Monday, June 29, 2009


The girls did great yesterday at church. First we went to a Sunday school at another church that is doing it in Russian for a bunch of the kids who are being hosted. Then we went to our church. After church we went swimming. Yes the girls can and yes they love it!

Monday we went swimming at a friends. We picked up the girls orphanage directer and one of the chaperones and took them with us. We all had a blast!

I can not get over how these girls are just fitting right in with our family. God is so good.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Giggles, giggles, giggles

Daniella is loving having "sisters".

My house has a new sound, it's giggles. Giggles as they read phrases from the dictionary, giggles as they try to teach Jeshua Russian, giggles as they run through the house playing hide and seek. It is amazing to me how well they fit in! I am thrilled. Last night we took them to a birthday party, they picked right up on the games. There were lots of relay games and they would be the 3 or 4 to go and have it figured out by then. Olga will try anaything (so far) and really tries with the English, Katerina will try if coaxed, Kristina not so much. Two examples green beans and pizza. Olga tried it, was OK with it and ate two pieces, Kate (pronounced KatEa) would eat the crust but not the pizza part, Kristina wouldn't try it (but loved the cheetos). I made green beans one night, Olga ate 1, Kate put it to her mouth, Kristina wouldn't touch it. But they love cucumbers and 2 minute noodles so we are good. And they ate the mashed potatoes and steak that went with the green beans.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Girls Are Here!

The girls arrived safely last night. I was interviewed by Fox5, and they included a little blurb in their report, you can see it here
They are smaller then we thought they would be, but way less reserved then we thought they would be. My house has been full of giggles all day and we are having a lot of fun. They are trying to teach us Russian and to learn English already. This is going to be a great summer.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hey Ladies there are some great deals this week.

RiteAid has Colgate on sale $0.88 with in-ad coupon, use the $.75 from the 6/7 SS insert, pay $0.13 each after coupons, be sure to use both. Not free, but not bad if you're not stocked up on toothpaste yet.

There are 3 deals at Walgreens (I know) that would be worth shopping there, even if you don't have all the coupons. The first is to stock up on razors (and if you got 2 papers for $2.50 this will pay for them):

Buy 1 Schick Quattro Razor For Men--on sale Buy One, Get One Free (prices start at $9.49)
Buy 2 and use 2 $4/1 coupons from 6/14 SmartSource insert, $0.75 each after coupons

The 2nd deal is a freebie and possible money maker if you have the coupon:
Buy 1 St. Ives Bodywash at $2.99, Get $2.99 Register Rewards. It's free!
If you have coupons from 5/10 SmartSource use $1.50/1 coupon Free plus $1.50 in overage after coupon and Register Reward.

The 3rd deal is a bit more complicated:
Buy 8 Selected Unilever Products, Get $8 Register Rewards
Here's the deal idea (not mine, it's listed on at least 4 websites I looked at)
Buy 4 Ragu at $2 each
Buy 4 Skippy Peanut Butter at $2 each
Use two $1/2 printable coupons
Use two $1/2 coupons from 4/5 RedPlum insert
Spend $12 plus tax out of pocket, Get $8 RR back
You can use your RR from the St. Ives deal to help pay for this if you buy them in separate transactions.

My favorite CVS deals are:

Dry Idea ($4.49) or Right Guard Deodorant ($3.69) B1G1 Free
Use $2/1 Dry Idea Printable coupon (buy 2, use 2 coupons) or $1/1 Right Guard coupon from the 4/19 SS insertPay $0.24-$0.64 cents each after coupons

Select Kellogg’s Cereals $1.88 Use $1/1 from the 6/7 RP insert Pay $0.88 after coupons

There's some other good deals so check the sites to see what's out there, sorry I don't have time to post them all. Remember if you wont use them it's not a good deal!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

We are getting 3!

We are very excited, we will be getting all three girls pictured below. Stay tuned for details.