Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
We are one step closer to little Noah Lee coming home!! As nice as it has been to not have paperwork to fill out, it is hard just waiting. Since we filed our acceptance paperwork for Noah, our work has been done for a while. We have basically been waiting for our I-600 Immigration form to be filed by our agency and then approved. I e-mailed Immigration last Wednesday ( thanks again for the e-mail address, Jackie!!) and I was told on Thursday that they received my paperwork on March 31st and that it takes 6-8 weeks for approval, No Exceptions! I was a bit bummed and thought that at this rate, we might not get approval until the end of May. Well, much to my surprise, when I got the mail Saturday after work...the approval had arrived!!! ( I secretly was hoping it might be, but then figured I must be on crack to think it was even a possibility after what I was just told.) They approved us on April 23rd....so it took just 3 weeks and two days!!
Ok, so by now you are all wanting to ask, " so when does he come home then?" Good question. There is still alot of paperwork that has to happen between here and Korea from what I understand. All the lingo is still alot of jibberish to me. Something about P3's, the NVC and even maybe OPP??? ( oh wait...that's just a Naughty by Nature song from back in the day I used to love :) YOU DOWN WIT' OPP...YEAH YOU KNOW ME!!!! Sorry...I got off track there for a sec. Anyway, once my dear friends Jackie and Angie break it all down for me ( hi guys!!) I will try and explain it all to you.
In the meantime, as I like to post a photo with each blog post, this is me in the midst of doing my famous "Russian" off the diving board. Me, my sister and friend Leslee were quite good at this in our younger days, and this is how I would "jump for joy" right now if I still could touch my toes in mid air:)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is one of the many reasons that I love Glenn. He came home from work today and was upstairs when he suddenly called down and asked me if I was in the nursery today....to which I replied, "yes, I was showing Lisa (my sister) the room." He then said, "this is what happens when you leave the door open!!" I ran upstairs thinking that one of the cats was sleeping in the crib, or maybe Simon got into something. And there he was..... a big 'ole life size cut out photo of Noah hanging out with his monkey in his crib!! Yep, my husband cracks me up!! So there our practice baby Noah will stay until he comes home.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today is our baby boys 10 month birthday!! It's been a little over a month since we first saw Noah's photo. And what a long month it has been! We had been waiting to hear from our adoption agency if we could send a small gift to Noah while we are waiting for him to come home and we just heard back that we could! My mom and I had gone out weeks ago and picked up a small, soft blanket and a cute little photo album. Glenn and I picked out a few photos to put in the album ( of us, my parents, Aunt Cindy and Uncle Bill, and a few other furry and non-furry family members :) We decided to put stickers with the appropriate Korean words so that Noah's foster mommy knows who everyone is. We're hoping that if Noah gets used to seeing our faces in the photo album, that maybe it will help just a tiny bit when we finally do meet for the first time. (on a sidenote: I LOVE this photo of my mom and dad! It is from our wedding in Kauai. My mom hates the way she looks in this photo because we got rained on when we first got on the beach and it was quite windy, so she thinks her hair looks crazy!!! I think she looks great!)
We can't wait until you come home, baby Noah!!!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So by now you all know how much I love ETSY!! I must admit, before I met Glenn I was only mildly interested in art. Not sure how that happened with a sister and brother who are both artists! Glenn and I want to put some quirky prints in Noah's room and during my search I came across this artist. ( click here to see her work!) As it turns out..... she is Korean and was adopted some time ago through Holt...which is one of the adoption agencies in Korea. Her work is really fun and unique and I think perfect for Noah's room. This is the print we ordered....although I'm sure I'll be tempted to purchase more from her in the future!
Feeling a little blah with all of the rain lately. Nothing cheers me up more than coming home from work and being greeted by Simon. He has the cutest little wiggle that he does when we come home....his ears go flat to his head and his little body just goes to town! So today I will just post this amazing photo of Simon that Glenn took. ( he's a looker...ain't he?)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter today! Glenn and I spent the day with my family at my parents house. My mom outdid herself once again with a yummy, yummy dinner! ( I'm still full :) Somehow as I got older I became responsible for making the "bunny cake" every Easter. When we were little, my mom would bake a chocolate cake, keep one layer for the bunny's head, and cut the other one into ears and a bow tie. Then the cake was iced with vanilla icing and coconut and jellybeans and licorice were used to make the eyes, whiskers, etc. ( I've come to realize over the years lots of other people my age grew up eating the same cake....who knew?!!!) Well, a few years ago I decided it was time to make variations of it. ( still has to be the same flavors though.....it's me and dad's favorite!) I try to still make it something the kids will love as I have 6 nieces and one nephew on my side of the family. I can't wait to bake for Noah! One of these days I need to take a cake decorating class and also play around with some fondant. In the meantime, here are this years easter basket cupcakes and last years cake. Not too shabby I think :)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
So I may not be a boy, but when Glenn found these on Etsy I thought....."Brilliant!!! I can totally appreciate these!!!" At some point and time our little guy will be old enough to stand up and "go potty." Let's face it...even men don't have the best aim at times. If this can make things a little easier, a little less messy.....and a lot of fun!, why not give them a try! Here's the link for the "Pee Pee Bullseye Potty Training toilet stickers" in case anyone is interesed in them...for their husband or their son :)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The nursery is all painted. We finally ordered our "no more monkeys jumping on the bed" wall decal and are just waiting for it to arrive. We still have furniture to paint, but we're getting there! We don't want a primarily "monkey themed" room and want to mix it up, so I started looking on-line just to see what else is out there. Well, I stumbled across this adorable bathroom rug and shower curtain and had to have it for the spare bathroom....which will be baby Noah's bathroom :) I guess I like monkeys more than I thought!! I've been wanting to re-paint in there anyway, so why not add one more project to the list! Man, we've got a lot to keep us busy!
Monday, April 6, 2009
For anyone who isn't familiar with it, it is "your place to buy and sell all things handmade!" ( yes, I took that quote right off their website :) Glenn was the one to stumble upon it quite some time ago and I've just recently started browsing the site a bit more. It's amazing the creativity and talent that people have. So, I thought I'd share a few of the items that I came across recently. I was looking to see if anyone made some type of Asian or Korean dolls, and I found these adorable tiny felt dolls dressed in traditional Korean hanboks. I believe they are also used as cake toppers. These are two of my favorites. Look at all of the detail on these little guys! For any of my fellow friends adopting from Korea who may like these, here is a link to this sellers site: