The preparation required to get the kids back to school is exhaustive.
There's the time required to complete forms, take the kids for physicals, take them shopping for clothes and supplies...
There's the cost for sending in lunch orders, new clothes, the extensive lists of required supplies....
And there's the oversight of all the summer assignments.....
Haircuts 4 down, 1 refusing, 1 balking.
Doctor's Appointments Vaccinations for 2. Done.
Sports physicals for 2. Done.
PPD tests for 5: 3 done, 2 to go.
Run-of-the-mill physical: 1 to go.
School Clothes Shopping New sneakers, new backpacks, new outfits, new socks, new underwear. Done.
School Supplies Shopping Check. In fact, more than $300 worth of checks.
Paperwork PTO enrollment. And a check.
Daniel's school contract and registration form. And a check.
Bella's vision exam report.
Bella's, Julie's and Rosie's vaccination records.
Schedule change requests (x3).
School listserv sign-ups (x5).
Student transportation forms (x5).
School handbook confirmation forms (x5).
School cafeteria slips (x5). Plus 5 checks.
Summer Assignments 12 books.
History chapters, reading and questions.
3 book projects.
4 math packets.
Still burning the midnight oil.
The cost in time, the cost in money....
But 6 hours of peace and quiet everyday?
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A Little History
Quite frankly, I don't know what I was thinking at the time. We went from 3 kids by birth to "oh, let's adopt a 4th" without a whole lot of deliberation.
While adopting said 4th (in Kazakhstan), we met a young man of 8 yrs by the name of Borya. Thought he was a pretty nice kid and years later found out we could adopt him too. Only thing was, he came as a 2-in-1 package with his younger sister Ylia. What the hay, said we, and rushed headlong into the adoption process. Again. To adopt two kids that were 10 and 13 at the time.
Started a blog to keep track of where my head was in this adoption game. When Borya and Ylia arrived home, we were suddenly the proud parents of six kids, ages 9, 10, 11, 11, 13 and 13.
That was back in 2009, but I still blog. I figure what doesn't make us laugh makes us cry, and I'd rather be laughing.
Also? We live on a farm(ish) with a few dozen critters. You're just as likely to read a post about the farming side of things as you are the parenting side. Thought you might want to know in case you have allergies or something.
As for the structure of this blog, I pretty much post on a daily basis, and I tend to be all over the place in what I write about, so if it's nice, neat and compartmentalized you're looking for, be off with you now, you won't find it here.
I do have some structure, though, I'm not a total bohemian. I roll like this:
Mon: Mirth Monday. A little somethin' to make you chuckle.
Tues: Sometimes Adoption Tuesday, sometimes A Tip For Tuesday, sometimes random thoughts.
Weds: Wordless Wednesday. Usually a photo or some artwork from myself or one of my oh-so-talented children.
Thurs: all random, all the time.
Fri: Farm Friday. Speaks for itself.
Sat, Sun: More random musings.
Feel free to explore and don't be shy -- drop me a line to say hello, and be sure to add yourself as a follower. Feeds my ego in a big way. I'm very insecure.
Cast of Characters
Meet the fambly:
Our Family in 2009
I'm on Top Mommy Blogs!
An award? For ME?
The Lazy Mom Award for Most Popular Lazy Mom Tip of 2011 is.....