Friday, February 26, 2010

Partypalooza 2010

Whew! We are finally nearing the end of Partypalooza 2010! You may ask, “what is Partypalooza?” Well, that is when many birthdays and holidays are piled on back to back and we are in a state of constant celebration. So instead of giving a detailed account of every celebration, I will show you with photos.

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This kicked off the season of celebration. Godzilla won 1st place in his Cub Scout den; 2nd place in the Pack for the annual Pinewood Derby. District races are yet to come.

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Remember Godzilla’s 11th birthday with the Giant Donut Cake?

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Happy 11th birthday Godzilla!

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Then came along the official birthday party for Godzilla’s 11th birthday..one week later. Godzilla and Space Godzilla meet up on Monster Island.

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Godzilla invited four of his friends for pizza, cake, and to spend the night. Notice I didn’t say to “sleep” over. Because there was no sleeping. I found out later that the boys had drafted and each signed a contract to stay awake until 7:00 a.m. They did.

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Who can forget the Great Snow of 2010? Not since 1989 have we had so much fun in the snow!

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Are you still with me? My first born turned 18 years old! Yes, Big Tuna is now a really big Big Tuna. I just don’t think I’m old enough to have an 18 year old.

Valentine’s Day. I wanted to ignore it, but during all of this my children attended 3 separate Valentine’s parties.

I turned a year older. Yes, next I had to go and have a birthday. Usually by this point I am so tired of “events” that it doesn’t bother me if my birthday goes un-noticed. It did not this year. Captain Daddy arranged for a few close friends to come over and celebrate with an oyster roast. Now that is what I call celebrating! Thank you to all of my dear sweet friends that remembered me on my birthday.

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This is what happens when an over zealous Beach Mama decides to host a small Chinese New Year tea party. Approximately 20 beautiful children and parents welcoming the Year of the Tiger (this is Godzilla’s year!).

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What a blessing to have all of these families in our lives! (One day I’m going to have to take a real cake decorating class.)

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Is it safe to come out for air?

Snow of 2010?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Great Snow of 2010

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Where is that “Global Warming” when you need it???

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What is this white stuff coating The Princess’ Barbie flipflop? Yes, it SNOWED last night here in coastal NC! After constant “threats” of snow all winter and not a single flake, I just knew that we would NOT get snow. But we did… much to the delight of my children. And not just a dusting, but something a little more substantial that you could get your hands on.

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The Royal Duo.

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Making “Snow Queens.”

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Meow meow meow meow! (Translation: No, I do not like snow!)

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Snow Godzilla.

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Making a snow blob?

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KitKat getting in on the photo op.

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Meow meow meow meow meow. (Translation: That white stuff looks better from the inside.)

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Meow meow meow! (Translation: Being outside is for the dogs!)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Go, Go Godzilla (again)!

Well, we are about mid-way through our birthday marathon. Because of a multitude of things going on in the past few weeks (Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, Men at the Cross, etc), Godzilla did not get to have his birthday party until yesterday. So you may ask what kind of party does an 11-year old Godzilla have? Well, it's got to be cool you know, yet still have some of that goofy birthday stuff like a kid. For a month Godzilla has been planning a sleep-over with 4 of his friends. Part of the reason he has been planning for so long is that I have begun homeschooling him (2 weeks ago), so he had to get the party organized before he left public school.
Our conversations have been like this since early January:
Me: (picking him up from school) How was your day?
Godzilla: Good. What time is my party going to be?
Me: I don't know. I don't even know what date your party is going to be. Why?
Godzilla: Because I have 5 friends that say they want to come, but one's brother's birthday is on the 31st and he doesn't know if he can come because he isn't sure when his brother's birthday party is going to be.
Next day:
Me: How was your day?
Godzilla: Good. Have you sent out the invitations yet?
Me: No. You need to get me the addresses of the boys.
And on and on the conversations went. So before we even had a date for the party, there was going to be a party as his friends had already been invited, and told their parents. No backing out now.
So a party we had.
It started with this.

Godzilla and Space Godzilla on Monster Island. A cake of monster proportion.



Please excuse the crowded counter top, bad lighting, and bad photography. This isn't the Pioneer Woman's ranch you know. Just keepin' it real.

I think Godzilla and Space Godzilla are practicing singing "Happy Birthday."


"I don't know where I'm a gonna go when the volcano blows" (it's been really cold here so I have been listening to my old Jimmy Buffett music. I didn't mean "old" Jimmy Buffett, but he kind of is. You know what I mean. Just trying to stay warm mentally.)


There was pizza, Monster Cake, and the boys stayed up ALL night. I don't know if they had a good time because they are now asleep. Last night as I layed in bed waiting for the rowdy boys to quiet doqn (never happened), I had the radio on to an oldies station (80's music). I kid you not Blue Oyster Cult's song came over the airwaves "Go, Go Godzilla."
I just hope this cake doesn't end up on Cake Wrecks....




Thursday, February 4, 2010

Advocating for Sweet Little Girl-File Soon to Be Returned!

I think it is appropriate to say that God has truly changed me over the years. One of the changes occurred when He led me to adoption. Not just adoption by Him into His family, but also through us adopting children into our family. I am changed. In many ways. Although He has changed me into a better person than I could ever be on my own, some of the changes have come at a price. Oh, it is by no means a bad thing! It just means that in some cases, your eyes are wide open and you see things in a way you have never seen before. God has given me a passion for children, ALL children. This shows that God truly has a sense of humor because I remember as a young adult deciding I would not have children. I have four children. I'd have more, but only if it is His will. Trust me when I say that I know God can do what He says He can do!
All of my children are miracles. All children are miracles. There is a miracle child, currently waiting at Christian World Adoption. She is a beautiful, 8 year old girl. She has a condition known as Type B Mediterranean Anemia or otherwise known as Thalassemia. I don't have any specific information regarding the severity of this condition. I do know that it can range from a minor, carrier trait to something quite severe. This child looks healthy enough in the photos/video, but I have not reviewed her file to know any specifics. In fact, I will not be able to review her file as that would require Captain Daddy to sign a form that would allow us to review her file. At this point, there is no way that I would even approach Captain Daddy to sign this form. Captain Daddy says we are done adding to our family. So unless God grants me a RHW (reluctant husband waiver), I will have to say we are through. So at this point all I can do is advocate for this precious girl. If you are interested, please go the the CWA website then click on the "Waiting Children Photolist" link. Scroll down and click on the Hope Project Children. At the bottom of the page you will have to request permission to view the photolist. CWA will then email to you the access information. Once you have access to the China Hope Project Children, click on the July 2009 list. The sweet little girl is C0907-25. Just look at that precious smile!
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Female. Type B Mediterranean anemia.DOB: 9-5-2001She was sent to the children welfare center on Sept 29, 2001, now she is living with foster family. She is a student of first grade. She is a little slow in learning but she is a hard working girl. She is serious about learning. She can manage her daily life and also tries to help sometimes such as washing clothes, sweeping the floor, cleaning dishes. She is a cheerful girl and loves to laugh. She likes to do rope skipping with other kids; she likes to play with dolls and other kids’ games. She is a polite girl and is polite with others. She loves to help other kids. She respects teachers in school. All teachers, foster parents and other students love her very much.
We did not use CWA during any of our adoptions. So I don't have any information on the agency to pass along. I haven't heard anything negative regarding them. If you would like to know more about Thalassemia you may try the following links:
I know her file is going to be returned very soon (any day).
I look at her photo every day and pray for this sweet, precious child to find her family. Please take a look.
I pray this precious girl finds a family, and soon.
I wish we were that family.