Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
When I picked her up at Foster mom's house I didn't know if it would be. She seemed a bit nervous. When we got into the car I asked her if she was. She told me that 'yes' she was nervous. We were able to talk about it and I was thankful for that. She has been having a few problems talking about her feelings with her foster mom and with her therapist, so I wondered how that would go with me. We had a good talk about it, and thankfully that's all she needed.
Once we got back to the house, we were met by her therapist and LG showed off her room and all the great things that she had in it. After she left we played paper dolls, crazy 8s and Old maid. Then Jerry came home and played with LG so that I could cook dinner.
We ate and LG talked nonstop about all kinds of things. I must say that she's a good eatter. The nieces and nephews are the opposite, so it's nice to cook for a kiddo that will eat anything. After dinner she and Jerry went down to the studio and played drums and recorded a song. LG sang, but didn't want anyone in the room while she did. Silly girl. After that we watched 'Elf' and then it was time for bed.
Once we told her it was bedtime she was ready to go to sleep. I turned on her nightlight and gave her the glass of water she asked for, tucked her in and gave her a good night kiss, and she went to sleep. She didn't seem at all nervous. I think our little talk worked out.
In the morning I got us an hour before anyone else and had a chance to have my coffee and do my crossword. The dogs got noisy and woke Jerry and LG up. I asked her how her night went and she said that it went well. She heard a lot of noised, and a shadow on the ceiling scared her a bit. I listened and assured her that she would get used to it. Then we were off to the kitchen to make waffles. Again, she ate like a champ.
She really wanted me to do her hair, so I spent the next few hours braiding it up. It looked really cute and she was happy to have it done. After that Jerry took her out Christmas shopping. He told me when he got back that she grabbed his hand and held it for quite a while. So cute, I wish I could have seen it. That must have made him feel really great since they were having some trouble bonding on the last few visits.
I have notice that she's a bit clumsy. It's just like she's my biological daughter. I happen to be VERY clumsy myself.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
We were greeted by her foster mom and the family dog Olive, a boxer. I could see LG from the corner of my eye as we took off our coat and shoes. She was intently trying to figure us out. As we made our way to the table she dropped some coins on the floor and headed under the table to pick them up. She would not return to her seat for 10 minutes. Her therapist told us that she was very nervous and excited. The photo album I made for her lay on the table with a few questions for us on a sheet of notebook paper.
We didn't push her to come up from under the table to meet us, but eventually she did. Once she was out she was bouncing all over the place with nervous energy. Finally, we got her to sit down and read us the life book that she made when she was 7. We learned all about her likes and dislikes, her favorite foods, colors, and songs.
Her therapist left once everything calmed down and her foster mom served us hot cider and crackers and cheese. She then excused herself too, so that we could have a moment together alone. I asked her if I could take her picture, and she beemed. We got a group photo of the 3 of us that I will charish always. Then she showed us her room, and every other room in the house.
The family had plans that night to see a play, so we gathered up our things to leave our little girl. She kept asking her foster mom why we couldn't go to the play too. That was a relief to hear, because at least she liked us and wanted to spend some more time together.
As we left I wanted to give her a hug, but was nervous how she would react to that, so I didn't. I wish I would have.
Then yesterday Jerry and I got up at 7:00am and cleaned the house up a bit and then set off to pick up our little girl. This would be the first time she would see her new home, pets, and room. It was exciting. As we pulled up in front of the house she was ready and waiting. She waved to us through the window. She gathered up her things, put on her coat and boots, and we were off for a day at our house.
On the ride home we asked her questions and she asked questions of us. It was a good trip. There was no stress, and I hope she wasn't too nervous. I think she was feeling more at ease because she wasn't as bouncy as the first time we met. Once we got to the house she voiced her concerns about the dogs. She hasn't had much exposure to pets. We let her know that it would be alright and gave her some tips about how to get rid of the dogs if they were bothering her.
She loves our house and especially her room. She kept asking if she could move in right away. I wish she could, but I know that she can't. She has a whole week of school left before Christmas break, and it's just better that she can finish out her time at her old school and make a clean break and a fresh start at her new one. We did let her take a couple of books with her and the santa hat and reindeer antlers that she wore all day.
While she was here we put up our Christmas tree and it looks perfect. She kept saying how beautiful and colorful it was. Every ornament she touched she was thrilled with. It was a great feeling having the 3 of us together put up the tree.
When we took her to her foster home, I made sure to give her a hug this time. I can't wait to give her a million more!
I wish I could post pictures from our day so that my relatives and friends could share in our meeting, but unfortunatly I can't yet, but as soon as the adoption is final, I will post them.
Today she will spend the whole day with us. We are baking christmas cookies! I will let you know how it goes tomorrow.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
4/24/2007 - Adoption Orientation
9/22/2007 - Adoption Classes Started
10/6/2007 - Adoption Classes Completed
10/9/2007 - Initial Paperwork Submitted
10/23/2007 - Fingerprinted1
2/12/2007 - Approved for Homestudy
2/29/2008 - First Homestudy Visit
3/11/2008 - Individual Homestudy Interview - Dad
3/20/2008 - Individual Homestudy Interview - Mom
3/28/2008 - Adoption Physical - Mom
5/9/2008 - Final Homestudy Done
5/24/2008 - Mailed the last of our paperwork today!
10/28/2008 - Additional Homestudy Interview - Both of us
4/16/2009 - Homestudy Approved - Transferred to our new SW
5/8/2009 - Matching Meeting
10/15/2009 - Matching Meeting
11/05/2009 - Meeting with LG's workers
11/12/2009 - Chosen to be LG's parents
12/22/2009 - Move in Date
Tomorrow we meet her after school
Saturday we will get her for half the day
Sunday we will get her all day
Monday after school
Wednesday after school
All the next weekend and then she moves in on the 22nd!!!
I am nervous and excited all at the same time. It's a good thing that I washed all her bedding and put them on her bed this morning. On Sunday we have planned for my mom and sisters to come over to bake cookies. LG had plans to do cookies this weekend at her foster home, so it works out great that we will be doing them this weekend as well. That way she won't be missing out.
I am so glad that I decided to make a second call to the adoption worker today. I got the transition right from the maker!!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
My hopes for the day:
That my Turkey is yummy
That my family has a great time
That my dogs are good while we have company
That LG has a Happy Thanksgiving whatever she does today and that she feels loved by whomever she spends it with.
Monday, November 23, 2009
So, they kept telling us we would have her for Thanksgiving, but I am doubting that will actually happen. At least we will get to meet LG, and she will know that she will be a part of a family for Christmas.
I am so excited to meet her, I am about to burst out of my skin. I hope that doesn't actually happen, however, because it could get a bit messy. Just kidding...
Monday, November 16, 2009
I have also found the bedding for her bed, but I won't be buying it until Wednesday. Our renter is going to be moving out by the end of the month, so that means that we should have her home with us for good around the first of the month!
Tomorrow we are meeting with her therapist to get a feel for what she's like and what her emotional needs will be. I cannot wait to meet her and find out what makes her tick. We have been asked by several people what we need for her, and I want to wait until we meet her to make sure what we know so far is on track.
On another note, some family and friends are throwing us a shower. They want us to experience having that special day. LG won't be coming to the showers because we don't want to overwhelm her, plus I don't want to put her in any awkward situations like that. We will be registering at Target for things she will need in her room like sheets, pillows, lamps, alarm clock, and probably some books and a few toys. She doesn't have many of her own things from what we here, and we don't want her to be bored out of her mind when she gets here. We do have a few things that I have collected for our neices and nephews when we have them over, but they are more geared to the younger ages. Anyway, I/we are so blessed to have such supportive people in our lives that will do these kinds of things for us. I thought I would have to go without the baby shower experience, but it turns out life has other plans for us.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Now he's taller then me and too big to put my arms all the way around. Time really flys.
Happy Birthday Baby Brother!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Everything went well, and I am confident that we will have the go ahead on Monday.
The worker that meets with her every month had nothing but good things to say about her except that she can get sassy with people she's close to. What kid doesn't?
I feel like I have a lot in common with this LG and I am excited to meet her. She's artisitic and loves to read. She hasn't had alot of opportunity to do many things or go many places. I know that Jerry and I can facilitate those kinds of things for her. She will fit into our family really well and I know that her cousins will love to have her around.
Her workers want to get her moved fairly quickly to her new home. We could have her here by the end of the month. Can you believe it?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We are in the process of setting up a meeting with our worker and LG's workers. In this meeting I get the impression that they will get a chance to ask us questions that were not answered in our homestudy. We will also get a chance to ask some questions. Then, after this meeting we will get the final decision whether her workers think we are still a good fit. If so, and we still want to go forward then we get to start meeting with the important people in her life like, teachers, doctors, workers, her foster mom etc.
I wonder how long this will take and when we will be able to meet her. I keep telling myself that we are on our way, and hopefully if all goes well, we will be parents very soon.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Since this isn't a done deal, I would like to keep other information about her private until we get further along in the process.
Since finding out more information and deciding that we would like to move forward, I keep decorating her room in my head, coming up with special mom and daughter activities, and other things. It couldn't be happier where we are now. I hope we hear from our social worker today to find out what's next. I will continue to keep you posted.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
We also brewed a new batch of fall beer last night. We have an annual Halloween party at our house each year and we wanted a few varieties for our guests to enjoy. So, this year they will have a choice between a pumpkin ale and an apple ale, and of course the normal Michelob Lite from the keg. Boy, it sounds like we are lushes, but really we have so much because we are expecting about 100ish people. Last year we topped out at 69, but we invited a few more this year, so it's gonna be a full house, literally.
This morning I got up really early. I couldn't sleep with anticipation of my adventure this weekend. In a few short hours I will off on my 3 hour drive. This will be the first time I have driven up north alone. It should be alright though. At least I don't have to fight over the radio with the hubs.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It's disappointing that we weren't a match for any of the children we were interested in. It just wasn't ment to be I guess.
In other news I am fighting a cold that has been hanging on for a week now. It just gets slightly worse every day. I just wish it would go away already. I am supposed to have my next infusion soon and I can't be sick for that or I will have to reschedule. ugh.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Well, the next morning I woke up feeling groggy, dizzy and a bit nausous. I figured it would wear off in a few hours. I did my usual morning things, but it the feelings wouldn't go away, so I decided to take a shower and eat lunch. Still the same. So, I decided to take a nap. When I got up from my 2 hour nap, I felt horrible. I was worried that something could be wrong with me that might be more serious, so off to the ER I went. After a CAT scan it turns out I just had a concussion. The doctor advised me to rest and get lots of fluids. She said it could take as long as a week to feel better. OK, so I went home and slept most of the evening and night.
When I got up on Thursday morning I felt even worse, and really emotional. I called the on call doctor and he said it was normal. Ugh. I called my mom and she came over to sit with me and take care of the dogs and me. By 5:00pm I was finally able to get dressed and make dinner. What an experience. I never though a little bump on the head could make a person feel so bad. Thank goodness I am feeling better today because we have plans to go camping with my moms family.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The plan is to spend a relaxing time at Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse eating dinner and enjoying eachothers company. I can't wait.
Friday, August 21, 2009
This weekend we are up to the north to visit my dad and my family up there. Next weekend it's camping with my mom and the family down here. It's going to be a family fun fest for the next couple of weeks. I am looking forward to visiting my dad and my up north family as I only get to see them a couple of times each year. I just hope the weather gets a bit nicer tomorrow and the Sunday.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This weekend will be interesting because he has a softball tournament that he's supposed to play in, but won't be able to. Since, he's the manager, he will have to go anyway. Don't know if I'll be going though since he's not playing.
Tomorrow night I am having dinner with my sister, grandma, and aunts. I am looking forward to it since it's been a while since we last had dinner together. It's my grandma's birthday coming up, so I think I will bring her a little something tomorrow. She doesn't like gifts, but I hope she will like the necklace I plan to make her, since it will be homemade. Fingers crossed.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
My night was shot. I called DH and he came and got me, then we went home for the tow rope to tow the truck home. We got back to the thirft store and tied the truck to the SUV and followed all the backroads to the car repair shop. Unfortunatly, we were about to turn into the parking lot of the shop and the tow roap broke. Ugh. The people behind me were upset because now they missed their turn light and gave me a glare on the way past. I guess the didn't see my hazard lights flashing the whole time. Anyway, Jerry was able to get a good knot in the rope to at least get us into the parking lot. Thank heavens.
Now, I am waiting to hear what the estimate to fix it will be. I think this is all my fault for jinxing us. Just the other day I was thinking how the truck has been really good and we haven't had many problems with it recently except for the rusty bumper, but that's to be expected after 11 Minnesota winters.
So, we missed the movie I had been waiting to see, and now we get to look forward to a repair bill.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
A few years ago I was fortunate enough while doing some family research to happen upon a distant cousin in Norway. He's from my maternal great-grandmother's side of the family and I am so happy to have found him. Recently we have been trading a lot of documents and photos. I went searching in the lock box that was in my grandfather's office when my grandmother died. I have looked in the lock box before, but this time with a purpose of finding things that would be of interest to my Norweigen cousin. I found a newspaper article with a photo of all my great grandmothers brothers and sisters which I immediatly sent to him. Since I cannot read Norweigen I asked him to translate it for me. I cannot wait to hear back what it says. It's also been helpful to determine the names of the people that I have pictures of, but don't know who they are.
I am so thankful that we were able to connect. It's been great getting to know a little about my great-grandmother who died when I was a baby. I have a photo where she is holding me on her lap when I was not even a year old. What a blessing it is to get to know about her and her family even if it's long after she took her last breathe.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I am waiting to hear back from the company that I had the interview with last week, I really am hoping that I get this job. Then I won't have to continue as I am now. It's a terrible feeling not having control over your finances. Jerry can support us both, but it would make life a less comfortable. Since I suffer from anxiety issues, I would rather have a bit more control over my life. Therefore, a job is a number one priority right now.
I am a bit glad that we don't have kids right now, because it would add to the stress of the situation. Although, it would be lovely to spend that summer with them going to the park and the beach and things like that.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
That night I went to sleep early. On Saturday we went to a housewarming party for someother friends of ours. They have a really great place by a popular lake in our area. It's a great starter home and even though it's older you would never know because of all the updates done by the previous owners. While I was there I got a stomach ache that I couldn't get rid of. So, the husband went to a birthday party that I was supposed to got to as well and I stayed home and read a book on my stomach. Thank goodness I was feeling better around midnight and was able to get some good rest last night.
Today, we are waiting for the kidlets to get here to visit for a bit, then it's off to watch the husband play softball. It's their last regular season game, and they need to win both games tonight to win the league championship outright. Exciting, exciting. After that we are off to a BBQ with some friends.
It's kind of a blessing that I don't work during the week, because at least I have time to recover from all the things going on during the weekends.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The interview went great. I will know by next week if I get a second interview. I really hope so. It seems like my kinda job as well as my kinda company. It's a small office of about 6o people and the atmosphere seems really great(like one big family). Wish me luck.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Here she is stretching her dough. It was a pretty fun time and something I had never done before either. I really like baking with my sisters. It's a lot of fun. It's more fun then baking alone, even though I enjoy that as well.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I was surprised that Tullah didn't follow him in. She follows him everywhere. We did have a bit of trouble getting him back into the boat however. It took some coaxing to get him to the back of the boat, but once we got him there it was a bit easier. He looked so happy though, it was hard to be mad at him for enjoying his swim and now we know that we should watch him a bit more closely when we take him on the boat.
As for Jerry and I, we had a great time relaxing on the boat. I didn't catch anything, but Jerry caught two northerns. They were small so he threw them back into the lake. The weather was lovely. It was a breezy 75 degrees and sunny. That's my favorite kind of weather. I did manage to get a bit of a burn on my back, but that's to be expected on the water.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
It's too bad my sister in law doesn't have a phone. I would call and see what she and the kids are doing today. It would be fun to spend some time with the kiddos if I could.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Read, Eat Lunch, Read, Make Dinner, veg out!
Jerry could have gotten us tickets to Bruno tonight, but I don't really wanna see it. I didn't really like Borat all that much, so I am sure Bruno will be the same kinda thing. I would rather just stay in and spend some quiet time with the hubbins.
Tomorrow I have a phone interview that I am looking forward to. Pray that it goes well and I get an actual interview out of it. It's been a few months since my last in person interview. It would be great to actually get this job, because I am running out of unemployement. Only a few weeks left of it. On the plus side, I do have some weddings to shoot in the near future so if my unemployement does run out I won't be high and dry.
I left a message with our Social worker on Monday. I have heard nothing from her yet. I will call her again on Monday. Hopefully, I will get a response before that, but I won't hold my breathe.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I think I have read 12 books in the past month, did tons of yard work and housework, and I am really getting bored with it.
I guess the good news is that I have been getting calls and interviews these past weeks as well, so hopefully that's a good sign that I will soon have a job in the next few weeks. I only have 6 more weeks of unemployment, so I better find something soon.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The night was pretty warm and I didn't even cover myself up in my sleeping bag. The kids did, however because they don't like bugs and dirt. I didn't care because 1-the sleeping bags were just cleaned 2- I know that these things won't hurt me and will either just wash up or crawl away.
I even had the 4 month old out there with us. He slept just fine when the older children weren't waking him up. He's a natural camper. One of these days we will have to take them all to an actual campground to camp since they did so well in the back yard.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I think it will be fun for them and it will give us another opportunity to setup the tent and give it some air. I think we have only used it 4 times since we bought it 4 years ago. The funny thing is I do enjoy camping, we just don't get an opportunity to do much of it.
An update to the adoption journey: we have not heard a peep from anyone yet. This might be harder then waiting to get all the paperwork approved. ugh. Why didn't ya'll warn me. After reading most of he other blogs it seems that this part went faster for other folks. Of course it would be different for us; Everything usually is.
Now I am off to pull out chicken for dinner. Tonight we are having Chicken and Black Bean Salsa over Rice. It's one of my favorites and it's so easy to make. I made it up one night after reading some crockpot recipe for quasadillas. I know, weird huh? Crockpot quasadillas...? Who would have thought of that.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Our campsite was right next to Lake Michigan. We even had a path directly from our firepit to the lake. At night we saw raccoons and skunks. I even saw a deer one day.