Matt (aka Mr.McHunky) is my partner in crime. He's the more sane Yin to my slightly crazy Yang. He has been putting up with my craziness and keeping my inner diva out of jail for 17 years now. He works in investments at a big bank and he works super hard to keep me in the lifestyle of which I would like to become accustomed. We got married when we were just youngsters and we celebrated 16 years of Semi-Domesticated bliss in August. We make each other laugh, we finish each others sentences and we appreciate that our differences are what keep things spicy. He is an amazing dad and the kids adore him, there's nothing more heartwarming than seeing a dad playing tea party with his little girl. He loves NFL football, college basketball and he's learned to appreciate the game of soccer. You can read our love story here.
Ty is our 12 year old son. He is artistic and hilarious and has a sensitive soul. We adopted Ty from foster care, he's been with us since he was a month old and I firmly believe he was meant to be our son. He loves swimming, video games, basketball and art. Homework is the bane of his existence and he is too smart for his own good according to his teachers. He loves to argue and most of the time he actually has a good point. He stands up for what he believes and he will defend his position better than some adults I know. He wants to be a football player when he grows up but I think he should be a lawyer. He might as well use all the experience he gets from arguing with me and turn it into a career. You can read Ty's story here.
Cam is our 10 year old son who was also adopted from foster care after coming to be with us at one month of age. He has some serious disabilities and special needs that require constant vigilance from everyone around him. He has a chromosomal disorder that affects every aspect of his life and will do so forever. The limitations that come with his disorder are enormous which makes every small accomplishment a real victory for him. He loves video games, legos, and WWE. A couple of years ago we made the difficult decision to remove him from public school and let him live with my parents while he attends a private school for special needs children in the hopes he can catch up with his peers. He just recently graduated to the 3rd grade! We see him often and with the support of his new school he has surpassed all expectations of the "specialists". You can read Cam's story here.
Maia is our 8 year old daughter. She is our first child by birth, the one that the fertility doctor said was impossible. Ha! Shows what he knew, I want my money back. She is quite the diva and already has her own inner Buffy. She is very opinionated and not afraid to stand up for herself but she still has a very sensitive heart. She loves Littlest Pet Shop animals, Hello Kitty, and My Little Ponies. She is in Second Grade and loves to read and write. She has become quite artistic in the past year and spends hours working on elaborate drawings and little books. She enjoys ballet, gymnastics and soccer. She has decided she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, which is a much more reasonable goal compared to her plans to become a princess last year. You can read Maia's story here.
Mase is our 5 year old son, also our birth child. He is our wild child, I am reasonably confident that he is part monkey. Every time I turn around he is climbing on counters, scaling the staircase or hanging off the banisters. The child has no fear and he is so full of mischief that we call him Curious George. He loves Power Rangers, video games, and annoying his older sister. He is in 3 day preschool and has decided that he wants to stay in preschool forever. He's very much a mama's boy and he's incredibly stubborn. But he also gives the best hugs and smooches, both of which keep him out of perpetual timeout. You can read Mase's story here.
Zoey is our 2 year old daughter, the last baby. No really, I mean it this time. She is the last baby. She was without a doubt the easiest baby out of the five of them but she's become a mischevious toddler now. She is quite the drama queen with a very strong personality. She's become quite the troublemaker lately and her favorite hobby seems to be throwing things in the toilet. She seems to do everything in her own time and refuses to fit into anyone else's idea of normal. She loves to dance and the girl has some rhythm. She loves to laugh and she loves to eat. She also seems to sit back and watch everyone around with amused tolerance, occasionally raising one eyebrow just like her mommy. You can read Zoey's story here.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know the members of my nuthouse. I think they're pretty amazing and I'm blessed to call them my family. Now excuse me while I go pry Mase off the banister and rescue the neighbor's cat from Zoey.....