Saturday, December 31, 2011
We played Minute to Win It games that came in a board game that Daniel got me for Christmas. The kids had to do things like toss a shoe right side up onto the coffee table with their toes, balance an egg on their heads, and generally do funny moves that we all enjoyed laughing at. Daniel did a few of them, too.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
We were so excited that our former foster daughters, Molly and Lina, got to join us for Christmas weekend. Their family is Buddhist and does not celebrate Christmas, but they didn't mind if we included their girls.
On Christmas Eve we went to church about 4pm for a short service. Or, I should say, Daniel and nine of the kids went. I got stuck at a Supercuts waiting for Molly and Kevin to get hair cuts. We came in ten minutes before three. They said we could get done by 3:30. They didn't START until 3:30. So we missed most of the Christmas Eve service at church.
The part we did get to enjoy was very nice, though. It was fun having all our kiddos there, although we were all missing our other two girls who left in August. Afterwards, we went home and opened our traditional Christmas Eve gifts, which are always new PJs so the kids will all look nice on Christmas morning. "Hoops" especially loved her Pink Panther PJs, jumping up and down, smiling and laughing. She said it was the best Christmas ever... before it was even Christmas yet.
We also did a special family lunch. I prefer to do the big meal on Christmas Eve so that we can all relax on Christmas day. I spent most of the week leading up to it wrapping presents every night until midnight and then most of December 24th working on it, too. Christmas was much more relaxing.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The kids had fun playing dress up and Wii with their friends. Katie and "Happy" had some difficulties sharing with two year old Elizabeth, but they worked it out. Katie especially loved taking care of nine month old Braeden. She held him and fed him some baby cereal. She played with him in his walker. She's going to be a very good mommy someday.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
After "Happy" made a finger paint Christmas tree with sequins for decorations, Miss Christine allowed Katie to make one, too. Katie gets so excited watching "Happy" during her therapy sessions. It's hard for her not getting to participate most of the time. During speech therapy we have to remind Katie not to tell "Happy" the answers to questions. But during occupational therapy, Miss Christine often asks Katie to demonstrate how to do something. Then "Happy" will follow her example. I think Katie has been a very good influence on "Happy". Miss Christine agrees. She's only going to come every other week from now on, since "Happy" has improved so much. She's amazed at "Happy's" progress. We are, too.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Both girls really love the extensions, although, after three weeks, "Hoops" is ready for a change. I still can't believe we got "Happy" to sit still for the hour and a half this style took to put in. That's not even counting the time it took to take out her previous style, detangle and wash her hair first. She swings her extensions and grins so big her face may split. And she doesn't mess them up, either, which is nice. This may be my new favorite hair style for "Happy".
Friday, December 09, 2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Then I went up to see the show. But "Happy" was not so happy and kept fussing and climbing and squirming. Kevin and "Lego Man" wouldn't stay sitting where I put them. I couldn't get a good photo of the stage without getting in front of people. Ugh. It's so hard attending events without Daniel.
Then, as I was rounding up kids and costumes and clothes and accessories, I saw a strange man talking to some of my kids. He was telling them that he'd taken lots of photos of them. ?!*? I asked him how he knew them and he said he wasn't a parent or a teacher... but he had a nephew there. Still didn't explain why he was taking pics of my kids... But it turned out that the nephew was named Lucas and was in Shane and Kevin's class. That's the name of a kid who has been bullying Shane since school started! I had the man point out Lucas and his mom and went over to meet her and see if we could find a solution.
Turns out, it was the wrong kid. There are two boys named Lucas in the class. Okay, not a problem. So, I talked to the mom a few minutes. She told me about another kid in the class who has been fighting with her son and asked what was going on with Shane and the other Lucas. We laughed about something my 2 year olds were doing. Then I left. No big deal, right? Apparently, though, the lady and her husband told the director of the school a very different story. I got a stern email saying she hoped "none of the other students had witnessed" what happened and that she expected parents to set an example. HUH?!? I have no idea what the mom must have said, but I do know the uncle had jokingly said that for a minute there, when I'd gone to talk to the mom, he thought I was going over to hit her. Who even thinks that way?! What kind of adults do they normally associate with? I'm baffled. I explained the situation to the director who apologized for pre-judging and I let her know she could give my email and phone # to the correct Lucas' mom so we can set up my plan of play dates or something so the boys can become friends outside of class. I'm starting to miss the old Options program. Much less drama.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Bad surprise? We found this lovely little note on our front door. He smashed in the grill on our 15 passenger van. But on the plus side, we took it in for an estimate and the guy said we could go to a parts place and replace it ourselves for under fifty bucks. At least our next door neighbor was nice enough to tell us he did it. He wrote on the back of his business card so we can get in touch with him... because walking over and knocking would be awkward?
Saturday, December 03, 2011
The kids have been bringing me their Christmas Wish Lists written on 3x5 cards so I can easily carry them in my purse. Clever idea. The not so smart part? Putting things on the list that we can't possibly afford. Try explaining to a five year old that he's got a $100 total gift budget. This year we're including our former foster daughters, Molly and Lina, so we're looking at a minimum $1,400 bill. There is no room for a new Nintendo DS because your old one has a cracked screen. And you're not getting a puppy or a pony. Why do I suddenly feel like the Grinch?
I also learned that if you try to add candy cane hooks so that they can double as ornaments, you must make sure the candy canes are in the oven for less than a minute or they will melt and harden onto the pan so that you need a jackhammer to remove them. Kind of frightening to
think what they do inside your stomach after you eat
Friday, December 02, 2011
Conveniently, their Wednesday night church AWANA club was having an ornament contest the following week. Danya entered her angel. Gloria decided, instead, to crochet an ornament. It was a neat little red and green ball. She filled it with coins so that it would jingle. I'm constantly impressed by the things she makes.
Poor "Hoops". Her ornament broke before she even got
to paint it. "Happy" dropped it on the table.