Friday, December 31, 2010
The days, months and years just seem to be zipping past me. Funny, I don't feel old but when I was a kid my current age seemed ancient. According to my 10 year old self it is amazing that I am still standing without the aid of a cane.
I have no new year resolutions. I just plan on sputtering along doing the best I can and growing whenever I see the opportunity. Oh, I have lots of projects planned in my head but I always have those. If I ever actually finish all of them then I don't know what I would do with myself.
Today I did an irresponsible thing. I cancelled Kiwi's WIC appointment. I had a class earlier this week for the baby so I have vouchers for formula. Waiting for hours with Kiwi so they can do their little medical thing and get vouchers for her cereal and milk just didn't seem to be worth my time. I rescheduled for next week because I try to keep them for mom whenever they go home. Instead John and I went to a movie, World Market and the bookstore. Just the two of us, no kids. It was such a luxury.
To make up for my irresponsibility I, actually we, put our adoption packet in the mail. Maybe the new year will bring a new child into our home. We had been holding onto the packet waiting for the best time. Waiting for everything to be just right. But, I don't think that there will ever be a perfect time when everything is just right. If I wait for that day I would never send that packet out. I would never open my home to another child.
We aren't searching any photolistings at this time. We just want our information to go into the database and see what happens. We are taking a leap of faith and know that it may very well be a wild ride. Don't those wild rides make like worth living?
I was thinking the other day how our life would be if we had never adopted. Our baby would have been Sarah and she is 17 years old. We would not have kids in preschool and elementary school. We would be past all the field trips and Girl Scout days. We would have the freedom to go to any movie we wanted without worrying about child care issues. We could travel more. We could sleep in more. We would have more money in the bank (well maybe not, good thought though).
But, I don't think that God intended for us to have that life. We have always taken care of others, starting with my father in law with Alzheimer's to my mother with stroke issues. Along the way we have adopted three children and fostered more. God blessed us with the ability to have a huge house, I don't think that it was meant to sit empty. I think that it was meant to be filled.
How simple it would be to not care for others. How selfish it would be too. My life is enriched and filled. Some days with heartache but many days with love and blessings.
We have children with medical issues and emotional issues. We deal with them every day. But the thing is we deal with them. Our normal seems overwhelming to others but it is our normal. It does not seem like too much of a burden to me. Why is that? Why does it not seem like such a huge burden to me? I think that it is because it is what I am supposed to be doing. It is my gift and it would be a shame to waste it.
2011 is here, what will it bring?
Happy New Year and may you have many blessings this new year.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I didn't realize how much scrapbooking stuff I had. I have a LOT of pictures that I wish I could get put on my computer. I scan some every now and then but there are so many that I don't think it will ever happen. I also question if they will ever get put into the photo albums!
While going through pictures today I realized that I have a lot of duplicates. I pulled out a lot of the duplicates from the time that Joselin joined our family and put them in a pile. I then brought Joselin up and gave her all the pictures as well as a scrapbook. I showed her the supplies and how to use them. I told her to make herself a scrapbook. I am hoping that she will come to realize that he has more of a history in our family then she realizes. She seemed very excited to get the scrapbook so we will see if she does do it.
I am struggling with how to use the space. Right now there is laundry, ironing board, sewing, crafting of all types and a inflatable bed up there. That is a lot in that small space. I figured that the bed could go but then Larissa smashed a finger and came to me for comfort. We cuddled on that mattress and watched the washing machine go round and round. It was very soothing. It almost seemed like a good reading spot. Would that be odd? To have a reading spot in front of the washing machine? Like I said, I am still trying to decide what to do with that space with limited funds. I also have limited time as well.
I have gone to Lowe's several times in the past few days and picked up closet supplies. I purchased these $3 clearance plants leftover from Christmas. I have plans for them if I can keep them alive this winter.
I may try to hit up Target tomorrow because I hear that they have great Christmas clearance items. I plan on going to town tomorrow so maybe that will happen.
Well, all that sorting has tuckered me out so I am off to bed. Have a great evening.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Oh, the sorting and organizing that I need to do. What an embarrassment.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Yep, they are missing their nipple tips. No, the baby hasn't suddenly taken to biting off the tip.
However, Lucy has. I think she actually does it for the formula. She doesn't chew up the entire nipple. Sigh........
Isn't she beautiful? She is actually a very good dog with little kids. She is very clam and quiet. I have even caught Kiwi rubbing her hands across the dogs back while the dog is scavenging for food under her chair.
Besides having a fondness for formula Lucy also thinks she owns half the couch and thinks that she is a lap dog. She doesn't seem to believe me when I tell her that she isn't a lap dog.
Her return home has actually gone quite well. She has been doing well with no accidents in the house. She is still a puppy so I try to warn the kids about their toys. I think it will just be a matter of time before she gets a hold of something important. Oh well, baby bottle nipples are easily replaceable. I just need to train the baby to stop dropping her bottle for the dog.
Have a great evening.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I had a lot of things I wanted to get finished over this break and I haven't gotten too far on them. I think I may have to reduce my list. Time just seems to fly by.
David and Tasha left today to go to their home. Their visit seemed so short.
We took pictures today before Tasha left. The tree is now halfway bare. It will come down tomorrow.
Yes, she is wearing pj bottoms with a dress and light jacket. We don't own snow gear and she wasn't out long.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I did get the camera I wanted for Christmas. Now I am overwhelmed. My loving husband also bought me several lenses and filters. I need to figure out the camera. My concern is that I wanted this nicer camera and what if my pictures don't look any better? What if they actually look worse? My old reliable camera is a 4 pixel camera and has been dropped several times.
The following pictures were taken with my new camera......the kids enjoying the Playmobil toys and played together nicely.
You may notice Larissa wearing dresses more frequently. I have decided to stop fighting a battle. Larissa doesn't like to keep her pants on for some reason. I am always telling her to put her pants on. Well, I ran into a bunch of clearance dresses for $10 each and bought several. I am pushing the dresses....no fighting about pants.
I know some folks are wondering how Joselin did after her sudden return. She actually did well for the most part. She did have some tears on Christmas Eve when Jason decided to tell her how he felt. I was there when this happened and he wasn't particularly mean or even yelling. He just point blank told her how he felt about how she treated the family and how he doesn't appreciate it. She didn't like it and started crying. I didn't stop the conversation. I didn't try to protect her. Jason was speaking the truth. Her actions have effected the entire family, not just herself.
The girls did not say anything to her and were just being kind. But I know that they harbor some ill feelings as well. They have come to me and talked about it but keep the peace and don't say anything to Joselin. Maybe the kids do need to speak to her more. I am in an unknown area here. Joselin is now 17 years old, no longer a little child. She needs to be more aware of how much her actions effect others around her.
Obviously I don't have the magic answers or I wouldn't be struggling so much with my daughter. Some days I feel that all I can do is pray for her, it is out of my hands. Day by day is all we can do. Today she is home and save.
My youngest daughter Larissa told me this evening that this was her best Christmas ever. She sure knows how to make her momma happy.
I wish that happiness onto everyone else tonight. Have a great evening.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tasha and her husband made it here safely, the fajitas have been eaten, Santa's cookies are made and sitting on his plate, and now all the kids are tucked into bed.
Yep, a great day.
I hope that everyone has a great day with families and friends.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I have been fighting a second cold this season and woke up at 3 am with nausea. Ugh, I really don't have time to be sick. So, I spent the morning on the couch in a semi comatose state.
By noon I was feeling human again and I had to go to Walmart for groceries. We are having fajitas for Christmas eve and roast for Christmas. At least I hope so. I spent $200 but have to wonder what I forgot.
The foster babies GAL came by at 4 pm.....bearing gifts. One of the gifts makes a very loud obnoxious noise. I am trying to figure out how to reciprocate. The kids court date is definitely, somewhat in March....unless it changes.
I am sitting here eating crackers and drinking Sprite and don't feel in the most festive of moods. Thankfully, I believe that by Christmas morning I will be back up to par. Of course, now John says his gut is rolling. I just hope that the kids don't get it, I don't do barf well!
My shopping is finished and all that remains is baking and cooking. Are you ready?
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
To start the week off right I forgot my tooth fairy duties......again.
I am enjoying having a dog in the house. She eats all the food that the baby drops and I have done a lot less sweeping. I think that Lucy will miss the baby when she leaves.
Speaking of the kitchen floor.......I spot cleaned those sticky spots because I wasn't up to a full mop job.
I keep telling myself to put some of the toys away but never seem to get to it. We have way too many stuffed toys around this house. I let Larissa run around in her pajamas most of the day....then let them pour half the toys out on the floor and play. They were busy for hours so I was happy.
What food group do pop-tarts belong to?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Then Anthony came into my home. He didn't know how to play with any toys but apparently there was a gun dealer in his home. Anthony made everything into a gun. Blocks were made into the shape of a gun. Cars became guns. He went around pretending that he was shooting everyone. All he knew was guns.
Violence, well lets just say that he has had his incidents. He tore apart a nice wooden captain's bed in a fit of anger. So, no guns for Anthony.
During our foster Christmas party he was given a transformers arm that shoots plastic pieces. It was cool and Anthony was so excited.
It lasted one day.
After shooting Kiwi in the face and Larissa in the back he showed me that he could not abide by my rule of not shooting anyone (or any animals). So, he lost his toy.
He wants a Nerf gun for Christmas. He will not be receiving one.
It has been almost 5 years since he left the home where the gun dealer worked. Still, sometimes I worry that the effects of those early 2 1/2 years will last a lifetime. I can't protect him from his impulses forever.
Anyone want a transformer arm? It is in great shape.
Admit it, you would stare too! It is fine with us, we know we are a strange sight. (I do love the stroller by the way)
We had a good time at the mall. We arrived shortly after it opened at 9 am and got a great parking spot. I did find a few items to buy but kept within my budget. I gave the girls some money to go shopping for Christmas presents and they seemed to enjoy themselves. The kids and I sat in the play area for quite a while while I watched people. (I stare too, folks are so interesting)
We then had lunch and were out of the mall by 1 pm. Perfect timing, the crowds were getting thick by that time. Good thing John was at work, he would have gone crazy staying at the mall that long.
I think that after I get kids in bed tonight I am going to work on Sarah's TV center. It needs to be zebrafied and is one of my project objectives for Christmas break.
Nice relaxing day, hope everyone else is having a great day.
It was pointed out to me that I didn't post my Buckeye recipe,
1 1/2 cups peanut butter (creamy or chunky depending on if you want nuts in it, I used some of both)
1 cup butter softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners' sugar
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl (if you double it like I did make it a huge bowl), mix all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. (I actually use a potato smasher) It will look dry and crumbly.
Make it into small balls and sit them on waxed paper. I think that the warmth of your hands helps form the ball.
Put a toothpick in each one and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes. If you skip this step the toothpick will not stay when you dip it.
Melt your chocolate in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until the chocolate is smooth.
Dip your frozen balls in the chocolate leaving a little peanut butter showing so they look like Buckeyes. Set them on the waxed paper and refrigerate. They need to be kept cold until served.
Small warning, they are addictive.
I actually melted too much chocolate and so went searching for something else to dip.....so we also have chocolate dipped pretzels that the kids love.
Monday, December 20, 2010
I don't care to think of how many calories there are in that little ball of peanut butter and powered sugar. I think I gained 5 lbs today just making them.
One of many trays. I doubled the recipe.
We replaced the pumpkin with our snowman. I bought him yesterday at Lowe's for 40% off. Sometimes procrastination is a good thing.
I purchased our nativity in Guatemala.
The only thing I know about it is who carved it.
I really don't know where Santa will put his gifts.
We don't do a fancy mantle. I need more stocking hangers.