Monday, October 17, 2011

2011 Holiday Cards from Shutterfly

Last year, I ordered my holiday cards from Shutterfly.  I used a wedding photo of my DH, myself, and his kids.  It was a perfect way to make sure everyone had one of our wedding photos from July.  I cant wait to order again this year.  The quality of the cards is amazing, the colors are so vibrant and they just "pop" right off the page.  My dilemma this year is deciding what photo to use but then I cant wait to pick which card I want to use.  Some of my favorites are the Frosty the Snowman, the Sparkle Joy, and the Flurry of snowflakes
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Our New Adventure

August 20, 2011 our new adventure began.  We have started Pride classes to become licensed foster parents.  We live in Illinois and they require 27 hours (9 weeks) of classes in order to become licensed.  Our classes end on Oct 22 2011 and as long as we pass our homestudy (which I dont think will be a problem) we will be licensed.  In class, we have covered everything from "Why do we want to be foster parents, the history of our family, how we have dealt with loss, meeting developmental needs in children, and discipline and punishment.  Saturday marks our 7th week and we will be discussing maintaining family relationships and terminating parental rights.  I am looking forward to the next 3 weeks, I think it will really start to get exciting.  At our last class, the licensing workers will be there to answer all of our questions.  At that point DH and I will have to have a firm grasp and understanding of what exactly we are wanting.  We dont care about the sex of the child, but we definately want an infant, the younger the better.  And we would take sibling groups or singles, and probably 2 children to start out with.  We can always change our mind or if they have 3 siblings that need placement we would consider taking all 3.  I will update as I know more.
In other IF news, I spoke to my doctor about doing our last IUI.  I explained that this would more than likely be our last try and I wanted to do everything possible to increase my chances without costing me thousands of dollars.  We are going to do 200 mg of Clomid daily and do a trigger shot for ovulation.  The previous 2 IUI's were just Clomid, no shots.  I also found a complete box of Menopur leftover from my failed IVF that hasnt expired yet so I am going to ask about taking the Clomid and doing a week of injections of Menopur to increase the size of my follicles. (If that is even possible or not, I am not sure.)