Tuesday, May 15, 2012

And it's only 9:30

A little peek into how my mornings generally go:

6:30 - alarm goes off, but I need time to 'wake up', so I lay in bed, watch morning news, and check my email and Facebook.

7:00 - go wake the kids up, head downstairs, get their breakfast going.  Make lunches.  I make their lunches every day.  I let Wyatt put some money in the hot lunch account this year, grudgingly, because those lunches are just, blech!, but I make their lunches.  Today it was hot ramen, carrots, fruit and veggie strips (100% no preservatives), a fruit cup, and an Honest Kids drink pouch.  I usually send water bottles with them, but I had an extra box of juice pouches from when we were snack parents.

7:30 - get the kids out the door - they have been riding their bikes to school, so they head up and move out!

7:40 - make coffee, watch morning news, or watch a DVR show or two.

But today, it went like this:

Make coffee (I have a Keurig).  Throw laundry that I started this morning into dryer, add another load to washer.  Decide to scoop litter box.  Break out vacuum to clean up litter all over the place from the cats kicking it around.  Look around and decide to vacuum the downstairs.  Vacuum the kitchen (I don't sweep, it's extraneous).  Decide to vacuum the couch.  Put the vacuum away.  Clean the table.  Clean the kitchen counters.  Look over and see that your coffee that you made 45 minutes ago is still sitting there.  Laugh.

Isn't it funny how we just decide to 'do one thing really quick' and it turns into an hour of chores?

Such is the life of a mom!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers Day 2012

It is amazing to me where my life is today. 17 months ago we brought home two wonderful, precious, beautiful children who needed us as much as we needed them. At the time, they were 7 and 9, and now they are 8 and 11goingon21.

They came to us scared, unsure, and cautious. Today they are brave, confident, and curious.

I've watched my baby girl spread her wings and take root in her generous spirit. She's learning how to be a good friend without being taken advantage of. She's discovering the drama that accompanies the fifth grade hormones. She's learned that she is a rock star softball player, and the confidence boost has done wonders for her self-esteem. She's learned that sometimes, things don't work out like you want them to, and you take away the lesson and move on.

I've watched my baby boy become a funny, sassy, self-assured little man. I've seen him find a way to overcome his trepidation on certain things. I've watched his anxiety level go way down. I've learned to deal with his penchant for always seeing things in black and white, constrained in a neat little box. I've worked with him on his quick anger, trying to teach him that we must be quick to think, slow to speak, and slow to Anger. He's learned that you can't always get what you want, and he has learned to graciously respond to the word 'no'.

I've seen my older son hit several milestones that I realized I was dreading. He turned 18. He went to prom. He got his first job. He got a car. He's going to graduate high school in a little over a week. I've been cautiously navigating this relationship twist. I'm still his parent, but I've taken a more advisory role, rather than a teaching role. It's been a journey for me.

As a mother who has come to motherhood both biologically and through adoption, I am so very thankful for this day. For the day that reminds me to be thankful for my blessings. To be thankful that I have a husband who loves our children, and sets an example for them by loving me. Who provides for his family without complaint, and who is someone that I can trust beyond a shadow of a doubt to be my partner in parenting. I am thankful that he is not someone that I have to ask 'to watch the kids', but rather a willing participant in their growth, learning, and life. Someone who doesn't feel that his family is 'something to be dealt with', but something he willingly helped grow.

To all of you mothers out there, happy Mother's Day. I hope you are as blessed this day as I am.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Looks Like She Made IT!!

Jordan tried out for our All-Star Tournament Ball softball team on Sunday, May 6th.  We've been anxiously awaiting word on whether or not she made it, and it finally came on Wednesday night!  She's ON!  We're so very proud of her for trying out, for giving her all, and for making it.

She's my All Star!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Super Proud Mama!

Jordan is in our local softball league.  She plays first base primarily, with her backup position being catcher.  It's her first year really playing, and she's doing exceptionally well.  Her team just took the playoffs and has been sent on to the championships.

Due to all of the rain we had at the beginning of the season, the girls had a lot of makeup games to play, and the playoffs and the championship games were all pushed forward.  I did not know the final dates until about three weeks ago, and because of this last-minute decision, had to cancel on attending my cousin's wedding in NYC this weekend.  I'm sad about that, but I'm attending my daughter's first championship game.  It's caused some hurt feelings, and for that I'm sorry, but as a parent, you do what you have to do.  It's just too bad that those without children can't understand that our children's schedules do not fall into neat little rows all of the time.

Moving on, this Sunday Jordan also tried out for the Travel Ball Tournament Team.  We're breathlessly awaiting the results.  23 girls tried out, and I know that there were a couple of more that had asked for accommodations due to a soccer tournament, and they only take max 15 for the roster!  It's nail-biting, especially since you could tell that the girls who went out gave it their all and really wanted it! 

Wyatt's soccer team is plugging along.  They haven't won a game yet, but they did tie one!  Poor guys!  I feel bad for them, they just play their little hearts out.

It's hot today, and my kids will be walking in the door any minute.  They've been riding their bikes back and forth to school, saving me gas and time.  I bought them little mango and cream fruit bars from Trader Joe's as an after-school snack.  They'll love me for it!!