SO much has happened since my last post. (I know, I know - you're tired of hearing that EVERY time I write.)
We had an AWESOME start to the school year. We have, for the most part, stuck with a good routine and daily schedule, switching it up here and there when necessary. These last week and a half have been a bit too relaxed for my liking, but next week is our Fall 9-week Break, which is sorely needed; and I fully expect us to start strong again after that.
Part of the reason we've had a relaxed couple of weeks is because I made and canned 18 quarts of apple sauce and about 2 dozen quarts of apple cider. Then my dad "surprised" me with two HUGE boxes of grapes from his buddy's vineyard; so last week, with the kids' help, I got about half of them done and canned into grape juice. I have 6 dozen quarts so far, which means there are another 6-8 dozen quarts' worth of grapes left to can. Oh, and I'm down to a dozen jars, AFTER buying another 2 dozen last week. So this should be interesting.
K3's TPR was FINALLY filed with the court, and the initial appearance hearing was Monday. It was adjourned. It will likely be adjourned again. If you remember from Liam's case, this is the norm. But I'm more frustrated about this case than I was with his, because she shouldn't even have to be worrying about permanence. This should have been over and done a long time ago. I continue to pray for a miracle, but it's hard not to be discouraged some days.
Liam turned TWO a couple of weeks ago! It's pretty ridiculous; I still can't really believe he's 2 already. It still seems like it was just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital. Soon my K4 will also be 2; not sure how I feel about having two 2 year olds!
Speaking of K4, we have, after much discussion and mind-changing and negotiating, come up with her new name. :-D
Friday is November 1st, which means the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. For the past three years, Hunter has joined me in the novel-writing adventure. This year, Kaleigh will also participate! For those who are not familiar with the Young Writer's Program branch of NaNoWriMo, the coolest part about it is that participants choose their own word count. The kids and I discussed and agreed upon their word counts for this year; but I can't tell you what they are juuuuuuust yet. Don't worry; you'll find out soon enough ;-).
Randy and I took the kids out to the county park for their annual "school" pics this past Sunday afternoon. I SO wish I could share them here, but I can't. Well, I can actually share pictures of three of them, but since I can't share them all, I don't really want to share any. It doesn't feel right.
I guess those are the highlights.
The day-to-day feels like a grind many days. Liam and K4 take turns (or sometimes not) being whiny and clingy. K2 and K3 take turns being deliberately disobedient. Hunter can't quite figure out how to get to the maturity level of a 13 year old. But Liam and K4 also take turns wanting kisses and hugs. K2 and K3 are doing amazingly better at getting along with each other than they were several months ago. Hunter is learning, even though slowly, and sometimes I am somewhat taken aback by his thoughtfulness and kind-heartedness. So just as many days are fun and exciting and enjoyable.
Time to go think about dinner for tonight.