Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
- http://www.madstencilist.com/saywhat/lettering.htm (The company I used!)
It's fun to look at these sites and see some of the very cool things you can do with custom stencils saying ANYTHING you want to say. They offer lots of suggestions or allow you to come up with something all on your own. I wanted something for above the shower in my girls' bathroom. It's not a big bathroom... and didn't want to overcrowd it with lots of knick knacks, pictures or useless "stuff." And here's how the project went.
I drew a level line in pencil where I wanted the saying to be. The pencil is EASILY erased with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sponge. The stencil is a one-time use stencil that has sticky backing. The bottom of the white backing is level and I lined it up on my pencil line. Then I used the "Dry Brush" method of painting the letters. I put on two coats to make it the shade of blue I wanted.
And look HOW COOL it turned out! I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! it. You can see a bit of the snazzy (if I do say so myself) shower curtain I made last week... I pulled the blue out from the fabric. I can't wait to do the next one!
- NO Alarm Clocks
- NO Homework
- NO Ball Games
- NO Spelling Tests, Book Reports or Study Guides
- NO Mandatory Swim Practice or Youth Choir Rehearsal
- NO Carpool Lines
- NO Fixing Lunches in Lunch Boxes
- NO Struggles to get in the bed at a decent hour after I've overscheduled my kiddos and we're at the ball field until ungodly hours of the night
- NO Missing American Idol
Baby #3 was pumping himself up for school in the car this morning saying to himself "one more day... I can make it one more day!" I'm with you brother!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Well, isn't just my luck that the Rumor Queen would fall deathly ill the week(s) prior to ME receiving my referral. Thank goodness for "The Forum"... where fellow waiting parents share information they've received. The Rumor Queen has been very quiet (I supppose being sick in bed with the flu will do that)... there hasn't been any RQ "official" rumors posted. We have heard from the agencies of fellow adopters that MATCHING IS IN PROGESS... but no word on when they plan to be put in the mail... or when they expect to arrive here in the U.S. I thought I would be calm(er) this month... knowing our LID was next up... but OH-NO... I'm more impatient than ever... wanting to know! know! know! when those referrals are coming.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The Money Maker & I have been going round & round & round about Baby #1 going to China with us. She is DYING to go... begging, pleading, groveling. Anyone who has ever gone has told us to take her. The Money Maker has been concerned mostly about the $$$. But, yesterday he told us... SHE'S GOING. So we scurried off to the Probate Court because, as chronic procrastinators, we still have not gotten her passport... AND we realized that we don't just need it to get her on the plane... we have to send it in with our VISA applications... like in just a few weeks. So we paid to have it expedited and hope to have it in only 2 weeks. So we'll see how it goes. Hope we don't lose her, allow her to drink the water or get food poisoning.
Monday, March 24, 2008
My kiddos started the day looking like this. Ain't they pretty? Except that Baby #3 ALREADY has his shirt untucked. But don't they look happy & full of love?
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I am NOT a kid at heart. I still feel young... but there are things that I once did as a child that I would not choose to do anymore if it weren't for the fact that I have children. Now I do these things for the one single purpose of creating memories for my kiddos. My parents did it for me & I'm passing the tradition along. Some of these activities include:
- Carving Pumpkins
- Building Sandcastles
- Going to Disney World
- Ride Rollercoasters
- AND... Dying Easter Eggs
But nevertheless, I hopped in with excitement & joy last night and dyed Easter Eggs with the kids.
I actually read the directions on the back of the box and they suggested setting up the materials on TRAYS... to keep the materials contained and help with clean up... it was genius! So here's our set up... the kiddos got a dozen eggs each... it would've been WWIII to watch them split a simple 12. And they actually did very well... didn't even keep count. They oooed & ahhhed over everybody else's creations.
Here's one going in....
Homeboy here got a little bored & decided to get jiggy for the camera!
And didn't we end up with a pretty Easter Basket! Tomorrow I'll tell you what happened to these beautiful eggs. But for now, just enjoy the goodness of children having fun & making memories... spending time with each other (actually getting along!) and with their Mother! I try to remind myself to treasure these moments as precious gifts that I'll always remember too!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Almost Everyday Now
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Going Against the Grain
- She's MY daughter. I named my other children and I'm going to name this one. When I had Babies 1, 2 & 3 the hospital administrator didn't assign them a name. My obstetrician didn't make me agree to name them after him before extracting the child from my writhing & contracting body. The Mayor of the city we lived in didn't set forth a decree that all children born during his term must bear his name. I had a baby and I named my baby. Simple. These orphans in the Chinese Welfare System are give names by people who care for them... not love them... not planning on raising them... not moving heaven & earth to bring the home to love & safety. Babies found after being abandoned are often given names like pets at the Humane Society are given names. Perhaps a beautiful baby is given a name that means "beauty" just the way a frisky dog is name "Rascal." We adopted a cat once named "Second Chance" because the shelter had rescued it from a kill shelter on the day she was supposed to be put down. Before I got her home I named her "Sara." It's a sweet sentiment... but no thanks, I'll give my baby a name that means something special to me.
- Many adoptive parents give their daughters 2 American names... the same most American born children receive a first & middle name at birth... AND then tag on part of their Chinese name to the end... like a third name. Too much for me. Plus, I don't think she'll like it and eventually drop it. I could be TOTALLY wrong, but I think most AMERICAN teenagers don't like attention drawn to them. You know those kids you snickered at on the first day of school when the new teacher was calling roll for the first time... it's one thing when a teacher announces "Amanda Lynn Jones?" and the girl says "It's Mandy." But for a teacher to say "Robert Herbert Smith?" and the poor kid gets teased & called "Herbie" instead of "Bobby" for the rest of his life. The Money Maker's middle name is Eliott. Well we grew up in the age of the movie E.T. Ask The Money Maker how many first days of school he spent hearing "Hey, Eliott... E.T. need to phone home?" or something stupid like that. So I just see Lilly dreading & cringing each first day... each new class... when some new teacher announces "Lilly FuLing Johnson?" Some parents might think it's a good character builder... I just assume save her as much trouble as possible.
Now, this is ONLY a name. It's like getting babies ears pierced. I wouldn't pierce my babies ears... but I don't think bad about people who do. Families who DO keep part of their daughters Chinese names I'm sure have good, wonderful perhaps even very convincing arguments for why they did. It's just not for me. And I'm sharing this not to talk bad about keeping part of the Chinese name... but only because I know people will ask and now you know!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Let's Look at China
Before I started this process of adopting a baby from China all I knew about the geography of China was where to locate it on a globe. I didn't know that the country was divided up into regions called PROVINCES... I didn't know that the climate of China mirrors that of the U.S.... and I defintely didn't know the names of the provinces. One of the first bits of information we will received about Lilly on Referral Day is where she lives. It will be the second stop on our trip. We fly into Beijing (Northern China)... go to her province to pick her up... then finish our trip in Guanghouz in Guangdong Province (see it in gray in Southern China) to finalize the adoption at the US Consulate. Last night we had our Travel Advisory Meeting with our parent liason, Janet, who told us there are 3 provinces that are considered MAIN FEEDERS to the CCAA with children available for International Adoption. One is Guangdong... where the US Consulate is in Southern China, two is Jiangxi Province just north of Guangdong. And I can't remember the third. (Perhaps another parent can remind me.) Other provinces are considered MINOR FEEDERS and send far less children's file to the CCAA... but do send them and families do travel there. Lately, I have tried to memorize or at least become familiar with the locations of the provinces and how to pronounce them, so that on Referral Day I look like I know what I'm talking about.... sort of... hopefully.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The Vatican came out this week with some new sins. Yes, that's right... new sins. Why these things weren't sins before I'm not quite sure, but, then again, I'm not Catholic. Anyway, the "new deadly sins include polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely rich, drug dealing, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice." Seems like most of these are no-brainers... but back to the point of this post. So, in the spirit of the Pope's new rules I thought I'd play along. Yesterday I cleaned out my closet. I got all the sweaters packed up (awww...) I tucked the wool slacks, turtlenecks, coats & jackets in for their summer hibernation in the guest room closet... I boxed my boots to make room for flip-flops & Tevas. And then I began to go through my "Summer Wardrobe." I don't like my summer clothes as well as my winter clothes. (I've been studying Genesis in my weekly Bible Study and my new wardrobe motto is "Winter have I loved, but Summer have I hated." Those of you who know Genesis will get the joke... but may not be laughing... is that wrong to joke like that? Mom, let me know.) So that's the 1st strike against the summer clothes... I'm just not as excited about pulling out capri pants as I am a thick, snuggly sweater. So as I go about my regorganizing I use my shoe organizer as a split between what I can wear and what I've gotten too fat over the winter to wear. As I went through the clothes the sides grew uncomfortably even. Take a look:
And I don't need to go to confession... I need to go to the gym! I need to go on a diet! I need to go to a hypnotist so each time I reach for the fridge door I cluck like a chicken or better... run around the block! Maybe go spend Spring Break at a fat farm going through detox from sugar, chocolate & well... just chocolate and other sugars! Wondering... do I get a break for being pregnant (even if on paper) for 3 years???
Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Can You Believe It?
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
I haven't seen anything "official" come out of China today, but calls are being made to expectant families... so far only through January 4th. I emailed my agency this morning and asked them if they had any reason to call me today (hmmmm... like w/ a BABY???) and they responded: "unfortunately, no." But encouraged me that they're "fairly certain" (they can't ever say anything's written in stone... too many people sue) that April will be our turn... hopefully... finally. I suppose the world could come to an end... China could close the program... pigs could fly... hell could freeze... WORST case senario... we could get skipped. That HAS happened to families before. Usually a mistake or oversight... but nevertheless... the people have to wait ANOTHER MONTH before the problem is corrected. But... hoping... trusting... PRAYING that all goes smoothly... we are in the "ON DECK" circle for a referral next month. And that's O.K. I have lots of things to keep me busy. Let's go through some of those things to make me feel better.
- Finish Lilly's nursery. It's almost there.
- Paint the girls' bathroom.
- Make the shower curtain for the girls' bathroom.
- Start packing for China.
- Buy gifts for nannies, officials, guides in China.
- Play Easter Bunny for my kiddos.
- Meet with pediatric nurse practioner who specializes in international adoption on what to expect & get prescriptions for meds. to take to China for Lilly.
- Sew curtains for my bedroom.
- Paint my bathroom & stencil walls. (It sounds cheesy, but's it's gonna look fab!)
- Go to beach for Spring Break
Whew... that's good enough for now. That'll keep me busy for a while... at least a week or two or three or........ April will be here before we know it... right? Stay tuned for links to pictures of this month's babies. Which, again, unfortunately... does NOT include mine! Boo hoo.