feliciakw: (Child)
It's official. Baby J. is an official, legally-approved-and-signed-off-on member of our family!
feliciakw: (Child)
Greetings, all!

The Road So Far . . .  )

Now . . .

As you might guess from the above narrative, we’ve paid our adoption fees in full to the agency. However, in order to apply for monies we will need for his infant and toddler development therapy, we’re having to go through an additional court hearing, which will incur additional costs (it's all explained on our fundraiser page). We’re asking for help in covering those court costs. Please consider donating to our fundraising project, or listing our project as your charity of choice when you shop at select retailers. We're using Pure Charity for the fundraiser (search using the key word "legal fees"). Money you donate will go directly to the adoption agency (a 501(c)3 non-profit, meaning your donation is tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor). If you'd like the direct link to our fundraiser, please let me know.

Thanks so much!
feliciakw: (Child)
I have several crochet projects--baby afghans--that I'd like to sell on Etsy. Does anyone have an Etsy store who could give me pointers? Blogs or forums to check out? Also, how do you pronounce it? Eeetsy (long "e" like eBay), or ehtsy, like "Betsy"?

I'll post a little more, perhaps, but I need to get this store going to help start putting aside some money for an adoption placement. If it's going to happen, it's going to be this year. It will affect my work schedule, and therefore my income, and I'd like to have a little something coming in to help off-set the change.

Or if anyone is interested in said "affies" (as my brother and I used to call ours), drop me a line. You can ask [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa if you need a reference. :-) Both of her kiddos have one of my creations. (Her eldest actually has the dubious honor of being the recipient of my very first completed crochet project ever.)
feliciakw: (baking)
Homemade ding dongs - finished. They didn't come out as well as they usually do, imo. But they should taste fantastic anyway. I thought about wrapping each one individually in foil for an authentic childhood experience. Hee.

Angel lush trifle - finished. Complete with made from scratch angel food cake. Which turned out beautifully. Thank you, KitchenAid.

Ice cream cone cupcakes - one dozen came out okay. The rest were a failed experiment. I now know to follow my instincts rather than the directions on this one.

Pineapple pretzel salad - finished. So stupid easy that the only way you can mess this one up is if you can't boil water. (Well, okay, you have to be kind of careful when you have the pineapple and cornstarch on the stove, so as not to burn it. But still. Stupid easy. And delicious.)

Now to collect decorations.
feliciakw: (baking)
Got back last night from a trip to Ohio to celebrate the parents' 75th birthdays. The travel was loooooonnnnnnnger than usual, thanks to road construction in both directions. Blech. Got to see Li'l Bro and SiL and Baby Bump. Shopping with Cousin J and Mom, trip to Greenville with the fan.

Today I spend baking for a dessert party fundraiser tomorrow. Friends have graciously opened their home for a dessert tasting party where donations for our adoption fund will be gratefully accepted. My baking includes:

Pineapple pretzel salad
Angel lush trifle (angel food cake and pineapple)
Homemade "bing bongs."
Ice cream cone cupcakes
Texas sheet cake (maybe)

George will make homemade ice cream.

Hostess is baking pies.

Work Friend A is baking cookies.

Work Friend C is bringing hummingbird cake.

Wife of George's Writer Colleague is bringing Thai food.

Open house style, but not a lot of affirmative responses from our invitations. I hope people are planning on coming and just haven't responded.
feliciakw: (Child)
George and I did some actual shopping in preparation for early days: car seat/carrier, baby bather, diapers, and Butt Paste. Yes, the same kind Dean had Sam put in the cart in "Two and a Half Men." No, not because of that. Because it was the product that I could read and recognize all of the ingredients on the list. I like recognizing such things.

It's weird to think that (whether temporarily or long term) we'll have a wee one in the house soon. George even told me I should get to bed because this is the last (or almost the last) Saturday I'll have to sleep through the night for a while.

Not that my stuffed up nose is going to let me sleep through the night. Oy. Well, we can hope it won't get that bad.
feliciakw: (Daffodils)
The foliage has been amazing (if a little bit early) this season.

The azaleas have exploded with color (with some still to come). The dogwoods have bee gorgeous (we need to see about nurturing the ones in our own yard, as they seem to be struggling).

The Good Friday play went well last night. I hope it was an encouragement and those who came got out of it what they needed.

I'm a little at a loss as to what exactly to do for the new person coming to our house. It seems like there's so much preparation that I don't know where to start, and I have no time to figure it out. (Pardon me while I freak out just a wee bit.)
feliciakw: (Corolla sunrise)
Had a very nice weekend this past weekend. The parental units came to visit for my b-day. The weather was unseasonably warm (I really do wish we'd get a substantial snow at some point. It doesn't feel like we've had winter at all), and we did a little downtown shopping, watched some TV (introduced the folks to BBC's Sherlock), and had people in for cupcakes and ice cream (on Saturday).

George made waffles for breakfast on my b-day, and we ate out at some of our favorite restaurants over the weekend. For my b-day dinner, we checked out someplace new, The Silk Mill Grill, which is in a building that used to be a parachute factory during WWII.

Geo gave me S5 of N3. From Mother and Daddy I got some spending money and a sweater. From my MiL, I got a little spending money and a nice mug.

Saturday was a lazy day, and people in, in the early evening. (Also, there's a new cajun place somewhere in town. George brought in red beans and rice for dinner. Yummy!)

Sunday was church, lunch at Giovanna, and nap time when we got home.

Birthday shout-outs )
feliciakw: (Child)
Friday, between the different portions of my work day, I went to Target to get baby locks for the cleaning supply cabinets.

And as I'm walking down the aisles, feeling very strange, like I don't belong there, I realized that this is our first purchase for our little one. Not someone else's; this is a purchase we're making for ourselves.

I had to stop and call George and ask if he wanted to be in on it. Which, he did. So I didn't get anything.

We went today and got them together. Not a big thing by any stretch, but, you know.
feliciakw: (Child)
In the US, November is National Adoption Awareness Month.

I had no idea. I'm doing some of my required reading, and feeling a wee bit excited about it. I'm also made quite aware of how much I have to learn, and how much I have to do.

Thinky thoughts. )

I know a few of my f-list who might be reading this have experience with adoption, and I'd love to hear about your experiences, if you'd like to share. I'll screen comments in case you want to keep your comment private, though I think I have to unscreen it to reply.

And thanks to my f-listies who comment with encouragement when I'm feeling not so confident in myself and entertaining self-doubts. *smish*
feliciakw: (Child)
September 15: George's b-day. We went out for dinner at the Bavarian Chef last night to celebrate. I was also very tickled by the present I got him, and he was very tickled, too. I got him a Presto waffle maker. Waffles for breakfast on Saturday! Woo hoo!

September 16 (today): We finally got our paperwork finished and delivered it to the adoption agency. We're still working on our reading material, but we had a nice sit-down with our social worker. Now on to the next step.

On the way home, we stopped at a nifty little grill/tavern that we've driven past a lot but never tried. It was very nice. Relaxed, and good food.

Tomorrow we're inviting people in for strawberry cake and homemade ice cream to celebrate Geo's b-day.

And next week . . .

SPN S7 begins! I must admit, I'm getting a little excited. I'm also trying to figure out when I'm going to marathon S6. I got the Blu-Ray (still debating whether or not I should have gone with the standard), and I want to get through all the episodes to make sure they're okay before the new season starts.
feliciakw: (Dr. Joel scream)
What the frell? Been down since Monday, sporadic at best. Izhi and Val tell me it's a hacker attack. What possible agenda could their be for knocking out LJ? To incapacitate the fandoms of the world? Is someone out there really that concerned that fandom will take over the planet? Seriously?

I've got things I want to talk about. Thoughts I need to process. People I need to touch base with that I can only do on LJ.

Oy!

Btw, adoption training session this weekend. I'm expecting it to be informative and exciting. And maybe a little nerve-racking.
feliciakw: (Theater)
. . . while you're making other plans.

The Round-Up )
feliciakw: (Child)
We've just submitted our formal application.

Continued prayers and humming are much appreciated.

Now I have to go highlight my Our Town script. Yeah, good luck with concentrating on that.

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