Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
than this! We had a wonderful Christmas with Alex and then if that wasn't enough
to make me giddy I turn on the computer to find out that Anika's Birth Certificate and Passport have been issued!!!!!!!!!!!! It turns out that the final adoption decree was not done on the 18th as reported before but on the 11th! This was the day after we exited PGN. The BC was done on the 18th and her passport on the 20th!!!
This means that we should be submitted to the Embassy for final travel dates very soon. I am going to guess that we will be there in 3 weeks!! Lets see if I am right.
This picture of Alex makes me happy. Christmas was a blast this year. Do you know that Santa's Reindeer eat fruit loops? They did right in our driveway! :)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I just found out that Anika's birthmother signed
for the 4th and final time yesterday. This means that
we are now Anika's legal parents! My heart breaks thinking
of how hard yesterday must have been for her.
Yesterday was also Miss Julianna's First Birthday! Julianna is my cousin's
daughter. She is so cute. Hope it was a great day.
What does this mean for our travel time now that we have the decree signed? Well we will hopefully being heading to Guatemala in mid-Jan!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
But keep the old
One is Silver and the other Gold...
We went on a trip this weekend to visit my College friends.
It is always nice to hang out with them. We had a gift exchange for
the kids and a nice lunch. Alex was great with my friend's son who will
be a year old on the 31st. I just love this picture of the two kids. Next year Anika will be with us! Yippppeee
HAPPY 8 MONTHS ANIKA!!!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I will never forget what happened this morning. I went to Alex's Kindergarten to help
with the class trip to the Santa House. It was really special to see all the kids with Santa and how excited they were. They let the kids decorate and eat cookies,get their faces painted and of course visit with Santa. Well Alex gets up on Santa's lap and Santa asked if he had any brothers or sisters. "Yes and we found out yesterday that she is coming after Christmas." I can not explain the joy that I felt at that moment. Alex's teacher heard it too and we locked eyes for a second. I managed not to cry only because I knew it was going to be the big fall on the floor in a puddle cry and I was supposed to be helping. It was really great. I think it has not even sunk in yet and that moment was almost like getting the call. I mean this is really real. I am just so thankful............................
I also found out today that my blog friend Beth is OUT OUT OUT OUT also!! Yea! Still can't figure out these links... www.peachesncinnamon.blogspot.com I am so happy for them.
Thank you all for your comments and support. It means a lot.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Today was Kboy's first official SNOW DAY! I am not sure how much snow we have as of now but it must be close to 12 inches and it is still snowing. He had so much fun playing in the snow today. After we came in we made cookies. I just love the picture of Kboy sitting in his chair in front of the oven watching the cookies "grow". Yes he sat there the whole 8 minutes without moving and just watched. It was a nice day.
Hopefully I will get to the decorating pictures from this weekend soon. No news on the adoption front today. Last night there were 4 or 5 families that were approved by PGN in Guatemala with our agency. We are getting closer....
Monday, December 3, 2007
Can anyone tell me how? :)
I've been tagged by Beth http://www.peachesncinnamon.blogspot.com/
4 jobs I have held:
Cruise Line Desk Job
Mom (By far my favorite)
4 movies watched more than once:
The American President
4 TV Shows I watch faithfully:
The Amazing Race
4 places I have vacationed:
4 Favorite Foods:
Coffee (is that a food? it is for me)
Places I'd rather be:
Guatemala...duh (ditto Beth)
but really did I say Guatemala yet???
Hobbies I have:
surfing the net
surfing the net again....
Thanks for the Tag Beth. It was good to keep my mind off the wait while we as you put it so nicely wait.... I am waiting to see your out post!! You have to be close. In the mean time I tag Sarah.
I have some nice pictures to share from our Holiday decorating day on Saturday. Christmas with a 5 year old is a total total joy! Those of you waiting for your first babies oh are you in for a treat. I can't wait to do it all again.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Anika is 7 months old in these pictures. She
was not thrilled to have her picture taken this
month. I love the one where she is turning away
and smiling. Kboy looked and said "I can't wait for
the day that I can hug her." OH PGN PLEASE approve us
before Jan!! Latest word is that the vote on wether or not
in process adoptions will continue has passed two readings the final and
3rd reading still needs to take place.
This is Kboy last Christmas. He has changed so much in a year. This is the same shirt he had on in my last post. I am amazed at how much my boy has grown.
CONGRATULATIONS to Emily and Sandy who both found out today they PGN has approved their adoptions in Guatemala!!
They were both submitted on 10-5-07 and we were resubmitted on 11-9-07 I am hoping we have only a month left!
Monday, November 26, 2007
We had such a wonderful trip to see family last week. We were able to go Wednesday-Sunday this year which made it much less rushed than it normally is. I have so many great pictures. These are only a few. The top one is K-boy with his uncle and great-grandpa. Kboy is starting to read and he jumped onto his great-grandpa's lap to read him a book. It was such a neat moment. Finally Kboy and Daddy today at lunch. I will add more later I need to get Kboy in the tub....
Monday, November 19, 2007
I am feeling a bit bad about the tone of my last post. In thinking about Thanksgiving
this week I realize that I have SO MUCH to be Thankful for! I don't want to be the
bitter person that I was when I wrote the last post. I just long for Anika to be with us and sometimes it is more than I can gracefully deal with. I am Thankful for so much and wanted to share some pictures of my wonderful son with you all. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
we orignally thought. We were NOT issued any previos until 11-07-07! Just this past week. The 10-23-07 resubmit date was a mistake on the lawyers report to our agency a few weeks ago. So.....We were in all along and just kicked out this past week. Luckily the problem with the paperwork was an easy fix and we are back in as of Friday 11-09-07. SO the wait begins again....
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
FALL FAMILY FUN
Friday, October 26, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
This picture is Kboy in his classroom but last spring at the registration day. He liked his teacher so much that I asked for him to be in her class and it worked out. Have I mentioned that she is an adoptive mom also? :) Yes I am so thrilled.
It is amazing how one thing can change your whole outlook around. I was in a bit of a funk this week. I was missing Kboy on Wednesday. He was home with a fever on Tues and it was hard to have him gone again the next day. Wednesday was also the day that Anika turned 6 months old. I was in a major funk that day. I was too sad to even post about it. I managed to get past Wednesday and then I put him on the bus Thursday am and came back to "hit the computer" and check out every one's blogs and the adoption chat groups. I hit the send/receive on my email and there is a message from Kboy's teacher. She has a parent come in every Thursday to help make copies and prepare things for the next week etc.. The parent that was going to come had to cx and would I be able to come for an hr that day or the next. I ended up going to school for 2 hrs Thursday and it was such a blessing to me! It was nice to be able to help. I can not describe how neat it was to see Kboy in school sitting in a circle on the floor working with his class. He was so excited that every few minutes he said " Mommy I love you" to me in the back of the class. I was in the office for much of the time making copies and I think that was good so that his teacher could teach without him saying that every few minutes. LOL The best reaction from Kboy was when his teacher took me out to the playground to say hi before I went to the office. He was so happy. He took me to his line and I lined up with the class and walked behind him into school. :) I am really looking forward to Nov when I get to go again. There is also the Halloween Party the day before. This is going to be fun.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Germany Trip 2007 August
Friday, October 12, 2007
feeling. That is the day that I called and they said that they had no record of our file. So I guess
that explains that. I am so happy right now.
Kboy was only at school today until 12:00. They had a half day and the teachers had a professional development day in the afternoon. It was so fun to see him all afternoon. We hit the park and the library and played some board games. All around a good day. Happy weekend.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Wow I just found this on You Tube. This is a video from the Guatemalan Ties trip this summer. They arrange a heritage trip to Guatemala for adoptive families. This looks amazing. I can't wait until K boy is a bit older so we can go. He is so proud of Guatemala and I am so happy and thankful for that. I just love the smiles on these kids in the video. Kuddos to these parents for taking such a trip with and for them...
I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Emily and hopefully I will have better news soon.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
My Montage 10/3/07
This is a movie with some pictures from last spring and summer. I am feeling so sentimental these days. I think I will be making more of these in the days to come. Time to go get Kboy off the bus. :) I am finding that since we don't have nearly as much time together as before the time we do have is better in a lot of ways. We are both excited to see each other and we have more quality time. Don't get me wrong it is not ALL great but somehow more intense. There are times when we are still on each others nerves. I am just wondering how things will go once Anika is added to the mix. We are getting used to this "new normal" and then in a few months it will be changed majorly again. Have to run the first bus just came by. :)
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Part of her note read " He is very ready for all day K..." I had to giggle at that one because it seems that he was "ready for all day K" all along it was ME that everyone had to drag kicking and screaming to the school. (Not literally :) I really wanted him to go just half day. It seems like I had to "send him to school" a year early this way. This last month has been very interesting for me. I think once Anika is here things will fall into place. I am so happy and thrilled with school and so sad at the same time. Very strange feeling really. I did go to the school a few weeks ago when they had school pictures to help. That was really neat to see him there and how happy he was! I knew he was happy but to see it was a very neat experience. I had a hard time not crying. My first day to go into his class and help his teacher prepare things is Nov 1st. That will be fun and very interesting though I am guessing he will act differently with me there. Since K is now all day I have cut his activites way back. The only thing he is doing right now other than school is Tae Kwon doe. He started that this summer and we all love it. The change in him has been amazing. He is so much more respectful and listens better. I think this is helping him shine so bright at school. Tonight was his first "test" he demonstrated what he has learned since June and answered questions on the history of Tae Kwon doe. He has moved up into a new rank. He is now a yellow belt. The look on his face is worth everything in the world to me. I am very very very thankful tonight!! He is such a special gift and I am so lucky to be his Mom. I can only imagine how great it is going to be to have Anika with us as well.