Friday, November 25, 2005

Time with family!

Well turkey day has come and gone and we had a great time yesterday here at our house. There were a total of 16 people (including three short ones). The brined turkey came out great as always and only took about 2 hours to cook. That sure makes cooking a lot easier. I had a lot of help in the kitchen this year. I was only responsible for the turkey and the creamed spinach. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law along with my wife did all the rest. For the first time in years no one sacked out on the couch right after eating. We had a bit of a rivalry with Sandy rooting for the Broncos and Joel rooting for the Cowboys. In the end Sandy was much happier although it went to overtime. Dawn and Joel are heading back to Napa today. It is about a 7 to 8 hour drive. It was great to spend some time with them. We had fun at Disneyland on Wednesday. One of Matthews favorite rides was the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster (see picture, Matthew is the one behind the lazer gun). Matthew was a real trooper and lasted until the fireworks at 9:30. He promptly fell asleep in the car on the way home. He loved it. It was good to have both my brother and sister here for Thanksgiving. It is not often we are all together.

On the adoption front: We received our provisional license number last week so that is one major obstacle we have hurdled. We got our fingerprints done on Wednesday and now we are moving right along. We now need to start parenting classes which begin in January. They will last for six weeks. During that time we will have our home study done. So if all goes well (and remember we are working with the government so don't get your hopes up) we should be ready for placement sometime in late February or March. We still have a lot to do around the house. We have to be ready for any age of children so we are collecting linens and hygiene items for children. A member of our church gave us a crib and Dawn is going to send us some crib sheets and other things to go with it. We still have to buy some toiletries and more towels, and sheets and pillows and the list goes on..... We also have to do some kid/baby proofing of the house. We need some more furniture too so if you have any that you are not using, let me know. That's all for now. Have a great weekend.


Rusko Elvenwood said...

Oh, man! I was on the edge of my seat the whole game. It was a close game all the way through, I was so relieved when Denver won the coin toss and ultimately the game.
Sounds like you had a good Turkey Day as did I. We all helped in the kitchen and had a great time visiting with friends and family.
Happy Holidays!

Heather said...

Glad to hear that things are coming along so well for you and Jill on the baby front. Rich and I pray for you two often. We just know that you are seriously going to bless the lives of the precious children God will send your way!

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