Tuesday, February 27, 2007
And yes I am a grown woman well over the age of 30. So what! You're never too old to have a crush. Especially on a boy this yummy............
As Connie pointed out, I do have a weakness for the young ones. My last steady was 10 years younger than me and just out of college. Seriously. Don't laugh. It's all good as long as they're legal. :)
Sunday, February 25, 2007
But in knowing that my complete sense of freedom is coming to an end, I've learned to appreciate it so much more. Right now I can still be spontaneous and crazy. I can go away for the weekend at the drop of a hat without worrying about babysitters or if my daughter will be able to handle the trip. I can enjoy the quiet because pretty soon I won't have much. I can sleep late and take long, leisurely bubble baths because pretty soon I'll be sleep deprived and will no longer pee alone..... ever again. I can spend time with my girlfriends and have a few cocktails. And if we're still having good conversation at midnight, I can stay until 4am and finish it if I want to. I can go to the grocery store or to get my nails done with no prior planning, packing a diaper bag, or awareness of time management to accomodate nap or poop schedules. I can shop for hours without having to drag a giant stroller through the aisles. Or deal with a little one getting fussy, having a meltdown, pulling clothes off the rack, or constantly whining about being bored. I can eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I want because I don't have to worry yet about fixing a well balanced meal or setting a good example. I've found myself saying yes to a lot more invitations because soon someone else will manage my time and my answer will be "Well, let me see how Mia feels."
Of course, we'll welcome our children and the changes to our lives that they'll bring. We'll be content in our new sense of normal. We'll be happy in our sleep deprivation, showering with bath tub toys, cheerios on the back seat floorboard, sippy cups in the sink, and snot on our shirts. We've all waited a long time for this. But to truly appreciate this part of our lives, we must also appreciate the freedom that came before it. Because soon it will be gone. And once it's gone.... it's gone forever. So don't wish it away. For all of my childless friends who are enduring this wait with me......please enjoy your time! Relish in your freedom and celebrate it!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
She also sent along this cute penguin book for Mia's collection. I can't wait to read it to her. Thanks so much for thinking of us Lee-Anne!
Monday, February 19, 2007
Stacy made this blanket for Connie for her birthday. The three of us and Catherine went to Detroit last November. The fabric for this blanket was purchased there. It suited Connie's ducky LID countdown.
You can tell we're bloggers because of all the camera flash. All five of us were literally taking photos of each other at the same time. This is Sam and Robin but you can see Connie and me in the reflection. Well, you can see my camera flash and my arm. What a bunch of dorks we are....
Since Connie and I were celebrating our birthdays, Stacy brought us a cake. Isn't this cute? I think that's Jadyn and Mia depicted there in the frosting. We actually ended up with three chocolate cakes! I think we may have a bit of a problem with chocolate.
I got a few birthday gifts as well. This is from Connie. Cute candle thingy that is now living in the computer room.
A bib from Stacy for my daughter. I love the comment on it. It certainly fits cuz if Mia is anything like her Momma she'll be a smart ass, too. She made this gorgeous hat for Mia. I'm so not creative with things like this that I actually said "This is called knitting, right?" Uh yeah... genius!
A beautious scented candle from Sam. I love candles. I'm always burning them so my house smells purdy.
Sam and Robin drove back home late that night. Stacy hung out until about 3am. Then Connie and I stayed up talking about them until 5am. Just kidding girls! It was a blast and I can't wait to hang out with all of you cool people again soon. To check out some more pics of the fun click here , here and here.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
The new year is also considered “everyone's birthday,” a day on which all become a year older and gift giving is prevalent. “Gong Xi Fa Cai” is a typical greeting and means “wishing you luck and prosperity.”
Legends surrounding the origins of the ancient holiday abound. One well-known story says the word “nian” (or “year”) was the name of a man-eating dragon. Nian terrorized the country until a wise man convinced the dragon to eat other beasts, then advised the people to put red decorations on windows and doors to scare away Nian, in case the dragon changed his mind. Families put up red paper decorations, set off firecrackers, and beat drums and gongs in parades to scare away Nian. Houses may be decorated with symbolic flowers, fruits and colorful pictures to welcome the new year. The color red symbolizes the celebration and gold appears as a tribute to the brilliance of Chinese culture.
The 12-year cycle in the Chinese calendar recognizes each of a dozen animals in the Chinese zodiac – rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2007 is the Year of the Pig. But some say this is no ordinary pig. Claims that 2007 is the "Year of the Golden Pig," which occurs every 600 years, have been made by fortune tellers but unconfirmed by folklorists. Legend has it that anyone born in the "Year of the Golden Pig" will have good fortune and lead wealthy, comfortable lives. I wonder if Mia will be born this year?
Friday, February 16, 2007
This is Teagan hamming it up with Daddy. He's the baby of the T's. He'll be 2 next month.
Happy Birthday Tanner! I hope you had a great time and a very memorable decade old birthday party.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Today also marks the 1 year anniversary of the day that I accepted the open single's spot with my adoption agency. This is the day that I officially started my journey to Mia. It's crazy how much your life can change in a year. Let's hope that next year when I type this, Mia is playing quietly on the floor right next to me and I've hired some big, handsome, strapping young man to shovel this crap.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
So I'll be spending my valentine's day digging out and doing some more painting. That's the life of a single independent woman, I guess.
Optimistic (or delusional depends on how you phrase it) = I'm halfway there.
Not Optimistic = The CCAA sends out referrals once a month. They've only been batching roughly 2 weeks worth of LID's each month. Which means it takes 2 months to get through 1 month of LID's (log in dates). So in this math equation, I need to take the number of months logged in before me (which is 8 since they're up to Oct 13, 2005 right now) and multiply that by 2. Which is 16 months. That's 16 MORE months of me waiting.
Yeah that theory sucks.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
See the evidence of my valiant effort in my little snow tracks. I have no idea how much we have on the ground right now but I'd say it's quite a bit. It really was up to my ankles and see those little bumps off to the left. Those are my decorative lights. Well, they're buried under there. So today I'm snowed in. Hmmm... what am I gonna do all day? Maybe I'll work on the painting project in my bedroom. But I definitely see the possibility of a nap in my future.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes. They are very much appreciated. I don't actually turn 35 until 11:51pm. My mom tells the funny story of how the doctor kept telling her to hang on a few more minutes so she'd have a valentine baby. Her response to him was something like "GET THIS THING OUTTA ME NOOOOOW!!!" Oh and I was already a couple of weeks overdue. So my running late issues started in utero. LOL! Happy snow day everybody!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Anyway, I noticed that the little gift box was secured to the penguin guy's hands with velcro but one side had popped off. I was checking it out and contemplating how to glue it back when I noticed that the little gift box seemed a bit weighty. With my keen observation skills, I found that the lid was taped shut. Now why tape a box shut if there is nothing inside, right? Sure enough... they missed this!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
- She's fiesty and full of fire.
- She's smart as a whip.
- She's absolutely hilarious.
- She's got a raunchy sense of humor.
- She's kind.
- She's generous.
- She's loyal.
- She's a great friend.
- She's fiercely independent.
- She's very handy with power tools and hotmail codes.
- She's got a very loving heart.
- She owns entirely too many Fisher Price playsets.
- Her favorite color is purple.
- She loves good wine.
- Her idea of a good sized steak means half a cow.
- She's a natural redhead.
- She has a shopping addiction.
- Her daughter-to-be may have more clothes than momma.
- She cusses like a sailor.
- She has a ton of bloggy friends.
- In fact, she's a blog ho.
- She has an unheard of number of blogs in her blogline subscription.
- She cries real tears and sobs uncontrollably when she gets to really lauging hard.
- She's adopting from China.
- She's naming her daughter Jadyn.
- She's a single momma-to-be.
- She has this delusion that she can go COO (carry on only) to China.
- Her neck gets red when she drinks like mine does.
- She delivers babies for a living.
- She has an alter ego named CJ.
- She owns far too many pairs of shoes.
- She has excellent aim when shooting a gun even though she was a first timer.
- She has an obsession with Propel water.
- She's got a wild streak.
- She has 3 cats.
- She has excellent taste and a natural talent for interior decorating.
- She's braver than she thinks she is.
- She's far stronger than she thinks she is.
- She's still sexy.
- She's going to be an absolutely amazing mom!
But that's just the half of it. She's my soul sister. I always have a blast with her. I'm so happy that I have her to experience all of this with. It'll help that she's loggged in 4 months earlier than me so I'll get a ton of BTDT advice when it's my turn. I can't wait to watch Connie get the referral for her daughter, Jadyn, and then bring her home. I'm not sure who'll be more excited... her or me!
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Disclaimer: This is not an open invitation to all the freaks and pervs out there. You must be a legitimate, verifiable person that we are familiar with. I will be conducting background checks prior to your approval. :)
And if you local gals can't make it, we'll definitely schedule some more get togethers in the future. There are at least 5 or 6 of us that live within an hour of each other. It's really about time to meet in real life, dontcha think?
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
They're a young couple with an elementary school aged son and toddler daughter. They doggy sit Griffey when I go away, bring me cookies at Christmas time, and the husband does little odd jobs around my house when I need help. This is the SECOND time this winter that he's shoveled without me even asking! I heard some noise outside, opened the door and there he was. They have their house listed for sale but I secretly hope (for very selfish reasons) that it doesn't and they decide to stay. I'm going to be very sad if they leave.
I'm snug as a bug in a rug right now in my toasty warm sweats and cozy socks. Thank goodness I don't have any pressing matters requiring me to leave the house this evening. Unfortunately, I have to work tomorrow. So getting there in the morning is going to be a nightmare. These are the kind of days that I wish I had a husband. I'd send him out to shovel the walks and the driveway. LOL! I won't even attempt to shovel until it stops snowing. So it may be tomorrow evening before it gets done. Sorry Mr Postman. And yes, I'm single but have two cars. Well, technically this one out front doesn't belong to me. It's my unmarked car that I drive for work. No payments, no cost for gas, and when it breaks down I call a tow and get another one. There are a few perks to my job. But just a small few. It has also helped me keep my Rav4 under 45,000 miles even though it's 4 1/2 years old.
Monday, February 05, 2007
I was bored tonight so I watched High Fidelity on TV. I have a major crush on John Cusack. He's dreamy. Just how many movies have he and his older sis, Joan, been in together? Remember when they were both nerds in Sixteen Candles? Joan wore the neck brace and John hung out with the geeky main character played by Anthony Michael Hall. Ahhh.. the 80's. Good times.
It's a very clear night. Not a cloud in the sky. I can see the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. I love star gazing. Unfortunately, those are the only constellations that I know. I always wished I could be one of those cool people who can point up to the sky, name a constellation and then tell the story behind it. But alas, I don't have the attention span.
Speaking of attention spans, mine's pretty much all over the place tonight. Maybe my brain is frozen. Nite y'all. :)
Sunday, February 04, 2007
We finally met the famous Kieren. That's her mom, Sam, sitting behind her with her chin on her hand. We met in bloggerville and now can also add "in real life" to that statement. This little one is a hoot! At one point during one of the children's dance troupe performances, she walked up towards the stage to get a better view. Before we knew it, she was up on stage performing her own dance solo right in the middle of them. It was hilarious! Big brother Cullen had to run up and coax her off. I was so distracted laughing hysterically that I didn't grab my camera. Bummer! She's fast as lightning, full of energy and definitely has a mind of her own. I guess this is what I have to look forward to during the toddler years.