Monday, September 10, 2018

K12 homeschool day in the life


for a long time I have been wanting to film a day in the life of what it is like for us with our 3 kids homeschooling.  I made a youtube video on Saturday (yes we did school) hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Foster Parent Room Progression

So I have no before pictures to show, but I want to document this journey for you and for myself honestly, and decided that I would just put the information here.  We had an inspection done by our social worker about a week ago and DCF will be coming out in a few weeks to do our final one, after that our home will officially be OPEN.  We will probably be licensed for 3 to 4 kids depending on how things go and I hope to take a sibling set of at least 3.  Again this journey is complicated so I can't tell you anything about number, ages or genders of the children we will get but my biggest hope is still that we will find a sibling group that can join our family sooner rather than later.  I will keep you updated as we go!
Below you will see the pics


A lot of people I am sure are going "WHY in the world did you get a CRIB!! There is no way you are going to get a baby that is young enough to need one or young enough to sleep in your room." or at least that was my reaction and we actually have a crib that my daughter and one of my sons slept, BUT our social worker specifically asked that we get one so that the DCF worker can license us for children under the age of one. since I specifically said that I am ok with taking babies who are born addicted.




This is our extra room all set up.  No, we do not have any bedding on the beds yet.  I didn't think that a 5-year-old girl would want the same thing as a 2-year-old boy!

Anyway, there you have it! I will keep you updated as we go!!!!

PEACE


Friday, August 24, 2018

YouTube Gossip: My thoughts

I have been a long time viewer of different youtube videos and different Vlogger channels, and I know it seems a little weird to take this kind of thing outside of the YouTube world, but I just wanted to write this because lately, I have noticed a lot of drama surrounding a particular couple of YouTubers who are making some choices that might be seen as not the best thing for their kids. and I was just wondering why it is that we all let ourselves get sucked into this? Are we that invested in these peoples lives that when something happens to them we take it as a personal insult? Do we just have nothing better to do? And then you have all of these other channels jumping on board and sharing their thoughts on these peoples life choices? It really just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me...Several years ago, there was all the controversy about families like the Duggars and John and Kate Gosselin.  That I kind of understood because those people were choosing to put their lives and their kids lives on National TV.  So is YouTube reaching that level? I don't know. 

Now there are some channels that yes I think are truly putting their kids in danger, I won't name any names but there is a particular YouTuber who has two children who are adopted and have special needs and I truly feel that SRS should be called and all of those children should be removed. The house is a mess, the kids are not well cared for...the whole deal.

When you compare that to a family where the children are being cared for but maybe she got into a new relationship too quickly and got pregnant again fast, and you put those two people (comparing the two families) on the same level, I believe that is a problem.  I mean, my husband and I were only together 2 months before we moved to together, and he had JUST gotten out of a relationship...now, of course, the difference is that we didn't have any children.


Anyway, I am not going to name any names of these YouTubers because honestly on the part of the first family I mentioned I don't want her to get any extra views. 

Some people might think it is really stupid for me to write a post like this but honestly, I just needed to get some thoughts out!

Thanks for Listening!!!
PEACE

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Back To School K12 haul

This year I have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader going back to school! for those who don't know we homeschool through the K12 system, so it is basically public school online, we personally love the program and it works great for our family because it is such a structured program. We do have a couple of other things that we waiting for (my oldest's reading program) but I wanted to go ahead and let you see what we got so far!



Math supplies and the listing of supplies for my 2nd grader!



My 5th grader opening his box!!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Back to school, First Aid, and a surgery

This has been a really eventful week for our family.  My kids received their boxes form K12 of their school materials for the year, I will be posting a "haul" of sorts showing you what was in them! My daughter had surgery to repair her eardrum from a retained ear tube and then we had something very interesting happen!

Most of you probably know that we are in the process of becoming foster to adopt parents.  A process that I intend to take you on as we get closer and closer to doing so.  Tuesday night we completed one of the last steps, finishing up our first aid class.  I had been dreading this class for a long time, but actually going wasn't as bad as I expected.  I also got a good look at why we were going to take this step.  The place where the class was head was our agency's main office. While we were there I saw a couple of kids come in and meet with their foster parents.  I saw a young teen crying when she was reunited with a foster mother she had been with before.  I saw biological parents coming in for meetings with their children and then leaving with tears running down their faces.  This is a heart-wrenching journey, I know that. Even though I have no idea what we are facing I know that it will be unexpected but as I told my husband when I left the building.  "I don't know if I can ever walk into that building again without walking out without a child who needs somewhere to go."













Saturday, July 28, 2018

Controversial parenting tag

Hi All,

Several years ago, I saw several of this 'tag" being posted on youtube. A lot of people got a lot of hate for what they said but I felt like it was kind of a nice way to get to know some of my favourite mommy youtubers.  So decided to write out some of my opionions.  Keep in mind these are only MY OPINIONS so if you do things differently that is great and I still think you are a good mom and a good person.  I will post the questions in the comments so if you want to answer the questions on your blog go for it and you can post where you did it too and I would really enjoy looking it up! Thanks so much, guys!!! 

PEACE

1. Pro-life VS Prochoice

Soooo we are starting off with a really easy one (eye roll) I guess that is why they call it controversial...I consider myself pro-choice, I have no problem if you feel the other way about it at all and in fact, I understand.  I personally would never choose to have an abortion myself however in certain situations I think it is warranted and I believe that it should be legal so that they can be obtained without causing the woman to get a major infection.  The biggest problem I have with a lot of the pro-life camp is that often times it seems that they want these babies born but then do not care if the child goes without medical care or food.

2.  Baby Wearing

I'm all for babywearing in any situation, and I wore all three of my kids when they were little, I always wanted to do it for longer but never seemed to be able to find a wrap that I liked and really fit well.  If we get a foster /adoptive child young enough I definitely plan to wear them to help with bonding.

3.  Circumcision 

This is one of those things I am pretty passionate about.  All I will say is that I am against doing it because I feel like that should be left up to the owner of the penis.  

4.  Adoption

Well on this one we are in the process to do foster to adopt so I am all for it.  I don't care where you get them, (Ie from the US or some other country) a child is a child is a child.

5.  Baby Piercing

This I am assuming means like piercing a babies ears, I am not against it if a parent wants to pierce their ears, however, I did not get my daughter's done when she was a baby.  I feel like I can have a special day with her when she decides that she wants to have her ears pierced. So I am kind of looking forward to that.

6.  Breastfeeding- Vs Formula feeding

I breastfed 2 and formula fed one.  I do think it is best to breastfeed if you can, but if not as long as they are fed I think its great.

7.  Cry it out method

I don't agree with it. In my opinion, if a baby is crying they need something.


8.  Spanking

Spanking to me is just a form of bullying because you are bigger then they are.  I think there are better ways to teach your child right from wrong.

9.  Co-Sleeping

I co-slept with all of my kids and I think it was a great experience. and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  It helped me a lot with bonding after my c-sections and I wouldn't have done it any other way.  I am a very light sleeper so I have never worried about rolling over on them or anything. But it actually allowed me to get beter sleep then I would have if they were in another room.

10.  Home vs private vs public vs charter schooling

Well our schools around here are awful and we homeschool through K12 so I guess we are kind of doing home and public schooling.  I don't really have a strong opinion on this.  If it works for your family I say do it.

11. Vaccinations

My kids are fully vaccinated except for the flu shot.  If I had to do it over again I would probably vaccinate them but on a delayed schedule.

12.  Medicating Children

This one I have a pretty strong opinion on.  I think under the age of 5 meds are a BAD idea, try other options like therapy or natural methods.  After 5, I still would not do it unless they really really needed it.

13.  cloth vs disposable diapers

I cloth diapered and would again but I don't have a problem with either.

14.  Store bought vs homemade baby food

As long as they are fed I think it's fine, although I would probably do child led weaning if I had another baby that age



So there you have it the "controversial parenting tag"


Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!!

PEACE


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kitten foster

Hi All!

I am currently working on a new book review that I plan to have up for you in just a few days, (waiting on the author questions to come back) but I wanted to tell you a little bit about being a kitten foster mom.  My kids, husband and I started fostering kittens about a year ago, and so far we have raised 3 litters.  Today we got our 4th, a family (mama with 4 kittens) of beautiful tortious shells.  I never dreamed that I would like doing this as much as I have but it does my heart so much good! it is fun to cuddle the little fluff balls and watch them grow up so they can be adopted by good families, I also feel like it is good practice for the foster to adopt journey that we are about to embark on.

Someday I want to do a day in the life of a kitten foster mom for you guys because it is time-consuming! but if you love animals try it out! They always need foster parents for animals.


Thanks for reading all!
PEACE