Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm still alive!

I seem to be having a really hard time finding the time to update my blog these days! And I hate that everytime I blog it's only to say how busy I am.

But here I am to update and I'm updating to say how busy I am!! Life is super crazy these days. We're having an awesome time with Melissa, but I have to admit, it's wearing me out! I don't want her to go back to Korea and say that she spend her month in America going to school and watching Hannah Montana, so I'm trying to cram as many activities in to her stay as I can. I think by the end of the month we will have done as many family activites as we usually do in a year, lol.

We've taken her to all the fun kids places in town-the zoo, the discovery center, the big arcade, the super cool candy store that we love and some other fun places. We've had a bunch of movie nights, we've taught her how to play a ton of American board games (which she loves!), the kids have had a slumber party in the basement...and she's only been here for two weeks!

This weekend it's going to get even crazier because we're taking the kids out of town for the weekend. Part of me is really excited about it and part of me thinks we're crazy, but we're doing it anyway! :) I found a fun hotel up in the mountains a couple of hours from here and we've rented a two room suite for a couple of days. While we're up there we're going to go on a really cool Elk feeding trip, where they'll pull us in a horse drawn sled out to an area where there are a bunch of elk and we'll push bales of hay out of the sled and the elk come up to the sled and eat. That sounds so cool!

Then we're taking the kids to a ski resort and enrolling them in ski school for the day. My kids have never been skiing before, so it should be quite an adventure! It sounds like fun, hopefully they'll have a good time!

The exchange program paid us a stipend to cover the cost of most of the activities this month, so we've really taken advantage of the great opportunity and we're cramming in all the fun we can possibly have. I want Melissa to go home with lots of fun stories to tell about her time in America. I can tell that she's used to being constantly on the go because we're wearing out long before she does! She seems to be having a great time here and we're enjoying her. She gets along great with the kids and she seems like one of the family.

So we're having a great time these days, but it's wearing me out a little! In the midst of all the fun activities we're doing, I've got a ton of other things going on right now. I'm trying to get Clarissa's birthday party planned, we've got another post placement visit from our social worker coming up next month and I need to get a few things prepared for that, including getting family pictures taken to submit with the report, my laptop crashed a couple of days ago and I've spent forever restoring everything, Clarissa is still having sleep issues at night that we're working on...my to do list is long and exhausting right now.

But we feel really lucky to have this opportunity with Melissa and it's been a lot of fun, so I'm trying to just enjoy the ride. This has definitely been a month that we'll never forget! :)

5 comments:

Dustin, Darci, Britton, & Benjamin said...

We did the elk ride feeding after Christmas and it was so much fun! Your kids will love it! If you have any kids that might be a little scared or don't want to be touched by the huge elk, have them sit in the middle. The elk will eat directly from your seat. I have some pictures on my blog if you want to see. My neice was sneezed on by an elk and Dustin touched noses with one. They get nice and personal but it's really safe and a ton of fun!

Dustin, Darci, Britton, & Benjamin said...

We did the elk ride feeding after Christmas and it was so much fun! Your kids will love it! If you have any kids that might be a little scared or don't want to be touched by the huge elk, have them sit in the middle. The elk will eat directly from your seat. I have some pictures on my blog if you want to see. My neice was sneezed on by an elk and Dustin touched noses with one. They get nice and personal but it's really safe and a ton of fun!

Wendy said...

I'm sure Melissa will go back to Korea with wonderful stories and memories that will stay with her forever! The boys are also old enough to remember this too! It sounds like so much fun! But don't forget to take a little time for yourself too!

wendy (bookends)

My5Blessings said...

Hi Wendy,

I am so glad that you updated. Life with Melissa sure sounds fun and VERY busy! How much longer will she stay?

Michelle

Wendy said...

She'll go home on February 7th. We still have a few more weeks of fun ahead of us!