Thursday, August 24, 2006

Another update

Talked to Whitney again and this time she cleared up a lot for me. The home study is valid for 18 months. I do not have to redo it unless my agency asks me to or if China requests it. My prints do expire on 10/28 so on 9/28, or there about, I will send in my check to redo them. My 797C expires on 3/24/2007. She said around 15 months is when I should look into redoing that. Therefore, 12/24/2006 is the magical day. If I do NOT receive a referral by end of Dec, I will need to redo all of that. In the meantime, I should be receiving an update packet from Whitney. In it are all the required documents that I will need to update if it comes to that. She said to go ahead and time it so I could have it all done by early February. IF, and that's a big if, we receive our referral this year, all I will need to do is an amendment to change our address and update any information. This is a single document that I will just take to China with me. This one costs $90/hr and should take about two hours. If I have to do the entire update, it will cost $350 plus all the supporting documents like physicals, local police clearance, etc. It will involve another 5 page or so document. I do not have to redo the GA fingerprints though. - As of now, it's looking like China is 13-14 months so unless they speed up, it's not looking good.

Fingerprints are expiring!

Our fingerprints are expiring the end of October so I am needing to redo them. I copied the I-797 and have a check ready to go out. Lisa just reminded me that you can only resubmit them within 30 days of them expiring so I may hold on to it for another week or two.

I also spoke with Whitney, our social worker for our home study. I had forgotten that it is valid for 18 months but she is saying 12 months now. I don't think anyone knows for sure when things expire. It's all a very frustrating guessing game. If I had only known...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Love This!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What a nightmare!

Today I decided to head to a HUGE consignment sale over at the Gwinett Fairgrounds. Of course, I had to be there first thing when they opened the doors or so I would have liked to have been. However, timing didn't work out so well. I first hit some traffic and then ended up getting lost. I was meeting Jackie there around 9:30 so when she called to say she was on the way, she happened to be very close to where I was. I stayed put and she came to get me and led me the rest of the way. Whew!
We shopped for about two hours and only got through one building. We headed towards the end of the line which wound around and around and around. We were able to leave and go search for other goodies so the wait time wasn't too bad. Once we passed into the cashier's room, I though it would be a breeze there. Boy was I wrong. We waited and waited in there as well. Once we were called up to get the tags cut off, we had to go wait in another line to go and pay. We waited FOUR hours in line. It went rather quickly though until the very last part in the cashier's room. They were shorthanded so that didn't help.
Jackie then led me to Hwy 20 so I could find my way back home then, along with more traffic.
It was a long day but FOUR hours?? I think it's time for Chani to arrive!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Medieval Times Update

Saturday afternoon we decided to go to the mall a bit early, well, a lot actually and do some shopping before the show. We arrived at this fantastic castle

We had to enter through the mall entrance and go in from the inside of the mall. We met up with everyone there.

Before Drinks

After Drinks

All of Us

Once we arrived inside, we were led to a long table in the blue section and seated in a long line, next to each other. We were rooting for the blue knight and cheered each time he came around. We were served soup, chicken, ribs, potatoes and dessert. No utensils were served so we had to eat with our fingers. It was a lot of fun, especially when the blue knight actually won the battle!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Medieval Times

We are heading here tomorrow and have already bought the tickets. We're going with our awesome friends, Mick & James and Lisa & Doug. I can't wait to get together with them. I honestly don't know how I would get through this wait without them! No shopping for me this weekend but gonna hit a huge one on Tuesday! Can't wait for that one either!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


I've been sorting little bitty clothes for a few days. I've removed all the hangers and can now get more into her closet. I sorted, matched, organized, labeled and counted. 170 complete outfits for one little girl. I have to admit, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. These range from a few 6 months through 18 months in all seasons. I also have a few 24 months and up and several odd, single pieces Something WILL fit her once she does arrive.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Lisa and My Big Toy Shopping Spree

Saturday, early in the morning, Lisa and I braved the crowds at the consignment sale of large toys. We loaded up and were struggling to get in the last piece but Lisa, manuevered and shoved to get it in. There was absolutely no room left! Oh, what fun!

Hamburgers for Breakfast

Anna really surprised me the other day. I asked her what she wanted for breakfast and she said a hamburger. Shocked, surprised, what??? a hamburger, like they serve at McDonalds with ketchup and a bun?? Yep was the response. Okay, (since we had leftovers from grilling the night before.) Here it is, not even 7am, (notice the clock) and she's there with her hamburger and my coffee.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

First Day of School

Anna's first day.
Today is Anna's first day of school. We took her and her schedule is quite full. She has all her academic classes in the morning and then breezes through her elective classes in the afternoon. We'll see how she does with then at the end of the week and may need to do some adjusting. It was kind of hard to let her go to school. I feel like I need to protect her and be there with her to help her understand the language. I will pick her up at 3:15 and then we'll see if she is comfortable enough to try the bus tomorrow. Don't want to overload her.

The house is quiet again. Oh, what to do, clean I suppose.