Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Winter Wonderland!!!!

We woke up this morning to a horrible storm AGAIN.. I think we are getting used to them. My children didn't even get up to see if they were delayed or not they just assumed... At the rate we are going we will be going to school in July still. We have delayed for tomorrow already and I really believe we will cancel again.

This is taken from the front porch at around 9 am this morning. Before the storm was over.
The snow was so heavy and wet that it has stuck to the trees like glue.. It is really quite beautiful. Bandar would say But only in picture Mom. He loved the snow in Saudi Arabia. But hates it now that he has experienced it for real...

This is my car. Looks ok huh? Nope. It was stuck right there in the middle of the road. wasn't even in the snow much. But boy was it icy. I had to go get Joe to get it out for me. Then I had to listen to a 10 min lecture of why I should have taken the TRUCK... I hate the truck. Although we did have to use it to pull me out. It was really stuck. This car was a present from my neighbors and I absolutely love it. But... It is not a snow car.

This is the famous truck... Who drives something this big? Thats crazy. I'll stick to my car and he can just drive this to get me out. lol

I just added this picture to show you all the pure torture poor Bandar has to go through. He comes home from college every weekend . This is what they do to him. He is such a great kid.
So Jose.. After these picture.. Do you and Adriana still want to come to Ohio?
There is no adoption news except that someone received a PA at 55 days today.. so that is a couple weeks sooner than they were coming in. Senator Brown is to get ahold of me tomorrow he is trying to help mine along guess we'll see.. We are at day 38 today.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Family Court Approval!!

YES!!! We heard from the agency today that we received Family Court Approval on Feb.11th . Now all we need is Pre-Approval from the US Embassy in Guatemala. Then... We can tackle "The Black Hole" PGN. Our Attorney has a wonderful history of very quick PGN stays. I also know some people stay in for months. But I so hope that is not our case. So I am now going to start writing my letters to get the embassy to speed up. Without that we are looking at the end of March before we get approval.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Yes it is! New pictures.. We were all starting to have Jazlynn withdraw here. And from the looks of the pictures she is now rolling over. YEA! She is getting to be such a big girl. I can not wait to see her in 14 days..

In other news: There is nothing new to report with the adoption. We are writing letters to our Senators now trying to see if they can help us speed up the Pre-Approval. But we are not expecting any news until late in March.

Randi Jo had a singing competition this past Saturday. She woke up with a sore throat and a horrible cough. But thanks to a good teacher and alot of cough syrup she scored a 1 on both her entries. a 1 is the highest you can get. So Good for her.

I on the other hand: Have been trying desperately to become the house UNO champ. Been trying for over a year. It is currently held by a 4 yr old in my daycare. and has been for over a year. Well the good news is... I finally beat him yesterday. To become champ you have to win 10 games at one sitting. whoever gets to 10 first wins. (his rules of course). Well after I won. all he could say.... I didn't have my back-up! Meaning the other boy, 8 years old who doesn't come until 3. Hmmm.... Do you think I have been getting cheated all this time? Hmmm... Naw.. couldn't be!

We also found out that Honda is sending Joe to Tennessee in March. He leaves the 10th. The day after I get home from Guatemala. So two weeks without seeing each other. Oh well.. could be worse I guess.. That is all the news here. Jose did send more pics but I'll save them for another day. I guess I should also say. He says he was never told not to talk with us. He has just been without internet. the agency still says different but Oh well....

Friday, February 15, 2008

New Measurements!!

We received new measurements from the agency today. Jazlynn now weighs 14 lbs and is 61 cm long.. So she really hasn't grown that much since last time,.. Which is really ok with me I want her to stay small until she comes home.
We did not receive any updates from the agency again today. We are a long way from getting PA but I was hoping to get family Court out today.. My Coordinator said I probably won't get it until I get PA.. I sure wish there was some way to speed up the US Embassy. There is just no reason for this taking so long.
The other news I received is that they(the agency) think my lawyer told Jose not to speak with us. I really,really hope this is not true. But I have not heard from Jose in two weeks nowand....We were talking about 4-5 times a week. This is because of an issue with the other boy in the house. It has NOTHING to do with Jazlynn. I phoned the agency again today and told them how unhappy I am with this. I am the one paying for this foster care and that is MY daughter and if I want to talk to the people taking care of her I should be able to. My other issue with it all is that we all considered Jose and Adriana more than just foster parents. If I don't hear from Jose by Sunday I will be calling down there to see what is going on. I do so hope the info I am getting is wrong or at least it can be worked with. If not.. it is going to be a long 4 months.

Monday, February 11, 2008


YES!!!! We heard first thing this morning that our attorney was able to register all of his cases over the weekend. We have not received the registration papers yet,but this is ok I totally believe them. In fact by 4 this afternoon they confirmed that all of their cases were registered this weekend. This is such awesome news. We know for sure now these babies will be coming home.

So here are some more pictures of Jazlynn. These were taken while we were in Guatemala in December. I think she has twice this much hair now. The last picture is Randi Jo's favorite.

Friday, February 8, 2008


These are the pictures I have been promising to post! I am guessing she saw the Dr this week. So they probably have updated measurements. I have not talked to Jose this week because, I have been sick all week. A trip to the dr this morning told me what I think I already knew. I have Strep Throat. So hopefully by Sunday I will feel much better.

It looks like things started up again in Guatemala. So all I need know is Pre Approval from the Us and my case can start moving again. The US is currently taking 60 days to give that though. which is really quite ridiculous. In Sept they were giving them in 3 days. what gives?

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The basketball game!

I took some video of the kids at the basket ball game Friday night.
Justin is playing the quads in the first section.
Randi Jo is the 2nd from the right in the 2nd section. and yes I know I only got the back of her. I didn't realize until it was to late that I was on the wrong side. She has a couple competition squads trying to get her,but I think we are going to say no. Just take the summer off. No final decision has been made yet.
The last video is Justin and his friends dancing to the tuba playing. Yes he is a nerd. But he is so damn cute we just don't care.. Enjoy them.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy 5 Months!!!!

We received updated pictures of Jazlynn yesterday. She is getting soooo big. Today she turns 5 months old. She is growing up with out me. It makes every birthday hard. I try not to get to down though . I know I have it so much better than most. I at least get to see her alot. But there are still days it is hard and with everything that is going on over there. The not knowing what is going to happen makes everything harder.

Look how well she is holding her head up? I am so happy to see her on her belly more.

Love the smiles in this one. I also think the outfit is adorable. It is not one I sent down, I am not sure I have seen her in many I have sent. But she is always dressed cute.

She really seems to looking hard at something here also. I am also noticing that her eye seems to be straightening out. I am so hoping it is only her muscle and will get stronger as she grows.
It definitely looks better here.

I've been tagged!

I have been tagged by Stephanie. Go visit her blog at http://journeytoeli.blogspot.com/. Steph and I met through this process and discovered we live very close to each other. She has fast become a maountain of support.

The rules are to link the person who sent this and leave a comment on their blog so their readers can visit yours~Post the rules on your blog~Share 7 strange/weird facts about yourself~Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and link their blog~Let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So lets give this a try.

1.) I am really a very private person. I hate talking about myself. My children are great to talk about, but myself, I get uncomfortable fast. I do not take compliments well either. So you had better appreciate this Steph..lol

2.) This kind of goes with No.1 but I hate social events. If it is with family I am fine. but when it comes to a group of people I don't know. Give it up. I will have to be dragged there.

3.) I have raised or help raise over 40 children in my life. Through foster care and other programs I have worked with. Basically no matter how many times we say we are through,if someone asks, and it involves a child in need, Joe and I are there.

4.) I am a HUGE procrastinator. If it can be put off till tomorrow it will be. If you are lucky I will get it to you before you need it. I always have way to many things going on at once. which makes it next to impossible to get anything done on time. BUT,,,,, If it is something I am interested in or something I WANT done.. This of course is another issue. It will be done and double checked 3 days early.

5.)I knew my husband all through high school. But I never liked him. He tried for four years to get me to go out with him. I had the same boyfriend for four years through school,so I never gave Joe a second look. We met again through a mutual friend when we were 22 and we have been inseperable ever since. This is his favorite story to tell the kids. How I was to stuck-up to give him a second look.. He's a goof!

6.) I LOVE turtles! They are all over my house. I have thousands of them. Most packed away in the attic. I have been collecting them since I was little. that and my pink kitchen are always the two things people comment on when they first come in. What can I say. I LOVE them.

7.)I hate to be kept waiting. It may take me six hours to get ready and you ten mins. but when I am ready you had better be also. And I will really get mad if it is a professional that keeps me waiting. It is rude. and if you have to keep someone waiting you can tell them and give them an option. Not just make them wait.

So now I must tag 7 other people. So I hope I don't tage some one who has already been tagged.

Kimberly- http://www.kleclercq.blogspot.com/
Dan and Erica-http://www.babycovey.blogspot.com/

Have fun.