Saturday, February 28, 2009
Sometimes we had a few, sometimes we had 7 or 8, sometimes teen Mom's with babies. We had drug addicts, gang bangers, alcoholics, sexually, and physically abused kids. We took anyone that needed a home.
I am a fairly naive person, never did drugs, I don't drink. I was raised in a well to do neighborhood in orange County, CA- so I saw and heard things that blew me away. I learned things that shocked me- but I accepted all the kids. I treated them as my own, I loved them, took care of them, covered for them, whatever it took.
We had children that at 14 had never had cupcakes brought to school for their birthday- so I arranged birthday class parties in middle school. This was before cell phones, and we got beepers for all the kids. We bought them their first cars, took them to Disneyland- we loved them and just treated them like normal kids.
I adopted one of them. She had been in 17 homes, she was a very difficult child- we got her at 12. She was angry, on drugs, and so damaged- but she learned to love us and she wanted to be a part of our family forever- she needed that- so I adopted her at 16 years old. I was able to give her a forever family. She is still pretty badly damaged, but she is a good kid- and she is a survivor.
Some I got closer to then others. It seemed like the girls were very close to me. When I had the twins I decided that I could not be the kind of foster Mom I wanted to anymore because I was tied down to two babies- so I stopped doing it. The last of my kids were old enough to go out on their own and it was time for me to focus in a different direction.
I know you are wondering where this is going... well tonight out of the blue one of my kids called me. She was one of my special one's. I was so glad to hear from her. She is 27 now and has 2 kids- that blows me away. She sounds happy and I can't wait to go see her and meet her daughter's. She said she has missed me and that I made a huge impact in her life- that is great to hear. It has been about 10 years since I talked to her. She tracked me down over the Internet and I am so glad she did. I am glad I was there for her during a time in her life when she needed a Mom. She is drug free, and has it all together and that makes me proud. I would love her anyway- but I am glad she is doing well.
I just wanted to share my exciting news.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I know I promised my big news yesterday, so I am a big slacker- slap my hands!
Our miniature mare had her baby- we were not expecting her to foal until March- and we went to go to the store and driving past the corral I saw something on the ground and I made Jen stop- I thought it was a dead cat- so I jumped out of the truck and ran towards this lump on the ground- and it moved- I yelled "it's alive" I was so happy to see a baby horse and nothing dead.
I am a little bummed- ok a lot bummed because I wanted to see her girl birth- but we were not expecting the baby for a few weeks. Oh well- just thankful she is doing well.
It is a little girl and she is beautiful! She is a charcoal grey color and we named her Smores. Her Mom is named Mellow, like marsh mellow- so we thought that was a great name. All of our household animals are named after food- Root Beer, Ice Cube, Toast, Crouton- you get the picture. No the horse is not a household animal- but we just stuck with the theme.
So that is our big news- in the midst of all the bad and sad things that have been going on lately it is fun to have such a great surprise. God is good.
Smores with her Mommy
Look how happy Jen is with her new baby
Mommy is not sure about Jen holding her baby
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Does this gross anyone out as much as it does me? Bryce keeps getting the same toenail ingrown and the poor kid has to get it cut out. It is the most painful thing to watch. they actually put shots under his toenail to numb it up. Then they cut into the toenail to remove the part causing the pain. How do they do this you ask? Imagine the pain of having one side of the scissors shoved under your toe nail in order to cut it all the way down? Oh it just makes me want to pee a little. Then they clamp and yank the toenail out.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The rules for this award:
1) Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.
2) Show the 7 winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Scrap.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
3) List at least 10 honest things about yourself.
I am not sure how to link blogs- but I will give it my best shot.
First 10 honest things about myself- are you sure you guys really want to know more about me?????
1- I, like Tammy do not shave my legs very often in the winter. What's the point- if you are wearing pants who cares?
2- I can't sleep without sleeping pills- I have taken them since I was a teen. I can't turn my brain off enough to fall asleep- it just keeps thinking all the time and drives me crazy!
3- I grew up in CA. I am an Orange County girl.
4- I like cats a lot more than dogs.
5- Jen's driving makes me crazy- she is not one who can adjust the radio and drive- she drifts into on coming traffic.
6- I still miss my Mom- she has been gone for 15 years now and I still think about her everyday.
7- I don't ever wipe my butt- I like smelling like poop everywhere I go.
Just kidding I was testing you to see if you were really reading 10 things about me.
8- I have to sleep on the side of the bed furthest from the door.
9- My twins were triplets- one did not survive during the pregnancy.
10-I LOVE onions- I put them on everything.
11- Since number 7 was a joke I better post a tenth fact. I don't want bad tag karma for not following the directions.
I have a PhD. but I don't use it- never have, never will.
OK now for the blogs I find interesting:
This is Jen's blog- so I better say it is my favorite. I bug her all the time to blog more- that is my only complaint!
A fun family with lots of kids like us- so it is fun to read about their adventures.
She is the reason I started blogging- thanks Michelle!
I know you will kill me for being tagged again- but Tammy and Mark sound like they are fun to be around- I think we would get a long great!
Jason and Chad are new to blogging- so I want to de-tagonize them! I hope their journey for a baby is a quick one.
I love their daughter's name- you will have to go see their blog to find out what it is. It is fun to watch other famlies.
Malia is a beautiful girl and her Mom has a great sense of humor.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Trey and Dylan were doing cannon ball jumps and Trey begged me to let him do a back flip- is he crazy? I know he wants water to be in it- but the ground is hard.
In the spirit of all construction projects- we found a slight problem last night- the kitchen sink water was no longer draining outside- but into the basement instead- we also found the water drain was cut so I could not do laundry- now that just will not work, no sink or washer for 3 months? Luckily we have great construction guys and they fixed it as soon as we told them- so lucky me I can do laundry tonight. Toby "cleaned" his room last night- so Mom has lots of laundry to do. Does anyone else have kids that just throw everything in the laundry?
The good news is I did not find anymore of Jen's dead body bones today- so either she is hiding them better- or she has given up that hobby of killing people.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
We had a great time skiing. The boys had Monday off- so we hit the slopes. Trey and Bryce snowboarded and everyone else skied. Taya did a great job for her first time. She went down a hill, learned to walk in ski's and most importantly had fun- until she got cold.
Trey wanted to ski with Jen- but soon left her because she was too slow for him. Admittedly she is a cautious skier and takes 2 1/2 hours to get down 1 run. Ok maybe only 1 1/2 hours.
Toby is a die hard- he never stops- just goes up and down all day long. The boys are really good- I think all of them can do double black diamonds now.
Jen and I were not able to ski together because one of us was always with Taya- this was the only down fall- I do love to ski with her- but maybe next year.
It was a great family day- I am so fortunate that all my kids like hanging out with us- and we enjoy them as well.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
This morning Jen and I were opening gifts to each other- I got her two blue ray movies (step Brother's and Pineapple Express) and she got me See's candy and new pajama's. Taya wakes up and wants to know where her present is. Not only does she want a present but she wants it wrapped in red. So Jen found her gift from the night before and wrapped it in red and gave it to her. I am not sure Taya was fooled by all this- but she stopped asking for a present. My daughter- it is hard to get one over on her.
We bred our male to a crazy ladies dog yesterday. She not only made us watch but we had to hold the dogs. This was a little weird for us- some people are way to involved in their dogs lives. Jen kept saying she felt like she was at a bar and thought she should have a drink in her hand.
We went to dinner last night at a restaurant we always forget about. The are closed every year for the month of January- and that is when I usually think about going. It is such good food. It is a farm, with a petting zoo, and buggy rides. They serve fried chicken and corn fritters and they are so good. I used to go here as a kid with my Grandparent's every Sunday after church when I was visiting them.
Today we are just going to hang out, watch movies, and have taco's. Tomorrow we have a big dog show and eye appointments for the dog's, pick up the boys from 4h camp, and bred our male again with the voyeur lady's dog. This time we will probably have to play soft music for them.
Hope everyone is having a great Valentine's and has someone to love on today.
Friday, February 13, 2009
He will be big, he has a nice head and I am sure he will be fine- he has a great pedigree I am just trying to get over the idea of a big white male.
His name is Da Kine- like Dog the Bounty Hunter's bail bonds. We name all of our dogs Hawaiian names- my parents live on Maui- so we thought Da Kine would be a great name. So we have a puppy in the house again- to train. Always fun!
Today we got some snow- we have dance class and will be going to Denver for a breeding. Trey and Toby are going to 4H camp this weekend- so they will have a great time.
Bryce is talking to Vanessa again- you know how kids are- you watch they will get back together and she will stomp on his heart some more. Girls!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Not much going on here these days. I bought a really cool stand for scrapbook paper that has a dust cover- how cool is that? I am going to a 4 day scrapping retreat in march- so I will of course be bringing this. I love to scrapbook. I mean LOVE it. It is so relaxing.
Oh, the new addition construction is on hold until next week- man contractors live in their own world by their own schedules- and what are you going to do about it? You need them and they know it.
I gotta tell you something Jen did that drives me crazy. It made me think about Tammy and Mark. One day I guess she was trying to be nice and she got the mail on her way home- our mailbox is about 1/2 mile from the house. So she threw it on the dashboard and forgot to bring it in or tell me about it. Well, I never drive her truck- but tonight I was on my way to my group that I run on Wednesday night and I took the truck- I am not even sure why- but once in a blue moon I drive it. I found the mail- it was from January 20 something! Ugh she drives me crazy! It had a letter in it that I was complaining that I never got. Well I got it now.
The Twins did their Valentines candy things tonight to take to school. They get a 4 day weekend yeah. Monday we are going skiing- so I will post pictures of us.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Saturday we took Taya for her first time rollerskating- she had a blast. I forgot my sock so I could not skate and Jen would not even try it- I would have loved to skate.
Everyone had a blast. The music is not as loud as I remember- and it just seemed so much cooler when I was a kid.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Have I ever mentioned I hate football? Well this is the first game I have sat through- I don't understand it- but it was nice company and we have a 73 inch TV that makes watching anything enjoyable!
Hope you all had a nice Superbowl Sunday too! Stop laughing at me!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I know God has a new plan for us- that our lives are going to turn in another direction- I just have a hard time with blind faith. I am too controlling.
Great things are happening: Harper is home tonight after 2 1/2 weeks in the NICU what a blessing.
I just wanted to say Hi and that I am still alive- I will blog more tomorrow with pictures.