Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Back to four

Last week, we transported our foster girl, R, to her new home. After 3.5 months of waiting for paperwork, she was finally able to move to be with her forever family. It was an emotional few days as we decompressed and processed the time with her. I am so thankful that I have developed a great relationship with her new mom, so I have already gotten updates and pictures of her.

By the end of our time with her, we were feeling pretty worn down. She was sick most of the time she was with us and she was dealing with the effects of neglect and trauma. She and Drew were just a couple of months apart in age and grew really antagonistic by the end which was exhausting.

I love this picture below because it shows just how crazy life with two toddlers is.

Even though the littles didn't want to cooperate, Naomi was all ready to pose. Here she is with her overnight stuff including her Chewbacca pillow and sleeping bag. Please note her tucked in shirt and double bows (both her ideas). In the second picture she turned around so she could pose like Chewy (also her idea).

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Neighbor Train

Last fall, we got new neighbors a few doors down. And not just any neighbors, but a homeschooling family with four kids. We enjoy having them on the block so much. On days when the weather is warm, all of the kids play outside. Last week they made this train of vehicles (they are all loosely attached).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Full Cart

Last week, the family helped me shop for our church's Father Daughter Dance. Naomi really wanted to be buried with food in the cart. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

All of the older cousins got gifted tickets to Beauty and the Beast for Christmas from Emmie and Pops. They got to go last weekend...

Friday, February 10, 2017


We have had unusually warm weather during the last two weeks. It has been so wonderful to get the kids outside. We are all happier with a strong dose of vitamin D. On one of the first days, Drew was a dirt ball because he was literally rolling around in the rocks and dirt. These pictures don't capture how dirty he was but they are the best I have...

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Davey Dates

Every Monday, Davey and I head out after dinner to her music class. It is a treasured time. On the car ride to class, she tells me all about her day at Options, going chronologically through each class. And on the way home we talk about miscellanous things. It is rare to have a quiet moment in those car rides.

Last week her class got bumped a little earlier than normal which gave us a window after to do something special. She wanted to get ice cream at Sonic. Since it was awkward to talk to her in the back while she ate her ice cream, she hopped up front so we could keep chatting.

This soft spoken one delights my heart and I am thankful for my Monday nights with her.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Pictures of it in my head

Naomi is highly sentimental. She often wants to keep things and when pressed to part with them will say "I will take a picture of it in my head."

She also often asks me to take a picture of her. Here are a few from recently.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

My Little Man

The other day, Drew's outfit was making me smile. We have been so fortunate to receive lots of great hand me downs and have supplemented with garage sale finds and a handful of things straight from the store (sale rack!) Since the girls all dress themselves, I like that I still get to pick out what he wears.