Hope for the Future
Stroke

DH’s dad had a stroke over the weekend. He was released from the hospital after a couple of days, but will need speech and physical therapies. It’s scary. We haven’t been married very long (less than 4 years) and so I feel like this aging parent thing is a new hurdle that I’m not sure we’re prepared to handle as a couple.

Our week in photos. I made a lemon bundt cake as we hosted friends for dessert one night. H is teething as he tries to push his second tooth through. DS helped me paint trim for my bedroom today (we haven’t had any in our bedroom since we moved in 5 years ago). E tried goggles on for the first time when we went to the beach.

This beast of a boy turned four months old on Saturday. He weighs 21 pounds, 9 ounces! He’s crazy huge and it’s taking a toll on my neck, shoulders, & back. I’m frequenting the chiropractor and white knuckled it through a painful massage earlier this week. H has that tooth on the bottom and another that’s going to pop through shortly. He’s biting me so that’s making nursing interesting, but I’m so happy that we’ve made it four months and he’s healthy.

This beast of a boy turned four months old on Saturday. He weighs 21 pounds, 9 ounces! He’s crazy huge and it’s taking a toll on my neck, shoulders, & back. I’m frequenting the chiropractor and white knuckled it through a painful massage earlier this week. H has that tooth on the bottom and another that’s going to pop through shortly. He’s biting me so that’s making nursing interesting, but I’m so happy that we’ve made it four months and he’s healthy.

Is This For Real?

I’m clearly out of the loop with how things work when it comes to high school girls. DD is having a birthday party tonight. We are throwing an outdoor movie themed party for her and it should be a good time. I bought loads of candy and am making three different kinds of gourmet popcorn including birthday party which has actual yellow cake sprinkled in it along with white chocolate, mini M&M’s, and sprinkles.

Last night DD got a text from a girl that is coming to the party asking if she had invited another girl. DD said no. Then the party guest wanted to know if DD liked the person who hadn’t been invited. DD said yes. Invited Guest went on to ask DD if she could invite the other person because she was apparently with her yesterday. DD said no (under my coaching). Today she got a message from another attendee asking if the other girl was invited. Drama people, drama.

DD finally caved and invited her today. The girl then texted her and said she didn’t know if she could come because of the short notice. Oh my gosh! Suck it kid.

The parts starts in a few hours and I just got a FB message from a parent of one of the guests asking if her daughter could bring a friend. What am I supposed to say? I said yes as there didn’t seem to be any gracious way to say no.

Another attendee called DD and said her mom had to work tonight and wanted to know if she could get dropped off a “little early.” I asked DD to clarify with the friend what a little early meant. Apparently her mom wanted to drop her here two hours before the party starts.

Long story short, I have like 3-4 people I haven’t planned on coming to this thing. Here’s to hoping we don’t run out of food.
My big girl is 14 today! She had a pedicure and 30 min massage to celebrate.

My big girl is 14 today! She had a pedicure and 30 min massage to celebrate.

The cuteness going on at my house this week! DD has a birthday this weekend! She’s going to be 14. How is that possible?! We are throwing her an outdoor movie party in the backyard. Any suggestions for movies that 7, 8, & 9th graders would enjoy?

Vacation Ideas?

We are contemplating going to St. Louis in August for our family vacation. Any thoughts or experiences anyone would care to share with us (good or bad)?

We are a family of 6 with kids ranging in age from 4 months-14 years old. We have 7 days for vacation. St. Louis is about a 5 hour drive for us which seems manageable with a breastfeeding baby. However, we are open to other ideas as well. We don’t have passports yet for our two Littles so Mexico is out.

Hit me up with your best family vacation destinations!

Slowing Down?

DH turned in a paper for his grad class on Friday. He’s taking 6 credits this summer and has 2 more papers to go before summer session ends. We have one more payment to make too. Bleh.

DD wraps up her high school summer class tomorrow. Yippee! She’s done really well and I’m glad she’s had the opportunity to take a class at the high school and get somewhat acclimated to the environment. She has a paper due at the end of the month for a class she took earlier this summer. I’m encouraging her to complete it this week.

I finished case notes for June tonight and packed up the rest of the things for our placements that moved early this week. Some of it DH brought to their dad’s house and the rest will go to the new foster home on Tuesday.

Our respite placement goes home tomorrow so I will have laundry to finish for him tomorrow. It’s been a lot of laundry, sorting, changing sheets, etc. to make sure the right things are going to the right people.

We are going to try to have some reprieve for the rest of the month. DD’s birthday is this weekend so we’re throwing her a party. I am take a professional developmental class which has been kind of intense. It ends the last week of July so I have homework to do for that.

We are supposed to go on vacation at the beginning of August but I received my subpoena in the mail last week for Ms. 6’s TPR hearing. It was supposed to happen in June but got moved. This case still seems to be looming over us no matter what we do to try to escape it.

No more placements until we get our vacation in. We need some family time and some rest. It’s been a long two years of foster care. I love it but it’s hard and consuming. You have to know when to do self-care.

This is how he sends messages to DH while he’s at work. I’m not sure where all the dramatics came from, but this cracks me up every time I watch it.

My current deep freeze stash. I’m estimating it to be approximately 1000 ounces. I went downstairs and discovered someone (DS) left the door open. Everything in there was cold but no longer frozen. More like slushy. From what I read online, it seems like it’s okay to refreeze it but I’m still feeling a bit panicky. I had been planning to donate some to another mom too but not sure I can now.

My current deep freeze stash. I’m estimating it to be approximately 1000 ounces. I went downstairs and discovered someone (DS) left the door open. Everything in there was cold but no longer frozen. More like slushy. From what I read online, it seems like it’s okay to refreeze it but I’m still feeling a bit panicky. I had been planning to donate some to another mom too but not sure I can now.