I've heard many stories about desperate parents who've had to improvise in diaper emergencies, rigging up makeshift diapers that usually include the use of duct tape. I've come close a few times, down to one or two diapers before someone can go out and buy more. I also have a pack of swim diapers from last summer that I figured would work in a pinch. I'm sure you already know where this is going. This morning during a totally unrelated experiment I discovered last summer's swim diapers are too small (we're going to the coast this weekend so I was trying them on to see if they fit. Ha ha not me, the kids!), and this evening when the tab ripped on the second to last diaper in the house, this is what had to happen:In full disclosure, it was my husband who did this. I don't blame him, though. He made a diaper run once the kids were in bed and we now are fully stocked with 252 diapers.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I never would have believed it would be six months since we were free and clear to adopt Kiki and we would still be waiting. Last week's sicknesses caused the most recent delay because I had to cancel a developmental assessment that needs to be done before we can adopt her. Our new goal is to have everything completed by May 18, which is the next scheduled court date in her case. I just have to keep reminding myself that the adoption IS going to happen and remember how difficult it was a year ago when we had very little hope and to thank God that very soon Kiki will be ours!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The title says it all and I'm so tired I don't even know if I can tell the story but it's a pretty good one so here goes:
Yes, it says "up". Actually it is the middle of the word "puppies", but still. Her favorite word.
Monday, April 20, 2009
This is what our house looked like Sunday morning:
Fortunately, Joe was the only one who really needed a bowl. The other two saw all of the attention he was getting and decided they were "sick", too. So far the rest of us have been spared.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Daniel has started a new trend in head-wear. It's called "The Purse Hat".
It's quite stylish.
Just don't get your arms stuck in the straps.
But I'm not exactly sure what to call Joe's creation.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The trick to dyeing Easter eggs with 500 Babies is to keep everything simple. No stickers, no egg wraps, no gimmicks. (Seriously egg-dye manufacturers, do you really think we are fooled? A one-inch punch-out circle of cardboard is not a "fun disc".)
The end result. And if you are one of the few people reading this blog who doesn't know us personally, pay no attention to the egg with a little girl's name on it starting with an M. :)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This morning we trooped out to church for the Easter Egg Hunt. The kids have been playing with Easter baskets and plastic eggs at home, so it wasn't hard to get them to put the eggs inside their baskets. We didn't tell them there was candy inside. I know, we're mean.
The kids needed a little help finding the eggs. Someone made sure they found all the eggs with Twix inside.
Joe seemed to sense that it is not proper to give Jesus a high-five, even though two adults and a teenager were encouraging him to do so.
Friday evening we made homemade ice cream -here.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Apparently I don't know how old my children are. We took Kiki to the doctor yesterday for her 18-month check-up where they informed us she is still 17 months. Hmmm. Honestly it does get confusing because Dan and Kiki are only 6 weeks apart. So sometimes their "ages" are one month apart and sometimes two months apart. Most of the time I just kind of guess when someone asks how old they are. But I guess doctor's offices like to be a little more precise.
Things are finally happening! Last Saturday we received Kiki's adoption packet in the mail. As soon as I saw that big brown envelope my heart gave a leap. Monday was a flurry of phone calls and emails between us and our case worker, Kiki's social worker, the adoption facilitator, and our attorney. There are still a couple of issues to sort out, but if all goes as planned we will go to court on May 8!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Presenting the first ever triple Time-Out:
The offense was that all three where climbing on top of a file box they had just been told to stay off of. And before you get too carried away with your thoughts about how awesome I am to have all three in control like this, you should know that I had to keep turning one little child around so her face wouldn't be in the picture. And when I finished with the picture she just got up and walked away.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I started this blog one year ago with the intent to chronicle our family's journey through Foster Care and Adoption. I'm not sure if that's still the purpose, or what the purpose really is, except to share snippets of our life with family and friends. I still amazed whenever I come across someone who reads here and they tell me they enjoy reading my blog. Thank you. Really. It means a lot. Much of the past eighteen months are a blur and, if anything, blogging has helped me to record the memories a lot more easily. (I also want to thank Rachelle, who was my introduction into the world of blogging. She's so awesome that she's now blogging for the Examiner. Check out her articles here.)
I feel an extra sense of accomplishment on the days when I get a post completed and I have no intention of stopping, at least for now. But I also don't want to be boring and really some days are just all about feeding, wiping, and keeping my sanity. I know my husband humors me every night when I relate the "poop story of the day" to him, and I don't want to do that to you. (Unless the incident is really funny, of course. Like the time I lost the contents of Joe's diaper when the ECI lady was here.)
Anyway, thanks again for hanging in here with me and sharing a little in my life with the 500 Babies!