Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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It was an absolutely gorgeous day today, and while everyone at my old elementary school was celebrating Field Day in New York, we had no worries of school down here as we spent the day in the pool.
To sum up my day in one sentence: I'm now a lobster.
Why do I continually go out in the sun without sunscreen? I've been pale as a ghost from the time I was born... that's twenty-two years of knowing what my skin is like, and yet I continue to brush it off and act like I don't need sunscreen. Today I actually asked where the sunscreen was, but since I was already in the pool when I asked about it, I didn't want to get back out and traipse through the house to put it on. Well, this is what I get for my dumb thinking.
On the bright side, I did have a lot of fun with my siblings and my mom. My brother and I played with the beach ball, having a blast as our attempts at volleyball fell apart with each hit of the ball. We may be able to have a catch on dry land, but in the water it just doesn't happen.
My sister and I took turns swimming around and trying to stay with one of the twins. My mom has been working with the twins on becoming stronger swimmers and treading water and whatnot, so we tried to help out with one kid as she worked with the other.
The twins are actually working really hard at their swimming skills. They've been doing so well and we're all extremely proud of the effort that they're putting forth. Since we didn't have a pool in New York, they didn't get to swim too often. Now, they're out of their swimmies (granted, not all of the time yet, but we're getting there), Twin A is able to tread water for up to forty seconds at a time, and Twin B finally figured out how to float on her back. They're making so much progress, and love being in the pool.
Now, if I can just remember to not be a dork and put sunscreen on whenever we go out, I'll enjoy my time in the pool much more. It's amazing the way my siblings and I look; summer is when you can absolutely tell that we're not biologically related. My sisters and brother have been tan for weeks already, and I'm just over here as pale as can be until I turn into a tomato with sunlight. It's just wonderful.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.