Hey Monnie, My husband and I are adopting a 9 year old girl. We just got the news that she available to come live with us in June. We don’t want to be completely unprepared when she gets here. In her room we have a bunk bed, chest of drawers and a small desk. Some of my teacher friends gave us books for her age group. But we’d like to know what the average 9/10 year old would like other than books and computers. We’d like just a bit of help with ideas of setting her space up and anything else we can do to make her comfortable.
A little background about her.
Straight A student
Favorite color is purple
Likes small dogs (we have 2)
Any suggestions from the Tribe would be greatly appreciated.
CONGRATS! CONGRATS! CONGRATS!!!!!!! SO HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY!
Yall know Nintendo knows I'm a big kid at heart and sends me free stuff to try out right? Right. Well...last week the FedEx guy dropped off a new game for me to play and it's been sitting here neglected while I do some real life stuff to keep everyone off my back.
You know...responsibilities and whatnot. The joys of being an adult. UGH!
So...I called in an expert to help me and he got right down to it giving me an opportunity to continue working while he took it on a test drive for me.
When he finished playing, he allowed me to interview him so I could add his findings to a post about the game.
Did you enjoy playing the game?
What's it basically about?
Expert: It's about a policeman named Chase McCain who is solving a big crime. He has to catch a lot of criminals and take them to jail. He's involved in car crashes and he has to help people when they ask him to.
What kinds of things do you get to do?
Expert: Jump flagpoles, chase people, drive cars among a lot of other things.
What was your favorite part so far?
Expert: Chasing the people because I enjoy chasing people at school.
Are there any parts which you found particularly difficult?
Expert: Yes. Jumping the flagpoles is pretty difficult.
Would you recommend this game?
Expert: Yes. I'd recommend it to all my friends!
How do yall think he did? It was his first interview as an 8 year old but I seriously predict big things in his future as he has quite a way with words!
Over the weekend I traveled to Houston for Cojoe's son's dedication and to be named his Godmommy. Robby was scheduled to go too but we couldn't find a dog sitter we trusted with Lucy (she's gotten way worse) and well...yall know Lucy rules 13700 so we had to cancel his flight.
My sister picked me up on Friday and we had a lovely late lunch and then we headed over to Cojoe's and hung out while they were getting ready for Saturday's festivities.
Saturday was a blast. After the church ceremony there was a crawfish boil/cook out. Sitting in the midst of the framily and family I love the most-est-est was awesome. Watching their kids enjoy each others company, listening to them talk and laugh was exactly what I needed. We stayed and talked and chatted until way late and then went out for drinks and, as Weezy says, HORSDIVVERS. LOL!
On Sunday, Weezy 'nem had a cookout at their home and we all ended up over there.
Man...it was AWESOME.SAUCE!
Temperatures in the 80's. Good food...good company...all of that.
And while there I got a Winter weather advisory text stating we were getting snow back home.
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (Note sarcasm.)
Not being able to have children so far is a blow to us still you know? Having Godbabies seriously makes it better. My boys, E, K & L are seriously joy!
AND COLEY WILL BE HERE NEXT WEEK! (But Imma fight him. Watch and see if I don't. LOL!)
The Robinator brought home our tree tonight and, miraculously, there was almost NO.CUSSING involved in putting it up because E helped him instead of me.
Which pissed me off because now I know he can do it withOUT cussing.
I'm totally feeling some kinda way.
I just KNEW I'd get cussed out for taking this pic but alas...best behavior cuz the Godson was around. o_0
I'm finally trying to focus on finishing the front room. Actively looking for two chairs and an ottoman that makes me smile. Yall like how I switched it around? Took out that dark rug. Lightening it up from the bottom up is lightening up the room. Me likey so far but finding two chairs is proving to be a daunting experience. I've been to four furniture stores and every.single.thing I like is far too expensive. Humph.
I love my Godson so much. He truly brings me joy. Imma fight him one day I'm sure...but I will fight him while loving him. LOL!
Queeny's baby girl went back to school today! I'm totally loving this entire look she has going on here! LOL! From head-to-toe she is letting them know she's in charge. Of EVERY.SINGLE.THING! LOLOLOLOL!
I love mother-daughter pictures. Especially when they are color coordinated!
This is my dear, dear, friend. She's been through so much recently and this profile shows her strength. Seriously.
Jaru is surveying the Easter egg decorating center.
The very thought of an Easter BASKET when you're 13 made E shudder so he got an Easter JAR. LOLOLOLOL!
A 13700 Easter basket!
Play clothes! LOL! #OldSkoolMama
Of course he wouldn't let me take a REAL pic of him.
My Bella. Isn't she perfect?
Another of my "Huxtable family" friends. LOL! SO PERFECT!
Don't be fooled. She has no use for flowers. LOL!
Looking like her daddy with hair. LOL!
I love her.
He loves her too.
My Becca brought me a Georgetown Cupcake. Red Velvet! Okay...so she brought enough for all. I just wanted to be special!
A tabletop terrarium! This is lavender!
Sage! I searched high and low for small pots and couldn't find any. These are sugar containers I found for $2.99 at HomeGoods. I removed the lids and VOILA! A small pot!
I only got to take pics of those who arrived super early and I'm soooooooo sorry. Everyone looked stunning in their Easter finery and I really wish you guys could see it. I didn't post mine cuz seriously...I'll be wearing it again soon. ROFL!
The food was delicious and we had a REALLY good time hanging and laughing. Truly hope you guys had the same!
April is National Autism Month. I don't know if you know that but I know it's something you SHOULD know.
One of the children I love DEARLY has Autism and, because of this, I know, I walk, I do whatever needs to be done to support him because he is SO precious to me and so very, very loved.
I was so startled to read that his mother, whom I adore, decided to open up about it on her blog because I know how deeply personal a journey it's been for her.
That said, if you haven't read it yet, please go over and see the face I put with Autism because he is the loveliest baby boy on Earth. Yall seriously have no idea how very much of a joy he is and Imma fight him soon. Why? Cuz that's what he and I do. Chase each other and fight and then fall out laughing and gasping for air. He's seriously the best kid ever.
You wouldn't know it now, but not many years ago E used to be super shy. Like...if he didn't know you he couldn't or wouldn't bring himself to talk to you. He'd hang back and let you do what it do pretty much keeping his own counsel. I wondered if he'd ever change since he had no problem talking his mother's or my head off about the most nonsensical minute of anything.
Sometimes I'd go pick him up from the afterschool program early just because it was a pretty day and I wanted him to get some fresh air instead of being inside somewhere. When I'd get there...it would take forever for them to find E. He'd be off to himself reading a book and just staying out of folks' way.
Tsipora had parent teacher conferences at E's school today. The teachers told her how smart and engaging he is in class. You know...the kinda words parents LOVE to hear about their children.
And then...they took it a step further.
They were REALLY impressed with how E advocates for himself.
And that made all of us grin from ear-to-ear.
Cuz that's the stuff GREATNESS is made of.
And that's the stuff we preach to him ALL.THE.TIME!
E goes to his teachers and asks what else can he do in order to get that A. He asks if he can re-do reports and homework and such if he doesn't get the expected grade. He's been taught to NOT take no for an answer. He is to be respectful, of course, but he needs to go to the teacher and ask questions and attempt to explain any issues which may have caused him to be unfairly graded.
WE DON'T TAKE WHAT IS GIVEN!
WE EARN EVERY.SINGLE.THING!
USE YOUR MOUTHPIECE!
SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF!
DON'T TAKE WHAT IS GIVEN!
WE EARN EVERY.SINGLE.THING!
The teachers stated that no other kids do this and that it is so awesome that he does this.
INSERT BIG CHEESE EATING GRIN HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are so proud of that kid man! He's doing what he's supposed to do. His level of confidence brings us JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That kid is totally destined for GREATNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
During the school week, E comes to 13700 after school since his mother doesn't get off until 5:00pm. E gets here, does his homework, has his snack and gets to do whatever he wants after that. Usually...it's hang out with his friends.
He has a new friend who rides his bus but doesn't live in our development. The kid has visited before since the school year started and he's a nice kid...but just a bit...um...erra...AMUSING to observe.
I was talking to some friends recently and one was telling us about how her teenage son got fired from his job.
See...dude ran into a power hungry azzhole who thought he could talk to other people's kids any old kinda way. He popped off at the mouth at her son, who is an EXTREMELY respectful and well mannered young man, and she went up to the spot and had a parental word with him.
I was nodding the entire time. Why? Cuz I wish a fool would.
The thing I've always amazed about is how folks try and treat young kids/adults. You know...like they are automatically from some people who don't give a damn about them. They think they can flex their weak azz muscles thinking no one cares enough for or believes in these kids.
Well...they are wrong.
As she was talking...I imagined how this would go down had it been a kid I love and BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABY...I already know it wouldn't be pretty.
Sure...I know you need to teach kids how to handle their own battles and all, but up against a sick azz adult? Those kids don't stand a chance.
Let's think about E. Think about E working his lil heart out somewhere and some punk azz wanna be treated him badly. If E ever came home and shared some ish like this...I'm sure his mother would call and let me know...cuz she knew she had to to to work the next day...and I'd roll up and tag that azz.
And write some letters too.
Don't ever think the kids you come in contact with don't have people. Always remember that people come from people and that if you mess with some of MY people...it's going DOWN-T!
Have you ever had to go there because of someone trying to mess with YOUR teenager?
Did your parents ever have to go there because of you?
Can you IMAGINE the woman she's going to be having this much confidence at age 6???? JUST WOW!
I wanted to share the video of Olivia's solo routine for this year with you.
This is her best performance so far, but we had a side view so you can't get the full effect. And the video is super shaky (daddy's nervous/excited hands). But here ya go!
She competed in a field of 15 1st through 3rd grade girls. As a 6 year old first grader, she was one of the youngest girls (maybe THE youngest) in the division. God's blessings on her life continue to amaze us, and we give Him all the glory for leading her to become the awesome, sweet, smart, talented kid that she is!
Hi Monica. Just wanted to let you know that baby S.T. was born January 7th at 5:47 pm. She was 6 lbs. 9 oz. and 19" long. In say 'was' because she lost a lot of weight in the hospital. But everything else is OK and we're just trying to stuff her with food so she will get back to her starting weight. I have attached a picture of her. Have a good day!
I couldn't wait a second longer! I just HAD to open my gift from my Coley Pole! When Shelly told me he'd used his money to buy family gifts and I was one of the people he considered family...my heart melted! Apparently he knows his T-Monnie LURVES jewelry so he added to my collection with matching necklace and bracelet! LOL! THANK YOU COLEY! BEST.GIFT.EVER!!!!!
The Weezy's moved last week. They've been wanted to get to Houston to be closer to family, framily and friends since before Princess Nina Gabrielle was born and it finally all worked out.
It's been extremely hectic for them moving from one state to another the week before Christmas.
Weezy is in the process of unpacking the office stuffs that has Weezy paraphenalia in it. One of the boxes was his Tupac box. Yes...dude is a Pac STAN! He STILL doesn't believe Pac is dead and will argue you down for HOURS!!!!!!!!!
So...you know he was nothing but the proudest papa alive when Nina picked this up and put it on her head this morning. ROFL!