Monday, November 23, 2009

Fingerprinting: A Day to Remember

Today was a GREAT day! We traveled to Milwaukee to be re-fingerprinted. Honestly, I wasn't looking forward to the long drive and of course I was disappointed that we even had to go through this again. When I realized this would have to be done it was really just another reminder that Mercy wasn't home. I am really eating my words now because it was a very memorable day.

We left on time (a miracle for us!) and had a leisurely drive to Milwaukee. We stopped for breakfast and it was nice to be able to just talk without being interrupted. We reached our destination at USCIS about 15 minutes early and even got a parking spot close by. After digging around for some change for the meter I got out and promptly stepped in a large pile of doggie poo. Seriously. Even this could not deter our joyful mood. Actually we got quite a few chuckles out of it. Sick eh?

We got right in and were blessed with a friendly employee who chatted us up and shared a few laughs. She asked about who we were adopting and was excited that we were bringing an "older" child into our family. She was fun and we were in and out in 30 minutes flat.

We took the opportunity to explore Milwaukee a bit and drove down by Lake Michigan to walk around the Milwaukee Art Museum. Unfortunately the museum was closed, but there was still plenty to explore for free outside. I was particularly enjoying the beautiful architecture in the area. It was fun and leisurely which was a welcome distraction to the wait.

We made a pitstop in Oshkosh on the way back home and had a late lunch at Red Robin with our great niece. It was a long day and we are tired, but who knew a date for fingerprinting could be so much fun! We were blessed with an amazing day.


stephanie garcia said...

Sounds wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed your day together.

Annie said...

There really is something "virtual" about these adoption activities. I do think that on some level it IS romantic an intimate...bringing new life into the family.

Or....maybe it is just the chance to get away from it all!

The Gang's Momma said...

Heh. A day alone with the hubby, even if it is for a gov't appt. . . Sounds great to me :)

Glad you all had fun and could use the time to re-connect and enjoy the anticipation before you :)

Michelle said...

How wonderful! Great pics!

Kathy C. said...

What awesome photos.

Greg's Wife said...

Sounds and looks like a vacation. You're making me wish we had a fingerprinting appointment!

Kathy Eden said...

I'm so glad that you both had a great day. If my memory is not mistaken...I think you had a great day the first time around too :o) We never had that much fun on our appointment days :o)