Dear Friends - I'm busy. Super busy. I mean, a full-time working mom to 3 (or 6) children is busy. But right now I'm more busy than usual and behind. I'm simultaneously trying to catch up at work (and keep afloat at the same time), work on a special project, write a chapter in a book about foster care, celebrate kindergarten graduation, correct really bad 3 year old behavior through attachment-related and therapeutic parenting and extra time at school and extra prayer and tears, and finally say goodbye to friends who are leaving out-of-state. OH YEAH, and go through the process to actually bring the children we've been waiting 5 months for into our home. It's been busy.
*Logan had his graduation today. Fun times. He still has to actually finish school (weird) but graduation was fun and we were able to make a day of it.
*Summer is about to get kicked out of preschool for her behavior. She's done GREAT this week though, which is encouraging after we've been working SO hard at reversing the trend she's been on but we really need a miracle here.
*We ARE moving forward with bringing the kids to our home. We had a couple visits last week with just the hubby, myself, and the 3 new kids to start the process. Then this weekend we had them all weekend. It was wonderful. Much better than either of us could have planned. We do plan to have them move in with us very soon and we look forward to the day when they start graduating from the child seats because it takes 8 minutes to buckle the 6 children, all of whom are in car seats, into the car not to mention getting them all (and their stuff) out there. Amen.
*Today I took my forever kids to the water park to celebrate Logan's graduation. Except, they closed 5 minutes after we got there for a private event. I wasn't nice to the person at the gate. Lord forgive me. So, because I have a ton of time on my hands and I couldn't bare to let the kiddos down and it was perhaps the last time I might get a chance to go with just the two of them, I drove to the next closest water park 40 miles away (and got lost several times to add to the time). We had fun. Then I drove another 90 minutes home (accounting for a dinner stop and gas and such). Summer peed in her car seat and spilt an entire bottle of juice in the one next to her. We have 3 car seat (covers) in the washing machine right now.
*We booked our trip to Sea World this year. For a family of 8 for a 5 day vacation we are paying $1100. That is $27 per person, per day if you were counting, including entry to the park (for every day, if we wanted), hotel, and most everything else. Best of all - if for some reason the kids don't come live with us, we're not out any money (though our hotel room will be bigger than necesary, I suppose). Of course that would bring our average to $44 per person per day. Yes, we'd be happy to have a family vacation for 8 to Sea World. You judge if we're crazy or not. You're going to anyway.
*I've received several inquiries over the last two weeks for new readers who would like me to contact them. Welcome new readers! I DO want to contact you. I'm going to as soon as I possibly can. I'm not trying to ignore you and you are important to me. Hang in there. I'll do my best, really.
I'm also not pregnant, in case you were wondering. So there you have it.