The kids have about 11 days of school left. While this is a crucial time for my highschoolers who have finals, a few of my younger kids couldn't care less about school now. Especially since we got 3 wild kittens. We are in the process of taming them by holding them, feeding them by hand, and getting them used to humans. We finally learned to not be afraid of their hissing which is happening less and less. We have had them 2 days now and we already notice a huge difference in them. The kids have learned so much caring for them.
I have been busy re-enrolling our home schoolers adding Paul to the mix. When I went to get his birth certificate, I couldn't find it sparking a 5 hour hunt for his and Anastasia's paperwork. Thankfully, I finally found it. After giving it a lot of thought, I've already got the majority of their curriculum picked out for next year. Julia and Annalyn will have a set curriculum and teachers for all of their core classes since they are in highschool next year. Sveta will also be in 9th grade but I will continue to choose her work. John and I are going to take the three of them out this weekend for an early graduation dinner.
We leave for Ukraine in less than a week. Getting all the schedules, medicine routines, school authorizations, etc. written out for the grandparents has kept me quite busy the last few days, but I think I am about done. Suitcases are piled in my bedroom, as I pack here and there. Fun! Hopefully I can give a few more hair cuts, take one of the dogs to the vet, make one more shopping trip to Costco, and squeeze in a couple of dentist appointments.
Mother's day was very nice. The kids pampered me with handmade gifts, coffee in bed, foot massages, a long hair comb, and a cleaned out van. I also didn't have to cook dinner for 2 nights in a row-- a special treat! Paul gave me a dream catcher, Galina gave me a framed picture of the two of us, Julia made me a cute pot holder, and Rachel got me an apron just to name a few!