Thursday, March 29, 2007
The realtor told me they have someone from their office that helps with 'staging'. Luckily, I knew what 'staging' was and didn't have to look like any more of an idiot that I usually do. A staging person helps to re-arrange and organize things in a house to help it present to the buyers in the best way possible. (Thank you HGTV for that helpful lesson) So I get the call from the staging lady. Apparently, her title is Staging Designer. She is coming over tomorrow to help me depersonalize the house, remove extra furniture and create flow. Ummm, we still have to live there you know! With children. SEVERAL children. She wants to create enough walking space everywhere that 3 people can get through (a realtor plus husband and wife buyers) Does she mean side-by-side? And depersonalize? In what way? I have already taken down most of our photos and a lot of decoration type stuff. She is going to have a cow when she sees Katie's room is lime green and purple. Oh goodness, I think my brain is leaking out of my ears with the stress.....
We have to move the waterbed for the carpet, so we started draining it last night. It takes quite a long time to really get it empty so we already knew we would have to sleep in the guest room for at least one or two nights. Levi didn't like the idea of us not being where he was used to us being (next to his room) and he wanted to sleep with us. That was too crowded so I tried to get him to sleep with Katie. That didn't fly well either. So I slept with him in Ashley's bed. He was very restless and very active in his sleep. I think there were a couple other bed switches in there, so all in all it was a rousing game of musical beds at our house last night. Today I feel like someone used me for a tackle dummy. Ughhhhhhh.
No phone calls, no news, nada. The big Easter celebrations begin this weekend so nothing will happen now for about 2 weeks. I never used to hate holidays, but since those are the times all adoption related work stops, I no longer like them. They are bad, really bad. Sigh......
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Our little Princessa will need shoes, too! I got these teeny tiny little Converse hightops. These weren't on sale but there are some things that a girl just HAS to have and pretty shoes are a must.
So no phone call and now we are at the point where all of Guatemala is going to shut down for the holidays. It will be about 2 weeks before all of the offices down there are open. My dream of bringing her home in April is gone. Now I am hoping for May. She will be 7 months old if that turns out to be the case, and we will already probably be moved. I was hoping to be on maternity leave during the move, but now I will have to use some of my precious paid time off to move instead of having it all for when she comes home. Sigh....
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Next on the agenda is to put another coat of paint on all the trim in the sunroom, move some more stuff to storage, clean all the light fixtures, touch up the paint on the baseboards and walls, finish painting the laundry room, and on and on and on. Every time I cross something off my list, two more things get added. And of course I need to CLEAN it all. It's a good thing I started months ago with packing stuff and putting it into storage, doing little projects around the house and getting things pseudo-ready. It's never going to be perfect, but it is a nice house and we are pricing it to move FAST. I don't want to have to keep it in showing shape any longer than I have to!
Conversation with Levi:
L: I want a guitar
Me: You have one at home
L: No, not a guitar, a violin
Me: You want me to buy you a violin?
L: No, not buy me one. I am going to wish for one. It's a musical instrument.
What is this kid watching on TV?????
Funny Katie story: I told Katie she had to clean her room before the real estate agent came to see the house Saturday morning. As usual, she procrastinated and I had to push her to get it done. Saturday morning, just mere moments before the realtor arrived, she proclaimed it done. I took a quick peek and it looked good! Later, as I showed the realtor around, I was commenting to her about how hard I had worked to clean out all the closets so that they looked big and spacious, and with that I pulled open the door to Katie's closet. Holy cow, it looked like an avalanche! The realtor and I both started laughing. I turned around and there stood Katie all red in the face and she says, "I didn't know you were going to look in my closet" So now she knows that she has to keep it all clean. Goofball kid!
No phone call yet. sigh........
Monday, March 26, 2007
I am posting this on behalf of Erin and Cheri (both in my blogworld if you want to see their original posts click here: http://www.sunflowersandladybugs.com/ - Cheri, http://jesuswasnotarepublican.blogspot.com/ - Erin). Please help them if you can.There is something you can do to help if you so wish. If you are ADOPTING FROM GUATEMALA and you are with an agency or facilitator that is not HAPS or For This Child, PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO YOUR AGENCY. If you are NOT ADOPTING but you have a blog, please POST THIS REQUEST ON YOUR BLOG.*************************
If your agency has a case in process that contains a Guatemala City cedula or birth-certificate that is missing the Civil Registry signature (usually the mayorâ€™s signature), we have important information to share.According to PGN, if your case has not yet received a previo for the missing signature, it will. The letter from the Civil Registry and/or the Mayor of Guatemala City is no longer sufficient to satisfy the previo. The four PGN assessors have made a joint decision that these unsigned documents MUST be signed. However, at this time there is NO ONE in Guatemala City with the authority to sign these documents!We are Cheri xxxxxx and Erin xxxxxx, in the process of adopting Guatemalan babies through For This Child and HAPS, respectively. After many months working on this issue separately, our agencies are now collaborating to find a solution. They have discussed this with the PGN reviewers, Barrios, and the Mayor of GC directly. The conclusion is that the mayor does NOT have the authority to sign a document issued under another mayorâ€™s tenure. Therefore, we must file an acta with a different branch of PGN that will require the Civil Registry of GC to 1) designate and authorize a person to sign these documents, and 2) order that person to do so.The PGN reviewer on Erinâ€™s case currently has 12 cases that have been kicked out for this reason. If all 8 reviewers have a similar number of cases, that means 80-100 cases are in this same predicament! We have been advised to find as many of these other cases as possible so that we can ALL file the acta together. We have strength in numbers.If you have, or know of, a case that contains a Guatemala City cedula or birth-certificate that is missing the Civil Registry signature, please contact:Karla Ordonez, with HAPS: cell 5555-3610, office 2332-9040Traci Orr, with For This Child: US #214-370-8436, email@example.com
Thank you for your time,
Cheri and Erin
This is another case where the system in Guatemala breaks down. Who am I kidding, it's not a 'system' as much as it is pure chaos. Steps are being made to create a true system so that the children and adoptive families do not have to suffer but these things take a long time to put in place. Until then, some cases fly through and some get stuck and there is very little rhyme or reason to it.
In other news, we met with our real estate agent this weekend to talk about listing our house. Our plan had been to wait until a few weeks before we move to list the house, minimizing the amount of time we had to keep it in 'showing shape'. She convinced us that now is a better time to list it. So our new plan is to get everything done this week and be able to list it by next Monday at the latest. That's right, one week to finish all of our little projects. Aaaack! I made countless trips to Home Depot this weekend, painted, sanded, cleaned, packed, hauled, mulched, planted, etc etc. Today I have called the carpet guy and the guy who installed our hardwood flooring. I have lists of everything I need to get done broken out by day. At least if I am this busy I can't obsess over why the phone is not ringing. Wish me luck in getting the house ready!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Me: Any news yet? Are we out?
Bob: I will call, but don't stand by the phone. Watched pot never boils.
Me: OK, no phone watching. I have work to do anyway. Need to make money to pay for diapers.
Bob: Yeah right. You will be bugging me again by Friday. I bet, I bet, I bet.
Me: OK Senor Sillypants, I'll take that bet. I know I can hold out until Saturday!
Bob: Hah. I won't be here. neener neener neener.
I absolutely adore this guy! He always makes me smile. As most of you know, we accepted PBJ's referral and then I put together all the paperwork. It takes a ton of things to create the adoption dossier. I collected it all in record time. When I sent it all off, I let Bob know it was done. He sent me an e-mail with a dozen attachments and told me that now I could start to work on the second half of the paperwork. OMG! I didn't even know there was more. I mean, we had never gotten this far with Ahren's case. The thought of more paperchasing gave me nightmares, but I was going to whip it all out as quickly as I could. That's when he called me and told me the forms he sent were a joke, they were the forms for Russia! Boy was I relieved! I knew at that moment, though, that Bob and I were going to get along very well. I really expect him to do something outrageous when he does call to say we are out, but this time I am prepared. Now if I could just think of a good joke to play on him.......
So far this week there has been very little movement out of PGN. This is how it always goes. There will be a flurry of activity then long dry spells. There is no rhyme or reason to any of it. They don't sign off the oldest cases first, they don't treat all the cases the same and they have no prioritization system that anyone can tell. Some cases go in and out in a matter of days, others languish in PGN and take many many months. The other well known fact is that PGN is a giant black hole of information. Things go in and then there is no news at all until it comes out. No one can go and ask them about cases usually. They really frown on that. Every once in a while tidbits of info come out, but normally it is just a black box. A big, frustrating, holding the lives of our children in their hands, black box.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
He is also still really cuddly and very affectionate. (That's my Disneyworld sunburned face!) Lately he has been all about Daddy, though. Daddy is IT, the MAN, Da Bomb! He loves to help Daddy, sit with Daddy, eat Daddy's dinner, etc etc. It is so cute! He watches out the front window every evening and leaps for joy when he sees his Daddy's truck. He refers to weekends as Daddy/Levi days. I don't mind at all. It makes me love my husband just that much more to watch him interact with Levi. The joy and pride he beams with make me so happy.
Levi talks about his new brother and sister all the time. He shows us how he is going to hold them and rock them, how he is going to teach them things, and what toys he wants to give them. He has a really generous spirit. He has personally picked out special toys for both Ahren and Peri Brynn (his and his sister's idea). We bought them and have them sitting in the closet waiting for them to come home. He shows them to people and explains what they are, but he doesn't beg to open them or play with them. He is a truly special little guy.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Levi can entertain himself with anything. Here he is pretending to be surfing. A piece of shelving becomes his surfboard and a pile of wood shavings a wave. I love to watch him use his imagination. He usually has all of us laughing out loud.
Monday, March 19, 2007
See this little red vest thing? It is called a Baby B'Air. It is designed to keep lap riders in airplanes safe. You strap the baby into it and attach it to your lap belt. Why is this important? Let me share a story with you. The summer before last Chris and I took Levi with us for a long weekend in the mountains. We flew into Denver and then took a little prop plane to Steamboat Springs (which incidentally is where Chris asked me to marry him) Levi wasn't yet 2 years old and could have flown for free, but being the wriggly toddler he was we bought him a seat and strapped him in his carseat during the flights. On the way back on the prop plane we ran into a thunderstorm. Suddenly, lightining struck our plane and it lurched violently. I remember watching, as if in slow motion, the toddler girl on the lap of a woman several rows in front of us. She flew out of her mothers arms and crashed head first into the overhead bin. Levi, who was strapped in, looked mildly surprised and went back to watching a movie. The poor little girl wasn't badly hurt but she did have a nasty goose-egg on her head and was scared to death. Her parents looked positively green with fear. When I bring PBJ home she will be a lap rider. A safe lap rider. These little vests are not expensive and yet could be the most important thing I have purchased for her.
Now that my service announcement is over, we return to our regularly scheduled events. Willing the phone to ring........RING!!!!!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
and back up
run around the bottom
check on what Dad is doing
stand at the edge
throw rocks in the bottom
go down again
then follow them
bring the action figures out and throw them again
and finally get a helping hand from Dad to get you and ther action figures up the steep side.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Even though the girls danced from 9 am until 10 pm, they were still all smiles all day. This is really a wonderful group of girls, all really sweet and kind.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
We received new photos of both kiddos in the past few days. What a wonderful surprise! Ahren is 13 months old in these and Peri Brynn is 4 months old. They both look wonderfully healthy and beautiful. It looks like PBJ is going to have a very healthy head of hair! I can't wait to put bows in it. Ahren alwasy looks so serious in these photos., like he is really studying what is happening.