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An Early Christmas Wish

Things have been busy here. I have been trying to get back to healthy, trying to hear out of both ears... though when Hayden gets loud, it's kinda nice to only hear half the noise. Gotta love sinus infections, ear infections, and good plain ol' colds.

Hayden has many gaps in his mouth, which will make for a holiday picture we won't forget. The tooth fairy has been quite busy on our block. Hayden has lost two teeth in the last month, as well as some of the neighbor children. We might put the tooth fairy out of business.

We saved our chump change this year and decided to purchase a pre-lit tree at a steal of a deal! This will save time, obviously, but also our hands and arms from being scratched up from our previous tree. As beautiful as it was, it was a terror when it came to sprucing it up. Though a new tree was on our list from last year... I am particular and couldn't find one I liked. We made a trip out to a store by my mom's and was tickled pink with all the choices. We hope to start decorating this week, inside and out.

This year we have moved onto the digital age (though I am further ahead than most LOL) and turned Hayden's Christmas list into an online version. We have found over the past few years that we were constantly editing it, and by the end of the season our list looked like chicken scratch. SO... I turned to Most people visit, some have created a wish list. You can create several lists and share them with family and friends. Since Hayden is adding items daily (commercials don't help, thank you very much!), enables me to review an item and add it if it sounds promising, then I can send it to people's email addresses. Simple, effective, and fast... And I like fast.

As for what I want for Christmas... I know it's a bit early. But technically it's not a wish for Christmas. More like a pray, or a birthday present. "Wink, Wink" think June.
We heard from our coordinator of our international agency that our dossier will be traveling to Kazakhstan this week. Once it makes it to the country, she estimates six months before we travel, i.e. June. Every time I read this, my heart skips a beat. Every time I try to conceptualize this, my eye's start to tear. Could this really happen in 6 months? Yes... could we be delayed again? Yes, possibly. Are we hoping, praying, and wishing that we will be traveling when Hayden and Michael are out of school when the weather is nice? YOU BETCHA!!!

So what does that mean for us? Well, we better get our butt in gear. The baby room needs to get finished. List needs to be made.... a list of supplies to bring, etc. Supplies need to be bought.

Yes I am freaking out. But it's good to finally be moving again. ;)

I am thankful for good news, family, friends, and a roof over our heads.
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Let the Games Begin...

We have had a great October. Halloween is a great time of the year, one of which we celebrate merrily. We made our 7th annual trip out to Didier Farms this year, and went trick or treating early at the park district where Hayden was able to play some carnival games, etc. But in the end, all that a child looks forward to is the REAL trick or treating, the candy, and their class party. Unfortunately, Hayden missed out on his party this year. With a bad cold that hit Thursday afternoon while at school, he spiked a fever high enough that we rushed him to the acute center (we were thinking H1N1?). Of course we looked like ninnies...

He missed school on Friday, but greatly our neighbor brought home Hayden's treat bag, his homework, and mentioned that the class missed him. We kept a close eye on him and his fever, praying he wouldn't miss Halloween. With it being right around the corner... Mom and Dad made a split decision; his fever had been gone for over 12 hours, the boy had enough energy for an army, and obviously needed to get groovin' to the music. So we bundled him up under his wizard costume... and told him he could go, under one slightly sad condition. He would have to go with Daddy (duh) and be secluded. We didn't want to risk getting anyone sick, thank goodness he is a pro at coughing in his elbow.

With extended "candy" hours, his first trip was brief. He was back within 30 minutes. But about an hour and half after that... he was ready to hit the road again. Overall, he did well. He was a bit tired in the evening, but we made sure we told him to "listen to his body", and he did. He slept like a baby.

I know it's been about a month since our last posting. To be honest, I was really hoping to wow everyone with some good news. But the best I've got is... we are still waiting. Waiting for our dossier to leave D.C., and waiting for our dossier to then process in Kazakhstan. But I did ask our coordinator one of several important questions I will share with you today. This is only tentative... and we all know now from what we have gone through in the past, things can change. She estimates six months. We hope that in the summer we will be able to travel, meet our daughter, and have her come home. We pray... with all our might. It would be perfect timing, for Michael, for Hayden, and for our family.

And now comes November. Let the official holiday season begin. The time when I ready myself for Black Friday, we (continue) to pick up gift items, we attend bday parties, B&B play practices, and Thanksgiving all wrapped into one month. I only hope our pocket book stretches so far. ;)

Lastly, I want to remind you as always, please view our "October" slide show on the right. Hayden looks awesome in my sister Kelly's old wizard costume. I touched it up with some silver stars, I drew them on to match a hat he won at the Frankfort fest. I also made his wand after seeing a craft idea for yard stakes. LOL, It turned out great!

We will do our best to keep you updated as word comes in, hopefully more frequently now.

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