March Madness

No, I'm not talking about college basketball (wish I were!)... I'm talking about life. Does anyone else feel like this month has been crazy? Flown by? Been incredibly warm?!  All of the above?!

I feel like I blinked, and the month was over. In part, I'm sure that is due to lots of fun playdates and outings, things on the "to do list," incredible weather... but I'm completely convinced now that life goes quicker the older you get. This week, while not so great, was pretty representative of a week in our lives. Aside from all that craziness, we've had a lot of other stuff going on:

We re-financed. I notice that the papers one needs to gather for that overlap a lot with the papers you need to gather for an adoption. So while not an easy task (It was 109 copies I made after all), I found it very easy to pull together re-financing documents while working on adoption paperwork. Adoption agencies should recommend people do this. It makes that paperwork pile seem even more worth it. We should be saving 25% a month on our main mortgage. Well worth the time and effort! Now if only someone had told me the appraiser was actually going to photograph the interior of the house when he was here...

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We had several playdates... including one with a friend I made through the adoption world, and her son... and one with a former colleague. In both cases it had been way too long.

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I had dental surgery. And I still need more. I don't want to talk about it.

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My sister came to visit! Unfortunately, it was a visit cut short since Spencer came down with hand, foot, and mouth the morning after she got here. (I have a whole new level of respect for that phrase... wow. BRUTAL.) But, in the 24 hours she was here... we tried on bridesmaid dresses for her wedding in September, we started organizing the kitchen, we ate, we talked, we played. It was just a very disappointing end to the trip.

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Did I mention Spencer has Hand, Foot and Mouth?! Yeah, awesome.

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We're considering a few home improvement projects, so there's been some estimates we've had done and window shopping to do. We'll see what plays out.

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We attended another fabulous KASY event. (post coming soon!)

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We enjoyed the incredible weather as much as possible with trips to parks, beaches, and playgrounds. We even had a Korean BBQ picnic in Providence. (Thanks to Mama Kim's, my current obsession. And Spencer's. Actually... I think Spencer is more obsessed than I am.)

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But perhaps the biggest curve ball, and definitely an event that added a good dose of crazy to the month, was having some movement on our house. We've been off the market for seven months now, and we've come to a really good place with it. While there are still things we would change if we could, we're doing well here. We're happy. We obviously have some plans since we are getting estimates and refinancing. We've even joined a CSA. Things are good. So imagine my surprise when we received not one, but TWO, calls regarding our house last week. Both were agents with interested buyers. To say we were shocked would be an understatement. Shocked... and... I don't know what. A whole mix of emotions. It was nice to finally have interest in the house. It was nice to actually see the market may be turning around. It was nice to have interest when we weren't desperate to sell. We weren't prepared for this by any means... but it opened up a good dialogue between Doug and I about where we would move if we sold. (It also resulted in a slightly frantic call to our contact at the placement agency.) Want to know something funny?! We realized that our top three choices now weren't even on the list back in the summer. Heck, they weren't even on our radar! Nothing came of either of these opportunities... and that is O.K. We are so fine with that. (And maybe even a little relieved?) We truly believe "What will be will be" and that "Everything happens for a reason" ... But, who knows... maybe Child #2 won't be coming home to this house after all. I guess only time will tell!

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Speaking of Child #2 (man, I need a better term than that!) ... we're close to wrapping up the home study. Only one more visit (of the six total) to go, and two more documents to obtain. Not too bad! This month has de-railed us a little, but we're still on track for finishing with plenty of time for our estimated HSTK (Home Study to Korea) date of mid-June. We've also started paper chasing for the placement agency. (You didn't think we were done, did you?!)