The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

There and Back Again

Well, actually I haven't really gone anywhere far away, but I've had a few adventures these last few silent weeks that kept me busy and away from ye olde blog. The most significant is that Aaron's parents (Papa and GG--which stands for Grandma Gayle) arrived Nov 20 and departed yesterday. Having just 2 more people around makes a big difference! It was a great opportunity to get out and see our new town and we even found a new favorite Mexican restaurant (but it may not be worth the 45 minute drive!).

Early one morning, there was a ring at the doorbell. We scampered to the door and found a box. It was addressed to Punk and Pea from my sister's fiance. It was small but heavy. Punk recognized their names on the label and they jumped around while I opened it. Inside was the hugest chocolate bar EVER! Ten pounds of pure chocolate bar! Needless to say, the children went bonkers! Punk grabbed a large chunk that had bro ken off in the shipping and attacked it. Pea picked tiny shards and finally a small chunk. We later found out that future-uncle-Joe felt so sorry that the kiddinkidinks didn't get to go trick-or-treating because of the pox that he felt he had to do something! :) I think we're stocked for chocolate at least until Christmas!

We spent Black Friday on the beach flying a kite and building sand castles. Punk and Pea and GG even got their feet wet in the ocean! Yipes it was cold!

Even though it rained for the rest of the weekend, we went out to buy a tree (yes, in the rain). We had to make up for the ghastly fake-o we bought last year. I'm very pleased with our gorgeous specimen.

The kids had fun decorating too!

2 comments:

Tarah said...

How fun!!
The kids are getting so big. :)
What is the cap that Pea is wearing?
What a blessing to have family through the holidays.

Miss ya! We should set up a phone date.

Tanya said...

What cute pictures!!!

My Man and Me

My Man and Me
married 7/7/2001

Punk

Punk
ours through biology, born 7/25/2004, home 8/1/2004

Pea

Pea
ours through adoption from Liberia, West Africa, born 7/15/2005, home 10/25/2007

Pup

Pup
ours through domestic adoption, born 1/15/2011, home 2/10/2011, final 8/3/2011

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  • 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