Tuesday, August 28, 2007



This is Buddy the Elf, er, the cat. He lives at our house now, which is really funny to me because Aaron doesn't like cats. But he likes Jen, and Buddy comes with Jen, so now he lives here for a while. Buddy is more like a dog than Page is. He begs for food. It is hilarious. Hopefully Buddy and Page will become best friends really fast. I'm sure we'll have some good animal interaction stories for you in the coming months. :)

Anyway, we're excited that Jen and Buddy are living here while Jen finishes up school and figures out what to do with her life. Mostly because we can now watch 24 on DVD LITERALLLY whenever we want. Season 4 starts in about one week.

Monday, August 20, 2007


Eight years ago today Aaron and I started dating. These past 8 years have been the most wonderful, blissful years of my life. (Ok, you can stop rolling your eyes). Seriously though, I can't believe we've been together for 8 years! It's gone fast.

To mark the occasion we decided to go get fingerprinted downtown at the Federal building! Actually, the government told us when we had to go down there - which was 8:00 this morning. It was worse than being at the DMV. We were there for over an hour. It took them almost a half an hour to fingerprint the lady in front of us. Apparently she had "bad prints." It took about 20 minutes for them to print BOTH me and Aaron. It's a pretty slick system- it's all computerized...which makes me wonder - why couldn't they use the prints that we had taken a few months ago just to apply for our adoption? You'd think they'd all be in the same database. (Aaron's answer would be "because it is the government!")

On my way home from work I picked up Caribou Coffee and we had a 2 minute celebration of 8 years together and the end of paperwork for our adoption. At least for a few more months!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Not much new

I told Jen that when the baby comes home we'll buy him/her a shirt that says this!! Ha!

There isn't a whole lot new going on up here. We are going to savor these next 2 weekends of dullness as we are completely booked until October after that! It's all fun things, but nevertheless, it is busyness.

Aimee and Chad and the kids were up last weekend...it was nice to spend some extended time with them. The downside being that we ALL have colds now (everyone except Jesse!) - I even went home from work early on Wednesday and slept solid for 3.5 hours in the afternoon.

On the baby front - I've started looking at things like high chairs, pack-n-plays, and diaper bags. Currently I'm considering a Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair - it's kind of weird, but I kind of like it. I think Aaron and I are going to need to go see what is out there so we can get more of a feel for what we like and don't like. I suppose we still have plenty of time!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

do a happy dance

Yeah! We found out today we are OFFICIALLY waiting! 5-7 more months and then we'll know who our child is! We are so thankful that the process has gone smoothly up until this point. I am also glad that we are pretty busy the next several months which will hopefully make the wait go fast - but not too fast - I want to enjoy these last few months of it just being us!! (Not that six years hasn't been enough, but you know....)

If you think of it, you can be praying for our baby and his or her birth mother and family as these months progress. There will be much going on in their lives and they will have some hard decisions to make. It is so strange to think that somewhere in Ethiopia is a baby that God is knitting together in his mother's womb- or is already born! - to join our family.

Well, I wasn't anticipating those deep thoughts, so we'll just leave it at that and expound on those at a later time. :)

Friday, August 3, 2007

just in case you care

We UPSd our dossier down to CHSFS today! It sure is nice to not have that hanging over our heads anymore. Working on that dossier was like homework in college - you knew it had to get done at some point, so even when you were out having fun there was always this nagging feeling of "something to do." Anyway, that feeling is gone! The pictures to the left are the pictures we had to include in our dossier, the first look the Ethiopian government will get of us. :) (I have some much more fun pictures, but they are still on the camera...which reminds me...I can't remember the last time I've printed off any pictures - anyone else have that problem??)

In other news...Aaron's parents are up for the weekend. Mike is helping Aaron with electrical stuff in the garage. I should have taken a picture of the trench they dug today in the yard. It was a lot of work. It is nice to start working on the garage to get Aaron ready to move the office out there. Hopefully that will happen before it snows.