The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

What a Weekend!

We had a wonderful Saturday (sorry it has taken me so long to share it with you!). We had a slow, relaxing morning and then headed out to a free family fun fair at a local church. They had free carnival rides set up and the kiddinkidinks were entralled! We all had a lot of fun! We forgot to bring the camera, but Aaron got some sweet shots on the camera-phone. Here are a few of the best.

After riding all the rides we were all tall enough for (most them over and over) and after a well-timed round of hot dogs, we bought a candy apple for Punk (not a caramel apple, a candy apple--my first ever!) and a funnel cake for Pea. The kiddinkidinks thought these were almost as great as the rides!

When we were thoroughly intoxicated with the heady blend of sugar and adrenaline, we climbed into the Big Blueberry for a drive to Raleigh. The REI dividend was burning a whole in our pockets and a certain orange haired boy "needed" a big boy bike!

We got home late Saturday night and Sunday morning, Punk woke me at 7:00, fully dressed to the shoes and ready to ride his new bike! I drug myself out of bed, whipped up some breakfast for us and before the clock struck 8, we were outside in the cold, damp fog having a grand old time! And, I had the camera!

Climb on, big boy!

You can see the little droplets of rain in this one!
Thinking hard about how it works. There's probably some unseen tongue action going on here too!
Buddies on the go! Pea inherited the trike. She needs practice pedalling.
His first crash. :( And Mama snapped a pic before running to his aid! He just turned a little too sharply. After a little TLC, he said, "I wanna go back." Me: "You wanna go back inside? Okay." Punk: "NO! I wanna go back on my bike!!!" :)
What a good attitude, Punkinhead!
Do you think he likes it? Too bad it's been rainy ever since. Maybe the sun'll come out this afternoon.


Tanya said...

What a big boy!!

Tarah said...

Growing so fast!
OK mama, where was the helmet? ;)

Just wait till he wants the training wheels off. I heard about the european method of taking the pedals off too, it really does work!

Tanya said...

Lovin' the carnival pics!

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


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


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

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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