It amazes me what My Girl sometimes associates with her birth Father since she has no actual memory of him. Today I was cleaning out her dresser and found a shirt with tags still on it. I threw it into the pile to give away, and she snatched it back immediately. As she was hugging it tightly, I guess she noticed my obvious look of confusion. This prompted her to explain she had to keep it because it was a Christmas gift from her Dad. Even though she'd never wear it, she didn't have the heart to part with it.
It hurts my heart that all she has to hold on to of her Father is a $15 shirt from Gymboree.
My boy LOVES to help make dinner, so I'm always giving him little jobs to keep him busy. Last night I asked him to place the cauliflower we were baking onto the cookie sheet after I cut it up. Easy job I know, but it was all I could think of!
I love how creative he can be and always makes cooking dinner fun. I never would have thought to make a smiley face with our veggies. See picture below. :) Of course I had to mess up his silly face when I seasoned it for cooking, but I did that after he wandered off into the other room. LOL
I had "Pinned" this recipe I wanted to try, but could not find it on my Pinterest page for some reason. I decided to "wing it" and add my favorite ingredients. After tossing the cauliflower in olive oil, I added a little garlic powder, Lawry's Seasoned Salt, fresh basil from our garden and lot's of fresh parmesan cheese my boy shredded for me. I cooked it at 425 degrees for 20 minutes and it was delicious! I highly recommend some parchment paper though. What a mess to clean up!
We are painting the inside of our home and are just now starting my girls' room. I saved their room for last as I knew there would be a ton of "stuff" hidden behind their bunk bed, dresser and in the closet. As I picked up a handful of items, a picture fell out onto the floor. It was a picture of Reese's Dad. Even though she doesn't remember him from when she was a baby, she has seen many pictures and recognized him instantly. She said, "Look Mom, it's a picture of my Dad." I confirmed and prepared for the many questions to follow. "Will I ever get to see him again?" "Does he still look like this?" "Does he live with his Parents still?" "How far away does he live?"
It's funny to me the thoughts that pop into her head about a man she only knows from past conversations. After answering her questions to the best of my ability, she ended our awkward chat with "I miss him, Mom." What do you say to that?
We put his picture back in her Daddy Box and continued cleaning up their room.
It's not very often My Girl mentions her Father and Grandparents, but understandably Father's Day is always one of those days. This year will be the 6 year anniversary since she last saw them. Her Dad can only see her supervised, but the Grandparents are welcome to visit any time. They all choose not to make the effort to be a part of her life.
It took My Girl a couple of days to get the courage to call, but she finally tried on Thursday. To her disappointment, the call did not go well. She felt like they rushed her off the phone and did not engage in any conversations that she brought up. They were uninterested in the excitement of her new baby Sister and did not care that her dog Scooby had died a while back. She could tell her Father hated the fact that she kept referencing her "Daddy" and noticed he made a snappy comment of "Your Daddy loves you" when he quickly ended their call. They even went as far as to tell her to "Give them a call if she's ever in town". It never ceases to amaze me the things that they will tell a 12 year old and how they can't even spend more than 20 minutes on the phone with her. The worst part is they only live 2 hours away.
As part of the standard "post call" damage control, I reminded my girl that her Father is a sick man destroyed by alcoholism. He does not mean to hurt her feelings and we should pray that some day he will get well and be a responsible parent both emotionally and financially. I reminded her that it is the parent and/or Grandparents responsibility to make the effort to be a part of her life. It is not her job to chase their love. What a hard lesson to learn at such a young age.
DESPITE IT ALL, we had a great Father's Day weekend! All of the OTHER "Dad's" in our family couldn't wait to spend time with my girl and all of our kids.
I ventured out with all four kids on Friday to the pool with my Dad (Grandpa), and they loved riding the lazy river and the big slides with him. They were exhausted after swimming all day, but we still managed to meet my Mom and Gramps (my Step Dad) for dinner before they took them home to have a sleepover. Woohoo for Mommy & Daddy time!
We even had a baby free Saturday when my Hubby's Mom (Nana) took our Baby Girl to play for the day. Believe it or not, I missed her terribly, as I realized that was the longest we had been apart since she was born. On Sunday, the kids helped make breakfast for their Dad, gave him Father's Day cards & gifts, and decorated his present with numerous notes and drawings (see below). My Boy left early with Nana to go for his monthly haircut and later we all met for a Father's Day lunch. My Dad joined us as well and brought the kids their favorite giant cookie.
What's really great is this was just a normal weekend for us. My kiddos are always visiting their Grandparents and love to spend time with them and their Dad. I'm thankful My Girls have these special relationships with mine and my Hubby's family to build a lasting bond and show them the real meaning of family.
Last weekend was my 7th birthday party! I had an awesome "bouncing" party at Monkey Joe's with 14 of my friends, family and favorite Cousins. After jumping for an hour, we all got to eat pizza in the purple party room and have a Tangled party! I had a Tangled cake, decorations and Sissy even put the music from the movie on her iPod and played it while we ate ice cream and opened presents. My very favorite song is "When will my life begin".
The day of my party we made cool Tangled party favor buckets for all the girls and Toy Story buckets for the boys. I helped Mom fill the buckets with paint, coloring pages, stickers and chalk. I couldn't wait until after my party to get home and paint Rapunzel's dress and beautiful long hair.
It was really funny when I saw 2 boys that I didn't even know sitting at my birthday table. I think they are called "party crashers" and the parents made them leave before they ate any of our pizza. They did drink our juice boxes and tried to take one of my party buckets though!
My favorite gift was from my Sissy. She gave me stuff for my baby dolls to sit and play in. It had a playpen, a bouncer, a highchair and carrier. I love practicing for the new baby with my dolly in the bouncer, and know just how soft to rock her now. I also like my Aerial bath time doll a lot. I can really put her in the water and she still sings! Grandpa gave me seashells from our beach trip and Mi Mi gave me a Rapunzel shirt and nightgown. I also got a Minnie Mouse outfit and purse that my Nana brought back from Disney World. Mommy said you sent me a present, but it hasn't gotten here yet.
This was the 6th birthday party that I have had since seeing you. I'm sad that you are missing a lot of my favorite times and don't know who my friends are. Makenna & Audry are my best friend from school and you would really like them. I also wanted to let you know that I like dolls and Princesses and my favorite color is pink.