Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

Today is Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. The house is all spooky and here I sit, waiting until it gets dark enough for the little munchkins to come a knocking. I'm doubtful that we'll get very many this year as we don't have many neighbors yet. I hope for a few anyway. Next year we should get more but we'll actually have a little one to take door to door. I've been waiting a very long time to be able to do this with my own child. It's going to be sooo much fun with her. I already have a costume picked out!

This year I had several Halloween drinking cups left over from the party so I filled them with candy and I'll give each kid one of those.

It will be nice tomorrow though when I can take down all the decorations and get them out for Thanksgiving. I don't have nearly as many turkeys as pumpkins but it will be a nice change.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2006

11 Months Down

Today is our 11th month down. It seems like it's taking forever but I'll continue to have patience and try to fill my time doing fun things.

Our Halloween party went great! I want to thank everyone so much for dressing up. I feared that we'd be the only ones so was thrilled to see others coming to the door all decked out. The costumes were awesome! We had a vampire, a wizard, a devil, three flappers, a UPS guy, a dude with hair, two M&M's, a Mardi Gras woman, Julius Caesar, Dorothy with Darth Toto and a few as themselves.

Winners of the costume contest:

Funniest costume - Doug - the dude with the hair.
Cutest costume - Lisa - Purple flapper.
Scariest costume - Mick - Vampire.
Best couple - Georgia and Jeff - Themselves.
Best overall - Anna - Red flapper.
I had extra prizes so everyone went home a winner.

We had so much fun preparing and having the party. Perhaps we'll do it again next year.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Waiting, waiting and waiting

It seems like this wait will never end. I've been reading other blogs and it seems that everyone is tired of the endless wait.

Today I attempted to call our local USCIS office only to be put on hold for 30 minutes. I sit and wait and wait until I finally talk to a second person who informed me that there was no way she could give me the information. She said I would have to request that information in writing from the office I sent it to. I told her that I have been waiting for four weeks now for them to respond to me in writing and wanted to know how much longer would I have to wait. She said about six weeks. So, again, I am no where except being discouraged. I guess it's not that important that I get my prints redone this soon. I'm also really glad that I didn't wait to the last minute and get all stressed out over it, especially since it's taking so long. So, I'll just sit back and wait some more I suppose. My original prints expire tomorrow so I'll be without valid prints for awhile. Not a comforting thought. I just hope that this will be the last time I have to go through all this trouble with this adoption.

Matt's father just left this morning. I didn't even hear him leave, he was so quite. While he was here, he invited us up for Thanksgiving again this year. We're contemplating it. It would be good for Anna.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Halloween Decorations complete

The three of us each took our pumpkin and carved out some cute designs in them. I hope it's not too early to have given them the knife but we just won't have time later to accomplish this. They did turn out rather cute.

Last night we finished putting up decoration and now the house looks spooky. The night before, the doorbell rang and when we went to answer it, no one was there! Instead, there had been a ghost who delivered a pumpkin full of candy. So, we in turn, left a surprise for our neighbor. Anna did the running and I think she had a lot of fun. Almost as much fun as receiving the gift. I love Halloween!! When the neighbor boy told of his adventure on the bus today, Anna confessed and told him that she was his ghost.

Now that the decorating is all done, it's time to prepare for Matt's father to come. He'll be here overnight since he's in Atlanta for a business meeting. Too bad he won't be able to stay for the party.

Referrals are coming any day now. It's always exciting around referrals! Only wish it were mine but I'm sure I'll have quite a few more months to go.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Preparing for Halloween Party

We've been busy decorating and getting ready to have our Waiting Families Halloween/Dessert/Potluck/Costume party. Putting out decorations and getting ready to carve some pumpkins today. It's yucky outside so it will be a great day to stay inside and do some carving. I'll post pictures of our party afterwards.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Chinese Names

Here are our names in Chinese. Or, as close as I can come with Chani's.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Apple Festival in Ellijay

There's been a lot of talk lately about the Apple Festival held annually in Ellijay. We decided to head up there on Saturday to check it out. It was a good hour drive for us and then another 45 minutes waiting to park. The parking was "free" but it was also a fundraiser for the boy scouts who asked for a $2 donation. Each ticket then cost $5 to get in the gate. I was pretty disappointed in the festival. I had heard and expected quite a bit more in the way of apples, demonstrations, samples, etc. You know, since it is an apple festival. Instead, it was a craft show. Craft vendors selling their crafts. It was a scaled down version of the Yellow Daisy Festival. Don't get me wrong, I love craft shows but I wasn't expecting one and I know better than to bring my husband to one. He never lets me buy anything! The food that the vendors sold was regular craft fair food which I later regretted eating. There were a very few that had anything to do with apples. Next time, if there is one, I'll be more prepared. I can't complain too much, it was a beautiful day that I shared with my family and I did get to buy some mutsu apples and apple cider.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Lunch with the girls and Jack

Every couple of weeks, we girls get together and have lunch. It's always a lot of fun, sometimes turning into hours. We love to talk about our shows we watch on TV and generally having fun. Today is one of those days. Yeah!! Randi is picking me up in a bit and we're headed to Lisa's. I can't wait to see the nursery with the new paint! I'll post pictures, if I remember to take some, after I get back.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Very first Mammogram

Today I went and had my first mammogram. My doctor had wanted me to get one about a year ago but I put it off. I had heard stories of it hurting so I didn't want to get it done. Since I need to go back to my doctor to update my home study medical, I thought I may as well go and get one done. It wasn't painful at all. They just put each side in a machine and squeezed a little. Not much too it.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you read my blog, are around 40 or over (I'm 38), please go and have one done. It could save your life!

My dear friend Mick is walking in The Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day walk this weekend to honor lives lost, celebrate survivors, promote breast cancer research, and help bring breast cancer care to those who so desperately need it for the Susan G Koman Foundation. If you can spare a few dollars, please click HERE to donate to her fundraising. Thank you!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

New Art

We were invited again to the Parkwest Gallery VIP dinner and private auction. Lisa and Doug met us there and we all dined on steak and lobster. Delicious! We then watched a Disney/Dali movie and were shown several pieces that had been hidden in a vault for over 50 years. Once that was over, the auction began. Wouldn't you know it, Lisa's and Doug's first choice was the first one put up. They ended up winning their first piece. Hooray!!

Our first and only piece of the evening was this adorable one by Willardson. Now we just need to find some wall space to display it.

I think we'll go to the next one in January if we get a VIP invite! Love the free drinks and dinner!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

New Rug

Today Matt and I went and picked up a new rug for the dining room. We're going to move the computer out of the toyroom and into the dining room for now. He had to buy a temporary one to protect the floor. Now to just move all the stuff around. - Gotta make run for the new daybed!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

When Parents arrive early

Ok, so Mom told me that she would be in town for about two days, Monday and Tuesday. She showed up a few days early, on Friday. I already had plans to go to the previous mentioned dinner, complete with reservations and everything. Another plan we had was to go buy a bed on Saturday and have it all ready for them. Since we were going to the same shopping area, we went to a bed store and picked out a bed and mattresses before dinner. So, here we were, a complete twin size bed strapped on top of our car and heading to dinner. All we needed was a rocking chair to complete the look!

Three Cheers for our Local Police

We went to a waiting families dinner last night and as we were leaving, we were discussing a vase in a window so we pulled up, sitting in the car and just looked at it from afar. This man walked by and stared at us as he was passing. It weirded me out a little but I didn't think too much about it. We got a ahead of us a ways and as we started slowly pulling ahead, he pushed a shopping cart out towards the car, trying to be funny. We happened to see the cart and was able to swerve enough to miss it. Just as soon as it happened, a police call pulled up and was outside and was patting down the guy. Then, before we were able to get much further, they had him in handcuffs and was walking him toward his car. Yeah!!!