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.

10 goals for 2018

  1. Reunify more families 🙂
  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

Weekly update December 31

  1. Bubba got what he wanted from Santa! A spider man bike.
  2. I got an Apple Watch! Yay! I love it so far.
  3. The kids also got me a new winter coat and boots because I needed some. They picked out and wrapped it. They loved the whole thing.
  4. Christmas dinner was amazing. Z and his parents stayed for hours and it was great. I loved being able to see him for Christmas.
  5. On the 27th we had our annual friends-mas. It was great to have all my best friends at my house eating and laughing.
  6. We went on two planes for a total of 10 hours. The kids were great. It was just a long trip.
  7. We are in Hawaii!!! My parents have a home here and come atleast once a year but I haven’t been in 8 year. It is Bubba and princess’ first time.
  8. Kids are having a blast swimming and exploring the island. I love seeing it through their eyes.
  9. Today Princess swam with a dolphin today and loved it.
  10. Happy New year! We are celebrating with Chicago and then going to bed.

Week of 12/24

  1. I am on winter break!!! Yay!
  2. It was a very rough week and I felt like I wasn’t doing enough for people (especially my kids)
  3. Bubba has an ear infection. Poor baby. However I only knew about it because he had a bad cough, he never complained of pain. What a tough cookie.
  4. We had princess for Thursday and Friday. We exchanged gifts and the kids saw Santa. I wish I could post the picture because it looks adorable.
  5. Princess got a chrome book for Christmas. Anyone have any game or app suggestions for chrome books?
  6. Princess dyed the bottom of her hair blue, it looks amazing.
  7. We saw Diva Friday night and there Mom. The kids saw Santa and had Christmas with their mom, it was a lot of fun.
  8. I saw Hamilton Saturday. oh em gee!
  9. Tonight we went to church and followed our Christmas Eve traditions. I didn’t get to celebrate last year.
  10. Tomorrow is Christmas yay! Z and his parents are coming to our Christmas dinner.

Weekly update December 17

  1. I shattered the screen to my phone getting out of my car. Ugh
  2. I saw Star Wars Saturday! Yay!
  3. Bubba is having horrible night terrors lately. I think it’s because he is alone in his room. Anyone have any tips?
  4. Bubba can trace his name! Yay!
  5. Bubba had his winter party at school and my mom was his room mom. I love that my parents are so involved.
  6. Court dates are never ending for Bubba but nothing seems to ever happen. His GAL finally is doing his job though so YAY. Please pray that the whatever is best for these four children is what will happen.
  7. I saw Baby Z. His parents invited me, my parents, and Bubba to a breakfast with Santa. Omg he reached out to me and it melted my heart. His parents are doing so well.
  8. Baby Zs parents asked me to be his God Mother. I melted. It was so sweet.
  9. Baby Z now walks when you hold his hands. He has grown so much!
  10. Only 4 more days of work for me!

Weekly update December 10

  1. Baby Z was reunited with his family! I am so happy for them that it’s hard to even be sad. But my house is very quiet since he left. His parents are sending me lots of adorable pictures which is helping the sadness. I feel like I should be more sad but honestly I’m so happy for them it’s hard to be too sad for myself. This is what I went into foster care for and it finally happened.
  2. I bought baby Z and his family Christmas presents. I had been waiting for the outcome of court to buy him presents. Just because he went home doesn’t mean I won’t give them gifts though. I got the family matching stockings with their names on it, a Santa plate with Zs name on it, and an ornament. I also got Z a fun little toy for 12+. They have a lot of things for him now so I wanted to get something for later.
  3. Bubba and I did nothing Saturday. It was awesome just to play with my little buddy all day. I think he likes having all the attention for a little bit. He is struggling having his room all to himself.
  4. Our tree now has ornaments. I had just lights because Z got into everything but now I don’t have to worry about that.
  5. Bubba decorated a ginger bread house. It was funny to watch. Only like 3 things ended up in his mouth.
  6. Bubba is officially out of pull-ups. He hasn’t worn them during the day in weeks. Now he no longer needs them for bed either. And he hasn’t had an accident in weeks. Yay!
  7. We saw Bubbas mom again. We met at a museum so they could play, it was a lot of fun. Bubba didn’t stop building the whole time.
  8. I got an early Christmas present. My parents got me a new dresser (I have had the same one since my 5th birthday) I love it and I feel grown up lol.
  9. I finally have presents for everyone. Now I just have to wrap. Ugh.
  10. Lots of court days and visits this next week. Pray for us

Weekly update December 3rd

  1. I bought my first Usborne Books and love them. I’m having Usborne Facebook party this Wednesday. Email me at missfostermama@gmail.com if you would like to join.
  2. We went to see Diva and the rest of their siblings at zoo lights. It was a lot of fun and my parents joined in.
  3. Baby Zs parents got the cutest elf gift for Bubba. OMG. They are so sweet and thoughtful.
  4. Boys both had doctors appointments this week. Both are healthy and developmentally on track. She even said baby z was advanced. They did get 3 vaccines each. Bubba was fine for his own shots but freaked out that we were hurting baby z.
  5. We had a Team meeting for Baby Z. The parents don’t have to include me but they do. I love that they see me as part of the team. It was also decided that I will start supervising visits.
  6. We had our first visit together and it went really well. I love partnering with parents.
  7. We had our Elf on the shelf breakfast. Our elves were lazy and we had cinnamon rolls. The boys enjoyed it.
  8. I am done Christmas shopping for Princess and Bubba!!!! Yay! I’m waiting for Zs court date to shop for him.
  9. I’m starting to plan parents Christmas presents this year. I think the kids are going to make something with paint on canvas. Most likely handprint art. I just don’t know what. Any ideas?
  10. I have 14 more days of work left before Christmas break (not like I’m counting or anything)

Weekly update November 27

  1. We had an amazing Thanksgiving with my family and my God parents. My kids were the only one there so they got a lot of attention.
  2. We went to a tree farm and the boys loved it. We can’t have a live Christmas tree due to my allergies but we got to pick one out for my parents.
  3. My sister was in town so the boys were all over her and she loved it.
  4. I shared my number with Baby Zs parents and it has worked really well. I have been able to share pictures and answer their questions. We have a communication notebook but I sometimes think things are better said over the phone.
  5. We decorated for Christmas. It is very minimal this year due to having a toddler and a crawler. I won’t be putting ornaments on the tree till a couple days before Christmas. Eventually I will post about my favorite kid friendly Christmas decorations.
  6. I finally raked up my leaves (my parents helped). I saw my neighbors doing it and went “oh crap I need to do that”.
  7. We saw Princess and she had a sleepover . It was a great surprise. I love how well the three of them get a long.
  8. I am enjoying the Holiday season this year for the first time in a while. Last year at this time I was failing as a mom and my life was in constant chaos and I ended up having to opt out of seeing Hailee for Christmas for her well being. The year before I barely saw Hailee and everything just happened with court. I love going into the holiday season with less stress and a whole lot of love in my heart.
  9. Bubba’s Mom came. He hasn’t seen his parents or siblings in a couple weeks due to a DCFS problem. So he loved seeing her.
  10. I have to go to work tomorrow ugh

10 Things I’m Thankful For

  1. My children. No matter how long they are in my home they will always be in my heart.
  2. My parents. For everything they do for me and my children. They are both incredibly self less.
  3. For my sister. Though we are far apart I can always count on her. I am so excited she is in town for a couple days!!!!
  4. My best friends. I am incredibly blessed to have a group of friends I can count on during the good and bad times.
  5. My students. Working with them is the best part of my day. I enjoy their humor and I love their perseverance to overcome what ever challenges life throws at them.
  6. My coworkers (especially the ones I share an office with) They are amazing people who are always helping me.
  7. Princesses Dad and step mom. I will be forever grateful that they let me continue to be in her life and work really hard to make sure she is involved in our family activities.
  8. My children’s parents. For loving their children and including me in their family.
  9. Good TV shows. Watching tv is the way I relax and I am thankful for heartwarming shows like This is Us and the Chicago Shows.
  10. Food that delivers. I’m so thankful that more and more places deliver these days.