On Tuesday, we went to the airport to pick up Madison's birthmom, Angela. Most of you are aware that we have an open adoption with Madison's birth family and it really is a great thing. Angela will be here until Sunday when she then returns to Seattle, but here's the best part, she is taking Madison and Thomas with her for 6 fun-filled days. WOOHOO. That translates to me being all alone in my own house without any children, fighting, homeschooling, or general headaches that accompany kids. I worry that that makes me sound like a hideous mother, but I can't wait to have the house to myself and just lie around on the couch, eat cheescake and watch grown up shows on tv.
There are so many things I want to do while the kids are gone, that I am afraid I won't have time. I want to reclaim my horse, who Madi has been riding and showing, and have some fun. I want to take a nap in the middle of the day. I want to make brownies, not bake them and just eat the batter. I want to sit on the back porch drinking a beer and watch my horses graze. I want to wander the aisle of Target and buy things I want and not matchbox cars and beaded jewelry kits. I just want to enjoy the silence of tranquility. Does this make me selfish? I hope not. Because everyday of the week, my kids are my focus and all my energies are directed at them and providing education and recreation.
I hope Angela enjoys her week with the kids, but I fear when she meets us in Portland to bring the kids back, she may only slow the car down, and have the kids tuck-and-roll as they exit the vehicle. She will have Thomas with her on his 10th birthday, which is next thursday, the 14th of August. She is planning a swimming party at the water park in Seattle and it should be a blast for him.....maybe not so much fun for Angela. HEHE I am sure I will have some neat pictures to post of the fun event.
Madison is getting her hair corn-rowed today so that it will be easier to take care of on her trip with Angela. I hope the cornrows stay looking somewhat decent for my sister's wedding on the 17th. My fear is that she will meet up with us in Portland and have a full blown afro that will need to be conditioned and combed out all in a matter of hours. My little girl is growing up, sometimes too quickly, and sometimes not fast enough. Her hair remains a point of disagreement for us. I always want it neatly braided, and she is leaning towards the "I want it any way that is opposite of what Mom wants" point of view. Given that, I am certainly hoping that having three boys, will be easier in some respects. I am hoping that Madison feels like letting me take a picture of her new braids today. I would love to post a picture of her cute new style. Off to the races today with my 'tween daughter and agreeable son!