My two cuties :-)
My two cuties being goofballs - a pretty normal occurrence in our house.
Confession: I snapped these a MONTH ago and am just now getting them on the blog, eeek! It seems like there just haven't been enough hours in the day recently ... I'm sure you can relate :-)
This was a Friday morning. Angel doesn't have school on Fridays, so it's somewhat habitual for us to just stay in our pajamas all darn day. It's pretty sweet. This is kind of like my Saturday, I adore it.
Drawing on huge McQueen paper. Angel got cool new markers and had a blast. We're sticking with just crayons for Lovebug though. And PS - he is SO left-handed :-)
We are well underway with gathering the millions of documents required for the Home Study. The Home Study is just one part of our dossier (what actually goes to China for approval). The Home Study is made up of 3 visits from a Social Worker and a HUGE compilation of documents ... examples are police clearances, sex abuse clearances, medical reports, rabies certificates for the dogs, fire inspection, birth certificates, marriage license, character references (thanks amazing friends for doing them!), driving records, W-2's & tax forms, Hague training certificates, etc., etc., etc. You get the point. It's A LOT of stuff. We have to gather all of the documents that then go to our Social Worker. She creates a 13-page document that is a summary of all the documents. We had our first visit from her (she's super nice!) and then will have 2 more visits after all of our paperwork is together. I think DH and I will be interviewed again - together and separately.
We are almost finished our Hague-required training - there are 12 hours total. These classes are required by China. They are online classes we are taking through Adoption Learning Partners - total cost would have been around $150 but we got a coupon from our adoption agency for a free class (woohoo!) - that puts us at about $130. We have about 4 more hours of training and then we will get information to start completing our dossier. I'm assuming we'll do that while simultaneously doing our Home Study.
Soooo ... we're slowly plugging through everything. It's been interesting trying to get our fingerprint cards (for the police clearances) - we actually need 3 cards but didn't know it at the time we got fingerprinted, so we'll be going to the police station again on Tuesday for the 3rd card. And unfortunately, DH already went a 2nd time last Thursday but got the wrong 3rd card (aaack!). The police clearances are one of the longest things to get back, so we REALLY need to get them submitted. Again, slowly but surely. LOL.