D.J. #1: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
D.J. #2: It's coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
--The Opening Radio Dialogue to "Groundhog Day".
And so we soldier on through the home study. Finger prints, letters of reference, home visits, financial documentation, etc. etc. Today we had our home visit and although we cleaned all weekend, it was sit down at the dining room table with coffee and danish while we chatted about how different everything is now that we are parents. This is the sixth or seventh time we've talked to our social worker Windsor (she did our last home study and post placement visits), so it was all very relaxed and very familiar. She even condensed our study down from two visits to just one. (Well one visit with two payments!) We've done all this before, know the players, and the process hasn't changed, so it's almost kind of a redo. It's nice to have something that's somewhat relaxed in the otherwise stressful time that is adoption prep.
I also called our main agency, the IAC, and told them we're ready to get the ball rolling on "re-upping" with them. We know the ropes there too, so we hope to be ready, approved, and on the books by summer's end. Right now the only difficult part is, well, paying for it. Luckily we don't have to pay the entire thing up front, but handing over thousands of dollars a month for the next six months or so isn't going to be exactly child's play. I'm sure we'll figure it out...Powerball anyone?
To prove we're Dr. Spock approved parents, I submit the following certificate. Being voted class clown at 2 years old might be cute, but I'm not sure what the future holds on that one...we may end up regretting it!