A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Busy week!

Some people think of me as a Stay At Home Mom.
Not this week.

More like Stay In Car Mom.

Monday morning, we're off to Shriners.

Hannah gets her prosthetic leg adjusted as she grows.
Usually we wait so long that she needs 3/4" in length added.
This time, she only needed 1/2".  I'm patting myself on the back here for noticing and REMEMBERING TO CALL in a reasonable amount of time.  

She also got a new foot, two sizes bigger, and a new shin piece.  
They are the "wrong" skin tone, but I figure she'll be in pants soon anyway.

The downside of this is that she outgrew almost all her shoes in the span of about an hour.

Go home, have lunch, come back to this building, next door to Shriners, for the first half of the kids' adoption physicals, with a side of lab work and referrals to radiology and sports medicine.  

Back home again.
Take Sam to and from football practice.

Next morning, back to the building above.

More adoption physicals.

Go home, walk Hannah to school.  (She missed school Monday because of her appointment.)

Time for some FOOD.
Eli and I love Trader Joe's chicken burritos, so we stock up on those.

Soon, it's time to walk back to the school to pick up Hannah.

It's not my imagination, we really have been running around a lot.

This kid, to and from football practice again.

Wednesday, walk Hannah to school in the wagon in the morning, but pick her up in the van in the afternoon so we can dash back to pediatrician's office to have Annaliese's TB test read.  (She is the only one of the kids who needed this.  It's because she turns 18 during our process.)

From pediatrician to mall, to pick up pictures.

And stop at See's Candy to use the gift card my mom gave me for my birthday.

Then dash back home so Sam can change for football practice.

While he was at football, I gave Hannah a bath and sat down with her leg and her shoe bucket, trying on each pair to see which ones she wouldn't be able to get on her new foot.  

Fortunately, when I started ordering her shoes online, I usually overshot my guesstimate of her size and ended up getting them too big, so I had a ready stash of bigger shoes that will fit her.  Really happy about this because it means I don't need to buy any NOW, while we're saving as much as we can for our adoption expenses.

Thursday is x-ray day.  
Pediatrician had told us we could have J's x-ray done here in town, 
instead of making another trip up to Sac.

So we walk Hannah to school and then go here to do the x-ray, 
only to be told that they don't do that specific scan here, 
and we have to go here:

Highlighted building for x-ray.
Shriners is on left side of map.
Pediatrician is just left of #18.

My 5th time in 4 days to make this drive. 
Fortunately, it's less than 15 miles.  
Takes a hair over half an hour.

But all's well that ends well.
We got it done, yeah!

In fact, we celebrated by stopping at Taco Bell for late lunch a treat on the way home.

Soon, it was time to walk Hannah home from school.

And take Sam to and from football again.

And then it was Friday!  (Hallelujah Chorus)
Paul came home from working EIGHT days in a row.
He's so amazing.

And this day?  Paul went for his adoption physical.  
But I didn't have to go to any medical buildings at all this day.
Just find forms, photocopy letter, write explanatory note, and wave goodbye.

When the kids and I got back from walking Hannah home from school, he was home, and we picked up the house a bit before our social worker visit.  

Yup.  First homestudy visit!  
I'm always a little nervous meeting a new social worker, but I think it went well.
One down, two to go.
Both scheduled for next month.

Late last night/early this morning, Zach called.  We talked for almost two hours.  
It was good to hear his voice.

Now it's Saturday.

I took Sam to equipment check out for football at 8:30.  

I'm sitting at my desk.
Delighted in the knowledge that I don't have to be anywhere until we go to church.  

Recharging my batteries.

So that next week, I can do two more doctor's appointments and a trip to the orthodontist.

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