The Adoption Option

My spot for thoughts, feelings, rambles, and updates as we journey through the adoption process. Highlights: Dossier arrived in Thailand ~ Sept 26, 2005; Approved ~ October, 2005; Matched ~ August, 2006; Referral received ~ January 2007; Traveled & Home ~ June, 2007; Finalized!! ~ December, 2007

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blog neglect

I've discovered a new way of communicating with some friends, which unfortunately has caused some blogging neglect. The evil culprit is FaceBook - it's a fabulous way to connect with a bunch of people at one but it's also a huge time-sucking machine. So for you who check the blog, I'm sorry and I shall update you all now.

The Fall is definitely here in Chicago. It's COLD! But we've been enjoying all the typical activities: the pumpkin patch, Halloween activities (to get the most of the costumes we try to attend several events each year), and this year we carved pumpkins (pictures will be posted soon). This week will include class parties at the YMCA and finally Trick-or-treating with friends. Then we can start preparing for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. I'm sure it'll go by fast but at least it's fun stuff.

This year the boys decided to dress as Super Heroes. My wonderful sister sewed their capes and belts and turned them into Super Ian and Super Jesse. Because Jesse wants to be everything Ian is....we've started calling him echo.

We were able to head to Chicago at the beginning of October to register Jesse adoption at the Thai Consulate. This was the last piece of adoption business we had to attend to. It didn't really mean anything legally to us, or his status in the US, but it's required by Thailand. This way the Thai government has his new legal name and removes him from being listed as a Thai citizen. It was a quick and painless procedure. If anyone has to travel a long distance for this step in their process, I highly recommend planning a mini vacation around the event.

Ian has completed his first session in park district soccer. He improved greatly over the last several weeks and I'm a little sad to see it end. The last 3 games he scored at least 1 goal and this past weekend in his final game, he scored 3 goal and had 1 assist! His confidence has really grown and it was amazing to watch him bloom like that. I'm going to look into some indoor soccer possibilities until Spring.

Our most recent develop has taken place this past weekend. Jesse has started going pee on the potty! He has only actually requested to go 1 or 2 times, but has actually gone 4 times in total (sometimes we ask him and he tries with success). He's not completely anti-diaper, so we are goingto see if we can find Pull-ups that will fit him. Then we can at least switch off while he's still in the early stages. It's very exciting :) Especially for me, because then I won't have to carry around diapers and wipes all the time.

So that pretty much catches everyone up. I will try not to be so neglectful - since at least in the blogger world I get to write and tell stories. Not so much on Facebook. :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Just putting it out there

Now that Ian is part of a real school system we are dealing with fundraisers. So, I'm offering it up. There are currently two fundraisers going on

1) Affy Tapples. More of something local - or if I'll be seeing you soon. Ranging in price from $1.25-$2.00 each. Variety of flavors to choose from (let me know if you're interested).

2) Silver Bells Holiday Collection from Market Day. It's a catalog of decorations, candy, wrapping paper, mixes, and other little things here and there. A lot of affordable and cute stuff. If you're interested in looking around you can go to - Sale ID: 204860 and if you find something you like email me and I'll send you Ian's information so he can get credit for the sale.

thanks :)