Sunday, August 20, 2017

Little Ones Water Time

Since I have once again found my water camera I took it in the pool with the little ones.

Benjamin is swimming real well now. However, I do stay in the deep end when he goes to the deep end in case he has a problem.




They both LOVE the slide.



Tasha tried showing the kids how to dive but we pretty much got belly flops.



His freckles have really come in this hear. His red hair is coming back too.


Vaida worked a little more on putting her face in the water. Next summer I expect she will start to swim as well. She tries to keep up with Benjamin.


When Benjamin got tired he went and got his life vest by himself.


Next weekend I hope the weather is good and I can get all the kids into the pool.  It feels like summer is starting to come to an end, I am not quite ready.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back to School

Kids started back to school on the 17th.

This year I have kids in the 8th, 7th, 6th, 4th and kindergarten.






Apparently her backpack smells good.


Middle schoolers


Elementary schoolers



Larissa was pretty anxious about starting middle school, all the other kids were pretty excited. Coming home Larissa was the only one who wasn't happy with school. I told her that she would get used to changing classes and it would be fine. The second day she came home in a much better mood and said that she liked school. 

I really need to get my foster kid into a 4K program but I still don't have a birth certificate. Benjamin is enrolled in a 3K program that starts after Labor. I am not ready for that but he wants to go. It is only 3 hours a day so I should be OK.

Anyone else start school yet?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Quick Trip

We planned a short trip for Sarah's return and back to school celebration. My husband had to go to Atlanta so we decided to go to the Great Wolf Lodge. Some behaviors and issues meant that we changed up who went. We took Joselin and Vaida while Tasha stayed at the house and babysat everyone else.






We have never stayed here before and I had heard mixed reviews. We got a large room with a seperate bedroom with a total of three beds and a fold out sofa and 2 bathrooms. The space worked great for us.




My wolf cubs




Storytime



We only stayed one night. Larissa and I chose to color while the little ones fell asleep.


We rented a caban so everyone had a meeting point. It included a fridge with sodas and has a TV and fan. It worked great for our group.








Benjamin took me by the hand and wanted to play in the wave pool.



He loved the waves....pure joy.



He has no fear, I have been afraid to take him to the beach because I know it will be a battle keeping him close. I am terrified of him going under and not being able to find him. This worked great for us as he got to play in the waves and I could see him. It was also indoors which as the mom of a red head I loved. We had a great time, I can see us doing another short trip. We only stayed one night but signed in early the first day and left late the next day. They said you could stay as late as 8 pm but the kids had school the next day so we left at 3.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Anthony is 14

Anthony turned 14 today. He requested a Reeces peanut butter cake. I haven't made peanut butter frosting before, it came out quite tasty.


Anthony was delighted with his cake. *Yes he has gotten quite a bit taller than me!



I didn't know how far the frosting would go so I made a double batch. There was a lot of extra frosting so the kids dipped peanut butter cups into it. 







It is hard to believe that he is going into his last year of middle school.He is growing up so fast and has made great strides in the last year in many areas. Academically he is on his way to his high school diploma and he has come a long way in controlling his anger. He is getting so tall at 5'7" and right now is wearing a size 11 shoe!


2008 


2009 


2010


2011


2012


2013 


2014


2015


2016 


Can't find any digital pictures before 2008. Sometime I will need to crack open my closet and see if I can' find his older birthday pictures! Anyone have a closet full of actual pictures? I'd love to get them all digital but that would cost me a small fortune.