I have been away a while, but it's because our computer took a nose dive. I get about a 50-50 chance of getting online at all and then an even worse chance of even being able to navigate around before getting booted off. This is one of those rare, lucky times where I'm able to so I'm taking advantage of it. Jay is bringing it into work tomorrow where one of the guys that works for him is a whiz at this stuff and can help us out. Yay..I'm going through puter withdrawal.
This past weekend was a blast! We finished the yard without a moment to spare for Sat. night when all the out of towners got here. We got so many compliments on it, I had to laugh at the transformation it had made in the week leading up to it. But actually, what a lot of them said was how nice and big and the fence and everything....that it was a great yard for the kids and for entertaining. I agree.
We had such a good time just catching up and visiting. Talking politics, of course...there's not a one that comes close to disagreeing with the family on stuff so that was fun. I was able to mention to some of my cousins that Jason and I are planning on adopting. They were so great and excited for us about it. In fact, my one cousin, Renee, told me that she had been to China twice and worked with the kids in the orphanages. I had no idea, so that was really neat to be able to talk to her about it. I know she's anxious to see where we end up traveling to...maybe she's been there.
Sunday was great, we all arrived at the park in St. Cloud by 11am and Sr. Teresa met us there. I could tell right away that she didn't feel well, but when I asked her she said she was good. I hugged her, then I asked her again....she said she wasn't feeling that good, but that she had told God she was offering up her pain that day in exchange for safety and good weather for all of her family. What a blessing she is.....we could all learn something from her, she's been very graceful during her illness.
I think there was around 90 people there. We talked, we ate, the kids played, we took some great photos and family group pictures...it was a really fun day. I genuinely like my relatives....that's a pretty cool thing.
I have a ton of photos that I will download here when my computer is up and running again.
Since then, the week has been pretty standard. I Had found out that I wouldn't have Joey and Dani anymore come next week....and I thought I could replace them easily with some backups that have been wanting me to let them know if I have an opening, but that didn't happen. The dad lost his job, so they won't be needing care and another possible lead on 2 part timers didn't pan out either. So, today I broke down and put an ad on craigslist. If I don't replace them, at least partly, I will have to delay our adoption even longer and I really don't want to do that. I actually got 4 responses right away by this afternoon which I've replied to and we'll see. I just have to have faith that it all works out for the best.
I'm home alone right now cuz I got off work early and Jay has taken the boys to New Brighton for the Stockyard Day parade. They'll be home shortly and then we're going to Short Stop to play bingo. Maybe I'll win $1000.....yah, right.