Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Three

My fiery, rough and tumble, super squishy and loveable mama's boy turned three last Friday. Two was such a good year. He's grown a lot more sure of himself and is able to talk to other people now (he was not a people person before!) and has turned into such a little charmer. Lately, I've been noticing a lot of compassion from him. The last few times I've babysat, the kids had a hard time when their moms left & Owen went out of his way to comfort them. He's talking a lot & I feel like I could fill a book with all his adorable sayings (one example, he calls our minivan a mini-man). I feel like he's so close to completing the change from baby to little boy & that hurts my heart a little, but I am so excited to keep watching him grow.

 
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One of my favorite memories of the year was the first time he saw mountains. Poor baby was scared and thought they were monsters!
 Owen seeing the mountains for the first time


Three of Owen's favorite things in life:
Big Sister. He loves that girl & she loves him. The other day when Annaleigh went to school he says to me, "I miss my fwend, Mom. I miss my fwend." My heart.
 buddies since birth

Super Heroes. All of them. Captain America in particular. Another great Owen quote, "I need my pants Mom. I'm going to battle."
 
"Special Blankie." So funny, because this particular blanket he loves dearly used to be Sam's favorite blanket! It must be a good one!



Here's a few pictures of his Captain America themed party....
 Party decorations picked up from the Dollar Tree & Target and Walmart dollar sections!


 Captain America pin the star 

got super lucky & found these in the checkout aisle when I was paying for stuff!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Creating a room for foster care

***I just got the call you guys! As of today, Joel and I are officially licensed for foster care! Even though we've been working on this since October, it's still a little crazy to think that at any moment we could get a phone call that could change our lives!***

 I've been busy over here setting up a room for and future foster children we may get. It's been a lot of fun, and I've spent my time in there praying over the children and parents who are in the system. Our age range is 0-10, both boys and girls, so I really wanted the room to be comfortable for all age ranges and genders. Later, when we get a child, we can always add specific items to their preferences.

Most of the stuff came from around the house, but we did buy a few things specifically for here. My favorite is the bed! It's actually a small bunk bed from here. I love the color & design, but one of the main reasons I went with this one is because it's a shorter bunk. I spent a ton of time searching for the perfect bedspread, and I'm really happy with the one we ended up with. I like how depending on which way you put it you can get different looks (you can see what I'm talking about below). If ever we wanted to, it can be flipped the other way and be a solid grey. Yay for Target! Usually, I make the pompoms from scratch, but this time I was lazy and just bought some pre-folded ones off of Ebay. It saved a little time & wasn't any more expensive.
oooooh the fingerprints on that glass. That was taken care of, don't worry! Bleh, haha!


I found these super cute firefly lamps at Kohls for only $4 each (so I grabbed four!).  I'm also leaving space around the room to add pictures of the child's family, so there's at least a little bit of "home" for him/her. I've also been picking up different books recommended for kids in foster care.
The art work came about really cheap. We already had the frames from Annaleigh's room (we aren't currently using them), so I just bought a few mats. I got the Free printable from this site...  
and the tiger print was from a photography book we've had for years.
We are trying really hard to set ourselves up for success, so one thing I did was not add any glass back to the frames. It's just a lot safer that way, and there will be less worries about accidents or outbursts!


If ever we end up with a baby  (we were told there are less itty bitties that come into care) we'll set a crib/toddler bed up under those pictures (and then I'll move them because I am super paranoid about pictures above the bed!). I'll probably stick with the same gray/teal/white theme, but I have my eyes on these crib sheets from Target if ever the need arrives!
 this little guy actually belongs to Owen, but he looks so perfect in there!


^^fingerprint culprit


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Homestudy

Last Tuesday we had our home study! It wasn't nearly as bad as I was anticipating. I thought they were going to go through every closet & cabinet in our house, but it wasn't like that at all. We sat and talked for a while...they reminded me of some rules like no talking about any of the children online (so there will never be much mention of them here), no posting pictures, rules on discipline, fire escape plans, proper nutrition-just stuff along those lines. After that, we walked through each room & who/what that room was designated for. We had really good plans from the home builders so she didn't have to, but usually they would have to measure each room. We have our home set up so that we have one room completely set apart for our future foster kids (although it does serve as a playroom for now), and if ever the need arises, we can use Owen's room for a child (and Owen would share with Sam in the meantime). I did point out a few different things, like where medication is stored (it has to be in a locked box, so I purchased tool boxes for this purpose) our cleaning supplies are on a high shelf in the laundry room with a childproof thing on the door knob, information about where & how any firearms are stored. She also checked to make sure we have running water and electricity.

I will say though-the kids were super naughty! This is the second time we've had social workers in our home, and both times were like this. Last time Owen wouldn't stop diving off the couch head first, and this time it was Annaleigh running around and yelling like a maniac & refusing to go upstairs when I asked. Lol! My only consolation was that I know they've seen a lot worse, but it was still not what I had been hoping for when I asked the kids to be on their best behavior. Kids.

Unfortunately, we've also hit our first snag in getting our license. We have to get background checked in GA, TX, & NE, and TX changed their forms. We already sent in a notarized release, but now they want a new one, and it's a lot more difficult now since Joel is gone and working crazy hours. We're getting that issued resolved today, but it's little things like this that end up pushing things back by weeks or months!
 
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