Monday, December 31, 2007

Just one more thing to the pile

So, we're leaving on Wednesday--and as everyone knows I'm freaking out. Why?? Who knows??? Sometimes my thoughts just aren't logical. Anyyways, I'm with a patient and all of the sudden a nurse collegue pops her head in the door and says I'm needed on the phone, it's an emergency. Ted is there and all I can hear is kids screaming and crying in the background. Our dog died. When Ted and I got married, we decided we wanted a dog--since we are definitely animal people. Before the wedding we picked out this cute little Norwegian Elkhound pup. At the time we didn't know it, but she had something called renal glucosuria--basically sugar leaked in her urine--a breeding ground for infection. So, we've dealt with chonic bladder infection after bladder infection. But she was still our baby. With the last infection, we were told we probably wouldn't be able to treat her any further--the bacteria was becoming super bacteria. Today, Ted went outside to get her--she loved to be outside in the cold--after all she was an elkhound--and found her dead, with her tongue hanging out and it was black. I think she fell asleep and her electrolytes were wacked and she had a seizure or heart attack. Just one thing after another. So now I have to deal with the idea of leaving my children for so long and now I'm leaving them right after our dog dies. Why???? Well, 2007 was a sucky year--might as well finish this way. Of course, there are no vets open on New Years' Eve or New Years Day, so Callie is wrapped in a sheet in the garage right now. Lovely. I honestly am starting to wonder if travelling now is such a good idea.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I'm killing trees

I'm in copying hell. There is simply no other way to describe it. And inbetween copies, I'm emailing my manager back and forth regarding schedules--because, let's face it--I really am a type A obsessive personality. Yes, Ted has mellowed me somewhat, but stress brings out certain characteristics. I have all the dossier paperwork in order, the reference paperwork from Kids to Adopt, numbers and information to choke a horse and schedules for everyone. Who ever knew once there were two children at home that this much extra paperwork would be involved. I can't imagine what the schedules will be like when they are older!
I've also been in shopping hell--and anyone who has gone to the mall and/or Wal-Mart on a weekend knows exactly what I am talking about. And of course after I've been home--I remember one more thing I need. To the Dollar Store tomorrow for bubbles.
I'm also in the midst of laundry hell (who knew 2 kids could go through so many clothes in a few days) and house cleaning hell. Refer to up above--I really don't like the idea of leaving a dirty house or the kid's without lots and lots of clean laundry.
After this--I KNOW I will sleep on the plane. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Now, about that drink that mommy needs.........

Saturday, December 29, 2007

What happens when????

So, what happens when an orange and yellow crayon get together? What happens when they get mixed in with the laundry??? What happens when mom is trying to get everything done and doesn't see the orange and yellow crayon? What happens when the orange and yellow crayon get thrown into the dryer along with the laundry??? yeah--not pretty. Mom needs a drink now.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Are we ready yet????

After a wonderful Christmas, I went back to work--with the frequent question being--"are you packed? are you getting excited?" The answer to both is--heck no!!! I haven't even started thinking about packing--although yesterday I did buy some clip type hangers so I can wash undies in the sink and dry them at the hotel--thus saving some luggage space, I hope! I finally got the last of the paperwork gathered yesterday. In the midst of all of this, while relieving stress chewing hard candy---yep, you guessed right--I cracked a tooth. So, today, a trip to the dentist. Ted and I both have the weekend off, so we're going to be hard-hitting and get everything done. Ted's "adoption shoes" finally wore out, so he is going to get more. Me--boots. I know no one really wears shoes indoors so, I'm not out to make any kind of fashion statement---boots it is for me!

Julia and Rauan loved their new bikes. I can't believe Julia really is tall enough for a 20" bike! What happened to that teeny tiny baby I brought home--who was in 6 month clothes at 14 months of age???? Then Bubba. Folks--believe it or not, the boulder on toothpicks has grown legs. And not just any legs mind you--muscular strong legs--with an adorable little butt! The hockey sure has helped him. He looks nothing like that fat little chunk we brought home.

My SIL got to listen to me freak out on Christmas. How the heck am I going to manage being away from my babies for 2 weeks. I cried constantly when I left Julia to go get Rauan. And she was with her daddy!!! I'm going to buy some calling cards. I've looked into the Skype phone and other options--but we're not taking our computer (hence needing a place with computer access), and not wanting to run up costs, I thought that would work best. I did see that Bishkek is exactly 12 hours ahead of Madison. That will make it easier--maybe.

Off to get some pants hemmed (thanks Mom!!!) and a tooth fixed (yippee).

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I've been tagged!

Well, as most people know, I like to be busy almost all of the time and Marnie tagged me! What this means is as I sit here copying paperwork(and trying not to scream waiting for the doctor to call with the CORRECT paperwork!), I'll do my duty. Being tagged means I have to write 8 interesting facts about myself. I'm not sure how interesting I am, but here it goes.
1. I have 2 college degrees. The first one is in psychology and marketing (and I proudly drank myself through that one). The second--which I worked my ass off for--is in nursing. I also worked 2 jobs (equal to full-time) plus went to school full-time, in order to do it.

2. I never thought I would marry. In fact, when I met Ted, I was getting nursing experience so I could move down south and live. I just wanted a date for my sister's wedding. Then one cold December night (Dec. 20 to be exact), I met Ted and 11 years later (9 married), here we are!

3. I never visualized myself pregnant--always saw myself as a mother but never pregnant. Hummm, here I am with 2, soon to be three children later--never pregnant, but a mom nontheless.

4. I am scared to death of flying. However, I am more scared of being 70 years old and regretting not having a family(or living in fear)--hence I pray alot before during and as we land when I'm in a plane.

Humm, this is hard. I'm really not that interesting, but I'm halfway through the copying. Ok, let me see what else I can think up.

5. I LOVE being a nurse, particularly peds/craniofacial nursing. Now those of you that know me are probably saying well no kidding. But I went into nursing because my dad talked me into it. Obviously he was a wise man. But I went into nursing so I could live independently (see #2). And I avoided anything with kids like the plague! Then I met Julia--who changed my life around and got me interested in children and clefts. Then along came Rauan. Then a patient in dialysis who I really liked, died suddenly. Enough was enough and a job opened in little peds. I grabbed it with both hands and never let go. And I have an awesome manager who encouraged me to talk to the craniofacial surgeon and get more experience. The rest is history!

6. I hate to clean house. I really hate cleaning the bathroom. I do it because I have to.

7. I wish my sisters and I were closer. I see sisters who are each others best friends and I wish we had that--but our personalities are so very different. I'm lucky in that I do get along with my sisters and that I have some wonderful awesome friends--but I sometimes wish for more.

8. Everyone knows this--I miss my dad terribly. He really was the support behind me and even if everything else was falling apart, I knew he would be there. I do believe he is up in heaven guiding me now, but I sure wish I could talk to him.

Well, made it through. Both cheerful and sad. Must be the "paper pregnancy hormones". Oh--and one more--I'm so glad to know that my sister is giving me a niece to spoil! Everyone should have both a boy and girl to experience that! I can't wait for baby girl Sheridan to arrive!

Ok--who's next????

Monday, December 17, 2007

Asia Mountain Web site

For those who want to know what it might be like for us:

Saturday, December 15, 2007

next up

Reservations for Asia Mountain confirmed. Looks like a nice place(Ted's happy!)

Friday, December 14, 2007

And more!

The I171H came today! Date of application filed :11/11/07, date of completion of advance processing:12/12/07!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Reservations made

Well, I bit the bullet and made the airline reservations. The price always makes me cry--but oh well. Couldnt' get a flight back on the 19th--so we're flying back on the 20th--home late but at least we'll be able to go to Julia's skating show. So, we're flying American Airlines to Chicago, Turkish Air to Istanbul, then Turkish Air to Bishkek--reverse on the way home. I've had email contact with Asia Mountain hotel/guest house and it sounds like there is an available room which I've requested. I've heard good things about them--and apparently the internet access there is good--which was important to Ted. Talk about an exciting couple of days!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Trip profile

It will be a two trip process. On our first trip, we meet the child, get to know him and say, yes we want to adopt him. Then we come home. Our coordinator actually goes to court for us( Ted had a big smile on his face when he heard this!), the court says "ok" and the waiting period starts--which is 30 days. After 30 days, Ted goes back and picks him up and they travel to Almaty to the US Embassy. Note, I said Ted. Only one parent has to go--and I did with Rauan. So, it's Ted's turn! So, they will do all the embassy stuff and come home. That is a 10 day trip. I think travel time is included in that one.
Just talked with my mother-in-law this am and we have a tenative plan lined up for childcare, etc. This timing is going to work out well for the kids and not messing up their schedules.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Leaving on a jet plane

Just found out--we're leaving January 2, flying back January 19!!! Holy Moly!!!

Anyone who would like to donate a bottle of baby/children's tylenol, ibuprofen or children/baby mulit-vitamin, feel free! I'd like to take a bunch over.

Let the craziness commence!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's Done

Into the building quickly and our fingerprinting was done within 15 minutes. Mom was able to stay a bit longer with the kids, so we stopped and bought them bikes for Christmas. They have outgrown their old ones and both kids have been begging for bikes. After I saw the cost, that's ALL they are getting for Christmas from this Santa!
So, now starting the dash to get all the dossier stuff together. I was telling my manager that I don't know how I'm going to get the pictures of the house done since I clean one area and Julia and Rauan make a mess someplace else--and of course their bedrooms --well, on a good day I can see their floors! She told me throw everything in a box--hide the box, take a picture---the dust isn't visible! It just made me laugh!! Of course--she does have an excellent idea there........hummmmm

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


So, we're off for fingerprinting tomorrow. Wish us luck cause my hands are so dry from work that who knows what the quality will be!! Last time we were there, my hands were so dry, the lady who was doing the fingerprints looked at my hands, put a bunch of corn huskers lotion on my hands and told me to start rubbing it in. After she scanned a couple other people, then I got fingeprinted. Learned something new that day! Otherwise, the homestudy stuff is done. She's dictating everything this week. Part of the dossier is together. Next week, I'm taking all the medical paperwork to my doctor in Cambridge. After seeing everything she is going to have to write, I have to be super nice to her. Good thing I've known her for so long! My goal is to have everything in on Dec. 15--if not sooner. Let's see how quick the approval comes after fignerprinting!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Just a little something someone sent me

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.
In horror, the mother saw her littleboy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out
"Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star."
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and
whispered in the boy's ear,
"Don't quit.""Keep playing."
Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obbligato.
Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.
The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played.Only the classic,
" Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
Perhaps that's the way it is with God.
What we can accomplish onour own is hardly noteworthy.
We try our best, but the results aren't always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can
truly be beautiful. The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit." "Keep playing."
May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there, helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.
Remember, God doesn't seem to
call the equipped, rather,
He equips the 'called.'
Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire.
So touch someone by passing this little message along.May God bless you and
be with you always!
And remember ,
"Don't quit."
"Keep playing."

Friday, November 9, 2007

And on it goes!!

So, in the blink of an eye--today we received our appointments for fingerprinting. I literally just mailed out the application and I know the check just passed through yesterday (I'm an anal bank account checker). And surprise surprise--our appt. in the same day of some friends of ours. I just have this feeling I'm going to be freezing my butt off in Jan/Feb 2008. I will never complain about how slow the government is again! I mean--I literally just sent the application in! Holy moly!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Now we know it's going to happen!!!!

As most of you know, Ted and I change vehicles for work--trade vehicles, trade off shifts. Basically who has the kids has the truck, who goes to work has the car. Yes, it's all about the kids!
So, yesterday, Ted pulls in and I head out to the car. Turn the key--NOTHING!!! Not one fricking thing! So, quick phone call to work to tell them I would be late, woke up Rauan, and pushed the car out of the driveway. Ted drove the truck over the lawn (thank goodness it wasn't too wet!) and off to work we went. The car got towed later. This am got the call and yeah--not a cheap repair. So, yes this is the norm. With Julia the clutch went out on the vehicle on the off ramp of Hwy. 30, with Rauan something happened--I think it was the buick again (was that when the engine blew up?) and now this! Just a sign that God likes to give us the challenge that we'll manage no matter what. Of course, I keep saying it could have been me going to the car after work at midnight, freezing my bottom off in Lot 60! So goes life!
So, yes, slight delay on getting the dossier done. I was going to do some running today. Yeah--not happening. Julia has surgery on Thursday--so that's the rest of the week. Next Tuesday, I get to display my craniofacial nursing skills to the Wisconsin lactation consultants--and hope I don't get booed out of the room! Holy moly--where does the time go??? We filed our I600, so once we get fingerprinted I'm going to bust my butt to get everything done because apparently alot of this paperwork is only good for 3 months. Sitting at the police station with 2 kids can't be much fun--did it with 1 and I didn't like that. And she was only 2 and easily entertained!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

So what the heck is going on???

Well, I have to say this is an interesting "paper" pregnancy. Now into our third adoption, I have to say this is the first one Ted is relaxed about!!! After being married for almost 9 years (gulp! that long???) and together 11--I'm seeing a whole new side to my husband.
The other interesting thing is I have a feeling things are going to go fast here. Faster then anticipated. Why???? I'm feeling the desperate need to get stuff done. Bathroom is being painted this weekend and I'm going to start work on the boys' room right after that. Lisa--any ideas yet??? The one wall is dark--and I mean dark--blue, so I've got to hit that with primer. Probably hit the spots where Rauan decided to be artistic too!!!
We took the kids trick-or- treating last night and they are literally bouncing off the walls. Work is sounding really nice right now. I'm a firm believer in "bribes"--so there is a book fair at school today. If they get their stuff cleaned up, they each get to pick out a book. Hey one place to put the energy and I might actually be able to walk through the house. Anyways, I was thinking--next year--3 kids to dress and take trick-or-treating and then 3 kids bouncing off the walls! Hummm, I might volunteer for a day shift on Nov. 1 2008!
Well folks, I have to tell you--if I can't figure out how to post pictures on here I will be switching back to the yahoo groups. For those who followed Rauan's adoption you would be familiar with it. It works pretty good.
Off to see what the kids are getting into!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

And now.....

time for the social worker's home visit. So, the house is a mess, we're getting ready to take off for a long weekend, and the weather is really too nice to stay inside and clean! We had the pumpkin patch yesterday, the Halloween dance, Julia's first "sleepover" guest--with Levi, Julia's sidekick, today we have the big soccer game, a babysitter coming at 5 so I can take Ted out for his birthday and then on the late news on Channel 15 a story about the soccer team that Ted coaches. HA! Think anything is going to get cleaned---Hell no! Ted said--this is it, it's our reality. The kids are healthy and happy, the city hasn't condemed the house---oh well! With Julia, the house was freshly painted,cabinets scrubbed--pretty close to perfect. With Rauan, still pretty clean but there were toys around. Now, the truth comes out! Take us or leave us--this is the Pritchard house reality!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Thanks goodness!!!

Well, I was worried about $ and low and behold it came through for us. Still doesn't mean things won't be tight--but I'm not going to be"sweating bullets" as my mom would say. It's just weird how things work out.
I'm still trying to figure out how to put on photos on here. I have an awesome one of the kids playing soccer. Trying to get my practice in with the camera before we travel--please God let in be in decent weather!!! We had good luck with Julia and Rauan--I hope that holds!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

First entry

Well, this is the first of many I hope on our new addition.
I have to admit--when I first got the news my stomach started to roll. All these thoughts are running through my head--can we do this? what about Julia and Rauan?where's the money going to come from?how are we going to add another child into this house? etc etc etc I've decided trusting in God and faith to figure it out. Plus--my manager is going to love me for all the extra shifts I put in!
I have to admit--I did spend some $ yesterday. Our digital camera is outdated and I really want something just to be able to post pictures that slides right into a pocket. Plus that would be really nice for the trip! So, I now have a 7.1 megapixel Cannon. Now if I can just figure out how to download it into this....humm, always something.
Let me know if you like the site. I imagine it won't be too exciting for another couple of months.