daisymama12, Science World is mostly taken over by the Body Worlds exhibit right now -- non-members can't get in to science world at all without buying body worlds tickets. it is supposedly a great exhibit, if you think your kids would enjoy it, and there is still a little bit of science world open... have fun on your trip!
we actually have a home! with internet connection, FINALLY!!
after days of riding my bike up the road to the clear spot so that I could get reception on my cell phone (with internet) I can actually talk on the phone and use the computer at MY OWN HOUSE!! I literally stood on the side of the road for about 2.5 hours one day getting power, phone, internet, etc all hooked up...the neighbors must think I'm a crazy tech junkie!
we didn't buy that house, we are renting a wonderful home (waaaay too nice for us
) on 5 acres (1 is yard/garden/grass/landscaped, 4 are forest, streams, etc) a little ways out of town, but still close to the border. Mark's commute is absolutely insane, so we are so relieved that we came to our senses and didn't buy a home here! we will stay here until we bring Marvin and Rose home, finalize their adoption (takes a few months) and then either move to Vancouver, or to California, if Mark can find a job there -- though we are really appreciating Vancouver, it's such a great city -- too bad it's so darn expensive!!! still hoping for a court date in late october/early november, but OF COURSE there are new issues with not enough judges in the capitol city, and a new push for childrens' cases to be heard in their home jurisdiction -- which would be fine with us, but our capital city-based lawyer won't appreciate the 5-7 hour trip to our kids home jurisdiction, and who knows how the judges there feel about international adoption...I will literally fall to my knees and kiss the ground once we have these kids home!!!!
life is still nuts, trying to settle in here, though we are all SO ENJOYING having our own space! the kids found the dress up clothes box last night, and have been loving it!! so funny to see them squeezing themselves into the same dress up clothes we've had since they were tiny! we have this one little robe that a friend brought back from Thailand for lucy when she was about 14 months old, and dexter was wearing it last night as a tiny little jacket.
we were rushing around all weekend, trying to buy a car, washer and dryer, etc. having this trip to Ug***a coming up, we weren't wanting to put any large chunks of money into anything, and were hoping to finance these major purchases. BUT, we can't get credit here AT ALL, since we have no US Credit rating, so we're buying things as cheaply as we can -- bought a rather gross washer and dryer last night (because we already had the uhaul to bring it home with) but spent some time scrubbing them and they'll be fine, as long as they get the clothes clean. we tried to go buy a used minivan at a dealership... nope. if we buy a NEW minivan, then they can look at our canadian credit rating, and we'd be able to do it, but I'm just NOT spending 30,000 on a car!! checking out a '96 Chrysler Town & Country that we found on craigslist, hoping it's decent, because it's in our price range! REALLY hoping that Mark's work will let him take his paid vacation early to go get the kids (they are being wonderful about him potentially needing time off so soon after starting, so maybe they'll waive the 90-day wait for paid time off?) and REALLY hoping they will give us the same adoption bonus that their parent company gives. THAT would reduce ALL of our stress, immediately! Mark is also going to ask about working 4 days a week instead of 5, and spending one night in Vancouver -- the commute is that awful, especially after the 4 minute drive/15 minute walk he had in wellington!
so that's us! whoosh, I guess I needed to hash that all out, sorry!
guess I better get back to unpacking and cleaning up and feeding us and finding where everything goes... just wanting to crawl in bed with my book! sigh...