Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This and That

Lately it seems like I'm posting more about the furry family members than the others.  Galen has stopped hissing  at Jayden for the most part. They are even sharing a toy here.

Galen sometimes eats laying (or is it lying?) down. He has a balance problem and rocks back and forth when he's standing still and sways to one side when he lands after jumping. He's being treated for mites so maybe that's all it is.

Kiara was determined to lick Galen repeatedly and couldn't understand  why Galen didn't  want licked--or sniffed dog style.

She followed him outside still trying to lick him.

There has been stuff going on with the kids but some of it I'm not going to say much about.  Like the child who took off with friends Friday when he was supposed to be somewhere else and wasn't too honest about it. But I think that's going to be a one-time thing. There's too much cool stuff coming up that requires good choices. Or the child who is working with the counselor to have respect for other people's property, bodies and safety. There were four major violations of it in two days' time including injuring a child at school and sneaking to the kitchen to eat a fried chicken dinner a sibling had brought home while that sibling used the bathroom and washed up to eat--only to find the food gone!! The child has a contract with the counselor (and myself, but the counselor helps us keep it all in perspective) so the violations meant a loss of privileges, like soccer. The incidents show the child cannot respect another child's safety and will react in a mean way to confrontations so soccer is just not a good place to be. You cannot attack a child just because he steals the ball. But we will continue working and perhaps basketball in a few months will be possible.

Jessica and I went to eat with Jasmine at school. She was a little bored while we were waiting to get our visitor passes.

Still waiting.

We had Chick Fil A at the outside tables. Jasmine says the sun was in her eyes. That's good because it poured earlier.

Kaleb was passing by, so I took his picture. He is starting to  get second grade figured out.  I'm expecting a great year for him. He's a good reader.

This nameless soup is made from all the left over canned goods sitting in my cupboard.  It has two cans cream of chicken, a small can of rotel, a can of cream style corn, a can of black beans, a can of water and a tbs of bullion. I added some chicken breast too. This isn't a recipe, it's just what has been sitting in the cupboard that I haven't used. I mixed it all together and simmered it. 

I added some velveeta cheese to the top. Everyone really like it except Jasmine and I. There was nothing wrong with it, it just didn't grab me. Anyone have a favorite soup that easy to make and keeps well? With sports starting people are coming and going a lot.

Jasmine has school pictures today, and the twins have them Friday. Adam has a local cross country meet Saturday so we'll get to watch him run. He is varsity. Sometimes the JV run is an open run and anyone there can run with them. If that's the case this time, I have some runners who want to see how they do against the high school kids.

Adam has homecoming this week and the dance Saturday. I grew up in a church totally opposed to dancing, but our church isn't, and the kids just have fun with it. It's well chaperoned (I hope!)

Soccer practices started this week but have mostly been rained out. Thankfully there is another week of practice before the first game. Rick is coaching  Kaleb's team. Jasmine has a coach she had about 3 years ago.

We have several appointments this week I just want to get out of the way. I get to go talk to a dr today about all the fun things they do to you when you turn 50. Oh, yay-NOT. Update-I sat in the waiting room for 40 minutes before they told me the dr was out on an emergency and I needed to be rescheduled. So now I have the initial appt to look forward to again!

What is everyone else doing this week and weekend? Talk to me. Some days it's too quiet on here.


One Crowded House said...

we took a tour of local organic farms last weekend (both days) so this coming weekend we need to get things done around the house.

Kathy C. said...

I understand that. We have some upcoming projects here too.

Anonymous said...

I am not a blogger, but I enjoy reading them. I really like that you spend so much time doing things with your children. We are on the downside of closing our foster home after almost 40 years. I will miss the kids so much. I enjoy reading about other families enjoying spending time with their children. I also like the information about the foods they cook each month. Have a great week-end.


Kathy C. said...

I miss foster care. We only did it from 2000-2004 when we were in GA. We applied down here, went through MAPPs again, got an approved home study but the state requires records sent from other states and GA won't send ours. We've requested them multiple times and asked FL to help us get them, but it's a dead end : (

I imagine you have touched hundreds of lives in 40 years time! What state are you in?

Anonymous said...

We live in Texas. We have had children from GA in our home and it was not a good experience. Our children all have had major medical conditions which meant they stay a long time. We are licensed for 6 but have only had a little over 160 children during our years of fostering because they stay a long time.
We will have a quiet week-end. Dad will go to church but the health of our little ones prevents the rest of us from attending. Think I will make some of your soup.


megan said...

We'll have our band invite this Saturday at Penn. Thankfully it's an away football game this Friday so we get a night off!

Kathy C. said...

We had great experiences in GA with our case workers and in being able to get extra things approved for the kids. FL is a whole 'nother matter. They seem so suspicious. They give you no extra money for field trips, allowances, school supplies or anything. It all has to come out of the $14 a day and they want an itemized list of where it all goes. They also do not schedule visits, they just show up because they want to see you as you really are. Seriously, I might have made sure there wasn't chaos when the caseworkers showed up, but we never fixed things up just for them.

Nonetheless, we'd still love to help out. And I can take babies because I"m at home and I've always had them in a swing by my computer so I can write but also interact. But we can't get approved.

We also lost getting a child we were chosen for last summer because our county couldn't work with another county. We aren't looking for another child, but if one shows up that someone thinks would fit well in our family, we'd certainly consider him. And this child was a perfect age and his interests were the same as many of my children.

Kathy C. said...

Megan--It's homecoming here this weekend. No one in high school band though. Adam is going to the game (unless something happens tomorrow) and the dance.