Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Kathryn and I am the mother of 3 wonderful children. This blog is pretty much a lot of me...I am going to write a lot of things to keep people updated on my life but not only that, I also plan to do write some book reviews, do some hauls and tags to help you get to know me and my family a little bit better!!! Besides writing my blog I also do youtube videos.
Very quick update, but since I am trying to keep a record for myself I will say, We got a phone call from the DCF social worker on Thursday, He will be coming to do our FINAL home visit on Wednesday at 3 PM, I am super excited and super nervous for this journey to start! We have a few things to do this weekend but not that much! HERE GOES NOTHING!
So I have no before pictures to show, but I want to document this journey for you and for myself honestly, and decided that I would just put the information here. We had an inspection done by our social worker about a week ago and DCF will be coming out in a few weeks to do our final one, after that our home will officially be OPEN. We will probably be licensed for 3 to 4 kids depending on how things go and I hope to take a sibling set of at least 3. Again this journey is complicated so I can't tell you anything about number, ages or genders of the children we will get but my biggest hope is still that we will find a sibling group that can join our family sooner rather than later. I will keep you updated as we go! Below you will see the pics
A lot of people I am sure are going "WHY in the world did you get a CRIB!! There is no way you are going to get a baby that is young enough to need one or young enough to sleep in your room." or at least that was my reaction and we actually have a crib that my daughter and one of my sons slept, BUT our social worker specifically asked that we get one so that the DCF worker can license us for children under the age of one. since I specifically said that I am ok with taking babies who are born addicted.
This is our extra room all set up. No, we do not have any bedding on the beds yet. I didn't think that a 5-year-old girl would want the same thing as a 2-year-old boy!
Anyway, there you have it! I will keep you updated as we go!!!!
I have been a long time viewer of different youtube videos and different Vlogger channels, and I know it seems a little weird to take this kind of thing outside of the YouTube world, but I just wanted to write this because lately, I have noticed a lot of drama surrounding a particular couple of YouTubers who are making some choices that might be seen as not the best thing for their kids. and I was just wondering why it is that we all let ourselves get sucked into this? Are we that invested in these peoples lives that when something happens to them we take it as a personal insult? Do we just have nothing better to do? And then you have all of these other channels jumping on board and sharing their thoughts on these peoples life choices? It really just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me...Several years ago, there was all the controversy about families like the Duggars and John and Kate Gosselin. That I kind of understood because those people were choosing to put their lives and their kids lives on National TV. So is YouTube reaching that level? I don't know.
Now there are some channels that yes I think are truly putting their kids in danger, I won't name any names but there is a particular YouTuber who has two children who are adopted and have special needs and I truly feel that SRS should be called and all of those children should be removed. The house is a mess, the kids are not well cared for...the whole deal.
When you compare that to a family where the children are being cared for but maybe she got into a new relationship too quickly and got pregnant again fast, and you put those two people (comparing the two families) on the same level, I believe that is a problem. I mean, my husband and I were only together 2 months before we moved to together, and he had JUST gotten out of a relationship...now, of course, the difference is that we didn't have any children.
Anyway, I am not going to name any names of these YouTubers because honestly on the part of the first family I mentioned I don't want her to get any extra views.
Some people might think it is really stupid for me to write a post like this but honestly, I just needed to get some thoughts out!
This year I have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader going back to school! for those who don't know we homeschool through the K12 system, so it is basically public school online, we personally love the program and it works great for our family because it is such a structured program. We do have a couple of other things that we waiting for (my oldest's reading program) but I wanted to go ahead and let you see what we got so far!
Math supplies and the listing of supplies for my 2nd grader!
This has been a really eventful week for our family. My kids received their boxes form K12 of their school materials for the year, I will be posting a "haul" of sorts showing you what was in them! My daughter had surgery to repair her eardrum from a retained ear tube and then we had something very interesting happen!
Most of you probably know that we are in the process of becoming foster to adopt parents. A process that I intend to take you on as we get closer and closer to doing so. Tuesday night we completed one of the last steps, finishing up our first aid class. I had been dreading this class for a long time, but actually going wasn't as bad as I expected. I also got a good look at why we were going to take this step. The place where the class was head was our agency's main office. While we were there I saw a couple of kids come in and meet with their foster parents. I saw a young teen crying when she was reunited with a foster mother she had been with before. I saw biological parents coming in for meetings with their children and then leaving with tears running down their faces. This is a heart-wrenching journey, I know that. Even though I have no idea what we are facing I know that it will be unexpected but as I told my husband when I left the building. "I don't know if I can ever walk into that building again without walking out without a child who needs somewhere to go."
Several years ago, I saw several of this 'tag" being posted on youtube. A lot of people got a lot of hate for what they said but I felt like it was kind of a nice way to get to know some of my favourite mommy youtubers. So decided to write out some of my opionions. Keep in mind these are only MY OPINIONS so if you do things differently that is great and I still think you are a good mom and a good person. I will post the questions in the comments so if you want to answer the questions on your blog go for it and you can post where you did it too and I would really enjoy looking it up! Thanks so much, guys!!!
1. Pro-life VS Prochoice
Soooo we are starting off with a really easy one (eye roll) I guess that is why they call it controversial...I consider myself pro-choice, I have no problem if you feel the other way about it at all and in fact, I understand. I personally would never choose to have an abortion myself however in certain situations I think it is warranted and I believe that it should be legal so that they can be obtained without causing the woman to get a major infection. The biggest problem I have with a lot of the pro-life camp is that often times it seems that they want these babies born but then do not care if the child goes without medical care or food.
2. Baby Wearing
I'm all for babywearing in any situation, and I wore all three of my kids when they were little, I always wanted to do it for longer but never seemed to be able to find a wrap that I liked and really fit well. If we get a foster /adoptive child young enough I definitely plan to wear them to help with bonding.
This is one of those things I am pretty passionate about. All I will say is that I am against doing it because I feel like that should be left up to the owner of the penis.
Well on this one we are in the process to do foster to adopt so I am all for it. I don't care where you get them, (Ie from the US or some other country) a child is a child is a child.
5. Baby Piercing
This I am assuming means like piercing a babies ears, I am not against it if a parent wants to pierce their ears, however, I did not get my daughter's done when she was a baby. I feel like I can have a special day with her when she decides that she wants to have her ears pierced. So I am kind of looking forward to that.
6. Breastfeeding- Vs Formula feeding
I breastfed 2 and formula fed one. I do think it is best to breastfeed if you can, but if not as long as they are fed I think its great.
7. Cry it out method
I don't agree with it. In my opinion, if a baby is crying they need something.
Spanking to me is just a form of bullying because you are bigger then they are. I think there are better ways to teach your child right from wrong.
I co-slept with all of my kids and I think it was a great experience. and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It helped me a lot with bonding after my c-sections and I wouldn't have done it any other way. I am a very light sleeper so I have never worried about rolling over on them or anything. But it actually allowed me to get beter sleep then I would have if they were in another room.
10. Home vs private vs public vs charter schooling
Well our schools around here are awful and we homeschool through K12 so I guess we are kind of doing home and public schooling. I don't really have a strong opinion on this. If it works for your family I say do it.
My kids are fully vaccinated except for the flu shot. If I had to do it over again I would probably vaccinate them but on a delayed schedule.
12. Medicating Children
This one I have a pretty strong opinion on. I think under the age of 5 meds are a BAD idea, try other options like therapy or natural methods. After 5, I still would not do it unless they really really needed it.
13. cloth vs disposable diapers
I cloth diapered and would again but I don't have a problem with either.
14. Store bought vs homemade baby food
As long as they are fed I think it's fine, although I would probably do child led weaning if I had another baby that age
So there you have it the "controversial parenting tag" Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!! PEACE
I am currently working on a new book review that I plan to have up for you in just a few days, (waiting on the author questions to come back) but I wanted to tell you a little bit about being a kitten foster mom. My kids, husband and I started fostering kittens about a year ago, and so far we have raised 3 litters. Today we got our 4th, a family (mama with 4 kittens) of beautiful tortious shells. I never dreamed that I would like doing this as much as I have but it does my heart so much good! it is fun to cuddle the little fluff balls and watch them grow up so they can be adopted by good families, I also feel like it is good practice for the foster to adopt journey that we are about to embark on.
Someday I want to do a day in the life of a kitten foster mom for you guys because it is time-consuming! but if you love animals try it out! They always need foster parents for animals.
A few years ago I tried to do these all the time and I really enjoyed it, since I have been in school I haven't really had the time but I decided a while ago that I was going to start it up again. Since I have a lot of authors who look at my blog I decided to do a quote for today that had to do with writing. sometimes it can be hard to be a writer, and you need a little encouragement. So here you go! If you are a writer know I am thinking about you!
Hope all of you are doing well. where I live it is a HOT and HUMID July, but we are almost done so I guess that is a plus! I have seen quite a few bloggers and YouTubers do postings like this so I thought I would give it a try. (Just so you know I wasn't paid to sponsor any of these brands they are just ones that I have loved this month and wanted to share with you guys. I would also like to do an August favourite on books in addition to products I have been enjoying so stay tuned for that! I am currently reviewing a new book so that will be coming out later this week, I have a final due on Tuesday, and both my parents are having surgery. Hope all of you are doing great!!!
1st up, (and these are in no particular order.) is Ayr nasal gel, and I know this is going to sound weird but I honestly have not been able to live without this stuff this summer, my daughter has large blood vessels in her nose, something she will be having surgery for next month, but these vessels cause her nose to bleed. This stuff has literally kept her nose from bleeding, a huge plus for me since it can be kind of scary when she has one.
next up is cactus water shampoo by Hask I have always loved trying out different shampoos and my hair is pretty temperamental so finding one that works well for me is really hard. But this stuff is so awesome! And by the way, it is also nice not to have to use a whole bottle of shampoo to make my hair feel clean, an issue I have faced more times then I can count.
OK now, this next one is pretty silly honestly but I really do love them. They are the little plastic cups that they sell at Walmart in the party aisle, at the beginning of the summer I got one for each of my kids in their favourite characters, and they have used them since the beginning! best 97 cents I have ever spent.
Now we have the Method all purpose cleaner, now I know I am a little late to the party on this one but honestly this stuff is amazing and I know I am going to be buying it all the time!
one of the last things that I am going to mention are these Kid's crocks I got a pair of these for each of my kids and I am so glad I did. They wear this swimming and with any kind of water play. They are pretty ugly but they do the job!
I also have a picture of the swimming suit that I got at Target, This thing is awesome and I was able to get the top in one size and the bottom in another one to fit my crazy body!! I honestly feel comfortable in this thing and I don't think I have ever been able to say that about a swimming suit before..So if you are in the market, go there!
So remember how I made a big deal about how my hair is weird?? Well, my skin is even worse. This is something I have used for quite a while but since I have never done this before I thought I would feature it! Clinique dramatically different lotion is pretty awesome stuff and it actually makes my skin look healthy, a problem I have faced since I was a teenager!
There are two final things I am going to talk about one is The coppertone sheer spray and the last is the flip flops that are shown in the picture on the left. The spray is something I have had for a super long time, all my kids are very fair skinned and burn super easy so this stuff really helps when we go swimming or walking or what ever we are doing in the summer months!
Now the flip flops, these are probably the best flip flops I have ever gotten and I got them completely by acciednet! A friend of mine and I were walking around Downtown in our city and my feet were killing me, I went into the first store I saw and found these flip flops! They have held up and they are amazingly comfotable, they probably arent the cutest thing ever unless you are a KU Jayhawk fan but I would buy them again a thousand times!!!
So there you have it my July Favorites!!
This was kind of fun! Talk to you all soon!!! PEACE