Friday, November 30, 2007

Two Years Today

Two years ago today we were logged into the CCAA. This has been our LID or log in date for two years now.

It also happens to be my 200th post.

Today I met with some of the girls and their kids to decorate cookies. Good to sugar up the little ones at 10am!! Evil me tried to get Li Li to lick the bowl after the frosting was gone. She either didn't understand or knew better! I did get to hold a little 7 month old today for quite some time. She was precious and I can not wait to hold Chani in my arms. I just can not wait!

I have one more social activity to go to without a child of my own. It's going to be a really fun one with gift exchanges and a potluck. That's tomorrow. Then, the next four days, I have nothing scheduled. I need to finish the tree and finish cleaning. I told Matt that he has until Monday evening to finish up his building projects. After that, I need time to clean up after him, shampoo the carpets and get both the nursery and toy room organized. Will I ever be ready?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

One Week

Today the plan is to put up the tree. But, before I do, I need to prep the livingroom, clean, move furniture, etc. Not much decorating is going to happen this year. Way too much is going on but I want something for her since it is her first.

One more week before we change our lives forever. One more week of cleaning, one more week of counting down my final countdown, which by the way has been the best one so far of all the countdowns I've done during this adoption. It's really happening now. It's still kind of hard to believe that it really is all real. We've been in this prep mode for the baby for so long. It's hard to adjust to okay, the stuff is out of the way to let's dust the stuff off and have it really ready instead of just sitting there. I don't know if this makes sence. Being in waiting mode seems so natural now that it's hard to know what I need to do to get ready for the real thing vs waiting for the real thing. Anyway...

It's looking like we'll have one checked bag, one carry on bag and two back packs on the way over. Hopefully on the way back, we'll be able to handle all of this, trucking through the airports with probably another bag or two, along with a stroller and screaming crying well behaved child.

Monday, November 26, 2007

921

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Days is what it took for me to adopt Chani. From the day I dropped the application in the mail until the day she will be placed in my arms.

But, who's counting?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Painting Pottery



I had the best time today. A few of the girls all gathered for lunch and then headed to Earth Paint and Fire. We had soo much fun. We all picked pieces to paint and then spent a couple hours creating our master pieces. I can remember way back when I was a kid, my Mom would go and "paint ceramics." I had wanted to paint a birthday plate for Chani to use each year as her special plate. I found one with a bowl and so that's what I did. Everyone's pieces turned out really great and it was such a great time doing something crafty. The last photo is of my plate. The picture of ME was horrible so I cropped it out. HEHE -Thanks Lisa

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Travel Mates

It really was so surreal pulling into the parking lot at our agency, after corresponding with them only by email, snail mail and phone calls. Were we really here? Yep! - Here are a few pictures of our after meeting lunch. We had to bail early to catch our flight but we did have enough time to get to know one another a little bit and enjoy a fabulous lunch.

Way back in the beginning of our November 2005 swaps, I was matched with Nancy as my secret pal. For eight months, if I remember correctly, I'd send her whatever the monthly swap was for. It's been so long ago and so many swaps that I can't even remember what I sent. Anyway, who knew that we'd finally be able to meet, so many months later.

Another fun one for me to meet was Stacey. She was the very first person I found with our travel group. We have corresponded probably close to two years. It was so great to finally put a face with the name.

The rest of the group at lunch, Marile, Melissa and Laura all belong to our little 140 yahoo group. It was so nice to meet these families as well since we've been chatting for a few months. We have all shared our referral photos and finally matching parents with daughters was pretty cool too. Dorothea also came to lunch and I was able to meet her for the first time and see her photos of her little girl.

There were several other families that couldn't make it to lunch. I'm looking forward to meeting them either on the plane, waiting for the plane or in China. Meeting the families was the best part of the travel meeting.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Back from Boston

Matt and I went to Boston this weekend so we could go to our travel meeting in Waltham. We went for the entire weekend and did the touristy things. We had such a good time following the Freedom Trail and just seeing the old buildings. It was truly a beautiful city and I could spend a week there just doing all the things they have to do. We went on a walking tour and learned about Boston and Paul Revere. Saw his house, grave site, and the church where he hung the lanterns. "One if by land, two if by sea." We walked through Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. We stayed at the Hilton right near here so everything was within walking distance. We ate at the Union Oyster House which is the oldest restaurant in the US. We took trips to Harvard and MIT and toured those. Got Chani t-shirts from each and one from Cheers. Reaching for both ends of the spectrum. HA! Matt's parents came up from Pennsylvania and spent one day with us. We also took a trolley tour to see all the different things too. It was a bit cold but not too terribly cold.

Then, the reason for the trip was the travel meeting. We decided to spend the money and rent a car vs risking the train. (Part of it was closed for the weekend and used buses to transport people which took a lot more time.) We drove to our agency and just seeing the agency's name on their building was an "oh wow" moment. We were really there. We then walked into a room with a bunch of people I didn't recognize. We saw that they had a table with name tags, etc so we found ours and as I was getting mine, I heard someone say our names. I said, hey, that's us and it was our social worker. Then, people that I've been corresponding with for awhile now started coming up and introducing themselves. It was so cool, like, hey, I know you. That part was fun. We then went over the itinerary and blah, blah, blah. Afterwards, most from our little yahoo group gathered for lunch. It was so great finally putting faces to names.

We leave the week after next week. I can not believe that it is happening so fast now. My last countdown has finally started.

One last thing, to anyone who has purchased bows, please, please, please feel free to post pictures on your blog and link them. It just tickles me that you like them and I'm so honored that you do. Matt is still working on the website but to get a feel for what they look like, check them out Here. Also, please keep in mind that the prices will be changing with the website. I now have a formula to use to price them more accurately. In other words, prices will be going up!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

We have an Itinerary!!!!

**Update**

Okay, so the plan is falling into place.
We stay two nights in Beijing at the Wang Fu Jing Grand Hotel,
five nights in Nanchang at the Jingfeng Hotel,
four nights in Guangzhou at the White Swan Hotel,
one more night in Beijing at the Sino-Swiss Hotel,
and then we're on our way home.

I just booked our flights. WE'RE GOING TO CHINA!!!!!!

OMG, we have an itinerary!!!!!

Leave for China - December 6th
Gotcha Day - December 10th
Return home - December 19th

This is so real now. I'll post more later.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thursday and Friday

Both days were spent with Debbie doing various things.
Coffee first and then she took me to check out "My Gym" - It was a pretty cool place and they had a full hour or so scheduled with different activities. Coordination, colors, numbers, and all kind of involvement and play. The kids really seemed to have a good time. Once Chani gets here, I think this is one place that I will take her to socialize her some. I was quite impressed with it. Here are a couple photos from there.


Afterwards, we had lunch and visited a small boutique that sells bows to check out prices, inventory, etc. We found out tons of information about putting them in the stores. I think for now, I will stick with selling online.

Friday is our coffee day so I got in the car and went back down to Debbie's. We had coffee and she showed me some tricks to do with my camera and taking the pictures of the bow. Watch the website to see the new pictures. Hopefully soon the site will look more professional and will have links for payment info, etc.

This weekend, we are staying planted at home and working on home projects.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Whew - A week in Review

So many things to post about. I soooo need to get in here and post more frequently but here goes.

I play Bunco with women from our subdivision and this month, it was my turn to host. We're working towards getting a second team going so we invited lots of others to come and play. I roasted a turkey that day and we had turkey sandwiches. I think I'm trying to rush through the holidays to get to my daughter sooner! HA! - Anyway, it was a huge success and we now have not quite enough for a second team but have tons of subs to call in case we need one.

Then, on Friday, we had coffee here. The two Lisas came along with Maisie and Briana. I have this hamburger toy set that has buns, meat, cheese, pickles - you get the idea. Well, one of the girls put them in her mouth and was running around with it so the other followed. Then, we ventured into the toy room and Briana had a ball pulling the books off the shelves and putting them on the floor. Walking all over them, she made her way to the garden where she went over the wall and got stuck in midair. It was so funny and adorable. Her mommy had to rescue her. Here are a few photos of the day.



The rest of the weekend was quiet and Matt did some work on the toy room closet. He built this, CUT my carpet, and left me with this. (Keep in mind that it's a work in progress and he's still building parts to the closet. The last photo is what we received from UPS yesterday. Matt's parents sent us this cool car seat and Ling doll. She speaks both English and Chinese. I can NOT say. "What is your name?" in Chinese at all. I won't even try. LOL


Then, the bow business is up and running. I've been making tons of bows and Matt has been working on a website for me. It's also a work in progress but you can see the bows that I have so far. bows.mattnkathy.org (The prices are off a bit and will be corrected later this afternoon.) The ladybug clips make a perfect secret pal gift!

Today I'm off to Debbie's to have my second camera class and a bit of scouting out the competition on the bows. There is still so much to learn.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

We have TA!!!

Today we received our TA!!!! YIPPEE!!!
No travel dates as of yet but we're headed to China early December. OMG, in a month, we'll have a baby!!! For those of you who are not in the adoption world, it means that China has approved our travel to come get our little girl.