Thursday, December 17, 2009

My favorite Part

As I sit here completely exhausted, mentally drained and ready to hang up my Mommy wings I think of the past two days and it reminds me of why I do what I do.

This time of year can be ridiculously busy. But I love it because this is the time of year that the children put on their Christmas/Season productions at school.

Yesterday was my 1st graders production. All the first grade classes either sang songs, performed poems or other group numbers. It was amazing that they managed to work in all the holidays, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Eid, and New Years. My son's Class, Ms. Padilla, performed a Poem called I'm freezing. It was so precious. My little Zulu knew his lines and all the hand movements. He did not even turn his head to look at others. He knew exactly what he was suppose to do. And was so happy doing it. I was super proud of him. And I think he was super proud too

So tell me what do you think? Is he cute or what?







Today happened to me Zero's class performances. Her grade decided to do what they call an Art Explosion. It showcased individual talent and small groups. The kids sang, danced, performed martial arts, played guitar and some, like my daughter played Piano. Then we parents brought food and we had a winter feast. It really was a lot of fun and WOW, some of those kids will have a career in the arts some day.

Zero, my unbelievably shy and sensitive child really wanted to perform. I suggested her piano. So she practiced and practiced in her room every spare moment. She had planned to play Fur Elise. I was really excited because she sounded REALLY good in her room. But over the weekend she abandoned that idea and decided that she was not ready to showcase herself for fear of laughing and teasing. That moment gave me the opportunity to talk to her about life experiences. What a great tool our voices can be. After our discussion she decided maybe she could do it and she would try something not so ambitious. So she thought Ode to Joy would be more appropriate. I just supported her all the way, it didn't matter what I wanted her to play what mattered was that she was actually gonna do this.

Today came and well, I did not see her anywhere. I thought she made herself sick worrying and did not even come down the stairs from her floor. But after about 5 performances I spotted her in the back. Yes, she was all smiles. I did not know whether she had scratched herself or not. I was hoping not, but with her you just never know, the timidness seems to take control very quickly. So I sat patiently as they worked their way through the more than 30 performances. Low and behold around performance 20 I saw her make her way towards the stage and I thought WOW, she is gonna attempt this. Amazing. Then they announced her name and my heart was pounding. I was shaking and scared for her. I knew this was a HUGE hurdle for her mind. Putting herself out there was going to be tough but luckily she did it. Yes, she made mistakes, and started over but in the end my baby conquered her fear and performed her piano skills before more than 200 sets of eyes. It was awesome. I was so shocked that it made me cry. My heart was thrilled for her. I think our chats are making a difference in her self esteem and her pride is starting to shine and boy does it ever make my heart sing. My baby girl accomplished something I could never do as a child. WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!


Without further adieu, here is my Zero and her first public piano performance. Way to go ZERO!!!

What an amazing two days! Motherhood can be tiring, draining and downright frustrating but it also can be humbling and fulfilling and yes, today was one of those days. It will go down in Haskins history as a great milestone for Miss Zero and her accomplishments. And I will remember this day when I am old, wrinkled and grey. This story has been etched into my brain ans shall continue to be told for years to come.

Blessings to all of you and with God's help and mother natures retreat my husband, Zeus will be home in 45 hours.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday Birthday

Sunday was another birthday in our house but this one happens to be a day when 2 of them share the same day. Unlike twins they are 4 years apart but still have the same day. Pretty rare but hey we like it.

We always let the kids decide on where they want to go out to eat and this time we changed it up and went to birthday breakfast instead of Dinner since the Gparents would be leaving. It was so much fun and the boys got to eat whatever they wanted.

Then we were able to Skype with Zeus and we let them open their presents while skyping since Dad could not be here with us. Next best thing right? He at least got to see some of the reactions.


They loved all their gifts. Guns, Games, Clothes, and fun. What more could they ask for?


Then we sang to them and they got to have an unusual store bought Ice cream cake since Mommy took the year off.

It was a great day. The boys enjoyed hanging out with their family and Gparents and loved shooting Nerf darts at each other.

Cheers to my new 4 Year old Ziggy




Cheers to my new 8 year old Omega.




Happy Birthday to my sweet babies. My babies you will always be and my love you will always have. Blessings on another successful year and very eventful year at that.

I love you Ziggy and Omega

Monday, December 14, 2009

3 year absence

This past week has been absolutely awesome. A little stressful to begin with but it worked itself out.

Wednesday evening my Mom(Pegster) and Stepdad(Sir Gramps-a-lot) flew in for a visit.
I packed our days with tons for sightseeing and events.

Thursday, We started out at Union Station and then we toured the Nations capitol and sat in to hear Congress and the House in session.


That was quite amazing to hear them debate this Healthcare bill, we even witnessed a spat between 2 Senators. It was funny to see that woman jump down that Man's throat. She was mad and he didn't seem to care.



Then we visited the Smithsonian of Natural History to see the beautiful Hope Diamond and other priceless jewels.

Next we were off to pick up the big kids from school.

This was the first time ever that Pegster and Sir Gramps-a-lot have ever ridden a subway/metro system. I think that got a kick out of it. I enjoyed showing them the place we have made a home for so long.



Friday, I was a sweet loving Mother and let the babies stay home to spend some time with their Grandparents. We showed them several memorials such as the Pentagon memorial, Air Force memorial and Iwo Jima ( US Marine memorial). We toured the Smithsonian American history Museum. Then we had Lunch at one of my families favorite restaurants, Chevy's Mexican.




Then we were off to see the National Christmas tree and Presidents park Santa.



Saturday was even better, We started the day out with a dear friend taking us to White House Communications kids Christmas party. It was great to share the day with her and show the parents a little of what we have done the past few years. Then Sir Gramps-a-lot and Pegster took us shopping for birthday's. It was so much fun. We all got new shoes and new outfits. Oh yea, Thanks Mom.


Sunday oh Sunday was my sweet little boys birthday. I will share this bit of info during my next post. Come back tomorrow to see what all the fuss was.

Until then Have a great day.
Oh and, Lets hope Gramps-a-lot and Pegster do not have another 3 year absence.

Blessings and yes he will be home in 4 more days

Monday, December 7, 2009

ANOTHER FAMILY BABY

Yes folks that's right we are working on family baby number 3 in a matter of 2 months. My Brother, my cousin and now another cousin. I seem to be surrounded by pregnant friends, frienemies(my new word, Thanks Conan) , family members and acquaintances. It is just crazy.

I made a diaper cake for the Lightfoot baby, which is my cousin. He will be here within the month and we are so very excited.

His Daddy and I are 4 weeks apart and grew up together through are teen years. We have so many memories that I can never forget him, our time together or the love I have for him. It is difficult to express your love and thankfulness to someone like him though. He is a manly man! He holds a very special place in my heart and I am so happy and excited that he is about to join my world of parenthood. What a blessing it is.

So I, being the crafty one, decided to make him and his wife a diaper cake. I love to make these for special people in my life. They are not easy or simple. I put a lot of thought, shopping, research into these works of art. Each one is unique and I like it that way. No 2 are alike.

Baby Lightfoot is having a Nautical theme or sailboat themed room. It will be adorable so I decided that, that was the theme I wanted to follow. Boy, I thought it would not be hard but was I ever wrong. The shopping, Ohhhhh, the shopping. I never thought I was going to find just the thing for it. Finally I did and added a little quirkiness and hilarity to it as well, since Daddy is a nut job. He is down right hilarious, sarcastic and maybe a little rude but I still love him. So without further adieu!

Here it is the Lightfoot Diaper cake.






Saturday, December 5, 2009

Woo Hoo My Special Heirloom

Wow, I sit here looking out the window as the snow is falling and dream of the great things I have achieved and been so honored to be a part of. Life has not been easy by any means, but along with those challenges comes great memories and unbelievable opportunities.

While Zeus is still in OTS, the kids and I remain here at home for at least 68 more days. That's just a little over 2 months. WOW, time is flying by.

The other day a good friend called to see if I would like some coffee from Starbucks. Well, lets see here Um Yes. That was not a hard one to answer at all. So she said she would come by sometime in the afternoon. When she got here I was thrilled to have some company no less but I was even more surprised by what she brought me.

Remember my post back in late September, No way she's lying, well my friend brought me the results from that day. Oh yes, I know you are excited so those of you who have not already gotten to see this on facebook or twitter I will share with you Bloggy buddies now.




What do you think?

Someone mentioned that it looked like a cardboard statue!

Someone mentioned that he looked like I was married to him meeting some Air Force guy!

Someone mentioned that he might be coping a feel!

Someone asked why I was next to him!

Well, NO, NO, and NO! This is Pres. O, Myself and Zeus. We are standing in the Oval Office and if you look over our shoulders you can see part of the girls playset.

AMAZING, simply amazing. This picture shall be loved and honored by all of our family as well as us.

What a perk for my husband and so many others that have worked for the Boss so diligently and honorably.

Enjoy your weekend while I stare at a picture of a handsome man soon to be home with me and my babies.

14 days and counting.