Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I have to remind myself that we have the medical letters done, the local and state police clearances done, 3 sets of fingerprints done, the certified copy of our deed done, one employment letter in the process of being apostilled right now. We already have passports but I do need to photocopy them again. One employment letter is being re-written for the 3rd time.
We are awaiting the pertinent information so I can finish typing up the cover letter, the petition to adopt and power of attorney forms. The other dossier forms are already typed up.
My hope is that by the time we get our 171H the rest of the dossier will be ready to go as well. I really hope to be back in Eastern Europe in late fall. It boggles my mind to think that almost 1/5 of this year could be spent abroad.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Caleb is such a hoot! The other day he let me know in no uncertain terms that he wanted a drink (he'll bring me an empty cup and start pulling on my arm and say "see, see" and point toward the fridge) so I jokingly asked, "are you so thirsty you could die?" He immediately dropped flat on his back like he'd just been shot. It was hysterical!! (I didn't realize how much practice he'd been getting "playing dead" on the trampoline with his brothers.)
He's definitely feeling his oats more, testing Mommy a bit, not minding so quickly. I mean, he's still very easy-going but you can just see that spark of independence and mischief.
Potty training seems to be more mommy-training. If I have him sit on the potty, he'll pee or poo in the potty and if I don't sit him on the potty, he'll pee or poo in his pull-ups. And I honestly am not very good at remembering to take him to the bathroom as regularly as I should. While we were on vacation in our old motor home, he actually did very well at keeping his pants clean--I think because I was much more consistent about the potty. But at home my mind gets so lost in everything else that's going on in our extremely active family that I forget about Caleb's britches. I guess I need to just set the timer (except it's so busy timing time-outs and piano lessons and turns on the computer . . . but I guess that's an excuse, huh?) He IS getting practice with things like pulling pants up and down, flushing, turning on faucet, scrubbing hands, turning off faucet, drying hands--so that's something.
On our new adoption front, I just faxed our medical letters to our social worker yesterday (Monday)--those were all she lacked to complete our new home study. She had everything else all typed up with the exception of Dr. names and visit dates. I am really hoping we can have that study to USCIS by Friday. Please!! Please!! Please!! I personally think it's possible. I told her I'd drive it to Boise on Thursday if that would help her :) Of course then I'm hoping for I-171H within a couple more weeks. And of course, I'm HOPING to get other dossier documents together in those two weeks. Well, it doesn't hurt to hope . . .
On the home front I am very embarrassed to admit I've been dealing with itching. Somehow in late July I got 28 insect bites on one foot and 31 on the other besides those on my legs, etc. I have long joked that I must have sweet blood (in spite of how un-sweet my children think I am) because if anyone is going to get bitten around their ankles it is me. But this concentrated itching was so severe that I thought I was going to have to amputate my feet in order to maintain the two marbles of sanity that I have. I was downing Benadryl, and applying a myriad of ointments. And the really lovely part was that I got to attend Caleb's Mommy and Me swimming class with my elephant-swollen feet and all the beautiful red blotches. (Sorry, no pictures) Several times intelligent people like my mother and husband advised me to see a doctor but I couldn't imagine explaining to a doctor that I got all those bites without ever seeing or feeling any insects on me. Finally, however, exactly a week ago my skin got so painful to the touch that I decided to make an appointment. By the time I got to the Dr's office, my foot hurt so badly I could barely touch it to the floor. I walked away with two prescriptions for cellulitis: an antibiotic and a steroid--and instructions to contact a pest control person. (I can only assume bites came from our house because I haven't been anywhere else) Well, said person visited our house today and didn't find any critters. Please believe me, my house is really NOT a pig-sty. We are assuming that our dog and particularly our cat have less-than-graciously shared their own guests (fleas) with the rest of our household. Yes, our pets have flea collars and have been shampooed with flea soap but I'm guessing they must be getting re-infected from the carpet, couch, etc. The 'pest man' said only 5% of fleas are in the adult form where you can see them hopping--the rest are eggs and larva. So on the day he comes to spray the house, I have to wash ALL the bedding and we'll have to give both animals a bath so that everything starts fresh all at once to try to break this endless cycle.
Now for all those who say we need to 'be real' on our blogs, isn't this just a bit too much!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
All the angel pictures were taken on 5-27-08
Caleb hiking in the South Hills on 6/3/08. It was pretty chilly up there.
Caleb sitting with his family at the Shriner's Circus in Filer munching away on his nachos like a regular guy
Caleb's initial (and short) dental checkup on 6-18-08. No cavities.
Cool Dude Caleb after getting his vision checked and pupils dilated. Eye exam was normal.
Caleb with inflatable football he won at the duck pond at Hazelton Celebration 6-28-08
Caleb with his sisters dolls on our back deck on 7-27-08
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Yesterday the girls, I and Caleb went with friends to Niagara Springs--a beautiful waterfall proceeds directly out of the Snake River canyon-side. The water in this pool is crystal clear and very cold. Caleb was having a great time sitting in an area that had the BLACKest mud you can imagine and spreading it on legs, arms and finally face. It was hilarious. It shows better in the larger pictures but I didn't think they'd fit here.
I'm sorry. I got these pictures all right side up in the picture gallery but they still come out sideways on here.