I just realized we've had our little house for a year! So for you, that means, you'll soon be getting an obnoxious post will all kinds of pictures of our house. Mostly just to keep a record for me but if you (anyone) still follows this blog you'll have to deal.
So what took a year you ask?
I've wanted a tree swing since we moved in.
DH geniusly put one up for me this weekend!!
Noah say WHEEEEEEE!
If you're asking what took so long, let me break it down for you. First have you ever hung a tree swing? Apparently to do it properly it's quite involved, requires months of research and numerous trips to the hardware store. The This Old House site was the winner.
You need: A drill that can handle drilling through a tree branch - didn't have so we had to purchase An Auger bit to drill through the tree branch - didn't have so we had to purchase Bits to drill holes in the seat for the rope - didn't have so we had to purchase 2 eye bolts washers and nuts rope - with enough weight capacity rope thimbles wood for seat 2 carabiners - with enough weight capacity a husband that took a knot class with the USCG Cocktails to celebrate!
We were lucky enough to take a trip to Indiana to visit G'ma and G'pa C. and even luckier to have all of Noah's Aunts, Uncle and Cousin come to visit as well!
Noah wasted zero time being shy...
Uncle David getting a little NLC time...
But not for long, cousin Julia (2 yrs 9 months)
wasn't to sure about sharing daddy
Noah enjoying the view atop G'pa C. Cousin Cecilia (4 years) on Uncle Bryan Cousin Julia on Dad/Uncle David Cousin Ellen (6 yrs 11 months) on DH/Uncle Mike
Indiana Children's Museum
Noah's first Indy Car ride
Bird hunting with G'ma C. -
they could hear the little baby but couldn't find it
Great Aunt Lillie
Indianapolis Zoo with Emma (3 yrs)
and Grace (1 yr 11 months - just days older than Noah)
Ever tried to get 5 girls and 1 boy together for a picture?
Let's just say it's not very easy.
The girly girls
We had an absolutely wonderful time visiting with the C. family. I was great to have Noah meet all his C. cousins even if they are all girls! It was lovely to see how all the girls are growing and getting to know all their adorable personalities, we miss them terribly and wish we were all closer. For me, the best was seeing how differently our little boy Noah plays compared to the sweet C. girls - it was be part of the male DNA!
Hope to see everyone one soon...if not sooner than the May Wedding! Congratulation Uncle Bryan and (future) Aunt Sarah on your engagement!
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