Spring Break

We took our spring break from school last week. It was so nice to just relax, do some spring cleaning, and enjoy being outside.

Here are some photos. The first are of Rachel in some new girly pajamas that my aunt sent to her. She loves them!

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“Move, Didi(little brother)! This is my photo shoot!”

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Being silly!

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Rachel LOVES to help me in the kitchen. Here she is kneading some bread.

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One of the biggest changes in our household since the addition of Rachel has been the amount of arguing. I guess I just took for granted how well the boys all got along. They would play for hours together without a single argument. Of course, they do argue from time to time like all siblings do. Now I feel like I’m running interference much of the day. It became most clear last week when we were not having school.

Here is a rare moment when all four are playing together WITHOUT ARGUING.

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I love this photo of Titus!

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Rachel getting good and dirty!

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Caleb in the sand

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Eli’s dirty hands

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Another realization that has taken a while to come is that Rachel cannot handle everything that Titus can. I try so hard to treat them the same since they are so close in age. But emotionally Rachel is much younger, so she is not able to handle everything that Titus can. For example, Titus can walk beside me in the store without grabbing things, crying for things, and running away. But Rachel cannot do that yet, so I put her in the buggy like I did with the boys when they were younger. It’s rather confusing since she is older (by one month). But it has been nice realizing that it’s okay to set different boundaries for them since they are such different ages emotionally.

Two funny stories I meant to write last week but was without internet.

A few weeks ago on a warm afternoon Caleb and Titus wanted to have a water balloon/water gun fight. They put on swimsuits, and, of course, Rachel wanted to join them. So I put on her swimsuit also. They played awhile and had lots of fun. Then the boys decided to change into dry clothes. Well, I guess Rachel was tired of her wet suit also. But instead of going inside to change into dry clothes, she just took her swimsuit off and continued playing outside until Caleb came and told me.

Then last week Titus and Rachel t00k a bubble bath in our whirlpool tub. At the end of the bath they were still covered with bubbles after draining the water out, so Tommy put them in the shower to rinse them off. This was Rachel’s first time in our shower. She immediately pointed to the drain, said, “Potty!” and squatted while Tommy is yelling, “NO! NO! NO!” I guess it reminded her of a Chinese squatty potty. 🙂

Bubble bath photos

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2 responses to “Spring Break

  1. Kim…I am cracking up at the shower incident!!! How funny!!!

    I love seeing the smiling pictures of your whole crew.

    Hugs,

    Erica

  2. Rochelle Hammond

    Hi this is Rochelle, Erica’s sister-in-law. I just wanted to comment on this post. I love following your blog and getting to see the adoption process in another family. Your honesty is very refreshing. The pictures are precious. She really does like those pjs! 🙂 I feel like I know you all even though we’ve never met and it’s neat to see God’s hand in your lives. I can relate to the arguing and I haven’t even adopted a child but I have been reading the love languages books and they have been very helpful. They give me insight into my children’s little hearts. I also told my husband last night that when we were reading and praying and singing with the children more (at bed and in the morning) they seemed to be happier and less argumentative. So we are doing an experiment to see if that helps. Maybe if I were a little more consistent we wouldn’t have so many ups and downs. God’s not done with me yet though, thank goodness

    Thanks for sharing

    Rochelle Hammond

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