Here we are in the Midwest and receiving some snow. I say some because my kiddos would love to have A LOT more. After school (yes they still had school), they will go out and shovel the driveways. The boys have a great system of asking people if they would like their driveways shoveled. Andrew is the one who goes up to the door with his big eyes and says that he would shovel the driveway for a nominal fee, can you see the big eyelashes batting? He really is pretty good at it. This should help them earn some more money that they can save in their banks or spend a small part of it. The boys are really trying to save enough money for another remote for the PS3. Do you know how expensive those things are?
I went to the bank today to get some nice, crisp, uncirculated $100 bills. Why you ask? Well for those of you new to this adoption process, Russia will only accept new bills, if they have a fold, tear, crinkle or writing on it they will not accept it.
I finished our FBI fingerprinting. This was a huge chore for us. Our local police department would not fingerprint us becuase we technically live in unincorporated area and I would have to go to the county to have this done. Well where we live this is no small task. It is far, inconvenient and not very friendly. I called to find out when I could come and they said we only do fingerprinting on Fridays from 8:00 to 9:00 am, what are you kidding me? When I called back in December, Christmas was on Friday, New Years was on Friday and they wouldn't let me come in on any other day. Soooooo, I pleaded with the local police department and brought in a tax bill from another resident, and let us get them done there. I sent them in to the FBI and will wait about 4 weeks to get them back. I didn't put a rush on them, because we really only need them before we go to court in St. Petersburg, which by my calculations should be around March.
Tyler is still trying to find a job, he has not even gotten an official interview. He has been filling out applications but no available postions are there. It is tough because of the economy, there are many people with out jobs.
Austin once again made the Honor Roll at Marmion Academy, he has done a fantastic job there. He is still learning to apply himself when it comes to homework, but overall a terrific job by him.
Trevor - I forgot to let you know that Trevor was invited to a Football Combine, I know I didn't know what it was either. For those of you like me it is where football players compete in different areas of athletics. Example: 40 yard dash, standing long jump, vertical jump, weighted ball throw from your knees, football catch. Well he won his age level (7th Grade) and was invited on a National Level down in San Antonio, TX to compete against 300 other players. We are just really excited for him to be able to experience something on this level. He really enjoys the game of Football and really is a good athlete, we are just waiting to see where God leads this boy.
Andrew is playing indoor soccer and Basketball, I need something to keep this boy active. He loves to lounge and watch T.V. and play video games. We have restricted the boys to just 1 hour a day on the electronics. It really is a hard thing to monitor.
Hope your all doing well, what ever happened to those people who talked about Global Warming? I think we need a little bit of warming, I'm freezing and it's going to be colder tomorrow.
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