Still Doing Great

Today is the first day of the third quarter. Fritz and Adrian are still doing great in public school. Their grade for the second quarter were excellent.

Adrian’s Grades
Math A (96%; 98% for the semester)
Science A (99%; 99% for the semester)
English C (77%; 83% for the semester)
Robotics A (100%; 95% for the semester)
PE A (96%; 98% for the semester)
Spanish B (84%; 87% for the semester)
Texas History B (85%; 90% for the semester)

Fritz’s Grades
Spanish I A (93%; 93% for the semester)
Animation A (94%; 96% for the semester)
Health A (100%; 98% for the semester)
AP Human Geography B (88%; 86% for the semester)
Biology B (89%; 92% for the semester)
English I A (100%; 96% for the semester)
Algebra I B (88%; 91% for the semester)

(3.91 GPA for the quarter; 4.24 for the semester

Happy 2021

For a lot of people 2020 was pretty terrible. For our family it wasn’t so bad. We did, after all, adopt six kids so there was never a dull moment for us even in lockdown.

By the end of 2021 my kids will be 21, 20, 15, 13, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 2.

Four of my kids will finish 9th, 7th, kindergarten, and pre-k in June.

In August I’ll have kids in 10th, 8th, 1st, kindergarten, and pre-k.

Only Nicholas will be left at the preschool.

In April I will turn 43 and Jamie will be 46 in November.

Even with a pandemic going on, 2021 is sure to be another great year.

(I took these pictures on Wednesday which was glitz and glamour day at the boys’ preschool. I managed to get exactly zero with both of them looking at the camera.)

Happy New Year!

Christmas 2020

The kids went to bed easily on Christmas Eve so we got everything set out and headed to bed ourselves. Instead of wrapping the kids’ gifts (they each got an ornament, something to play with, a book, and clothes – except for Ani and Cameron who got a second thing to play with instead of clothes) I decided to just make one box for each of them. With ten kids that saved a ton of time!

Adrian knew about the kids’ scooters, but didn’t know we had also gotten two adult scooters for him and Fritz. The night before he had been a bit jealous about the little kid scooters. He was so surprised and excited when he discovered there were actually six scooters instead of four and one was for him.

The kids love books. Mayci opened hers (The Princess in Black) to look through it before pulling anything else out of her box. Adrian finished reading his entire book (The Odd 1s Out First Sequel) by the next day.

Mayci found a note from Santa in her box directing her to go to her room. She was so surprised to find Santa had been in there setting up her very own little vanity.

Fritz loves a good pun so he was quite happy with his shirt. It had a stick figure looking at a sign that reads BAD. Underneath the picture it says, “That is not a good sign.”

Noah was up at 4am on Christmas Eve for who knows what reason. We’d had this kitchen in a box waiting to be put together and reviewed since September. We hadn’t planned when we would give it to the kids, but I took the opportunity early Christmas Eve morning to put it together and so we ended up giving it to them on Christmas.

Once Noah figured out how to pull the paper off his box he was pretty excited to find some of his favorite blocks (the magnetic foam kind) inside.

The kids’ bio grandmother dropped off some presents for them on Christmas Eve. They opened them Christmas morning. Anthony was thrilled to find red shoes in his package. He absolutely loves those shoes.

The babies (really all the kids) really like Little Baby Bum. I don’t know what it is about Little Baby Bum specifically because other animated songs videos don’t capture the twins’ attention at all. Just Little Baby Bum. My parents gave them a Twinkle star that lights up and sings.

We often get clothes to dress the babies similarly but not identically. These little dinosaur outfits with knee patches are just too cute on them. The only difference in the outfits is the background color being yellow on one and blue on the other (we have a third one of these outfits, also in yellow, for Nicholas because he’s pretty much their slightly older triplet).

Nicholas is just such a happy go lucky independent little guy. When getting his picture taken he often wrinkles up his face and says, “CHEESE!” I just love that face. I’m going to be so sad when he stops making it.

Santa gave Elijah a car kit with a toy drill. I wasn’t sure if he’d like it or not, but it turned out to be a giant hit. He spent a long time putting it together (and taking it apart). My father was more than happy to help him with it.

Fritz has been having a bit of a rough time healthwise for months now. He was feeling pretty icky on Christmas so he curled up on the couch under his blanket to read a book my parents gave him.

Unfortunately Cameron and his girlfriend Tami couldn’t come over on Christmas because Tami was sick with what we assume is COVID (test isn’t back quite yet). We Zoomed with them to open our gifts. Anthony was especially happy to see Cameron on the screen. Anthony absolutely adores his biggest brother.

Surgery

Waiting to go to pre-op

Anthony had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy last week.

Waiting in pre-op

He was super brave.

In the recovery room

It took him a bit to come out of the anesthesia. He was sleeping very deeply.

Home!

He was so happy to get home. He’s sore but recovering very well.

Magic

With the cooler weather has come drier skin. The lighter lotion we were using wasn’t cutting it anymore so we switched to this magical tub of Palmer’s.

Their skin is like silk and when they say it lasts 24 hours they mean it. But the most amazing thing about it is Nicholas. His eczema has been mostly well controlled, but it requires twice daily rubbing with after bath oil or Aveeno lotion. We tried this stuff and, well, it was just like magic.

His skin is smoother than I’ve ever seen it. The inside of his knees and elbows are always a bit rough, but this Palmer’s smoothed them right out. Out of curiosity we didn’t rub him with anything for a while to see how long it would last.

The result? 36 hours! This means we can just lotion him up once a day and his skin stays even nicer than when we were oiling or lotioning him twice a day. Definitely magic!

Journey Hair

Every since we watched Jingle Jangle (the first time – there have been many watchings of that movie in our house), Mayci has been wanting to have her hair done like Journey’s. So this morning I gave it a try.

It made us later leaving for school than we like, but it turned out so cute and she was so thrilled with it that it was totally worth being ten minutes later than usual (they still made it with plenty of time to eat breakfast before school started).

I watched a YouTube video of someone recreating Journey’s hair on their own head, but Mayci’s hair is a different texture with looser curls so I had to improvise a bit. The video got me started, though, with the parts and ponytails.

I asked her if she wanted all gold cuffs or half gold and half silver. Of course she wanted both like the little queen that she is. The addition of the cuffs really made the hairstyle just so perfectly fun and fancy.

For a child of only four, Mayci is amazing at sitting to get her hair done. She rarely complains and usually listens very well when I tell her how to move her head or to keep still. The only thing she doesn’t like is getting her hair parted and this one required a lot of parts.

Ani barely let me brush her hair when she was little. I have never been into doing my own hair as a kid OR adult. Doing nothing with Mayci’s hair is not an option and as it turns out, I’m enjoying the creativity. I really love doing her hair!

Playing Together

Since they could play, Noah and Joel have played together some, but in the last couple weeks (about since they turned 17 months), they’ve been playing together a whole lot. It’s fascinating to watch since generally babies this age do the whole solitary or parallel play thing. I had been told that by 18-24 months twins are often really good at playing together and entertaining each other and now we’re seeing that is absolutely true.