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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Summertime fun

Bells and Shy are still with us, they’re a joy to be around. They are attending summer camp and love it…I love it too. They both come home with stories and lots of happiness, it also frees us two seats in my car during this busy time. I’m constantly running kids here and there, I feel like I live in my car.

I recently received my first foster care stipend, that’s great news but let’s talk about this for a second. During the first cycle you’re required to use a hard copy, paper that has been printed with a carbon copy sheet. Boy, I was a complete bonehead–I signed it and sent it in. I read the paper and I was pretty sure I had completed it correctly. Nope. It was sent back. Apparently you need to verify every unit. That pretty much means copying everything they printed into the boxes below. Um, okay. I did it and sent it in. WIN! A check arrived on Monday, just enough to cover all of last months expenses. I followed all the instructions on my hard copy to set up my online account for billing (yay for that!) Unfortunately I was hung up on a number, a provider number or something, so I had to wait until I saw my licensing worker to ask. It’s your SSN, typically the female person in your home like your wife or girlfriend. I have no clue why they do that, favor the female, but whatever. Now you know.

Biscuit is currently in California at a cheer camp, they originally had a different date that our gym had planned on attending but things change. The Boychild is enjoying his summer swim team. Bunny is all about cheer. Lemon is…well, Lemon. She’s not in any activities right now because all things for little kids take place in the morning a days I’m not intetested in taking a flock of children with me to an activity. All toddler activities are parent based, I don’t have the time to provide the one on one for her right now. Although, we have been participating in the Parents as Teachers program; a teacher comes to our house twice a month and does activities with Lemon. It’s an early education program and it’s wonderful….even better? It’s free.

I miss date night. Husband and I had dates weekly while school was in session, I miss it. Once school starts up and AWANA restarts our date night will be alive again!

That sums it up! Have a great week!