I'm a little late in acknowledging it but Debz at Sugar & Spice & A Little Rice graced me with this "Fabulous Blog Award". She's one of my June '06 LID buddies who is also trapped in this endless wait for our babies. Thanks for thinking of me, Deb. Hang in there. We have to be on the downhill of this thing by now. We just have to be.
I also got the "I Heart Your Blog" award from Barbara at Our Journey of Love. I started following her blog quite awhile ago. Way before she even had her referral. Seems we have several things in common. We used the same agency, both named our daughter Mia, and her husband is a retired police officer. Thanks for showing the love, Barbara. Oh and here's a shout out to Barbara's mom.... who reads here, too. Hey mom!
The rules are the same for both of these awards.... so I'm totally gonna cheat and only do this once. I have to pass it on to 5 fabulous blogs, including the one that gave it to me (and link them). Well, I've already linked to Debz and Barbara above. So that's one down. And they both know I think their blogs are "Fabulous" and that "I Heart Them". So that means I only gotta do 3 more blogs, right? LOL!
And I'm totally gonna take the easy way out on this one and choose Sea Star at Our Unforgotten Daughter, Maryellen at A Beautiful Mess and Pug Mama at No Mo' Drama For Pug Mama. Only because I "heart" all of these "fabulous" women. Oh and because I'll be drinking a margarita with them all in 16 days. LOL!
Sorry. I suck at the whole bloggy awards thing. If it just wasn't for that whole nominating other people part. :P
On to other news. Some of you were worried that my "mommy" doll was naked from the waist down. Well, here's proof that she is indeed wearing pants. Check out the feet area. See? They're apparently just super skin tight. Which is exactly how I'd wear my pants if I were that skinny with those nice perky boobs. Oh who am I kidding..... I'd be naked from the waist down if I were that skinny and perky. And maybe the waist up, too. LOL!
And remember how I said our plastic miniature family would be complete with the addition of a representation of Griffey. Bingo! They really do sell EVERYTHING on E*bay. Including plastic miniature Pomeranians.
For my sister who has really poor observation skills, your daughter's dollhouse is YELLOW. Go up and check her room. No wait.... here. I'll make it easy for you. See? Y-e-l-l-o-w. I guess when you have a house full of kids, a full time job and papers to write it's easy to forget some things.
In spite of my shopping compulsion lately, I really don't have as much for Mia as I thought I did. I went through and sorted through her clothes so that I can start painting the room next month. I only filled 2 storage containers. Well, it'd probably be more like 2 and a half if you count the stuff hanging in the closet. But that includes all different sized clothes from 12 mths to size 5. Even got a few 9 mth outfits thrown in just in case she's a peanut. So I don't think I'm doing too bad.
I haven't shopped for her for a looooooong time. But it feels nice to again. I think it helps me connect to her on some level. It makes her seem real, ya know. Like some day there really will be a little girl that wears these clothes, sleeps in this crib, reads these books, and plays with these toys. Instead of the imaginary one I've lived with for the past 3 years.
Oh and for anyone who might worry about my budget. It's all good. I've worked 2 jobs and countless hours of overtime for over 3 years to pay for this adoption. I already have all the money set aside for the rest of my fees, my travel expenses for two people, my souvenir shopping money, the added orphanage fee, my renewal for another I-171H and homestudy update and to cover the 6 weeks unpaid leave I'm taking. And I'll continue to work both of these jobs until I go to China so that I can continue to build that fund. A small blessing in this wait. Plenty of time to save the money.
I think a little spending splurge is well deserved, no? I wonder if there are any good sales this week..... ;)