Friday, October 2, 2015

Not Tired

Someone around here says

they don't need naps anymore.
 This has lead to some interesting

moments this week!

 Here, let me get you a pillow

for your not-nap.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Respite Re-do

I got another respite call,

this one for a toddler.

Then, within minutes, another call

asking if we'd watch the two kids we had

last time.

Since one was for morning,

the other for afternoon,

I said sure!

I was really excited to have a chance

to see the sibling pair from the last time,

and see how they were doing in their new placement.

Then, when it was too late

to say no,

they changed times!

Now we'd have all three kids

at the same time!!

 The toddler was


Honestly, I can't think of a word

that would describe it.

Very, very, very hard.

The other two,

busy, but not frantic like last time.

When the toddler left,

and we were down to the two,

they really settled down,

and I truly enjoyed spending time with them.

When their new foster mom came to get them,

we discover that they are practically neighbors!

They live on the next block over,

just a quick walk around the block!

I freely admit that that the experince

with this toddler

has shaken me.

It's really made me rethink

how hard this will be!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Big Chop

She chopped off NINE inches

and has zero regrets!

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Daddy took the boys

to Nerf warfare!
 I stopped by,

after an hour,

to see if Babycakes was

getting into trouble,

or tired of being there,

but he was LOVING it!
 All the big boys were so busy shooting each other,

that he could walk right up

and shoot them,

point blank!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

That Explains It!

Princess:  I'm so hot!

Babycakes:  I'm not!

Princess:  Why am I so hot and you are not?

Babycakes:  Because of God!
Well, all-righty then!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Way Up High In The Apple Tree

Mimi's cello teacher

has an amazing yard.

Taking walks there is one of my favorite

parts of Manic Monday!

They have trails cut through the trees

so we can take

nice longs walks,

and even a big sand pit

for digging in!

But in the fall,
 this apple tree
 is our favorite!
 We've been picking apples for the last

two weeks,
and bringing home bags full

and making homemade applesauce all week!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Emergency Call

We got a phone call yesterday

while Hubs and I were on a lunch date.

Emergency respite for a 5 year old boy,

and a 7 year old girl!

We are totally not set up for school aged kiddos,

but surely we can do an overnight.


It was chaos!

Ok, chaos on a higher level than

our normal standard!

They were understandably

nervous, hyper, anxious, and

full of questions

that I had no answers to!

Now that I can reflect on the experience,

I'm really glad we said yes,

even thought I'd been pretty determined

to stick to our guns on ages.

I can now confirm that running two different schedules,

one for homeschoolers,

and one for school attenders,

is more than my frazzled brain can accommodate!

So, after that exciting all nighter,

we're back to waiting!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Busy! Busy!

We've been a bit busy

these last few weeks.

First, the cousins came through

and crashed on our couch.

Five cousins,

plus my five,

made for more chaos than I could stand!

Then Hubs went on a trip,

then the cousins came back,

and we left on a trip,

and came home,

and co-op started,

along with cello,







I might catch up with the laundry

by Christmas!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Swing

One of Hub's fondest

Michigan memories is going to

his grandfather's cabin

and swinging on the big swing.

Add another generation

of fans!