Sunday, November 30, 2014

Early Friday morning

So I'm ready for my annual black Friday shopping trip with my bestie.  We have had a sick baby for the last 4 days and she is pregnant so we forego the 4:30 am usual start time for a much more manageable 6am.  Only problem.   I've been up since about 1:30 am.
Mason slept so much better last night,  so it would only go without saying that I should have too, right?!
My brain woke up about midnight thinking it was 5am.  Hubby quickly shared it was only midnight so off to sleep I went again...I woke up again.  Surely it is 5am NOW. Nope only 1:30 am.tried and tried to go back to sleep.  There are so many nights I wish the clock would just freeze so I could enjoy more sleep.  Today was that night that it felt as time was standing still and I would look over at the clock and see 2:12, 2:42, 3:10.  Ok if I'm still up by 4am I'll get up.  As I laid there my mind processed  how great Thanksgiving was minus the sick kiddo.  How much fun the train will be tonight  (we are headed with a whole lot of family  to a train ride with Santa ); How much work I have to do at work; I wonder how so and so's trip is going; why am I stressed it's only 3am, I should pray about that, etc, etc, etc.   4:01 came and I got up and took a fabulous warm shower, once the furnace woke up.
So here I am now...all ready to go.  An hour and a half early. :0/
So I got to thinking of all the reasons I love this time of year.  Family,  traditions, cookies, presents,  love.  I get to feel the love this time of year that I know is always there it is just on display now.
Let the Christmas Prep begin!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last Hurahh

Two out of our three started school last week.   Our middle starts Tuesday.  So we thought a last "summer feeling" type trip was in order.  Just so happens my hubby's work paid for our trip as a "thank you" for the many weekends he had to work this summer.
We chose Great Wolf Lodge.  The place is huge and has so much to do.  But the best part was the chance to just have fun as a family.   No real pressure to accomplish much just fun.
Mason loved the Littles area to play,  splash,  and enjoy the small slides.
D our thrill seeker.  Loved the rope course and water slide that drops you straight down (like on wipe out).
Tyler loved the wave pool and Magic quest which is a wand based scavenger hunt through the buildings with interactive screens and chests.  Actually D loved this too and the brothers enjoyed solving the quests together.
Hubby and I loved watch them have fun and relax.  We also enjoyed the water slides and getting the children wet.
I did forget the camera so we have minimal pictures but I'm sure these memories will last.
Happy back to school everyone.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

haircut gone bad

So I don't cut hair.  I buzz the boys hair but that's it.  So when our youngest ( who has baby fine hair) begged me to buzz his like his brothers I caved. Now normally a friend of our gives him a little trim now and then, but never have I seen so much scalp on his head.

I most admit from the first buzz I regretted our decision. I love Mason's hair, but as the day goes on I've grown less teary about it.
So without further a do.....
Mason the preschooler.  (Really this was the best I could do.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Our Family day

Mason's 2nd anniversary of his adoption day came and went.  There was no cake, no gifts,  and dare I say...No Facebook post.  We did make mention of it in our house. We did look at the certificate the judge gave us, but there wasn't much fanfare.
I spent the next day wondering if I was wrong. Was I being a neglectful mom.
I haven't answered that question yet but as I pondered it I came up with other questions.
My bio kids get "gotcha day", "family day", and their birthday all rolled into one big day. Does it mean less?
We have never taken a real stance on how we were going to celebrate these days. To me "gotcha day" in October is far more exciting.   The adoption day was when Connecticut made it official,  but it was real and binding on that very first day that started it all.
The day we got the call that asked did we want to have our life book shown is more remembered.   The feelings of hope and worry, longing, wonder, and ultimately of peace that in His timing it would all work.
There have been so many days in between that have shaped our family to what it is.  I guess it's just best if we celebrate them all.  
So I guess I've answered my own question...thanks for reading through my rambled thoughts to get there!

I would love to hear how others celebrate their days!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Its the end of the school year here and What a year this has been. It's been a growth year for all of us.
I took on a position I wasn't sure I wanted but now can't imagine it any other way.
Hubby took a job that turn out to be nothing but a headache but his determination and strength to see this job through is an inspiration.
Tyler tried a new school this year and totally loves it.
Dylan has worked hard and is becoming a inspiring athlete.
And last but certainly not least is Mason,  who is growing by leaps and bounds daily.  Although we still seem to be figuring each other out he is learning and so are we.  I'm excited for this summer as we have begun to understand we can do anything with him if we "practice" first. There are a couple of things the books are right about. ..
1. Routine routine routine: Mason is much less aggressive when he knows what is coming next. Which is sometimes hard at 2 in the afternoon when everyone else is doing their own thing,  but we will adjust.
2. Rules have to be rules ALWAYS: as in no matter what.  No opening the door of the oven even when it's off, it becomes a habit that could turn dangerous.
Now a couple of things the books are wrong about:
1. Man does this boy like touch. He loves snuggles and initiates snuggles more than anyone else.   We are praying this helps us through the teenage years.
2. He is "learning"...even sometimes through cause and effect.   Mas has learned (after using Qui Gung massage) that banging his head against something hard...hurts.  This is a new concept to him and he is now very gently placing his head against a wall when he's mad ; 0)

We know that God is so very good and can heal everything if it is his will.  As long a we keep our patience so will our boys.  So this summer I pray for patience. ..lots and lots and lots of patience, And sunshine,  and laughs, and peace, and watermelon,  and love, and fun,'s a good thing the Lord doesn't mind my long prayers.
Happy summer everyone!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mother's day...better late then never, right!

I woke up this morning to crashing and banging signifying someone was making me breakfast.   To my surprise Tyler walks in with scrambled eggs,  and an English muffin with cream cheese.  He say "bacon is on its way"...which made me nervous but I say "yum. Thanks. This looks great! "

I was so impressed with my boys today. D comes right in this morning with a cheery "happy Mother's day" and "oh can I give you my gift now?"
What a delight!  He brings out at decorated brown lunch bag that was hiding under his bed for a couple days.   It is a plant in a paper cup that he proudly exclaims is a "creepy willow"  which gives us all a good laugh.
Tyler has help his brothers make me a card and a massage gift certificate...ooooooo
Then time for Tyler's home made coupon gift.
I will definitely be using these soon.
 I love the effort this year!!! Felt so blessed!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

4 eyed cuteness

Baby boy got glasses today.   As they were being fitted the man and I joke that we will soon be on a first name bases with how often we will have to visit to adjust them.
We have talked with what seems like all the professional and have a game plan on how to help him get adjusted to them and how to keep them from getting broken in the first week.
Rule #1: no glasses in the car
As you can tell I broke rule #1 because he just loved them so much he didn't want to take them off just yet.  
Next favorite part was opening and shutting the case. Which he shut on my finger about a dozen times and  thought that was the funniest thing ever!

We kept them off until he was ready to watch his show and then tried again. This time they didn't come off as often and he pretty much left them alone.  Progress!!

These next couple of weeks will be a little tense trying to adjust but we survived day one!

And learned...its a good thing he's cute!