Schools out!

It’s officially summer vacation! We are all pretty psyched about it. Lemon will go into a PreK3/4, Bunny advance to 1st grade, Bells may or may not advance to 3rd grade…it will be decided after summer school, Boychild will advance to 4th grade, Shy will enter 5th grade, and Biscuit will advance to 8th grade! I’m proud of all of my babies, they’ve done well all year. I’m most proud of my boys; they’ve matured quite a bit this school year and learned a lot of life lessons.

Boychild and Shy start Boy Scouts on Thursday, Biscuit, Bunny, and Lemon started the the cheer season, and Bells is still rocking gymnastics. Boychild and Shy need something to do, if they’re not busy they get into trouble. We decided on the Boy Scouts because there are several different things to learn/do and the boys will be in different groups based on age. I think Boychild mentioned wanting to do Crossfit in addition to the Scouts…we will see. Shy has commitment issues, he doesn’t want to commit to a season of any sport. We have told him that if he decided to do a sport/activity/class/camp he would have to complete it in its entirety; he’s not keen on that so he’s never really done anything. We have some really great trips going on this summer, it’s going to be fun filled and exciting!

Memorial day weekend was great, we farmed out the kids and Husband and I took a trip to California solo. Yes, we went alone…no children. Bunny went camping with our family friends, Lemon stayed with her BFF and her family, Biscuit stayed with her friends, Bells, Shy, and Boychild went to stay with my parents. We attended a cousins college graduation in Orange County, we drank too much, stayed out late, ate at amazing restaurants, bonded with family, went shopping, and slept passed 9am. We liked it so much we are doing it again in October, Husband and I are going to Chicago for the weekend.

Our summer is full of concerts, movies, trips to California, swimming, camping, friends, family, and most importantly fun.

Bells and Shy’s case is at a standstill. There is a court date set for next week, their attorney visited today but didn’t have much to share. Bio parents aren’t doing anything required by the state to assist with reunification, no one knows anything about anything, I’m still in the dark. It’s fine, everyone is in pretty high spirits and happy. We are living in the moment.

In other news, recently opened up another bed in our home for another foster child. The more the merrier, we say. Imagine it…7 beautiful children under our roof. I believe God has a very specific plan for me; this is my plan. I love kids and I have patience for them, I enjoy teaching and learning, I like controlled chaos and structure, I enjoy seeing children do/try new things, and this is how I’ll contribute to society. The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

I’ll end this with a few random pictures:

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We survived the move!

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Take a look at the view, it’s gorgeous. We have, what seems to be, a million boxes to unpack. We had several friends help us move, pick up kids/drop them off, and swing by with drinks and treats, and we are forever in their debt. I’m surrounded by loving, selfless, people and I love it. Now…we try and find the things we need. It. Is. Impossible. Our entire 3 car garage was stacked full of boxes, no kidding but now things have mellowed out. Now we have to wait a horribly long time for OLR to come and license our new home. Our new Licensing worker, Star, is absolutely amazing. She is constantly helping me and ironing out this entire move/license/inspection. I heart her.

Several weeks ago, an acquaintance who I work with mentioned reading my blog! Hey girl, you prompted me to update my blog despite being so incredibly busy! Kudos to you! Also I’m glad that you reached out to me about foster care!

In our new neighborhood we are very close to unhabitated land and that means more dirt bike riding! Weehaw! We are all pretty excited about that. We have all been busy so exploring the desert and playing hasn’t been a priority. Hopefully we can change that soon.

We finished up the cheer season at The Summit in Florida. Our gym, in our tiny town of Lake Havasu City, had 4 teams go. It was an invitation only event. Two of the teams that went were Biscuits teams, it was a crazy adventure between the ESPN center and all of the Disney World Parks. I’m proud of Biscuit and proud of our coaches and gym.

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In other news, we are still waiting for court dates and a final say in the case for Bells and Shy. Again. Everything is still up in the air…this is a slow, painful, process. It’s been over a year since they’ve been with us, they are absolutely wonderful. I love them. I rejoice in their accomplishments and feel their pain in their shortcomings.

We have also opened up another bed in our home for another foster child. Boy or girl aged between 6-13. Secretly I hope it’s an older girl but you never know what you’ll get! Things in our home are pretty normalized with our 2 foster kids and if they end up staying for the long haul they can be helpful or inspirational to the other children who will come to our home in the future.

I’m having a party at my house this weekend, it’s an end of the season party for Bunny’s cheer team. The team mom is hosting it here and I’m pretty excited to see all of the girls play together and swim! The tiny team has a great group of mom’s and despite the crazy drama that happened this year…we are still pretty tightly knit. The new season is approaching quickly, cheer camp starts this Friday. Check it out! You will love this investment into your child.

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Also, if you ever have questions about foster care, or anything on my blog, feel free to contact me! You can email me directly at fostermom at gmx dot com. I am open to help guide anyone along any path and solve any problems foster related or otherwise.