First, last Thursday our foster children had their first visit with their mother in over 8 months. Could the State's attorney's office be more insensitive to plan something this emotionally traumatic during December, when most foster kids are already worked up from their feelings of missing their family. So on top of the normal melt downs, now we get to ramp them up a notch. Yippee.
Last weekend was G's birthday, so we had his brothers over the a sleep over/party, and it went really well. We enjoy those boys so much - Luke really connected with the older brother, and I was grateful to get through the weekend without any major meltdowns or drama. J, their older sister, was upset that she had to share all the boys with the rest of us, and she pouted most of the time they were here, but that's pretty par for the course with a 13 yo girl.
The best part was giving G a special birthday party! He was very proud to have his brothers visit, and having his own cake and presents really made it fun for him.
After the busy weekend, we had to turn our sights on preparing for Quinn's clinical at Shriners Hospital in Mpls later that week. Because of Loren's work schedule, Travis offered to drive me up there. The thought of me driving through downtown Mpls looking for this hospital with a 2 yo in the back seat put me in a deep sweat, so I gratefully accepted his offer. And boy, am I relieved that he drove, because I think his GPS even got a little confused at one point!
The clinical went well, with recommendations on waiting to schedule surgery after she completes potty training. At least now she is in the system, and the next visit will be for surgery to detether her spinal cord. Thankfully, she is asymptomatic with now, meaning nothing is bothering her due to the tethering, so it's all good :-)
The side perk from the trip was getting to spend alot of quality time with big brother Travis, and he got to introduce Quinn to Chipotle cuisine.
|3 days after she broke out from the lip gloss|
So we whip home after 2 days in Minnesota just in time to catch up on the laundry and spend 4 hours at Sunday School practice for our Christmas program. We managed to survive that, and I even remembered to bring the gifts for my students, so yah- 2 for 2.
All we have left is Quinn's birthday, and then I'll be able to relax and begin to enjoy Christmas. So glad that I got all our Christmas shopping done in November ;-)
|Kaylee and Bri|
|J wanted to be a stylish angel|
|pretty proud of himself|