I have been on a blogging break. But I will try to catch up. Today is the last day of school. Trust me when I say this is "Bitter Sweet"! Can't wait to sleep in but I do not look forward to 4 kids at home fighting.
My friend Mary has been trying to adopt a baby girl from China. The process has been long and grueling. It's been an emotional roller coaster. And as the time got nearer, anything and everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong including stopping all adoptions because of the Swine Flu. But after over 3 1/2 years, she got her referral today. I can barely type this because I'm shaking with excitement. We can not be more HAPPY for Doug and Mary and we can't wait to meet the Sugar Plum!
Doug and Mary, we are so beside ourselves with joy for you and Jacob and Benjamin. When we heard the news, we started screaming and crying, including Sydney. The whole family is beyond excited!!!!!! We are all just thrilled for the good news.
This isn't her but I just thought this little girl was so cute.
If anyone would like to read about Mary and Doug's journey to get their little girl, click here.
So we found this ramp at a yard sale for $10. I was probably more excited to find it than Scott and the boys were. Growing up we had a huge half pipe in our back yard. My dad built it for my brothers to skateboard on. Well in about a week, as soon as that thing was done, we were like the most popular kids on the block. Most of the neighbor kids played on that thing for hours every week. It was super fun....that was until my dad heard weird noises at night and found half the neighborhood kids in our backyard having a skate party on the ramp...can you say LAW SUIT!? So after that my dad had to pull a chain across it and lock it up at night so we didn't get the pants sued off of us for some punk kid breaking his neck.
Well Gavin is still learning his way on the skateboard but he totally rocks it on the roller blades. He couldn't wait to get home from the yard sale that day and try out his mad skillz on that ramp.
He was very afraid at first...and the first couple of jumps were SCARY! But within about 10-20 minutes, the kid was jumping leaps and bounds across that thing. It was so funny watching him.
He was almost practically doing the splits every time he came off that ramp.
And one point, every time he would jump in the air he would look like a super hero.
Because I was worried about him smashing his face in, I pulled the ramp next to the grass. Well that didn't last long. Once he learned his moves, that ramp was pulled out to the street. Cars were swerving around it to get by. And of course, our house has become the most popular now because of the ramp.
But as long as the ramp is in the street, they can break their necks...it's not on my property...not my problem! So skate away...I'm a cool mom like that!
Of course Dylan and Luke tried to get in on that action.
Dylan is either really scared in this picture or he's take a poop! Poor kid never gets any privacy doing his bidness.
"Hmmm, yeah, I think I'll try this out"
"Whoa, this looks a little bit harder than I thought"
"Maybe if I teeter the skateboard up here and then just jump on it, I might catch some air"
"Well maybe if I just slightly slide my body down it won't be so dangerous"
"Oh forget it, I just cannot do this...this skateboarding bizness is for the birds"
Oh and there was NO WAY Scott wasn't going to try out his old 80's moves.
Oh dear lord, I see yet another injury in our future.
Yeah right poser...but it does look pretty SA-WEET!!!