What a whirlwind weekend we had! It was great...it started off with Downtown Tonite at Caras Park, followed by shopping and a BBQ, followed by the Saturday Markets then the Children's Museum then the Bison Range and lots of eating the libations between! Not sure if I've recovered yet.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures. At the bottom of this post is a SLIDESHOW - I know right...pretty impressive.
Not only do you end up looking like this (wish I had a before picture) you also rob a family that has unconditionally loved and cared for you. Plus you get arrested, get a fabulous photo shoot at the local jail...and get to look forward to your sentencing hearing. What a life - all before the age of 20. I'm so proud!
For those that don' t know, at one point she was a young healthy girl who my parents took in and raised for several years who I called sister while her mother was blazing a similar trail to what she's on now. To my knowledge her mother didn't violate family trust and steal possessions that included items passed down from mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers all in the name of the next fix. She hasn't been with my parents for several, several years but what a "Thanks guys" she's given them for the years they did keep her healthy, clean and in the good life.
Happy Anniversary to us! Thank you to everyone who remembered us and sent cards - it's so nice to know we're thought of.
DH and I had a simple dinner downtown. We sat on a covered deck and got to enjoy all the weather the north west region has to offer...we got sun, clouds, rain, wind - no snow, it is July for goodness sake!
We then went to the Osprey Baseball game. The game was pretty boring until the 7 or 8th inning. The Osprey were trailing 3 to 5, then they had a run and won 8 to 5. They had 8 hits, 8 scores and 1 error. The Casper Ghosts had 9 hits, 5 scores and 3 errors. Go Osprey!!
LOVE: This Juice-O-Matic I got at a yard sale. Not only is it esthetically interesting but functional too! DH and enjoyed fresh squeezed OJ as a night cap last night.
Two oranges fill this little cup...so totally worth it HATE:My parents were very frustratingly violated in an awful way this weekend. While they were away, their home was entered by dirty rotten thieving creeps. Fortunately they are safe but the their valuables including, all my mothers jewelry, my fathers firearms, money, cameras, tools and most importantly the security of a safe home are all gone.
For all you praying readers out there please pray for my parents. Pray the creeps don't return for the items they didn't retrieve. Please pray that my parents home will become safe again.
How do you make a blogger slide show? Anyone? I guess you'll just have to scroll to see the pictures.
What a fun and busy extended weekend. Our dear friends the Druffels were visiting from OR. We got to spend a little time with them, wish it were more. (Hope to have pictures of our visit soon...Tara!!?!?!?)
Floated the river with DH's Pharmacy group. Had a blast...they are a fun group (no pictures...need to get a waterproof camera)
Had a simple Q at our place....
The Crown Jewel of my culinary 4th of July skills
Russ I love the blue eyed boys!! Emmett
We successfully turned our mini backyard into a semi sweet party pad
Birthparents-Real Parents Birthparents-Natural Parents Birthchild-Real Child Make an adoption plan-Put up for adoption Choose adoption-Give up for adoption Was adopted-Is adopted Parent a Child-Keep a child Came to the family through adoption- Not their own child Child of unmarried parents-Illegitimate child Single parent-Unwed mother Unplanned, unintended, or untimely pregnancy- Unwanted pregnancy
05/09/12 - 05/11/12 - JC transitioned with baby in him foster home.
05/07/12 - We all got to visit with our baby in his foster home.
05/02/12 - Noah got to meet his baby brother.
04/26/12 - Heard from Foster mom and SW to schedule placement.
04/24/12 - Met OUR SON in his foster home...waiting to hear about placement
04/17/12 - Called State Adoption to confirm we would like placement of match. Set meeting to meet our son on 4/24/12.
04/16/12 - Meeting with State Adoption SW, CPS worker & placement specialist to review file for possible match.
04/11/12 - MC Meeting with State Adoptions SW for Home Study
Learned a little more about a possible match
04/05/12 - JC Meeting with State Adoptions SW for Home study
Learned a little about a few cases that might fit
04/05/12 - Rec'd call from RCS about possible placement - declined
04/02/12 - Photo album complete
03/28/12 - Meeting with State Adoptions SW for Home study
02/16/12 - JC had to re-do fingerprints for State Adoptions
02/02/12 - Meeting with State Adoption SW for home study
02/07/12 - Rec'd call from RCS - no need for placement :(
01/24/12 - Accepted placement from RCS - waiting...
01/23/12 - Rec'd call for Placement from RCS
11/08/11 - Complete file mailed to RCS
Complete file mailed to State Adoptions
11/02/11 - TB Tests read
10/31/11 - TB Tests done
10/22/11 - RCS Training
10/16/11 - RCS Training
05/25/11 - Recieved application packet for State Adoptions
05/16/11 - Meeting in home with State Adoptions SW
05/13/11 - Meeting with RCS/training
02/24/11 - Profile questionnaires mailed
02/15/11 - MC Vehicle Inspection
02/14/11 - JC Vehicle Inspection (that's a new one)
02/12/11 - Attended RCS Orientation
02/07/11 - Decided on a course and mailed application
02/02/11 - Recieved paperwork in the mail
01/31/11- Started making calls and learning more
01/03/11 - Started researching and researching
Our Adoption Journey Time Line
10/21/09 - We did today! 10/17/09 - Will we have a baby?? - NOPE 09/09/09 - Ultrasound 08/24/09 - Met birth family 08/17/09 - Got the call! Matched 05/04/09 - Approved and waiting 03/17/09 - Homestudy started 02/11/09 - CPR training 02/05/09 - Psyc evals 02/04/09 - Fingerprinted 01/27/09 - Attended workshop 10/15/09 - Application submitted 10/01/08 - First contact with agency