And of course I'm gonna tell you what they said:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
And of course I'm gonna tell you what they said:
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Next, came the news Tuesday that actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York City apartment. Only 28 years old he also leaves behind a daughter... Matilda, who at only 2, may never remember her father. I happen to be someone who DID like the movie Brokeback Mountain (sorry, Mom) the movie for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Though I, of course, did not know Heath Ledger personally... I'm sad that he was such a sad, troubled person... looking for help & peace in pills & prescriptions, instead of the only One who can offer true & eternal peace, joy & happiness. I am also sad that again... a young girl lost her father & will never know him.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Today's installment of "Love IT" is for my girls out there. Girls... if you don't have one... go either A.) to your nearest or most favorite shopping destination or B.) on your computer to shop on-line... and buy yourself a RACERBACK BRA. Ahhh... the sweet satisfaction it provides holding up our boobs and yet not allowing the straps to annoyingly slip off our shoulders all day. I especially love the RACERBACK BRA because not only do I have small boobs... I have slender shoulders... which makes it a pain to carry a shoulder bag pocketbook & wear a normal bra. I look like a tacky mess all day pullin' up my bra straps unless I have the straps adjusted so tightly they dig into my shoulder and have my boobs pointing straight up. The RACERBACK BRA is a miracle. The other day I was walking through a store just a smiling to myself about how happy I was to have on my RACERBACK BRA. I had been a while without one. Don't know why I denied myself the joy of wearing one & not being annoyed...frustrated...driven insane by saggy conventional straps... but I did. I got mine at Target... and for my girlfriends, like my Bountiful Bossomed Beautiful Kim, you can find yours easily on-line... because in this day you can find anything on-line.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Here's Baby #2 (A.K.A. Dummy #1) outside in HER PAJAMAS... a flimsy DENIM JACKET... and FLIP FLOPS!!! Yes, FLIP FLOPS!!! Sweetie, that scarf & those mittens ain't gonna help that much... especially now that your mittens are probably soaking wet since you've been making snowballs. Notice the wet, muddy knees... that dummy had been slippin' & slidin' around in the SNOW dressed like that. I had a total conniption after I snapped this photo. (P.S... what's our basketball doing in the pool?)
As I step out my front door, here's a look at some of our shrubbery. You can see a little snow beginning to accumulate.
Here's looking off our porch out into the backyard. Look at that big, blue, hideous monstrosity next to the trampoline. It's The Money Maker's boat. I'm sure the neighbors cuss us having to look at that all winter.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Time for another installment of "Love It!" Today's column is especially near & dear to me because it makes my life easier and ANYTHING that can make my life easier is a true friend. I saw this product featured in an In Style magazine article about "The Best New Products" yada, yada, yada... back in the fall. I originally thought this would be a great product for me. It's called "Heat Tamer Protective Spray" and since I use numerous heated styling objects on my hair, I thought I'd give it a try... plus it only costs around $3.00 a bottle. Basically it's a leave on conditioner that I suppose puts an extra layer of protection on your hair before you sizzle it to death trying to make yourself look good. Well... it wasn't too long before my girls got a hold of it and started using it as detangler in the mornings getting ready for school. (My girls want long hair, but hate to wash, brush & style their hair... that's a formula for lots of tears and gnashing of teeth.) It works great. It smells great... and not like watermelon or bubble gum like a lot of the kid detanglers.) I even spray my son's hair down with it in the morning and it smooths down his pesky little cowlick and makes him look all handsome strutting off to kindergarten. So what started out as an experimental beauty product for me... has turned into an indispensable morning ritual. We don't run out. When we get low I sprint to Wal-Mart for more. We love it. Maybe you will too?
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Salt on our Wound
Monday, January 7, 2008
Here's a envelope full of pictures of my kiddos & their cousins I copied & compiled this past summer for my mother-in-law. Not only did I never mail them... she's been at my house a dozen times since and I never even handed it to her.
Here's a letter I wrote to the local school board telling them I was no longer planning to homeschool my kiddos but sending them back to school in their school system. Guess they've figured it out by now?
Yes, this is the bulk of it. But there are more examples down stairs. I found a birthday card for my brother-in-law Adam... I bought it on time... then didn't send it on time so I wrote "Sorry it's late" on the back... and then never sent it anyway. Now, it's just too pathetic to send.
So, that's RESOLUTION #1. Follow through. Buy the cards & gifts. Sign or wrap. Address. Stamp. Send. Can I handle that? Heavens-to-Betsy let's hope so!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
When I signed up to have a baby via International Adoption, I understood that there were no guarantees. None on timing... none on health... none on age. Just like life, I suppose.... like 'ol Ben Franklin said "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. " But somewhere in the back of my mind, I felt "certain" we would receive a referral for a baby. And by baby I mean under a year old. That's a baby in the Chinese Adoption World. Cute... cuddly... needing a blankie and a ba-ba... not yet wild & sassy & temperamental & needing to be potty-trained. I have been excited about having a baby again. But lately, I've noticed more referrals trickling in for toddlers. 2 years old... 3 years old... even a rumor of a 5-year-old in Europe. And to be honest with you... that makes me panic. It puts a lump in my throat. I get a bit queasy. I feel sorry for these parents... especially when I see they requested a baby too. It makes me feel sorry for the child. Why for the love of Mary, has this child been passed over month after month and not been matched with a family? Is this fear natural? Am I being shallow? If I'm referred a toddler will I fall in love with it too or be terribly disappointed? Will the disappointment go away after she's safe in my arms? How do I bring a toddler home? A child who can speak & understand & remember. I'm freaking myself out here. Really freaking myself out. Breath... hee! hee! hoo!... hee! hee! hoo! And in the end I have to trust that this process is totally out of my hands. I do believe that if there is to be a Lilly... God, the One who created the universe... the One who created my children... also created Lilly... and chose HER to be mine. It'll be no accident. It'll be no random match. It'll be the hand of God... completing our family with the EXACT child He knows will fit our family best. But bet your bottom dollar I'll be on my knees until then praying for that baby... and for acceptance & happiness & excitement & joy if she's not.
Well... it's now 2008. And the CCAA is starting things off right by sending those new babies on quite promptly... first thing in January. Referral calls are being made today... some trickled in New Year's Eve. But... on second thought... the CCAA is not starting things off right... stickin' it to us by sending in a measly little crop. The "rumor" (the CCAA hasn't updated their site yet) is that they've only matched through December 19, 2005. That would only be 5 days worth of paperwork... and I think 2 of those days are a weekend? So... I'm going to quit saying when I think we'll get our referral & travel. At this pace, we're still another 15ish days away... that could be 3-4 months... AND they could always slow it down more... we've seen smaller batches. Who frickin' knows. I sure don't. So when you ask me... don't think I'm rude or being aloof or just plain dumb when I say "I have NO idea".... 'cause I don't! I will post the link to the websites containing pictures & stats on all the new little ones when their excited new parents get the information out. Congratulations to those families.