Sorry its been so long since I updated you all :) It is finally summer!
The kids did Vacation Bible School last week and had a blast. Are the VBS's in your area charging? I was floored when looking for VBS's for the kids to go to that almost all of them were charging 25-35 bucks per kid. The one I sent them to last week was the only free one I could find. To me that is just crazy, "Hey we would love to tell your kids about Jesus....it will cost you though!". Oh well, it all worked out anyway because I found out our city has a playground camp the whole month of July, I thought it was 10 dollars a day BUT this morning when I went to register James, Joel, and Alex I found out it was 10 dollars for the WHOLE month! It is M-F 9-12 for Joel and James and 9-12 and 1-3 for Alex, Matthew will go in the afternoons. They go on trips like swimming, bowling, etc occasionally. Matthew goes to ESY for the month of July. 8-1 Monday through Thursday.
Buttercup has been doing great, she is SO close to walking, it will be any day now! Mom has shown up to the visits each week and Buttercup gets so excited seeing her walk in the door.
Alex has visits with mom once a month at the jail, she has been telling him he is coming home this summer. Apparently she is up for parole soon. Alex is having a hard time understanding that this is probably not the case. Even if she is released on parole, he wouldn't be able to go home right away.
We had R1 back for respite this weekend, 6 kids almost pushed me over the edge, LOL! I don't think it would be so bad if they were not all so close in age...and boys (except my Buttercup). Between R1, Matthew and Alex they are constantly in a control battle. R1 brought a bunch of toys and of course when it was time to go everyone argued over whose Bey Blade pieces were whose....which I warned them would happen. Then we couldn't find two of R1's Nintendo DS games. We spent hours looking everywhere and ended up not being able to go to the Aquarium like I had wanted to. We could not find them, I thought Matthew had hid them somewhere so I gave R1 one of our games that was the same and told him Id find the other and give it to his caseworker. About 10 minutes after we dropped him off R1's foster mom called and said they were in his pocket! Grrrrrr......she is supposed to drop off our game at the agency this week, we will see if that actually happens.
We went to the beach for a couple days last week. The boys woke me up at 5 am to look for shells and we found this little guy.....we named him "Hermie". The boys took care of him all day and then released him back into his habitat, but only after I promised to buy them each a hermit crab this weekend when we go back! Ahhhhhh that's a lot of hermit crabs :)
So there is my update for today!