Thursday, September 18, 2008


Braeden and I had time together tonight. I hired a sitter from our local Christian college to babysit every Thursday night. I plan on taking each of the kids out on their own for some one on one and spend some nights on my own as well.

I like our sitter "A" a lot. She's 23 and in her senior year as a Social Work major. She has a one year old niece she's watched a lot as well as other child care experience. She came over to "interview" last week and started tonight.

I asked the kids who wanted to be first to go out with a special night with mom, and back to those attachment issues, Braeden yelled, "Me!!!!" and Olivia was silent. She is looking forward to doing things, but wanted to spend the first night with the sitter. :) Oh well.

Braeden wanted to go bowling. He's never been, we'd talked about it while in FL in June, but ran out of time. I called our lanes and made sure there was open bowling today. So when we were on our way, we started at McD's for dinner and a little play time in their outdoor play area. We also talked through bowling "rules" so that he would know what to expect and how to act.

After dinner, we headed to the bowling alley. Broke my heart! They had reserved it for a youth group and we were turned away!!!! Talk about disheartened. Braeden kept saying, "Dang it! That bowling place is dang it!" Where did he hear that!? Crack me up! So... we ended up going to Barnes to play and read, then to Target. Braeden ate a biscotti from Starbucks on our way through the store. Target has some major sales right now!!! Backpacks are 75% off!!! We didn't need one, so I did real well and passed them by, BUT I did get a cushy butterfly chair for my classroom for $7.50! Plus a bunch of their dollar bin items were 75% off! I got a cart full of things for $20. Wow!

Braeden and I had a great time on our first mom's night out. :)

UPDATE: I found out where he got the "Dang it" - Grandpa admitted it, it was from him! :)


Stacie said...

Gotta love Grandpas! I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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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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