The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

A Nip in the Air

5 October 2010

After a very long, hot summer, followed by 3-4 days of unending rain, we finally have a little nip in the air! Hooray for fall weather! Fall is my favorite season. I love pulling on a warm sweater and layering up. I love the warm colors, the pretty pumpkins, the yummy pumpkin pies and apple crisps. Autumn is just chock full of goodness.

But, this quick change in the weather made me take inventory of the kiddinkidinks' closets. Each of them had a few things for fall, but both were ready for a new fall/winter wardrobe. So, off to Once Upon a Child we went.

Punk, of my two kiddinkies, is the fashion plate. He loves getting new clothes, loves modeling them, loves mixing and matching them. So, he was thrilled to his toes when I told him where we were going. But, Pea was happy too.

Besides being into his style, Punk is also VERY into math. So, he was great about checking all the prices and making sure we all stayed within the limits I set for us at the beginning.

Here's everything we got for about $100! I was pretty proud of myself and my little bargain shoppers!

Here are Punk's finds:
6 long-sleeve tee-shirts
3 pairs of "athletic" pants
a fleece sweatsuit
a sweatshirt
two long-sleeve polos
a pair of jeans without a button
a pair of flannel polar bear pajamas
His favorite pieces are the "naughty monkey" tee-shirt because "It's so cute!", the maroon and grey sweatsuit because it is "cozy," and the green polo because it is so handsome. The flaming football shirt was another must-have for him because the flames actually sparkle, making this the only "fancy" piece in the lot!Pea's collection includes:
2 long-sleeve tee-shirts
a lycra blouse (!!!!)
a rock-star-esque tunic and legging combo
a pink hoodie dress (one of my faves)
2 pairs of jeans and a pair of fleece sweatpants
a zip-up sweatshirt
a suede and fur vest
cupcake pajamas
and a Disney princesses leotard

That makes 31 pieces all together. Not bad, not bad at all.


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