Do You See What’s Missing?


Do you notice anything different?

It might be a little hard to tell because we’ve been waiting so long it doesn’t necessarily appear that anything is missing.  But there is something a little different about Naomi.

This evening, she came over and said, “Mom, this just came out of my mouth”.  In her hand was her tooth.  The tooth that has been loose for weeks.  The tooth that took so long to come out, the permanent tooth came in behind it and can be seen clearly behind the empty space where the baby tooth previously resided.

When I told her the thing that just came out of her mouth was her loose tooth, her eyes got really big and she said “Finally, I lost my first tooth”.  Then she ran thru the house looking for daddy so she could show him her tooth.

After all these weeks of waiting, she has her first tooth under her pillow waiting for the arrival of the tooth fairy.

Exciting times!

A Child’s View As We Get Ready

We are inching closer to RV ownership and the excitement grows.  Apparently, Naomi is more excited that I knew.

A few days ago she said,  “I love RV’s.  I love sleeping in them and camping.”

Funny thing is, she has never slept in an RV and she’s never been camping.  Somehow she just knows she’s going to love it and I’m sure she will.

The boys really don’t get what’s happening.  FS1 pretty much lives day-to-day and FS2 is only 15 months old.  The girls, on-the-other-hand, are excited about getting the RV, setting it up and camping.  We’ve told them we will take a couple of trial runs in our yard before venturing out.  If we can get all the work done to get our RV parking spot finished in time, maybe we can actually do just that.

So far I’ve gotten estimates on getting the electrical set up and have talked to a tree service about grinding the tree and shrub stumps.  Hubby’s schedule isn’t allowing him a lot of time to get everything cut though, so not sure when we can get that part done.  I’ve also been waiting on a call from a company that does driveway work.  Today I reached out to another driveway company.  While I’m making some progress, there isn’t a lot of work being done.  Fortunately though, the weather has been improving and we don’t have any more snow in the forecast over the next week.  That’s a plus.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to plan while I purchase all the things we need for camping.  Eventually we’ll have it all together and my blog posts will be about our camping adventures or misadventures.


I Could

I could use this time to blog about how excited we are to be getting an RV.

I could also talk about our growing list of items we need/want to get for the RV and camping.

I could list off all the things I’ve bought so far, like bedding, towels and kitchen supplies.

I could also talk about the reservations we have made for future camping trips and our plans to make more reservations around the country over the next few months.

Instead, let me fill you in on the kids because I haven’t done a kid update in quite some time.


Lili has been talking about and planning her birthday party since shortly after Christmas.  She will turn 8 the end of April and since we don’t throw big elaborate parties, it seems a bit early to be making all these plans, but she gets very excited about her birthday.

She has been taking some art classes and LOVING them.  She has had many interests, but the one consistent interest in her life has been art.  Her first class was a 3-D art class and she begins a 2-D art class next week.  I see more art classes in her future.

Once our weather gets warmer, she’ll be back in the saddle continuing her horseback riding classes, but in the meantime her art classes and gymnastics keep her plenty busy.


Naomi is turning into quite the dancer.  She took a ballet class about 1 1/2 years ago and once the session was over, she had no desire to continue.  She now attends a class at a different dance studio and LOVES it.  If you’ve been reading my blog for the last several weeks, you know she was in a dance performance called, “Ice Queen.”    Since then, we’ve been treated to regular dance performances as she jumps and plié’s around the living room.

She too will continue riding lessons, hopefully next week (weather permitting) and also attends gymnastics once a week.

(I cannot publish photos of the boys on a public blog like this.)

We still have FS1 and FS2.  Next week they will have officially been with us 7 months and in about 6 weeks, FS2 will have been with us longer than he was with his bio dad and mom.  It’s very bittersweet.

FS1 still loves school, but has struggled to keep up with his peers, so last week I went to his school for a meeting with his teacher, speech therapist, school psychologist and school social worker.  Each of them put him thru a variety of tests and the results were not at all surprising.  While he is currently 52.5 months old, he tests as a 36 month old.  The only area he tests in his age range is in motor skills.

This isn’t uncommon for children who have come from difficult home environments, but to have this information in place is a good thing.  Now we can put an IEP in place and he can begin getting additional services to help his reach an age appropriate level.

FS1 also goes to gymnastics and keeps reminding me that he can start taking riding lessons when he turns 5.

FS2 is a busy boy.  He began walking on his 1 year birthday and hasn’t stopped since.  He likes to be on the go, is saying quite a few words, eats well, and is drinking from a sippy cup.  He does not appear to have any developmental challenges and has grown quite attached to us.

I don’t have him in any extra-curricular activities at this time, but he tags along when I take the kids to gymnastics.  He’s not the most patient spectator and I’m sure would much rather be down in the gym participating 🙂

The boy’s case goes back to court in April and we hope to have a clearer picture of their future at that point.  For now, the goal is still reunification and the judge has ordered that permanency be established within a year.  The one year mark is the end of July, but since court cases are rarely scheduled less than 6 month intervals, we anticipate that the judge will schedule the next status hearing sometime in October and the boys will continue to be with us until then.

The kids are very excited about the RV and have already claimed their spots – Lili on the top bunk, Naomi on the bottom bunk, FS1 on the pull down bunk and FS2 in the pack-n-play.

The girls are assisting me as I pick out all the things we need to stock the RV and FS1 is trying to understand why we aren’t going to get the RV now 🙂

Life should be enjoyed and we are certainly trying to do just that.


Should Have Known

When I was a little girl, the church we attended had a toy farm set.  I loved playing with those toys.  I would set up the fences, carefully place all the farm animals where they belonged and pretended to be the farmer.

Guess I should have known that one day I would want my own farm with real live farm animals-)

Today the girls and I purged toys and got everything organized.  Lili really likes having things in her life somewhat organized as do I.  As I was putting all the toy animals into a canvass box and into the cubby, I shared the story of how much I loved playing with the toy farm animals as a little girl.

My little farmer in the making said, “I want my own toy farm to play with.”  I told her to put it on her Christmas list.  Although if  truth be told, I’m kind of excited about the possibility of playing farm with the girls as I continue to dream about one day having my own farm.




I apologize for not posting more on my blog.  It’s not for lack of topics, because quite frankly, there is A LOT happening in our lives.  Much of what is happening isn’t something I feel comfortable putting out for public consumption though.  Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that I’m not quite sure how to share some of what’s happening.  Sometimes tough stuff happens in life and it’s best to just sit back and take time to discuss and think things through.

That’s where we are right now.  We’re sitting back and taking time to discuss and think things through.  We’re giving something our utmost attention in an effort to make the best decision.


Fortunately, not all of our life is full of tough stuff.  Some of our life is full of funny stuff, especially when it comes out of the mouths of my children.

For example, here is a conversation that took place in our house today.

Lili:  Naomi, it may be too monkey to take a walk today.

Me:  What?

Lili:  It may be too monkey to take a walk today?

Me:  Monkey?

Lili:  Yes.

Me:  Oh, you mean muggy?

Lili:  Yes.

Me:  (walking out to the garage trying not to laugh hysterically)


Then a short time ago this conversation took place.

Naomi:  Mom, police and please rhyme.

Me:  Police and please don’t rhyme.

Naomi:  Yes they do.  (Said with complete authority and confidence).

Me:  (No response)


Naomi has also become the song bird of the house.  Many mornings she’ll be playing with toys, but instead of pretend verbal conversation, she’ll be singing the conversation.  It’s like a constant musical in my house 🙂


If your going thru any tough stuff right now, I hope you’re also able to smile and laugh at the little things in life.




Dress Up

Naomi really enjoys dress-up. Lili not so much. But when someone at work gave hubby a fun bag of dress-up supplies, both girls decided to try them out. Of course I had to take pictures.

Naomi is doing the hula in the first few shots, which is why she is a blur 🙂

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I also found it funny that Lili was all about posing and Naomi’s expression pretty much stayed the same in every picture. Funny girls!


I was outside doing some gardening, because that’s the way I like to spend my birthday!!!  When I came inside with my arms full of peppers – we are getting an AWESOME crop of peppers this year – hubby shared a conversation he had overheard between Naomi and our son Josh.

Josh is giving Naomi tongue twisters. He told her to say, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” She tried. Then he told her to say, “Rubber baby buggy bumpers.” She tried. Then she said, “I have one for you. Say, ‘cheese, cheese, cheesecake, cake.” He did it, so she said, “ok, say – eso pingo, pingle, cupcake, bottom, cupcake, bottom.”

I needed to get this story in writing.  It’s just another example of how creative and funny she is.



The Start to Our Weekend

We had some big outdoor plans on tap for the weekend and since Sunday is calling for storms, today was our day to get as much of it done as possible.

My primary goal was getting all my cool weather vegetables in the ground.  It really has been cool here, unseasonably cool.  Of course the day I decide to plant, it’s in the upper 70’s, which is unseasonably warm.  Not to worry though, next week is calling for colder than normal temperatures and this afternoon I read that we have a possibility of a rain/snow mix early next week.  That should be cool enough for my onions, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, carrots and peas.  Once we get past the really cool stuff at the beginning of the week, I’ll put my cabbage plants in the ground.  I’ve never grown cabbage before and am very excited about my attempt.

After I got everything planted, hubby and I got busy working on our big landscaping project.  We are putting edging around the deck and patio.  It took us a few minutes to get our system in place, but once we got it going, it began going faster than we expected.

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Once we get all the edging done, I’ll come back and put more weed block down, with mulch on top.

The little plant in the corner of the first picture is a Mock Orange bush that I just planted a couple of days ago.  I have also ordered another Hydrangea which will be planted next to the Mock Orange.  There are two new Peony bushes by the deck as well, but you can’t see them in the picture, since they were just bare root plants that have not been in the ground long.

When the weather warms up, I will add pots of various herbs to help fill in the space.

We were able to make it over half way around the patio before quitting for the day and are very pleased with our progress.

During all the landscaping, the girls took advantage of our nice warm day by entertaining themselves with the hose.

They had a big Rubbermaid container and buckets for filling.  I also got one of their little sprinklers out and they played in the sprinkler for a while.


Then they got creative.

We have a pile of sand they had been playing in earlier.  They decided to sit in the sand and then go rinse themselves off.

That turned into seeing just how much sand they could get on their wet bodies followed by a rinse off.

Before long, they were carrying buckets of water back to the sand pile, which is nothing but dirt underneath.

Here is the result of their creativity.


I have a small, ornamental tree that should be delivered early next week.  I really should thank them for helping me prepare a spot for the tree.

They had an awesome afternoon in the sun getting dirty and even though it took me quite some time getting them cleaned and then cleaning out the tub, they made some truly wonderful childhood memories today.

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