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Just another manic Monday

Kind of silent share

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So we have a lot going on, I have a lot to catch you up on. But I feel bad that this site has kind of fallen to the side. I swear, it’s coming back! I love to post pictures with my commentary and for some reason I don’t have enough space to do that. Lol! So I’m working on updating and getting my other site up and running. I’ve actually had it for a few years now, just had it connected to this one. Because…. too much work. More on that later, for now. Enjoy this adorable photo of D-boy and mKK watching the girls play soccer this past weekend. 
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Happy Thursday Folks! Iiona

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Happy Holidays!

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I know, I know I’m late with the Holiday cards. It is what it is. I got the picture done, now all I have to do is get the picture printed and taped to a card and mail it off. I also have to make and send off our vow renewal invites too. I’m glad I’m not expecting a ton of people to come, LOL! Otherwise I would feel overwhelmed with the things I need to get done. 

I’ve been wanting to write for so long, I’ve started so many stories and then kept them to myself. Maybe later on I will share. Right now I’m just surviving, mostly. I’m battling tiredness, like it seems extreme tiredness. I’m trying to see if its the medication or if its just life. I believe it’s a combination of the two. Always being tired makes for long days, trying to force myself to get some energy and do something. I feel like if I can get past the tiredness and go out and do something I will catch my break, but as of now… I can barely remove myself from my couch. And when I do, I return even more tired. 

So I’ve been trying to adjust my diet to possibly help with that. More salads and fruits, more water, and orange juice to combat the stupid allergies I still have. 


We’ve had so many fun things happening over the last month or so. Let’s see, we took in a foster placement. Her nickname is mKK. Some days I’m happy all we have is one kiddo and other days I feel like we have three foster kiddos. She is a lot of work. And I mean she is a lot of work emotionally, I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate that. It is such a peculiar place to find myself in. Maybe one day I will explain more of what I mean. Right now I will stick to the surface of it. I believe she really does like it here, she is the baby in the house so she pretty much gets all of the attention. But it also doesn’t mean we’re going to let you get away with murder or not help clean up the toys you pulled out. 

Let’s see, Mouse was accepted into a summer ballet intensive again. She is very excited and looking forward to it. I am just trying to remember to send off the scholarship application to help pay for it. $1000 for two weeks is intense for one kiddo, so any help she can get is always nice. LOL! She also recently got her first pair of pointe shoes. She was so incredibly excited, and I was just excited for her. She will be amazing and absolutely beautiful. She entered a picture into a photo contest through her school and she won and was able to move forward to the state competition level. At school her classmates and teachers nominated her for an award on Service. And today she will be honored at a Black History Banquet for her achievements lately. She is an amazing little human being. I am constantly in awe of what she wants and how she goes for it. 

On February 8th, we welcomed a niece into our family. My little sister had a baby girl. GUYS, she is absolutely amazing and adorable and I love her so. I am obsessed with her and snapping her picture. I’m happy I have a new subject to take pictures of. LOL!

On March 31st, Ike and I will be celebrating 10 years of us… married that is. It seems so weird to be here. I’m glad we are, he is annoying and so am I. But I do so love that guy. To celebrate this amazing milestone we are doing a vow renewal. Nothing big. We have a friend who is going to do the ceremony and another friend who will take the pictures. It will be at the local park here in G-Town and we will offer desserts at our house after. We wanted it to stay close to our theme from our wedding. Small, personal and with those who have been a big part of our family. We still have some red as our colors, just a deeper more rich red. Kind of like our marriage. A lot deeper and more rich. I’m looking forward to it. I just need to practice making th cake and cupcakes before we get to the actual date. Yeah, I didn’t mention that part did I. 

We cooked for our wedding so why not bake for our renewal?! I’ll do a cake, some cupcakes and possibly a cheesecake and offer chocolates (again) as a Thank you for coming we Love y’all!

The coolest thing is we’ve committed to do a five week summer road trip. I am soooooooo excited about this road trip. We have the basic locations planned out, and the dates we want to be in those locations. Now we’re letting people know in those locations to make sure they will be there and we can see them. Next will be a kind of narrowing down of things we might want to do while we are in those locations. I love planning road trips. This will be the longest we will be gone on a road trip so I’m nervous how we will feel after day 14, but I’m also just excited for the opportunity. 

Anyways, the sun is peeking through my window and I hear two little girls awake. So I’m going to go and get them dressed and ready for the day. My morning mantra has been, “Let’s Get It!” 

So here’s to an amazing Saturday… Let’s Get It!!!

Iiona


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Why am I here?

My reintroduction…

Welcome, my name is Iiona and I’m happy you stopped by. Initially, I started this blog as a way to keep in touch with family as we moved from Wisconsin to Texas. It was a huge deal for me and I was having separation anxiety, so I wanted a way to be able to keep people updated on what was happening in our crazy little life. Of course, life has happened in the middle of all that and the stories I post on here are a mix of everything. I post a lot about my children, and how that looks in my life. I mean after all I am a SAHM with six children. I’m married to my best friend, we’ve been married for about 8 1/2 years and it seems like it’s already been half of forever. Let me introduce you to the family 🙂

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There is Ike, my other half. He is a motorcycle fanatic, owns a Harley Davidson and wouldn’t have it any other way. He loves riding long distances on his bike, which tends to have us taking road trips over the summer. He typically rides his motorcycle and I drive the van with the kiddos. We are a blended family, and occasionally the older three make an appearance on the blog. But mostly they don’t. Ike never reads my blog, which is neither here nor there. It just is, and I’m ok with that.

Next is, D-boy. He is our 14 year old son whom is artistic, sensitive and still learning who/what he is. We think he is adorable, let me rephrase that. I think he is adorable, but I can’t say that out loud to him because he is a Freshman in high school now. I’m side eyeng that I have a high schooler, it makes me feel incredibly old. D-boy is a sensitive old soul who began talking in full sentences at 9 months. He is a literal learner and if anyone understands that, it just means its all black or all white. There is absolutely NO GREY! Which makes for some interesting conversations.

Mini Mouse is the second mom of the house, she is 8, but I swear she acts like she is 28. Which most days is great, but there are those times where it can get intense. Have you ever had one of those days where you realize you’re punishing your child for acting like you? Yeah, happens a lot. She is a perfect mix of Isaac and I. She is witty, funny and super sarcastic. When I say the conversations in our house are comical, I mean it 100%!

Next up is Miss Marie, she is the youngest of our blended family and the one who gets the most attention. I’m so not going to lie about that, LOL! Hey, I can own up to my #momfails can you? She was premature, born at 33 weeks and stayed the first 5 1/2 weeks of her life in the NICU. Life hasn’t been the same since she made an entrance into this world. We have learned so much about ourselves and about what it means to raise a child that is differently abled. She is deaf, wears bilateral hearing aids and absolutely gives no one a pass. In the deaf community she would be considered Hard of Hearing, but I have to clarify the difference to people. Because if I say hard of hearing, people think old folks hard of hearing. When it’s more life born this way and it can get worse hard of hearing. The funniest thing about Miss Marie is she doesn’t smile much or give much attention to people who talk to her for small talk, people get uncomfortable with that and I have learned that’s her and she has that right to make the decision to talk to strangers if she so chooses.

Then we have three foster children, we call them Babies. So there is Baby R, he just turned 2 and is a complete hoot. He is stubborn and feels like he should be able to chose how things go. Then there is his twin sisters, Baby N and Baby M. They just recently turned one. The biggest thing we have been dealing with lately is they are new walkers… Let that sink in… So we have three tiny humans walking around the house trying to run shit, and most times they do.

As I stated earlier, I started the blog to share our life with our family up north. Since then it has evolved into something different. Lately I have been blogging to write about the experiences I have been through and the lessons & growth I have learned through those experiences. I call them my lessons learned. I’ve also been blogging about our experiences as foster parents and what that looks like. Basically, I write because… I want to feed the need to be a self absorbed prick in my own corner of the universe. Or maybe I write because my alter ego refuses to let me rest until I spill out the stories that are rolling through my head on a movie reel.

If by chance during this process of blogging I start and finish the book I want to write (a children’s book and an adult book), then I feel like I would have accomplished my goal. I am looking forward to where this current journey takes us as a family and where I end up.

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Ildiko Ethaneal

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