Shirley Temple’s mugshot.
100 days of school for this crew! .. This is the first time in the last four years that I have not consulted Pinterest for my kindergartner’s 100-day project. My give-a-crap-o-meter is at an all time low & yet this might be my favorite project to date, one that was designed 100% by my child. I’m sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere. .. I am filled with rage that Reese’s replacement frames have not yet arrived - glasses would’ve sealed the deal. .. I lost track of how many times Reagan asked me if I was absolutely certain third-graders weren’t dressing up. Growing up is hard. 😢 .. Is it wrong that I won’t mind a bit if Hazel prematurely greys? Cutest senior citizen ever. 👵🏽 #100daysofschool
Thankfully we have enough dogs to cuddle our multiple ailing children. #harperquinnstigator #rosietheradrescue
Missing your field trip stinks, napping with your sweet foster pup doesn’t. #somuchvomit
This sweet girl was spayed yesterday, no more accidental pregnancies for her! She also had a “nasty” mammary gland tumor removed, a tumor she’s now much more susceptible to since she’s gone through at least one heat cycle & had babies. Do you know the rate of mammary gland tumors in females that are spayed before their first heat cycle (~6 months of age)? <.5%. 😡 ... Flower Power inexplicably does not yet have an adopter. Typically spayed adults go directly back to the shelter so they can get more exposure, but Flower will be recovering with us until her perfect family finds her. Girlfriend will not spend one more night in a shelter without the love of her people. ... If you are local to Kansas City or don’t mind driving, please consider adding this girl to your family. I’ve included pics/videos so you can get a glimpse into her silly, lovable, playful personality. She’s listed as a Catahoula mix, roughly 2 years old, very petite (38 pounds) & came to @unleashedpetrescue with her babies from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana. She’s kid, cat & dog friendly - in fact, I’d love to see her adopted into a family with another dog so she has a built-in playmate. She’s kennel trained (sleeps in there without a peep) & great on a leash. She has no issues with resource guarding & has barked maybe five times since we’ve had her. Pretty sure she was an outdoor dog before she came to foster, so she’s not 100% potty trained, but we have made great strides in that area. And can we talk about those ears! She’s basically perfect. .... Please email @unleashedpetrescue if interested & feel free to message me with questions. Let’s find this girl a family!! #adoptdontshop #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #fosterdog #rescuedogs
She went from wings to whiskers in a flash. Swipe to see how, you too, can achieve this look. 😳 ... PS: Thank you to the #Chanel fairy for making this little girl VERY happy. 💄💅🏻❤️ #beautybyreesie #reesereel
You know what I love more than listening to Reese read? Hearing the hustle & bustle of her gen ed classroom behind her & the voice of her gen ed teacher encouraging her. (Also substituting ‘sister’ for ‘brother’ - inserting a little life experience into the story, no doubt.) Reese thrives in this environment, loves interacting with & learning alongside her typically developing peers. ... You know what else I love equally? Listening to Hazel read in a quiet room with 1:1 instruction from her ESC teacher. Hazel thrives in this environment, loves the slower pace & the individual attention from her teacher. ... One approach is not necessarily better than the other. They’re both reading, both killing their IEP goals, they’re just going about it in different ways. ... They attend a school that supports inclusion & has a wonderful reputation of teaching kids with Ds. Reese & Hazel are both in gen ed classrooms, but their days look quite a bit different. Why? Because their learning styles are different. What works for Reese does not necessarily work for Hazel, and vice versa. ... I see so many parents overwhelmed with the burden of creating the perfect educational environment for their child, often struggling with the perceived pressure within our own community to go a certain route or your kid is doomed. Here’s my opinion: if your kid is happy & learning, you’re doing okay. Trust your gut, believe in your child & advocate when needed. We’re all just doing our best. #reezel #theluckyfew #lifewithds
Meet Snowy, Frosty’s snow cat. They really tested their originality when it came time for names. 😉
Flower’s #RedFriday enthusiasm isn’t quite up to par. Girlfriend was rescued from Saints country, so we’re cutting her a little slack (until we meet in the Super Bowl, that is).❤️💛🏈 #GoChiefs #KansasCityChiefs #FosterPup
Hazel is in so many shades of heaven right here. 😍 ... This was at the end of an impromptu trip to the city as we were closing out Christmas break. The house was in shambles, the kids were feral & I was on the verge of a mini breakdown. I made the split second decision to board the streetcar to downtown. No wagons, no strollers, no backpack full of snacks & extra clothes & electronics...just me, my four kids & my purse. First time in history. ... I’m not saying it was dreamy. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a solid six. There were refusals & standoffs & near elopements, but we all survived. And between the moments that challenged my composure & drew a few inquiring stares, we had a blast. We were a mom & her kids enjoying a beautiful day in the city, a pretty monumental event for us. ... I’m not ready to retire the wagon or the electronics just yet, but I’m thrilled to know spontaneous outings & wild adventures are just around the corner. This stage in life has been a long time coming. ❤️
She’ll be home three years in March so not many ‘firsts’ left for Hazel, but her intro to sledding was 🙌🏼🙌🏼. Such a fun snow day with this crew. @lschweitzer23
Black Friday shenanigans.
Our holiday guests. 😍 #fosterpups #fosterkittens #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #adoptdontshop @unleashedpetrescue
Apparently I love spirit days so much that occasionally I send my kids in character an entire day early. 🤦🏻♀️ Poor Reagan called from the office this morning begging me to bring her a change of clothes, “I’M THE ONLY KID DRESSED UP!” Never mind that last year I sent her to school in pajamas only to find out Pajama Day is reserved for kindergartners. 🤷🏻♀️ So I sent Ben to school with four new outfits & was not surprised to learn that one of my children refused to part with her costume. Can you guess the culprit? ... Anyway, just another day on the Hot Mess Express but the silver lining here is that their clothes are all ready for tomorrow! And this might be the most accurate portrayal of Career Day to date: Chiefs cheerleader, vet, slime designer & professional softball player. ... P.S. It’s my birthday. I’m blaming all of this on turning 43.
After a few months of a growth plateau, this little peanut rocketed right back on her growth curve & weighed in at a whopping 44 pounds. 😂 She also powered through a semi-difficult blood draw with no tears, an “It’s okay” for a very apologetic phlebotomist & a hug. This kid. 💪🏻💪🏻
Eternally grateful she found her way to us. Happy #WorldAdoptionDay to the girl I wish everyone could know & the one we are so blessed to call ours. 🙂❤️#HazelMei #chinaadoption #downsyndromeadoption
When your sister from another mister is a boy mom, but has some difficulty resisting the girl section at @hm_kids. 😊 Thanks @lschweitzer23 for recognizing there’s no such thing as too many tees involving cats or motivational quotes. 😘
Warning: the following content contains cheesy #BabyShark material. Some viewers may find it disturbing. 🤷🏻♀️😉 #PinkfongBabyShark #PinkfongHalloween
Happy Halloween from the Shark family & the poor human always trying to escape. 😜 #PinkfongBabyShark #PinkfongHalloween
So, in the two seconds it took to snap this pic, Hazel began not so gently burying an unsuspecting toddler & Reese started beaming corn kernels at a random kid. Nobody needs a sister wife quite like a special needs mom. Oh, impulse control, when will you make your grand entrance? 😩#outnumbered #reallife #alwaysapologizing #takingsisterwifeapplications
My name is Nicole & I have a spirit week problem. #HarperQuinnstigator