Friday, September 21, 2012

Meet the Family!

Well, I kind of let my blog slip over the second half of summer. I sort of forgot about it on account of traveling back to England and adopting my brother and then starting 5th grade Oh, speaking of school, William and I are in a fine arts school this year. I was homeschooled last year, but I wasn't crazy about it. So I'm now enrolled in a school that focuses on art, writing, literature, drama, and music. I am taking violin classes and I'm hoping to one day be brave enough to try drama. There is a girl in my class named Mackynzie who is kind of mean. She is an only child and rubs it in my face. My best friend Sadie says maybe she's jealous because I have 8 siblings and always have someone around to play with, but I think she's just mean. What do you guys think?
Which reminds me, if you don't have a Facebook page, that means you don't follow Amber and Molly's pages, and that means that you're not familiar with my family. So, I proudly present to you....
My family!!!
Kirsten Annika
Birthday-December 3rd

Kirsten was adopted from Sweden at the age of 11. She really misses her home country and likes to do things that remind her of Sweden, but she is adjusting to life in America as well. She says that the best thing about the USA is fried chicken! She also likes to go shopping at Target, another one of her favorite American things She is easily one of the sweetest of all my siblings. She can be kind of shy, but when people get to know her, they have to love her. She likes to hang out with me a lot and play with the little kids, especially our baby sister. She is homeschooled and in 10th grade. Fun fact about Kirsten-she is the only one of us to have been to an actual American Girl Place store (the rest of us have only been to the smaller ones inside malls).
Molly Grace
Birthday-February 25th

Molly was adopted from Kentucky at the age of 7. She is pretty much the opposite of me in that she is outgoing, dramatic, and loves to be around lots of people. She loves singing and acting and being at the center of attention. She also likes clothes and has some outfits I'm rather jealous of myself.Her favorite color is pink. She loves music, especially One Direction. Her best quality is that she's extremely friendly and welcoming. She goes to public school where she is in a drama club and has lots of friends. She recently went to AGP in Atlanta and got her ears pierced, and the earrings look great on her. Sometimes I wonder if she knows how extremely pretty she is.
Amber Nicole
Birthday-March 8th

Amber is my parents' oldest biological child and a force to be reckoned with. She is the most impulsive human being who has ever existed. For example, she is currently 5,000 dollars in debt after accidentally bidding too high for a horse. And speaking of horses, she loves them. She has two that she trained on her own and is in her 4H club's advanced equestrian class. She has an electric guitar and plays that thing LOUD. She is free-spirited and sarcastic and always has a comeback. Even though she doesn't try to, she tends to mess things up or get into trouble. She obsesses over Brad Paisley and is always up for an adventure. Fun fact- Amber bears a striking resemblance to a girl named Piper Nicole, but the similarity of their names is coincidental.
Catherine Margaret
Birthday-May 19th

First of all, I am very fond of Kit's real name. It sounds royal. But when Kit was little, our dad called her Kit-Kat, and the name stuck. Besides, Kit isn't one for big, royal names. She is our parents' second biological child and exactly in the middle of all of us, but that doesn't stop her from making her voice heard. She plays baseball and hockey and shows our animals in 4H competitions. She loves to pal around with our younger brothers, ride 4-wheelers on our uncle's farm, and "help" our dad in his garden (she really just uses it as an excuse to get dirty). But she can be cute and really, really manipulative when she wants something. She is extremely creative (especially when it comes to clothes), has a big personality, and instantly loves everyone she meets.
William Alexander
Birthday-October 22nd

William is pretty much the cutest, sweetest, funniest, smartest, most talented kid you will ever meet. Okay, so maybe I'm biased, but he is my only biological sibling. And we were separated for 2 1/2 years after I was adopted and William had to stay behind in England while "legal issues" were worked out or something. I don't know; all I know is that William finally got here almost 2 months ago and life has been perfect since. He is adjusting well to school and is going to a class for newly-adopted kids, where he's made a couple of friends who were also adopted from Europe. He's the tiniest 3rd grader I've ever seen but when he went to the doctor last month, they said he'll catch up before long. William plays piano and drums, and he's getting the hang of video games and American football. He also loves basketball and to play Indiana Jones with Sean in our backyard. He will turn 9 next month and is looking forward to his first birthday as an American citizen.
Justin Levi
Birthday-September 14th

Justin is 11 months younger than William and Mom and Dad's only biological son. If I were to sum him up in one sentence, it would be this--This kid is a NUT. He seems to think that rules don't apply to him and will stop at nothing, even trying out for a play part that's meant for age 16 and up. He talks about football night and day and roots for Alabama, The Tennessee Titans, and the Atlanta Hawks. He has an annoying sense of humor, but every so often he comes out with something that is actually really funny. Ever since William arrived, Justin has seen to it that William always knows where to go or what to do. He really looks out for him, which is kind of funny because he's younger. In some ways he reminds me of William because he always tries to include everyone and is actually pretty sensitive. (But you did NOT hear that from me!)
Sean Michael
Birthday-February 2nd

Sean is 5 years old and Ethiopian, but you would never know it by talking to him. His favorite restaurant is McDonald's and he knows the names of more than 200 football players. There is an interesting story behind his adoption. He was born in Africa into extreme poverty with a serious heart defect. Every year my parents sponser a child by paying for them to be sent to America for life-saving surgery, and one year, Sean was the child they sponsered. Sean was 6 months old when he had his surgery. He was going to be sent back to Ethiopia afterwards, but instead, my parents adopted him. He recently got the bizarre idea that he was meant to be a professional golfer, but all he did was smash a window and break two lamps. Since then he's stuck with football and soccer. He also likes race cars and motorcycles and Lego's. He follows William and Justin around like a typical little brother and likes to help take care of Holly.
Holly Rebekah
Birthday-August 1st

Holly just turned 1 and is the cutest thing ever. She gets into everything and is starting to learn more words; in fact, my name was the first word she learned (she said "Manda", but hey, it counts). She is really fun to play with. For now, at least, she's the youngest in our family and the youngest biological child, so she always has someone playing with her or carrying her around. She likes it when I read books to her. I think she will grow up and love to read like I do.
So, that's my entire family! I am never lonely and I always have a fan base.  I apologize for how long this post was. I hope you enjoyed it. Do you have any siblings? What are they like?
Family Portrait: