Monday, January 08, 2007


We had a BLAST over the holidays! Sorry to have been away for a while. The kids and I had a great Christmas. I was "super mom" on Christmas morning. We had to leave for the airport to catch a plane to FL. In order to leave at 11am, there was a lot to get done. I had finished all packing, except a couple tshirts they were getting for gifts, the night before. It was packed and in the car. Christmas morning we were up and opening gifts about 7am, I did not wake them early, this is normal for them! :) I had all gifts out of their boxes and batteries in all but one. We packed up all garbage and even put a few things in their respective new places. I had to take down the real tree so there was no fire issue and took all ornaments and lights off prior to hauling it to the curb. I made a breakfast of eggs, toast and sausage and packed lunches for Braeden and Olivia to eat in the car on the way to the airport. I finished packing the suitcase and loaded it in the car. Little One had his morning nap while I finished some of these things, and then I gave him a bottle. Braeden and Olivia (and I) ate the little Whitman sampler boxes of candy from our stockings. We were ready to hit the road!

We made it to the airport with LOTS of time to spare! (I always over estimate as I fear lateness!) They were great at the airport. The only time I stress, and I did with one and with two, so three is not much different, is at the security checkpoint when you have to unload everything including shoes and the stroller through the little xray. :) Actually, on Christmas there were not as many people and the workers were incredibly nice. The plane rides there and back went great.

Florida was fun as always, and Little One enjoys the water as much as his older brother and sister. I took Braeden and Olivia on a Pirate cruise - so fun! We had a water gun fight, searched for treasure, listened to stories, had faces painted like pirates, played musical chairs, and of course bought the requisite souvenir for $10 each! :) Skipped the family pic for $15 though as I did NOT look good! :) Olivia had her hair braided at the beach which always look good. Little One HATES sand!!! He screamed and cried the second I set him down, funny pic though! I shopped way too much (at 5 different Gymborees! Awesome sales!!!). Saw Night at the Museum, part of it twice as I tried to take Olivia and 30 min in she started crying that she was going to have bad dreams. I went back myself the next day! :) We swam in a pool. Lots of fun stuff. It ended way too fast. I also love going there because the cable my parents have has the Discovery Health Channel, which has the show Adoption Stories. I love that show! Of course my basic cable doesn't come with it! Oh well.

Now, we assimilate back into the routine of the working single mom... Yuck.


Anonymous said...

YOU ARE SUPER MOM!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! I am super impressed! Glad to hear you are doing well and little one is still with you.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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