Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Please Review.

Those are the two words that my attorney put in his email this afternoon.  Please review.  He also said, and I quote:

"Have fun.  You have to mail the originals back to me, then I'll send them to Eugene & request a hearing date, OK?  I'll coordinate all the way through to getting your birth certificates, but you have to go get the social security information changed after that.  Heh."

Heh?  WTF?  Heh?  OH!  Cause he's talking about me having to deal with SS.  Heh.  

We are thisclose to being able to post pictures and introduce the world to our new littles.

As I was reviewing the paperwork, J came in crying about some tween angst.  She's fighting with her BFF.  *sigh*  I told her to go back out there and figure it out, that life was too short.  I got the eyeroll, which loosely translated means 'like you have ANY clue what the heck I'm going through right now, moooooooooom.'  Depending on the day, my name either has one or eleventy syllables.  Good times.

So the good news is that we are inching towards the finish line.  I feel like those people who race in a triathlon and are totally not prepared and have to literally crawl across the finish line because their legs are all 'right.  Not anymore' and their bodies are all 'kiss my ass with your 26.2 after the swim and the bike, jackass'.  It's THERE, that finish line, I can see it.  I just can't get my legs to cooperate.

In other news - my husband is coming home early this week!  Yay!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Your documents are in...

I'm not going to lie, I haven't been getting my hopes up on the fastidious movement of the State when it comes to our adoption finalizing.  It is what it is.  Social Workers are overwhelmed, they're over budget, they take furlough days. 

Today, however, I got an email from my attorney "I have your DHS documents in hand, and will be mailing them to you for signature!"

What the what?  Today is July 21.  You have our DHS docs?  Are you kidding me? 

Someone up above loves this family.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Secret Is Out

Now that we've informed everyone we need to about our Big! New! Adventure!, I can talk about it here.

In the immortal words of the late, great Notorious B.I.G., we're going (going) back (back) to Cali (Cali). (Please do not confuse this song with the one by LL Cool J.) 

Chris has been offered an amazing opportunity with another airline - and since that's his passion and complete expertise, after much thought, talk, and prayer, we jumped on it.

This is so completely unlike any other move we've done in the past.  Before, it was easy-breezy.  We set a date, put the house up for sale, and moved.  Now, we've got this little chapter in the 'Life Handbook' known as 'The Adoption is NOT Quite Final Yet'.  So there's that. 

Chris started his new job on the 11th, and will be commuting between San Francisco and Portland for a few months.  We've met with a real estate agent and we'll be putting the house on the market on Saturday.

**Side note: Anyone interested in a completely remodeled gorgeous split-level in a quiet, established neighborhood that will be a freaking STEAL? Call me.**

Our kids are very excited for the new adventure, and mostly because it's close to Disneyland.  But of course.  And the fact that they will now have flight benefits - they think that's cool as all get out.  Yeah, just wait until they get stuck at the Vegas airport because all of the hungover people missed their early flights and decided to roll.  Not that I've ever had that happen.  Twice.

So now I'm playing single mom five days a week, and running quite the tight ship.  Menu plans, chore charts and a couple of pretty cooperative kids makes for a relatively easy go of it.  Of course, they're 10 and 7, and of all the pros in THAT list, it's that they only mutiny every once in a great while.  Usually it's the Boy.

I'm proud of my husband - he's making sacrifices of time right now with his children to provide them with a better opportunity in the future.  And we both know that looking back on this when we are at Mile Marker 58, and living together daily again, we will see that this was a blip on the radar, a drop in the bucket, a molehill on a mountain.  And any other metaphorical nonsense you can insert here.

To assist with the transition of daddy being gone, I've been taking two days off a week and will do so through the end of the month.  The kids go to camp for a week the first of August, and then we're getting back to our routine.  I want this to be as painless as possible for them, and so far they're on board and handling it like we always do - as a team.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

6 Month Reports.

We had our 6 month visit on June 17th.  I just received our reports in my email - and they are also being sent to the kids' social worker. 

I've read through them, and the best line in both of them, is this one:

This author recommends immediate finalization of the adoption of J&W by Christopher and Christina.

It doesn't get any better than that.