Monday, October 17, 2016

Hiking & Great Wolf Lodge

A lot has changed for us in the last few weeks. Our foster sons spent a couple of weekends (about a month ago) with a potential adoptive family. And then 2 weeks ago, they actually moved from our house to this other family's. The boys were with us for 8 months, and wow, does it feel weird now?! Going from 3 young kids to 5 was a HUGE adjustment (back in January), and now the reverse feels like a rollercoaster of emotions. As predicted, Callie seems to be our one that's struggling the most with the transition (cuz she loves those boys and the 3-yr old was her constant companion). I know she'll eventually adjust, but having her cry at preschool drop-off, etc... and her now wanting to play with our boys, but not really knowing how... and following me around more cuz she's not used to being on her own... are difficult.

Thankfully our foster sons seem to be adjusting really well to their new home. They love the family's kids (ages 7 and 9), and they're doing well. Yay!!! We will continue to pray for the boys and this new family. The boys will always have a special place in our hearts!

(We do plan on fostering again, but we've asked for a couple of months "off" before jumping back in.)

1. We went hiking with some friends a few weeks ago, and we had such a beautiful, fun day!


5. It was awesome hiking with Sarah and Josh and family! (Hiking with friends is the best way to go - it keeps our kids moving and laughing, with no whining! Ha!)

6. Chase had a blast playing soccer this month!

7. Callie played with princesses while at Cole's practice.

8. Cole's enjoying flag football so far!

9. The cheerleaders. :)

11. Nana and I got to have lunch with our boys for the first time at school this year. Yay!

13. Sweet friends.

14. Who does this look like???

15. We love having Brody and Blake over to play!

19. Snack time and reading time after school...

20. Brody, I'm going to show you this pic with these sunglasses one day. You are adorable! ;)

21. Our kids LOVE candy! Mimi sent these lollipops, and the kids were so excited!

22. He wanted a mohawk after his shower.

23. Chase, you're such a silly kid!

24. We had the BEST time at Great Wolf Lodge with our foster agency last weekend! It was truly an awesome weekend!

27. The wave pool may have been the kids' favorite area. (Chase only did a water slide once and refused to do more. Cole finally rode one a few times. Very cautious boys!)

29. Don't let Cole's frown fool you. His mouth was stuffed full of food. Ha! :)

30. Story/song time in the lobby before bedtime. LOTS of kids everywhere!

Monday, September 26, 2016

More Firsts

Yep, I know I'm very behind again... Sorry. What can I say?! We live in a busy, crazy house. ;)  Our baby girl started PRESCHOOL (the 3's class) 2 weeks ago - along with our 2 foster sons. They are going 3 mornings a week, and they all seem to love it. And Mommy loves it too! Yay! While they get to play with friends and do crafts and sing songs, etc, I'm enjoying doing things kid-free (grocery shopping, cleaning, etc). Wow, it's a whole new world being kid-free, even for a couple of hours! Callie Marie, you are such a big kid now, walking right into your preschool class with your backpack! And I love how excited you are to show me what you've made every day when I pick you up. (How did our baby girl get so big?! Side note: One benefit to being a little overwhelmed with kids is that I don't have much time to feel sentimental about my baby girl going off to preschool!)

3. Callie and her best buddy Finley (who lives across the street)...

 4. Her sweet teacher, Ms. Sherry.

11. We went bowling a couple of times this summer, and the kids LOVED it!

13. A pic of our FL cousins: Landon, Brennan, Jack, Hudson, and Molly.

14. We LOVE our trampoline!

15. Silly Blake covered himself with PB. ;)

17. During a recent sleepover with Mimi and Poppy, the kids had a blast playing in their tent!

 19. Our sweet neighbors Hannah and Finley (Callie calls her "Findy"). ;)

 22. There's nothing like some shaved ice at the park on a hot day!

25. Book time with Mimi...

27. Chase said he drew a bear, cat, alligator, mouse and spider (I can't remember what he said the yellow ones were). Love it!

28. Silly boys and best buds for life!