Ginger’s nicknames also include Defect dog and The Galoot. Ginger is a Lhasa Apso (supposedly) and is supposed to be stubborn but calm. Ginger can’t read so she has no idea this is how she should be acting so instead this little creamy fuzzy dog, (the best snuggle bunny when you are napping) is total chaos when her eyes are open. She randomly jumps up and zings from one end of the house to the other, she barks at nothing, everything, a leaf, her reflection, a squirrel (okay so the squirrel is annoying) and the other dogs just stare at her. Miss Ginger had eaten on several of our chairs (really we feed her) to the point that I was worried for anyone to sit on any of our kitchen chairs. I hid them all in the dining room for a long time and our little kitchen table sat sort of lonely for a long time.
She did all that damage and she eats elk antlers like they are nothing. FYI Elk antlers are stronger than bone people… We get the antlers for a 40+ pound dog. Ginger thinks she is the Cujo of the Lhasa Set. So THIS HAPPENED:
Yes indeed those are metal chairs. Go ahead Ginger.. gnaw on those! I suppose we will have to start working on replacing the dining room chairs next. I’m sure Paul won’t go for the yellow and orange combo in there. It’s really happy and it matches my Yellow, Orange and Red Fiestaware!! Too Cute! I figured we were going to need chairs for the kitchen soon anyway because we will be eating at the table when the girls get here. No more living room dinners. We found them on Overstock and paid under $250 for the entire shebang!
I won’t even tell you how many toys she has eaten. Paul says I can’t replace any toys until the “overflow” box of toys upstairs is gone?!? They do have three toy boxes downstairs and one upstairs. They LOVE toys! Just like a little kid Snickers will prance around with his new toy. Its so funny. Tinkerbelle brings toys on the couch and hides them under the pillows. Fu really liked that big Halloween spider toy until Willie came to visit and defiled it. Fu doesn’t like the spider any more.
A few days ago we made the trek down to Ikea and picked up a Teal Kallax to go in the girls’ room. The theme is sort of under the sea. Most of the walls are aqua and one is bright yellow. I have a few more items on the way so this is only a quick peek. We did grab a 3 pack of the cars and an extra step stool. Ikea is a great place to use for kid stuff.
While we were there we looked at the blackout shades and yeah.. the windows we have are WAAAYY to wide for anything they sell. I should have looked earlier because I know we will need those shades.
I’m on the lookout for a big fishy rug or playmat for the room, or maybe something with waves or mermaids. I’m sure I’ll know it when I see it. We still need to get the other crib and mattress of course, I’ll order those shortly.
I’ve been seeing the cutest things on Etsy! Such great ideas there.
I bought each of the girls a little penguin jacket and of course Isabella will need extra protection so she has little pink sunglasses to match. They both have a pink headband with a flower.
To keep things on a budget I have been using my ebay bucks, cash back from Fred Meyer and Ebates refunds on items for the girls. I sold a bunch of books at Half Price Books and bought a board books. I hit the sales, I watch Baby Cheapskate, Brads Deals and a couple other sites to locate deals on toys, diapers etc. Amazon had a great sale on puzzles a couple days ago so I bought 4 of them.
Last month Costco had Huggies on sale so I bought both diapers and wipes. This week Diapers.com had an amazing deal so I grabbed a case of diapers from them. I know we’ll need a bunch of diapers for when we travel as well as all the days we will be out of the house at medical appointments so I am trying to stock up now. I did get a great deal on a couple of dresses (for the court appearance?) $7 each and they are cute and happy little dresses. SCORE!
I hope you like my sneak peek, I can’t wait until it’s finished!!
It’s the weekend and everyone has probably had more than enough bacon and eggs already. So I made Paul’s favorite pancakes. I have no earthly idea where this recipe came from but its been in my recipe binder for a long time. This will make enough to feed three people. It is filling.
3/4C Almond Flour
2 Scoops Protein Powder – I use Jay Robb Vanilla
3t Baking Powder
2t Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Cream Cheese
3T melted coconut oil
4.5T Heavy Whipping Cream
Mix all dry ingredients together, add dry to wet ingredients and mix well. Cook on buttered griddle (I set mine to 350 degrees) wait until the edges are firming up before trying to turn them.
We topped them with Natures Hollow Maple Syrup and whipping cream. It was delicious!
Recently we all took a field trip up to the police department to be fingerprinted and get letters of good conduct. Of course we had letters of good conduct because we’re pretty boring! The gal that did our appointment was really nice.
We Fed Ex’d our finger print cards to the biometrics place for the FBI clearance and already have them back! It seems like everything is happening all at once. We have completed mountains of paperwork, forms and classes. Unfortunately I know there are several more paper mountains to climb and they all have red tape-ish names like I800A, I800 etc. This whole expedite thing has me really worried. Apparently that will mean more paperwork, authorizations etc and we could potentially travel much sooner than originally expected. How can you keep all of it straight, work on fundraising and do the regular every day stuff??
Unfortunately our home study visit was pushed back because our Home Study agency is still not officially off suspension. Apparently they think the call will happen Monday. SUPER!
Sometimes you don’t get to make the plans. I’d been stalking this little girl since before we wrote an LOI for Zou Bing Jie. We thought her heart condition would be far to much for us to handle. Yet I couldn’t leave it alone. I looked at her page every day to see if someone had come forward and to say they would be her mom. I watched every video that was posted and watched for updates. She has the saddest little eyes and you know she has been through so much more than any two year old should ever have to go through. This baby needs a break. Shortly after we wrote the LOI for Zou Bing Jie Paul said lets see if we can get her transferred. Wait, what? I furiously wrote e-mails that night to see what could be done.
As I mentioned here the CCCWA had pulled her file from the other agency. Their agency person could not find her and our facilitator couldn’t find her. I wondered if I had been trying to force a situation that was not meant to be.
On January 19th our wonderful agency gal (a woman I consider a friend at this point) finds little Fu Chen You on the shared list and calls me right away.
I’m excited but honestly scared.. no make that terrified. Can I do it? Will we get there in time? There are a million reasons not to try to adopt this little girl on the other side of the world. If someone hasn’t mentioned them to me, I’ve thought of them myself. I fussed around all night for two nights.
Everything happens for a reason (or at least this is what I tell myself so I am not sobbing in the corner), she popped up for a reason. Our agency gal and her daughter (that also works in the adoption industry) happened to be on and looking at the shared list. Her daughter said “Look at this little girl..” and it was our girl! That is a crazy “coincidence”. We wrote the LOI.
Fu Chen You has Tetrology of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia, there is no survival without surgery. Tetrology of Fallot is a collection of 4 structural abnormalities of the heart, add to that a malformed pulmonary valve and you have the most severe form of TOF. In addition to that she weighs in at a teeny 17 pounds (think 9 month sized clothes) and suffers from moderate malnutrition. We will need to build her up so she is strong enough to have heart surgery. We do have a cardiologist now lined up to work on her case as soon as we return from China thanks to an advocate that worked to get Fu Chen You a family.
Please keep Fu Chen You in your prayers and thoughts. If you are able please consider participating in our fundraiser or donating either directly using the link on the right side or sending a tax deductible check to the agency to help bring these two little girls a home. Our total fees are going to be between 45-50K if you can believe it. Please help us by sharing the story. Thank you!!
Tax-deductible donations can be made directly to our agency! Just indicate “STALEY FAMILY ADOPTION” in the memo and mail to:
1140 36th Street #204
Ogden, UT 84403