July update

    On the 15th Bubba has officially been in care for 2 years. Please continue to pray that the right outcome comes out of all of this. I love my little buddy and want what is best for him.
    Princess’ dad got a job so I have her for the rest of the summer so he doesn’t have to get childcare.
    I have had the girls 5 months and I definitely feel like I have this parenting 4 kids thing down.
    We went on vacation to Colorado. It was a blast. I should probably make a list of what to do in Steamboat. I’m hoping we will be going back this year for Christmas.
    I have started emailing with Curlys mom. I am so proud of everything she has done so far. We have a great dialogue back and forth and I am so thankful that she sees me as a mentor and not a threat. Reunification goal is hopefully before Thanksgiving.
    I will have 7 (or 8 depending on the week) visits between my 3 children starting in a couple weeks. Like I’m glad that visits are increasing but it seemed to happen all at once.
    I only have 15 more days of Summer vacation. Where did the time go?
    I have been working hard planning Princess and Bubbas joint birthday party. It will be Batman and Harley Quinn themed and at a water park.
    What is on your fall to do list? I know it’s a little early but I am considering what to do since it all goes by so fast.
    We have already decided on costumes this year. We are going to be Zoo animals and since Pearls birthday is Halloween we are going to have a zoo themed party. Anyone have any ideas?

June update

  1. School is officially over and I have 2 months off work!
  2. I wish I could be home with my kids all year long. I love spending time with them.
  3. Any ideas of things to do around Chicago land area?
  4. Bubba and Curly’s goals this summer is to write their name and and learn their letters and numbers. Any fun ways to do that?
  5. Bubba has been through a lot lately but the hitting is getting worse and he ignoring directions. Any advice on how to stop hitting and to get him to listen?
  6. Princess is reading like crazy. Any good book series for an almost 11 year old who loves fantasy?
  7. Angel is getting more and more of a personality. She loved copying the older ones and tries to do things they can do like put on her own shoes, get her own juice, etc.
  8. We have a trip planned to Colorado at the end of July. Any ideas of what to do around steamboat springs?
  9. Princess and Bubba will have their joint birthday party at a water park in town. They are so excited and I’m just trying to think of ways to save money.
  10. I will start blogging more in September. What do you want to read about?

May update

(Sorry I forgot to submit this)

  1. I turned 27 this month. My children and friends made of very special for me.
  2. For my birthday I got a bike with a trailer and seat on the back so I can bike with all my children. We all love it.
  3. I am almost done with work (I am done June 15)
  4. I am planning a road trip this summer with all 4 kids and my parents. We are very excited.
  5. Curly and Bubba had their last day of preschool. Curly will be going to summer school this year.
  6. Princess is still being home schooled but will most likely go back to public school next year.
  7. Bubba is learning more and more letters based on us giving all the letters meanings.
  8. Angel is talking more and more. She says banana, apple, hi, bye, mama, papa, nana, bubbas name, up, done, and puppy.
  9. Curly is starting to eat a variety of foods. Does anyone have any good recipes for picky eaters?
  10. I will have my best friends daughter 5 days a week and Princess 3 days a week. Any ideas of summer activities.

April Update

  1. Angels birthday party was very low key like her. She ate the smash cake very gingerly and was more interested in the wrapping paper then the presents.
  2. Zs birthday party was a whole different story. Like him it was loud and crazy and he ate his cake like a wild man. His parents rented a bounce house and we had lots of people over. I was very excited to be a part of it.
  3. Angel is walking all the time now. Watching her walk around the zoo was adorable.
  4. Curly had an adorable little spring concert at school and she loved the dancing and movement.
  5. Bubba can ride a bike with training wheels (vs the trike he is used to).
  6. Bubba can write his name all by himself!!!!!
  7. Curly is doing a great job learning how to ride a trike.
  8. Now that it is nice out we are outside all the time. I love the fresh air.
  9. I am reading the Selection Series (after a student recommended it) and I absolutely love it.
  10. I truly feel like I am settling down and getting the hang of three kids.

March Update

  1. Curly started preschool. She is in the room next to Bubba. They both love riding the bus together.
  2. Curly and Bubba had their parent teacher conferences. They both are doing really well. Bubba needs to stop being stubborn and learn his letters.
  3. Since his parent teacher conferences we have been referring to every letter as a person or thing like M is for Molly, D is for Dog, etc. It is helping him him tremendously.
  4. Angel is walking and showing us more of her personality and it is amazing.
  5. We went to the Zoo with Diva. It was a blast. It was my first outing alone with four kids and we rocked it.
  6. Though schedules were crazy we did manage to get Easter pictures this year and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.
  7. Angel is one years old. She had her birthday celebrations win her parents and we will be having her princess themed party next week.
  8. I have read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom a hundred and fifty times this month. Does anyone have any ideas for books similar?
  9. I am running out of dinner ideas for picky eaters. Anyone have some good ideas?
  10. I literally have no plans for my kids for easter. Any low key easter ideas?

February Update

What a month ๐Ÿ™‚ (sorry this never posted)

  1. Princess is selling Girl Scout cookies and of course I had to support her and buy a ridiculous amount of cookies. It’s not helping my diet.
  2. I took Princess and Bubba to the LEGOLand Chicago for the first time (I took them to the Kansas City one on vacation). They loved it.
  3. On February 20th, an adorable 3 year old entered our family, her blog name will be Curly. She is so talkative and sweet.
  4. On February 23rd, a precious 11 month old joined our growing family. Her blog name will be Angel. She is very chill and eats more than the 3 year olds combined.
  5. Bubba is doing great with the additions to our family. Princess has not met them yet.
  6. I am kind of excited to have girls back in the house. Luckily I have some of princesses old clothes for Curly.
  7. I saw Z a couple times this month. He is growing so fast and is almost walking.
  8. If we still have Angel in a month we will be throwing her a princess themed party. Does anyone else have back up party supplies for when they get a placement around their birthday? Or is that just me?
  9. My parents will be hosting Zs birthday in April. We are going to do thomas the train theme. Anybody have any ideas?
  10. I am very excited to see what March holds. I have spring/Easter break the last week of March and I would like to do something with the kids even if small. Maybe go to Chicago for the night. Any ideas?

10 things that happened in January

  1. Our Hawaii trip was amazing. Even though we had a hard time getting home due to a flight being cancelled and spending 12 hours in an airport with two kids.
  2. Z man has had 2 sleepovers with us. We absolutely love seeing him and I love seeing how far his parents have come.
  3. Z got to play in the snow for the first time ever and it was adorable. His parents sent me tons of videos.
  4. Bubba’s case has made no progress in Months and we keep having court rescheduled. I hate being in limbo and having no idea what is going on.
  5. I posted on my Twitter about some problem me with Bubba’s visits. He has been missing school due to visits but hopefully that will be fixed soon.
  6. We saw Diva and she is doing well. She is so happy to see us.
  7. Bubba has learned to count to 19 and write some letters. We are working on identifying letters and and writing his name still.
  8. Princess is loving homeschool. She is spending a lot of time on IXL and we have seen a lot of growth in her writing and math.
  9. I am going through some pretty exciting changes but I don’t want to to blog about it yet.
  10. I have decided to step back from blogging for a while. I will post a monthly update. Maybe eventually I will start back up again but blog only once a week.

My 10 favorite family friendly things to do on the big island of Hawaii

I love the big island. It isn’t as crowded as some other places. We stay in Waikoloa (20/30 minutes away from Kona). It is a small little resort area that has beaches, golf, shopping, and peace.

  1. A trip to the volcano. I loved this place as a kid and the kids loved it too. Princess learned a lot.
  2. Waipio Valley This is an absolutely beautiful place. You can ride horses at the bottom which is beautiful. I have also hiked down and up but I would highly recommend bringing lots of water and not doing this with small children.
  3. Akaka falls this is another beautiful place but it is a hike. We did take Bubba and Princess on this hike though and they loved it. I have heard there is also ziplining here
  4. Snorkeling- there are many places to snorkel off the beach or you can take a boat trip
  5. Kona- I love Kona. We usually have one day just walking around, going to the farmers market and eating at Bubba Gumps.
  6. Kings shops the King’s shop has a lot of good shopping as well as kid activities daily like ukulele lessons, hula lessons, and lei making. There is also another mall with more shops (called the queens shops) and a theater across the street.
  7. Luau though there are a bunch of places to go to a luau. This is by far my favorite. P.s. I have been madly in love with fire juggler since I was 12 and he was one of the regular hula dancers.
  8. Hilton Waikoloa Okay yes this is a Hotel. But this is the prettiest hotel ever. It’s beautiful to walk around and see all the art work and sculptures. It also has a boat and tram that takes you around the propriety. It’s got a lot of different animals and a public beach. Their lagoon and pools are for hotel guest only but sometimes you can purchase wristbands.
  9. Dolphin quest this is where Princess swam with the dolphin and loved it. It also happens to be st the Hilton. You get up close and personal and can kiss and hug it. I posted pictures on Instagram when I have a chance.
  10. Have fun and relax with your family!!!

10 goals for 2018

  1. Reunify more families ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Read 12 books (any suggestions?
  3. Save more money for retirement.
  4. Get Princess caught up in school
  5. Spend more 1 on 1 time with princess
  6. Get Bubba to write his name
  7. Get Bubba to know his shapes
  8. Help Bubba learn all his letters
  9. Help Bubba be potty trained at night.
  10. Go on at least one more family vacation (maybe including a train)

10 best memories of 2017

2017 was a good year. Here are some of my favorite memories.

  1. Going to the water park for New Years. Diva and Bubba loved it!
  2. Going to six flags for forth of July! It was a lot of fun and Princess and her family also happened to go so we could all spend time together.’
  3. Going on a road trip with Bubba and princess. Though I was nervous to go on a 10 day road trip as the only adult it sure was a blast and the kids will never forget it.
  4. Going to 2 drive in movie theaters this year (one while on our trip). The kids loved both! We need to do it more often.
  5. A joint birthday party for Bubba and Princess at the gymnastics place. Both kids enjoyed it a lot and they loved sharing their birthday party.
  6. Stating my 5th year of teaching. I absolutely love my students and I can’t believe I have been there that long.
  7. Getting the honor to take care of baby Z for a while and send him lots of love
  8. Having Baby Z get reunified and then having him and his parents continue to keep us as part of their lives. This is why I foster!
  9. Going to Hawaii!! It’s been a fun trip so far and we still have a couple days.
  10. Every moment I get to spend with Princess and Bubba