Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just some Pictures

Here are some pictures:
The Horse's 7th birthday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Horse!!

Today has finally come! It is your 7th birthday - you have been anxiously (very) awaiting this day for months. I love you.

This morning when the Horse was woken up, I don't think he remembered that it was his birthday. When I said Happy Birthday and come on get up Birthday Boy, he sprang up and had a huge smile on his face. He was really grinning! Tonight he gets noodles (not the good ones, oh no, he wants ramen and so does his sister) and strawberries - his all time favorite fruit for dinner. The rest of us are getting Chinese takeout, including jiaozi (dumplings) which I am sure he will share since he loves them. I will go get balloons and have them in the car when I pick him up and then after dinner it's a cake with a firetruck on it (per his request) and presents! He took cupcakes to school to share with his class and they should make him a crown. I'll have to replace the picture of him last year at the orphanage eating the cake we sent with his crown on and am happy that he is here this year with us for his birthday.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day and I have had a good day. Daddy kept the kids out of our room and I slept till 7 am! That is really late in our house. I got to drink coffee and watch my show - Sunday Morning - and just relax. Last night was the first that I have slept through the night and got a good night's rest in the last couple of weeks.

The Horse had another surgery on Thursday and is doing great. His eye looks even better now than before and the conformer looks like an eye.

We went to Strings for a late lunch and it was great. I had 2 drinks called Orange Sunset or something (martini's) and they were good. Then had the lamb sirloin dish and it was great. Finished it off with the Chocolate Mousse Cake. Yum Yum.

The kids are taking a nap now getting ready for the week to come. Tomorrow I will go pick up Jasmine's ashes and then we will bury some along with her favorite rocks and toys and then plant a flowering bush. The rest of the ashes will be spread in her yard.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

She is never coming back . . .

Explaining to the kids about Jasmine's death was very hard for me. Mostly because I could not stop crying (and still am having a hard time). At the end of the day Thursday, Daddy and I took our baby to the vet so that they could arrange for her cremation. Then we went to get the kids at daycare. I had been crying all day so looked pretty bad. They both kept asking why I was sad and why I was crying and I just told them that we were going to talk about it when we got home. I had read a few articles on pet loss and children and how to tell them during the day.
After I got home, I told them that Jasmine wasn't there, was she? And that she had died. The Rooster wanted to know when she was coming back. so I explained that Jasmine's body just didn't work anymore and that she was never coming back because she had died.
I think that she and the Horse then understood. Later that evening, we went our for Dining Our For Life, and we went to pick up Grandaddy, and as soon as he got into the truck, the Rooster blurted out "Jasmine Died" so that he would know. Over the past few days, we have talked about Jasmine and that we should remember the happy times we had with her and that it is OK to be sad because we will miss her. As I type this, I can't help but cry and the Rooster is here with me looking at pictures of Jasmine. It will be a long time, before I can think of her without crying. Everywhere I look in the house and especially out in the yard (Her Yard - the most favorite place for her all the time) reminds me of her. It is very quiet at our house without her. Both the kids are saying that Jasmine died, and she/her is not never coming back.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Dear Baby Jasmine

Our family is terrbily saddened by the death of our baby Jasmine in the evening of April 29, 2009. She was killed by, we assume, a coyote sometime between about 8:00 and 8:30 or so when she didn't come in when called.
We had Jasmine for 9 years and got her when she was a little puppy. She was the most loving and playful dog I have ever seen. Even at 9, she was still just a puppy.
She, along with Lilly, are our first children and I am so deeply saddened by her death - I just don't know what to do with myself.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April 28th already!!

So, I don't post as often as I'd like or should. I can't believe that it is already the 28th of April, 2009. the Rooster turned 4 on the 8th and had her first "friend birthday party" also known to her as her "fake birthday party". Fake, I guess because it wasn't on her actual birthday. Her friend C*** had a fake birthday party as well. The Horse did pretty well at the Chuck E Cheese party after the initial disbelief that the Rooster was getting balloons and presents - again! The party on Saturday was a success and all of her friends came and had fun. There were 10 kids and most of the parents and we all had a fun time.

The Horse will also have his party at the same place upon his request.

I find it a little ironic that I have parties at a place where I hold a bad memory. Years ago, there was a murder spree at another Chuck E Cheese and the criminal is currently on death row in CO. I was a judicial law clerk at the time of the trial and sat in the same room with the murderer on more than one occasion and truly think that he is less than human. It has been years since then, but I still remember that I felt that he was truly evil. Others will say that he had a hard childhood, etc., and that may be true, but killing a bunch of people is never justified. Enough of the soap box and bad stuff.

The Horse got to meet his Aunt L** and other Grandfather this past weekend. The kids enjoyed the company.

Phonics is big in our house all of a sudden. The Rooster is in her second month of Phonics and the Horse now wants to take it too. I think his language is getting about good enough but I will speak to the teacher first. I also finally enrolled the Horse for 1st Grade next fall at the public elementary school in the neighborhood. I think he'll do OK there. He has some friends from his current Kindergarten class that will also go to the same elementary school and hopefully be in the same classroom.

The Horse went to his first birthday party this past weekend too! He had a really fun time. I am so happy that he has made lots of friends and does seem to be really happy. His kindergarten teacher thinks he is a "really jolly fellow"! And, he is.

Still have to get those photos posted, I know . . . . .

Saturday, March 14, 2009

It's Been Awhile

I havent' posted for quite some time. I have gone back to work (on Feb 23, 2009) and am glad! I am transitioning to my new job soon and am ready to do so.

The kids are doing really good and they even got to go to the grocery store with me today - something I haven't done for quite awhile for behavior reasons. They did really good so for short trips they are no longer banned!

Tomorrow we are going to a Puppet show at the Denver Puppet Theater - Jack and the Beanstalk - which looks fun. School is going good for them both and they really like going. their school pictures turned out really good - I'll scan and post soon.

The Horse's eye is doing great and we have a fitting scheduled for April 7th for a prosthetic eye. If it goes well, great; if not, we will do it under anesthesia at a later date. Either way, this is way sooner than the physician originally thought and with far less surgeries. He did have a second surgery on February 12, 2009 and recovered great.

O changed the Blog background because we are entering Birthday Season here. The Rooster in April and the Horse in May. We went to Party America and bought the invitations today - both will have their parties at Chuck E Cheese this year. The Rooster picked My Little Pony invitations and the Horse picked dinosaur ones. They also got to pick out new plastic cups which was a bonus! Invitations for the Rooster's party will go out this week and we'll wait till late April for the Horse.

His language is really good, still a ways to go, but we never use the translator anymore. His behavior is also improved and instead of several times a day meltdowns or crying it is about once every day or every other day. Still, we have the "being first" problem/issue, but I am better at dealing with it and both kids are getting better. If anyone says, "Me First", they know that they will automatically be "Second". Bedtime is pretty smooth now, with just little issues now and then.