We have gotten the go ahead to contact the lawyer to get the adoption process rolling. I placed a call to him yesterday and am waiting a return call. We know we still have a few months and steps to tackle before we can finalize everything but meeting with the lawyer is a good first start!
The past week has been a busy one to say the least. We spent a great deal of time with our families over the course of the extended holiday weekend. Sunday we traveled to Hillsboro to have a holiday dinner with Billy's dad's side of the family. We do not see them often so it was nice to see everyone and have the boys meet more family. I know the boys are overloaded with who is who in the family but they seem to enjoy getting to know everyone. We have started to call my parents and Billy's parents by Grandma and Pop and Mamaw and Papaw. The boys use these names and their first names but know who we are talking no matter what we say. "J" has also started to call Billy and I "mom and dad" sometimes. He will often ask "Where Mommy go?" or "where Daddy go?" and if you ask him "where is she/he?" he will point to one of us. It is such a great feeling to have someone call you "Mom".
Sunday evening we went to the Columbus Zoo with Cara, Doug, Hannah and Jeremiah to see the Christmas light display. It was a nice evening but the kids were disappointed that the monkeys and gorillas were sleeping and not allowed to have visitors. I suppose that gives us a good reason to go again in the warmer weather. Tomorrow evening we are going to be spending the night a hotel with the Laynes. We all figured the kids would enjoy ringing in the New Year with a night of swimming in an indoor pool!
We hope that everyone has a safe and happy New Year.