Tuesday, March 31, 2009

They say "timing" is everything...

Hmmm...I guess this is the month for timing things.  On March 23rd we marked our 2nd year of being in the adoption process.  On the 17th we marked LID month number 15.  I recently went into Maisy's closet to look at her clothes and found stuff I'd forgotten that I purchased.  I really do have good taste!!
A bit of housekeeping before I forget---The site where Ben and I discovered some seriously cutie cutesters is www.thestarfishfosterhome.org I left the "the" out last time I blogged about it.  Go check out the starfish, you'll be glad you did.
I had a birthday on the 23rd and spent it on sick leave with something very, very bad.  The jury is still out on what it was but it must have been the most perverse party favor ever because my entire family got it---all 11 of us.  But, I had a great time before I puked my toenails off my toes.  My mom fixed lunch for everybody including angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries, we flew kites with the kids and got to visit and just have a wonderful time.  My nephew Aidan started playing with the phone so I let him call my home answering machine and just talk.  I kept the message and every time I listen to it I just crack up!!  My family got me some wonderful birthday gifts that I love so much and it was just a beautiful time----until everybody puked!
In case you didn't know this about me I'm a B-Ball fan and have been loving some March Madness.  I do believe the Tar Heels (whom I love because they take their ball playing so dang seriously) are going to win it all----probably against U Conn.  That's my prediction.  I had Kansas and Pitt in the final four along with UNC and U Conn but, to me, Kansas just gave up and Pitt, well, Pitt was just suckin'.  Sorry Pitt fans but Fields, as awesome as the dude is, cannot carry the entire game.  Villanova played some exciting ball and I wish it could be them and UNC in the finals but, unfortunately for 'Nova, UNC is gonna whip them soundly on Saturday.  I'm definately going to watch it!!  Props to Blake Griffin of OU---gotta love him but he's no Tyler Hansbrough of UNC.  Okay, enough of that.
We are still waiting for our homestudy update to be finished so that we can mail it off to USCIS and get our free renewal.  Our agency has opened up to adoptions from Rwanda, Mexico and Ethiopia.  I'm not sure how I feel about that but they didn't ask me so I don't suppose it matters.  I am just ready to hold my baby and not put her down for a very long time.  A little Chinese girl waved at me the other day in front of Super Cao Nguyen and I about cried.  She was so beautiful and had such a sweet smile.  I've been reading horror stories from people who have adopted babies and children from Asian countries about their experiences with rude comments, discrimination and racism.  Seriously, do you believe I won't absolutely paste somebody for hurting my precious daughter's feelings?  There will be no me trying to be diplomatic and educate you about international adoption because, clearly, you need to be slapped.  And if I can't get to you----you'd better watch out for Aunt Laura!  Sometimes I am truly astounded by stupidity and rudeness.  That's why I am very, very, very perturbed with the Girl Scouts of America.  In fact, I'm so mad I cannot even go into detail about it right now.  That's for another post when I'm feeling more mediatoresque than I am at the moment.
Jeremiah 8 verse 7 says "Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons..."  For the record I'd just like to say "Hey, Stork, it's Baby Season.  Get to flyin'!"
Love to you and yours,

Friday, March 20, 2009

Well, It wasn't "Moms Gone Wild"...

Spring Break is drawing to a close and I figured it was time to update all 3 of you (You know who you are:) ) regarding the latest news around the Root hacienda. 
For starters, far be it from me to relax, or allow anyone else to do so, when there is cleaning to be done!!  I cleaned the inside of the windows and Ben cleaned the outside.  He got a brand new squeegee just for that purpose!  Hey, dudes love tools, I was just being thoughtful!! 
We took the kids to the zoo on the crazy busiest day of the year.  There were more people than animals----and the people were pretty darn amusing.  I saw a lady with no shoes on...just walking along.  I didn't know that was allowed at the zoo.  I love the zoo, but I love it more when I don't have to share it with so many people.  The kids had fun though and the weather was beautiful. 
We worked in the yard.  Ben mowed our delightful crop of weeds and I weeded flower beds and planted some stuff.  I get a real charge from being the first one to find shoots and buds coming up from the ground and, since nobody else gives a rat's hind end about shoots and such, I'm practically electrocuted from all that free excitement. 
We cleaned some more. 
Ben hung the letters spelling Maisy's name on her bedroom wall and we cleaned some more.  Are you noticing a trend?
Today was our home study update and I think everything went just fine.  Most of our paperwork is back (come on state of Oklahoma--you are slower than Kansas and Missouri) and we should have our updated version from our social worker, Earlene, in about three weeks.  Then we mail it and a bunch of other stuff that we've mailed before to USCIS and wait to get refingerprinted (never know when your fingerprints might go bad, expire, suddenly change or, GASP, be stolen along with your library card and that Payday candy bar you think nobody knows is hidden in your sock drawer) and get that free renewal of our I-171H giving us permission to bring an unidentified orphan (or orphink, if you are Popeye) into the good ol' US of A.  Mostly, we just want to get on with it!!
Tomorrow we will go see Yaya and Pa and visit with Laura, John and The Muffins.  I haven't seen the babies since Christmas so I plan to kiss their faces off....
I leave you with these funnies from my kiddos---My friend Andy told me that Bobby called him to sell him Blue and Gold sausage and other products to benefit his BoyScout troop and when Andy chose to buy only one package of sausage Bobby chastised him by saying "Well, you should buy some bacon too because bacon is a Man's Meat!"  I don't know where he got that---just laugh and go on...  A couple of days ago Bobby brought Abby the spade to use in the flower bed and she looked him right in the eye and said "Thank you, Kind Sir."  Kind Sir???  He did just turn 14, but Kind Sir??
Happy Spring and Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory to you and yours,