Monday, June 13, 2011

Golfing Expedition

Today is the day that I get to go scramble with the boys.  The international visitor golf extraordinaire and the hubby are taking me out for the course.  It should be non-stop excitement.  Temperature expected to be above 100.  *sigh*  HOT. Hopefully I will survive this one.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Home alone

It is an unusual day, and an out-of-town visitor prompted the hubby to take a trip without me.  I will be meeting up with them tomorrow but I have the unprecedented event of being home alone tonight.  Usually it is me leaving him for the occasional business trip.

I am beside myself for what I should be doing.  I already took a walk and now I am blogging.  I have infinite time (ok, some time) to myself to do as I please.  I was thinking about it on my walk, and it is rare that I can say my time is my own.  I taped a bunch of movies the other night on HBO and was thinking about watching them.  I am tempted to some wine, eat my chicken breast and gorge on fruit.  I also know that the hubby has a secret stash of the best potato chips in the world in a closet.

I am reading a fun murder mystery at the moment and could read the whole thing tonight.  I need to pack but that can wait.  I need to reorient myself to a new time zone anyway.  Fun fun fun.

Oh, the possibilities.

I had an interesting discussion with one of the a friend, and it led me to believe that I have a hard time with limits.  I know it sounds preposterous at first thought since I am such an anal retentive rule-follower, but when I think about myself, I tend to think that I control my own destiny and can achieve anything.  I think it has a lot to do with the Christian Science/metaphysical beliefs that my parents taught us & the way that life has turned out.  Even with children, although we couldn't procreate, we found a way to arrange them to be in our lives because we thought it.  Deep thought for a Thursday night.

I will go work on having some glorious free time, all to myself.  I had a huge to-do list, but I think I am going to toss it out the window and relax.  Have an excellent weekend!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Another day

On a positive note it looks like things are moving forward for getting our home study updated (appt tomorrow) and I hope that we can file our USCIS paperwork next week.  Seems like we will need to have background checks (again) and get finger printed (again).  It would also seem like they could just run our checks with the existing paperwork & prints, but that would be too logical.

Today is officially the start of week #3 since match day.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything I want to do.  I have a moment to muse today, so I am going to give an update to the journey.

We were matched with our little girl on the very day that we planned to put our application for adoption locally.  We had been doing research galore, redoing applications, getting birth certificates, marriage certificates, and had everything ready to go.  It was definitely kismet. Our little girl, let's call her Sofie, is from China, is 2 years old and has a level 3 cleft palate on her left side.  She is small, energetic, musical, stubborn, and potty trained. The hubby and I are going through a range of emotions (me joy & fear of rejection; he just fears change).  We haven't started the baby's room yet because the Norwegian invasion starts tomorrow and ends at the end of July.

We received Pre-Approval from China that she will be ours.  Now comes the paperwork.  We are waiting for something called the Letter Seeking Confirmation (LSC) from China which basically says that she is ours.  We also have to update our registration with the USCIS that we are approved for a Special Needs (SN) baby.  It also turns out that our approval expires in August anyway, so we need to renew and the timing is right.  We are working with our social worker to get our homestudy updated which will in turn allow us to submit the update paperwork and get moving with the US govt at the same time we wait for China.  Once we get the LSC from China, then we will have to file more forms with the US govt confirming that yes, this is the child we plan on bringing home, and yes, this is ok.  Once we get all the approvals, then we get moving on the travel plans.  Timing is 4-6 months from May 31st (the day we got preapproved)... I want to count the week before that because that is when we were matched.

I also have been practicing the guitar like crazy and have yet to get a nice "F" chord out consistently.  It will happen.

So, we are still waiting, but changes are afoot.

Oh, and we got a nice backyard patio that is a pleasure to sit out on when it is less than 98 degrees outside.

So there you go.  This is where I am today.