Monday, August 5, 2013
Visas, balloons, golf & bike skills
In the two weeks since our verbal court approval, so much has happened! We applied for travel visas . . . and discovered we had never renounced Anya's Indian passport. Oops.
So we had a little form-filling-out to do, and we're back in business. So FYI . . . if you've/ already welcomed your child home and hope to make a return trip to India in the future, you're supposed to do that within 3 years of their arrival.
We are still waiting for news of our written approval from the judge, then our orphanage can apply for K's passport . . . And when we have the written order, we can share her picture online!
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In other family news, my brother Matt, my sister Alicia and I had given our parents a hot air balloon ride for Mother's and Father's Day and their summer birthdays, and it was finally time for their ride. The kids, Peter and I got to help the crew set up the balloon, and we "chased" it and helped pack up the balloon at the end. It was just magical to see it take off into the sky!
And my sporty Mom -- that lady has a lot of gumption! She is on a committee for a fundraiser/golf outing at her church, and had the idea to write to Wisconsin pro golfer Steve Stricker and ask if he would join them for the golf outing. Well, he was a little busy this weekend playing in a tournament, so he couldn't come . . . but he sent an autographed baseball cap for the outing, and he signed a baseball cap just for my Mom too! What a great guy -- and what a fun surprise for my Mom!
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And my former kindergartener is now officially a two-wheel bike rider! During previous summers, Anya has ridden on longer bike rides in a trailer behind me -- but that screeched to a halt this year. I was huffing and puffing during our first two rides of the summer, thinking, "Man, am I out of shape or what??!"
Well, we've been able to see how tall she grew over the past year -- she's wearing size 7 and 8 clothes (how did that happen?). But we didn't realize that she's also about 10 pounds heavier than last summer. No wonder it felt a little different for me as I pedaled! That's a little salve for my fitness ego, too . . . :o)
She did an amazing job finding her balance quickly -- it took only two tries for her to ride away from her Daddy's balancing hands. I loved watching her face change from tentative and fearful, to surprise that she was riding on her own, to gleeful victory.