Showing posts from December, 2012


I am trying to register for baby things. I'm having a terrible time! I have registered for a crib, a changing table/dresser combo, some sheets and a matching "duster" which I think is like a bed skirt for the crib.  Someone made us a baby quilt with elephants on it (our first gift for the baby!), so I kind of decided hey, I like elephants, we'll just use that as kind of a "theme".  It's hard imagining a nursery that will probably not exist for another 6-7 months!  Also the bedding set that I really liked was called "Benjamin"...and was $300 for 4 pieces. way dude. No. Way.  So I just picked some stuff not in a set, which I like just fine.

The furniture I registered for is black and the crib is convertible to a toddler bed and then I think a full-sized bed, and it is manly enough I think it will grow with him just fine.  I think we are done having babies after this one (ha ha ha...I say that as though this whole thing was planned!) so…

Grouchy and rambling

I'm grouchy. For reals. I don't know if it's hormones or some combination of being crazy busy and all that I feel I need to accomplish in the next few days, or too much "people time" and not enough "alone time".  I'm trying to get year-end wrapped up for the business so we can get tax stuff done, I'm hoping we can file our taxes early because we are expecting a refund for our adoptions and would like to be able to use that as part of our down payment on our house this summer!  I know sometimes it takes a while to get your refund when you are doing the adoption tax credit.  And once all that stuff is done it is time to start packing and really preparing for the baby to get here.  I need to find a dresser or something (I have some ideas!) and I need to finish all the stuff around the house, painting and filling nail holes and all of that kind of stuff. Never ending, I tell you!

D has been home on Christmas break and doesn't go back to school u…

Christmas, bio mom, baptism, etc.

I know it has been a loooong long time since I updated. I could say a lot but I'll try to keep it short.  Maybe in the next few days I'll have some time to write some more (pardon me while I giggle at the prospect of having more time!).

Christmas was lovely. Our children unfortunately missed or had shortened or car naps four days in a row (count them, FOUR!) and at least one night of staying up until 10:30 p.m. talking amongst themselves (much to our chagrin!).  Zero days of sleeping in, of course. :)  Lots of family was seen, about 17 hours were spent driving, lots of fun was had, and many presents were opened.  Several tantrums occurred, though I have to say I think they did very well with the sleep situation being what it was. Many times they waited until we were home or in the car to melt down, which is always better than having to deal with a public tantrum!  Last night they were in bed by 6:30 p.m. and didn't wake up until almost 8 this morning. So yeah, they were ti…

Christmas tree!

I don't know that I've talked about this much on my blog, but we have started a "strips" system at home for the two little boys.  If they have to go to time out, they pull a strip. If they have a major tantrum, they pull a strip. If they hit or kick things while they are having a tantrum (which was becoming a major problem with the C-monster, to the point where he had begun hitting me which I wanted to nip in the bud ASAP for the baby's sake especially) it's an automatic strip too.  They have three strips a day, and if all are pulled then they spend the remainder of the day in their room.

Normally if they pull all their strips it's a good indication that they are overly tired. For example, a few nights ago C pulled all his strips at I think about 5:30, and I went to check on him at 6:30 and he was fast asleep (the lights were on in his room and everything, and we were all playing loudly in the living room). I asked him to come eat dinner and he said he d…

Foster care, and Miss M

I just realized a few days ago that I am not a foster parent anymore. I mean, it should be obvious...but I guess I just really didn't think of it until now.  We got a (bulk) email from our agency asking for updates regarding what ages and genders of placements that we are willing to take.  They have like 60 kids living in the shelter now and are trying to find homes for them to go to for the holidays. I responded with tears in my eyes that we are not open to placements at this time. Part of my heart strings were being maybe, maybe we could take an older boy, he could share a room with D, right?  We could get another set of bunk beds, D would love it, maybe it would be ok or even be fun.  But another part of me says no, now is not the time for this.  It is heart wrenching.  I'm crying now just thinking about it.

Miss M is having some problems lately.  I mean she has always had attitude; from the time she was about…

Adopted (photos included!)

It's done!

It was totally crazy at the court house. I believe 63 children were adopted today by about 30 or so families.  We got there about 30 minutes early just in case.  My parents, my husband's mom and step-dad, and my second parents Bruce and Rhonda came.

Miss M was pretty grouchy when we got there. Not sure what her deal was, or if she was just feeling a little overwhelmed.

The adoption itself was OK, we all sat at the big tables in front of the judge where I have seen bio dad and bio mom and attorneys etc. sit. I have never sat there before, so it was kind of weird.  We put all four of the kids in a row, which was kind of a bad idea because neither of us were in between them to keep them shushed! After about 5 minutes of our attorney asking us questions the kids were getting antsy, but nobody seemed to mind.  I started crying when they were asking me questions. I knew I wouldn't be able to make it through the day without tears!  Then it was over before we knew it, …