Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back to Reality

We are back from our 6 day vacation up North! We had a great time :-) We left last Friday morning and headed to Sioux Falls. We arrived at Shirley's house in the late afternoon and decided to have a BBQ that night for dinner. We had a great time catching up with the family. Glen's grandparents were able to come over for a while and visit too. Saturday Glen, David and I went to the Falls to walk around the park. Most of it was blocked off due to recent flooding in the area. We later headed out to the Sioux Empire Fair to have some good fried foods! We watched a hypnotist while we were there as well. Troy, Julie, John and David all left on Sunday. Glen and I went to dinner with Shirley and then headed over to the B & G Way, a local favorite ice cream shop! Monday morning Glen and I headed up to Minneapolis. Our first stop was to tour St. Paul's Cathedral. I have never seen such a beautiful church. It is close to 100 years old and the paintings and intricate detail on all of the walls was amazing. The next stop was the Mall of America. Boy is that a big mall! We walked around all 3 levels looking thru a lot of the stores. I was hoping they had different stores than we have at home but it seemed to be all the same stuff we already have here. After leaving the mall we went to dinner at a Diner's, Drive-in's and Dive's restaurant. We ordered a pizza and it was great! Tuesday morning we went to yet another DDD recommendation, Al's Breakfast, which was on the campus of University of Minnesota. I had the best waffle of my life! Glen was completely impressed that I actually finished the entire waffle. We then toured the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. That is the place famous for the spoon and cherry sculpture. Then it was time for the Twins v. White Sox game. This was the highlight of our trip for Glen! We toured the new stadium before the game started. Luckily, the Twins winded up winning the game in the 10th inning! Glen was a happy camper. That ended our trip on a good note. We headed back home on Wednesday. We had a great trip and was happy to see family as well.

While we were on vacation we received a phone call from our adoption agency to set up a time for them to do our in-home meeting. So, we actually did that yesterday. I woke up yesterday with a lot of anxiety and anticipation as to what to expect for the meeting. As soon as the social worker arrived and we introduced ourselves, I began to feel completely at ease. She was super nice and knew what we were going through because she is the mother of 2 adopted children! She interviewed Glen and I together and then separate, we took a tour of our home and then it was over. It was so much nicer than I had ever expected. It is great to have that part done. We now have a workshop to attend on Friday night. Glen and I also decided tonight which referral service we are going to work through so we have sent the email off to get started on their paperwork. According to the service, they typically place a child in less than 1 year! We are looking forward to the next step of the adoption process with the hopes that we find our baby soon!

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