Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Thrown to the Sharks

I'm taking tomorrow and Friday off from work. I figured a full week with J and I would help the boys adjust to our home. (My mom picks our son up from school three days a week and watches him until I get home. So, she'll have them next week while we're at work.) J is off on Tuedays and Wednesdays. So, what I'm trying to say is that I will be thrown to the sharks tomorrow when I have the boys by myself. I hope it goes better than it did when they were dropped off Monday night.

M is a typical 2 year old in that he's into everything and doesn't understand the word "no." He thinks everything belongs to him to do whatever he wants to with it and gets very upset if you say no or take something away. If I were a different sort of person I might find it comical - instead I find it irritating.

M's brother C is 8 months old. He wants to be held. A lot. All day. He's heavy. 'Nuff said.

Wish me luck! I don't think I'll be working on any projects this weekend unless it's crafty and decorative ear plugs.

Monday, March 27, 2006


I got an email from our case worker (cw) on Friday telling me to call her asap about a possible foster placement. When I called she told me that they are 2 brothers - ages 8 months and 2 years - Hispanic and are currently placed with family. Apparently the family member they are with has a history with CPS (so how did they end up there to begin with??) so CPS is moving them. We agreed to take them even though they are out of the same county as our son. This county is an hour and a half drive which means birth parent visits will be a pain in the butt.

The CPS worker is supposed to be picking them up today and will bring them to our house tonight. I haven't told our son because most of the placements we're called on fall-through. I don't want to get his hopes up.

It will be very weird to go from one kid to 3 in a matter of minutes. My car will not hold that many car seats/boosters so I don't know what I'm going to do. I suppose I'll drive J's truck (4 door) until we figure out how long the placement will be. If it's going to be at least 6 months I think we're going to look into getting a mini van.

Boy, if my high school self could see me now, I'd probably laugh my butt off!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Sunflower Has Left the Building

This sunflower outfit is in the mail on it's way to my friend's daughter. I hope it fits and she enjoys it. I was very proud of myself for making it and attempting button holes for the first time.

The embroidery was intended to look simple - hence the running stitch - and to semi-match the sunflowers on the pants.

I hope seersucker pops back after washing because it got flattened out when I ironed the seams.

Oh, and Gizmo was still a little lethargic last night but I got him to eat and he didn't have any seizures so I think he's going to be okay. He has another vet appointment today (more $$).

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Oh for the Love of Dog!

Yesterday J took one of our 4 dogs to the vet. He has Addison's disease and has been acting weird. The vet said she thought he had diabetes and to change is medication dosage and come back in two weeks for testing. J couldn't wait....she freaked and took him back today (cha-ching) and yes, he does indeed have diabetes.

Gizmo, forgive what I'm about to say....

That damn dog is costing us a lot of money!!! First the Addison's and now freakin' diabetes!?!?!? For Pete's sake! Is that a southern saying? Isn't it bad enough that we have to wrap a stinkin' diaper around the dog because his number of 'accidents' has increased significantly?? Now we've got to give him insulin twice a day.

Gizner-butt, I love you but I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment. I could use some good news, okay?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

My Horns are Showing

We found out some interesting news yesterday. On the way home I was on the phone with my partner, J and she got another call. She sounded excited and put me on hold. I knew it must have been our foster care case worker (cw) since I was on hold for a couple of minutes. When she got back on the line she asked me how close I was to the house and told me that she had news for me when I got home. Of course, at this point I'm thinking it must be something that's going to piss me off so I just finished my conversation and hurried home.

Once home, she made sure our foster son, T was busy coloring in his room - a sign that I knew it was something she didn't want him to hear - and we went to our bedroom. After we closed the door she said that T's cw called (J & I have a cw w/ our agency and T has a cw w/ CPS) to say that the next visit with his birthmother had been cancelled and that all visits will be cancelled for a while because birthmom in jail!!!!

My mouth fell open and I was literally jumping up and down with joy! Why does this unfortunate news make me so very happy??? Well, we're coming close to having T's parental rights terminated which is the first step towards adopting him. We were told that (even though she hasn't done half of the things she was supposed to in order to get him back) she was probably going to ask for a jury trial and might appeal if the judge orders termination. An appeal would drag the case on for possibly two years! Apparently, being in jail alone is grounds for termination and I'm hoping that makes things more cut and dry and we can move on quickly with the adoption.

We went to our foster parent support class last night and watched American Idol and America's Next Top model (we recorded them on the DVR) when we got home. I am so ready for Jade to get the boot. Maybe last night's almost elimination will give her a scare and she'll stop with the attitude.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I thought I'd add a photo of of my latest projects.

This is a flannel set of pants and two bibs for my partner's new nephew. I bet he'll look really cute in this! I loved the jungle print and I was so pleased with myself because I did a much better job on the pants than I did on the last pair of pants I made. I'll post that picture later.

Virgin Post

I can't believe it. All this time I've been reading other people's blogs wishing I had one of my own. Granted, I don't think I'm nearly as creative or talented as those I read on a daily basis but I guess you can decide for yourself and choose to read or not. :)

So, I think I really wanted a blog so I could post pictures of what I've been creating lately. I got a sewing machine for my birthday (oh, 6 months ago) and at first I was really intimidated by it. Since then I've found a few things I can handle and I'm really starting to have fun. Other than that....well, I suppose the rest will reveal itself as I go along.