Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sinclair's Half Birthday

Sinclair's half birthday
Finger sign for 2.5. 
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We spent the day with our neighbors at the Franklin Park Zoo
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Homemade pineapple cupcakes with coconut icing and sugared spiderwort flowers. 
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Our little love turned 2.5 recently. On her semi-big day, we visited the Franklin Park Zoo for the first time with our neighbor who has two boys close to the ages of S and L. It's a good zoo with some exhibits/animals I had never seen before (like an anteater).  Of course, the kids' favorite part was the huge playground. Back home, I finished up the cupcakes that I had made earlier in the morning. I had played fast and loose with the recipe, which did not end too well. Among other mistakes,  I discovered that one shouldn't just dump in a can of pineapple into cake batter and expect good result.s Fortunately they still looked nice, and the kids and P aren't too picky about taste. We sang "Happy Half Birthday" and she blew out her one candle. It was a good day.

Happy half birthday sweet girl! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Luther's Summer Visit with Grandparents

Luther visits grandparents.
With both sets of grandparents! My parents on the left; P's parents on the right. 
Luther visits grandparents.
Luther made me a picture of himself so that I could look at it when I missed him too much. 
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Pottery painting with Scout. He had trouble remember "Wolverine" so he called it "Walgreens."
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He went to Sunday School with my parents and found a friend who looked just like him. 
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Train ride through the Smoky Mountains. 
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Morning stroll along the Lake Lanier where P's parents live. 
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With George the dog.
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Splash pad with Nana. 
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With Luther away, we got to lavish Sinclair with time and attention. 
Luther visits grandparents.
We met Piercen for a picnic lunch one day near Fresh Pond in Cambridge. 
We took the T into Boston for an evening in the city. 
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We played for a long time in the fountains along the Greenway, and then rode the aquarium carousel. 
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Delighted to see our boy again! 

This summer, while Piercen, Sinclair, and I returned home to Massachusetts, Luther stayed behind for a week-long visit with my parents in Tennessee and then another week in Georgia with Piercen's parents. To say that he had a grand time would be a massive understatement. 

Piercen and I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Sinclair which was a blessing. We certainly missed our boy though, and Sinclair was so lonely without him around! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Family Profile for Foster Care: DONE

Finished our family profile for becoming a foster family!
Yesterday when I finished the profile!
 Ignore the bags under my eyes, my skin there has decided to be allergic to life right now. 
Back in May when I first started the profile. BACK IN MAY. Also, LILACS. 

So to be a foster care family in Massachusetts, one of the steps you have to take is to complete a Family Profile document. It's forty+ pages of questions. Deep, personal questions about your childhood, your relationships with basically everyone, your mental history, your parenting style, your views on bio parents, so on and so forth. I had hoped to complete it in a month, it took us three. But hey, it's now done and I've turned it in to our social worker Tom. 

When I talked to Tom last week, he said that once the profile is complete, he will meet with both Piercen and I go to over it, fill in where needed, and answer any questions we have. Then the department mails out reference forms to those we've named as our references. Then they check over our house again to do a more thorough safety check.  Tom said it would take around two months to go through all this. 

So that's where we are in process. 

On another note, I was rather zealous when I trimmed back those lilac bushes out front so we may not  see lilacs next May. And that's going to be a bummer. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Grand Tour of the South

Long road trips are best broken up by leisurely picnics with our beloved @kmarieholland and John. #auntie #friends #reunion #travel
A short stopover in Abingdon, MD for a picnic lunch with our friend Kelly and her boyfriend John.
#bicycle #tricycle #childhood #grandmother
First stop: Piercen's parents in Georgia.
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Naps at the space museum in Huntsville, AL before visiting Piercen's brother and sister-in-law.
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Visit to a park in Memphis with Uncle Tim. 
State line with Aunt Ying. #niece #aunthood #children #stateline #arkansas #tennessee
Crossing state lines with Tim's fiancé Ying and (Knox the dog).
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Sinclair has the same hair color as her Aunt Dewey, and Luther got a massive bug bite on his eye.
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With my parents in East Tennessee. 
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A day at the creek. 
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We were supposed to visit my aunt and uncle in Greensboro on the way home, but Pierce and I got too sick to travel anymore so my aunt very kindly put us up in a hotel in Black Mountain, NC.

In June, we drove down south to visit our families who live in Georgia, Alabama, West Tennessee, and East Tennessee. We hung out at Lake Lanier in Georgia, the space museum in Alabama, the Mississippi River in Memphis, and the river/creek in East Tennessee. We all got super sick. There was far more vomit than I ever want to see again. We had a great trip. I miss being close to family.