Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Welcome Wagon, Po-Style

Upon our return home, the Mister and I found Welcome Home signs taped all over the house by our children.

Here is the one Po left us:
"Mom and Dad. Where have you been? P(cross out the "a" because let's face it, writing'Po' is easier)o"

And, why, yes,
it is indeed affixed
to the inside lid of our master bathroom toilet.

Only Po.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Teen is in The House!

Miss Hatfield Louise is 13.
How 13 years seem to go by in 1.3 seconds flat is beyond me.
I've written it before, and I'll write it again, but this child has been my saving grace.
For the first three years of her life, it was just me and my Hattie Loulou.
The Mister and I then married, and he adopted her. He has always considered Hatfield his girl. She has always known him as her dad.
They have a very special, connected relationship.

Which often manifests itself in silly ways in public places, like KFC.
We are so proud of what a beautiful, kind, smart, hard-working and wickedly witty young woman she is.


We love you, Hattie Lou!
Happy, Happy Birthday!

Friday, June 17, 2011

And we're off!


My boy Atticus and I are off on a whirlwind trip to Seattle. A cross-country adventure with just the two of us.

We are SOOOOO excited!

In Seattle, we're meeting up with the Mister, who is flying in from Vegas.

Lots of being spoiled by his 2 sets of Washington grandparents and the Mister's class reunion are on the docket.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Finally!

EVERY DAY
for the next
THREE WEEKS,
I have
FOUR HOURS
Each Day
ALL
TO
MYSELF.

Y'all know that I'm not one to self-promote
with constant photos and videos of myself on this blog,
but my dears,
This
is
a
MONGO
JUMBO
Reason
to
Celebrate!



I love homeschool. I love my kids with all my heart.
But not once in the past 13 years have I had 4 hours each day, at home, all to myself, for more than a day here and there ( like a day here once a year, and a day there the next year.)

And maybe this is a bit presumptuous of me, but I deserve this.

Whoooooohooooooohoooooo!

Monday, June 13, 2011

All is good

I haven't blogged in forever, but it's because all is good :)

So nice to put in a happy update.

Well, it'd be a complete happy update except for the #*@$&( IRS and their #*@*($-way in which they are processing the Adoption Tax Credit.

But, oh well. I'm taking the "Haiti Adoption Approach." Which is:

Sooner or later they will run out of requests.
Sooner or later they'll have to review my file.
Sooner or later they'll have to approve my file.

Because, seriously, what else can I do? (And seriously, if you know what more I can do, please let me know! I want my moola!)

Last week I took all 5 kids sans the Mister camping up at the lake in just about the most miserable June weather possible. But despite the weather, we had a blast. One morning, I actually laid on the couch and read a book for 3 hours straight while my kids played around me without bothering each other or me!

It. Rocked.

Over the weekend we took the training wheels off of Po's, Miles' and Keenan's bikes. A move I would not recommend that one replicate. After a crash-filled, rather harrowing first day, the kids are rapidly improving. When a child can go 5 days (in a row) with no crashes, then they can go on bike rides on the trail solo (and not on the tagalong behind my bike.)

They are counting the days, folks.

I have strawberries and raspberries growing, spinach and chard ready to pick and radishes a week away from consumption. I need nothing more in summer, except an occasional margarita on the deck, and I've been getting that in too.

So all is good, and more to follow.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

May the Force Be with Him Always

Today's Post Disclaimers:
I am not a baking professional.
I am not a cake decorating professional.
And as you will see, neither I (nor my children) are video recording professionals.

Instead,
I am a Mom trying to give my kids some great memories
(so cut me some slack and don't expect
culinary greatness here :)

All that being said, here is the cake I made this year for Atticus' birthday:

In case you don't know,
or can't tell,
what it is,
here's a hint:
The Millennium Falcon

Okay, that really wasn't a hint.
I just flat out told you.
I've never been one for guessing games.

Atticus was super stoked about his cake.


Warning: the above video may make you motion sick,
as it is shakier than the Blair Witch Project.


Not to toot my own horn, but the cake itself was beyond delicious.

You should never use a box mix when making a cake.
It should be illegal.
All cakes should be made from scratch.
This delicious, moist chocolate cake
(and frosting, under the fondant)
can be found HERE.

This was also my first experience with fondant.
I was a fondant virgin before.
Fondant is super easy (unlike me)
and super fun (like me? unlike me? depends who you ask ;)
I will definitely work with fondant on all my future cakes.Show all
You can make fondant with this recipe HERE.

One kid cake down so far in 2011,
Four more to go.





Saturday, June 04, 2011

9 years ago today. . .


A merciful God took pity on me
and ended this condition:

and in exchange, gave me him.

The amount of joy my crazy-haired boy has given me has been immeasurable.
His crazy, happy hair.
His crazy, happy laugh.

Both of which got crazier with each passing day.
I would gladly re-live every single day I've had with my baby boy.




Happy 9th Birthday to our Crazy-Hair,
Crazy-Happy Boy,
Atticus.
We love you!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A Message I Needed to See

From Heather Forbes' Facebook status:


Children with trauma histories are not able to just "find" their way out of overwhelm.
They won't just "get used to it" or "grow out of it."
They will sink further and further away.
What they need is
support,
guidance,
acceptance,
relationship,
and unconditional love.

It's always a cool thing when you receive the very reassurance you need without even having to seek it.