Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Cave Monkey!

Oh, that Molly. Little Miss Molly always seems to find trouble these days!

This morning, while spending time with my mom dearest at the farm, we were gathering wood for the Bonfire that is to occur later tonight with some friends bacl at the homested.

Next to the wood pile is a tractor shed where Maggie, Molly, and Gavin were frolicking.

They come out of the shed looking composed, for the most part. I had just put sunscreen on the kids so a little bit of dirt was sticking to Gav and Mag's faces and arms. And then there was Miss Molly.....







She looks like a cave monkey!! How did she get soooo stinkin' dirty?!

Oh, Molly. You keep me soo busy.
Off to the bathtub. Can't possibly bring her to Wal-Mart looking this way!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

A few of my favorite things

Each of my kids have different "loves". Going through my camera yesterday, I realized that I captured a little bit of each of them.

The Gav man. Notice the remote control on his chest--hee! hee! (His favorite is Star Wars. All the neighborhood boys come over to play. They all are such a hoot to watch!)
"Yeah hoo! I beat the level!!" This kid is all about drama.


And then there's Miss Molly Kate. Oh, my dear Molly. She can be so mischievous! Here she is pushing the button for the PS3. Great skill, I know but then she will "lose" whatever DVD or game is in there at the time and it takes forever to find it again. We try very hard to remove whatever movie we are watching or game we are playing but sometimes we forget to take this extra step. Stinker!



I must say this is the MOST frustrating thing she does. About 1, 2, or 3 times a day (maybe more, depending on her mood), she throws out all of the DVD's in the entertainment center. We could put them up or away but seriously! She needs to learn NO!! Naughty little girl, Molly!
Sweet Mag Pie, swinging on grandma's swing at the farm. She would spend hours on this if we let her (and for the most part, we do!)

Ahhh, at last. The teenager. The picture says it all, don't ya think?? Rough life.





Saturday, May 22, 2010

They've Captured My Heart...

There are two girls, each sporting that extra chromosome that have captured my heart. They are almost exactly one year apart. Both living in Eastern Europe. For now. But not for long.

The story goes something like this: It starts with two blogging friends, Michelle and Tracy. We both have a teenager. The same age.

We then, married the man of our dreams and both had a boy. The same age.

Then we both had twin girls. 6 months apart. I had fraternal girls; one with DS and one without. Michelle had identical twins both with DS. Lydia and Ruby.

Then, at the same time, we pursued adoption of a little girl named, Lera. For whatever reason, we were blessed enough to be "picked" to be her parents.

You see, without knowing it, we were both trying to save Lera. But because I knew that we were in "competition" with this anonymous family, we looked further and decided, if it came to it, that we would pursue Lilya. A fraternal twin abandoned at birth for having DS.

So it was: Tracy and Mike were adopting Lera. Michelle and Brian were adopting Lilya.

We talked and dreamed of getting all the girls together once they were home. I could hardly wait!

Then He had other plans for Lera. For reasons beyond our control and understanding, we had to release Lera. She found another family. Whom, for their own reasons, also had to release Lera.

Poor Lera. I could NOT stop thinking and praying about sweet Lera. She deserves a loving family to call her own. She has lived way too long in an orphanage. So beautiful. So smart. So amazing. Yet I felt so much dispare for her.

Then her NEW FAMILY came to save her. I feel in my heart that this was it for sweet baby Lera!!!!!! In the end, she will only live a little over 3 hours from Lily instead of almost 6 hours. What are the odds??

This is Lera at 3 years old (on the right) and then 4 years old (on the left) . How beautiful is she??? I mean Really??? I can hardly stand it!!



So, while I was forced to give up the dream of being Lera's forever mommy, Michelle ventured on. She continued with her paper pregnancy to bring Lilyia home. And succeeded. So excited for her. I can't even tell you how excited I am!

Michelle and Brian are in Eastern Europe right now making things official to bring Lilya home to the US!!

Lilya with her forever Mommy!! It brings tears to my eyes! I just love her sooo much! (Both Michelle AND Lilya!)

This is Lylia's File picture...So beautiful!!




While this is all so bittersweet for me, I know that He is providing for these stinkin' precious girls. I can hardly stand to wait to see both of these girls home. With their forever families.

I din't expect this reaction...

I heard about this show, "What would you do?" all over facebook and the Internet this week and I just got around to watching this. Right now I have tears of I don't know what streaming down my face!!

I am angry and mostly frustrated with society and that people really are this insensitive and rude. Even though these are all actors, I know that people really do say these things and will say these things about Molly and worst of all TO Molly.

I am somewhat shocked at my reaction to this video. I mean, I know it happens but dang! To hear it...I just didn't expect to feel this way. Wow.

All I can say is that it sucks. This feeling sucks. And to know that Molly will feel this way sucks.

Dang!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Maggie's language

Maggie and I had just dropped Molly off in her classroom when the princiapl started the morning announcements over the PA system.

Once he was done, a student, speaking spanish started speaking.

Maggie had a confused look on her face. I explained to her that there are English speaking students and Spanish speaking students so they need to speak in both so everyone can understand.

I asked her what language she spoke. She was so quick to answer...




"DORA!"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lil' Miss Independent!

Mags wanted to go with her mama to the grocery store. The only problem was that she was wearing nothing less than her tutu (of course!) and it was a wee bit cold outside (In MN? Shocker!) so I had her go up to her room and get some warm (and appropriate) clothes on,

She came back with this....






Such a colorful little girl! "It matches, mama!"

Mike says, "you are not letting her go to the store like that are you?"

You betcha I did! With her Dorothy shoes and all.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sweet Ella Grace

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It happens in an instant. Your life is turned upside down.

That is exactly what happened to Sweet Ella Grace and her family. She went in for routine blood work and in an instant everything changed.

Femeral lines. Broviacs. Bone aspiration. Lab work. Pokes. Pokes. Pokes. Endless pokes, it seems. Poor sweet baby girl.

It's what I fear the most. Leukemia. Everyday Molly is pale or has what I imagine to be petichiae, I have to "prep" myself. Realistic or not, it's what I do.

I don't take life for granted. Watching Ella Grace and her family go through this is why I don't and can't. I have constant reminders to NOT take life or my families health for granted.

Because it can change in an instant.

Head over to Ella's blog and show them some love and leave a comment to let them know you are praying for Sweet Ella Grace.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Love a Nurse!

"Right now there is a nurse helping a woman
become a mom, a nurse holding the hand of a dying man, a nurse
inserting an IV in a child, a nurse listening to an Alzheimer patient
tell a story of long ago, a nurse missing their family while caring for
yours. In the minute it took you to read this nurses all over the world
are saving lives."

This past week, it was Nurses Week. I love being a nurse. I love making a difference in the life of a preemie or child. The rewards are endless. If and when I can't be at home with the fam, there is no other place I would rather be.

Just to share, my two favorite nurses:

Meridith Ann, My partner in crime!


Kristin, THE OA!! (J/K, Kristin!)



Me



Just to show that nurses can and do have fun!!



**No babies were used in making of this post!**

Friday, May 7, 2010

Waiting...

I am an impatient person. More so than the average person. If I want something, I want it NOW and on cue. Anyone who knows me, knows that this is not one of my most desirable attributes. None the less, God did not bless me with patience.

Well, I know that He knew what He was doing when He blessed my family with Molly. Forget about the RIGHT NOW. Seriously, just forget about it. When you have a child with Down Syndrome, you have no choice but to wait. Are you kidding me? You want ME to wait?

Ha! I'll show you! My child with DS was going to walk at 15 months, talk at 3 years, and definately potty trained by three. Hands Down. She will be stubborn like her mama. She can do it and she WILL do it.

Nope. Didn't happen. Molly walked at 26 months, is starting to use 2-3 word sentences and is yet to pee in the toilet.

Patience, Mama. Patience.

Molly has learned to run. And FAST. Dang, that girl can move! She can open up that front door, scoot down the front steps and be half way to the park before I can catch her!

I waited a looooong time for this but golly gee. She has mastered RUNNNING!!

You go, girl!!


I'm so proud.!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sisters together

Sisters. It really is an amazing bond.

Twins. Now that is even a more amazing bond.

My twin daughters just love each others company so much. It doesn't matter that one of them is sporting an extra chromosome. Really. They just love. each. other.

I enjoy watching them interact more and more together each and every day. It warms my heart.

Bonded for life...




Monday, May 3, 2010

A Visit with Rachel

Rachel, the founder of Signing Time, was here last week and put on an hour long performance.

She was amazing. She is such a genuine, sweet person and really truly cares about and loves what she does. Molly went crazy and was dancin' like no one was watching. At the end of each song, she would yell out, "Yaaaaa!" with her hands in the air. It was pretty cute. Maggie knew a lot of the signs and songs and she signed and sung away like the big girl she is.

One observation I made was that there was quite a few children with Down Syndrome there. Not surprising as sign language is the main language for the down syndrome child in their early years when they are not able to form words with their mouths.

Rachel and her Baby Signing Time was a God send when Molly was younger. The videos made it fun to learn. Molly's teachers and para's at school use a lot of sign language with her and thanks to this series of video's, Molly understands and follows the directions given in sign language.

At the end of the show, we were able to meet Rachel and take a couple of pictures with her. I have a crappy camera as my good one is not working so they are not the best quality.

We purchased a couple of the next series DVD's and had her sign them





Saturday, May 1, 2010

Our Couples Retreat


OK-I am back. At least for now. To continue my last post....

I am not one to spend money on a vacation. We go somewhere as a family once a year and a water park here and there with other families but I have a hard time spending money on vacation and do it because I do realize how important it is to get away.

Sounds odd but that money can be used for better meal choices, buying the kids better quality designer clothes (I love clothes shopping for all my kids), and mainly to help payoff debt faster. I fI have extra money, I would rather put it towards a medical bill. I know, odd, but true.

But this time, this vacation was NEEDED. It was NECESSARY. If I needed anything in my life, it was this. After our failed adoption and long, cold, and snowy winter, working (more than) full time, I KNEW I had to take a break or I was afraid I might break. Mike and I needed to regroup. Reconnect. I don't leave home without my kids very often but this time, I truly looked forward to going away with my dear husband and close friends that we have promise for years that we would go on vacation with.

We have family that own a condo on Fort Myers Beach so the lodging was not an issue. We found round trip tickets for practically nothing. So I really couldn't pass up this opportunity; regardless of the summer clothes that still needed to be bought or the debt that we have incurred. We. Had. To. Get. Away!!!!

Really, the condo is my home away from home. It was relaxing, refreshing, and energizing!!!

We slept past 8am everyday (unheard of around here), went to lunch when we wanted, went to the beach when we wanted, and slept when we wanted. We didn't have a care in the world. No laundry to fold, no emails to return, no baths to do, no floors to scrub. Ahhhh.....it was like heaven on earth. The scenes were breathtaking. The night life included listening to live acoustic bands on the beach each night. We rented a boat and took it out to Captiva Island and basked in the sun for hours and just enjoyed our own private beach AKA paradise!!!

This trip changed my views of vacation (and how I view my psychological well being). Is is money WELL SPENT!!! What have I been missing?? I have been down to the condo without the kids but never felt so refreshed before.

We cannot wait to take the kids down there! All the kids playing on the beach and eating ice cream in time square watching the sunset is something my kids MUST experience!

And we also hope to get away together every couple of years as well as that was so necessary to vacation with just the two of us....