I've told you before that Aubree has a hard time posing for pictures. She scrunches up her face and tries to smile, and basically just looks constipated. Someone pointed out recently that she looks like June Boo Boo (Honey Boo Boo's mom) when she makes that face.
wanted to do a quick update on life around this joint.
Some of you
know, and some of you don’t, but we have two new fosters that we got 2 weeks
ago today.I haven’t posted much about
them because of the nature of the case, but I CAN tell you that we are going to
have them at least a few months and things are going great.
Aubree is a
huge “help” with the new baby.It seems
like she grew up overnight…such a big girl.She doesn’t talk, you know.I
can’t remember if I’ve ever blogged about that. She’s 23 months old and says just a few words…
mama, yeah, ow… She’s in speech therapy but so far she’s decided not to
talk.She does, however, communicate
VERY clearly as to exactly what she wants and doesn’t want.She has created signs for lots of things she
wants or needs on a daily basis.She has
her dad’s OCD.Those of you who go to
church with us know that he has his own parking space and his spot on a certain
pew – and it’s of utmost importance that he not have to park or sit anywhere
else.Well, Aubree is the same way about
her chair at the table and her spot on the couch.Even if she’s not planning to sit there, she
STROKES out if anybody else does.
Gigi have made the transition into first grade and kindergarten very well.I can see huge differences in their
approaches to school.Yuri has very
little interest in “boring” things like reading and homework.She’d much rather socialize.Gigi seems to love it and walks around with a
pencil and paper asking me how to spell certain words.Gigi’s big problem is getting up in the
mornings.She didn’t sleep her first 3
years of life because she couldn’t breathe.We got her tonsils and adenoids out and she’s a different child.She would now be content to sleep until 10
a.m. every day if she could.Those first
few moments when I wake them up at 6:30 are rough on her.
Karlie is a
junior.That’s unbelievable to me.Shouldn’t she still be like in 3rd
grade? She’s playing volleyball (which I love!).She almost didn’t play this year, but I’m SO
glad she did.Hauling a small army to
volleyball games several times a week stinks, but we manage.I know people in the stands hate to see us
coming.My kids crawl all over whoever
is nearby, whether we know them or not. Karlie has a new friend who is a boy… I can’t
say “boyfriend” because I don’t know if that’s the politically correct
term.I always get chastised because I
use the wrong terms.Did you know
there’s a HUGE difference in whether you are “talking” to a boy, “texting” a
boy, or “going out” with a boy??Those
are levels to the relationship that all have very specific meanings but I can’t
remember the exact perimeters.That
actually might make a very informative blog if I can get my info straight.Anyway, he’s cute and I’ve been seeing him
hanging around here a lot, so that’s all I know.
Haley Rae is
back in school after her semester off to go to Guatemala.She’s not exactly thrilled, but she’s dealing
with it.She goes to school 3 days a
week and works at a daycare after class.Then she works 2 full days at a different job on her non-school
days.She also plays on a co-ed softball
team two nights a week, so we aren’t seeing much of her these days.She and Willard are leaving this weekend for
a week in Guatemala with our church and she’s beyond excited.
Hunter is in
his last semester at Mississippi State.The plan for his next phase of life is looking like law school, but that’s
subject to change. You just never know what he's going to decide to do. He is dating a girl
who just might end up being my daughter-in-law someday.She comes from a large family so she is accustomed
to a certain level of chaos and fits in well with ours.He calls me almost every day and he seems
happy with life.I wish I had a crystal
ball so I could see where the next 10 years will take him.
Okay, so I
know I said “quick” update, but it’s hard to be quick when you’re covering this
I hope you
all have a great Thursday.And ROLL