Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Yesterday was all fun and games for my dad, brother, and me as we spent the day at Epcot. For my mom and sisters, it was a day of hard work accomplishing a lot around the house. Today, we had a bit of a role reversal as it was me and the boys who stayed home to work while my mom took my sisters out.
My little sisters have a friend from New York who is here for a week with her mom. Her mom and my mom made plans to get together a few times while they're down here, starting with today. My mom took all three of my sisters down to the hotel where our friends are staying, and they got to enjoy a nice day at the pool, catching up with each other and having a relaxing day. Well, I'm not sure how relaxing it could have been for the moms, since they had three little kids to watch in a pool, but at least they had each other for company!
I was originally supposed to go down with the girls, but had changed my mind at the last minute this morning. When we had first been planning the day, I hadn't realized how packed the rest of my week would be. Among other things, this is a small taste of what last week and this week look like for me...
See what I mean? Where's the down time? When can I shower, sit down for a while, get things done around the house? I mean, we're having people over on Monday, so I'd kind of like my room to be clean. I don't think anyone else is a fan of the clothes pile that was building on my ottoman (apparently you're supposed to put clothes in your closet after they're washed, not get lazy and lay them right outside of the closet... hey, I'm only human). So I decided to stay home today, giving me one free day to get some stuff done.
The day didn't quite end up being as "free" as I would have hoped, but I was really happy with how much we were able to accomplish today. While all of the girls were out of the house, we took care of a bunch of projects around the house. I did some laundry while the boys cleaned. I emptied my car of all of the random junk that had piled up in the back seat, and then my dad took it to the car wash for me. I put together a storage unit that my mom had purchased for all of my baking supplies... I didn't quite finish putting everything away in it, because I've realized that I can pretty much open a bakery with all of the baking stuff I own. I got too hot to continue, but at least most of it is away. I didn't get to sit at all while putting together the unit, but I did get to watch a Disney Channel Original Movie while working. There's a huge four-day marathon of DCOMs this weekend and I have a bunch recording, bringing me back to the good ole days.
Yesterday, my mom and sister were able to put up new curtains that my mom had bought for the living room. It wasn't just hanging curtains; it was drilling holes, putting up a whole new curtain rod with multiple pieces to it, and getting the curtains up. With everything else they had going on yesterday, they didn't have time to put up the new curtains for the play room. So my dad and I tackled that project today, and I had fun drilling the holes and leveling out the curtain rod... I used to love building and working with tools when I was younger, and I don't do it much anymore. I usually hate starting any big projects because, let's face it, I'm lazy, but once I'm up and working, I love putting things together and building.
By the time the girls got home, everyone was wiped out. Twin B slept through dinner, and then Twin A and my brother were in bed before I got home from my grocery store run after dinner. Everyone's exhausted, but we all had a great couple of days. I'm looking forward to seeing our New York friends when they come for the bar-be-que on Monday, and I'm hoping I'll have a day to sleep in past 7:30am one of these days... we'll have to see how that works out! For now, I'm off to bed because it's up early for work tomorrow.
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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.