Wednesday, December 20, 2006

...And we're back....

Thank you to those who have sent me e-mails making sure that I'm still alive. I've been a bad blogger the last couple weeks, but I assure you, not blogging does not mean I am not breathing.

We've had a really busy couple weeks...Phil's parents were in to visit from New Jersey. It was their first time in Seattle so we had a lot of ground to cover! I have lots of pictures, too, so what I'm going to do is try to do it all in chronological order, from the beginning of the trip on, and hopefully, with any luck, we'll get all caught up.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now, know that it's a tradition for Grandma to come to Sebastian's class to read his favorite book, Liberty's Journey . Unfortunately for Grandma, this now involves an extra long trip to get to Sebastian's school, but never fear, she was up for the task!! hehe.

The picture above is of the class settled in, reading the story.

Here's a great picture of Sebastian

It was really nice for them to be able to see where Sebastian is going to school. It's one thing to hear about it, but to be able to walk in and see his classroom and meet the teacher makes things a lot different. It makes me feel good knowing that they like his classroom and thought highly of his teacher. I think his teacher is just a really neat lady, but it makes me feel better to have them say the same thing, because they have so much background in teaching.

Here's a picture of Sebastian and his teacher. He really likes her a lot, and she is really just down to earth and genuine. She really "gets" the kids, and Sebastian has blossomed a lot since being in her class. My shy, quiet kid actually gets in trouble now for talking too much in class. In fact, the day we came in, he had to stay inside from recess for a couple minutes because he'd been too busy talking to hear the instructions. Most parents might be upset about this, but I was kind of happy about it because it is a sign that he's adjusting well, and that he's making friends...and that's just fine with me!
Since his birthday was on that Sunday, I figured that I'd bring cupcakes in for the class to celebrate. This picture was taken mere seconds after Sebastian managed to cram half a cupcake into his mouth. Hey, it could have been worse...he could have smiled for this picture!! lol.

It was a good day...heck, it was a great week! In the next day or so, I'll be cramming a lot of pictures from their visit here. It's been really quiet since they left. It was so cool to get up every morning and know that we were going to see them, and then once they left we were all a little depressed.

Well, I'm off. I'll try to post more later, since there are tons of pictures and things we did.

Have a good afternoon, guys. :)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It's December....

Man. I just can't get with it today. I don't know why, but I've been having the worst time with sleep. I can't remember the last time I had such a horrible time sleeping, but this week, I've just not been able to catch a break from my tossing and turning. Talk about annoying!

We have a lot going on this week!!

Today is my mother-in-law's birthday, and she's actually going to be here day after tomorrow. We're all so excited to see them and spend time with them. Sebastian has been counting the days, and to make the week even better, his birthday is on Sunday.

Then, Phil has his birthday tomorrow!!

It's going to be a short entry today--Sebastian gets out of school in just 15 minutes and I promised him that he could go with me today to pick out his birthday cake. I would rather it have been a suprise, but in the past, Grandma has always done the cake, so I think that he's afraid that I don't have Grandma's cake picking skills. :)

Then sometime this week, I want to hit the dollar store and get streamers and decorations for Sunday-we'll have grandparents and friends over so it should be a good time, I just want to make it festive.

Andrea came by today, we went to Starbucks and came back and watched our soap together. It had been ages since she was last here, so it was her first time meeting Clyde. Poor boy barked, growled and ran away from her, and then right before she left he decided she probably wasn't so bad after all and let her pet him.

I know that I need to be patient with him and give him time and experience, but it's so upsetting to me and even frustrating to see him so afraid of people. Really though, he's still warming up to us, so I don't know what I'm expecting...he was clearly abused in his past and that weighs heavily on how he responds to everything around him.

He adores me, he even let me dress him up in a Santa hat and a sign today to take pictures, and he was a perfect gentleman about it. When I let him out in the morning after dropping Seb off, he's so excited and happy to see me and be with me, and he never leaves my side all day. I hope that, with time, he'll be like this with everyone else in the family, and maybe with some positive experiences that don't involve anger or punishment, he'll realize that he's okay. He's such a good boy, the only time he's ever gotten in trouble was when he swiped banana bread off the counter, and even then I was careful with how I dealt with it.

Sebastian has been doing really well with him. He very rarely runs from Sebastian now, and doesn't mind Sebastian sitting with him...in fact, it's pretty obvious that he likes the attention he gets from Seb, but it's like, he's afraid to enjoy it--like he's going to get in trouble for hanging out with Sebastian.
My first clue that he likes Sebastian though was when he would go through Sebastian's room to steal things that smelled like Sebastian. This morning, I pulled a couple of Sebastian's socks out of Clyde's crate, and he hadn't taken them in there to rip or destroy---he was sleeping with them.

So this is a short day...I'm off to get Sebastian and hit the store. Hope you all are having a great week!!