Posted in Blitzen, Uncategorized, tagged adventure, Blitzen, Family, Foster care, foster parenting, friends, parenting, Traditions, vacation, village on January 8, 2014 |
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This year, Blitzen had a gymnastics themed birthday party. She loved it. I wish I could post the slow-motion movie her babysitter took of her on the trampoline – twisting, turning and doing the splits in mid-air. She is really something.
Many people from her family of origin came to the event including her parents, her siblings, several cousins, one grandma and an uncle. They all traveled a very long way on public transit on a terrible weather day. I was glad that they came. Blitzen really wanted them there. She did a wonderful job melding her worlds – us, school friends and their parents, all her family.
There were several wonderful and funny moments to the party.
It had been 2 weeks since the kids had seen each other because of the winter recess. And as each new girl arrived, the whole pack of them would squeal and hug. I told one of the moms that it reminded me a 20 year high school reunion – they were so genuinely delighted to see each other. And Blitzen blurted out, “You’ve all grown so much!” which is something that she had heard several times during our vacation over the break.
When everyone sat down for pizza, the theme song from Frozen came on. If you have never seen an impromptu concert with 10 ten year olds and 1 eleven year old belting out that song, then you have not yet lived. It was hilarious.
At one point, Blitzen’s oldest brother got quite sad. One of Blitzen’s friends rushed up to her to draw her attention to the situation so Blitzen went right over to him, to reassure him and to pat his back.
Her cake was very very pink with a little sparkly icing and beautiful little purple flowers just as she requested. Apparently, when she and Andrew went to the bakery to order it, she was quite specific about the color and design. And it turned out fabulous.
At the end of the event, Blitzen was totally cool, no sadness, no meltdown. I told her it was time for folks to go so she went around giving everyone their goody bag and thanking them for coming to her party. She was a superb hostess.
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We had a really great weekend with friends. It was a good thing – we needed a break from our angst and drama. A change of scenery and people sometimes is a miraculous thing. Blitzen and company made lovely little ‘gingerbread’ houses. It was a group activity, Blitzen listened to the instructions but she didn’t quite understand some of the finer details of house construction. She did not flip out – she just called me over and said, “Carrie, I don’t get it.” So I explained in a different way, gave just a wee bit of assistance and she was on her way. And she put more candy on the house than in her stomach and then went to the snack table to eat a hard boiled egg and some cheddar cheese.
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Posted in Blitzen, Uncategorized, tagged adventure, Blitzen, creativity, Family, Foster care, foster parenting, friends, memory, parenting, swimming, village on September 10, 2013 |
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Blitzen had quite a list of things to accomplish this summer and we did it all.
Host cousin H in NYC for week
Fly to Arizona with cousin H all by themselves (this was edited – Blitzen and cousin H flew a day to AZ a day before us with my mother who sat in the row behind the two very independent 10 year olds and pretended not to know them)
Visit in Az and swim, swim, swim
Go to gymnastics camp
Take surf lessons
Start a family seashell collection
Swim in a lake
Ride in a convertible
The last 2 items just got in under the wire. We rented a convertible for the last weekend of summer, took the scenic route up to Mohonk Mountain where we spent hours diving into the lake as well as hanging out in row boats, playing shuffleboard, eating fancy meals and dancing our hearts out to a live band.
It was action packed, I tell. What a great summer!
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Posted in Blitzen, tagged adventure, Blitzen, exercise, Family, Foster care, foster parenting, friends, imaginative play, parenting on September 2, 2013 |
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We went to the playground the other day. Blitzen was doing her thing, running around, enjoying various items and groups of kids. She happened upon a group playing on this modern version of the merry go round (I guess that is what it is) and announced, “Ok, I’m playing now.” to the group at large. One kind of punky kid said, “No, no, you’re not.” Blitzen just smiled and said, “Oh yes, I am.” And jumped right on. Before you knew it, she had the entire group trying to walk in circle along the edge without falling off. Damn, that kid is all kinds of brave.
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Posted in Blitzen, tagged Blitzen, creativity, Family, Foster care, foster parenting, friends, imaginative play, parenting, vacation on July 18, 2013 |
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Ok, so Blitzen and H encountered an earnest young philanthropist selling cookies to raise money for Alzeheimers. They learned a little about the disease, ate a cookie and donated a $1.50 to a good cause. Shortly afterward, Andrew took them to the toy store and said they could buy one thing to play with that everyone would enjoy. So, of course they bought ‘spa kit’ with nail polish, little hand dryer thing and a tub to soak your feet. They were over the moon — Andrew just shook his head, sighed and said, ‘You would think I’d learn.’ Last time he took them shopping, they picked out these little kiddie makeup kits. (Someday I’ll write about how upsetting the sexualization of young girls is and how I vowed no makeup, no barbies, etc, but it is all so much harder to enforce and instill these values when you are not starting from scratch – but that is another post).
Anyway, having been inspired by the cookie kid, they talked Andrew into this purchase by making a grand plan — they would set up a roadside mani/pedi stand, charge people $5 for hands, another $5 for toes but a massage would be free with either purchase. And they would donate their earnings to cancer research.
I must say it was really adorable. They set up 2 lawn chairs on the front walk, filled their zebra-striped blow-up tub with warm water and then created a sign to entice customers / donors. They sounded a little bit like pint-sized carnival barkers, shouting to random beachgoers, promising a great spa experience as well as the opportunity to support a very important cause.
They mostly serviced the family but they did entice one donation from the general public. The lovely lady said she would come back later for a mani — good choice as sparkly polish with red stripes is not for everyone.
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