We have had a rough winter. I think the whole States have. I LOVE winter, it’s my favorite season, but everyone has been so sick, and it has been so cold, we have gotten about 10x the amount of snow we usually do (which I am perfectly ok with). But we hadn’t been out in a while. When the forecast finally said it was supposed to get to 40 out, we had to get out and of coarse went to the zoo. F*aceb**k informed me that a girl from Pumpkin’s class was there. So we met up with her mom. Honey was in a grumpy mood. She did not sleep well the night before.
These boys, I just can’t get over how beautiful they are.
The pond was thawing! CRAZY!
Dancing fool wherever we go.
Trying to keep her awake.
Pumpkin and C. They are in a bit of a love triangle with one of the boys in their class. It’s very dramatic and hysterical.
I am disorganized, late, a bit of a mess, with the worst memory ever. I like to think I make up for that with love. hahaha The good thing about this is I tend to surround myself with likeminded friends. Definitely not everyone, but they have to be pretty spectacular if they aren’t like me and can handle all of my flaws. And the stuff I had listed does not make me the best for having school aged children. There was a pancake breakfast fundraiser that we told the kids we were going to. Only problem is, we didn’t preregister. I am including my friend in the we. So when we got to school and there were NO cars in the parking lot we knew something was up. We drove around and indeed nobody was there. We were late, we didn’t preregister, and funny enough we got there at the exact same time. We promised the kids pancakes so we went out to eat. 6 kids and four adults. We did really awesome.
We got to see our friends, score
everyone had a blast, score
it was a buffet, score
I am super blessed when it comes to my friends (well life in general). I scored the jackpot. We didn’t give our money to school, but it was still super fun.
I told the girls to go upstairs and get dressed…
Score one for Honey!
Bear and Koala. <3 This has to be the most loved baby ever.
<3 Koala <3
I made this owl onesie at my babyshower when I was pregnant with Pumpkin. All of my babies have worn it.
Kids are weird, in the most amazing way possible
We met up with C&F and my friend’s N and her son L. Our museum is broken up into three sections and I cannot go to the children’s part by myself. My kids go in different directions without regard to where I am. So we go to the natural history part over and over. hahah
Thankfully they do have a little play area which is just small enough that I can keep eyes on all of my kids but still allowing them to do whatever they want to do.
I do not take pictures with my phone. I have a point n shoot. But I thought it died. But really the battery just needed to be charged. hahah
Seriously, look at this group of kids! <3
We are in the cave and backing everyone up since the three momma’s took picture after picture.
the erosion table.
This picture melts my heart. I cry every time I hear MLK jr’s speech and this picture is worth a thousand words.
At this point Bear was totally over it and did not was to sit next to L. He was tired and hungry. Never a good combo.
There was a long period of time where Bear wouldn’t drink out of a hard top sippy cup. But then he kept bending the top to get the water/ milk out and this kept happening. So he was forced to like the hard tops. haha
My totally amazing and thoughtful friend C came over with her daughter F.
This momma needs a boy of her own pronto!
I took this picture to remember what his fit was about… I don’t remember, but it’s still pretty funny.
Honey got home just as dressups began.
These girls just melt my heart.
And a dance party began. Yes, Bear is dancing too. You can’t see his sweet moves in this picture though.
Can I be honest?
I am feeling really guilty about this. As you may remember ( http://addingmembers.blogspot.com/2012/07/hes-here.html ) We were told we had to choose between Petunia and Bear. Our private agency wanted us to only have one baby and then the county gave us one hour to choose. Not knowing Petunia’s future we chose our son. I still feel tremendous guilt about this. I LOVE my boys don’t get me wrong, I am SO blessed to have them in my life, but I feel so guilty about choosing to say goodbye to the baby girl we loved so much. She has since been adopted by the home she went to, I reached out to her mom, but she chose not to have contact with us. On top of this guilt, I reached out to Honey’s birthmom. This was our first contact with her and I am so nervous to see how this relationship develops. She did confirm that she had a boy, Honey’s half biological sibling, that was removed and placed for adoption through the county. He is a few months younger than Bear. So, my heart is breaking all over again because of the What If’s in life. What if we kept Petunia. We would most likely have Honey’s half biological sibling. Did I take that away from Honey? I LOVE my boys with something fierce and I cannot imagine not having them in my life. But I just feel so guilty. I said no to Petunia and as a result, we lost out on Honey’s half bio becoming her brother. I feel bad enough that Honey is the only black child in our family, but now I took this from her. I feel guilty because in a sense, I am happy with my choice. I LOVE my boys. I love their birthparents. I feel like we have it really easy. It just works. But will Honey resent me? I put her through a loss, which is something she greatly struggles with, with losing Petunia (I do think it helped that Bear was there almost immediately after, unlike when we lost S.P. and Peanut) and when she is old enough to realize, I put her through the loss of having her half bio become her brother.
I’m just in a hard spot right now and I feel so bad for Honey. My sweet girl.
I can’t believe I forgot to share these pictures!
My cousin is the best photographer, but she hates doing newborn pictures… it’s a lot of hard work. So we went to local photographer that happens to be an adoptive momma.
She asked if his birthparents would be able to come, unfortunately bdad was sleeping from his late night shift and couldn’t make it. but bmom did!
I would have paid $500 for this picture alone. Man I love it.
Here he is on the blanket mimi made for him… that he pooped on (it was hidden in this picture) but it’s also the blanket we do monthly pictures on.
Our sweet family.
This is Bmom on the left and me on the right.
Then, a couple of days later, the dresses I ordered that I wanted to use for the shoot finally came in (dag Zulily and their awful turn around). I was SOOO in love with them I set up another photo shoot. Yes, I had pictures taken 100% for their dresses. Any reason is good enough to have memories captured.