The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Birthday Blitz

July is a very fun month in our house! Not only does it hold American and Liberian Independence Days, but also our wedding anniversary and Pea's, A's, and Punk's birthdays! Today we celebrated the kiddinkidinks' birthdays with one party. Since we couldn't agree on one theme, we had a Dora (for Pea) Pirate (for Punk) Adventure party. What a blast!

I made each of them their "own" cake. Pea's was homemade chocolate buttermilk cake with the World's Best Frosting. I wanted to put those stick-on candy flowers on the outside, but I couldn't find any! So, I settled for princess crown candles and Dora. Pea turned 4 on July 15, so the extra candle is one to grow on!
Punk's cake was a pirate ship. It wasn't as hard to build as it looks, but it took some time and doing. I used boxed cake mix and tub frosting for this one. So, guests had to choose between looks and substance! ;)Here's the back of the pirate ship. When we were in Chicago and went to the Pirates exhibit at the Field Museum, I learned that there were many different pirate flags, not just the Jolly Roger. So I used one of those instead! Can you see the "canon balls" in one corner and the barrels in the other? Pea was thrilled to be the center of attention and have everyone singing for her alone!Punk liked that part when it was his turn too!

We surprised them this morning with a trampoline in the back yard (from us, Papa and GG, and Tia)--I'll get some video of their first time on it up here soon. Gotta go put my feet up for now!


My Man and Me

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