Sunday, November 21, 2010

10 Years & The Best Week Ever

Can you believe it. Paul and I have been married for 10 years. I know I can't. It really feels like it was yesterday that we married for eternity. We don't look exactly like we did 10 years ago, but we have two of the most wonderful and entertaining kids in the world. I wouldn't trade my life for anything.



We celebrated our anniversary on Thursday with the kids, with a trip to Texas Roadhouse. I love their steaks. Yum Yum. I finally got a new camera so you will be glad to know that I can now post pictures again. You no longer have to use the imagination. Sorry to make you all work so hard imaging our family adventures. Did I mention that he also surprised me with flowers at work. It is not very often that he can surprise me, but he did this time.



Our real anniversary trip will be a week driving along the coast of California until we reach Coos Bay, Oregon. I am so excited. I have never been that far north. If it is a good trip we might even consider doing it again with the kids in the future. We have rented a cabin along the ocean in Coos Bay/Charleston. I will be able to look out the windows and see the ocean and probably a lot of rain also. Can hardly wait to break in the new camera to capture all of the beauty that we will see.

On Saturday I got to attend my first hockey game with Cameron and I have to say I had the best time ever. Thanks to my dad who let us come along for the fun. Cameron ended up getting a replica jersey also. All the kids that showed up got jerseys...if only I were a kid for just a second, if the jersey is big enough to fit me I may just have to steal it...hahaha. There was also a player on the team whose last name was Cameron. I tried the whole night to get a picture of him on the ice. I thought it was cool...the rest of you probably think I am crazy...well maybe a little crazy (Paul would agree). Hope you can tell from the picture that his name is Cameron.



The coming week has lots of fun in store. We have lots of family traveling in for Thanksgiving and we have a lot of fun scheduled. Thank goodness my husband is the best ever and got me a new camera. I love him.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Beauty and the Crazy End to the Week

I had every intention to post this Sunday after the performance of Beauty and the Beast, but that of course was not to be. Oh how the time slips away and I never finish anything on my to do list. Maybe I make my to do lists to big and daunting. Oh well.

Last week was the week from H... E... double Hockey Sticks... that's right it was.

(Saturday) The birthday party over, Madeline came down with strep. Not a fun illness to watch your little ones deal with.

(Sunday) Next came the run to the after hours nurse for the test to come back positive and 10 days of antibiotics. My lesson in Relief Society...which went really well in my opinion, not that my opinion would matter in this respect.

(Wednesday) There was the Dr.'s visit for both kids to have their well visits with their Dr. DO NOT EVER DO THIS. It was absolutely crazy in the Dr.'s office with two kids in there at the same time. Learned my lesson. Only to have the missionaries come for dinner, which kind of didn't happen until much later due to a zone conference that interfered only to have them come back after an appt.

(Friday) Next was the run back to the Dr.'s for an x-ray for Cameron's thumb that does not bend and has not bent since he was 18 mos. old....this mom is persistent to get something done about it. (He see's the plastic surgeon Wed. to have it looked at. Persistence pays off.) Then there is the lab visit for Madeline where blood and urine was drawn (routine for those going to enter kindergarten next year) only to find out she has a UTI (urinary tract infection) to go along with the strep. Next is the injection clinic, where we waited 45 min. to get 4 immunizations for Madeline. (And she didn't shed one single tear with any of it, my strong baby girl.) Next was the 35 min. jaunt to my work for our annual picture for the paper. A baby shower I couldn't attend because it conflicted with softball.

(Saturday) My sister's baby shower and some fun shopping with the sisters.

(Sunday) The absolute best day of them all. I got to end the week with taking my "Bama" (Madeline) to her very first big time production at our local Theatre. Our birthday present to her was to see "Beauty and the Beast". If any of you mom's have the opportunity to take your families to this production it is worth it. She acted like the most perfect little angel and I got to watch my little girl's eyes sparkle with wonder while she watched. I only wish it would have lasted a little bit longer.

Those days that you don't see listed were the days that I spent at work not worrying about what the next day entailed. Thank goodness I get a break with work.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Gratitude

I have to admit, I have been a little selfish as of yet, and have forgotten all that I should be thankful for. My lesson for Relief Society really opened my eyes to being more grateful for everything I have, including the trials in our lives. Sometimes I think the inspiration I get from the Spirit is for my good more than it is for the sisters in Relief Society.

I am extremely grateful for my husband and the hard work that he does to keep us safe and protected and keep money in the bank. I don't tell him often enough how truly grateful I am for him.

I am grateful for healthy, happy children. For the moment I have a sick little girl who doesn't get to enjoy the healthy part. No mommy likes to see their kids sick.

I am grateful for umbrellas, especially today. It started to rain today and while Madeline cuddled with her daddy on the couch, Cameron and I opened up our brand new umbrellas and took a walk to the park. He talked and I listened. He talked only about his video games, but that is what is important to him at this moment in time. We had a lovely walk and are going to do it again when the next storm blows through. And Cameron will talk and I will listen.

I am grateful for family who live close and get to enjoy the kids as much as we do, and are so willing to help us out in a bind. Couldn't ask for a better family.

Friday, November 05, 2010

She's 4


It is hard to believe that my baby girl is four today. She has had a busy day so far and we haven't even had the birthday party. That comes tomorrow. She has had donuts from her favorite donut place, Mr. T's. We had a play date at the park and shared birthday cupcakes with her friends. Picked up her brother from school and enjoyed some birthday ice cream.

She is our rambunctious little girl who loves to wear dresses and play like the boys. She keeps us on our toes and in stitches. She definitely knows how to make us all laugh. She has to be the center of attention and the boss of her bother. She is clever and witty and the most enjoyable little girl to have. We love our little "Bama" even if she isn't so little anymore.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Goodbye October...Hello November

The pumpkins carved, the kids dressed in their finest Halloween costumes, the house decorated with bats, ghosts, pumpkins and all things scary. Fun family outings, trick or treating and an all around good time. October has been a great month and treated us all well.

Now it is on to our busy November. We have a birthday party, a few baby showers, the coming of the end of my softball season, an anniversary and many thanks to be had and given. I am so looking forward to what this month has in store for us (maybe even a new camera). I can hardly wait for all the family and friends that will be near.

I am so grateful for everything that I have and all the blessings that have been bestowed upon our family this year. Now on to all the holiday festivities and more memories to be made.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Best Weekend Ever...Almost

I had one of the best weekends ever. It would have been the best if Paul were able to be there with us, but it was still wonderful. There is always next time.

The day started out great. The kids were easy to get up and get ready. It is amazing what donuts from Mr. T's will do for getting kids going in the morning. We were able to get out the door by 9 am, stopped for donuts, topped off the gas tank and headed to the Oakland Zoo. Met up with my college roommate Ashley and 3 of her 4 kids (her husband and oldest son were missing as well). Walked around, saw lots of animals, and caught up on all the news. I am sure we could have talked a lot more and spent a lot more time together (a lot more). It was so nice to catch up. I needed a weekend like that. It has been too long since we had seen each other last and we only live about an hours drive away. Definitely need to get together more often.

Left the zoo and got home just in time to get to my nieces 5th birthday party. Let the kids get their sugar fix and play in the bounce house.

Left the party, picked up my sister, picked up blankets and sleeping bags at the house, stopped for McDonalds (they are giving away trick or treat buckets for happy meals if anyone is interested in getting some) and ran out to the park in Oakdale for Movie under the stars (How to Train Your Dragon). Only it wasn't under the stars it was under the clouds, but the rain held off until the movie ended. Thank goodness for that. Cameron had his heart set on the movie and the weather cooperated for him. Was so fun to watch them out there cuddled up in their bags watching the movie. Can't wait to do it again when they start it up next May. It is the perfect family activity. Get there early, bring some food and snacks with you, stake your spot and let the kids run wild until dark.

I had so much fun and now it feels like fall outside today. It won't last (the weather). It is supposed to get right back up into the upper 70's and lower 80's, but it ended my weekend on a high note.

Here's to next weekend. How will I ever top this weekend.


P.S. Still no camera, means no pictures. I will one day have photographs. Continue to use your imagination. It will keep you young.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A New Tradition...Sunday Baking

I have decided that since there isn't much for me to do to keep my kids occupied on a Sunday I would start to include my kids into some fun and easy baking recipes. They can put in the flour and other dry ingredients and I will take care of the wet ingredients. Not only do they like to help, but I am teaching them to be able to bake when they get older and have families of their own.

I am not one for baking much anymore. Used to love it in college when my roommate and I would spend an entire day making baked goods for boys and delivering them to their apartments. This baking session usually coincided with a dance that my roommate and I were not asked to and wanted to remind certain individuals that they had forgotten about us. It never worked, but I am sure that our goodies were gobbled up quickly.

Today our assignment was cupcakes. Not from scratch mind you. I got a good deal on the boxed mix and we set out to bake, frost and decorate our cupcakes for some Halloween fun. I am still without the ability to photograph our fun times so you will need to imagine my kids on the barstools frosting cupcakes and using way to many sprinkles for the size of their cupcake. Watching Madeline frost her cupcakes and upon finishing with the decorating licking off all the frosting from the said cupcakes. I am not one to eat those kinds of cupcakes. Still it was lots of fun to watch my kids enjoy some baking fun together.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Joys and Pains of Parenting

It has been a rough week in the parenting department and I still have a few days left of the week. In all my weeks as a parent this has been a tough one. I love my children to death. I would run into a burning building to save them. I would do anything for them. They bring me so much joy when there is joy to be had. But this has been the worst week ever. I don't know if it is just the teacher that Cameron has or if it is just Cameron, but this is going to be a long school year.

I was informed by Cameron, on Wednesday, that his teacher would take away his afternoon recess if he continued to go up to the office. Here is some background to the story. Cameron is sensitive. Has been from birth. It is something we have been aware of. The slightest little bump from a kid on the playground sends Cameron into a tizzy. Even his 5 year old cousin knows that he is sensitive and has been known to use that to her advantage, which is slightly funny, only slightly. One of the women from our ward is a yard duty at the school and knows how Cameron reacts and so she gives him a choice to either go up to the office or stay with her for a minute and go back to playing. Somehow his teacher has become aware of Cameron's trips to the office and now she is threatening to take away his afternoon recess.

Then there is the note that was sent home from school today (Thursday). Cameron was playing with his partner during silent reading instead of staying to task. He was warned and when he didn't stop, was asked to pull a card only to go back to his seat and start playing with his friend again and asked to pull another card and go and spend 30 minutes in another class. And all I can think is that my poor son is bored out of his mind in this classroom because he is miles ahead of every other student in his class. I am afraid that my kid is being singled out by this teacher because he reacts differently to situations and the teacher does not like it.

Here is hoping to better parenting next week. Thank goodness for weekends.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Laughter...the best medicine

Today was a day of catching up on those duties that I have neglected the past week. Cleaning, laundry, paying bills, you all know what I am talking about. The things we would rather not do. Same goes for me, but they have to be done, and I did them. As well as my duties it is also pizza night. I love pizza night. No dishes and no mess to clean up afterwards. The best night ever.

And what makes it even better are my kids laughter. My kids have the best laughs. It doesn't matter where they are, those laughs put a smile on my face, and Madeline has been particularly giggly tonight. I love it. Makes me feel better about my day. It brings a great end to a mediocre day.

P.S. I am really missing not having a camera around to catch my kids by surprise. They really do some funny stuff when they don't think anyone is watching. I continue to save my pennies for a new one.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What Would I Do Without Them

I have been so lucky to have a great family that lives so close and helps me when I need it. I don't always need the help, but when I do, they do their best to come through. As a working mom that means the most to me. I am so lucky to have such wonderful people to help take care of and fulfill what I sometimes cannot for my kids.

I appreciate all the games, meets and church activities that my family make a point to be there for. As a kid it always meant the world to have my mom and dad cheering me on and even as I get older it still means a lot to now have them and the rest of our clan out there cheering for my kids. And the smiles when they see more than Paul and I cheering for them is even better.

I don't know where life will take us in the near future, but I will always have my family and they will always have me and my family. I would hope that someday I might be able to repay them, in some fashion, for all the help and support that they give my family.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ready for Fall

Today on my way to work I was teased with some beautiful fall weather. It was sunny and a bit warm at our home, but as I made the short 20 min. drive to Oakdale the weather was so different. Slightly overcast with some fog, a slight breeze and some very cool air. I felt like I was on the coast. It was wonderful. It didn't stay all day, but it was a nice break from the norm around here. Hopefully I won't have to wait to long for fall to make a permanent appearance.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Day Like No Other

Today needs to go down in the history books. For the first time ever I did not have a single issue with getting kids ready for church. They got up on time, did not fuss about breakfast, and even were dressed earlier than usual. I was even able to curl Madeline's hair before church. There are miracles out there, even if they are small ones. Got out the door 10 minutes before church, which allowed us time to sit and prepare for our meetings. I, of course, could not tell you what was spoken during sacrament meeting because I forgot the crayons and was trying to keep our soon to be 4 year old Madeline occupied. So it was a typical Sunday.

I am very excited for next Sunday because this will be Madeline's very first Primary program at church. Here is hoping that she does well and doesn't blow out every hearing aid when she speaks her part in the microphone.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Changing Things Up

It has been yet another month since I have posted any news on our end and I can honestly say that not much has gone on.

We have been very busy trying to sell our home, which means keeping the house spotless and I mean spotless. Not the easiest thing to do when you have two kids and two cats. As well as pay attention to the rentals in the area so that we can find a home in the area with a great school and more kids in the neighborhood for our kids to play with. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the house will be sold before Christmas so that we can have a really great Christmas with decorations and a tree in a new home. I am not looking forward to the possibilities of having to move during the holidays.

Cameron is doing very well in school when it comes to his work. Which we knew was not going to be his problem, but his meltdowns have started up again and we have a teacher who is not patient in that department. Even threatened him with going to the office if he couldn't control himself. We are in the process of trying out different techniques to combat this problem. Hoping that one of them is going to work.

I finally cut Madeline's hair. I was so tired of the tears every time I had to take a brush to it and make her look presentable. And when I say cut I mean cut. I had the stylist cut her hair to her chin. It is so cute and totally makes her personality shine. Love that girl and her funny little quirks.

I have decided to kind of change up my blog and make it more my journal. I find it easier to journal on here than writing it down in a book. I will still be posting all the family doings as well as journaling.

I am still without a camera for the time being so when I do get a camera I will make sure to post pictures of Madeline's haircut.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Summer Recap

The Summer Season is done for us. Cameron started 2nd grade on the 17th so I thought I would recap all of our summer fun in a single post.

There was camping trips and swim meets, ball games and birthdays, holidays and day trips, county fairs and slumber parties, late nights and early mornings, family time and swimming parties, cleaning house and prepping house and hopefully selling the house. We had a great summer this year. It was very full and very busy, but the best part was the time that we got to spend together as a family. Can't wait till next summer so we can do it all over again.

I wish that I had photos to post of our very last camping trip, but I no longer have a camera. I now know that 7 year olds can not be responsible with cameras, especially when they are standing on rolling logs. I will have a new camera someday, but until then you will have to use your imagination to go along with my posts.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

4th of July Festivities and Weekend

The 4th of July Holiday brought us a break from our swimming endeavors for one weekend so what does a family do with nothing else to do, celebrate in style.

We hit up the local baseball team for a BBQ, game, and fireworks on Saturday with Paul's parents company.This is what happens when a baseball game goes extra innings. You get a 3 year old who falls asleep and doesn't even wake up to see the fireworks.

The 4th was spent at my parents house for another BBQ and a fireworks show in the front yard. Couldn't have asked for a better 4th of July Weekend. All of my parents grandchildren.


Sea Dog Invitational 6/26/10

I did not get a lot of video at this meet. It is hard to get a place to watch with so many teams, parents and families there to watch their kids. I did get this photo of Cameron during his freestyle event. I get a kick out of watching this little fish of mine.

Ripon Swim Meet 6/19/10

More video for you all to see. Cameron does not like to be cold at the swim meets we have found out. So you will find that this is not one of Cameron's best meets, but he still tried hard.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th


Wishing you all out there a very happy and safe 4th of July. Grateful for the freedoms that we have and those who have fought and continue to fight for them. We are very blessed to live in the country that we do. God Bless America.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

More Swimming

Yet another swimming post. This is currently what takes on most of our time. Monday thru Thursdays are practice and weekends we are hanging out at the pool watching Cameron swim and get better each time he jumps in. I had posted these on Facebook, but not all of the family is on Facebook, so I am posting the videos onto the blog for the family to see how well Cameron is doing. Just be patient with me for the next 5 weeks and we will be on to new adventures.


He is growing up...7 years old




On June 11th 2003 @ 7:06am our lives changed forever. Our twosome became a threesome and life could never have been crazier. I was so ready to be a mom. I knew I had wanted to be a mom. And on this day I became one. I did not expect motherhood to be so hard, but it was. Cameron was a clingy baby. Always wanting to be held. Always wanting to be loved (didn't mind that). But he couldn't have been more perfect. He was brought to my arms to teach me patience. A virtue that was not in my vocabulary before I had him.

He has grown into such a wonderful little guy. He dotes on his sister. They never fight only argue and Madeline usually ends up the victor in the argument which will only make Cameron that much better of a husband to some lucky girl far in the future. He is a bit of a klutz and has his meltdowns, only not as many as before. He is like a sponge when it comes to learning and soaks up anything you put in front of him to read, write, or do. He loves swimming more than anything else in the world. And if he isn't in the pool swimming he is playing Wii or watching his favorite cartoons. He has definitely taught me patience and that a kind word goes farther with him than harsh criticizing words. He does anything I ask of him and sometimes more. He will surprise his mom by making the bed sometimes, and is so proud when I notice and thank him.

We are so grateful for this little boy and life would not ever be the same without him. I hope he enjoyed his spongebob themed birthday, but I'm sure he did. This family would do anything for this little guy and he does everything for us.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Madeline's Joy School Graduation





Madeline has finished her 1st year of Joy School. Here are some pics from our little graduation party. She is a ham if you hadn't already figured that one out.

Better Late Than Never




Here are pictures of the kids in their Easter duds. It is a little late, but the weather here has been crazy and was not warm enough for Madeline to wear her cute little dress. Had to wait till June to get the picture, but it was worth the wait. Right.?

My Little Fish


Paul and I have been trying our darndest to find a sport that is just right for Cameron. He loves soccer, but hasn't gotten the coordination down to be able to keep up with the kids in his age group. Same goes for baseball. The kid loves to go to baseball games, but when it comes to playing he just looks silly trying to throw the ball and hit. So instead of him being humiliated and laughed at, we were at a loss for what to do for him. Then came the World Swimming Championships. Thank you USA Swimming.

I sat down to watch the last day of the competition and Cameron happened to come in and watched with me. After it was all done he asked if they really do that. Apparently he doesn't think anything is real on TV, which this mom is grateful for, back to the competition. I said they do and he asked if he could do that. Sure, why not. He loves to be in the water, we just had to find him a team, a team that would be patient with him and help him learn the strokes. He has had swimming lessons, but hadn't reached the level where they go over the strokes. We got lucky when we found the Modesto Sharks team that as long as they can front crawl across 25 yards and aren't afraid of the water they will take them. Woo Hoo. So Cameron has taken to the water really well and is loving every minute. Fingers crossed that this is what he wants to continue to do. This mom would spend any amount to make sure this kid has something that he is good at and passionate about doing. And I think swimming is what it's going to be.

He Did It!!!!


Cameron set a goal for himself this year to get perfect attendance. He really wanted to get the trophy that they give away at the end of the year. By golly he did it. I was worried there for a bit. We had one day that he was not feeling well, but he went to school anyway. And no, I did not make him go, I was prepared to have him stay home and make it up to him in some way for trying his best to get perfect attendance.

Memorial Weekend Camping Trip













Another year means another camping trip. Our plan all along had been to go to Lake Alpine again. Not the case this year as you will see from some of our pictures. They still had 5 feet of snow on the ground, so we headed to a new campground for our camping trip. This year we were at Wakaalu Hepyu. It is Miwuk for wild river. And the river was very wild and very fast while we were there, but gorgeous to just sit by and watch and listen. Here are some pictures from our trip.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Simple Things



There is nothing better than watching your kids enjoy the simple things in life. That being a warm spring day where they can run through the sprinklers and ride their toys along the sidewalk. I enjoy watching my kids enjoy life. I makes me realize how lucky I am to have them.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why I Love California

I have always lived in California, except for the most perfect 2 1/2 years that I spent at Ricks College, in Rexburg Idaho. That said, all I can do is think about getting out of this awful state. Not because I don't like California anymore, but it isn't the California I grew up in. The politics, the lousy education system, the crime, and the liberals.

I do have my reasons for staying and here they are. The Beach and that wonderful sea air.
The Rolling Green Hills in the Spring
The snowy mountains in the Winter


Does any other state have this to offer? Nope, so I am content to stick things out for the time being until they get so bad that it's time for the millennium and there isn't any other choice than for them to get better.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Catching Up

I know I have been slacking. Life has really gotten busy since I posted about my time at school with Cameron.

There was Easter, which was pretty laid back and uneventful thanks to the soggy weather. The Easter Bunny was very nice to hide our eggs in the house instead of outside this year.

We went to see my sister, Laura, in her production of The Secret Garden. This was the kids very first trip to see an actual stage production and I have to say they did very well. Madeline did much better than I expected and Cameron asked me to go and buy him the book so that he could read it. I will wait a little while before I buy the book. He is a great reader, but some things may be a little to difficult for him to understand.














Then there was Cameron's school trip to the Monterey Aquarium and the beach. Cameron loves the aquarium. This was his third time there. They had the most wonderful exhibit on sea horses. Truly beautiful animals in the sea.





















Can you see the sea horse in the photo?























After the Monterey trip, we signed Cameron up for the city swim team. This is something he is very passionate about. I hope he stay passionate about it. We have been looking for something that Cameron would love in the way of sports. Hopefully this is the ticket. He asked to join swim team after watching the world swimming championships last summer. He isn't the greatest at his strokes, but he doesn't give up, so that is saying something for him.






















And then there was Mothers Day. It wasn't a grand day, but it didn't have to be. I got to spend some great time with some great mom's that are in mine, my husbands, and the kids lives. I had a great day at church with the kids. After which we headed to my mom's house for lunch and let all the cousins play together and then it was on to Paul's mom's house as soon as he got off of his shift.

This is a tacky way of catching up I know, but I will do so much better once the school year ends and things slow down a bit during the summer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It is 12:43 AM & I can't SLEEP!!

It is really late in the evening and I just can't sleep. Don't know the reason, I just can't sleep. Maybe it is the impending cleaning fest, chili making and impending work that needs to be tackled and finished. Maybe I am feeling a little overwhelmed by the soon to be end of the school year or the impending pay cut to Paul's salary. Maybe I am feeling a little lonely and without a really good friend to hear me and understand me and help me. I guess I am just feeling a little emotional and it is only early Wed. morning. Maybe it is that time of the month, as my husband would say, which makes me a little angry when he says that now that I am thinking of that.

Am I the only one who goes through these kind of low points. You know that kind that makes you feel a little worthless and boring and unattractive. The kind that makes you a little angry at others and makes you speak your mind a little to harshly only to realize you may have hurt another's feelings. That is how I am feeling at the moment. (Or maybe it is because I have been up way past my bedtime.)

I really shouldn't feel this way. I have an amazing family, an amazing husband, two amazing kids, and a life that I am sure others would want a little piece of or a glimpse of. But I still feel kind of blah. Blah. Blah. Blah.

I'll get over it. I always do, just don't understand why I feel this way sometimes.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I did not disappoint!!






For the first time in a long time I felt like I didn't disappoint.

As a working mom life gets difficult and you have to pick and choose those activities that you can attend and will mean the most to your children.

On Tuesday, Cameron's school had their annual Read Across America Day. It is also Dr. Suess's birthday. This is probably the same on every elementary school campus. On this day parents can come to school and spend an hour for lunch reading and having time with them. It was really important to Cameron that either myself or Paul could attend. Paul of course could not, so I was left to hope that the schedule of patients at the office would suffice me to leave a little early for lunch.

I arrived at work only to find that there was no way in heck that I was going to be able to leave early. There were far too many patients that would allow me the luxury of spending a little time with a little boy who wanted it so much. So I worked diligently and regretted that I was going to let my little guy down and was going to have to make it up to him in some sort of way.

As the morning progressed a few patients showed up very early for their appointments and some didn't stay as long because of other issues that were pressing. I thought this might be my chance. I weighed whether I should go or stay and finally just told them I was leaving a little early to spend some much needed time with my little guy. Thank goodness I have an office who allows me that luxury. Some aren't so lucky, but I am. Heavenly Father has really blessed my with a great workplace that is so understanding, and on this date he made it possible for a little boy to get his prayer answered.

I walked into Cameron's classroom and that look of joy will be forever etched into my memory. I did not disappoint. His mom was there and he was so happy and so was his teacher, who has been a breath of fresh air and understanding for Cameron.

I love that little guy, and though he makes me crazy, he will always be my little guy. And I will always do my best to not disappoint.

(The picture you see with this post was taken by my friend Diane Conn. She is magnificent. If you live in California's Central Valley look her up, you won't be disappointed. www.connphotography.com)