Sunday, April 29, 2007

Happy Birthday to My Wonderful Little Boy!

My Tom Sawyer is growing up way too fast!  I can't believe he is 5 years old already.  Since my little guy is adopted, the more memorable anniversary for me is on Tuesday which will be the 5 year anniversary of his arrival as a foster newborn in our home.  He was such a tiny and sickly fellow (not yet 5 pounds and born to a drug addicted mom).  The first few weeks we were so concerned with his health that we didn't even think about whether we would be the lucky family who would get to keep him.  It took just over two years for the court system to make us his forever adoptive parents.  What a blessing that was to no longer be his foster parents and be forced to discuss almost everything we wanted to do for him with a social worker.  Thanks be to God for giving this wonderful little boy to my husband and me.  He keeps us laughing and on our toes all the time.  It is a pleasure to be raising such a brave, creative and loving son.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

What a Day!

Boy, am I worn out!  I felt so stretched today.  My husband starts a new job on Monday!   We are super excited, but there is a lot going on closing up his old job and getting him/his clothes ready for the new job!  In addition, my 4 year old turns 5 this weekend and has decided that he wants a birthday party with a theme of the human body!  Actually, what he wants are skeletons, lots of them -- I've come up with a skeleton cake, pin the heart on the skeleton, make life-size body posters of the kids to color in and bone cookies to decorate!  If anyone has any clever ideas, let me know quick! 

Anyway, with my busy day underway, we had to have at least one funny/crazy thing happen and it happened at 9:30 am.  My little Red Ridinghood (3) was going upstairs to go potty when someone asked her a question.  She stopped to answer and couldn't hold it any longer.  She went potty right where she stood.  If that wasn't bad enough, the urine went over the ledge of the stairs and down the wall, splashing on the VCR and TV below.  OH MY!   My poor little Red Ridinghood was shocked!  Well to say the least, I got to move some furniture and give a good cleaning to a part of the house I wasn't expecting to clean today!  LOL  On the bright side, my stairs and floors are hardwood, so weren't damaged, and mopping them has made them all shining clean now!

Saturday, April 21, 2007


My kids are always up to or saying something funny.  I really live with a bunch of characters.  My Tom Sawyer (4) was the real character this week.  On Thursday we went to Wal-Mart, and when we were in the check-out line, he said he had to go potty NOW!  Luckily, I could see the restroom from the check-out line and off he ran.  As soon as he was in the restroom I heard him yell, "I got to go potty --everybody out!"   To my amazement, three men came out and waited for my little guy to come back out.  He did and said thanks to the three men, who went back into the restroom.  Well, at least he thanked the men when he came back out, but I guess we will have to work on understanding that the stall is your private space, not the whole restroom!  LOLOL

The other funny thing out of my little guy this week was when we were on a walk a few days later.  He was filling his bucket with pinecones from the edge of someone's yard, when it occurred to him that maybe they wouldn't want him to take the pinecones.  I assured him that it was fine and that he could keep his treasures.  He was so pleased that he suggested that we go home and collect the Magnolia pods from our yard and take them back to the pinecone person's yard and spread them around as a gift!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Fun Exercise to Think About Your Kids' Futures ...

I got this from COMamabear's blog and it is a lot of fun.  Drop me a comment if you decide to do it.  This was a great activity to do, especially right now when I am thinking about goals for next year.

Here are the three questions:

1) Make a list of things your kids are interested in and good at.

2) So ... gut feel, but not banking on your being right ... where do you see each of your kids in 20 years?

3) And what would each of them need now to get to that place?

My big teen -- This is my mechanical child, who loves to put things together.  He also loves all living things, especially animals and reptiles.  He has a real gift with animals and enjoys teaching others about how to care for living creatures.  He is helpful, obedient, and wants to please his family.  He is passionate about social justice issues and improving the world through charity work.  Lastly, he is  a real comedian, who is great at impersonations and acting .... At 37 I think he will be married with maybe one child.  He will be working in a field with animals -- most likely in a nature center/zoo. I think his spare time will be filled with enjoying the outdoors, charity work and maybe a stand-up comedian.  The real question will be how many pets will he have?  What he needs now to get there -- continue his volunteer work at the regional nature center, strong background in science, continue learning skills that help him interact with a large variety of people, continue taking on more responsibilities at home that will enable him to be independent.

Goldilocks -- She is my artistic and musical child.  She loves fashion, color, and hair design.  She loves to do the hair of family members.  She is a very observant child, nothing gets past this one.  She really likes order and loves to clean everything.  This child loves to chit chat more than anyone I know. At 26 I think she will be single with no children.  She says she never wants children, and unless her heart is changed a great deal, this is probably for the best.  With her love for hair, color, fashion and her charming chatty manner, I can see her excelling in a beauty salon.  Perhaps, she could even own one of her own some day.  She could also be a great personal shopper.  What she needs now to get there --  Goldilocks needs to work on being focused, obedient, and eager to please her family.  Since she is interested in fashion, it will be especially important to raise her with a strict modesty code and for her to learn the difference between being feminine and sexy ( a challenging task in our society).

Tom Sawyer -- This little boy is a real deep thinker, who loves God and is very sensitive.  He is an eager learner, who is showing signs of being very book smart.  (He also loves workbooks ... however did a CM Mom like me get a workbook kid?) He is also artistic and very creative.  He is an outgoing child, who has a very strong, charismatic personality.  He is very strong willed (often annoying now but will pay off later).  He is also passionate about his interests. At 24 I think this one could be a teacher or more likely a professor, since he is somewhat of a free spirit and I can't see him complying to a school system's rules, if they are not working for a particular student.  He may be married, but I think between launching a career and continuing his education he will have a full plate at 24.  I do think he will marry early and have a few kids.  What he needs now to get there -- He needs to learn to temper his strong will without squelching his passion.  He needs to continue learning and we need to foster his thirst for knowledge.  He needs to continue learning to comply with authority without losing his ideals.

Little Red Ridinghood -- She is very loving and nurturing.  She loves babies and helping Mommy around the house.  She loves cooking and being Mommy's helper in everything domestic.  She is very articulate and has a really expressive manner.  She can hold her own in a large group and is quite independent.  This child is truly content and can bloom wherever she is planted. At 23 I see her as college educated and I think she will probably be married or almost married.  I think she will plan on having four or five kids (although she says she is having 20 kids!).  I am not sure she will choose to work outside the home before having children, but I think she will be a stay-at-home Mom once she has them.  In the meantime, she may be a nurse or working with young children in some way. What she needs to get there -- Right now all she needs is to continue growing and thriving and learning about the world around her. 

This was fun, let me know if you do it!  I would love to read yours.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Happy Birthday, My Big Teen!!!!

Wow, has it really been 17 years since I became a Mom for the first time?!  It has been a wonderful journey raising my sweet little baby into the handsome, responsible young man that he has become.  The journey has not always been easy --  it has been filled with potholes, bumps, getting stuck in the mud, and perilous mountain passes; but the vistas have been breathtaking.  My little guy started out life as a tiny cardiac baby, struggling for every heartbeat.  The future looked very bleak for a long, long time; but now he is a strapping young man who loves life and is living his life to the fullest!  The future is brighter than ever before for my not so little guy. He is taller than me now!!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I love you and am so honored that God chose me to be your Mom!