July also brought another worry for a Mom.....Adam passed his drivers test and got his license!!
August - we were able to sneak away for a few days to Williamsburg VA. We are fans of roller coasters so Busch Gardens was a must! We also went to Water Country and had a blast!
|I call this the "Hollywood" shot, everyone's wearing shades|
The fall months brought us back to school, with two kids now in high school, a freshman and a senior! I felt pretty old. But then we had to bring all of our dossier paperwork current so I had homework too. Fingerprint renewal and home study updates - That is all ready to go.
November came and we were NEXT! Oh. My. Goodness. Next. Wow, we made it. We are there, finally. Oh no! Now I'm not ready to be at this point, here comes the panic! I still have so much to do for Mom's things and the holidays were coming up fast!! But keeping busy got us through it. Our holidays were hard with out Mom and we still hosted family dinner so I made our traditional 10+ pounds of mashed potatoes, 20+ pounds of turkey and loads of veggies for dinner. Memories are wonderful and are great conversations when you miss someone so much! Back to adoption.....If there was such a thing as being addicited to your email, that was me! I think I was checking our email about once every hour, waiting, hoping for that special gift of a referral. What I did receive was a new computer as a gift for New Years! No, I didn't blow it up checking email, but at first I wondered if I did go over board and that's what happened. Turns out it crashed, bad! I lost everything!! 5 years of pictures, documents, home work projects, mom's copies of documents, adoption documents, everything! Luckily I had some pictures on my computer at work, and I am able to share them here. Ta Da & Happy Birthday, Happy NY's, Valentine's Day, happy every holiday to me! We purchased a new computer. A friend who is handy with computers was able to retrive about half of the pictures on the old computer, but nothing else. I backed up the important docs on stick drives, but never did the pictures. Please don't ask me why, I don't have an answer but was upset about it for weeks. I have learned from my mistake and as soon as I put new pictures on the computer I copy them on the stick drive. I have two drives just for pictures and another one for documents. I haven't learned all the tricks on the new computer, but I'm trying and Adam's friend who loves Apple products is my teacher. It figures I have to turn to a teenager for help for electronics and technology.
|Trying out the built in web cam|
January also brought the first birthday of my great nephew, Colin. I hosted (my niece's) his baby shower surrendering my dining room table to little ducks and everything blue. He has a cute smile!
January was also the freshman/sophomore HOP, similar to Jr. Sr. Prom....that is coming soon! Emily looked way, WAY grown up (sigh, again) and of course, had to have the perfect dress.....as well as each girl did. We met at a friends house, hired a limo bus (cheaper that way), and were able to get some great pictures. Everyone met back here afterward for snacks and catching up. They had a great time!! But did you notice the girl to guy ratio is a bit off here ??? The dads noticed that of course!!
|I call this his Movie Star look|
January also brought us a lot of snow and an even stronger addiction to checking email!! I diagnosed myself as having Email OCD Yes, I am addicted!!!! Just waiting for any news from our agency and or our social worker.........