June 17, 2013

As The World Turns

Summer is beginning to feel like it is flying by!  (It's about darn time!)  We've had a much better week this week than the previous weeks.  The girls finally had a few good days together where there was no fighting.  It's so great because they are both such awesome, neat kids and they could really have a good time together if they'd stop fighting for the role of alpha female.  They said, "It's actually more fun to play together than to fight." and I said, "Duhlallujah"-  which is a new word that I am coining that is Duh! and Hallelujah! mushed together.  All the cool kids are saying it now.     

We've been spending a lot of time outside.  We spent a day at my dad's farm running around and catching crawdads in the creek.  One might think that the easiest way to catch crawdads would be to just jump in the creek and catch them with your hands.  However, we saw MANY snakes swimming around in the water and ain't nobody got time for that.  So we tied fishing line onto sticks and baited them with bologna.  Hours of fun.  It's the little things.

You can't tell it very well from this picture, but this child has pulled out all of her eyelashes.  Sadie has  trichotillomania and during stressful times, she pulls her hair out.  It started when she was about 6 or 7.  We are hoping that the worst of this episode is behind her- but if you could pray for some calmness for my girl, this mama would REALLY appreciate it.  She is entirely too precious for words and it breaks my heart to see her have such crippling anxiety at such a young age.

On a lighter note...

She drew this picture of herself lounging on the beach in Hawaii.  She has a Shirley Temple in hand, complete with umbrella.  Can you tell we need a vacation (and drinks with umbrellas?)

Our new house is soooooo close to being finished (we are hoping to move in about 5 weeks).  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will be an easy move being as how we left most of our stuff in boxes after the last move 5 months ago.  Last week, the water lines went in and I don't care how old you are, it's fun stuff to watch a backhoe dig up your front yard.  

I'm thinking that a year down the road we will look back at this time in our lives and say, "Holy crap!  You remember 2013?  The year that we moved twice AND started being foster parents?  I can't believe we made it through that." Then we'll clink our classes and vow to never take on that much at one time again. 

Our kids have all stayed about this dirty all summer.  The girls almost have dreadlocks that rival Miles'.  Just whatever.  I'm doing the best I can.  Plus, they mostly love each other and that matters more than cleanliness, right?

Soccer season just ended.  See what I mean about the dirt?  

That's Sadie in the gray shirt about to boot that ball.  She's decided she'd rather play sports that don't require running.  Perhaps table tennis or shuffleboard is going to be more her pace (she totally gets that from me)

Miles got his first every medal.  He raised his arms in the air before the game, knowing that he would get a medal at the end and shouted, "Yes!  It's my life!"  He's enthusiastic 115% of the time about everything.

We've goofed off... a lot....

We had a play date last week with my friend, Crystal, and her totally adorable 7 week old son.  Sadie was all about it and is now on her "mom, please get us a baby" campaign.  3 of my closest friends are all pregnant.  I'm not drinking the water.  I think I like my sleep too much. (I would pray about my selfishness, but I'd probably fall asleep during)

Summer swimming started.  Our two oldest and our foster daughter are all swimming on the swim team this summer and LOVING it.  Swim practice every morning really helps break up our days and gives us just enough structure every day to keep up functional.

Father's day happened.  On the morning of Father's day I found myself alone in a hotel room with my husband.  That's a whole other blog post (which will be very funny because for once, the mister made a fool of himself in public instead of me!).  The kids all made Kamron random kid crap that he loved.  Our favorite was this poster that Miles made for him.

It says: 
My dad's name is: Kamron
Dad is: 70 years old
My dad is great at: chopping wood
If you looked at my dad you might say he was: straight face
It would be cool if his name were: PacMan
Dad likes to cook: spaghetti and meatballs
When he's bored my dad likes to: sleeps and snores. I hear it from my room
My favorite thing we do together is: play and tickle monster
I love my dad because: he is so nice.

That 70 year old Paul Bunyan I married and I have laughed and laughed about that one.

Hope your summer is going well!

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