I have found some amazing facts lately. Rabbits can be impregnated on the day they give birth. I discovered this because when I went to feed the rabbits today I found myself flashing back to a month ago when I had first found baby rabbits in a nest. We gave them away last weekend (only 2 had survived). I had removed the male the day I saw her give birth. It was less than an hour I swear!!! Apparently she gave birth last night to 7 more babies. I removed "Dad" again. This time I am sure the nightmare is over. We had Dad fixed a couple weeks ago and had an appointment to have her fixed next week. The vet is going to laugh at me sooooooooo hard. Anyone need a baby bunny? They should be ready in late June!
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I always have but I now have another reason to believe. On Saturday my little screamer turned 4. I had been telling her that she needed to stop that screaming and tantrums if she wanted to be a big girl (lots of wonderful things happen around here at 4, you get a twin bed, you get an allowance, you don't have to ride in the front of the cart...) In fact she screamed so much we threatened to cancel her birthday party if she didn't stop. She didn't stop and it broke my heart but we had no party. We talked about it and explained we would still be going to lunch with playgroup but no crafts, no games and no party stuff. We did make favor bags for the kids. She understood. She had no party. We gave her presents as usual (3 just like Jesus got). She never screamed or threw a tantrum all day that day or today. She started to get upset at one point and I said remember you're 4 now and she controlled it. She has cried when unhappy or her way was thwarted but no tantrums. I am so relieved!!! I admit I don't expect we are done with them forever after all big brother age 5 has one from time to time but at least I have a respite. i don't think we will spend the day going form one to another either!
I got to talk to my son this morning. He is home from Iraq. This second tour seemed to take forever to be done. I didn't realize how big a weight it was till he talked to me and the heavyness floated off. I am soooooooooooo hoping he gets a different job so he can be home for awhile. It is so hard on his kids and my DIL when he is gone that long. Should have heard the cheering around here when the kids found out the person on the other end of the phone was their big brother!!!! My DH was shouting at the computer and the kids were yelling. For once the noise didn't bother me. i seem to recall adding to it a bit!
When my DH was a teen he lost almost all the hearing in his right ear. His left was so so. He was left with a constant ringing in his ears. That was decades ago. He tried a hearing aid but it didn't help. He was told it was nerve damage and untreatable. Well he is sick several times a year with a sinus problem that is apparently uncurable and not very treatable. Maybe i should say he is healthy a couple times a year. Anyway we finally got a referral to an ENT yesterday. I was holding a Simply Fun Party at the same time (which had been planned for 3 months) so couldn't go which made him unhappy but we couldn't make him suffer another week so we reviewed what the Dr needed to know and off he went. When he came home he said they had scheduled him for a CT scan to see exactly what was going on. Then he dropped a bomb............Seems the Dr thinks he can fix his ear. This Dr doesn't think it is nerve damage but fused bones. He says the ear drum is fine and sees no reason why he can't operate and solve the problem. Needless to say we are reeling from the news. DH just looked at the DR and siad that would be nice but I've lived with this for years, and while annoying it isn't a big deal anymore, can you fix the sinuses!! The Dr was a bit surprised but understood when DH told him how many days a year he is sick with it. WOW he could hear again!!!
On another note my son comes home from Iraq tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
We had the first decent snowfall of the year last night. My first clue was waking up to the little voice of my 5 year old when he asked, "Mom is it winter?" I groggily said no go back to sleep and after a couple minutes it hit me why he must have asked. I checked and yep lots of white stuff out there.
I am having a Simply Fun party tomorrow afternoon during our normal playgroup time. I traded parties with her. I really hope this is worth her while. I don't have many people coming. Most people seem to hate these things but I honestly like them. I am in the minority I guess. Her Usborne Book party (my business) went well so I hope I can do as well for her.
I said yesterday that I was going to try to turn over a new leaf, both health wise and financial. So far so so! I have no motivation right now, for anything. Mornings are pretty good but afternoons aren't.
Yesterday I was writing about the birthday party we had for my DS2 and computer shut down on the last couple sentences! Frustrating! Sooooooooooo here we go again. He is turning 5 on Saturday but we will be on the road so we had the party early. He picked the "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" from Veggie Tales for a theme. I ordered a cake topper from ebay a couple months ago and it worked pretty well. We also had cheese curls (the pirates favorite food) pizza, ice cream and chocolate milk. For the treats to go home I found treasure chests at the dollar store to unfold and make. They were 6 for a dollar. In them I put a top, car, couple little tootsie rolls, some fake coins and stickers. When the kids got here they put their name on a card and every time they did an activity they earned a pirate sticker. When they had 10 they earned their treasure. We made "hats " actually visors, (dollar store 3/$1 and foam stickers from there too), took newspaper crumpled it and used masking tape to make "rock monsters" (the parents got to help and had a blast) Then we went outside and threw "coins" at containers. No one not even my DH was able to get a coin in. We only stood 3 feet away! The coins were about 3 inches across (8/$1) We helped each child into a paper grocery bag and then player pirate says (simon couldn't make it!) We use nautical words and the last command was overboard. While the kids were tossing my DH "kidnapped" one of the Moms and took her off to the castle. I armed her kid (s) with swords and off they went to rescue her! It was so cute to see the sword fights. We earned a medal for walking the "HERO highway" They had to go to 4 stations and collect a letter in the word. To earn an H they had to say their ABC's, E was count 1 to 20, R was walk the plank (balance beam), and O was scale the rigging (climbing rope ladder on jungle gym). We played Tic Tac Toes. I made boards on paper and x's and O's out of foam and they had to play with their toes. After that we put shoes back on and jumped off of the trampoline onto ............................... cheese curls. There is a song the pirate sing about never going to Boston in the fall. One of the lines is "I've never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall" You guessed it, none of these kids can ever sing that song again!! I made a wall out of a big piece of cardboard and cut a hole in it. my DH put his face in the hole and the kids took dairy queen spoons with mashed potatoes on them and flung em at him. Couple of the kids were pretty good at it! I made sure there was plenty, cooked up a big box of instant mashed potatoes. I am convinced that my DH is the best sport in the world! The kids had a blast and the clean up was minimal since we did the really messy things outside. It rained later to wash away my mashed potatoes and the chipmunks have been busy with the cheese curl crumbs. Lots of fun for not much money. You never know what is going to happen at my parties. My DD can't wait for her birthday in January. Wants horses as a them.....hmn what can I do with that!?
For months I have been trying to teach my DD2 (age 3 and a half and has CP) to take her shirt off. It has been rough. She would rather I help her. So as I advise her how to do it she screams and cries and in general tries to wear me down. It hasn't worked yet but she keeps trying. Once in awhile she gets her Dad to help so she keeps trying to appeal to me. It is hard to resist "but I love you Mommy" Anyway today I sent her up to get dressed and she came down sans pjs with her new shirt on her head stuck on her chin, no tears or screams. I told her how to fix the new shirt and she went happily back up to finish dressing. She still needs some help with tights but can do socks herself. Try to do things one handed sometime you'd be amazed at how hard it is. I have had to learn to do lots of stuff one handed so I can advise her how to do it.
It was a long trip East but the prize at the end was worth it. I got all my children and their children in the same room at the same time. I was allowed to take a picture of two grown children with my two little ones. I was also allowed a picture of my grandchildren, all of them! Of course that will change in a couple weeks when the new one is born. I wish I could be there for that. The curse of having to earn a living I guess. Only job seems to be 1500 miles away from those I love. DIL keeps begging us to find one closer but at our age it is difficult. We are sticking with this company in the hope they will move us after the transition is complete and then the distance will be cut in half. In the meantime we only get to see them a couple times a year.
My 3 year old is not feeling well today. She crawled in with me about five thirty this morning and has been whimpering on an doff ever since. I keep putting her back in bed when she falls asleep and 30 minutes later she is staggering up to me. She then lays on me and falls back asleep. I feel so bad for her. No fever, just "my tummy doesn't feel good" as I was writing this she called and I ran up. She gagged a couple times and fell back asleep. Sometimes I wish she'd just throw up and get it over with!! Ah well, with 4 kids for the last 6 weeks I guess I am blessed that this was the first time any of em got sick, now if we can just contain this!!
I got an IM from my DIL telling my that my DS1's mid tour leave had been canceled. They were on a mission and would be unable to contact us for up to 2 months or more. In my DS1's words, they were going into "hell" I was to put it mildly terrified. Two days later I got a phone call telling me th emission was canceled because it was too dangerous. While I am VERY glad his leave is back on it has made me think of what others are facing. While I worried about him it didn't occur to me that others are in even more danger. Time to step up my prayers.
We are on the road,left at lunchtime yesterday after finalizing our youngest's adoption. We got pretty far yesterday, below the windy city anyway. That includes an hour and half stop at a curriculum fair for home schoolers where I enjoyed having some hands on with stuff I had been reading about. I picked a phonics curriculum for my older two (age 4) because they can both work out of it even if it is in different workbooks. I also found a reading comprehension book to challenge my 4 year old. I found copies of several of the biographies I have been searching for to read to my 4 home schoolers and was delighted to do so. the funny part is that the lady who was displaying them lives within a half hour drive from us in WI. I am looking forward to getting more of those books after we get home. We drove as far as south Bend and then settled two kids and two dogs for the night. This morning started early, DD2 was up at 4:19 WI time and never went back to bed. Of course it woke up DS2. So we were on the road before 6 AM. We drove as far as we could and then had to stop because of the bad storm that was predicted. It wasn't a dream of some weatherman. It is several inches of white cold vision disrupting road blocking trip destroying mess. We are stuck here till Monday. I am sure Sandusky is a nice place to visit however I wanted to be in PA by now. My family was planning a nice lunch tomorrow which had been canceled. We were then going to NC to see my DD1 and may have to cancel that as well. In all fairness it isn't just the storm, our car has started hesitating every so often and we are concerned. I am hoping it is due to an accumulation of snow. It could signal the abrupt end of our transmission. We are taking it to the dealer on Monday. They were closed due to snow today. We will see what they have to say. We will get to see DD1 at some point this trip. It may be after we pick up the grandkids though. Depends on how long the car is tied up. Ah well, we have a room, (there are others stranded when the road was closed), we have food(snacks for the road are plentiful at the beginning of the trip), so that makes 4 walls that are closing in rapidly, two kids ages 4 and 3, two large dogs and one husband who want sto take a nap. Good thing he has a hearing problem!! The hotel even has an indoor pool. I didn't bring swimsuits but maybe walmart when the snow clears tomorrow. or if?
It has been busy around here getting ready for our two grandchildren to spend the next 9 months. Their Mom will be going to Iraq as a civilian to work on vehicles. They are hoping this will get them out of debt. An extreme way to do but it works. We are excited to have the youngest children here. They are 4 and 2 and my two are 4 and 3. It will rock around the clock here I am sure! We have been making plans for fun things to do, homeschooling materials, and trips to take. We are going to keep them too busy to miss their parents too badly (yeah right) We're at least going to try. We are also getting ready to finalize our second adoption. 9 more days to go. till the finalization and th etrip down to get the kids. We are stopping off on the way to see my family in PA and our daughter in NC and her family. We are waiting to see when their Dad gets leave so he can come see them. Hopefully their Mom will get leave at the same time and they can both come here.
We filed paperwork with the court today and a date for finalization has been set. Our DD2 will be official on my birthday.
My DIL is going to Iraq. She told the kids (who will come to live with me) that i twas to help their Dad and they agreed that they couldn't leave Daddy over their without any help. The 4 year old made her promise that when he is old enough he can go over and get rid of the "bad guys" once and for all so nobody else's Mommy or Daddy have to leave them. She has a civilian job for a year. It isn't the easiest way to get out of debt, 12 hours a day 7 days a week but it will do it for them and then they can hopefully buy a house. In the meantime Nana and Morfar get to have two more little ones. The older ones are staying with friends in the area. The plan is to keep them so busy they don't miss Mom and Dad too much (yeah right)
We are all sick, but the kids seem to be hit the lightest Thank God. DH is short of breath and weak even with the meds. He is also congested and coughing. I am weak, congested and coughing. I am keeping on because I have to with the kids. I am even doing some declutter in light of the company we are expecting later. First i have to make it to the store today, wish we had a drivethru grocery store!!
When we moved to Wisconsin I made several comments as to the absolutely impossibility of my ever ever ever doing what the natives did and walking on the lake or river. No I don't live among intensely faithful, we're not up to Peter's caliber here, it freezes pretty solid in the winter as I am sure it does other places. I have never lived anywhere that people could walk on the ice on a regular basis and not need 911. I have been in awe of the trucks, 4 wheelers, and people sitting on upturned buckets every winter, not to mention the ice houses with smoke coming from the chimney. Even if I were crazy enough to walk on the ice, I wouldn't sit with it heated around me! Today i was reading the paper and found that they were cutting ice for the local historic farm and that we could watch. They were also having an ice fishing contest. The first challenge was finding stuff to keep the kids warm since they had been out "swimming" in the snow and everything was soaked. After I hurdled that challenge my DH pointed out that to see them cut ice you had walk out to where they were cutting the ice. I hadn't thought of that and what I said wasn't very nice but I was committed then because I had gotten the kids excited about doing it. We drove out to the Lake and I had to concentrate on keeping my 4 year old upright as well as myself and didn't realize where I was until DH said, "Look kids, we're walking on the Lake" Thanks Hon!We walked out and saw them cut. It was really cool. DS2 and DD2 got to try to saw a block (not near the water, Mom wasn't that secure) and we brought home a small piece of ice to show. We're going to try to find some sawdust and pack it away till next summer.
I just bought something on ebay. It was new but cheaper than in the stores. I took off the shrink wrap and checked it out. I was not happy to discover that it was too easy for my DD2 (age 3). I would have known if I could have seen it for 5 minutes or if I could have talked or emailed to someone who had one. Then I never would have bought it. Nor would I have had to resell it. I have been thinking that we need a community of people who can tell us about products we are considering. Not reviews but answers specific questions that might not be covered on a general box description. I have been looking at a video game system for young children but am afraid to sink the $30 into it because it may be too easy for my two, or I may not be able to get more advanced games that don't feature tv characters I don't allow my kids to watch. I would love to spend 5 minutes playing it or even asking those specific questions not covered on the box. So like I said, the world needs a group of people who can give each other info. It isn't just children's toys either, how about info on appliances, or games, or .........
I am so disgusted with someone. I don't know who of course, have to protect the people who don't have anything better to do than complain about others. We have 2 large dogs, a shepherd and a golden. They love to be outside in the snow and we have runs for them where they can reach each other. They are never out when we aren't home. Today my DH put them out in the morning before work. Usually we don't do that but he had to be home 3 hours later. 3 hours is not a long time for those two. They were happily playing and watching the world go by with occasional barking while I homeschooled my two. I kept an eye on them through the schoolroom window because if they lay down for too long then they need to come in. At 10:15 a policeman knocked on my door and told me they were out too long. I explained that it wasnt even 3 hours and he said they have no food water or shelter. OK< they eat at night and if I put out water they knock it over and play in it. Shelter they don't need if I am keeping an eye on them. He said in order to make sure they don't get any more calls I have to not put them out. We used to put them out after DH got home for a couple hours and that was it besides quick trips. We take good care of our animals. I checked when I brought them in and their skin was warm and dry. For that matter the fur wasn't wet or cold either. I want a privacy fence!! Actually I want to move!! I have no idea who did this to us and now don't know who to trust. GRRRRR.
Not outside, inside. My DH noticed it a few hours after I did and asked me why. I explained that the furnace seemed to be taking a break. He went in and felt the register and flipped. It seems they were blowing cold air (I knew that) I told him it was the weekend and people who fix that stuff charge ALOT more on weekends. He didnt seem to care. He asked me to call a friend and see if he knew anything about furnaces. The friend suggested the usual things, pilot (we don't have one) and thermo coupler (too difficult for my DH to consider) and I finally gave in and looked up a furnace place in the yellow pages. I was so relieved when I recognized one of the addresses as my Usborne book dealer. At least I knew he was honest. I called him and he came right away and replace the electric igniter. I haven't seen the bill yet but I'm sure it will be outstanding. I hate getting people to come do stuff like that. I have to call a plumber and I am putting that off as long as possible.
I rarely put a link in my blog but this is too good to pass up. Hope it works
I homeschool as I know several others do and I got this from one of the Mom's in my playgroup.
It was official a couple weeks ago, another company bought out the one my DH works for. Yesterday they had a meeting and found out that benefits will stay the same for a year and then who knows. I get the impression that the new parent company hasn't been as generous as the old one. They are also going to have each IT person fill out a form telling them what they want and are looking for those who want to be broadened. Needless to say we are all in favor of being broadened especially if it involves moving around to the different plants this one has. Many of them are closer to the kids and grandkids. I told him it was ok for us to become migrant IT workers but not if I had to be a "IT widow"! We'll see what happens. I just hope taking some family leave doesn't interfere with anything.
In February we should finish up court proceedings and our DD2's adoption should be finalized. We are hoping that DH can take some family leave at the time and we can visit East. We have quite a trip planned. Starting in Wisconsin, going to Michigan, then Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia then home to Wisconsin again. Even if he gets 2 weeks we will only have a couple days to spend at each place. Michigan isn't family so we won't be spending alot of time there but we want to see three different families in 3 different towns. There is only one real stop in Pennsylvania because I hope my family will all get together to meet DD2 at one house. If we time it right my niece may give birth around the time we are there and we can meet our two new nieces or rather grand nieces. Then on to North Carolina to see DD and her family and then to DIL and the family in GA. We will be celebrating Christmas with the kids and family since we couldn't get there before this. i can't even begin to figure out what to pack for this and as to cost, I am putting my head in the sand because I think this will drown us!! Actually I think I have two thirds of the cost saved in spite of having some credit card debt from when I went in Nov to help with the surgery aftermath. We won't be traveling much until June when the next grandchild will be putting in a much anticipated appearance and then in August when DS comes home on leave from Iraq and we'll see after that. Travel is a bit daunting now that it includes two kids, two dogs and us.
New Years used to be a big deal when I was little, we got to eat junk food! We got to have pop! Dad paid attention to us! I remember him going out the day before and coming home with a case of pop and a bunch of snack stuff. It might have been cheese curls, chips, crackers, cheese in a can, and occasionally crackers. There was also this loaf of bread that was called party rye. Each piece was maybe 2 inches by 2 inches square and I loved it. On the 31st we went up under the eaves and found the roulette wheel and board or the bingo game. My Dad was the caller and we had junk and played what ever game we picked for that year. Usually it was roulette, in fact I only remember Bingo being played once. I was so young that I was in a high chair at my Mom's side. Then we little ones were sent to bed around 10 or so. OK, maybe it was only me! About 11:30 we stopped to listen to the music and watch the ball drop. Always it was Guy Lombardo. Around midnight the phone would ring and his friend from years ago would call. It was the only time they were in touch. I remember the year Dad died in October and when that phone rang (we didn't watch Guy that year either or play roulette) we all froze. NO one wanted to answer the phone. Anyway most of the memories were good so I want to make something similiar for my two youngest. I am not married to a guy who likes to go out (except to eat) so we are home (and usually in bed by midnight) but I remember how important traditions are so am going to build some. This year we are playing games like Bingo, Topple, Lotto and memory from dinner time till bedtime (and that will be all of 9 instead of 8) and eating cheeses curls, chips, and cheese on party rye bread.
Today was OK, We delivered the cookies we had baked yesterday to 3 families and DH took a set in to work with him for the guys. WE lit the candles for the last time and said the prayers. WE gave the last present. I had planned on this being a big present. DH got the snowshoes, poles and goggles he has been coveting for a year and was delighted. I got a shofar that no animal was harmed in the making of. DS2 got a race track that has remote cars on it. DD2 got a first dollhouse with a family and some furniture (she is getting the rest of the furniture for her birthday next month). Everyone was delighted and had fun playing. They went to bed on time and well too so Mom was pretty pleased.
Last night was pretty awful. WE made cookies out of pie dough and sprinkled them with cinnamen and sugar. We used my candle cookie cutter and made enough to give away 4 menorahs. That part was fine. We did the candles and prayers, that was fine too. Then we got to the gifts. I gave DH a robe. He needed one very badly and I had found it on sale at a tall shop. He was very pleased. He gave me a montage frame. I use them alot. WE gave DS2 a veggie tale toy and DD2 a set with a crib, stroller, high chair etc we had picked up at a school closing for a song. The kids were delighted and played happily. Then the bad part came. We got DD2 ready for bed as usual and warned DS2 that his time was coming. As she got her story I told him to start cleaning up and he had an all out fit any 2 year old would be impressed by. The problem is that he is 4. I took the toy and it was an hour before he was calm enough to leave in his room. He didn't fall asleep until almost 11 that night because he was so upset his stomach and head hurt. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep either. He has always known that the toy will be there in the morning to play with and while sometimes he grumbles he's never done this before. Needless to say the toy was removed for a period of time (and almost thrown away). I don't know what it was but yesterday was awful. He had had a screaming fit in a restaurant that lunchtime over ice cream too. He didn't get the ice cream and we left rather quickly.
Last night we started a tradition that I hope to continue every month from now on. We went to a Nursing Home to visit with people. We gave out the hearts that they made the first night. I loved the one persons comment, seeing them is better than a pill! I ignored the comment "look one of them is even black" I don't know if it was a comment on a mixed family or a negative remark. I choose to believe it was said in love. After we got home and did the candle thing we opened presents. Our son now knows the story of the miracle of lights letter perfect and we will start him learning the prayers next year so he can participate more. Presents were a bit bigger, I gave DH a set of containers for geocaching that he wanted and a t shirt I painted for him. DS2 got a robot. It is a small one but he is delighted. DD2 got a doll. It is the "child's first doll" so is easy to dress, and hold. They were all delighted.
Last night we spent time with friends to celebrate Jesus. The adults played games, including a new variation on scrabble that went fast and was fun. The kids played. Our 4 yr old played with a toy that he loves and it was fun to see his delight because he doesn't know that one very very similiar is waiting for the 8th night to become his. For gifts we had the kids give theirs to us and to each other. They made their Dad long sleeved t-shirts to go geocaching and waymarking in. They each drew a map to a "cache" on it. I wrote their names and the date as well. For me they had made a garden stone with their handprints and names and some pretty plastic things. She gave her brother a remote control truck (he has been lusting after a remote control thing for months) and he gave her a backpack that looks like Bob form Veggie Tales. He has a Larry one so they look cool together. The backpacks were the first thing they played with this morning after they came downstairs. What I am delighted with is that I have to remind them about the chocolate menorah each morning. They aren't desperate to get the candy.
Last night was fun we made cards with menorahs, dreidals, an 6 pointed stars on them. They also said Happy Hanukkah. After that we gave books. I gave DH a subscription to Readers Digest and an electronic KaKuro game since he has a hard time writing with the brace on his hand. He gave me a copy of a book that I read as a child an dwant to read to my youngest two, Smiling Hill Farm. We gave the kids some books that teach good morals and ethics from Biblical standpoint. It was fun but Mom was hoarse afterwards from reading lots of books.
Last night we didn't have time to do a craft or an activity because we had to get dog food and DH had a phone interview for a new job (90 minutes, I think they like him!) It was supposed to have been playgroup day anyway (cancelled due to my two having coughs) So we lit the candles with the prayers and quized the oldest to see if he remembered the Hanukkah story. Then we gave gifts. DH got tow shirts that he needs, I got a flag (he promises to put up the pole) and the kids got a fun costume and an outfit. Both of them have Veggie Tales on their outfit so they were delighted. Our 4 year old got a space shuttle costume that you blow up and it fits around him. Our 2yr old got a butterfly cape and hat. They danced or should I say flew around the house for the rest of the night.
Last night was fun. We gave up on the candles getting here (they arrived today) and bought votives to use. Oh well at least we won't go through this next year. We lined our votives up in front of the Menorah and began on more traditions. We put together a bag for DH boss. We gave him cookies and coffee. Last night we gave our presents before activities. We are keeping it simple and so gave each child a mug. The cool thing was that they each had a picture of Larry boy (veggie tales hero) on them. The incredible delight on their faces was wonderful. I have never seen anyone so excited by a mug before. In each was 10 small pieces of candy (sweettarts) that they could use to play the Dreidal game. The one I had ordered for the family didn't show up in time but we had a couple small ones that we used. The kids had fun spinning (or trying to) the top and we're very content when they ran out of candy. We then put the candy in front of each and let them trade till they had what they wanted and let them eat it. They have never had that much at once before so it was amazing to them. This morning we again had an unusual breakfast (poptarts) since it is a holiday and opened the second cardboard candle. After school today they made a paper menorah and glued it onto a big piece of paper. I got a little ahead of myself because I forgot we had to give DD2 social worker (till adoption is finalized) her gift today since we won't see her until late January now bu that's ok. We put together a bag with fingerpaint (same ones they got and a doll for her kids (a year older than mine are) and a tin of tea for her. We also gave her a small dreidal and directions (thank God for the internet) on how to play. They were proud to see her open it. The visit went well too, she is talking about signing adoption paperwork next month so it can be filed in early February!! Hurray!
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