Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
1 more sleep till school- I think I'm gonna make it SANE:) Ha ha kiddies, I win, I win.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
They are in full force today, bickering is at an all time high. I think they have plotted to relieve me of my sanity before they head off to school. Cam and Chloe are going at it like the siblings they are, they will be just fine in school, time away from each other.
I got news for them, I am bigger than them. I WILL stay sane, they will not win.
4 days my precious little ones, just 4 more days.............
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I'm soo jealous of these home schooling moms, you know the ones that adore their children and have the patience to provide the perfect environment for their wonderful children, to give them an education and expose them to only what they want in this big bad world.
This is NOT me. I am counting the days. I cannot WAIT to NOT worry about what's for lunch, at 10 am when they start plotting their lunch time and I hear this question about 100 times until noon, when we really do eat lunch. I may get giddy. I may eventually cry, but somehow I doubt it. I'm going pee alone. Just me and the dog, wow.
At some point I will get sick of school and wish it to be over, thinking that just maybe I should home school our children for the best outcome for them and then I wake up and realize it was just a bad dream and I don't need prescription medication. HA HA- now don't be sending me nasty e-mails MOM how terrible that is to write.
I need the break even though they are all trying to send me to work the second they board the bus, they seem to think I do not have enough to do with them all gone that I should hop right on over into my other life of working for their needs and wants. They are so loving, I can hardly stand it.
We did the Middle School orientation night, so Chloe now knows where most of her classes are, how to get to the office and cafeteria, all important to her! I'm afraid she will miss eating all day long. Not to mention the lunch options. Yikes. Anyway, we have been able to pair her up with a girl in all her classes and homeroom.
As I explained this "buddy" to Chloe and told her she would meet her in the lobby the first day and get her where she needed to go, Chloe says " how will she know me?" I had to laugh, it was just too cute. Sorry sweetie, you are no longer in China, you will be the only Chinese girl around. She's gonna know it's you, no problem.
Chloe is going back and forth, today she said she didn't want to go to school most of the day, then she got her schedule and put it in her backpack and said she was ready for tomorrow to go to school. Monday's coming fast enough:) BTW, she was amazed at the size of the library, but not one Chinese book to be found in there- bummer.
Kat also had her orientation day and she is very ready to go to school. Her outfit is picked and hanging ready for the big day. Her teacher seems very nice and is happy to have Miss Kitty in her class. Hope she is okay with Kat asking if she "brushed her teeth today too!"
I got both the girls set up for juice with their lunches, Kat can not tolerate dairy at all, Chloe a little but the choice of only milk with lunches really stinks. So after a note from the doc stating their lactose intolerant state, they will be able to get juice.
I got Kat's emergency forms to fill out early as I only have a trillion forms to fill out and sign after the very first day of school. You know, those ones that everyone of them freaks out if they aren't done and ready to go back the very next day, like they will have detention or something.
Baba turned a year older yesterday, he had a carrot cake, his fave and he got showered with many gifts and sung to, all the kids just adore him. He is so patient and good with all our kiddos. Another year older hubby and still older than me- ha ha. Love ya tons.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I'm mulling over the next fundraising plan, I'll let you all know when I've decided what to tackle this time:)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We met Chloe Feb 23, adopted Feb 24, got home March 6, 2009
Applied to agency with his file 3-20-09
Approved by agency with his file 3-26-09
Applied for Pre Approval (PA) for him 4-8-09
Was also working on Home Study (HS) to be updated - this required new medicals, Childline, Police and FBI clearances, ordered birth certificates, marriage license, local police clearance letter for each parent
Given Pre Approval from China for Chance 5-11-09
HS done, sent to immigration 6-11-09
Fingerprints done 8-13-09
Immigration Approval 8-17-09
Sealing documents now, depends on State first to certify, then off to Consulate to authenticate, we expect a few weeks total, then we send off everything to agency with second fee and dossier fee for them to translate and send to China-(document packet is called a dossier)
Once they do this, we will receive a Log In Date (LID)
We waited 136 days for Letter of Approval (LOA) for Chloe after LID
Once we have LOA then we must fill out another immigration form and my understanding there is a new fun and exciting (NOT) step in there after LOA, of waiting for a cable or something till Travel Approval (TA) can be issued
But once TA is approved, then we travel as soon as a few weeks
What does this mean to us? Well, as I see it- unless the time frames have sped up we expect to travel early next year :( This is a long time for Chloe and the boys to wait but we have no control over this. For the other question posed, as far as Chase goes, yes, our goal is to bring them both at the same time.
Firstly it just makes more sense, secondly we really doubt there is going to ever be enough funds to go twice, we need to do this in one shot. That's the skinny of it friends and we hope you all stay tuned to enjoy the happy ending we want for these super sibs :)
I added a picture from my garden to distract from the ugliness of all that paperwork:)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Chloe wanted to know if the store meant buying gift for my brother, since it was G- BROTHERS store. She is too funny, she also was asking why so much shopping, I told her she learning to be good American, go shopping, buy much- ha ha.
I had someone pose one of the MANY adoption questions to me about our lovely daughters. "Are they sisters," as they looked over the girls. I answered "they are now." and smiled. I was glad that's all it took. People can be quite odd when it comes to the comments, anyone who has adopted knows what I mean, someone said to me once, (nodding at Cam) "he's the one that's YOURS, right?" Well, "NO, those are my daughters, I replied." I like my friend's reply (single mom) to the "is she Chinese- Asian, blah blah, "well, it was dark, I was drunk, I think he was foreign-----" too funny.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Although she asked "you did it?" when I said I am sorry. I said "no, but makes momma sad Chloe see this in China." She then understands I am there to comfort her and she buries herself in my side and I am able to stroke her hair and allow her to cry if she needs to. Sometimes I cry with her. I thank God that I am able to make her feel better.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
What progress we have with our girl. She has bloomed, just as her name means. I thought about her last night, as we did our 6 month post placement meeting with the SW, since our official 6 months is August 24 and the report must be in before that.