The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Chicago Christmas

We were very happy to have the opportunity to travel north to visit with my family for Christmas this year. It took two (easy) days of driving--each way!--to get there and back, but it was well worth it. It snowed quite a bit and the kiddinkidinks were thrilled about it! (Don't know how we managed not to get any photos of them outside playing in it.) And, of course, we were all spoiled. Best of all, we got to spend lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa, my sister and her fiance, and my brother and his girlfriend. Oh, and Newton, my brother and his sweet's puppy!

Here's the scrapbook...
Pea with her stockingPunk with his stocking (which he moved from the couch on the other side of the room so that he could be as close as possible to the massive pile of presents)Grandma and Grandpa looking on as Pea opens her stocking gifts. Punk is thrilled to have his very own deck of UNO cards--which got a LOT of use over the next several days!Pretty Fairy Princess Peapod!The pretty princess shares some of her glittery gloss.Fairy Pea looks on as Uncle Matt tries to figure out the transforming robot-truck-rc dealio for his nephew. Meanwhile, Matt's girlfriend, Karrie, corrals their puppy, Newton.Newton gives Pea some lovin' while Uncle Matt keeps working. Incidently, Newton is the best puppy I've ever met! He actually makes this pet-despiser sorta-kinda-a-little-bit want a dog like him!Uncle Matt is still hard at work, but Punk has discovered that my new cookie sheet/jelly roll pan makes a great shield for his spaceship's missiles.Obligatory cocoa mustaches. :{)Punk received a whole bunch of dinosaurs. Happy Punk.How cute is this! Grandma got Pea a raincoat--perfect for our wet weather here! She also received a pink, princess umbrella--not pictured, but much loved.Punk got a wind-breaker/raincoat too. We're ready for spring!Could she be any cuter? My sister made this wonderful hat for Pea. Wait til you see what's next...Ta-da! Yep. My sister made both pieces!She also made me a coordinating coat (my trim is more wine-colored, but the body is the same plaid), but we didn't get any good pictures of mine. :( I'll get some for you soon!Hee hee! This is the toolchest we got my sister. We were joking about how there was more than enough room for Punk to get inside--apparently Newton thought it looked like fun!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too. I'm looking forward to another great year in 2010!


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