The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Floor to Ceiling

Upon the advice of some handymen/flooring guys that we had consulted about installing the rest of our laminate flooring on our behalf (too spendy; did it ourselves), Aaron decided to fabricate all the flooring transitions (like from the cork kitchen to the laminate; from the laminate to the carpet in the bedrooms, etc.) himself. He used some maple that he already had and stained it to match the laminate. He got them installed a couple of days ago and they look awesome. I can't believe how well the stain matches. He's good!

Tuesday I had a dentist appointment (routine cleaning) and due to my lack of planning, I had to take the kids with me. They were well-behaved enough to earn a "prize." When we were there a month ago for their cleanings, Punk chose a magna-doodle thingy. When Pea began digging she found some "stratchy" animals. Punk was enthralled. Unfortunately, he had already taken his prize out of the packaging, so he couldn't trade. Well, he certainly knew what he wanted on Tuesday! He picked "stratchy" snakes and Pea chose "stratchy" caterpillars. Not long after we got home, Punk discovered that his snakes not only stretch, but also stick. To walls. And that led to this:
Since you all know there is not a white wall in my house... Yes, he threw all the caterpillars up on the ceiling! Worried that Pea would be upset that all of her "stratchy animals" were on the ceiling while his were not, I tricked Punk into throwing his snakes up there too. The caterpillars went one by one. The snakes en masse.

So, this is the current state of my great room ceiling! Pretty, huh?! :)


Tarah said...

I like the looks of the floors and the ceiling! :)

What a fun mama you are.

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Round Two Timeline

  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued