Tuesday, October 24, 2006

At last, we meet!

Well this was a highlight on our whirlwind tour of the South! I find it amazing that I could have such a good time with someone I’ve never met before! It just warms my heart that through the wonderful world of Adoption, I will eventually add a beautiful daughter to my home but will also make incredible friends along the way. Or should I say “along the WAIT!” While on route from my MIL’s house to Disney World, I was able to stop for coffee to meet M from (http://chinesetake.blogspot.com) and her family. Her husband C and their two sons X and H joined us, and amazingly each and every person got along like we had known each other for years. Our kids are pretty much the same ages which was great. In the coffee shop X and H were already sitting at the window bar and my daughter L scooted right in between them and the three of them chatted and laughed like they saw each other every day. It was quite a sight. The minute we got to the DW hotel, L started writing a note to X. She is most defintely charmed! They were both really lovely boys! CW will be so lucky to have such great brothers!

I was so happy to meet M as we have been essentially pen pals for a few months now and I have enjoyed all our correspondence. I loved meeting her and the conversation was fun and easy! I was thrilled to congratulate her on her daughter in person. They are waiting for their TA to get Cai Wai. We have done a fabric and wish swap and the beautiful green and pink princess pattern M gave me will be a special fabric in our quilt.

M, C, X & H- we’d love to see you up in our neck of the woods! Let’s make a plan!


PS I just loathe these pictures of me. In the spirit of blogging fun, I will let the out into the vapor of the internet b/c I had so much fun meeting M.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Don't cry over spilt milk. ...how about paint?

Well I ***was*** having a productive day until I discovered this.
The kicker is that I did not discover it until I was standing in it. I walked right up to the closet it had been in to get something and then when I tried to walk away my feet didn't move. Wasn't really funny at the time but I can't help but giggle to myself as I type this post. You can imagine my shock when I looked down at my feet and found them in 2 inches of paint. I quickly got the sneakers off my feet and then sat down with a bowl of cereal to calm my nerves and make a plan. Mid-bowl, I realized the first thing I needed to do was take a picture. After that, I would need to confiscate the kids' sand shovels and scoop up the paint back into the bucket. Armed with a pink short shovel and a red scooper along with an entire roll of paper towels and 10 garbage bags I was able to get the entire mess up off the floor. (should I add that I use plastic shovels to clean up paint to next week's Works for Me Wednesday over at Rocks in My Dryer?)

Luckily much of the spill was on hardwood. Some spilled on a cat bed that we have in that corner of the room and before I was aware of the spill, I tossed the cat bed across the room so I could get into the closet. Unfortunately the cat bed had quite a bit of paint on it and while traveling through the air it dropped paint all over the rug and then landed in a suitcase full of clean clothes. Luckily most of the paint is on the outside of the suitcase and only clothes that I can live without got damaged. Well I have given up on my productivity for the day as my stride is broken!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

getting ready for the Snow!

We spent this past weekend at my family's house in Vermont. The weather was perfect and the foliage was beautiful. The house is on a ski mountain in Southern Vermont and is a popular destination for people every year for this long weekend holiday. The ski shops have clued into this and do tent sales selling last year's merchandise at a huge discount. We're talking between 50%-75% off ski clothes and equipment. We have gotten in the habit of making this our "inventory" weekend so if anything needs replacing we can try to get it at a discount. (you know how I love my 'deals'!)

L has out grown her ski suit after getting 3 season out of it. So we luckily found this great Spyder jacket and bibs, a Patagonia long underwear top, and a hat that all match AND are the same color as her last suit so her neck warmer matches too!

This is a picture of her suit from the last three seasons which we will save for Cici. For all my Fireflies friends out there, notice the bugs! They are dragonflies but I figure close enough!

Friday, October 06, 2006

1st Trimester

Well today marks the 3 month anniversary of our LID. Our Lidversary. Unfortunately for us it is the third month marker in an undetermined wait time. I am just happy to have 3 months under our belts. I am starting my vaccinations this month. Yeah, no fun! However, it gives me good standing when I bring my kids in for their flu shots to say "mommy just got some whopper shots too!" I have a feeling L won't care who got what shot as long as she can get out of hers. She's been asking me for 6 months what shots kids have to get at their 5th birthday.

This message was brought to you by the letters L, S & B and the number of the day is 3!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Yesterday was just one of those days at home getting little things done around the house. The kids were playing nicely and painting some masks for Halloween so I was able to organize myself for the week ahead. At the end of the day it occured to me that I should check the mail and much to my delight I found a package at my door! Thank you CCAI secret pal (yes, I am participating in TWO secret pal programs cuz I just couldn't resist!) for the very cute panda puppet. My kids immediately went for the panda but I was able to pry them loose with the chocolate you sent! My pal sent very cute chocolates in the shape of ladybugs for L & B. Very very sweet and thoughtful of you. They were delighted to have a treat for themselves!

PS. Regarding the previous post titled "Woof or Oink" I forgot to mention for those of you who are not aware, 2006 is the year of the Dog. I am very much hoping that my daughter will be either a Woof or an Oink. I won't even look up what 2008 will be- just can't go there!

My other kids are a "sssssss" and a "baaa baaa".