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Friday, June 29, 2012

7 Quick Takes: Adoption Edition 1


I wish I had some awesome amazing news about our adoption, but I only have moderately interesting news for this week. This blog will become the permanent home of all adoption news as I am suspending my other "Adoption Blog." I just don't have time to have for so many different blogging venues.


We are officially switching to a domestic adoption. Caring Adoptions is a lovely agency placing children out of the state of Texas. Why Texas, you may ask? Why not Texas?


But really, Caring Adoptions has an inter-state agreement with our current agency that allows us to adopt although we don't live in Texas.


Why are we not continuing the international adoption? Time, cost, travel requirements, and cost. Did I mention how expensive international adoptional has become? And Ethiopia now requires two trips for both adoptiong parents. Domestic Adoption is still going to cost us about as much as a new van, but it is way less expensive. And you can still donate to our adoption fund using the paypal button in the sidebar!


Why the heck is everything taking so long? Well, we have recently learned that all, and I mean ALL, of our paperwork was misplaced when our last coordinator became terminally ill. She became ill almost two years ago and we are just now learning this news. Hours and hours and thousands of dollars worth of work are apparently gone.


Time to stop the belly aching and move forward. The last week has found us running around to get State clearances, medical check-ups, TB tests, CPR classes, and various ID cards for presentation. A social worker comes on Saturday to update our homestudy. She probably has to redo it, since it was written rather poorly the first time, and the orignal has been misplaced.


Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile! The kids are way excited, although we warn them it could be several years of waiting.

I think it's a great idea because I really like little babies and because it's nice to make at least one person have a new home.

I think that it will be fun to adopt a baby because it would be fun to have a new baby. 

I like it because we are getting a baby and I like babies.

I think that's going to be great and I like it because it's going to be a girl and that's going to be my baby sister!

Baby-shmaybee! Where's my milk bottle?

Read more Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cub Scout Baseball Game

Sunday we headed down to to PNC Park for was the annual Boy Scout Day. We got there early so the boys could go on the field before the game.

Our group is under the part that reads "Total."

The game was a sell-out crowd, and the littlest ones got tired at the end.

It was a great day!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

First Barn-Raising of 2012

We belong to a group that takes turns working at each other's house during the summer. How it works is that the men will gather in the morning and work on some home improvement project during the day. Around 6pm the families will come for a potluck dinner. We have been in this group since 2008 (could this really be right!?!?), and this past weekend was our first gathering for the summer. We call them "Barn Raisings," although we have yet to actually raise a barn.

Malcolm really enjoyed the farm kittens.

Does this look dangerous? Well, it was.

In fact, I mentioned how I was afraid they would fall off, and my friend who owns the shed said she was much more worried that the roof would cave in.

One of the three projects of the day was building a greenhouse. The other projects were putting in raised garden beds and chopping wood.

We ended the evening with a bonfire.

She caught a lightening-bug, which she immediately smashed on accident.


For days we could see planes flying over the house, so on Saturday we snuck down to Saint Vincent's to watch some of the airshow. It's funny, because last year we did this and it was us and maybe twently other people. This year, hundreds of other families had the same idea. It was a really fun time.

Friday, June 22, 2012

7 Quick Takes


Ahh, summer. The time in our house where every towel is damp from pool use and humidity.


I just love our little hamster Neptune! He is the perfect pet as he requires nothing from me. Click his cage to give him a treat. He likes them!


It was a bittersweet week for us as we said goodbye to some very special friends. James is probably taking it the hardest as he had to say final goodbyes to his best friend. My heart breaks for him, but I know we will see this awesome family again on one of our cross-country journeys. The friendship isn't over, it's just a new chapter!

For all you readers in Denver, you are gaining an amazing family to your city!


I am currently designing a workbox system for Margaret for her Pre-K/ Kindergarten year next year. I know, I know, I am very late to jump on the workboxes wagon. But the truth is I've avoided it because it just seemed like so much work. And you know what? It is so much work!


I am compiling ideas for activities and items I can place in the workboxes. I appreciate any and all suggestions and websites.




I love pinterest for things like #4. Another blogger said how pinterest is like crack. I have to agree. I get on there for just a quick sec, next thing I know my kids are demanding dinner and I haven't fed them lunch yet.

Not my classroom. Just pinterest-wishing.


See those red eyes? Maybe my husband was right for the second time in our marriage and I did add too much chlorine to the pool. Or maybe Isaac just has sensitive eyes to begin with. Yeah, that's probably it.

Check out more Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary. They're fun to read. I promise.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Father-Son camping Trip

With summer in full swing I have gotten a little behind posting photos of what's been happening around here. Last week was the annual Father-Son camping trip. The boys had a blast. The only camera for our family was Isaac's, and it was interesting and fun for me to see the 50 or so photos that he took. There are about 25 of a kayaker that we don't know, and a bunch of the backs of various people while the group was hiking.

Well, at least he has a helmet on while he climbs that high tree!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

And so it begins...

Cub Scout Day camp 2012

The older boys were finally able to participate in Cub Scout Day Camp this year. In years past it always seems to conflict with something else. They all had a wonderful time, but the jury is still out on whether they want to participate next year. They all thought the day was too long; the camp ran from 8:30am to 4pm. In many ways that is just like a school day, but homeschooling allows for a lot more freedom and down time during the day.

Shooting the BB guns

James got a bulls eye in archery


Running the obstacle course

Marital arts


Last day right before awards and the picnic. Can you tell which kid is wishing they'd eaten more at breakfast?

James won first place in the drawing contest.

James also received an award for his bulls eye.

Now I would have taken photos of each of the kids doing each activity, but since Michael went to camp with the kids he had different ideas of who should be photographed. That's why Isaac is basically absent in the photos.