Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Blizzard Warning!

Our Blizzard warning was extended through to this morning at 9am. Not sure why, because it looks ok outside today - no blowing, snowing, etc - BUT at 5:40 I got THE CALL. NO SCHOOL!!! Wow!!! Another free day to spend with the kids! We sure don't get many of those during the school year! :) And we're all healthy too!

It's now 10:40 am. The kids have been up, eaten breakfast, the boys had a bath, Olivia and Braeden played outside, and now Little One is down for nap and the rest of us are watching Because of Winn Dixie. I happened to find this not long ago at Big Lots for $1.99!!! It's so new I was really surprised. And I wasn't sure if Braeden would sit through it or not, but we put it on one other time and he was just like today - mesmerized! He hasn't moved. He cracks up when Winn Dixie makes a mess, and asks why Opal is sad at times. It's so cute. Little One still has a visit today at 1, so I put him down hoping he'll sleep a good while to make up for no afternoon nap. So far so good, he's been down about 30 min.

They had a lot of fun outside today with all the extra snow. I think we ended up with 8 inches they said. I ended up having to shovel last night after the crew was in bed, the life of a single mom! I was whipped. Shoveling a driveway with 7 or so inches! Whew! But it looks pretty good. With all the blowing, some places also have quite big drifts. We have one in the front about 3 feet tall which Olivia decided she would try to sled down. It was so funny. The first time, right after this picture, she sat in the sled and it went backwards. She lay on the snow cracking up! Then she went down forwards once. Braeden received a new horse for Valentine's Day from Grandma and Grandpa and it had to go in the tub with him, outside in the snow with him (as you can see in the photo), and is now watching the movie with him! :) He LOVES horses I tell you!

We're in for a nice day! :)

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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!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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