A’s mother has her court date next Thursday. Since she’s our first foster kid, I don’t know how it works, but I imagine the judge will order her home that day. I’m really sad about it, but I’m planning to take the day off to go to court and see what happens, and then have some time to pack up A’s stuff. A’s mother has asked to provide some pictures of us with her so that she can bring them home with her, and I’m so happy she wants us to still be a part of A’s life.
The Ls’ grandmother is trying to get placement, although she may not qualify as an actual foster/kinship home. The judge can still order the kids to her house, but she wouldn’t get the benefits of being a kinship home. I’m hoping that she can make it happen, because these kids need more than we can give them.
I’m currently attempting to get back into shape, which means waking up at 4:30 in the morning to try to squeeze in a 20-minute workout. Right now, I’m trying to do ab intervals 3-4 times a week, arm intervals 2-3 times a week, rock-climbing 1-2 times a week, and I’m hoping at some point to work in some cardio and legs. I already walk a lot just as a way to get myself where I need to be, but I want to start running again and I really want to get a rowing machine to use at home, because 10 minutes on the rowing machine at the gym is a great workout. I’m going to try to keep track of my progress by taking pictures. The first one is a picture of my right arm from Saturday, July 22nd. I’d like to see how it looks in a month or so, and hopefully there will be a noticeable difference! I’ll also get some ab pictures going here. I’ll try to take the ab pictures with similar pants/bottoms so that my muffin top isn’t affected by the tightness of my clothes.
I’m also working really, really hard on getting and keeping the house organized and clean. This is a major project, so I’m doing it in small steps. First, I installed IKEA Valje cubes in my front entry. The cubes are just about full (I like to call it “we own too many motorcycle helmets”), but I need to figure out what to do with the negative space between the cubes. I also have a cool little metal envelope mail holder that will hopefully corral the incoming mail before it ends up scattered all over the kitchen counter.
After hanging the cubes, I added more shelves and hooks to the “Harry Potter” closet (the closet under the stairs, heretofore referred to as the HP closet) and cleaned it out. I found all kinds of stuff that didn’t need to be in there. I made the kids clean their rooms and go through their clothes and get rid of anything they didn’t like, and now I have several bags to donate to the foster care storage unit for future foster kids in the county. Once A goes home, we will be cleaning out the toy loft and hopefully getting rid of half of the toys in there (or packing some away to rotate in and out, like a toy library). I still need to clean out linen cabinets, my own closet and drawers, my office and crafting supplies, and the boxes and boxes of childhood stuff that I never know what to do with. Plus the bathroom cabinets and kitchen cabinets. I’m hoping to eventually get rid of half of the little stuff in my house.
D and I also started cleaning out the garage and so far have made a decent amount of space, although we need to completely overhaul the laundry area and the workshop area. I also need to find a lot more space for the things that have been piling up in the side yard because having them there makes it really hard to work in the garden or just walk through to the backyard. And I need to find the time to build some of the projects I’ve been wanting to do with all the wood I’ve been stockpiling, and fix the fence and actually start landscaping the backyard.
After A goes home, I’m considering switching up the bedrooms as well. I’d like to move L1 into the office and get him a lofted bed, move L2 into L1’s room, and move the office into what is now L2’s room/nursery. I’m thinking I’ll keep L2’s bed in there since it’s also a daybed so it can be used as a guest room, and it has a big enough closet that I can store office supplies, workout gear, and baby stuff too. If we ever get a baby, the baby can sleep in our room until we figure out what’s going on with the older kids. If we do end up with three kids, we can either bunk them together or turn the loft into a smaller office, give up the idea of a guest room, and let each kid have their own room. It’s a lot to think about! And in the meantime we need to find a place to store the crib (although I’m seriously considering just selling it to get it out of the house – this plan of mine will also mean we need to either get rid of A’s toddler bed or find a place to store that as well).
I seriously hope I can get my life in order and be ready to get a baby in the fall. I’m about to turn 39, and I think it’s time.