Great news! It's felt like an eternity and I'm in full agreement with the other moms who have blogged about it that the court date wait is a LOT harder than the referral wait, but now it's over. DECEMBER 22ND. Yay! We can't wait to see all of you that are going to travel with us, and are crossing our fingers that everyone else that's waiting gets one tomorrow. Now we have to figure out which days to travel given Christmas is a few days later. Let's hope that mornings MOWA court goes well so that afternoon we become parents to these two sweet girls making it an early, super Christmas present!
Did I mention we had some house projects to do before the babies come home? Carpet samples are what Bean came home to last night from school, and construction out on the patio is what she left behind when she went to school this morning. The concrete patio/parking pad is being pulled up to lay grass for the playset for the girls. We're hoping we'll be done with all the projects by the end of November. In the meantime I'll take pics of the progress, or destruction depending on the stage we're in and your point of view!
He's really too cute! Since I'm a photographer my sister asked me to photograph him each month in the first year. With us both having hectic schedules and especially with our move that hasn't quite worked out, but here are a few of the little man that I just took! He's about 3.5 weeks younger that the twins so they're going to have a lot of fun growing up together I hope.
Each day I mean to blog to document this time in our lives. You know what they say about good intentions. Anyway, as usual things are crazy busy here with trying to get house projects completed - it's amazing how long it takes just to get the bids, still unpacking and figuring out where the furniture goes, helping the Bean decide on new bedding that needs to be on her bed until she leaves for college (!), still 'do' life, and remember to make dinner each evening! We finally got our bedroom painted this weekend so the carpet could go in yesterday. Yay! I told Bean that I had so many projects to do it was akin to digging through a mudslide with a popsicle stick. The good news is there is tomorrow!
A couple of weeks ago we organized a Southern California Gladney playday. We all had a lot of fun, had a great time talking and getting to know each other while the kids played on the playground, or in the Bean's case managed to climb and get stuck up a tree! There was a mix of international and domestic families and it was really interesting hearing the similarities, differences and each others stories. We are hoping it's the start of getting a Family Association out here.
Monday the Bean was off school so after her orthodontic appointment we had lunch with my sister and my nephew, little wombat as I call him. Bean is so good with little kids she's going to be a great big sister. She held her cousin and got a good hug from the little guy as he was yawning his head off. The Bean and I had such a fun day together doing nothing in particular. She has such a great sense of humor, and can be very self-depracating, can hold great conversations, has a ton of questions, and has a dear, kind heart. Love that little one!
We've had a couple of updates on the girls who thankfully continue to be healthy, sweet little easy-going babies. One seems to be a left thumb sucker, the other is already rolling onto her side and can sit a few seconds. Yikes! I was counting on a month or so of immobility after we got home which I might not have! Have to add gates to my list. We cracked up that one of them had a 'big man on campus' shirt on. The Bean thought it was a hoot! I've decided that I'm going to try positive thinking and that we'll hear about a court date by the 15th. I'll keep you updated on that one!
9/19/09 Mailed in I-600A application 9/20 Got Package from Gladney 9/21 Hired KBS Dossiers - great idea! 9/22 Orientation call with Gladney 9/25 1st packet to Gladney 9/26 FBI/Dossier fingerprinting 10/5/09 2nd packet to Gladney 10/7 1st homestudy meeting 10/19 All medical forms signed 10/20 Final documents to Gladney 10/22 2nd homestudy meeting 11/6/09 Homestudy to Gladney & USCIS 11/27 housefire 1/17/10 I-600A approval 1/26/10 Waitlisted
We are so excited and feel very fortunate to be adopting from Ethiopia. We have 2 girls, 19 and 12, and are so excited about having 2 more. My husband is a little outnumbered! I am a stay at home mom, and my wonderful husband works very hard so I can be.