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Adoption on my mind

Yesterday was Honeybee's 5 year old checkup.  It was also her kindergarten registration checkup.  That checkup would solidify her final piece of medical paperwork before I can sign her up for her first day of kindergarten.  All was going well.  She's gained 4 pounds since last year, which is huge for her.  She is about 4 inches taller as well.  Everything looks healthy and, minus her eczema (which we now have a dermatological referral for), she is the picture of health.  That's why the next course of conversation kind of threw me for a bit of a loop.

Checkup time!

Weekend Recap: The Sleepover Edition


Guys!  My tired is tired!  What an awesome weekend, but man what an exhausting one ☺!  S. and I were still up in the air about just how we would celebrate Honeybee turning 5 years old.  It's a milestone and begs a nice celebration, but with our huge family we just can't go anywhere.  Tuesday or so, S. suggested a visit to Chuck E. Cheese and a sleepover with the little cousins.  Now, full disclaimer, I am not a fan of Chuck E. Cheese.  No knock on them, but I think of them as little germ factories lol.  That being said, the one in our area recently underwent a renovation (per the flyer outside) and was ready for our large family.

Dance floor

Happy birthday, Honeybee!

Life would not be as amazing if you were not a part of it! Love you!!






Weekend Recap: Of Soccer and Books!

Hi everyone!  Here's hoping you had a really enjoyable weekend.  We were fortunate to have another beautiful weekend here and we took advantage.


Weekend Recap: Soccer Games and Homecoming Rain...

Hello everyone!  I am hoping you had an amazing weekend.  This one was a busy one for us, which I have to admit was a nice change of pace from the lazier days.  (I'm sorry, but I admit that I think I might actually like the more hectic pace (insert smile here)).


We Signed Honeybee Up for Soccer!

Hi everyone.  If you've followed the blog for a while, then you know that our family is a family of sports lovers especially on S.'s end.  We enjoy watching, playing in, and commenting on sports of all kinds.  We also enjoy allowing our children to experience those things as well.  Since we never push, we have been quietly observing our Honeybee running around playing soccer against herself, chastising herself in misses, celebrating scores.  Tonight, she was running around enough that S. asked her if she liked soccer.  She affirmed that she did and continued playing. 

What's Buzzing With Our Honeybee? The Four Year Old Version

I was looking through the blog the other day and realized that I hadn't provided a proper update for Honeybee after her February birthday.  I found a pretty nice year end kids interview post from Hands On As We Grow and have picked up a few questions from there to assist.


Stats

Height:  Our Honeybee is 37.2 inches tall.  She is in the 6th percentile for her age group.  I'm certainly not complaining as the size allows her to continue to wear the smaller size clothes for a while. I'm all about the cost savings there.

Weight:  So, Honeybee actually gained four pounds since her last visit.  BUT she is still only 26.2 pounds and is in the 0 percentile for her weight.  I asked the doctor should we be concerned and was told no.  Some children are naturally petite and it looks like our Bee is in that boat.

The Day We Me Met Our Honeybee: Our Placement Story

                           

Four years ago today, S. and I walked into a room to sign a mountain of paperwork.  I kept glancing anxiously at the clock wondering how much longer it would take, wondering if she was there yet.  The woman across from us, our amazing social worker, felt my anxiousness and said, “She’s here.  She’s upstairs and after we finish, I’ll take you to her”.  Mountains of paperwork loomed, some asking the same questions as the sheets before it.  It was daunting and reminiscent of when we closed on our first home, but this task so much more important to us.  Task complete, a manila folder with all of the paperwork was handed to us and minutes later my husband and I were walking into a cheerily painted room where a man stood (his wife and son beside him) holding this beautiful, tiny little baby girl.  An amazing and pure blessing.

adoption placement
Meeting our Honeybee for the first time
She was handed to me.  My husband, recording on his tablet, and I started crying.  Huge tears and HUGE praises uttered from my lips.  I thanked God for that moment, for that place, for that time that was created and preordained before I was even a thought.  God is SO great.  I reclined slightly on the couch and stared into her beautiful dark eyes and she stared at mine.  She was quiet, so very tiny, and I was in awe.  I enjoyed that moment, basking in her, allowing her to bask in me.  I passed her to my husband, whose eyes betrayed the tears that were there.  This was a moment that he’d prayed about, that we’d prayed  about together.  It was beautiful and raw and open.

Weekend Recap: Birthday Behavior

Hello everyone!  I hope your week has been absolutely amazing!  Mine was rainy and cloudy and blah looking outside, but SO much fun and enjoyable for the family.  Sunday was S.'s birthday.  We decided that we would do a private date night on Saturday with just the two of us and then celebrate with the family on his actual birthday.

EscapeQuest

I had quite a few ideas of things we could do for S.'s birthday.  He's big on new experiences and I was all game for some small thrill events like hot air ballooning or indoor sky diving.  It turned out the weather was forecast to be too yucky for ballooning.  The nearest indoor skydiving facility was an hour and some change away and our childcare arrangements couldn't cope.  So, I was thinking...what do we do.

Fortunately for me, S. has had an interest in trying out the Escape Rooms that have been so popular in the area.  We looked on Groupon for any deals and sure enough there was a pretty good one for a couple wanting to do the adventure.  We purchased, called and made an appointment, and were booked for the same evening.

We arrived at the Escape Room and were very impressed.  The lobby by itself was awesome!  Because the attraction has such a shroud of secrecy, I won't share too much about it, but we were paired with two other couples to solve a buried treasure riddle.  Oh my goodness!  We had so much fun!  Unfortunately, we didn't figure out the last riddle in time though we were SOOOOOOO close!  UGH!  But it was still a great adventure.

Friday Frazzle: Honeybee's Birthday Wish List

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When I was a child, I grew up excited that the two days special and unexpected things could and would occur were Christmas and birthdays. Those were the times where, despite budgets being extremely tight, we could hope for something magical to occur. It often did like the year my Mom moved heaven and heck for an alto saxophone to replace the used and beaten one I’d been carrying in the marching band. I’ve carried some of that on to my children. They know that birthdays and Christmas bring amazing family experiences.

So when our Honeybee came tiptoeing up to me last week and asking if she could have a few simple items, my heart melted for a couple of reasons. (1) This is the first time she has asked for anything specifically for any celebration and (2) Her list really is quite tame. She’s such a generous spirit. Of course, I couldn’t wait to share with you all.

1. A Pretty Birthday Cake. When queried further, the “pretty” means any pastel colored cake. Our Honeybee is a Minnie Mouse Bowtique and Paw Patrol fan. The local stores don’t have Paw Patrol, so I’m grabbing her this lovely for her day.
I can't wait to surprise our Honeybee with this cake!

Letter of the Week "M"

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Hi Guys!  Look, I have to tell you that I have been absolutely enjoying the home school experience with my preschooler.  To be clear, I am not homeschooling her in the traditional sense of the word.  We have a former preschool teacher, who just happens to be family, who comes in and goes forward with lessons, ideas, activities, and experiences that we have cultivated together.

This week, the letter is "M" and as it turned out, I was able to participate in a LOT of the fun activities.  On Wednesday, Honeybee and I started our day with a healthy breakfast and delved into our "M" day activities.

We started by doing pages in our Big Fun Kindergartner Activity Book.  We traced the "M" letters and searched for the hidden "M" in the pictures.  After that was completed, I wanted to boost her confidence a bit, so I took a piece of cardstock and duplicated the write your letters page.  She traced each line and continued from their to write the letters on her own.  She was so very proud of herself.


Weekend Recap: Spa Night

Hi everyone!  Another cool weekend has come and gone and I would not be me if I didn't share at least a bit of it.  So, let's start!  Friday afternoon, S. let me know that he and Superbug would be attending a HS basketball tourney with a good friend and neighbor.  That would mean A., Honeybee, and I would be home by ourselves for a few hours.

I immediately searched my brain for what we could do that would be fun, but not taxing and wouldn't mess up A.'s sleep schedule.  It finally dawned on me that Honeybee asked a while ago for her nails to be painted and some more Mommy time.  I'm a bit extra so I took that a step further and cloned a spa!


Affirmations: My "In Love" Moment with Sesame Street

When I was a little girl, my great grandmother would allow my cousin and I to sit and watch Sesame Street in the afternoons.  We learned ABCs, counted numbers, sang songs, and learned so many lessons from Elmo and Big Bird.  As we got older, the lessons that were taught in school seemed to mirror or support a lot of those concepts and I learned that Sesame Street was a pretty cool show.

Fast forward to 2018 where I have two little girls and a not-so-little boy and I found myself looking to Sesame Street again for additional lessons.  I have always taught my children that they are beautiful.  Not because of their outward appearance, but because of their hearts and the way their hearts love so freely.  I have also taught them that they are beautiful because of their uniqueness.  No one in the world can do exactly what they do the exact way they do it.  God created them special.

Weekend Recap: Part II- Museum Hopping w/Honeybee (Drummers & Play)

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Hello everyone! Thanks for joining in. I’m hoping you have had the most wonderful weekend ever! If you are an Eagles fan…CONGRATULATIONS! It was a hard fought win and you guys deserve it! Today, I’m picking up where I left off for my Weekend Recap where Honeybee and I decided to do a bit of museum hopping. In our first post, we shared our Terra Cotta Army exhibit experience and all of the wonder that went with it. Today, we’re picking up with a trip to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, which was right down the street.

I haven’t been to this museum in years. When Superbug was little, I bought him a couple of times to play and have a good time in warmer weather. Since I was already in the area for the Terra Cotta exhibit, I thought it would be a nice surprise for Honeybee if I took her to the museum to experience some of the same.

Turns out the surprise was on us. When we arrived, there was an African dance/drummer troupe that was performing in celebration of Black History month.  They were phenomenal!


Recognizing Middle Child Angst and What You Can Do to Address It


Hi lovies. I hope you are all having an amazing week. It’s been all kinds of interesting here. First, we had the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday. We spent the day spending time together as a family and catching up on some of the familial tasks, while discussing the importance of Dr. King’s legacy today. Then, yesterday, the area experienced a crisp clipper that dropped an inch or two of snow during the morning commute that shut down everything. The school alerts went from two hours to closed in about an hour. I ended up staying home to #telework (thank you, God for flexibility and internet) and caught up on work documentation. It was also then that I received confirmation of something I’d suspected for a while. Our eldest baby, Honeybee (3) is regressing. Well, no, not really.  That's been overly dramatic, but she is feeling left out and has been giving not-so-subtle hints for a while.

If I was attending to our infant daughter, she would laugh extremely loud and talk baby gibberish to make sure she was included in the conversation. Then, her subsequent conversations would be barely discernible because she would continue to talk in baby talk. If I asked her to do something that she has been doing on her own for months now, she would suddenly need help to complete the task (like dressing in the mornings or making her bed). I knew pretty quickly that she was crying for attention and spent some extra time with hugs and kisses, but she still seemed to be reaching. I decided I’d do some research on what she may be experiencing and came back with all kinds of hits for “Middle Child Syndrome”, which has some pretty scary stats by the way.

Vacation Recap: Embarkation and Port Departure- Part 2

Embarkation
Happy Father's Day!  It really was the perfect day for Embarkation.  FatherWinter made the suggestion for a cruise this year and it seemed perfect that we were leaving on a day meant to honor fathers. FatherWinter was in a great mood and decided to share it by encouraging Superbug to wake up :)

Daddy jumping on the bed to wake Superbug


After gifting FatherWinter with Father's Day cards and getting ready for the day, we were off to the Port to go cruising!

Superbug had several great memories of the trip.  One of his favorite was driving to the port and seeing the ship as we approached.  He talked about it quite some time after we were actually on board.

Approaching the ship

Approaching the ship

Once we arrived at the port and paid for parking, we went through the boarding process.  We were pleasantly surprised that, though there were already quite a number of people, the lines were moving quickly.  After having all of our documents processed properly and posing for our Sail and Sign Cards which served as currency on the ship, we were ready to go.

Superbug is ready to board the ship

Taking the escalator to the gangway

Preparing to board
Superbug was very excited to cross the gangway onto the ship.  Our sister and brother (in love) were already on board, so we went straightway to their cabin to say hello.  After a brief conversation and catch-up, FatherWinter and I took the kids to our cabin and placed our luggage, which had been bought to our room, inside.

The cabin was a very nice balcony cabin with an upper berth for Superbug and a pullout for Honeybee We stood outside on the balcony taking in the sights and then decided to grab a bit to eat!  (Our family loves food).  Despite their being so many of us (4 adults and 6 children), we were able to find a booth section rather quickly.  The men went to the buffet line for the moms so they could bring back plates for the kids.

The food was absolutely delicious and everyone was very satisfied with their meals.  Being done, we all went to the top deck to take in some of the sights of the port before leaving. It was such a pleasant time up there.





Taking in the sights from the  ship

Somewhere over there is our car

Cousin time
 We knew our time would be a bit brief there as the ship had to prep for the muster drill.  The drill is like a fire drill for a cruise ship.  It preps the passengers for what to do in the event of an emergency requiring passengers to access the lifeboats and/or prep for an abandon ship order.  The safety briefing that accompanied the drill was a bit long, but the information was important.  I didn't mind at all.

This was our second time on the Carnival Victory, but our first with children.  We were interested in hearing how things would be done with and for them in the event of an emergency.  All of that was explained including the actions that would occur should the children be in the youth clubs while the emergency was declared.  Children under the age of 12 were all given wristbands that coordinated with their muster station.  They wore those bracelets during the duration of the cruise.  Even my 9 month old nephew had one attached to his ankle.  It gave a good feeling knowing the kids were so carefully considered in the cruise.

After the muster drill was over, the family returned to our previous activity of viewing the port sites, but this time we were also excited to see us towed to sea.  FatherWinter and I had never departed from this port before.  It's funny the comparisons one makes in their minds.  I think I might have an aesthetic preference to Miami only because you are leaving by the highway and people are more inclined to wave.  (It kind of makes you feel super special).  However, the port workers were very kind to wave goodbye, as were some of the passengers on the cruise ship we were departing.




Pretty soon, we were out on open water and were ready to head for a day and evening of fun.  We went to a show and then decided to check out the kids club.  I'd already registered the children prior to boarding the ship, but SisterWinter (that's FatherWinter's sister) had not.  We took all the kids in and allowed the younger ones to play in the club to get acclimated before we would have to return later.

They loved it.  For the rest of the cruise, all I had to do was sing to Honeybee let's go pla--a-ay".  She would giggle and sing it back.  Then would anxiously go to the cabin door ready to leave.  The staff was awesome to her and called her "cutie pie" which is now a new word in her vocab.  The older children also enjoyed the club for the most part.  They enjoyed the activities and made some new friends.  After registering the kiddies, we walked around and caught a show, caught an early dinner, and enjoyed some of the endlessly fun activities. Superbug asked if he could hang with his cousin for a while in her cabin with Sister and BrotherWinter and we were glad to let him hang out with family.

That left us with Honeybee and entertaining her.  No problem.  We got her dressed for bed and posed for a few selfies.





Soon, it was time for Honeybee to call it an evening.  FatherWinter and I watched the NBA Finals in our bedroom until my tummy started growling again.  Superbug, who'd returned to our cabin by then, joined me for a jaunt upstairs where we searched for, found, and claimed cheese and pepperoni pizza.

Without a doubt, it was a great day.

-WinterMommy

Vacation Recap: Freeport, Bahamas-Part 3

Welcome to Freeport


When we woke the next morning, we were greeted by the the inlet of Freeport.  Because we wanted to give the kids a chance to experience the cruise and didn't want to overdo it with activities, we decided not to do excursions this time.  We decided to go out an explore the harbor on our own.

There were plenty of shops and eateries available.  We walked the main drag and enjoyed looking at all that was available to see.






-WinterMommy

Vacation Recap: Road Trip to the Cruise Port! Part 1

We're back!  Oh my goodness, what a wonderful vacation we had!  I have to admit that I was more than a little nervous about taking the kids on their first cruise, but I needn't have been.  They loved it. FatherWinter and I are already discussing doing another one when Honeybee is just a bit older.  For this first one for the kids, it was really nice.

The Drive Down
FatherWinter and I decided that it made much more economical sense to drive down to FL for cruise embarkation than it did to fly.  Round trip flights for a family of four are not inexpensive.  Buying gas for the car and going down just seemed to be a much better option for us.

Our original plan was to leave at 5AM, but some challenges had us leave about 7AM instead.  The kids were pretty excited about a new adventure and were all for pre-trip photos before our departure prayer.





After we let, the kids were sleep pretty quick.  As was I.  FatherWinter took first drive and we slept for about four hours and then stopped for breakfast at the local Shoney's.  This is sort of a tradition for our family.  When we do long road trips South, we stop at Shoney's for a good breakfast buffet. This one didn't disappoint and after a quick meal, we were on the road again.


Several hours later, we arrived at our hotel and were so excited to just to stand up lol.  We grabbed a bit to eat and then met up with FatherWinter's sister and brother in law and their kids.  The older kids went to the pool and played all evening.  I went straight to bed with Honeybee.  We were exhausted!

-WinterMommy


Weekend Recap: Of Seminars and Family

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  It's been great for us thus far.  Last night, Superbug and I had a Mommy-Son night.  Since last month sent us bowling, we opted for free movies!  Yep.  Thanks to discounts and movie packs, we were able to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
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It was a pretty good movie.  But I have to say he enjoyed it more than I.  I give it a 3 out of 5.  But, we had a great time watching it together and that is all that truly counts :)  After the movie, Superbug asked for dinner at Burger King.  I have to laugh at this because of all the places we could possibly go, he wanted Whoppers.  Sigh, I'll get him in the habit of enjoying real food sooner or later lol.  In the mean time, Superbug has hinted that he wants to do laser quest next time.

When we arrived home after our Mommy-Son night festivities, we found we were home alone.  There was nothing wrong though.  FatherWinter had some family members who were coming in from out of town for one evening only.  He and Honeybee joined them with NanaWinter for dinner.  When we arrived, they hadn't quite made it home yet.  That just meant Superbug and I sat down and conversed about a few more interesting topics--school, life, our upcoming cruise (8 more days!!!), and vacations to see NanaNorth.  Soon, it was time for him to call it a night and I was left to my own devices.  (That's code word for sleep lol).

Today, Honeybee and I went o our church for a Women's Ministry seminar on Domestic Violence.  It was very informative and sad to hear the statistics.  The representatives from the local organization were wonderful though.  They are actively seeking volunteers and I think I may want to sign up.

After the seminar was over, our original plan was to go to the Food Truck festival about thirty minutes North, but it was so very hot that I didn't think it would be a good idea to walk around outside for three hours in 70+% humidity.  So we have been at home enjoying family.

I will catch up with you all in a few days.  Have a great evening.

-WinterMommy


35 while 35: Mother Daughter Tea

Hello everyone!  Today's Weekend Recap features an item from my 35 while 35 bucket list.  This weekend, Honeybee and I were able to attend our church's 2nd Annual Big Hats and Pearls Mother's Day Potluck/Tea.  It was such an amazing day.




Honeybee and I enjoyed donning our cute hats and accessories just to spend some time together!  We were able to have some very yummy food and play some cool games including one where Honeybee won!  Yay!!!





The food was all potlucked by the beautiful women in attendance.  It was such a wonderful evening.  I really enjoyed myself and I think our Honeybee did too!

One of the coolest things about the event was it was on my 35 while 35 list.  Slowly but surely it is getting whittled down, but there is a lot more that I need to do!

Have a great evening everyone and we will be checking in with you soon!

-WinterMommy