Speedy May

Time flies when you’re having fun! And when every weekend is jammed back with events….

A month ago, Jason was saying goodbye to the working world as he joined the leagues of the stay at home parents. Before that time, we rarely saw our friends, rarely had dates, rarely had a clean house. And now… well, we’re still missing that clean house but we’re having the time of our lives getting to be involved with kids sports, birthday parties and FINALLY date nights!

And in all that… I’ve been too busy to sit down and give a proper update to the blog. So, here’s our May recap!

Anthony Turns Eleven

While Anthony’s birthday was back in March, my birthday dedication to him has been lost in the business of living and enjoying my family. What has been so magical is seeing how much he has grown since the moment we walked into his life. We’ve watched his confidence soar as he grows into himself. The cunning wit this kid has accumulated in even the past year has both Jason and I constantly rolling on the floor. Anthony celebrated in perfect pre-teen style: a sleep over accompanied by late night scary movies.

Mother’s Day

As an “adopted” mom, it’s always been fuzzy when my first Mother’s Day occurred. This was the first year where none of that really mattered. We were allowed to celebrate mother’s day free of any awkward talks of when I became “officially” a mother. And what a perfect day. Jason planned a gorgeous buffet brunch at a nearby hotel. The boys put on their ties, Keira with her beautiful dress. Through the meal, Jason lovingly took care of the kids, giving me the ability to sit back and relax with my mimosa and enjoy the family. It was simple. It was beautiful. It was exactly what I needed.

Keira’s First Birthday

Due to pre-commitments with the boys’ little league, Keira’s first birthday party was delayed a week. I tried to not change the calendar so she wouldn’t notice. It was a beautiful party – with fun little duck cupcakes and a huge duck cake for Keira’s smashing. It seemed she thoroughly enjoyed running (yes! RUNNING!) around with all the older kids. And I was a proud mama when she got involved with opening her own presents and promptly began quacking at the duck presents she received.

Ethan’s Tenth Birthday

My son is TEN!! It’s hard to believe that little, sweet Ethan is a tween. A tall, lanky, athletic tween. We tried to give him a million options on what to do for his birthday, seeing as though it’s a big one! He finally decided to do a small group for laser tag. Not to be left out, I arranged a babysitter for Keira and we joined in on the fun, too! We conspired in a smoky corner of the laser tag arena, developing a strategy of how to beat the other team. Must have worked, too! Because our team won against kids much older than our boys! Ethan had a great time with his friends… and Dad was a little scared of how competitive Mom can get in these situations. (We took them DOWN!)

May was a fantastic month. Here’s too more family fun! And more time for mom to sit down and update the family blog.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jamie
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 13:55:21

    Such a wonderful family you have.


  2. Shawn Smucker
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 07:51:48

    Thanks for the update Kirsten. As far as I’m concerned, you were officially a mother the moment you adopted. Anyone who thinks anything else is just being ridiculous. But I’ve always been sort of a universalist when it comes to Mother’s Day…

    Anyway, sounds like you guys had a fun month. Here’s to a June that’s even better…


    • Kirsten Deeds
      Jun 08, 2011 @ 11:46:11

      My issue was not the mother’s day after the adoption but rather the three years before the adoption was final that we were raising the boys. Still – a good mother’s day THIS year! Thanks for the well wishes!


  3. Shawn Smucker
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 12:02:15

    I see. This is why the current definition of mother for “Mother’s Day” is inadequate – so many women mother children, even if they are not their guardian or biological parent.

    I really respect you guys for your choice to adopt. My sister will hopefully be joining the ranks in the next few days – all the paperwork has been finalized and the girl whose child they are adopting is due any moment.


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