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Rain, rain go away…but until then we are…

trying to find creative things to do inside! WHEW! With our paper chase home study process (and with the lurking paper chase for our dossier) we were in need of a little fun this weekend and play time! Granted, I’m having so much fun doing everything as each step is one step closer to our baby…but I actually welcomed the rain this weekend as my photography sessions were cancelled and I was just chillin’ at home with the kiddos. Of course until our adoption is complete, I’ll keep shooting–but I’m really looking forward to taking a long break and just playing and having days like this…time to make your own wrapping paper:)

Step One:

While baby and preschooler are sleeping…and after 5 year old has had at least an hour of quiet time:)–convince him to help get ready for birthday party by helping with this project. We used kraft paper and finger paint (our favorite finger paint to use is Blick–the wash off is easy peasy…so easy that Parker can wash it all off himself while I get another color ready)

Step 2:

Get messy! Paint those fingers and hands…this is Parker’s favorite part…

Step 3:
Press Away! Of course it would have been adorable to add Laney and Frank’s handprints to this…but we’ll do theirs next time! This was special time with Mr.Parker and it made him feel so special to have this time with mommy:) Keep in mind you have to wait for the handprints to DRY before actually using it as wrapping paper…so this is best to do the day before the party—OR you can do like we did…just a couple of hours before and we set up a box fan to make it dry faster. Parker thinks using the box fan is really cool…and of course your best option when it’s pouring down rain outside with no help from Mr.Sunshine!

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Step 4:

Pop a bow on with matching paint colors and die to your perfectionism and let your 5 year old sign his OWN name! Wa-la! Ready for the birthday party!

After church we met up with some sweet friends and let our kids run wild in the sprinkles at the Avenues. Found a few steals at the Gap…and I’m having a hard time buying much of anything as we save, save, save for our adoption and stare at pictures of babies and children in Ethiopia—so I needed a t-shirt or two as my closet is slim…and found a great buy from product (RED) which gives 1/2 of the sale back to Africa…the shirt says “What We Choose To Buy Can Change the Course of Life on This Planet” To see more RED products:

And on the calendar for this week for adoption stuff:
1. Phone conference with our agency at 12:30pm on Monday (fingers crossed my kids will go down for naps early so I can focus:)
2. Turn in other half of copied documents to social worker
3. Check the mailbox everyday;) to see if Rich and the kids certified birth announcements arrive
4. Encourage Richard to go to the mobile fingerprinting on Thursday for state
5. Richard’s portion of interview with our adoption consultant later this week!
6. Begin dossier document collecting and mail in approx. 1/3 of adoption cost to our agency (their portion of the adoption–the other installments will be for the international agency, medical and travel fees…lots of fees;).

The Lord is our Jehovah Jirah! Our great provider! He will meet all our needs according to His riches and glory! We will continue to trust in Him to meet our needs for this adoption, for our future and for our family. Our trust is in Him alone.

Thank you for being a part of our journey!

Are These Kids All Yours? - September 20, 2009 - 8:57 pm

busy busy busy!!! Love those pics! Hang in there with all of this craziness…you are making great strides!

Kristi J - September 21, 2009 - 8:23 pm

Great idea on the wrapping paper..i'll have to give that a try some time…such cute pics, kj