Thursday, February 26, 2009

February Recap

February started out with Chani's birthday party at the Bounce House. Eleven little ones attended and we bounced for an hour or so and then munched on Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets and chicken salad sandwiches. I decided to save a few dollars by making cupcakes. She blew out the candle and then opened her gifts. She had a great time. We are so lucky to have so many good friends. The very next day, we boarded a plane and headed to Miami for our cruise which I previously wrote about.

Once home, I organized and tagged some stuff for a consignment sale that was last weekend. I was also a vendor at the sale and worked on bows to take. I did okay at the sale on both items. It's quite a chore getting everything organized, entered and tagged.

This next weekend, I have another sale and will also be a vendor. I took all the stuff that didn't sale and retagged them and added quite a bit more. I've also been working on bows when I have the time and trying to get them restocked. I think Matt has been working on the website so I hope to get it up and running soon. Of course, I don't know how many times I've said that!

My friend Randi, is currently in China and has just received her little girl, Emma. We are so thrilled for her and can't wait until she gets home so we can meet her. We've been waiting almost as long as we did for Chani.

Another friend, Jackie, should be receiving her referral in the next week or so. Her baby shower was this last weekend. We've been waiting almost as long as well. It's so exciting to see others receive their little ones.

We celebrated Valentine's day with a little party. We gave and received tons of treats and made a Valentine's day decoration.

More storytimes and playdates and girls nights out. It's always so much fun to get away for a few hours.

We also started painting pottery regularly. Yesterday morning, our first morning in awhile, I painted a couple of ceramic eggs and Chani did her flowers. She's getting quite a collection of them. One day I will attach a ribbon and hang them in her room.

We have two birthday parties to go to in the next couple of days. So, as you can see, we have been pretty busy these last couple of months.

One more thing, I wanted to mention to those of you on facebook. I'm really sorry but I can't quite seem to figure it out. As to all of the applications, am I supposed to allow access for it all? I don't know how to do all the quizzes or how to even see the gifts people have sent or how to send them. I'm quite clueless on it and feel bad since I don't respond back. Just please know that I would like to but just don't know how to. All I can really figure out is how to post what I'm doing now.

That wraps up another month.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Recaps

I thought Christmas time was busy and that it would slow down since all the holidays are over but it really hasn't. It seems like we're busier than ever. Here are a few recaps of things that have been going on.

January.
*I turned over the Atlanta adoption group to Ann so someone new could organize it. I had been doing it for two years and it was time for some new ideas to come into the group.

*We started a gymnastics class for Chani. She goes once a week and this last week, after having missed two weeks due to school holiday and vacation, she got right back into it. She felt so comfortable that she was running around and bouncing. She didn't cling to me which although is a bit sad that she didn't, it's a great thing! She loves, loves, loves the swing. It's a belt that they tie around your waist and raise you high into the air and swings back and forth. I am told that she is also amazing at landing on her feet from a backwards flip for being so young.

*Our readoption was finalized and our judge signed off on it, allowing our adoption. It was a bit creepy having him say that but now she is registered in GA and we even received her birth certificate. There's not much to it but we now have it in addition to her Chinese birth certificate.

*We celebrated our new president's election with a cocktail party. So happy that the election is finally over and someone new is in charge.

*We checked out a preschool but decided against it at this time. She is just too young. Besides, I am not ready to let her go quite yet. Perhaps in the fall of 2010 when she is three.

*I hosted Bunco and a Dove chocolate party. The chocolate party was pretty awesome. I wish that I had a larger house so I could invite more people. We drank chocolate martinis and had a great time tasting all kinds of chocolate. Yum!!

*We had a girls night out and went to this really cool painting place. We all gather around tables with easels and a blank canvas. The instructor tells us how to mix our colors and how to paint a picture. Then, everyone in the class paints the same thing and you get to take it home with you. It is so much fun and a great way to spend the evening with the girls.

*We went to the children's museum down in Atlanta. This was another really cute field trip. Chani seemed to really enjoy it.

*I also went to a Tupperware party. My first one. I remember when I was a kid, Mom would go to them. Growing up, we always had Tupperware. At this party, I saw a few things that my parents had when we were growing up. It was cool seeing all of it and I even bought a few pieces. I am wanting to have my own party sometime in April or May so if you want to come, just let me know. That evening coming home, I was in the car all alone and burst out laughing. For some reason, it struck me funny that I had just been to a Tupperware party. It was a fun night.

*Countless play dates at each other's houses, bouncing at the bounce house, story time at the library, etc.

Tomorrow, a recap of February.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Photos

I don't know what happened in my last post with the photos but they are not there so here they are once again.







Just a not so brief Moment

Since everyone is asking how the cruise went, I thought I'd wrap it all up in one shot here. I thought it would be brief but it ended up longer than I thought.

We left the cold Atlanta weather - no wait, I thought it was hotlanta - oh well, it was cold then and we loaded up the car to head to the airport. The night before, Christy and I went to get pedicures and I had placed my "travel" wallet in my heavy coat pocket. Upon arriving home, I hung my coat up and switched to a jacket to take with me. Well, the wallet didn't make the switch. I did have our passports so that was my only ID. We stayed at the Marriott on bonus points, THANKS Steve!! And, then met Pam and Steve in their room the next morning, ate a free breakfast and then grabbed a shuttle to the port. Oh yeah, back at the airport, we had a very hard time getting a Taxi due to no car seat. Luckily we were able to get a shuttle but it made us a bit nervous as no one was willing to take us. I see one of those stroller/car seat combo things in our near future.

Back at the port, we boarded after a bit of a wait but it went fairly well. Chani fell asleep on her way in and both her embarkation photo and our souvenir photos she is zonked.

Only highlights of the trip. If you want more details or opinion of ports or ship, just ask.

Day 2 - At sea - Signed Chani up for the kids program but never used it and did the usual first day stuff. This time, we were able to go to the evening entertainment which was really nice. Last year, we didn't want to mess with her schedule so we skipped them all and had her in bed.

Day 3 - Samana, Dominican Republic - There was a tender over to land. Once there, there was nothing within walking distance so our only options were to take the local taxi tour or get back on the boat. It started pouring once we were on land so we opted for choice No. 2 and did boat activities. - My birthday!

Day 4 - Tortola, B.V.I. - Beach! - Chani's birthday!
Day 5 - St. John's, Antigua - Beach!
Day 6 - Bridgetown, Barbados - Beach!

Now, on all of the beach days, we hired a taxi that was just outside the pier. If we had taken a beach excursion booked with the ship, we would have paid $130 for a beach tour for the three of us. We took a taxi for $12.

Day 7 - Castries, St. Lucia - We took a local tour and went to Soufriere and The Pitons. The first was a volcano that is dormant but the smell of the sulfur - Wow - It was quite pungent. Also, steam was rising as well as some boiling points. We also saw the Pitons which are two mountain peaks. We did some local stopping along the way and tasted a thing called a float. It was like a donut but without much sugar. It was pretty tasty.

Day 8&9 - At sea - Did ship activities and hung out at the pools. - Matt's birthday and Valentine's Day! Every time we saw the backdrop for the photos, she wanted to get her "pee-sure" taken. I did buy a few cute photos but they weren't the greatest.

Our trip was nothing spectacular but it was relaxing and fun. Chani did fairly well and LOVED Pam and Steve. She kept calling Pam, HAM and learned some new words like "Whateva" "Disgusting" "Ewwww" and "Pee-yew" Thanks again Steve!!! She also learned to dip her Cheerios into her yogurt. All her favorite foods seemed "disgusting" to her pallet this week so she lived on yogurt and hot dogs. Not even Mac and cheese would please her. She also, for some reason dissed me most of the week. She wanted Daddy or Pam or Steve but not me. It did give me a break which was rather nice although a bit irritating at times. She ate way more chocolate and desserts that she has had in her entire lifetime. That led to many tantrums and many time outs. She didn't sleep very well either. We tried letting her sleep in our bed but she kicked way too much.

As we arrived in Miami, we were heading down to meet Pam and Steve in the atrium to wait for our trip to the airport. Well, I looked for my phone and couldn't find it. I searched my bags and still no phone. Matt went back to the room to see if I left it there but he came back empty handed. We all searched again but nothing. So, I decided to go check for myself and there it was in the room. I won't tell you exactly which room it was because it's kind of embarrassing as to where I left it. Now it was our time to disembark and guess who fell asleep in her stroller. No, not Pam. We said our good-byes and each took different buses to different airports. At the airport, we found out that we couldn't check in 5 hours prior to our flight. We were leaving at 4:20. We had to wait about 30 minutes before doing so. At 11:18, we attempted to check in but were rejected due to the five hour rule. So, we hung out for a couple of minutes and then it let us. We checked our two bags and went to find some lunch. Let me tell you, the Miami airport is a very old and run down airport. Nor, is there much in the way of food. But, we still had a good time watching the planes and even a little bird had gotten into the terminal so we watched it too.

Back in Atlanta, one of our bags was the very first off the plane. How about that! Then, the second was just a couple later. Sweet! On the ride home, which was early evening, I told Matt that even though it was a long day, I wasn't exhausted like I usually am after a trip. I felt great. After stopping for dinner and picking up Bindi, we arrived home and had Chani in bed around 9PM which is extremely late for her. She woke at 6 the next day so it was another short night for her. We had about a 1 1/2 hr morning nap and then a 2 1/2 hour afternoon nap. We had to wake her from her nap and then back to her normal bedtime. She is also back to eating fruits at least and NO "cock it" chocolate.

With no wallet, I didn't spend much and only came home with a couple of pins, thimbles and pictures.

I'm back to my break, even though I have a lot that I would like to post, I just don't have much time this month.