Hard to believe it was time to file the first post placement! I sent it off to get apostilled and it arrived at my agency with the necessary seals the other day. The last part was for me to send photos. I was hoping to have taken Vera out for a 6 month home photo shoot, but alas, the etsy outfit isn’t done yet. So, once it comes in we will head out. Probably end of the month.
I got my tax refund back with the adoption credit. Super easy and much more quick and non eventful than I had anticipated. I filed my taxes myself. Using the suggestion from a fellow AP (thanks for emailing me that Mary) I included a spreadsheet that outlined the adoption process with dates and descriptions. The spreadsheet matched the receipts. I also included currency converter for every russian receipt. I submitted well over the required but I wanted to be thorough. Anyway, if anyone wants my spreadsheet as a template, let me know and I am more than happy to share 🙂 First thing I did with my refund was pay my mom back the $$ she loaned me for the adoption. There wasn’t much left after that, but I did get my kitchen lighting fixed and I will be putting the leftover in savings for summertime fun. My sister and I have been planning the summer and have lots of day trips planned. Zoo, Marine Animal Park, Dairy Farm, etc..
Easter was non eventful as I was SUPER sick. I felt something coming on on Saturday. But, I had to finish the painting I had started. Saturday night I spent with my mommy friends and then Sunday, BAM.. SICK mama here. Vera and I stayed in, went for a walk and my mom, aunt and uncle dropped by and brought over ham and treats. Today Vera woke up calling for me. Usually she just wakes and begins chatting with herself and I come in. But today it was, “Mama” “Mama” “Nose Stuck”. Which translates to she has a stuffy nose. Sure enough when I got there she had a face full of crusty boogie and a stuffy nose. I cleaned her up and cleaned her nose out. After that, I rubbed her down with some vicks, got her dressed and she was a happy camper!
Oh here is a link to the picture of my Vera tattoo if you want to see it 🙂 http://thisyearthismoment.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/march-6-2012/
And last but not least, a little picture collage from the past 6 months of Vera