Wednesday, 27 October 2010


I didn't sleep well last night, and for once it wasn't due to Princess Lollipop! My hip was aching and woke me up, and then I couldn't get back to sleep as I was wedged into a really uncomfortable position between Mr Messy and Princess Lollipop. So when Mr Messy took Princess Lollipop downstairs I dozed back off again! Which meant I was running really late to get me and the littlies ready for our day in OUR shop!! Argh!!! For once Princess Lollipop didn't mess about with her breakfast and ate nicely, which was great for catching up a bit of time. Not enough time though, and we opened OUR shop half an hour later than normal!

Little Prince has tried really really hard all day today to behave himself in OUR shop, and he has done very well. I'm so proud of how he's behaved and how hard he's trying :-) Well done special boy :-) We've had a few visitors in already, the "Picture Maker" (according to Little Prince) aka the lady from the framing company we use, who was picking up a picture we'd got in for framing. I also gave her the dimensions of another pre-mounted picture we need to price up for framing. Little Prince managed to stay fairly calm during her visit, perhaps because he knew who she was. We had a man and his daughter come in to talk about having a snapshot from the grandfather's recent 70th birthday party, enlarged and framed, he is going to bring a digital copy of the image on a memory stick in to show Mr Messy and see if its good enough quality to enlarge. Then we had a man come in who wanted Mr Messy to have a look at a professional camera he was selling and tell him how many "shutter actuations" it had! He's going to ring back this afternoon.

I was just getting Princess Lollipop to sleep when Mr Messy rang to say he had finished this morning's shoot and was on his way back to OUR shop with Drama Teen. Princess Lollipop was fast asleep when they arrived here, and slept through a lady and her youngish daughter coming in to talk about having a family shoot done. She saw the "bump" picture we have hanging on the wall and said that would be a fabulous idea as she is 5 months pregnant, she has taken our details and is going to get back to us. Just as she was leaving a lady from a local magazine came in to see if we wanted to buy any advertising, she will email the details of their pricing etc to us by the end of the week.

While all this was going on Drama Teen had taken Little Prince out to the local coffee shop for a drink and cake, and then round to the small local park. They came back part way through our meeting with the local Business Link people. We chatted about how to market the business while keeping spending to a minimum and she gave us various ideas of where we could advertise. She is going to get a colleague to look at our website and see if there are any "search engine optimisation" changes that we could make to get more traffic flowing through and hopefully translating that into people spending money with us!!

Once they had collected some more money, Drama Teen and Little Prince went back out to the bakery for a sandwich each and to the newsagents to get Princess Lollipop some chocolate. Now they are back Little Prince is getting a little out of hand and I'll probably take the littlies home soon!!

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25th May 2009 - See New Child again & Court Date

23rd May 2009 - Fly back to Ethiopia

26th March 2009 - Fly to Ethiopia :-)

3rd March 2009 - Dossier Arrived at Orphanage

26th February 2009 - Dossier sent to Ethiopia

22nd December 2008 - Dossier back at DCSF

28th November 2008 - Certificate of Eligibility ISSUED

6th October 2008 - PASSED Approval Panel

7th July 2008 - Homestudy Update Started

28th Feb 2008 - Told LA we wished to change country


Formally withdrew from the China Adoption Programme 17th July 2008

LID (Logged in Date) with CCAA 16th August 2007

Documents to China 10th August 2007

Passed Approval Panel 5th March 2007

Homestudy started 6th June 2006

First Contact with our LA 1st Jan 2006