Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bears, Birds and Babies, Oh My!

Hello everyone! Stephen and I got to go to the Denver Zoo on Saturday and I thought I would share some pictures with you. We have a great zoo here. We never get tired of going. Of course, these are not all the animals by far. Just a sample.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My Mommy Tag Answers

Here are my Mommy Tag answers. Any of my friends and family that read this, tag! You're it!

Mommy Tag

1. On a good night, what time are your kids in bed? 8:30 on a school night.

2. How long have you been a mommy? 9 years, 9 months

3. How old were you when you became a mom? 24 (three weeks before my 25th b-day – approx.)

4. What is your favorite kids T.V show? Ughhh....I am getting tired of most of them. Luckily he likes the Incredibles and Star Wars. Veggie Tales are pretty good too.

5. What is your least favorite kids T.V. show? Barney – it's not allowed in our world.

6. What is your favorite chore? None of them, are they kidding?

7. What is your favorite meal to cook? Homemade pizza is pretty easy.

8. What meal do you cook most often? All of them? Stephen doesn't know how yet. :)(What we eat varies.)

9. What is your kids favorite meal? Homemade pizza, mac n' cheese, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, you get the idea.

10. What is your favorite thing your husband does with your kids? I don't have a husband.

11. What are 5 things that make you smile when you’re being a mom? When he gives me “that” smile. (His teachers get a kick out of that one too.) Hugs – one of these days he may not want to give me them anymore. Everything he has overcome to this point. When he tells me he loves me. When he really gets laughing.

12. If you could take your kids anywhere, where would it be? A beach – it doesn't even matter which one.

13. When was the last time you went out without your kids? You mean people actually do that???? I don't get to hardly ever.

14. What is your favorite pastime/activity to do with your kids? Playing Games of any sort.

15. Name one thing you said you would never say as a mother? “You can't do anything.”

16. Name something you do, that your own mom did? Sing along with the radio. He does it too.

17. What is your favorite quality your mom has? Her perseverance.

18. What is your favorite kids book? Love You Forever.

19. What is your favorite advice for new moms? Enjoy every minute because they grow so fast.

20. What is your most heartbreaking moment as a mom? The day I found out he had Cerebral Palsy. I cried all the way home from Children's Hospital. I just wanted to make it go away and I couldn't. (I still wish I could make it better for him sometimes.)

21. What is your most joyful moment being a mom? There are so many with him, but I will Never forget the day he walked for the first time about a month after his 3rd birthday. It was about a week and a half after 9/11 and it was an awesome reminder that God is Good.

22. When was the last time you told one of your kids, “I Love You”? Tonight before bed.

23. When was the last time you were told, “I love you” by one of your kids? Tonight before he went to bed.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fun and Games

Here are some fun things and games for all of you to look at. Widgets are pretty cool! You can tell I am still a newby at this whole blogging thing, can't you? :) Stephen requested the bubble wrap as he loves popping it in real life. (You can also tell I am dating myself by some of the content I added!) Take a load off and have fun! Oh, just a side note, it snowed here this morning. YUCK!!!! Luckily it turned to rain pretty quick, but it was still cold. You'd think it wasn't May around here.

Piano Hero

Bubble Wrap


Duck Hunt

Super Mario Game


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Special Olympics 2008

Here are pictures from Stephen's trip to his 2008 Special Olympics Field Day. He had a great time and did very well in his three events! He got third place in the 50 m dash, second place in the standing long jump and first place in the softball throw! Yea Stephen! (The pictures are not in order but they are not too hard to figure out.)

Happy Mother's Day!

This is for all the Moms I know! I don't know who originally wrote it, I got it in an email. Happy Mother's Day to each and every one of you!

This is for the mothers who have sat upall night with sick toddlers in their arms,wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayerwieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, 'It's okay honey, Mommy's here.'

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars. And that when their kids asked, 'Did you see me, Mom?' they could say, 'Of course, Iwouldn't have missed it for the world,' and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read 'Goodnight, Moon' twice a night for a year. And then read it again, 'Just one more time.'

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls 'Mom?' in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college -- or have their own families.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting. For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache she feels when she watches her son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes her from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put her hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes againat 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in her home? Or the need to flee from wherever she is and hug her child when she hears news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...And for mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without. This is for you all. For all of us...Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray and never stop being a mother...