Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
We went right from one big day into another... with only a day between Halloween and three birthdays, there was lots going on at our house today!
Everyone was pretty hyper this morning, including me, which I'm guessing was from all of the candy that we ate last night. My sister kept laughing at me as I pulled the twins around in crazy dances right after I woke up this morning; she even mentioned that I'm usually cranky in the morning, and it was weird that I was in such a good mood! She was certainly right about that... I'm not a morning person, but I guess I was energized by the sugar from last night and the fact that we gained an extra hour of sleep.
Okay, I shouldn't say that we all gained an extra hour of sleep... the twins still woke up super early, which meant that my mom was woken up during the 5 o'clock hour. She wasn't too thrilled about that, but luckily we had no plans for today so she didn't need a lot of energy. In fact, she actually got to sit on the couch and watch a show all the way through (minus the few times I interrupted her), because my dad took the girls out to a park this afternoon. I needed them out of the house so I could get some baking taken care of. I don't think the twins realize it yet, but my mom (and hopefully I can go too) will be going into their classroom tomorrow afternoon with cupcakes!
The girls are so excited for their birthdays.... Twin A told everyone multiple times that their birthdays were going to be great, and Twin B started a count that explained how tomorrow is their first day of being six, and Tuesday is their second day of being six... I tuned out for that one so I don't know how far that count went! I kind of feel bad because last year they had their first real birthday party, and this year we're not doing anything, but we don't really know anyone yet. I've met their classroom friends a few times because I've gone in to help out, but we don't know any of the parents and my mom & dad aren't settled enough to put a party together. Hopefully the girls will enjoy celebrating at school and that will be good enough for this year.
So I made a bunch of cupcakes today for the girls' school party, and although they didn't quite come out as planned, I think they still look pretty cute. There was wrong with my piping bags or something, because the frosting kept exploding everywhere. I had to make do with what I had, so I ended up just switching the way I was going to pipe the frosting on. Instead of doing both frosting flavors piped together on each cupcake, I had to split them and do half the cupcakes in strawberry and half in lemon. I made the frosting using starburst candies, so I also put candy on top of each cupcake as well.
The girls do know about the cupcakes, though they didn't see the finished products, but what they don't know is that they're also each getting a cake to celebrate tomorrow night. Unfortunately my back started hurting (and I was getting annoyed after the frosting explosions), so I didn't finish the cakes tonight, but I'll have plenty of time to finish those tomorrow while everyone is at school. I can't wait to see their faces when they see their cakes!
Well this has been my last post as a twenty-one-year-old, so I thought that I'd end with some fun facts about my year... In the past 365 days, I've only had a handful of sips of alcohol. I just haven't gotten the hang of this adulthood thing yet. I also just realized that one of our cousins, who I look at as a grown adult who is married and has three children, is actually only eight years and two days older than me. That's less of an age difference than there is between me and my brother! It's so weird because I really don't see myself as a grown-up yet. This has been a year of heartache, good-byes, endings, accomplishments, and new beginnings. I don't know if 21 was the greatest year ever, but I'm really thankful for everything that has brought me to where I am today. I'm hoping that 22 will be a wonderful year for me. If you don't know, 2 is my favorite number. I was born on the 2nd, I share a birthday with 2 sisters, and I love the number, so since 22 is 2 of the number 2, I'm hoping that's lucky and I'll have a great year ahead. I'm looking forward to all that this year will bring, with a new job at the greatest place in the world, and I'm hoping that I'll start meeting new people and finding new friends, and hopefully I'll start feeling more at home here. I'm looking forward to turning 22, even if I'm still not ready for adulthood.
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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.