Saturday, March 26, 2011


After all the work that our spring break was this year, I had planned ahead for a small, somewhat local, trip for us to take at the end.

Yesterday we drove about an hour away to a hotel/waterpark. We checked in and got busy having fun! My great friend (for years and years!), who is also Braeden's godmother, and her two boys joined us!

We spent the night and got back at it the next day...

Of course vacation wouldn't be complete without both playing at the arcade, and getting a ninja sword! (And it only took 360 tickets to "win" this lovely piece of plastic!) :)

It's all about the chips right now for Liam... cheese is headed to the wayside...

After some water fun, we headed out to see The Imagination Movers, with Choo Choo Soul opening!


It was a really great show! And one of the things I was most impressed with was when the lead (girl) singer from Choo Choo soul said (not the EXACT wording but you get the idea) that she was covered from neck to wrist and top to bottom (clothes) and that that's important to show girls that you can be cool and still be covered and be a role model THAT way instead of exposing yourself. LOVED IT!

The crew!

We headed home after the show and crashed. It was a GREAT two days... and I was so impressed with how well all the kids did. But I really noticed it in Braeden. I am so proud of him! He is still doing so great in controlling himself and it's just PLEASANT to be around him and do things for and with him! (I tell ya, the last 6 months were ROUGH.) They all did so wonderful and it was a great two day vacation! One day of catching up on laundry and working on my IEPs for my annual reviews at work this week, and then back to the grind. :)

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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 the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you