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Yes, I’ve been a slacker. I was busy. I’m now tired, so what you are about to read is stream of consciousness. Parts of it will be out of sequence like a Quentin Tarantino film. Just roll with it.

Christmas was quite the drawn out extravaganza for us. Amie and the kids got an early start onĀ  vacation. So we had our family Christmas before they left. We invited close friends over to celebrate for us and exchange gifts. It was great watching the kids celebrate their first Christmas with us. We aren’t sure what Christmas was like for them in the DRC. But they had a lot of fun opening gifts.

The human heart is amazing. The boys were completely content with their gifts. Ash spent the next day kicking his $2 ball around the house. Eli was more than happy with his remote control car and Legos. The girls’ depravity was on full display however. Jadon was envious of Eli’s remote control car- and expensive (from her perspective). Micah was envious of Jadon’s new dress even though she has plenty of her own.

Soon, they were flying to NY to spend time at Amie’s parents and meet more cousins, Aunts & Uncles and dogs than they could ever imagine. They had a blast getting to know everyone. In some ways if probably felt comfortable with all those kids around- like the orphanage. They did get a little snow before I got there and made some snow angels. They enjoyed opening a few gifts from their grandparents.

I arrived late after we waited for someone’s luggage to get on the plane in Chicago. Dan and Jeannine drove with Amie to the airport to pick me up. Since I was a few hours behind them body clock-wise, I drove home. We rolled into the farm around 2 am. The snow came after I arrived. Lots of it! They thought it was beautiful, but not excited about it being wet and cold. They really didn’t want to play in it. I did get to do some sledding with the older kids. Well, Micah just stood there wanting to go in. Their Uncle Rich, however, decided to take out the canoe. Pop-Pop pulled him up and down the hill with the golf cart.

It was our 11th anniversary of wedded mostly bliss. We made our now annual trek into Glens Falls to get some Thai food (perhaps you can spot the straw wrapper hanging out of my nose). On that trip we usually get supplies for Jadon’s birthday party too. I forgot to bring some of her gifts with me, so we had to pick up a few more. Just call me absent minded (thanks to low levels of at least 2 vitamins and a hormone). It was good to be alone after not seeing one another for nearly 2 weeks. Too bad it was Glens Falls, in the business district. Know what I mean, say no more. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

They had fun at the “Chinese auction” as well. But mostly there was lots of playing with cousins. On New Year’s Eve there was a big party at Trena’s. They have a Wii, and the dance game got a heavy rotation. And Micah was in her element. She quickly figured out what she was supposed to do and followed the dancer. She got rhythm, baby!

Dan and Jeannine came back up for New Year’s. Tonya’s family and their new dog also came up. So, it was a full house. And a big party. We had Jadon’s party a day early so Dan and Jeannine could be there. Robbie and Rachel had returned with their 4 kids, so we had 10 adults and 15 kids at her party. She mostly got stuffed dogs. She really wants a dog of her own. Though she loves Lulu, she’s basically my dog. And she can’t be taken on the plane. Jadon wants a dog she can bring on the plane with us, like a Pocket Beagle or Westie. Until then, Lulu will have to do.

I pretty much doubt the kids had seen temperatures anywhere near 10 degrees. But they survived, and I got to cook steaks on the grill in it. All in all a good time for all despite the occasional injuries and hurt feelings when they played. Amie and I started to watch Downton Abbey and got sucked in. Her parents switched from Dish to Direct TV and there was no longer a DVR so we prety much watched Netflix on the iPad. The kids used it to watch some movies too.

I left before they did because I only had one week of Study Leave. When I picked them up at the airport, Micah said she didn’t want to go home. She wanted to go to MeMa’s house. I told her she was not flying back, and that Noah and Naomi had gone home that day too. Besides, MeMa and Pop-Pop were about to head to FL.

Back at home we had yet another Christmas. Some friends from church had given us gifts for the kids. And one of Amie’s friends from NJ had sent us some gifts. So there was more celebrating for the Christmas that wouldn’t end.

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Things have been moving toward normalcy over the last week. Here are some random, stream of conscious thoughts.

Asher has been sleeping through the night, and no middle of the night poops. He has a few bad dreams a week.

Asher seems to enjoy his antibiotic. He really didn’t like the pill for ringworm. But he eagerly takes the liquid. The strep has pretty much disappeared.

He’s often a playful little boy. Jadon likes to carry him like a huge doll, but he’ll run around and giggle.

He enjoys showers now. Or at least doesn’t scream. He can now get in there with the others. Yeah, nothing like 4 kids in the shower to add to the chaos.

Micah is a generally happy kid. She likes books. She imitates Jadon, sitting there with an open book (particularly at table) even without pictures. I like it. I know she can’t read because often the book is upside down.

She loves rasberries, giggling up a storm.

She also likes snuggling up to me on the couch while I watch ESPN. This was a pleasant surprise.

She is used to the dog, and even pets her sometimes. This is better than Ash who is fascinated by pulling her tail. We are told that the DRC is similar to Mexico, that most dogs are strays or guard dogs. You don’t go near them. So having a dog in the house and actually play with it is a big adjustment.

Teaching Eli is … interesting. I worked with him on printing and math. There is far less crying than when Jadon does this stuff. Apparently he cries when he does phonics.

We discovered the Lingala word we thought meant “stop” means something more like “shut up”. This is unfortunate because Jadon is like “tika” this and “tika” that. It is only slightly more popular than “suba” and “cosuba” which refer to #1 and #2. So, we are trying to purge “tika” from the vocab, remembering that sometimes things get lost in translation. The kids have created the suba dance. They just plain like to dance together.

The heat hasn’t been too bad. So most afternoons the kids are playing outside- splashing in the pool, riding bikes and trikes and generally running up and down the street. Some mornings they head into the back yard to play. Or give Jadon space as she tackles school work. She needs to concentrate, you know. Getting the rust off has been painful for Amie. I’m able to sneak out to the office.

We really enjoyed the last batch of meals provided by people in the church. There are a number of great cooks in the church. Some were able to stay and talk, getting to know the kids better.

I’m glad I’m a more competent dad than Jim Halpert.

Amie injured her back teaching a class on Friday. So, she’s been moving a little slow lately. It is slowly feeling better.

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