddy has been a very good teacher at home school! The children are able to write their numbers to 50 with some help. This week they have been reading rhyming words by sounding them out. I have always been a firm believer in Phonics, but I have seen it proved true in my own children! They read the book “Andy” by Tomi De Paola. I helped them a little, but they read the rhyming words by themselves!!!! They are able to spell words if we make the sounds for them. They are on the verge of spelling.

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This week, we went to church conference in Mobile. While Daddy went to his meetings, the kids and I hung out at the pool. Tibi, by the way, sounded out “pool” all by himself and read his first word that first day. Anyway, back to the pool. Tibi was very timid when he first stepped foot in the pool. We got them both arm floaties, so we let them walk in by themselves. Dorina walked right in but Tibi was still afraid of the water. The first day, they didn’t put their heads under the water, but their confidence grew as they realized they could go all over the pool with their floaties and still be safe. We played with a beach ball, played tag, and swam all around. The second day, they both were much braver. Dorina even put her head under the water and started jumping in to me. Then she asked to take her floaties off. I kept her in the 3 foot area, but she did wonderful! She even jumped in and swam to Daddy and Mommy with her face in the water! Tibi kept his floaties on but he did do some jumping in and he put his face under the water at least once! We had such a wonderful time swimming together and playing! The kids didn’t want to get out of the water! We have water babies now!!!
Our children have learned so much English and we are so proud! It is still cute when they make little errors in their speech. Here are some of our newest sayings…..Tibi was talking about our family and he said, “I like aus.” He meant I like all of us!

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“It’s blinking, but I am ok, ” Tibi said. He meant it was bleeding. He also asked us “Do you have a probbob?” He was playing doctor and wanted to know if we had a problem for him to treat.

One day I was talking about someone lying down and Dorina said, “Number 9, Do not lie!” That is number nine of the ten commandments. I had to explain to them that lying down and telling a lie are not the same.

We are so proud of how much the kids love God and how many scriptures they have learned. Today, the kids wrote special love notes to Jesus and put them in a plastic heart that they have. It was so so sweet! They pray every night for all of the people that they know who are in need and especially for children who are being adopted from Hungary (and their families). They pray for Mommy and Daddy and all of their family too. They thank God for so many things and pray about everything! They are great teachers for their Mommy and Daddy about faith! They are learning the 23rd Psalm, I Cor 13 and they already know the 10 commandments and several other verses. They frequently recite their verses throughout the day. They also know so many “Jesus songs” as they call them. They really enjoy the “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” series and the “Psalty Kid’s Praise” series. I have enjoyed teaching them the songs of my childhood. When we hear the children singing their hearts to Jesus in praise and worship, it brings tears of joy to our eyes and smiles to our faces! God has blessed us so much! So many people have said to us that “the kids are so blessed to have you.” But the truth is, we are the ones who are blessed to have them in our lives! They are so full of love and happiness and joy! They have taught us about God’s love!

new familyThank you Father God for our beautiful family! Thank you for blessing us with these beautiful children! Thank you for giving us so much love and joy in our family! We worship you and praise you for all that you have done, all that you are doing, and all that you have in store for us!!!!