Monday, May 19, 2008

Wizard of Oz

Tatertot is going to be five years old on the 26th. About a month ago, I asked her what kind of party/cake she wanted to have. She replied, "Wizard of Oz". She loves the movie, especially the Wicked Witch. Go figure...

So, I got on the internet looking for ideas. I found a lot of games and activities, but not many decorations. The few things I saw, were expensive. I decided to go with balloons, since there was the hot air balloons and rainbows. She wants a cookie cake, so I'm going to make her one. We'll see how things progress over the next few days...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


105...What an interesting number. 105 is a very high fever, an A+ on a test, a day too hot to be outside. In our case, 105 is the number of days we have waited for our I-600. Sucks!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Our agency called today to say we now have IAD approval. It wasn't suppose to come for another week, so was good news. However, we are well past 90 days of waiting for our I-600.

Tatertot is feeling much better today. She took a 2 hour nap and feels good. She is running around the living room and rolling on the floor. We need to go outside~~~ Too much energy for me and the house.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Van mom

We are now the proud owners of a van. I am excited to have doors that slide open with a remote. Tatertot picked out the color, blue. I know we will enjoy it for many years to come. Now I need to sign Tatertot up for soccer!?!

J- and I got our 1-797 C back on Saturday. We are again approved for a boy 0-16 months at referral. Tatertot and I took it to get notarized today. Then, we took it to the Secretary of State and had the state seal put on it.

Tatertot continues to have a temperature. The doctor said a virus, but this is the 5th day. I am going to have her stay home tomorrow so she will hopefully be better for her field day on Thursday. She is very excited about field day. Her Papa is going to be there since I have to teach that day.

Monday, May 5, 2008


I just spent the afternoon stuck inside with a sick child. Her fever is going on day4. The doctor said it is just a virus. While she was watching TV, I went through stuff stacked in basement from where we had our flood. I have a sack of outgrown clothes for a friend's child. Several bags for Goodwill and a couple full of trash. It sucks being a pack rat and having a husband that is, too.

A box of clothes were just sitting there. I opened it up to see Cuong's clothes. I decided to see what had accumulated. Most are from yard sale/consignment stores. However, there are a few things I had let myself buy throughout the process. Mostly, they are things I saw that were just so darn cute. What is it about boys and overhauls???

The sad thing is that many are close to be too small for him. Travel is not going to happen in May and June is questionable, since he is in one of the blocked provinces. That means he is going to be too big for many of the outfits. Sad!!!!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008


It is amazing how a fever in an almost 5 year old can change an entire weekend of plans. My friend called on Friday afternoon to talk about kindergarten schools. (Being teachers, we both were stressing over where our kids would go for K). After getting off the phone, I went over to her and touched her. She was burning up. We have spent the past 2 days trying to get it stable. It is still up today. If she still has it tomorrow, I guess we'll go to the doctor.

She was supposed to sing at church today. They had 5 songs and she knew them. Later this afternoon, she was to go to a birthday party. She was such a sport when whe knew she still had a temp. "When will I be able to give her the birthday present". Not a tear or "can I please go". She just accepted it. I was very proud of her. We are watching "The Wizard of Oz" she is coloring.

The weekend wasn't how we planned, but still an enjoyable time. (Except for the filly in the Derby. It broke my heart.)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Derby Time!

Being from the Bluegrass state, this is an exciting time of year! Balloon races, a steamboat race, mini marathons, even a parade. All lead up to the Oaks race today and the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. School is even out today. We tried to go to the balloon glow last week, but the wind was too strong.

We are going to a friend's house tomorrow to watch the races. We will be with 6 of the families we traveled to China with in 2004. The girls are like sisters, but they don't really argue or fight. They can play all day, and late into the evening, and not have an argument. I am so glad she has these "sisters" in her life. It really gives her a connection to her past.

The adoption news continues to be distressing, to say the least. We have had a referral for almost 5 months, been waiting on our I-600 for 3+ months. It is getting harder and harder to respond to the questions about when we will travel. Since the newspaper articles about Vietnam, the questions are getting more frequent. It is reassuring to know people care, but it is also difficult to explain we just don't know.