Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 4th 2011

Wow, already another mark that summer is hurrying along.  This actually is a great thing b/c it means we can get our kids soon.  Hoping to hear something soon about that I-800.  See, I hear once it gets to TX lockbox, it takes 7 to 10 days to get to MO for processing & on our agent's desk.  That should put it already on immigration agent's desk.  Keeping fingers crossed here.  I know they received the application b/c i got that notice in the mail.  However, it was a holiday weekend and you know that always slows work down for everyone.  Trying to be patient in this part of the process.  But, knowing one approval leads to another that leads you each time a step closer to your kids, well, you just want it done. I say they put adoptive mothers in charge of these approvals and you wouldn't have any on the desks.  Yes, I 'd read them but shoot, by the time you get to this part of the process, you have already passed immigration, FBI checks, child abuse checks, a homestudy and just about any other check they can put in front of you.  So, this part should be relatively quick all things consider.  We shall see.

Now time for 4th of July pics.  What would it be w/out corn on the cob?  Well, we shucked the corn but somehow all of us got distracted and literally left it here on the table.  We're having it tonight instead.

Nik went around the yard picking some daylillies and wildflowers.  I think they make a great centerpiece, don't you?  He knows I love flowers.  And, Nik's favorite color is orange.  

We started out the day w/ a homemade buttermilk pancakes and sausage.  Kids cleaned the house and the rest of us worked outside.  I'm burned today so not leaving the house today.  Hence, a few posts, bill paying, grant searching and the like.  Kids are vegging out today after such a big day yesterday.  Kids and all of us went for some swimming.  It was great.  Nice and relaxing.  New neighbors came over for a bit but did not stay long as they have a very allergic daughter.  They are great though and can't wait to chat w/ them a bit more.  After filling up w/ burgers and dogs, we drove on over to the fireworks.

Got there just in time for when they started.  We only walked a few feet from our car & they started up.  Not huge, this is a local celebration but it is still enough for us to enjoy.  

Before we left, we gave everyone glow sticks.  Wasn't sure if anyone would want them but all 9 of them, 10 if you count me, wanted to wear the glow stick necklaces.  Yana couldn't get hers to tie so she figured painter's tape would help.  Not sure why she thought that but she did. 

This is the 9 of them.  7 are ours, 1 is Max's friend, and one is our house guest.  If you look closely, you can see Max videotaping the fireworks.  He loves his video camera.  They film stuff and then play it over and over again.

Now, this is the bunch coming from our gas station visit.  Alright, one of the girls' friends has turned us onto these slushies.  They are HUGE.  And good.  Very good.   They have about 10  different flavors.  And best part, they only cost .69 a piece!  Nice way to treat the kids for not much money.  Love it.  We kept telling the kids if you drink it faster, the better it tastes.  Yeh, they don't fall for the brain freeze trick any more.  

All in all, nice relaxing weekend and enjoyed it very much.  Today, just vegging out really and getting things done around the house and on the computer.  I have a lot to catch up on.  Got a set of insurance bills straightened out.  Knew I didn't owe that money.  Next goal is to fight the speech therapy issue.  Hate it b/c you have to be on the phone & that doesn't always work in this house.  Going to convince the kids to sand the gourds so we can make birdhouses out of them.  We'll see.  Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July.  Have a wonderful week.  More posts to come. 

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