"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Busy busy busy

Our Facebook auction is still active! It closes on the 24th at noon! See the post below this one for a link! Many items still have low bids on them! Everything is handmade and makes great gifts.

Things are moving right along... our dossier has been submitted and we are waiting for a travel date. It looks like we will be on almost the exact same timeline as Alina's adoption! Which is perfect, we loved it there in October! The weather was perfect and we were free to explore without sweating to death or freezing!

The kids are gearing up for school. Al will be in 5th grade, Anth in 1st, and Alina in pre-k. School supplies are bought, backpacks filled and snacks bagged to drop off at open house. Al's trombone should be at school... he's starting band this year and is really excited about it! Anth starts Cub Scouts this year, and Alina... well she's just super excited to see her friends and teachers again. And the bus. She loves the bus. Mostly our bus driver. :) But we all love her.

We've had a very relaxing summer. Not super busy... it was so hot for so long that we didn't do much but toss the kids in the pool and keep entertained indoors. Now that its cooled off, we are back out riding bike, on walks, exploring and hitting parks to keep busy. School starts in just a couple weeks!

Early morning shenanigans while camping

The river was gorgeous and so calm


The boys love St Croix
Mr Fancy jumps

She loves him.

Making a bear (or kitty!) for the baby

Welcome home sweet Malia!

Off road walker

Big brother helping her up the hill


Ice cream. Or cheese. :)

Happy to be back on her bike after surgery

Little fishy

Being a tourist?

After surgery (new purse!)

My brothers sent me a balloon and bear!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Do you Facebook?

Do you like Etsy? Do you like MY Etsy?

If you do, then check out our auction! It features everything handmade by me (and a couple little helpers!) and all the proceeds benefit our adoption! There are 45 items right now, and I'm adding more as I get things made!

Go check it out!! Help us bring home our girl!! (Click here!!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Order 31, help support our adoption!!

My sweet friend, Kristen, has offered up a portion of the sales from a 31 party to help support our adoption!

31 has super cute things, from tote bags to purses, storage solutions and even cooler totes. Everything comes in great patterns and you can have just about everything embroidered any way you wish!

So check it out! And even if you don't find anything you can't live without, please pass the link along as every sale helps support our adoption!!

Thirty-One party to benefit our adoption!! (Click 'shop now' to browse and purchase!)

And if you need more motivation.... this little one is waiting for us on the other side of the ocean. :) These three would much rather be holding her than a picture. So would we!