Friday, February 29, 2008
Not Knowing=Long Weekend
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Add the Canadians
Towel #3: Has already lost it's lower half. I must have amputated it after the rip was too severe to save. Towels like these are now only good for my hair or Baby #3 who's body is the smallest of the towel-abusing family.
Towel #4: Uh-oh... this old girl has put up a good fight, but the Clorox and vigorous agitating has gotten the best of her. A tear has begun. She's got a good month or two before she looks like Towel #1.
Towel #5: A big more advanced than Towel #4. Not only does this fella have a small tear... he has 3 holes right in the middle. When that tear reaches those holes, the consequences could be deadly!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Could be "False Labor"
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Well folks this could be a very exciting week or two. With a LID of 1/5/06 we COULD BE on deck to receive our referral. COULD BE. Or could NOT be. We are waiting for rumors of a cut-off date to start trickling out of China. I think we're definitely on the bubble. The Rumor Queen (God bless her) has predicted 1/5/06 to be the cut-off date as the "horrid case senario"... which most months we receive a "horrid case senario" as a reality. If the cut-off is NOT the 5th of January... I think it'll be the 4th of January which means we'll KNOW that we're next to receive our referral in April. Now... Pros and Cons of being next or almost next.
PROS for receiving a referral in MARCH (being NEXT):
- We're next. The waiting will be over. We can go get our baby.
- We'll most likely travel BEFORE school gets out which will be a heck-of-a lot easier for the person left to take care of Babies 1, 2 & 3.
CON for receiving a referral in MARCH (being NEXT):
- After nearly 4 flippin' YEARS of waiting... I'm not quite ready. I sure could use that extra month of KNOWING I'm next to prepare a bit more. Pathetic... I know!
PROS for receiving a referral in APRIL (almost next):
- I have that extra month to get ready. I am a procrastinator. I always crammed for tests... wrote papers the night before they were due... I grocery shop mere hours before dinner. So knowing that I only have 1 month left to prepare would kick me into 1st gear and I could really be prepared. At this point... I'm not really ready.
CONS for receiving a referral in APRIL (being almost next):
- The kiddos would likely be out of school by the time we traveled... giving their caretaker(s) an extra 8 hours of babysitting each day.
- We'll miss our annual trip to the Florida Keys. The Money Maker is NOT happy about that possibility... but he'll survive.
- Baby #1... our swimming prodigy... would have to make the decision to A.) go to China or B.) stay home and go to Swim Camp at Auburn University w/ her buddy Jenna. Again, The Money Maker will NOT be happy for Baby #1 to miss Swim Camp... he's already not too keen on the idea of her going to China.
- The Money Maker has bid on some big demolition jobs that would probably be starting or started during travel time... which if he got the job(s) would NOT be a good time to leave the country for 2 weeks. But... we'll cross that bridge if we have to.
So... we continue to wait. Wait to see what unfolds. Wait for little snippets of information that may or may not be true. It's what us waiting mothers do!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Jason Castro. What's up with the hair? Is he channeling Bob Marley or something? Nevertheless, he's got pretty blue eyes and GREAT teeth. I'm like my Dad... I notice teeth. He played the guitar last night & we loved it!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Scrapbook Weekend is over. I'm safely back at home with my kiddos. The Money Maker is officially "off duty." I have cooked dinner, emptied the dishwasher, done laundry. Life, as I know it, has resumed. Scrapbook Weekend is like pressing the "PAUSE" button on life. There is no cell phone reception... limited television... no appointments... no alarm clocks... no schedules... no set mealtimes.... it's just whatever for 3 glorious whole days. We rent a cabin back in the woods on a secluded lake. We rearrange all the furniture & set up our scrapbook tables in a big square where we can see one another. We put on music and just do nothing but talk, laugh, gossip, sleep, snack, and scrap all the events of the past years. My funny friend Vanessa & I made one quick Wal-Mart run (& stop to the local package store) on Saturday and other than that we didn't leave the cabin. We don't fix our hair... we don't put on make-up... we only pack sweats. The mix of characters was perfect:
1.) My funny friend Vanessa: everything is more fun when she's around. She's always my roomie!
2.) My newly pregnant friend Christy: we did some black magic on her Saturday night to discover the sex of her baby. It was the ol' "Pencil Test" where you stick a needle in a pencil and tie a string to the needle & hold it over the wrist. It's quite spooky. It swings one direction for girls... another for boys. It told each girl in the cabin EXACTLY the children we had in the correct order. With two girls at home now, it told Christy she was having a boy. We believe!
3.) My very old friend Amy: and by "old" I mean I've known Amy for a long, long time. We took piano lessons from the same lady back in Middle School. I was such a dork... glad she still hangs with me. Amy is an excellent baker. She was only allowed to come (kidding!) after promising to make us her stuffed french toast... which she did and which was delicious as usual. She also made a chocolate cherry cake... and I think ya'll know about my chocolate covered cherry obsession... so needless to say... I loved every bite!
4.) German Jennifer: Jennifer speaks fluent German and I always make her speak German to her mom when they talk. It's amazing to me. We usually have a couple glasses of wine on Saturday night and get the nerve to ask Jennifer to show us her... um, how should I say... her augmented boobenschnitzles... we're all jealous!
So... that was my weekend away for the year. The "pause" button has been unpressed and I'm back on patrol so I better go get the troops ready for bed. They had a long weekend for President's Day and haven't been to school since Valentine's Day. That alarm will come pretty early in the a.m.... I better be ready!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Literally. And it's weird... 'cause I don't usually get sick. I even had to go to the doctor yesterday. And if my doctor was as cute & "dreamy" as my favorite T.V. doc... it would've been worth it. All I want to do is lay in my bed & sleep. Get real doped up on good medicine and snooze my sickness away. When my kids get sick I pray for them to have fever so it'll slow them down a bit. And I rarely give them Motrin (unless the fever gets dangerously high) because it'll send them bouncing off the couch & back to normal activity. How do they do it? After 1/2 a bottle of Motrin yesterday I still could hardly pick up the Apple Jacks glued to the couch... laundry scattered across the house... flush toilets with "surprises" left in them... repair the damaged created when Mom (a.k.a The House Police) was off duty for 24 hours. And I'm supposed to go out of town tomorrow w/ my gal pals for our annual "Scrapbook Weekend"... but I feel too blah today to even be disappointed. I need a housecall from "McDreamy." Does he make those?
Friday, February 8, 2008
Too Many "Lilly"s?
Guess What I Got!
Today my adoption agency sent me an:
"ASSIGNMENT PREPARATION LETTER!"
Woo-hoo! Here are some highlights:
- The receiving of the letter DOES NOT necessarily mean we will receive our referral in March.
- Our referral will contain: a picture, her medical report, her development report and an acceptance letter for us to sign.
- We will have 14 days to decide if we will acept the assignment.
- We can only DECLINE the assignment AND receive another referral for MEDICAL REASONS (since we requested a Non-Special Needs child.) Families do not receive another referral for declining an assignment based on "age, looks or feelings."
- We will probably travel 6-8 weeks after we SIGN for our assignment.
- We will receive our referral via FedEx since we do not live close enough to go to our agency's office to receive it in person. BUT... they WILL CALL US and let us know her age, location and email us her photos upon receiving our referral in their office.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I Joined Curves
My girlfriend Cathy convinced me & my other girlfriend Harriet to join Curves this week. First of all, I have curves. I need the name to be "Bean Pole"... 'cause I need to rid myself of my curves & take on a slim, straight, NON-curvy appearance. Second, the motto of Curves is : "The Power to Amaze Yourself." I don't want to "amaze" myself. I was amazed that I ate an entire Red Velvet Cake by myself over the Christmas holidays. I amazed myself when I stepped on that scale at my initial intake meaurement meeting upon joining. I want the power to "shrink" myself. The power to make my fat & flab disappear. I want to "transform" myself.
But anyway... the concept is pretty painless. You go around this circuit for 30 minutes alternating between cardio & strength training. It's easier with Cat & Harriet there. I only joined month-to-month because I know myself. Signing up for an entire year would be a death sentence. They said I'd see results in just "one month." I want to see results in one week. I hate exercise. But I have to be strong. I have to remember another motto I heard once "it's not easy... it's not fun... it's worth it!"
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Six-Degrees of Separation
I Just Can't Do It
Monday, February 4, 2008
Our house is full of football fans. We like SEC College Football the best... but post-season NFL is pretty exciting as well. Last night was exciting for our little group of fans. We decided against Superbowl Party invites to just stay home & root for the underdog Giants on our own. The Superbowl did NOT disappoint. It was a nailbiter... and we were HAPPY with the outcome. Even though part of me was sad for the Patriots missing the opportunity to make history with a 19-0 undefeated season... I was thrilled to see, little brother to Peyton, Eli Manning excel to Superbowl MVP after coming through with the Victory! And as much as I was poo-pooing the half-time act, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers... it turned out to be a great show too... I liked it! So today begins the six month hiatus The Money Maker will take from his football addiction. Perhaps I can get him going on some home improvement projects or helping me prepare for Lilly or going on a diet or .... the list is too long. Anyhoo... CONGRATS again to the Giants (like any of them are reading this) for ignoring the press, hype & speculation and playing with enough skill & determination to come out on top!
Friday, February 1, 2008