June 13, 2009

Summer time....or is it?

I can't believe it's already June 13th. We have only been in the pool three times I think. The weather just doesn't seem to want to warm up this year. We have a solar heater for the pool, but it doesn't do much good if the sun never shines! I was in the pool a little bit ago and it is up to 78 degrees. Still not quite as warm as I want it!

This past Monday we took Apple to the airport for her flight home. It was very hard to say goodbye, and we sure do miss her. It has been a strange week without her here. It just feels weird. Every time I went somewhere this week, I felt like I was forgetting something, but I think it was just because Apple wasn't there! The flight from Bloomington to Bangkok was very long. She boarded the plane around 10:00 a.m. Monday morning and called me around 2:00 Tuesday afternoon saying she had made it to Bangkok and was with her mom in the airport. We have talked on-line several times this week. She had a bit of a cold when she left. She attempted to go to school on Thursday, but the school turned her away because they were afraid she may have Swine Flu. She had to stay home for a week. I think she was actually a little disappointed because she was ready to see all her friends again.

I had a career change recently. I quit working at the school about a week before the actual end of the year. I have gone back to babysitting at home. It's been pretty fun with two 3-year olds around. I hear lots of little funny stories and phrases. Just yesterday, we were getting ready to go outside to play. M and E were putting on their Crocs. Here is how the conversation went:

E: M!! Look at my new shoes! Do you like my new shoes??
M: E! Those are not new shoes! They are brand old!!!

I guess if something is brand new...then it can be brand old too.

In adoption news...we have moved up a few more slots to number 37. The "unofficial referral estimate" based on an Excel document that another potential adopter has created, estimates that we MIGHT get our referral between November 11th and December 24th. This is just a GUESS based on a few formulas in a spreadsheet. Those are the "most likely" dates. If things progress a little slower (or if there are fewer referrals given out each month) then it shows the latest we will get a referral would be in February. At any rate...we're starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel!!

Speaking of adoption. We started this process December 2005. That means we have been at this for 1290 days or 3 years, 6 months, and 12 days. The thought of getting a referral in the next six to eight months seems like a dream!! Once we accept a referral, we can expect to travel 3-4 months after that. Our trip to Ethiopia will be about seven days long.


Debbie said...

I've been watching the CHS forum and get so excited when I see referrals. That means you and our niece have moved up on the wait list.