We had the option of mailing our paperwork in and then driving to Nashville to do our fingerprinting, but we heard a rumor that we would speed the process up if we took our paperwork personally (only certain offices would accept them and the closest one was Memphis) and did our fingerprints at the same time so everything stayed together in one file (the Memphis office isn't known for keeping up with files well). Well it was unheard of at that time to get clearance under 12 weeks from this office and we received ours in THREE weeks so it must have been true.
Then we drove back to Nashville (another 4 hour drive) to "play" for the rest of the holiday weekend. They don't call it Music City for nothing! :)
Believe it or not there are lots of other fun things to do in Nashville besides music. :) We took the kids to the Parthenon which is an exact replica of the Parthenon in Greece (same size and everything...it's a MONSTER). I look like junkoli here because we had just driven 12 hours (and slept for a lot of that).
And of course who would forget Nashville is the home of the TENNESSEE TITANS!?!?!
We also did the zoo which was really nice. This was the first time I really started noticing families with different colors in them. :) I saw so many people that day with children that looked hispanic and was dying to ask them if they adopted (but knew that made a lot of people mad so I didn't lol). It's like they were everywhere that day. I don't know if it was just me noticing it more since we had just officially applied to change our family in the same way or if it was just another way God was softening my eyes and showing me how beautiful colorful families are. :)
The Lorikeet decided Kollin needed his ears cleaned out. Of course I had told him the same thing but as always mom doesn't have as much influence.
Karson going for a ride on daddy's shoulders.
Karly had a beaded hairband in her hair and the Lorikeets thought she was all the stuff. They wouldn't stay off her head. She also left with a sticker that said, "I got a treat from a Lorikeet" because she got pooped on. They knew she was the Cash kid to poop on because she's the only one that wouldn't have had a major meltdown from something like that. LOL
Karaline is our nature girl. She was in COMPLETE HEAVEN in the Lorikeet aviary.