Happy Fall and Happy All Saints Day to all of our friends and family who enjoy keeping up with us through this blog. We really wanted to take a picture of the kids at a pumpkin patch this year, and there is still time. But, it has just proven to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be. So, we opted for our front porch instead. Grandmother got us some pumpkins (Bakri and I actually picked them out) and some flowers to decorate. I also sang at an event for Millenium Relief and Development Services last week and was given the table arrangement, so I added that to the front porch as well. Maddux, Bakri and Baby Trinity
Moustapha is getting to spend more time with Trinity now that he is able to use his hand more. Since part of his ring finger was cut off before she was born and he had to have surgery before and after her birth, he hasn’t been as “hands-on” with her…forgive the punn. But, anyway, he is getting to hold her a lot more and has even changed a couple of diapers. It’s not really important to me that he change diapers that much. It’s just that I want him to be willing to change diapers without complaining. That is all that really matters to me…just be willing to help and most of the time I won’t ask or need you to do it.
Saturday, Bakri and James had their last t-ball game of the fall season. T-ball? Yes, t-ball. I know, they are 3, but the league by Michael and Patricia’s house allows children to play in the fall if they are going to be 4 years old by April 2009. Bakri barely makes the cut, but he made it. And he really wanted to play baseball with his cousin.
Then, he learned where first base was, but he lost his swing. I know, how does a 3 year old have a swing and then how does he lose it? I think it was just the fact that he wanted to run the right way so badly that he just forgot to swing and some of the games it was difficult to even get him to swing.
Here is Bakri on 2nd Base! When Bakri was on second base, his cousin, James had a base hit that advanced Bakri to 3rd Base. James Cullen gets a base hit in the 3rd inning and Bakri runs to 3rd base!
Bakri is headed home!!!! He got his first hit, and his first run scored all in the same game! What a way to finish…it was very exciting….
Here is Bakri’s first baseball team. All of the kids are 5 and under.
Trinity enjoyed her morning at the baseball game too! She is one month old in this photo.
Bakri’s school had their fall carnival on Friday. We had no idea what he was going to dress up as. It’s not as if I hadn’t asked him…a thousand times…but, he never responded. He did tell me once that he wanted to be a dinosaur, but I was thinking that even if I found a dinosaur costume, he would probably get tired of it quickly. Luckily, his Grandma gave him a Train Conductor costume last Christmas and we had never pulled it out of the closet. The reason being, since we’ve been doing work on the house all year, we haven’t built Bakri’s train table. It is supposed to go into our study upstairs once it is painted and everything is put away. Then, our train conductor, Bakri could have enjoyed running the train.
Trinity sleeping during the party…the picture is sideways.
What is she thinking? I spend most of my days (among other things, of course) wondering what is she thinking? What does she know? She seems really comfortable and content most of the time. And sometimes when she is awake she just looks a little unsure and curious. Who knows what she is really thinking. I just hope and pray that she is happy, healthy and grows up knowing how much she is loved.
Some of the children and grandchildren
Cousin James LOVES Trinity!
Well, we are finally getting into a routine, sort of. I don’t know how one calls it a routine. But, let’s just say, we are finally getting into what is our normal life. Normal? now that is a funnier word than routine. Things are definitely not normal around here. But, they are our version of normal. So, here is what a normal day around here consists of. Bakri is usually the first to wake up in the morning. My hope is that he’ll wake up at 7:30, but he usually gets up before then. We try to convince him to lay down and be quiet until 7:30, but that also doesn’t work. By the time 7:30 hits, everyone is awake. Maddux wakes up happy and ready to get dressed and get downstairs for breakfast. We still don’t have a fully functioning kitchen, so breakfast is usually a cup of milk, a kolache and/or a pancake on a stick. By the time we convince Bakri to go to the potty and get dressed it is usually after 8. We then make our way downstairs as a family and the boys eat their breakfast.
Moustapha takes Bakri to school (school is a 2 minute drive and 12 minute walk from our house) on his way to work. Currently, Moustapha is working out of his dad’s office at MEECO which is about a 12 minute drive from our house. He does all of his law office work out of there. And he also does other work for his dad’s company. He has been approached recently about a couple of different attorney position opening up at companies that are downtown (which is really close to our house.)
So, when Moustapha takes Bakri to school, that leaves me, Maddux and Trinity to enjoy the rest of the morning together. Trinity usually has her morning meal and then heads back to sleep after some “awake” time. Maddux enjoys singing to her, talking to her and giving her lots of kisses. Then, its just me and Maddux. He loves what he calls his “lessons.” We have flashcards that he likes to look at while I tell him what everything is. Now, he actually tells me what things are. His favorites are air vehicles- like Flyer I, Space Shuttle Columbia and Montgolfier Brothers Balloon. You should hear him say Montgolfier Brothers…it is very cute! After we finish with Maddux’s lesson time, it is usually time for baby sister to wake up. Lately, my mom will pick up Bakri from school- his school only lasts for 3 hours. So, it is a very quick turnaround. My mom doesn’t live that close, but she comes into town to do her physical therapy as part of her recovery from heart surgery and she’ll pick Bakri up or help me out for a little while afterwards. Once Bakri gets home, it is time for lunch, naps and fun time when we wake up. Nap time has become more of a challenge since Bakri and Maddux started sharing a room. So, Maddux naps in their room and Bakri naps in my room. As long as everybody is napping, I don’t really think its important where they are napping. 🙂 I just desperately need all of the kids to take a nap. It is my time to try and get SOMETHING done around here.
Once we wake up from naptime, we do something fun. Bakri likes to watch Sesame Street as a reward and yesterday we walked down to the baseball park and ran the bases and then played on the playground for an hour. By the time we finished, it was time to go home and prepare dinner. My sweet friends from Tapestry have been bringing us meals since we brought Trinity home. So, I usually just need to heat dinner up. By the time we sit down for dinner, Moustapha is usually home to join us. After dinner, we play, read, work on puzzles. Bakri has a 50 piece dinosaur puzzle with 14 different dinosaurs pictured on it, that he has completely mastered. He takes it a part and puts it together completely on his own. It is pretty impressive.
Our bedtime routine consists of baths, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, reading one book, singing “hush little baby” along with the book by Sylvia Long and getting into bed. Once the boys are in their bed we recite “good night moon,” turn off the light, say The Lord’s Prayer and pray together, say good night and close the door. And that is the end of the day! At that point, I’ve been going to sleep too…its only 8:30 or 9, but I am exhausted!
Here is Trinity after her first Sunday at church. We went to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church this week. We have been visiting there since Bakri went to their vacation bible school in July. I’ve also been talking with them about the contemporary worship service and possibly leading worship. So, I am going to be leading for the next 5 sundays as they begin their search for a worship leader. I am totally excited about this opportunity. I just hope I can get the players together soon. I still need a bass guitar player and lead guitar player. It’s difficult finding christian players that are available on sundays at such short notice.
Trinity wore my cherry dress for her first sunday at church. My mom saved this dress along with a few other things that I wore as a baby. Doesn’t she look beautiful? She is 3 weeks old in this photo.
Doesn’t she look peaceful and sweet??? And the truth is, that is exactly what she is. Everyday she is surrounded by the sweetest brothers in the world who are also a little wild and like to run around the house a lot and in the middle of it all she is at peace. And she brings peace to this family. It is amazing really. I know she probably won’t be like this forever, or maybe this will be an inherent part of her makeup- she’ll be one who brings peace. When we thought about naming her, we wanted something with a powerful meaning, something that was beautiful and something that you wouldn’t hear everyday. When we decided on Trinity (basically the first time we ever discussed the name) it was for so many reasons. We loved the meaning- the Holy Trinity- God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. And we loved that it was 3- that she was our 3rd child and her initials would be TRE- also representing 3. In the bible, the number 3 represents perfection. I know my daughter isn’t perfect, obviously. 🙂 But, God created her for a perfect purpose. And it is my hope and sincere commitment to raise her to fulfill that perfect purpose. I know God has given us an amazing gift in all of our children. I am so thankful for them. Here she is sleeping sweetly in her crib.
Having a little tummy time in her room.
On this day, she rolled from her back to her side, to her front. She was 2 weeks old.
She spends her “awake” time very alert and curious about all she sees.
Bakri loves her SO MUCH!