Friday, December 31, 2010

As the year comes to a close

Today is December 31st, 2010. As 2010 comes to a close I think about this past year and the year to come. This year has had it's ups and downs as does any year. Over all it's been a good year and we had a nice surprise finding out we're having our 6th baby :). I think I am more worried than excited about what 2011 has in store for us. We move, my husband goes back to sea duty and we'll be having another baby and our current vehicle is too small. Moving and going back to sea duty is something I'm honestly not looking forward to. I'm almost a little scared to do the whole sea duty thing again. We'll have 6 children and my husband wont be around much. It's hard doing it on my own. We're hoping to get orders to CT, so I can at least be near family. I would definitely look forward to that. That's another scary thing though, we don't have orders yet and we still don't know where we'll be moving to this summer. We need to try to sell the house and the sooner we have orders the sooner we can plan. This is one of the things I really dislike about this lifestyle.

With that said, I'm hopeful. I'm hopeful this will be a good year and things will get better for us in one way or another. I'm hopeful we'll get the orders we're wanting and I'm hopeful something good will happen for us as far as our vehicle situation goes. I'm very much looking forward to welcoming a new baby :). I'm looking forward to watching my children grow and learn and I'm looking forward to the new adventures we have to come. Maybe this will be our year.

I don't make resolutions, but I do have some goals. I want to be more optimistic. I want to be an even better mother, wife and homeschooler. I want to take more time to see the good in people and I'd really like to find a way to help us with our financial situation.

Happy New Year Everyone. Take care of yourselves, be thoughtful of others and give as much love as you can :).

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Really easy and yummy Snickerdoodle recipe!

These snickerdoodles were very easy to make and they taste great! I doubled the recipe and made probably 5 dozen cookies. These are soft snickerdoodles!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (softened)

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 3/4 cups flour (we used organic flour with no Barley because of my son's barley allergy)

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

3 teaspoons cinnamon


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.

Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.

Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.

Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.

Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture (I actually scoop out a small amount with my hand and roll neat balls).

Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.

Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.

Remove from pan immediately.


Don't they look yummy? :D



This is not my recipe. I found it on food.com :).

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This is who I am

I'm a mother and a wife. I'm many other things within myself, but my life is centered around being the best mother I can be to my children and the best wife I can be to my husband. I suppose it means those are the things that define me. Right now, at this time in my life, I am okay with this. Every decision I make and everything I do I think of my children and my husband. I feel like that is how it's supposed to be.

Christmas is 4 days away and I'm loving every moment of the Holidays with my children. I am so proud when I ask them what Christmas is about and they answer "Christmas is about family, friends and giving to others." This is what I've always wanted them to get from the holidays. They love receiving gifts of course, every child does! But they are not greedy and they definitely don't feel entitled. This makes me so happy. They enjoy giving to others and they enjoy making other people happy. I have always and will always want to instill this in them. Giving feels so much better than receiving. That's why we give, even when we don't have much to do so. This is not just during the holidays, but all of the time, as I feel it should be.

I live to see the magic and innocents in my children's eyes during this time of year. Everything is just more magical. My wish for them is to be happy, healthy, gentle, kindhearted human beings. I want them to grow into just good people. This comes back to where everything I do is about them. Something I have always said is, I am shaping the future, as is every parent. Everything we do or don't do, has a direct impact on the adults our children will become. I want to do the best I can to hand the future amazing individuals. I know I'm not a perfect mother or a perfect wife, but I try my best. I put all of my heart and soul into all of them.

I'm passionate about the choices my husband and I have made for our family. Despite opposition or negative feedback about some of those choices, such as homeschooling, we know we are doing what is right for our family. Different things work for different people and this is what works for us. All of our choices were not generally the easiest path, but they have so many positives for us.

I'm a rocker mom, an eco-friendly mom, a free thinking, offbeat mom, a homeschooling mom... You get the idea. This is who I am :).

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency

Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency... This is my oldest son Alex's final diagnosis from his Endocrinologist. He's been seeing an endocrinologist for close to a year and a half for his obvious short stature and late adult tooth eruption. The Dr. took his time and did everything by the book to come up with an accurate diagnosis.

Alex is nearly 8 1/2 and he's about the size of a 6 year old. The past 6 months or so him being so small has really started to bother him. Everyone thinks that him, Cameron and Wyatt are triplets. When we say he's 8, people act shocked. Recently you can see the look on his face when those things happen, it obviously bothers him quite a bit. He also wants to start HGH therapy very badly despite his fear of needles. He said he's willing to be tough if it'll help him grow. This is a long term therapy. Roughly 8 - 10 years of daily injections, 6 days a week. It will definitely take some getting used to.

To have a diagnosis makes me happy and sad at the same time. I am glad to have the diagnosis finally, but I am sad that he has a deficiency. I do realize how lucky we are that my children's issues thus far, are very minor in the big scheme of things. They are all healthy and happy.

This is one situation that we didn't have a fight with Tricare! I wanted to actually make sure I pointed this out, because more often than not I have to fight with them about something. They approved this in one day. Thank you Tricare.

I intend to sort of document Alex's therapy on my blog, maybe monthly? We'll see how that goes. Right now Alex is 8 years and 4 months old, 46 1/4 inches tall and 48 lbs. Hopefully he'll be starting his therapy before the first of the year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A lesson in life and compassion

My husband and I always try to make donations or help people whenever possible. Whether it be scraping together money for someone we know needs help, anonymously dropping toys at the doorstep of someone who can't afford gifts for their children for Christmas or just paying for someones coffee or a meal to brighten their day. Even when we're having a hard time ourselves, we always try to do something. We've involved the kids before by having them get together things to donate, but this holiday season I wanted to get them a little more involved. As much as we can for their age anyway. Alex is 8 1/2, Cameron is 6 and Wyatt is approaching 5. The other 2 are still just too young to understand it.

After thinking it over for a few days, I decided that I would take the boys to the dollar store and load up on some hygiene items to donate to the family shelter here, Crisis Ministries. Before we went, I discussed what it means to be homeless with them. Cameron wanted to buy them beds and homes instead of hygiene products and I told him if we could afford to, I would do it in a heartbeat! We're having a bit of a tough time financially, so my budget for this wasn't big, but we managed to get 30 toothbrushes, 30 bars of soap, 2 boxes of laundry soap and 3 bags of sanitary pads! I thought that was decent for $25! The boys were actually very anxious to "bring the stuff to help the people who need it."

On Monday we headed out to bring the box of stuff to donate to the shelter. By the time we arrived the donation center was closed, but we called and the woman in the shelter was very nice and just had Tony and the boys go right into the back of the family shelter with her to bring it in. She brought them into a common area with tables that had many people inside, some with small children. She told everyone that the boys had made a large donations of soap, toothbrushes and things like that. Everyone said thank you and applauded the kids. Tony had the boys wish them all a Merry Christmas and some of them shook the boys hands as they walked out. The appreciation they showed the boys really touched me. I'm tearing up right now thinking about it. I don't know if it's pregnancy hormones or what...

The boys walked out looking as if they felt accomplished. I could tell it had an emotional effect on Alex. But I'm glad it did, I wanted them to feel compassion for the people who had to be there and needed those items they donated. I talked to the boys when we got home and they all said it made them sad to see so many people who were homeless and needed to be there, but it made them feel good to give them things they need. We discussed how we all want to do more when we can and what types of things we plan to do. I couldn't have asked for them to get any more out of this experience. They took from it exactly what I was hoping they would. They have a little more understanding of the circumstances some other people are facing and they have compassion for them. To see the compassion such innocent little people can have is really amazing. I want them to hold onto that.


I had Alex write something for me about it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The season through their eyes

Last night we all took a trip to the James Island Festival Of Lights. It's a really beautiful light display that even makes us adults feel happy inside. They have a little train ride around the park, fire pits to roast marshmallows and Santa to go visit and take pictures with. We decided to go on a Tuesday evening to avoid crowds and it also happened to be very cold for here in SC, around 34 degrees. We bundled the kids up and headed on out there despite the cold. There was no wind, so it wasn't too bad at all!

I spent most of the time just watching the kids and seeing their faces light up looking at everything. When we roasted the marshmallows they acted as if it was the best treat they have ever had. As we walked through the paths of the park, their eyes sparkled as we passed the displays. They would point out the different lights with such excitement. We all walked over to see Santa. The older 3 boys were so excited and jumped right onto his lap to tell him the 1 thing they all really wanted for Christmas. Cameron wants a real jet pack of course!

After visiting Santa, we took the train ride through the park and the kids were the most excited I've seen them in a very long time. All 5 of them had smiles on their faces and they looked all around at everything in amazement. Zayne kept telling me he loves me and smiling at everything. Cameron kept pointing out displays to me and Wyatt did the same with Tony. Alex sat quiet with a big smile on his face taking it all in. Annabella kept laughing and giving daddy kisses. In those moments I realized this is what it really is all about. We were together, enjoying the sites as a family. We were all happy and carefree. For those moments none of us had any worries. We were all just happy to be there with each other, happy to see all of the beautiful lights and for that time feeling the magic of the season that us adults often leave forgotten in our childhood. We were all just happy and content. Our children make Christmas exciting for us every year. We love to see them excited about the lights, the decorations and the music.

Last night, my husband and I saw the season through our children's eyes. It was beautiful. Their innocents is inspiring.