Thank goodness the state did not catch wind of Henry's Halloween costume debacle and we went to court Friday, November 20 to finalize his adoption. Henry is now, officially, my boy. Sorry I don't have pictures of the event-- I was busy holding Henry, wiping runny noses (we all had colds), and hosing Olivia down with Tylenol to take any pictures. Family members did, however, so I'll post those when I get them.
Friday was National Adoption Day, so the courthouse was abuzz with media taking pictures and interviewing people. I got asked questions by a local paper and between my cold and being caught off-guard, I don't know that I said anything printable, much less profound. I should have come prepared with talking points. :-) Olivia was quite a hit with the photographers however, as she performed various poses.
We didn't expect any hurdles on the road to adopting Henry, so the hearing was very routine. However, it is still such a relief to have all the legalities behind us on that big bundle of love. Now it's just full-time snuggling (and feeding) with no timeouts for paperwork!
Yes, Nordstroms has it in the form of a laminated diaper bag. Cool, eh? They are made by a company called Reese Li Baby who uses Jessica's canvas and other cool prints in a laminated form. I had to get one and I love it!
And our friends at Land of Nod have it on a child's chair. It's a "limited edition" which must mean it's extra special!
Okay, so I didn't get Henry's costume until Saturday, which is Halloween day, if you didn't remember. So I ran to Target and they were limited on 3-6 mo. sizes, so I got this. The picture on the package looks pretty cute, doesn't it?
So, at about 5:30, I put Henry in above pea pod costume, but it is about 10 inches too short. Never fear. I have these:
So, I cut leg holes.
So, Henry's was not dressed as much as a pea pod as "the-son-of-a-mother-who-doesn't-plan-ahead-for-Halloween-but-is-determined-to-make-the-costume-work-anyway."
So, we got in the car, trick and treated at the nanny's and then came home and took off his costume. I'm sure he didn't mind. I promise to do better next year, Henry. Olivia, you're old enough to be on your own and thank goodness, you are up to the task.
Do you recognize her pants? Yes, they are pants and an appliqued shirt I made for her two years ago. That was about 15 inches ago in height. But she can still get them on and put on some boots and no one is the wiser, yes? Yes, I think that girl will do just fine at Halloween. Then she can help out Henry.
I don't know if this is what I should have been working on Friday, but I spent all day on these pages and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I love picking out paint colors! And I can't guarantee I'm good at it, but it at least gives you a starting point!
My fantasy would be to pick out paint colors every month, paint one wall and make someone else finish and clean up and then the next month we would start again. I wonder if the walls would actually get thicker if you repainted that often? In theory, I think they would, so would you have to scrape them down after awhile? Hmmm.....