Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Goodmorning FIVE year old!

L has strutted her stuff into her new world of being 5. She is so proud of her new age and has claimed to have grown last night in her sleep. The cupcakes were a hit at school today and an even bigger hit were the presents waiting for her at home.

Amongst all the things she got, this item topped them all. She's been asking for a Baby Alive Doll for quite some time now. For those of you not familiar with this little gem of a doll, you can feed it special food and water and then it pees and poops into a diaper. She was immediatly ripped from her box and thrust into a doll highchair for her first feeding. Messy is all I am going to say. Hope we move onto something else after Christmas! Nevertheless, here she is in all her glory. Oh, and she has a name...SOPHIA.

We had an early dinner of pasta and red sauce and texas toast from the freezer section by request from the birthday girl. After dinner we had a Princess/Barbie cake which L just loved!

While mom cleaned up they watched L's new Ariel movie and then hit the sack! Even Sophia got a special bed in L's arm chair. Not sure why she's not in L's bed but whatever!

The next big adventure...BOWLING BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SUNDAY.....stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Goodnight 4 year old...

................BIRTHDAY GIRL.............

Tomorrow, NOVEMBER 29TH, is L's 5th Birthday. We've had a great time preparing for all the festivities and she is terribly excited about tomorrow. We spent the evening making cupcakes for her class at school tomorrow. Mom also did her best attempt at a small Princess Cake. Photos of that will be available tomorrow.

Here are Chef L and Chef B making sure the frosting is just right...

L stirring in the red food coloring to make PINK frosting!

Now for the decorating!

Oh they are so PROUD!


Monday, November 27, 2006

Don't Adjust Your Monitor

I am tired of the way my blog looked and have been sitting in bed watching Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip trying to give it a bit of a makeover. It isn't going that well and I wish I knew what I was doing but I don't so I am winging it. So bear with me as the colors change and text floats in and out of readability.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Turkey Day!

Well the day is done and it was lovely. My family came to my house and we enjoyed every minute of it. I just got my daughter off to bed and she was feeling chatty so I snuggled up in her bed and just listened. She decided to tell me all the things she was thankful for and at the end she said, " and I am thankful for China." I asked her why and she said "because of Cici". I thought that was so sweet. She then asked, "do you think Cici has been born?" and I said "actually, no. I think she'll be born soon though." She replied that she thought Cici had in fact been born already and asked if this was true, would she be in the cribs with all the other babies. I guess my not-quite-5 year old HAS been paying attention. She said she thinks Cici was born on November 21st. (queue the spooky music) I'll have to write this down on my list of Cici premonitions.

Now for some fun videos I found on You Tube. The last one you have to link to but it is well worth it, especially if you were the bird handler today!


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Jumping up and Down!!!!

Here is a giant shout out to the world to say CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Meg who just received her PA for her daughter. This little girl is going to be so lucky to fall into the fold of such a lovely family.
This family is going to be so lucky to bring home their daughter soon to revel in all the joy she will bring!

Visit them at

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Smile Everyone! (yes, me included)

Ok so my last post was a downer. Here is a little lift...

Thursday Night on the Travel Channel at 10 pm is a show called "Trip of a Lifetime". This episode will show a family, who adopted a daughter from China in 2002, going back to learn more about their daughter's heritage. Here is the blurb from the TC website:

"After nine months of paperwork and 14 months of waiting, the family was summoned to the province of Hunan, where they were able to meet Cai and then take her home. Christine and Patrick don’t know a great deal about her past. She was found on a bridgehead at 9 ½ months old and taken to a remotely located orphanage in the Hunan province. The orphanage, Yuanling Social Welfare Institute, is run by a wonderful director who welcomes visitors. In fact, when a friend of Christine’s who adopted from the same orphanage went back to visit, a banquet was thrown in her honor."

Another thing that should make you smile is this:

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Does anyone else feel like the holiday season is like running a marathon? I swear, I start sweating around the 3rd week of October and and downright panting by the 3rd week of December. At our house it goes like this...

10/31 Halloween with all its costume and sugar-high craziness. Nevermind the mindbending control I need to resist my kids chocolate.

11/3 my birthday which always comes with mixed emotions. I got a video iPod from SJ this year and have been the one touting that the "video" part of the new iPods was stupid. Well I take that back. Now I pound out my frustrations at the gym while watching episodes of Showtime's "Weeds". EXCELLENT!

11/? Thanksgiving- always hosted at my house. I usually give into the temptation to go all Martha Stewart and then want to shoot myself in the head. Nuf said.

11/29 L's birthday- never fun in the NE to have children born in the winter months. Indoor parties that cost a fortune only to be repeated or outdone by the classmate before or after you! All forms of originality must be pushed aside for conformity when it comes to winter birthday parties. That SUCKS!

Then comes the mad holiday shopping, the urge to throw a holiday party b/c you think it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside but in reality it just causes more havoc in your life, the teacher gifts and all that damn wrapping. For me it all culminates for the grand finale on 12/25 when my husband helps unwrap one of my kids gifts and says "Hey S, look, L got a .....!"

I give him a look of "yeah no kidding " and go wolf down a loaf of cranberry bread.

OOOH I am so looking forward to the holidays!