Adoption Update

Rob and I talked briefly last night about our adoption process.  I said, “Should I make the appointment for the home study tomorrow?”  He said, “Why don’t you call the adoption agency tomorrow so we can start getting our dossier together.  Don’t we need the same documents for the home study?”  So, as usual, he’s right.  I have my alarm set on my phone go to off at a quarter after 3.  It’ll be 9:15 their time.  Hopefully, we don’t have to pony up the money right this minute.  If they can hold off until the first of the month, when we should hopefully see our OHA allowance we can use that money to pay for whatever needs to be paid for now.

I also found out today that my 23 year old cousin is 8 weeks pregnant and she is due on the 31st of December.  I’m happy for her!

We also finally got our income taxes filed.  Actually, we filed back in March before we moved, but Rob mistyped my SSN and it was rejected.  Hopefully, we should see our refund pretty soon, along with our economic stimulus checks.  All of that money is going into our adoption fund.  It’s a pretty good chunk of change and I’m glad, too!  We won’t have to rape our money market account too much, which is a good thing.

I was reading about what was required for our Russian adoption and depending on the region, both of us have to travel the first time for about a week.  This is when we get to meet our little child for the first time.  The second time we travel, it could be as long as 3 weeks.  Rob only has to stay for a portion of it because they consider the mother the primary caregiver and he will only be required to attend court with me.  Then, before it’s all said and done, I have to make a trip to Moscow for the adoption finalization for no less than 4 days.  After all that’s done and we get our pre-approval from CIS (what used to be the INS), as soon as we step foot on American soil after the adoption, the baby will become AUTOMATICALLY a US Citizen! There is some paperwork that we have to drop off when we get to Customs, but after that, it’s pretty much a done deal.  There are home visits for a few years, but I’m not entirely sure how many visits there are.  I know that we are to be visited within one month of the adoption, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years and then I can’t remember if she told me that there was a 4th year or not.

Rob got this crazy idea that since I was writing in these blogs and talking about our process of going through this adoption, that I should use it to write a book.  I actually had the same thought on the same day.  I guess I could fictionalize it or something…or maybe not…though something that I learned when I was in the Army, people can tell you what it was like for them, but the experience will not be the same for every person.

We are so excited!  We also picked out our baby’s name.  It’s going to be Dmetri.  I can’t think of a middle name, poor guy.  Nothing really fits.  I suggested Henry, but it doesn’t work and I also suggested Patrick, but it doesn’t flow very well.  When I said Dmetri Henry, he wrinkled his nose.  So, if you have a suggestion for a middle name, I’m open to suggestions 🙂

Well, it’s 11 o’clock and I was thinking about walking over to the bakery and getting a cup of coffee, but it’s a little too chilly for that today…Maybe another day!

Well, thanks for reading and have a great day.

PS  After I get off the phone with the adoption agency, I’ll write more! 😉

A Walk to Remember

I was watching this movie last night and wasn’t able to finish it.  So, this morning, it was the first thing that I did.  Finished watching the movie.  Now, normally, I don’t watch the commentaries at the end of movies and in this one, there were two commentaries and–yes, I watched them both.

Anyway, I got a little inspired and decided that I was going to write my “list” of things to do in my life.  I’m going to make this a new page, so just click on the page up top!

Funny thing, though, this movie was the first time I was introduced to Nicholas Sparks.  My next door neighbor had the movie and said that I would love it, so we watched it.  The next day, Melissa presents me the book and said that she didn’t like the book as well as the movie, but since she knew I was a reader, she thought that I might like it.  Said she didn’t want the book back.  I shrugged and took the book.  I was on Head Count that day and I took it with me.  Head Count is where you sit in the front of the Mess Hall and collect money and signatures from people who come to there to eat.  Well, it tends to get really slow about 45 minutes into lunch and I hate just siting around doing nothing, so I started reading my book.  It was a quick read-maybe 3 hours to finish it.  It was then that everyone said that I needed to get my nose out of books.  Most Soldiers aren’t found reading, especially not in a garrison situation.  Most Soldiers read while their in the field when there is no TV, DVDs or PS2s present–and even then, I think that most prefer to play Spades or something.

Anyway, after finishing that book, I was hooked on Nicholas Sparks and I immediately went the Book Mark to see what else he might have written.  I’ve read all of his books.  Some several times.  It’s a guilty pleasure, but I figure, I’m allowed 🙂

Well, anyway, without further ado, have fun reading my To-Do list! 🙂  Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂

All of the sudden…

I’m not a breakfast eater…I haven’t been since I was in High school when my dad prepared my breakfasts for me.  A bowl of cold cereal usually.

He always tried to get me to eat breakfast, but I never much cared for it.  Then, he tells me, educated people eat breakfast on a daily basis.  He was saying this, backing it up with fact, which I later confirmed was true.  He worked for the US Department of Agriculture and in the division of School nutrition, so needless to say, he’s a subject matter expert in this area.

Well, recently, and I’m talking in the last two weeks recent, I’ve been eating breakfast.  Not entirely sure why, though.  Perhaps it’s because I don’t have curtains in my bedroom and Rob and I have been waking up insanely early (before 5 am) because the dawn is starting to get earlier and earlier.  By the time summer’s in full swing, dawn will start around 3:30.  The days are so long.  We want to go to bed around 9:30-10 and it’s still light outside.  Oddly enough, I’m not feeling especially tired throughout the day and I seem to have plenty of energy to do what I need to get done.

Speaking of, I think I am going make a list of things that I need to get done, like Amy does.  I used to use a calendar to write everything that I need to do, but since I don’t have assignments due or other responsibilities like that anymore, using a calendar really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  A list should suffice.

Casey’s getting better everyday.  He’s getting to the point where he feels confident to jump off of the couch, though I don’t necessarily want him to do that, he does it with the greatest of ease.  He’s not limping around anymore, but is still leery of climbing up the 3 steps that lead indoors.  He still goes out on a leash, but I’m hoping that soon, we won’t have to do that for too much longer.  The hair that was once shaved for his surgery is growing back pretty quickly and I feel confident enough to leave him in his room while we’re away for a short while.

I have been leaving him in the kennel when I clean so that I don’t hurt him or he decides that he wants to try to follow me down the stairs while I’m doing laundry.  Casey really wants to have a buddy around to play with.  Rob said yesterday night, after he came home, “Casey-Boy, if you hadn’t decided to chase the car, we were going to get you a playmate.  And now, we’re going to have a baby soon, so you’re just gonna have to deal with it.”  🙂  That’s a HUGE grin on my face.  No, seriously!  We’re so happy!  Rob says he happier about the progress that I’ve made with the house, but it’s not done yet.  There’s still so much to do.  I am really happy that I got the picture frames up yesterday.  There’s still a box that had the prettys from my curio cabinet, but I haven’t decided where that’s going to end up, so it’s going to stay packed until I can decide!

This is a short week for Rob.  Memorial Day Weekend!  On Friday, we’re setting up our dining room table and chairs and on Saturday, we decided that we’re going to go to Trier, the oldest town in Germany.  We’ll have to make it a day trip because #1:  We’re not completely confident that Casey’s 100% yet and not sure he’s ready for a lot of walking.  #2:  Having not seen our housing allowance for 2.5 months has depleted our savings account significantly and as such, we need to pay off our credit card bill and #3:  We’re trying to save our money for the adoption.  We’re planning on June to have our home study completed.  I’ve also decided that June 1 will be my quit date.  Seemed as good as any other day, but I actually needed to have a date set for that…

Other than that, those are the updates for today.  Thanks for reading and I hope you have a nice day!

Slowly, but surely…

No, I didn’t call YOU Shirley!  LOL

Okay, all jokes aside, I’m still trying to get this house in order.  I need someone to come over that has no attachments to my stuff and start pitching stuff.  I felt pretty good a couple of days ago; I actually tossed some clothes that I’m going to recycle!  I don’t throw clothes away, but I decided that I didn’t like them and they don’t fit or look good on me.

There is no way this house is EVER going to be ready for a home study in June.  I have pictures that still needs to be hung up and I don’t know where to put them.  Rob and I bought a new kitchen table set and I can’t put it together by myself.  I put the coffee table together, but it seems to have become a “catch-all”–just like every other surface in my house.  I hate being such a pack-rat.  I really NEED to get rid of a bunch of stuff!  I’m pathetic!  I’m currently looking at the cleanest thing in the house…the computer…the desktop is clean!  LOL  And the bookcase is mostly clean.  There’s stuff that’s stacked on there that doesn’t belong there, but I don’t know where else to put it.  I have yarn on one of the shelves (but it’s on top of DVDs)!  I don’t even know where to start.  I’ve just put a load of dishes in the dishwasher, but there’s at least one more load that needs to be run today and there’s several loads of laundry that needs to get done.  I can’t find the shelves that go for my curio cabinet and the rug that was on the floor in the old apartment is still rolled up and leaning in the corner.

I guess I should just start where I am and put it in the room that it belongs in and get to that room later…I really don’t know.  Anyway, I’m just procrastinating and I need to get busy.  Talk to you later…I’m going to contemplate this a bit!

If you have any suggestions, I’m open to your thoughts on how to get better organized; I welcome your comments!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Scattergories

1. What is your name: Amber

2. 4 letter word: Axes

3. Vehicle: Audi

4. City: Austin

5. Boy Name: Alex

6. Girl Name: Amanda

7. Occupation: Airplane Pilot

8. Celebrity:Aniston, Jennifer

9. Food: Apple

10. Something found in a bathroom: Antibiotics

11. Reason for being late: Alien abduction (that’s 2!)

12. Cartoon character: Anabelle the Cow

13. Something you shout: Ah!

14. Animal: Aardvark

15. Body part: Arm

16. Word to describe you: Amazing!

I stole this from Mercedes’ World!  Hope you enjoy 🙂

Historical Downtown Kaiserslautern

Today, Rob and I and 14 of our closest friends went on a city tour of Kaiserslautern.  It was really neat.  Learned where the bus stops were and we rode the bus into downtown Kaiserslautern.  We gathered into a room where our tour guide gave us a really neat historical overview of the area.  It was rather interesting.  The town has been destroyed at least a half a dozen times and rebuilt.  She was saying that over the history of the city, 2/3s of it has been destroyed in various conflicts.  The town went back and fourth from the Bavarians and the French and a lot of the catholics in were kicked out at some point during this tumultuous time in history (can’t remember the dates on that!)

I asked Rob yesterday why he thought the military wanted to be in this area and he couldn’t even venture a guess.  Apparently, a big armament was here.  Americans and British bombed the area pretty heavily towards the end of the war.  And it makes sense, militarily.  Take out the manufacturers of the arms and you will take down the military machine.  But, not just that, it is also right next to a river and the soil is fertile.  We also learned that there is a river called the Lautern that flows through Kaiserslautern (it is been built over, but there is about 300 meters of the river above ground) (and that’s why it’s named that) [I had assumed that it was a place where the Kaiser was killed–I was on the right track, but WAY off!]

Napoleon built a road that went from France to Frankfurt called the Kaiserstrasse (Kaiser=King/Emperor and Stasse=road or street).  This road still exists!  It also turns out that this is a pretty old city and they didn’t know it for the longest time because of all the fighting that took place in this area.  It was destroyed, then rebuilt and so on and so.

Barabrossa was a beloved Kaiser here and spent quite a bit of time here in the 12th century.  His castle has been built and rebuilt at least 3 times.  The current castle has pieces of the old one built into it, but not much is from the original castle and in 1825 was when it was last renovated.  There are many things here that keep the memory of him: from bookstores that bear his name to the chain bakeries that have the blue and white signs.

Emperor Habsburg gave Kaiserslautern its city charter in the 13th century and he is also held in high regard.

This used to be part of the French quarter, when Germany was divided up among the Allies.  They remained in this area until the 1990s, when Communism collapsed in Russia in 1991.  The Americans came to this area in 1951 and because of the strong dollar, was able to save this city.  Kaiserslautern will remain as a permanent US Army Garrison and will not see closure as we have seen with several bases throughout Germany (like Hanau).

I lead a dull boring life

and there’s nothing going on it today.

Rob and I went out to eat today.  I really wanted to go out dancing, but Rob told me no.  He wants to see a musical tomorrow.  He said, “We can cancel the play and go out if you want to” Knowing full well that my mood for going dancing would fade and I wouldn’t want to go tomorrow!

Oh well.  I guess there will be other days for dancing…

Thanks for reading.

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I might get Rob back FULL-TIME!  I’m excited to no end about this!  You have no IDEA!  He says that there is some stuff that still needs to be done in Hanau, but now that they have Internet access and phones set up here, there really won’t be a reason to spend the majority of his time.  I’m really excited about this.

He called me the other day and said that he wouldn’t necessarily need to stay in Hanau Wednesday night and that he would probably be home! 🙂  He has to head back tomorrow morning, some pressing issues are going on, but the issue should be resolved on Friday!  Woohoo!  It’s so exciting!

Not a whole lot going on for the weekend.  I have a tour of Kaiserslautern on Saturday morning and I need to get an appointment made so that the Cavalier can get worked on.  The window is stuck in the down position and it’s not possible to drive it with it down…I mean, it IS possible, but not very comfortable.  We might go to a movie, but that’s up in the air.  Gotta find out where our money is for our rent first and foremost!  That’s mainly what we’re stressing about right now!  Perhaps I can remind Rob to do that AFTER I make the appointment to get the Cav worked on.

Alright, this is a rather boring blog, but I just wanted to update you!   Hope all is well in your world and we’ll talk again soon!