Jumping Through Another Hoop (AKA Adopting)
I’ve done my fair share of complaining about the adoption process:
- Dealing less then intelligent requirements has driven me crazy on more than one occasion.
- The process of managing the international process with what feels like ever changing rules.
- Managing a process that simply makes no sense to me.
- Preparing a nursery before we were ready.
But to be fair, I’ve also spent some time talking about the exciting and happy stuff too:
- The fact that we are so close to be officially waiting.
- How we are celebrating adoption milestones.
- Embracing that adoption is our choice.
- Mr. MPB nesting.
But today, I want to share one of the strangest feelings things we have done.
We spent a day this weekend taking photos of ourselves at home, doing typical at home things. Evidently, we did not have enough/any of us around our house.
Our collection of photographs now includes:
- Mr. MPB tending to his plants.
- Me making breakfast.
- Mr. MPB making coffee in the morning.
- Me watering the garden.
- Mr. MPB barbequing supper.
- Me with my cruiser bike.
- Mr. MPB enjoying a coffee in our living room.
- Me reading in my favourite chair.
Now, these are all things we legitimately do, which is very important to us as we feel that our adoption profile album must reflect us, so nothing was fake. But, somehow, the entire photography session felt incredibly fake and staged.
By fake, I mean we took them all in the same day, so we had to include outfit changes so they appear more spontaneous. We even went so far as to switch out coffee cups so that they looked more natural, as our mugs are all random pottery mugs that we pick up on our travels. And seriously, who has a giant smile on their face when they are gardening or whipping eggs? Well, we do, evidently! We had giant smiles plastered on our faces for each photo, as you do for album photos, but I have never actually whipped eggs with a giant smile on my face before. Usually, I’m neither smiling or frowning, I just am. Or I’m singing out of tune and dancing around a bit. Instead, in these photos I am smiling from ear to ear and nicely staring into the camera.
Anyways, truth be told, we had a tonne of fun putting together the photos. In order to take them all in one day, we spent our time simply doing some of our favourite things, and really who can complain when they get to spend a few hours doing things you love to do? We started the day with a great breakfast, played in our back yard and our neighbourhood. I could have done without the outfit changes, but honestly, it just meant that we had a great weekend together doing things we loved!
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