Wednesday, April 26, 2006


We're back from the Lone Star State (Texas, for those of you who aren't familiar with some random state nicknames) and it was incredible getting to see so many old friends! We had so much fun and got to do everything on our "to-do" list...except eat at several restaurants and one ice cream place we were hoping to get to. ;) In substitution, we ate at a couple of new places (for us) and had a great time hanging out with everyone. We had the most gracious host who let us and another couple and their 2yo son stay at her new house. We had such a great time, but I don't know that any of us got a lot of sleep. Isn't that what sleepovers are for?? Great food, great weather, great friends--altogether, a most wonderful weekend.

Tomorrow night is our home study update. I have been informed by our SW that MO has no requirements for safety precautions within a house, other than a smoke detector on each level and a fire extinguisher in the house (we've got 3). I had thought we might have to make a quick run to the store for some cabinet locks, etc., since we haven't finished childproofing yet. We've been working towards it for a few years now, actually, and have been acquiring furniture and arranging rooms to be more accomodating for kids. We're not there yet...but we've still got some time. :)

Tonight I'm going to Kinkos to make some copies of a lot of our documents for the SW to take with her to use for the update. I realized last night that ALL of our dossier has to be redone. *sigh* It's our own fault for moving. All of the documents that are currently in Ukraine have our old address on them. But our home study update will have the new address, and all of the documents need to match. So they will all need to be notarized and apostilled again. Once again, I thank whomever in MO government decided to put a cap on the cost for apostilles relating to adoption. You are saving us SO MUCH money!


Julie said...

Child proofing is a process. Michael is 4 and I'm still moving and changing things around.

I'm glad you had such a great trip!

sb said...

Glad you had a great trip! I wish we could have caught up, but the end of the school year is crazy. I miss you guys so much!
We did everything possible to childproof when Shelby was little and realized that she was only getting into about 3 things. Her favorite thing was the dog's water bowl. Now Sydney's crawling and pulling up and we still haven't done anything with the cabinets. All she cares about is the dog's water bowl! Just remember to have something that the kids can get into. (The plastic ware is a good choice. Kids love bowls.)