Thank you everyone! The newest additions have settled in well and have really come around already. Muffin was terrified and hissed everytime we went near her. It took exactly one night before she was sleeping with us (all on her own!), and now she comes running to be held and petted when she sees one of us.
After many weeks of debating and going back and forth we finally have our decision on the kittens we're keeping. Well, put it this way, we're keeping 6 total BUT if any of the others never get adopted for whatever reason they're staying here as well. Our final decision had a bit of a twist. Our original 6 was Captain Squishy, Garfield, Lt. Bear, Domino, Woody Jr & Larry. But the other night we got these new kittens, and fell in love (of course!). But night before last, John had two little fluffballs on his lap (Muffin & Roxy), and he turned and looked at me and said "I want to keep these two. I miss my Puff, and these two look just like him. So can I keep them?" Well of course, I said yes. Puff was at least 15 years old. He was a longhaired grey and white cat who at some point in his life had to have his tail amputated. He had heart disease and I forget now what else. I met Puff when I met John, and he was a sweetheart. After John and I had been dating for just a few weeks, he sent me an email "We had to put Puff to sleep today". He was so attached to that cat. So how could I say no to him wanting to keep the girls? He has decided they need "proper" names if they're staying though and he's working on that. So our list of permanent kittens is: Captain Squishy, Garfield, Lt. Bear, Muffin, Roxy & Woody Jr.
So of the ones we have left to adopt out, someone is probably coming to meet Domino today... so far no interest in Rosie, Skittles or Mr. Sprinkles. Of the youngest ones, Taco & Eloise have homes when they're old enough so that leaves Yukon, Sadie, Larry & Justine. I get daily emails about the kittens but won't adopt to a home that will de-claw and most seem to be adamant about it. But I did get the chance to educate someone the other day... the girl that is adopting Taco had in her application that she planned to de-claw but she had never had a cat before (only ever around friends cats that are all de-clawed). She was shocked to hear what it actually involves, and I told her I'd answer any questions she has and will gladly work with her on training Taco and anything else she may need to learn.
Anyway, that's our very long winded update!