Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Make Sure to Take Your Ring Off Once in a While

I never take my wedding ring off. I get it dipped every six months to and get it inspected. Sometimes every month, or every other month I would go in and get it cleaned. This year has been so busy, that I simply forgot, and when I did remember, I was like, "Oh, I'm still in the process of painting, I can do it later."

Well later happened.

And it wouldn't come off. I tried all the tricks in the book: Windex, ice cubes, and even dental floss. It wouldn't budge. Then I finally went to my friend who is an ER nurse.

This was part of the process. My finger turned a slight shade of blue after this, but she managed to get it off.

Don't worry all is good now and my finger is still in tact :) Now it just needs to get cleaned and probably resized. LOL.

Ladies, make sure you take those rings off once in a while. I learned my lesson.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Wrestling Match

I found this clearance box at Petsmart the other day, and put it in the living room. The cats love it so they can play wrestle :P


 

 

It's just another day in our zoo.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snickers (or Twix) Apple Salad

Snickers (or Twix)- Apple Salad 
Recipe by: Kelly B.
I made this Twix recipe the other day for the 50th Superbowl. It was a hit, and I got so many compliments, that I know this recipe is going to be made again.

I added more carmel topping afterwards,
because can you ever have too much
carmel topping?! I think not! :)
Ingredients 6 Snickers bars (or Twix) or 12 fun-sized bars (the more the better) 3-4 apples 1 (16 oz) cool whip 1 (5 oz) pkg vanilla instant pudding 1/4 c. milk caramel topping
Directions:
1.) Add 1/4 c. milk to pudding and whisk well, then fold in cool whip. 
2.) Chop apples and snickers (or twix) to bite-sized pieces; add to pudding mixture (leave a few pieces of snickers out for topping). 
3.) Chill for 1 hour
4.) Drizzle with caramel topping and top with snickers (or twix) pieces before serving.

P.S. Tatum really wanted to eat this. He LOVES apples!
P.S.S. Before we got to watch the Superbowl, we put on the Puppy Bowl on, and this is what happened. Hahahahaha.





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Paperwork & Waiting


Paperwork.

I think that would pretty much describe what my life was surrounding for the last couple of months. I started the paperwork trail in October, but everything seemed to take forever.

There is fingerprints (which takes 4 weeks)
But for fingerprints you need to have your drivers license (they won't take an out of state license. So they say this takes 4 weeks.. thankfully, it didn't take as long as they said it would). Also, don't let me forget to tell you the story about this!
A physical was needed to be done. You have to book a physical a month at the earliest.
Then you have to do your training classes/paperwork.
And there is so much paperwork, where you share your entire life with complete strangers.


While we were waiting to have most of the stuff, I would probably say what took the longest was trying to get our house ready. One of the bedrooms no one could stay in because it was under construction (we bought it that way). We paid some wonderful guys to help us with our house. The only problem was that we had to work around their schedule. So this was probably a 2 month process to say the least. Thankfully, the house is ready.

It is child proof. Which is a little odd for us because we don't have kids. We're not used to this stuff. And it's weird to have people over and let them know to watch out for the baby gate! LOL.

Now, we are waiting for our licensor to start our paperwork. She stated that once it gets to a certain place, it usually takes 4 weeks. So with how things have been going, I'm assuming in 2 months we will have a child here.

So instead of preparing paperwork now, we are now preparing for children. 

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If you are wondering what was in the binder, the information is below. Our licensor was impressed stating she's never seen anything like this ;) And I was happy to hand it over so I didn't have to keep looking at it! LOL. 

(Things we turned in ahead of time: application, fingerprinting, clearances)

Personal
*Birth certificates
*Drivers Licenses
*Social Security cards
*Marriage license
Finances
*Proof of income
*Monthly Household Bills
*Budget
Insurance
*Auto & vehicle registration
*Health
*Home owners
Animals
*Up-to-date shot records
*Licenses
First Aid
*First Aid Certificate
Physicals
*Doctor physicals
Home Stuff
*Emergency Phone Numbers
*Evacuation Plan
*Home visit stuff
*If you have any guns, you need them licensed
Other
*Training Questions
*Personal
*Unrelated personal references
*Support person contract
*Other questionnaires




Monday, December 21, 2015

Progress Has Started

Cleaning alone has made a huge difference, even on the outside of the house.


Travis' skin is really sensitive to poision ivy, so to make sure he didn't get it, I took charge of pulling weeds and cutting things down. Although it doesn't look like much, it has taken weeks to get done.  Here's what it looked like before:





Trav removed this thing in our pantry. It was added on to make more space into our pantry, however, it was more of a burden than anything because although you could move it, you could barley get an arm back there.


We started painting a lot. Every single ceiling has been painted, along with the molding and doors.





 


We also spray painted things.



Things started coming down - including closest doors.



And the carpet upstairs has been removed to reveal beautiful hardwood floors.



All of the door handles, kitchen handles and bathroom handles have been changed.


While Trav was out of town in Boston, I surprised him by painting the rest of the house downstairs. Travis surprised me by redoing the guest bathroom upstairs while I was at work :)  The only other MAJOR area that we need to redo is the master bathroom, but we finished faster than what we were thinking because of getting everything for fostering.

We also paid people to complete the room upstairs, add ceiling fans, paint the landing upstairs, change all the outlets and take wall paper off from our master bath.  

A neighbor also came over and put together a chevron wall in the nursery. It's not even, but, I really, really like it :)

Jax just liked climbing and hiding in all the stuff that we brought in and out of the house. Hahaha.

 

Phew! I'm glad I have these pictures to show you that progress has been made! Can't wait to show you pictures once we get more things settled.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Making A Jump into Fostering

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I believe God is calling for Trav and I to open our doors to God's children through fostering and hopefully eventually fostering-to-adopt. God has been so generous in providing these little stepping stools in our lives together, that everything just comes together. As Travis graduates, and as we have bought a new house, we are planning on getting our house ready to have little foster kids in our house. We had our first orientation, and will be having our first home visit soon.

Anytime the word "foster parents" comes up in our conversations, I automatically feel judged. There is a lack of support from others. Usually I hear remarks as, "why?", "don't you want to have your own?", "what if something is wrong with them?", "what if you fall in love with them, and they have to go back to their parents?", "it's different when you have your own", "you might not be able to have dogs and foster kids", "by that time, you should just have your own." Really? God is pointing us in the direction of one thing, and you're trying to get us in a different direction? Those who have been truly inspired and who are genuinely excited for us, I can count on one hand.

As I told Travis about being discouraged because there isn't much support, Travis pointed out, "Babe, who cares what they have to say? This is between me, you, and God." Isn't that the truth? God has put this on our hearts, and even with all the negativity surrounding us on our decision, the feeling of wanting to be a part of this, has only gotten stronger. 

As I was talking to Kate she exclaimed, "Don't ever stop talking about fostering. You can inspire someone. You inspired me. You can impact someone else's life who may have not even considered it." Some people may not agree with the decisions we make, but perhaps it can be an eye-opener to someone. It should never be about us. There are kids in your community that need you.




"{Talking about her adoptive mom}..No one could love me more." - Heidi