Saturday, April 23, 2005

Special Olympics Games!

I know it's been a looooong time since my last update, and I know some of you believe I left the planet for good. All I can say is, please forgive me. I've been busy-busy-busy! I never thought I'd say this, but I'm really enjoying my job(s) I'm finally building some sort of identity for myself again. I've been lost for almost 10 years. Really. Lost. Do any of you ladies out there know what I'm talking about? Ahhh, I'm sure you all do. After Stephen got older and in school, I found myself just waiting for him to come home to have something to do. Then, this year was his healthiest year so far and he was in school a lot of the time. Sure, I could scrub my floors with a toothbrush and organize closets every single day and have a spotless house. But where's the fun in that? And not get paid for it? Tuh! I think not! I'm really going to miss working (for money) when it's time for summer vacation. (vacation? Hah!)

So on to more important news ... The YGP album says it all! Stephen and I both stayed home most all week with allergies. :( But on the day of Special Olympics, we checked him in, let him have some fun, and then checked him out again. (hee,hee,hee) We had a blast! We were only there for 2 hours. Got a little sun burned, won a couple of ribbons, bounced in the space jump, went to McDonald's and then back home. How much better can it get?

Next week, good Lord willing, we will go to the zoo. I'll post photos of that as well. Or, at least that is my goal.

Enjoy the photos. Stephen says hello and sends many hugs to all of his aol-j friends!



my78novata said...

Looks like stephen had a blast. Wonederful. I know whatyour talking baout> I have been homeschooling for years now. You know the kids in homeschool havea a life friends nad things its the moms that get isolated. On top of that I now take care of my grandmother and both my parents are ailing. WHO am i????????? Who was I really I do not know. But I cant work and havent been able to for years. SO I am these people I take care of.

kissofvanity said...

Great pics!  
And i sure do know what you're talking about--i've been a stay at home mom forever and it feels at times like my whole identity is wrapped up in what the house looks like or what the kids are up to.  I wonder sometimes what a 'real' job would be like!

Ana  ((0.~))

wfhbear said...

Thanks for the photos. They made my day. When I lived in NJ I was active with my PD in the Special Olympics. I always enjoyed how much the kids seemed to enjoy it. I'm glad to hear you are doing well. Keep it up. I have missed your Journal entries though. My Regards and Hi to Stephen, Bill

bridgetteleigh75 said...

Yay, Stephen!  Two ribbons is a pretty impressive feat!  =)

Glad to finally hear from you again, Mia.  We've sure been missing you.  But, when you're busy, you're busy.  Trust me...I know all about it.  <grin>

Have fun at the zoo!


babyshark28 said...

um, yeah. I do understand losing yourself. I do. I do. I do.

LOVED the pics.  really, misty eyed here.
I laughed at the pic of him being 'too tired to smiled' it reminded me
of my sons 'too tired to smile' with the mohawk.  I think you saw it. :)

too cute.
thanks for sharing mia.
missed you too!
xo and hugs

indigosunmoon said...

Yay Stephen!!!
So glad you are enjoying your job Mia.

ez2cee said...

You are a wonderful writer . . .  and you do something that I wish everyone would do in J-Land.


Thanks.  That is so helpful.

Come visit sometime:

mikeyandmichelle said...

So good to see a new entry from you....  Stephen looks like he really had fun at the Special Olympics, and it truly was heartwarming to see the posters made by his peers.  Definitely a tug on the heart string...  

Good weather is finally coming around here.  Hoping your allergies get better soon!! And WTG on finding yourself.... I totally hear what you are saying about losing yourself.  It's wonderful to find yourself again, though, huh?

luckyaugustgirl said...

Ok i bawled at this. Seriously, he looks so happy and i know im way oversensitive or whatever but that is SUCH a good program, and it encourages and sets a good example and makes the kids feel great and accomplished, and ahhhhh! Its just wonderful. So nice to see you update Mia, weve missed you!! Come back a little more often will you?


mlw1456 said...

Oh ... I have SO missed you here in AOL-J Land! Girl, you cannot do this to me when I am at work!!! I've got mascara running down my face. Now how am I gonna explain that one?!?  What a champ you've got there! I know I've never met him, but I am so PROUD of Stephen. Thank you for sharing these pictures and for sharing Stephen's life with us. And I know you're busy, but keep updating when you can :) It's not the same in AOL-J Land without you!  God bless,  ~Swirly

clearj6 said...

Hi Mia,
Way to go Stephen!!!!!Yea!!!!! Mia I just want to say when I get homesick for B'ham, I really enjoy reading your journal.  I'm back to work full time too!  So can really relate to what you are saying there!  It does get better as you go!
Believe it or not, I think I know what you are going through.  I was there once myself.  If you ever need a friend I'm here....Lisa