Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Red (,White, and Blue) Letter Day

Three letters. actually.
After nearly 13 years, our family has reached a major milestone. And when I say "our family," I really mean the whole family. Almost 13 years ago we sat in the Federal Building with our infant son and interviewed for a green card. About a year later, and pregnant with our second son, I watched the proceedings in INS court. We were blissfully unaware when we started our proceedings that there were open orders for deportation. I sat in that court room, surrounded by family and friends, prepared to say goodbye to every one of them. I didn't have to.
Another year later, the green card finally arrived in the mail.
We rode that peaceful ride for 10 years- until this year when it was time for my husband's green card to expire.
Jesse, the baby we took to the initial interview, is almost 13. He did the initial work of finding the right form, downloading and printing it out.
I filled it out as much as I could, filed paperwork for Sebastian, and made MANY copies.
Sebastian, of course, did all the interviewing.
There are a few small details like a passport and registering to vote that still need taken care of, but we are glad have gotten to this resting point on the journey!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

In The Loo

Remember that I mentioned that I had painted the kid's bathroom a while ago? I bet you want to see it finished. I do too- but you will have to settle for clean. In fact, I had to clean it in order for you to see it- and for the county not to condemn the place. (Bathrooms are not my strong suit.)
The bathroom is really dinky, and until recently it was painted yellow with rubber duckies. I figured that the 12 and 10 year old boys were probably done with duckies- but they still had to share the bathroom with 9 and 7 1/2 year old girls and a 5 year old boy. I chose something that was really fun with out being gender specific. Our house has walls that slope into the ceiling on the second floor, so there is no stopping point when you paint. Either you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or you create a stopping point. So, create a stopping point is what I did. I had my husband hang some flat MDF molding around the room at the height of the top of the window and painted the lime green up to that point and white above it.
I still need to paint the trim in the bathroom, but I really want to strip the pre-existing trim and the door for re-painting. (Does anyone know how to strip trim in place without damaging the surrounding walls?)

I chose the paint to go with the polka dots on the shower curtain, and found a rug to match. Then when I got home I noticed that the kid's towels all look super hanging next to the shower curtain. Sebastian made the towel rack a few years ago and I moved it up to the top of the window frame when I redid the bathroom. Only Jonah needs a stool to hang his towel up.This is the other side of the room. See that little cart there in the corner? Look closer:I am convinced that God loves me. The same weekend I painted the bathroom, a friend asked me if I wanted it. I knew I had just the place for it. And I have 5 kids, and there are 10 drawers- in 5 colors. All the colors are close to the kids' assigned colors, to boot! Now, every one's tooth brushes, deodorant, hair pretties, etc. are put away!!!!

I really like the new look. What do you think?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Snicker

Today our pastor used a joke as a sermon highlight. Don't stop me if you've heard this one:

A young husband was ill. No matter what he did, he just couldn't seem to get better. Finally he had his wife drive him to the doctor. As he was dressing after the examination the doctor spoke to the young wife in the waiting area. "Your husband has a severe and rare case of anemia. He needs plenty of rest, a hearty home cooked breakfast, a hot lunch , and a meat and potatoes type of dinner EVERY DAY. Also, he needs his home to be kept immaculately. If you do all of this, he will live. Do you want to tell him, or do you want me to tell him?"
The wife answered that she would like to be the one to break the news to her husband, so she went to the exam room. Taking one look at his wife's face the husband asked, "How bad is it?"
The wife burst into uncontrollable sobs and finally managed to choke out, "!!!!!"

I turned to my husband and said in a stage whisper, "Honey, you're going to die!"
He said back to me, "I've been dead for a long time."

Good thing the pastor was at the end of his sermon, because we had THE worst case of giggles you can imagine!