Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Easy come.........easy go

This past weekend, Jerry and I decided to start the nursery. While Jerry painted (he wouldn't let me to touch the stuff) I put together the changing table. Sounds easy enough considering the name of the product is called Simplicty. WRONG!!!!! The following is what ensued.

Me getting ready to tackle the project

Wrigley decided he wanted to help

One and half hours later, and this is what the changing table looked like. Of course I am nowhere to be seen!

Jerry came home and tried to put the table together

This is Jerry taking the table apart.(he is now in his pajamas) The shelves on the stupid thing would not line up no matter how hard we tried. Hence the table is being shipped back to the store. Like I said, easy come easy go!!!

Friday, February 17, 2006

My present to Jerry

Before Jerry and I got married, my old room had a huge walk in closet. After Jerry and I moved into our house, I used the closet in our bedroom and Jerry used the one in the spare bedroom. Last week Jerry cleaned out the closet so we could get started on the nursery. Yeah right! Anyway, his new closet became the garage. He whined and whined about it and me being the sweet wife that I am decided to give him a present for Valentine's Day. Here it is.

I decided to give Jerry 1/2 of the closet in our bedroom. The beauty of it all is I gave away a bunch of clothes to charity which means that I will have to go out and buy some new ones!

Here is Jerry's old closet. Notice the broom duster in the background.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Things NOT to say to an adoptive parent

Tanya's top 6 list of things NOT to say to an adoptive parent. I am sure there are more, but this is all I can think of for now.

6. How much did he/she cost?
5. Didn't you want to have your own children?
4. His/her mother must be Chinese.
3. His/her father must be Chinese.
2. There are so many children in America that need homes why not adopt from here?

And the number 1 thing that you should absolutely, positively NEVER say is .........

1. I know somebody that adopted and they got pregnant, that will happen to you.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Adoption Timeline

May 05~ attend adoption seminar and decide to go with China.

June 05~ Start homestudy This is where the social worker evaluates you and your husband. Social worker comes to house on first visit so cleaned like a maniac and made sure the dog smelled good.

June 05~ Apply to adoption agency and tell them about all the debt you have.

June 05~ Physical examination, fingerprinting, police letter of clearance, etc., etc., etc.

July 05~ Social worker goes on vacation. Go to immigration and turn in application for adoption.

August 05~ Homestudy FINALLY done!!!!

August 05~ Wait for approval of adoption by immigration. Better get used to six week wait for approval as this is just the start of waiting.

September 05~ Start student teaching, have no life. Oh wait, I was talking about adoption. What I mean is adoption approval finally comes from immigration. Go to AAA and get all documents notarized. Go to the county to verify that the notary does exist and is a true notary. Go to Secretary of State to verify that the county was not lying. Go to Chinese Consulate to verify that the state was not lying. Send documents to agency.

October 05~ Dossier which is all of the paperwork goes to China.

October 31 05~ Happy Halloween, our log-in-date which means we are paper pregnant.

Referral for a child will come according to how long it takes for China to process paperwork for babies. The current wait is around 9-10 months so we hope to get a referral in July 05 and travel 5-8 weeks after that. Currently China has only done referrals for people with log-in-dates through May 12th 2005our lid is Oct. 31. You do the math.

We can officially say...................

We are expecting!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Welcome to Our Blog

This blog was created so friends and family can keep track of us on our journey to China. I will periodically be posting pictures (if I can figure out how) and giving updates on what's going on in our lives. Happy reading!