Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Reasons I blog

Glad that the big one is done and we're off to 101 posts. Another big one since Lisa tagged me. I'm supposed to list five reasons why I blog so here goes.

1. I blog because it lets me keep a record of the agonizing wait.
2. I blog because it gives me something to do and to look forward to.
3. I blog because it helps me connect to others who have or are adopting.
4. I blog so I can show Chani all the fun things I did while waiting for her.
5. I blog so that others might be able to find the same support that I have found.

I know, it's probably pretty lame but there it is. :) And, did you notice, each sentence was longer and longer???

One Hundred

Yep, 100 posts to keep me occupied while waiting to travel to China. Wouldn't you know it, it's about shopping!!

Is it just me or does getting older make you late for things? I never used to be late, always arriving early, etc. Lately though, it seems like I can't even get the simplest thing accomplished on time. For instance, the sale this last weekend. I fully intended to arrive at 8:45ish, a little before the doors opened. I had the directions all printed and hanging on the door, ready for me to grab them on the way out the door. I had glanced at it the night before and saw that it said 30 minutes so I was ready by 8:15 and walking out the door. Then, I realized that it said 30 miles but 45 minutes. What?!? So I had to step on it to get there which I managed to do it in plenty of time but little things like this keep happening to me. I don't much like getting older.

Anyway, back to the shopping. Lisa, Mick, Amy and I all met for some awesome sales. A lot of people turn up their noses at buying second hand things. I know I did in the beginning. But, this is really something else. First of all, babies grow so fast and will only wear or use something for a very short time so most everything looks really good. There are a lot of items that still have tags attached. Or, sometimes, you can find high end dresses like Baby Lulu for $2.50 which I snagged at this last sale, thanks to Mick! Folks, these dresses sell for $65 - $80 in a boutique and they all look brand new. Now, granted there were others there for $30, with tags still attached but I wouldn't go there. Our rule is under $5 for an outfit unless it's really, really cute and new looking. Again, thanks to my friends who made me put back an $8 dress. You do look for fraying or stains and just put them back if they don't look perfect. The prices are really great too. In the Atlanta area, they have seasonal sales in the spring and fall. They also have tons of other things like toys galore and many, many other baby items. Plus, it's a lot of fun to find a great bargain. Here are some photos of the latest sale, again, thanks to Lisa and Mick.





We then went to a second sale that was in the neighborhood, doing a bit more damage and then, we ended our day at Mellow Mushroom. We had to wait twice as long for the pizza because the waiter didn't get it entered into the computer right but it didn't matter to us. We sat and talked and even sat and talked long after we finished eating. It was such a fun time and I am so lucky I am able to call these girls my friends.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Valentine's Day


Since we were heading out of town just after Valentine's Day, I told Matt not to get me flowers. He obliged and did not. However, he did get me a Precious Moments figurine. He started this collection many years ago and tries to get a themed one to go for the occasion. He purchased several one year and has them in hiding until a special occasion or holiday arises. Well, the one he gave me this time was one of those that he had purchased a few years ago. The top of the wagon comes off and sticking out of it was a ribbon that said, "A Special Surprise for you." I took off the top and there was a small silk bag tied up with this ribbon sticking out. I felt a ring inside and I was like, whoa, you got me a ring?? He was like huh, with a dumb expression on his face. Later I found out he was thinking to himself, did I buy her something, put it in there and forget about it? Well, inside, there was a ring that did come with the figurine. It's a cheesy little heart with a small cubic zirconia. It was pretty funny but that was my gift.

Our Trip

We just returned from our Carnival Cruise to The Bahamas late last night. This was one of our best cruises I think we have taken. No complaints at all once we were onboard. We picked up Sarah, Anna's friend, and headed to Ocala, Florida which is closest we were able to get hotel reservations. Daytona 500 was the same weekend so all the rooms were taken. We paid a bit much for the rooms but at least we were able to get some rest. We then boarded the ship and had lunch. We saw three great shows where we laughed so hard and listened to some 80's music. The dancers were really talented. We ate & ate and walked & walked. We did some shopping in Freeport and then the girls and I did the shopping in Nassau. The four of us went and toured the Atlantis and had drinks at Senor Frogs with a bit more shopping. The girls had lots of freedom on the ship and so did we which was really nice. On the way home, we stopped at Daytona Beach and spent some time there, building sand castles or piles rather. We also stopped by our time share and looked at it. We've had it for several years but have never actually seen it. It was much more impressive than I had imagined it to be so that was a huge plus. We would go down this year but I think we'll have our hands full with our little one by the time our week gets here. Perhaps we could switch weeks and go earlier??

Prior to leaving on vacation, The three of us piled into the car and drove to Ninja's Steakhouse where we met Mick and James. Matt, Mick and I celebrated our birthdays which were the 13th, 11th and 8th. We had a lot of fun.

I still have unpacking and laundry to catch up on today. Oh, the joys of returning home.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICK!!!

Wishing you tons of happiness today and always!


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Our adventure to Chinatown

Yesterday, Lisa , Lisa and Maisie and I all took a little trip to our local Chinatown. I had been wanting just to go down and see what it was like and have some lunch. They have a nice little garden, complete with a small red bridge, inside of the complex. It would have a been a nice place to sit and relax if it had been a little warmer. They had a food court with several different places and another restaurant, a bakery, a couple of gift shops and a grocery store. We hit the grocery store last, after filling our bellies with lunch. I picked up some candies, cookies and some pretty soup bowls with spoons.

Here's a really cute picture of Maisie. (stolen from Lisa!)

We then headed back to Lisa & Maisie's to see some of her things she brought back from China. She has a box full of various items for Maisie when she gets older and some really great outfits for her too. Lisa also demonstrated how the hip hammock worked and gave us tons of tips for our own trips. Thank you Lisa.

I then headed home and showed Anna all my things that I got. Some of the cookies were actually from Taiwan and she was excited to see them. She knew exactly what they were and was a bit surprised that I found them.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Baby Pandas

Anna sent me this email and I thought it was too cute so I'm sharing with you.

This is for those that haven't seen the 16 baby pandas. SICHUAN, China -- One zoo in southwest China has its hands full with 16 baby pandas.
The Sichuan Wolong Panda Protection and Breed Center is dealing with the results of a breeding boom -- 16 pandas have been born since July, 2006. The brood includes five sets of twins. The cubs are weighed and measured every five days (see pics) The heaviest tips the scale at just over 24 pounds, while the lightest weighs about 11 pounds.

The pandas are due to stop suckling by February, 2007 just about the time they'll start learning to walk. Once weaned, the panda cubs will attend panda kindergarten. In the meantime, more little ones are expected at the center since 38 giant pandas were artificially impregnated.

Friday, February 02, 2007

More numbers

Okay, so my last month's prediction was right on the money. Do I think I'll be right next month? Probably not, but this month's did put a teeny tiny smirk on my face. Take that CCAA!

Anyway, I'm still counting on early June for our referral.

*We now have 48 days of LIDs ahead of us.
*We are No. 2 in line with our agency.
*There are 119 days left until June 1 which is my guess on referral.
*I removed 16 clips off my chain and there are 48 remaining. It's now off the floor!
*I made another with 119 so I could pull off one every day until June 1st.
*There are 17 Mondays left until June 1st. Will mark each of those somehow. Ideas?
*There are 15 days left until our cruise to the Bahamas with Anna.
*There are 55 days left until our second and final cruise/trip to Hawaii as a couple.
*I'll be turning 39 in another week. :(
*And, finally, 10 is the number of pounds I've lost this month.

I plan on keeping all these clips and giving them to her many years into the future and then she'll know how crazy & bored with the wait I really was.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Weird Items Around The House

Okay, so I scouted around the house yesterday and this is what I found. I'm sure there are many more but here are the ones that stick out.


Okay, this first one is my bathrobe hook. It won't stay tight and I haven't taken the time to find a teeny tiny screwdriver to tighten it. It is tight up like this and it works so...


This one is a sticker that is between the glass. When they built the house, they left this on and now it is enclosed inside and I can't remove it.


This is a wider shot of the window.


This is our lovely conforter/throw pillows, shams etc. All the wonderful new bedroom set that I recently bought, stuck behind the closet door. We just don't use them so here they sit. What a waste!


Here is a "thing" that I got Matt for Xmas this year. It is a stuffed animal from Monty Python. It has a guy on a ribbon coming out of his mouth that you can pull. He also has about 20 wiggle eyes that all move on it's face.


Matt's father started this monkey business many years ago and now we have many monkeys around the house. Here is our monkey lamp.


and another set of monkeys.


The last photo is of our hill in our back yard. We don't get a lot of snow here in Georgia so it's only a little bit weird. This amount closed down all the schools in the area.