The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Weekend with Dottie

Remember this fall when we got to have Pickles the Farmer Dog for the weekend? Well, Pickles retired and Dottie the (Giant) Ladybug came to take his place. Friday, Punk's class went to visit a real kindergarten class. When we arrived at the elementary school, Mrs. Jones (Punk's teacher) handed Dottie to him. He was thrilled already to be visiting kindergarten and was just about through the roof that it was also his weekend with Dottie.*

I stashed Dottie in the Big Blueberry and we headed into the elementary school. Punk had a great time and is now more excited than ever to move up to "real school." Here he is with some of his current classmates waiting to go into the elementary school.
Saturday morning I got to sleep in. Daddy made pancakes...
and then helped the kiddinkidinks (and Dottie!) prepare Mother's Day gifts for me. Punk's drawing is of a pirate map! Can you see the island and red "bolcano"?
Saturday afternoon, we built a fort,
played with blocks,
and goofed around!
Oddly enough, the sitting for the free family portrait we received as a thank-you for donating to the the volunteer fire department was scheduled for Sunday. So, we went to the fire department after lunch. A super nice volunteer let the kids play around in the fire/rescue trucks.
And, try on real fire-fighter's gear!
Gotta love this face!
I think Dottie had a pretty good visit!
*Dottie is a class "pet" who visits with a different pre-schooler each weekend. The student brings Dottie back the following Monday, having added a page or two to her journal.


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My Man and Me
married 7/7/2001


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