Oh my, people...how my life has changed! I wish I had time to blog about my days every day. Truth is, I rarely get on facebook more than once a day now. Gone are the days of sleeping in, surfing the web, playing swag buck games, reading blogs, taking a nap, watching a movie, meeting my friends for lunch/coffee, relaxing by the pool and the list goes on. Sure, I watch movies...only now it's Thomas and Dora! Relaxing by the pool...doesn't really happen because a certain little lady would dive right in if I didn't keep an eye on her. Sleeping in...that's getting better, the 6:00 wake up time has stretched to about 7:30. I set my alarm for 7 and try and get in some Bible Reading and Prayer before little ones join me.
I'm not complaining though. These children have become such a blessing to Brad and I. We really do have it made. Because they were in another foster home before coming to our home, I know that alot of work went into helping them. In conversations with their previous foster mother who tells me they spoke only Spanish, ate with their hands, and were "wild", I know we are blessed. They are very polite, eat well, play together nicely and go to bed without a fuss (most times)!
Sure I've had an occassional meltdown or 2 and spent an evening or 2 crying in my room after Brad gets home. Just keepin' it real people. My dear patient husband has been so understanding and is so so supportive. Saturdays, he keeps the kids entertained while I sleep in and then doesn't mind if they follow him around all day asking him all kinds of questions, while I get my cleaning done and just bask in the silence! I think that has been one of the biggest adjustments again. The constant chattering, noisy playing, music going, lots of "Why" and if an answer doesn't satisfy.."But Mom...WHY?" To say that one of my favorite times of the day is naptime is an understatement. That's when I should be napping, but like to catch up on reading blogs, facebook and get some work done and just be quiet!
I've learned a few things in the past few weeks. If I set aside about an hour in the morning to play games, read books etc. they entertain themselves well the rest of the morning. Sure there are other things I would rather be doing, and feel like I need to get done, but that hour fills up their love tank for a while. I also feel like we are finally in a routine. The bed doesn't have to be made perfectly, the table doesn't have to be set exactly, the washcloths don't have to be in a perfect square, the fact that they love to help and are showing responsibility is worth it!
We've done all kinds of fun things the past few weeks and I wish so so bad I could share pictures with you all. I think that is one of the reasons I don't blog that much anymore. I am such a picture person and love to write about all we did. Maybe I can fnd a way to be able to do both. The agency we are with stressed over and over again that we may not put pics of any kind on the web. We've done things like Oregon Dairy Farm Days, seeing Thomas, pool parties, weekly library trips, campfires, days at the park, etc.
The children have adjusted well and are fitting in so good with our church family and extended families. This week we had Bible School and the children were so excited to go every night. I was at a different location teaching the older girls and Brad was busy running sound, but the children had no problem finding their friends and doing ok without Mommy and Daddy nearby.
So now it's Friday and then the weekend. Weekends are so looked forward to now for sure because Brad is here to help out and give me a break. We are looking forward to family night tonight and a party with friends here tomorrow night!
The past few weeks, Brad spent hours building a garden shed from our barnwood. It looks even better than I pictured in my head! I've got a bunch of perennials waiting to get planted around it this weekend. So thankful to have a hubby who enjoys making all kinds of stuff that his wife dreams up!