Breakfast together. One day where will they all be? I wish they could stay forever.
We've all heard that mothering is many jobs rolled into one which is true. Lately I've felt an extreme weight of paperwork and schedule organization getting ready for school. Packets of paperwork for each kid's sport. Getting D his ID card so he can do CNM. Getting physicals, filing for homeschool, ordering curriculum and Pat ordering classes online, etc. We are also coming to the close of the paperwork for becoming foster parents. I watched Blind Side the other day and bawled like I always do. I just feel for those kids like Michael. Ever since I worked in foster care I've wanted to help children. But it's scary to know it could be as soon as the end of August and Will I feel tied down?, unappreciated, heart-broken, too much strain on us, etc. I don't really know what to expect. Here's the cyfd checklist. I'm glad it's thorough, but so much work! I can see why rich people keep personal secretaries! I was joking with our worker saying that after this, I should be able to do anything sans paperwork! I should just be able to say, "I am licensed by cyfd!!!", and be trusted completely. That was enough paperwork to last a lifetime!
Dallas learning about economics. Unbeknownst to me, he has begun purchasing little items at Walmart whenever we go and then opening up his "store" at home and selling these things for a small mark-up to his siblings. So he's earning money and they're getting poor, but having a lot of fun with his small toys that I would never have bought. Like these balloons. This is Sam's giraffe.
The scheduling!!! Trying to make 7 people's schedules mesh so that we have time for the important things but also get all the important things done!!! Hardest homeschool year ever. Half the time I wonder why I did this to myself.
On our latest trip to the thrift store, Dallas found a like-new scout shirt that will fit him for the rest of his time in scouts. I was so happy! His old one was bought when he was eleven so it was getting tight and short! Then he goes home and takes off all his old patches that he sewed on and then re-sews them onto the new shirt. That was a full days work! He has been so busy this summer. Cleaning out our garage, cleaning up the yard (that's 2.5 acres!), cleaning his sisters closet, organizing and cleaning the laundry closet... What will I ever do without him!!! He has been a great help to his very busy already-have-all-we-can-handle parents. Here's his sash with all his badges and pins.
Our cat caught this lizard and it's tail came off so it was fun to look at. And gross!
I love watching this cute girl watch shows. She really smiles and laughs and when something embarrassing or scary happens she gets up and hides behind the couch or buries her head on the seat. She was watching Prince of Egypt recently which is kind of the story of Moses and the Israelites and she kept getting up and down to hide her face. The sad parts where they killed the babies. The embarrassing parts where Moses saw the girl he liked. She's so cute and dear to me!
After working with two dentists, one orthodontist and one oral surgeon she has a surgery scheduled soon to fix her teeth. They're going to have to go into the roof of her mouth from the side and take out teeth that are crazy in every way. Then they'll have to use donor bone to put her jaw right. I'm so sad!!! When the surgeon asked her how she felt about it she answered, with a bit of a smile, "I don't really know." She's only 7! He said that was a good answer.