What a day this has been! It wasn't a bad day, just hectic.
A large number of our kids receive childcare payment assistance through the Va Department of Social Services. Because regulations and guidelines have recently changed I was on the phone a lot with social workers making sure we had everything in line. Several families here are making changes or facing decisions of one kind or another so there was a lot of sorting out of details there to deal with as well.
On top of all that we were asked several days ago whether we would consider taking a child with time consuming special needs in to live here for awhile. We said we would consider it but would need some time to think about it. Today we were called and asked if we had made a decision yet. We hadn't. So Doug and I needed to talk that over as soon as he got home from work. We decided to do it on a trial basis. Doug is concerned that the added responsibility may be too much for me with everything else we have going on. I feel confident I can do it but am willing to do it on a trial basis too ease his concerns. There are still details to work out that will effect whether or not he comes but we're willing if all works out.
In the meantime the rest of usual activities went on around all this.
We started our morning by mixing up some pasta salad (recipe here) for dinner. Amanda took pictures while I helped the kids. Some of them were very upset when we got done and then had to wait for it too chill before eating it. I did allow some tasting however.
New pictures in our outdoor art center were greeted with enthusiasm.
And baby Heaven got lots of attention.
Amanda spent a lot of time today working on a play house for her pet rats, Micki and Amber. The younger kids enjoyed watching her. Part of the time she was talking on the phone with a friend while she worked.
Busy and fun and more fun busy-ness on the way tomorrow.