The weekend with junior was a huge success. He biked, learned how to throw a spiral, went swimming, and met some of his future cousins. It was exhausting for us, he seems to have endless amounts of energy.
On Friday I went to a work event while Dave picked him up. I was told as I was heading home that junior had a surprise for me. Dave had told him my birthday was earlier in the week so he planned a surprise party for me. I came in and the house was dark and quiet except for a candle burning in the living room. As I entered the room they jumped up and shouted "Happy Birthday!" I then was told to sit down and he was going to make me a snack. I had a salad with ranch dressing, yogurt and apple slices with peanut butter.
It was very sweet but at the same time I was thinking that he has learned that he needs to take care of adults and not the other way around. He is very self reliant and wants to do everything on his own versus wanting to be taken care of. This is very common with kids in foster care.
Given the success of the last 2 visits, we had a phone call with his team today to figure out a move-in date. That date has been set for 2 weeks from today. This is also the day before his birthday. It is exciting and a little scary all at the same time.
We now have 2 weeks to turn this into a gold and red Spiderman room.