Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays!!

Well, it's 10:25 pm and all is quiet. I have a belly full of turkey and Santa just finished setting all the presents under the tree. I'm sitting here enjoying the tranquility as I know tomorrow will be a whirlwind.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Julie

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Xmas Quiz

I "borrowed" this quiz from Dawn and Dale's blog, Journey to Annaliese

1. Are you a re-gifter? Ummmm .... noooooo (wink, wink)

2. What is your favourite Christmas Carol? I saw 3 ships

3. What is your favourite Christmas special? How the Grinch stole Christmas!

4. Do you decorate the outside of your house? Oh yeah!

5. What is your best Christmas memory? hmmmm ... they're all good, but I remember going to church with my grandparents. I'm not very religous, but I loved the candles and the songs and my grandparents knew everyone and they made me feel very special.

6. What is your favourite family tradition? I always read Francis the poem; T'was the night before Christmas .... and we ALWAYS do stockings first thing on Christmas moring ... just like when I was a kid.

7. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Just about

8. Have you started? Of course!

9. Online shopping or malls? both

10. When do you usually start your shopping? November

11. Do you send out Christmas cards? Yes

12. Favourite thing to do during the season? Spend time with my family

13. How many Christmases will you be having? One big long one!

14. What do you want for Christmas? Scrapbooking software

15. Favourite Christmas recipe? Tourtiere (meat pie) and shortbread

Ok, now it's your turn!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Blogger Beta Blah!

I have made a horrible mistake. A week or so ago I made an uninformed choice to switch to Blogger Beta. What was I thinking??? I work for a software company for goodness sake - I know the horrors of beta software!!
What do I hate the most about it? Well, to start, when you sign in it does not remember your login and password. Even if you check the little box that says remember my password. Every time I want to comment on someone's blog I have to sign-in again - often loosing the message that I have posted!! The other thing is that only people who are on Blogger Beta can comment on my blog - everyone else has to comment as anonomous!!
If only I could click my heels 3 times and go back!!!

Friday, December 15, 2006

'tis the season!

I can’t believe that we are about a week away from Christmas!! I feel like time is speeding by at warp speed! Between the shopping, baking, parties and other events there is barely time to think about the adoption, let alone update my blog! I’m not quite finished my shopping yet *sigh* but I’m ALMOST finished!! Yay!

On Sunday we have a Christmas party with our adoption group. It’s not going to be easy to spend 3 hours with a roomful of adorable Chinese children – especially since last year I thought for sure my daughter would be attending with us this year. I came close to cancelling a few times but luckily some “waiting” friends will be there as well and we will just have to get each other through it! And for sure NEXT YEAR she will be here!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's a boy, and a girl! and a girl! and a girl!

I am proud to announce that my friends Chantal and Nestor had their first child on Friday December 8th! They have named him Matthias.

It sure has been a week for new children! 3 of the blogs I follow have met their children this week. Sean and Jen finally met Xin Min after a very long wait! Julie has Tess in her arms at last and Lisa and Eammon have finally met Masie!

And the neat thing? All these people just became parents for the first time!! Congratulations to all the new mom's and dad's and welcome little ones!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Secret Pal revealed!


On Friday I received my last gift from my DTC secret pal swap and I found out that all this time my secret pal has been Christine Warner! Thank you Christine for all the great stuff you have been sending me over the past months. I really enjoyed the swaps and I am kind of sad to see them come to an end.

Just look at all the neat stuff she sent this time. A sweet pink butterfly outfit, a scrapbook, some ladybug barettes, a baby Einstein CD, asome pink socks, a book about China, a bookmark with the Chinese character for Wisdom, a paint set, fuzzy panda stickers, a journal, a piggy bank and a Noah's Ark t-shirt from the Columbus zoo!

Thank you secret pal!!







Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lucky # 13


Monday, December 04, 2006

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas around here


















































Thursday, November 30, 2006

Referrals

Ok, so the news is out. The CCAA has matched files up to (and including) September 8, 2005. This means that they are still on the 2-week-at-a-time path and have not gone back to full months like we had heard. Serves me right for believing something I read on Rumor Queen.

Anyhoo ... got my voice back just in time to scream ... AW CRAP!!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Silence

Akk!! I'm behind in my blogging!!
I have a miserable cold and have lost my voice! It really sucks to loose you voice because you can no longer do normal things like answer the phone, sing to the radio and yell - "honey, your show is on!" At work I answered the phone without thinking and I could barely croak out a hello - realizing that the caller could not see my sign language, I had to... ahem, "accidentally" hang up on him. So I have been gargling with salt water (um, yuk!!) and eating lemon and honey (yum) and hopefully my regular nasal high pitched voice will be back tomorrow.

In other news ... what the he!! happened to the all-of-September rumor???

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Good news

I am so excited about the positive news posted on RQ!! It looks like the wait might actually speed up!! OMG! I have been preparing myself for a further slowdown but now who knows? Does anyone know if September 2005 was a big month for dossiers?? I heard that October is supposed to monsterous - so who knows how that's going to play out. I guess we are going to just have to wait and see ....

BTW ....Happy Thanksgiving to all my American bloggy friends!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

More waiting

Thank you to everyone who left encouraging messages. You have no idea how helpful a few kind words can be. My guess was March/April for a referral and May(ish) for travel. I was starting to wonder if I was completly fooling myself. It seems from the responses I was about on target with other's thinking. Something about hitting the 12 month mark makes the wait seem much longer and more difficult. I guess with the holiday season drawing nearer I remember saying things like; next Christmas she'll be here or for Francis' next birthday she'll be here or for my birthday she'll be here , etc. I'm also hearing alot of; "isn't that kid here yet?" or "why is it taking so long?" and I am just so fed up of hearing myself say "nope, not yet".

In brighter news, my son lost his first tooth. He was so proud of himself! We had fun explaining all about the tooth fairy and today after school I brought him to the dollar store so he could spend his $2. Ahhh ... the joys of being a kid!

p.s. I'm trying to upload the toothless grin but Blogger Beta is having nothing of it. Blah!

Friday, November 17, 2006

waiting ...

Ok, I’ve been really bad about blogging lately. I think I ran out of stuff to say (those who know me stop laughing!!) I’ve been feeling very blah this week – I think it has something to do with all this rain we are getting. Yesterday on the news they were saying that in the past 11 days there has been only 3 hours of sunlight! Maybe that has something to do with it .
Ok so let me get some opinions from all of you … With a LID of November 7, 2005 – when should I expect to see a referral?? Any guesses / ideas / premonitions?? I'm tired of waiting!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Adoption Seminar

Yesterday I attended a seminar at the Montreal Children’s hospital called Adoption Attachment and Beyond. What an eye-opener. I don’t think I came out of the seminar with any more knowledge than when I went in. It goes to prove my theory – that most adoptive parents are incredibly well-read in the subject of adoption. I was actually speechless at some of the things they were saying regarding foster care and private adoption. One “specialist” actually bashed IA parents for “digging a tunnel to China” when there are children available here in Canada. OMG! I just wanted to scream from my seat at the top of the auditorium. The sad truth is that many of these so called specialists feel that people who want to go the IA route is only because they want a healthy baby with no strings attached – a perfect child. They don’t realize that the system is really the problem.

I for one really looked into my options before I chose to adopt internationally. To sum up my reason behind adopting from China is that I wanted a child. Believe it or not, it is the easier route. In private adoption you have to wait until a birth mom chooses your file … it could take forever. She could choose you and then change her mind along the way which I honestly couldn’t deal with. In foster care, there are many older children and almost all are special needs as they have most often been removed from their home. Then, if you commit to such a child, there is very little support and you risk loosing this child at anytime because more right are given to the bio mom than the child. The though of having a child go back to a bad situation is more than I could bear. I know that there are many people that go this route, and for them I have nothing but respect as I know that this is more than I could handle.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

tea & dumplings and a big surprise!

Last night’s Insights to China class was quite the event!!

First, Karen (our adoption coach) and the teacher worked together to surprise Sandra (also from our adoption agency and in the class). The teacher came in a wrote some text on the board in Chinese characters and in Pinyin. As the class began, the teacher began to have us repeat some of the familiar words in the sentence such as China , leaving, she, date, 24 … and then she turned to Sandra who immediately got it that it was her travel date! It was so exciting and amazing to participate in such an amazing surprise! Congratulations Sandra!!

Then, as planned, the teacher proceeded to teach us how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. We all got to make about 3 dumplings each and we boiled them in water in an electric wok. Then we got to eat them which was the best part. Karen brought an amazing peanut sauce for dipping and we all had a feast. The recipe is quite easy, you buy the wrappers already made and the filling is: lean ground beef, minced onion, shredded carrot, shredded cabbage, soya sauce, vegetable oil and S&P. (There are many different types of fillings – she just chose this one to share with us) You put a teaspoon of the filling on the wrapper, wet all around the wrapper, pinch the opposite sides together, then pinch the sides in 3 pleats each (easier said than done – lol!) The trick is to seal it well so that the filling doesn’t come out during the boiling process. Boil or fry then serve! Yum!

After the dumplings, we got to partake in a traditional tea ceremony which was really fascinating! We learned about the different steps, the washing, the steeping, the pouring, the smelling. I really had a wonderful time!

Monday, November 06, 2006

12 months down!

So today marks 1 year since LID. 365 long days since our file has been logged in at the CCAA. What can I say? It certainly wasn't what I expected when I signed up for this adventure. So far it's been much more than what I hoped for.

I may not have reached my destination, but I'm enjoying the ride!

Things that make you go Hmmmm ….

I just realized that I haven’t posted in a few days. My bad! I have been very busy with the Referrals ‘n Trips site as I am doing my best to record all the new referrals and post some critical info about each one. So far I am noticing that the average age is a few months older this time. Can it be because of the slowdown? Who knows! There were no twins this round – last month there were 2 sets of twins proposed. There were no 6 month old referrals this time either. It seems that the most common provinces were Jiangxi, Hunan and Chongquing.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Stork Alert!!!

OMG! This is it. The CCAA has updated their site to say that files up to August 25th have been matched! Whoohoo! Finally we are seeing more days being matched as this reflects 16 days worth of referrals!! Congrats to Julie who is going to see Tess for the first time in the next few days! Also, congrats to Lisa and Eammon who are waiting to see Baby S for the first time! Such an exciting time!
I'll be posting all the new referrals on Referrals 'N Trips!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Batman

Here's batman all ready to go!























Seeing double? Him and his friend Charles wore matching costumes!















Check out all this candy!!! It took 3 of my biggest Tupperware bowls to contain it all!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!





TRICK OR TREET,
SMELL MY FEET,
GIMME SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT!
NOT TOO BIG,
NOT TOO SMALL,
JUST THE SIZE OF MONTREAL!


Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween prep ....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Waiting

Ok, that’s it! I’ve had enough of this waiting nonsense!! I want my baby now!! Do you hear me CCAA?? In 12 days it will mark the 12th month since our file was logged in. 1 entire year not to mention all the pre-LID stuff and the time spent signed up in other adoption programs. I want to know what the hold up is. Would it be so hard for the CCAA to just come out and say what the holdup is? How do I explain the wait to my 5 year old son when I can barely understand it myself?

(*Please note that this post has been brought to you by the bitchy and annoyed Julie. The normal, rational Julie will return to her regular self shortly. Thank you for your patience.)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Baby Shower

Here are some pictures from the baby shower I hosted for my friend Chantal. As you can see there are quite a few people and that's just one end of the room! My friend brought me these beautiful Asian inspired flowers as a thank you - aren't they gorgeous?



























p.s. check out updates on Referrals 'n Trips!

Friday, October 20, 2006

The weekend forecast

I have been looking forward to this weekend for quite a while now as I am hosting a baby shower on Sunday for my friend, Chantal. I am pretty organized except for the fact that my living room is currently empty and smells of paint (nervous laughter). I’ve been told by my wonderful husband that everything SHOULD be back in its place by Sunday. What the shower invitees don’t know is that I may be handing out paint brushes and smocks at the door …lol. Ok, seriously, the room will be finished by Sunday and everyone will come and have a wonderful time because that’s just how things go! We’ll play a few games, eat some cake, open presents – it’s all good.
Speaking of games, anyone know any fun baby shower games you’d like to share? C'mon, I know you must know at least one ...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Insights to China 3 & 4

Language:

Washroom: Xi shou jian (si shoo dian)
Bathroom (more common): Ce suo (tse swa)
Where is the bathroom? Ce suo zai ner (tse swa tzai nar)
Zai ner (tzai nar) means where is, but it is added to the end
For example: Tiananmen zai ner?
Excuse me: Lao jia (lau dia)

Language from last week:

1: yi (E)
2.: er (R)
3: san
4: si (tse)
5: wu
6: liu (leo)
7: qi (tsi)
8: ba
9: jiu (jee-o)
10: shi (shur)

Man: nan
Woman: nui (nu)

Woman’s bathroom: nui ce suo (nu tse swa)
Where is the woman’s bathroom? Nui ce suo zai ner (Nu tse swa tzai nar)
Men’s bathroom: nan ce suo (nan tse swa)
Where is the men’s bathroom? Nan ce suo zai ner (nan tse swa tzai nar)

Daughter :Nu er

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Thank you secret pal!

Yay! A box arrived from my Secret Pal on Friday. This month's theme was "For the Nursery". She sent a stuffed pink bunny, a soft pink blankie, a bunny lovey, a set of link toys, hangers, a piggy bank, a pink gingham storage box, some bubble bath and some candy for Francis. Thanks secret pal!!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

Well yesterday was our annual Thanksgiving hike in the mountains. My mother started this tradition about 5 years ago. We thought it would be nice to celebrate the day other than just with food. We don't do the turkey thing because most of my family doen't eat meat. This year we had a potluck that tuned out to be a real feast. I am still full from yesterday! Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadian bloggers!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

lantern festival pictures


Create Your Own!

11 months down!

Well I can hardly believe that it has been 11 months since our file has been logged in (LID) at the CCAA in China. That of course doen't include the 5 months of prep work beforehand as we prepared our file and went to court. And it doen't include the 7 months we spent signed up for Belaus before it closed to international adoptions and it also doen't include the 6 months we spent signed up for Lithuania. It has been a VERY long process but I am begining to see a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel. I am hoping that we have less than 6 more months to go but only time will tell. Oh, the picture is of the homemade mooncakes I made to have with the traditional ones last night ... it's hard to find a picture of an eleven!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mid Autumn Festival - Today!

Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival; China's Moon Festival is celebrated around town and especially in people's homes in China. Traditionally it marks the end of the harvest season. The festival is marked by the making and eating of "moon cakes" - round pastries filled with sweet fillings. In Shanghai, the favourite filling is a red bean paste. Houses are decorated with coloured animal-shaped paper lanterns and altars are piled with round fruits to symbolise the shape of the moon. The evening is spent moon-gazing and enjoying the company of family, before enjoying a feast at midnight.

Tonight we will celebrate this festival with friends within our adoption “family”. We have planned a fun evening at Montreal’s Botanical Gardens. In the Chinese gardens, they are having a lantern festival that I have wanted to see for a very long time. We will picnic, check out the lanterns and share mooncakes under the full harvest moon. It should be a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

I saw this the other night on China Revealed and it just blew me away. Thought I would share:

About 80 km north of Guilin China is a vast region of terraced rice fields -- Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces -- the most amazing in the world. They were built over 300 years from the late 1200s to the early 1600s, during the Yuan and Qing Dynasty's, and are still actively maintained and farmed today.

Insights to China – class # 3

Okay, it seems that I didn’t take as many notes this time but we did talk a lot about the Mid Autumn Moon Festival which happens to be on October 6th this year. The teacher brought in Moon Cakes for us to try. They are a sort of pastry with bean paste inside (or lotus seed) and there was a preserved egg yolk in the middle. Well, I wasn’t too fond of the preserved yolk but the lotus paste and pastry wasn’t too bad.


Zhong qiu jie (Mid Autumn Festival)
The 15th of the 8th lunar month is the Chinese Moon Festival also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. Zhong qiu jie is one of the most important traditions in China, second to only the Chinese New Year. It is the time to reunite with family and is known as a family gathering. The family goes out to observe the full (harvest) moon and they eat moon cakes and they recite moon poems. As they yin/yang or balance is important in Chinese culture, the yin would be the spring which is about the sun and the yang would be the autumn which would represent the moon.
The history of this festival is:

Language:
Bo yow (I don’t want it)
Xie xie (shia shia) Thank you

Monday, October 02, 2006

Thank you Corinne!

My mother's friend, Corinne, sent me 6 beautiful dolls for Naomi! She is a doll collector and has an incredible collection of dolls.
I am really overwhelmed by the generosity that she has shown as she is also largely responsible for most of the beautiful clothes hanging in Naomi's closet!
The dolls are all made of plastic so they are not breakable but that all have the type of beautiful faces you would expect to see on a porcelain doll.



She also sent Naomi 2 matching purple outfits that are mix and match in purple!!! There is a jumper, a blouse, pants, a jacket and a hat. How cute is Naomi going to look in this!!??!

Friday, September 29, 2006

let the weekend begin!

Ok, it’s 4 pm on Friday and I’m outta here!!! If I don’t have a chance to blog this weekend, it will be because I am off to Ottawa tomorrow to spend the day with my little brother, Luke. I can’t believe tomorrow is his 30th birthday!!! Geez I feel old … :o)

Don’t forget to watch China Revealed on the discovery channel on Sunday at 9pm!!

Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Insights to China – Class #2

Sorry this is a day late but I have been having problems with Blogger!

Language:
Zhu he ni! (congratulations!)
Wo jiao (my name is …)
Ni jiao (what is your name?)
Wo shi jia na da ren (I am Canadian)
May guo (USA)
Quing jin (please come in)
Deng Deng (please wait) sounds more like dung dung
Gay ni (here – as in when you had something over)
Sio pung you (little friend – what you would call a child)
Bou ke ty (you are welcome)
Bo how (not good)
Tio ming (help!)
Ta hen ke ai (she/he is very cute)
Wo – me
Ni – you
Ta – he/she

FYI … some of these are in proper pinyin and some are just my own phonetic spelling …

Ethnic groups:
Han makes up over 90%
Han people are generally in the centre of China along the Yellow and Yangtze rivers
There are 55 minority groups
The minority people are generally located along the border of China – most of them along the southern border
The major minority are the Mongolians

History:
Yuanmou Man – fossils found dating back 1.7 million years ago in Yunnan Province – teeth and tools were found

Peeking Man – human skull found dating back 600,000 years ago in Beijing – tools were also found and thought the scull shows that the face shape was different (extended jaw, forehead back) it has been proven that this “man” could walk upright, used tools, fire, etc)

We also went into the different dynasty’s but other than the names and the dates I do not have very much information on each one.

So that’s it for now …Stay tuned next Wednesday for part 3!

p.s. more updates on Referrals 'n Trips!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Referrals 'n trips

I have created a site to list the blogs of those who are getting referrals and those leaving for China. Check it out at: http://referralsntrips.blogspot.com/.

The Weekend Review

Guess what we did this weekend?

Yup, you guessed right! Apple picking in Rougemont. We have been coming here for many years now and I have pictures of Francis in this orchard for each year since he was 18 months old (not all digital, unfortunately!) Guess who loves to climb the ladder even though there are tons of apples on the lower branches?

I guess I know what I'll be baking this week; apple pie, apple strudel, apple cake, apple sauce, apple crumble ...

YUM!

***UPDATE*** I found the picture of Francis' first time apple picking!! He was 18 months old here!

August 9th

Referral pictures are on their way to all those whose files were registered in China between July 23 and August 9th, 2005. I have to admit that I thought they would get through more than 18 days considering August is supposed to have less waiting files but I guess we can't complain because we have seen months where they sent only 5 days worth. If all stays as is (which it won't) it would mean a January referral for us.
Congratulations to all those who are anxiously awaiting their referral in the next few days!

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Blast from the Past

Ok, in keeping with RQ’s idea, what were your favourite 80's tv shows?

Ok, now I was 10 in 1980 and 19 in 1989 so my tastes “grew-up”

In no particular order:

The Flintstones
Fact of Life - LOVED this one
Little House on the Prairie – good when nothing else was on
The Littlest Hobo – who couldn’t love a show where the dog was the hero!
The Muppet Show – I would actually look forward to this
Knight Rider – Kit was my favourite car
The A team – Mr. T was ahead of his time
The Cosby Show – Sometimes I wished I was part of the Huxtable family!
Different Strokes – What you talkin’ bout willis?
Full house – wasn’t there a hot guy in this one?
Magnum PI – hmmm … no comment
Love boat – I can’t believe my parents let me watch this crap!
Fantasy Island – De Plane! De Plane!
Family Ties – Watched this one for years !
Moonlighting – Can’t remember why
BIZARRE – I loved the Evil Kanevil (sp) bits

Ok, now add your list in the comments and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Happy First Day of Fall!

One thing I learned in the class on Tuesday night was that the Chinese love autumn. The saying is that the sky is higher in the fall.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Insights to China – summary

A peek into China

Language basics:
Ni hao – how are you – basic greeting
Ni hao ma – greeting to someone you know well – more of a question
Wo jiao (sounds more like Wa tsow – 2 syllables very fast) My name is …
Zhong guo (sounds like jung gwa) China
Zai jian (sounds like tzai tian)
Heng gao xing jian dao ni (sounds like heng gow sing tien dow ni) I am very happy to see you
Quing (sounds like ching) please
Xie xie (sounds like sia sia) Thank you

Misc. notes:
Red is the festive color
Buddhism, Taoism and Confucius – all 3 work together, 2 philosophies and 1 religion all in 1 temple
Symbols and symbolism are very important in China
Beijing is more traditional – Shanghai is more business -like and modern
China is the third largest country after Russia and Canada
18,000 km of coastline
The yellow river is really yellow. It is the birthplace of Chinese civilization. It begins in the Himalayas and empties into the Pacific Ocean
90% of the nationality is han
The major minority are Mongolians (Mongol)
Mongolians used to rule China in the sung dynasty
The climate is tropical in the south and in the North they have 4 seasons – temperature much like in Canada.

Food:
Don’t eat the fruits and vegetables raw unless you want to be very sick!

Well that’s it for this week! I was busy listening and didn’t take very many notes. Stay tuned next Wednesday for part 2!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Good things

I’m so excited – I start my class tonight! Whoohoo … back to being a student … voluntarily this time! :o)

Also, Mister Francis got his cast off yesterday! We celebrated with some pizza last night. He still has to take it easy but it must feel much better to get that thing off! Let’s hope we never have to go through this again!

Stay tuned for my “Insights to China” summary tomorrow!

This just in ...

December is out of the review room!!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Amazing Race

So am I the only one who was glued to the TV last night watching the Amazing Race? I was so excited to see that they were going to Beijing! I didn’t even want to blink and miss a moment of the Beijing sights! Ok, was I the only one gagging watching them eat those fish eyes? Delicacy or not, I am definitely going to learn how to say “no fish eyes please” in Mandarin before I leave!

p.s. Check out Naomi's new lamp in Naomi's Nursery!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A box of goodies from my SP!

On Friday when I got home from work I found a package from my secret pal!!! This month's theme was Travel Essentials. Not an easy one. I am embarassed to say that I have not even sent mine yet because I am not finnished!
Well, my amazing and thoughtful secret pal came up with all sorts of good ideas. Oh, and check out how she makes everything so pretty! She sent a cute little polka-dot travel bag that was filled with travel shower gel, antibacterial hand wash, an emergency kit, mini paper towels, Shout wipes and handy sacs. Then, wrapped individually I found toothbrush holders, toys, bubbles, a book/teether, a lovely scented candle, playdoh, huggies wipes, a beach ball and scented bags for yukky diapers!
Oh, and she sent Francis this great magnetic tic-tac-toe game!
Wow secret pal, you really outdid yourself! It is extra fun to receive items that we don't have here in Quebec such as Gymboree. Thank you so much for the great items I can hardly wait until next month!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday 10

I am feeling much better today – thanks to everyone who “listened” to my whining and posted positive comments. I can be such a baby sometimes!

Well, the weekend starts in about an hour and I can’t seem to wipe the smile off my face. So just because I’m in such a darn good mood … TAG!!

If you are reading this I challenge you to write 10 things that made you happy or thankful today …

Here are my 10:

1) I started my day with a good cup of coffee
2) Daycare programs for school ped days
3) Driving my son to school he said thanks again for taking him to McDo for supper last night – I think this is because my car still smells like fries!
4) Polite people who hold the elevator door open
5) Shish Taouk and Tabouli for lunch
6) Finding out a co-worker is leaving to follow her dream
7) Hubby is coming back from his business trip tonight
8) I found the perfect invitations for a baby shower I am hosting
9) The daily back and forth emails from friends
10) That I’m on this incredible journey

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Only 36 and falling apart

I don’t know what is up with me lately but I feel like I’m falling apart. I know they say it’s all down hill from 35 but common! First, I have had this cold/sinus infection thing that won’t go away and then last week my lower back began to hurt. A quick trip to the chiro told me that I have irritated the fluid in my lower back with my new walking program – walking on concrete in bad shoes is apparently not a good idea. Anywhoo .. the pain from this has traveled down my leg and is making walking quite the ordeal. I have been nicked named limpy by some who will remain unmentioned. Ok, top it off with a nasty set of PMS cramps and a weird stomach thing. I just don’t know what is going on! Note: as I write this I am sipping hot tea with an ice-pack tucked into the back of my pants, strewn Kleenex all around, taking occasional hits of Pepto and trying to get some work done!

I hope all of you in blog-land are having a much better day!

p.s. Why is “blog” not a recognized word under Blogger’s spell check???!! It’s just irritating!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

My favorite poem...(get the tissues out)

Were You Born Today?

Were you born today across the ocean deep and blue?
Did someone wrap you warmly? Did they stop and gaze at you?

Did they look upon your almond eyes and touch your silken hair?
Did they stop to kiss each tiny toe, hear your breath upon the air?

Did you hear a soft voice comforting, securely in her arms?
The warmth of two souls bonding, oh, the lure of newborn charms.

Were they charmed by every movement; every yawn and stretch and pout?
Did they celebrate with handshakes and good spirits all about?

(Or were the tears mistaken, as they fell upon your face?
Their eyes were wells of sorrow? Their heads hung in disgrace?

Did they tremble when they realized the thing that would be done?
Did they mourn the new day coming, with the rising of the sun?)

Did they place you, oh so tenderly, in the place where you were found?
Were those blankets wrapped up tightly to deny the cold, hard ground?

Did she whisper words of comfort with a love that was so deep?
Did she recognize the features of this one she could not keep?

Did you feel the night wind blowing as it carried in the morn?
Did you hear your mother weeping on the day that you were born?

And here across the ocean a mother weeps for you.
How long before she travels across that ocean, deep and blue?

How long before she gazes at those dimpled hands?
How long before she travels to that promised, distant land?

Her heart is filled with gladness. Her dreams are coming true.
The secret thrill of motherhood, across that ocean deep and blue.

And she'll gaze upon your almond eyes and touch your silken hair.
She'll stop and kiss each tiny toe...feel your breath upon the air.

And you'll hear a soft voice comforting; the worlds so insecure.
Two fragile souls are bonding as they hold each other near.

She'll be charmed by every movement; every yawn and stretch and pout.
And she'll celebrate with handshakes and good spirits all about.

And you'll hear the night wind blowing as she rocks you off to sleep.
And she'll whisper words of comfort, with a love that is so deep

....And far across the ocean a mother weeps...

~by Mary E. McRae

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Back to school ... for ME!

I just got news that a class I signed up for is a go. I tried to take it last semester but it was can cancelled. So, now every Tuesday night beginning next week I will be at the local college taking the Insights to China course!

Here is the description:
This course provides a window into China and the culture that defines modern China. Chinese social structure, festivals, special events and famous sights will be featured and current economic development discussed. What you will learn:- Chinese traditions- famous philosophers and interesting cities- the scope and magnitude of China's economic development- a few words of greeting in Chinese.

Doesn’t this sound fun, not to mention that some of my favourite bloggy friends will be there such as Doris and Lisa! I already bought myself a cute little notebook and some funky gel pens …It has been a very long time since I took a class!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Today's post is brought to you by the number ...

10 long months since LID ...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mid-week updates

Francis update:
I took Francis back to the hospital yesterday afternoon to have his cast removed. It only took about 4 hours in the waiting room – and we had an appointment!!!!! It turned out his elbow IS broken and they put a full plaster cast on. Francis is not happy that it has to stay on for 3 weeks, but he is happy that his friends can sign this one! When they took the first cast off he was freaking out saying his arm felt all “weird”. The nurse told me that grown men pass out from this “weird” feeling of having a cast removed! Strange eh?

Adoption update:
Well, as hard as I try to stay positive the negative news always manages to trickle down through the grapevine. The latest is that they (the CCAA) will not even finish July in September and then there’s talk of the wait creeping to 18 months +. I don’t know if I can live in limbo for another 8+ months!!! When we signed up we told friends and family we would be going to China in the early summer (06), then it was early fall, then fall, then winter and now do I dare say spring or shall I just say summer 07 now? Uggg … summer 07! I don’t even want to think about it.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

First day of school pictures

Cheerios - the breakfast of champions
(yes, he's watching TV ...)














Here's mommy making my first school lunch ...
(The first of many, many more...)














I'm ready to go!!!
(Yes, HE chose the camo jacket - oh and we are fixing that walk so don't look at the background!)



















Later mom and dad!!!
(Yup. You guessed it. HE chose the camo backpack too...)















I just can't believe that my baby is going to "big" school ...wanh! I'm not ready for him to grow up yet!! Where DOES the time go??