Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Those Crazy vans!!

We never let an opportunity to dress up pass us by. Especially when it involves amusing accessories. So when our niece announced that she would be having a luau themed graduation party we were psyched. The invitation clearly stated to get grass skirts and coconut bikinis ready... and we did. Before leaving the house we decided to snap a few pics. They turned out somewhat amusing. First I had to take a pic of our darling ham all decked out in the too small Hawaiian outfit we bought for him three years ago on our trip to the Big Island. CJ tried to take some pics of me and the boy but, well, my husband likes the candid shots. So we gave the camera to Paul, resulting in us looking a bit like giants. "Isn't there a self-timer on this thing?"
"Yeah, it's right here." Once we figured out how to use the timer we just needed to line up the shot and coordinate our pose. Ahhh... perfect!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Everyone but us...

My darling husband is threatening to take the computer away if I don't stop stalking blogs and adoption forums in some vain effort to make myself feel better. (Which is obviously not working - I am a miserable mess!) I watch as family after family hears news of EP approvals and travel calls while we hear.... nothing.... The silence is KILLING ME!! I swear I must check my phone 18 million times a day. It was vibrating today after lunch and my heart stopped... until I saw it was the dentist's office reminding me of my upcoming cleaning. Sigh. It doesn't help that we are in week two of exams at school and I have finished my checklists, cleaned out my desk and just sit sit sit sit sit all day long with nothing to think about but my son, halfway around the world, waiting to come home. It also doesn't help that every five minutes someone asks me about if we've heard anything. Believe me, the WORLD will know when we get that call.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Floor: Before and After

Recently CJ replaced the ugly yellow carpet in our living room/dining room with beautiful hardwood floors. It was a pretty big project and thankfully he had the help of my uncle's nail gun and a noisy new compressor to help. Paul did his share of supervising from a safe distance equipped with his safety goggles and ear protection. Sadly because my pics were destroyed in the virus, the only before picture I have is one I posted a while back on the blog. But it gives you the general idea. The carpet was in better shape than the stuff we had upstairs (which was immediately removed!) but it was still old, stained and smelly. So it had to go. CJ had wanted to replace it as one of the first house projects, but other things took priority. Needless to say he was overjoyed with the results.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

World's Worst Blogger

Okay, so maybe that is an exaggeration, but I certainly haven’t been keeping up with my blog and for that I apologize. Here are my excuses: About a month ago we contracted a nasty virus that wiped out our hard drive and left me without a computer for nearly two weeks. When it was returned, stripped down to nothing, I was so depressed over the loss of my pictures and documents that I sulked about it. For a long time. In the meantime, school has been coming to a screeching halt and with it the stress of my impending unemployment. I have enjoyed a wonderful year as a long term substitute, but sadly the teacher whose place I temporarily filled decided to come back to work. And currently there are no prospects for September. So there was some more sulking. A lot. But I have resolved to keep plugging away in my attempt to become a permanent teacher once again and came to the conclusion that this bump in the road is a sign that I need to spend time with my boys. BoyS. Yes, there is still only one mini Van in the house and we have no idea when the second will arrive. Our social worker is being very tight lipped, claiming that the agency in Korea is not giving her any information. The reason I find that hard to believe is because I regularly stalk the adoption message board and several blogs of families on the same timeline (adopting through the same Korean agency) and they all seem to know WAY more than we do. In a nutshell – two batches of EPs (emigration permission: what the kiddos need to travel to the US) were submitted in May. The first batch was made up of referrals from November, the second contained referrals from December. We received our referral in late November, so I figure if the other boy did not make it into the first batch; he would surely be in the second. I learned last night that all of the families in batch one received their travel calls. So we wait with baited breath. I asked point blank if he was in batch two and was told that the Korean agency does not release that information to families. No, apparently they just don’t release it to us. Otherwise how the (bleep) does every other waiting family seem to know the status of their child’s EP?!?! Honestly. It’s okay really because we haven’t done a thing to get his room ready other than buy the can of paint. Hubby says he refuses to move the furniture and paint until we get the call, which he does not believe will be anytime soon. Meanwhile my mother is willing it to happen more than I have ever seen her will anything. And the woman has power. Give her a handful of rosaries and she will guarantee sunshine. No lie. My suggestion to the Korean government is that they should probably get that kid on a plane ASAP.