Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Over the weekend my aunt Josee surprised me with all these envelopes of squares and wishes for Naomi’s quilt. It turns out that she asked some of her friends if they would be willing to make a square and a wish for Naomi’s quilt. I am so touched that all these people took the time to make these for us ~ Thank you!! My aunt also told me that I have a couple of avid blog readers out there who are enjoying following our journey ~ welcome! It’s nice to know that I’m not just writing to myself!

Oh, before I forget she told me that some people are a little confused with the acronyms that the adoption community uses. Here goes:
DTC: Dossier to China
LID: Log In Date (when China formally logs in your file – at this point you are considered paper-pregnant and the wait begins from here because for some unknown reason the 4 months of prep work doesn’t count!)
FUF: our adoption agency, Formons une Famille

Monday, May 29, 2006

ZEN weekend

This weekend I visited the lovely Spa Ofuro in the Laurentian Mountains (north of Montreal) with my mother and my aunt. This place is so
relaxing! This spa has a Japanese style and is beautiful year-round surrounded by pagodas and Buddhas. The design is for thermotherapy. This is where you spend time in a sauna, steam bath or whirlpool until your body is very warm and then you plunge into the river or cold bath. After the cold bath you relax for 20
minutes in a deck chair or hammock. You do this 3 times and then you have a massage. What an incredible day. Since none of us dared to bring a camera into this bathingsuit only area, I used some pictures from their website.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Well, one more day to go until Friday! My aunt Josee is coming for a visit this weekend and I can’t wait to see her!!!

I’m looking forward to having lunch with my friend Doris today which means that we will be talking non-stop about adoption for an hour.

There are updates to Naomi’s room on my Naomi’s Nursery site (link at the right). I uploaded new pictures of the finished walls!

The CCAA has updated their site to say that they have reviewed all the dossiers up to September 30th and that they have matched files up to June 15th. This means that the process is getting even longer. The current wait is about 12 months but there is talk of it going to 18 months. At this point we will be lucky to get a referral in the winter sometime.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Happy Victoria Day!

Well, we finished up the walls in Naomi's room and finally got rid of the the turquoise wall to wall carpeting. We found some pretty nice parquetry underneath. It's kinda orangy but with an area rug, it may be just fine. I'll upload some pictures on my "Naomi's Nursery" site (link on the right) soon. Stay tuned ...

At some point today I got distracted and decided to give a doll a makeover. This is a very special doll that my grandmother made for me. It's made of porcelain and fabric. She has been sitting in our guest roon for quite a while now and she was looking dusty and old. I decided to wash and restyle her hair and put her in one of the PJ's I bought for Naomi (12 months). I think she looks young and fun. I will put her into Naomi's room soon - doesn't she look much better? p.s. This doll won second place in a competition that my grandmother entered her into - note the red ribbon on her hand.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

You won't believe this but it is still raining!!! I am so tired of this rain, it makes me sleepy! I went out and planted some flowers for about 15 minutes and then it was pouring again. I hope tomorrow is nicer but the forecast is predicting ... guess .... rain!

I updated my Bai Jia Bei (100 wishes) site, I am now at 27 squares. I'm going to need a miracle to get 100! Check out my Bai Jia bei site here:

We did some more painting in Naomi's room we have done a total of 3 walls so far - I hope to finish the last one tomorrow so that we can (finally) pull the carpet out!

I was a bit camera-happy today and took this pictue of a sweet little dress I bought a few weeks ago. I have a ton of dresses now but I couldn't resist this one with the ladybugs on it. It even has a matching purse! Believe it or not I found it at Loblaws for $12!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Room Update

We spent some time today working on Naomi's room since it is still raining!!! Check out my new site: Naomi's Nursery.

Hair Bow Swap

Look what my secret pal from Arizona sent me! What a lovely collection of barrettes and elastics. She even made a green gingham headband with a little ladybug on it! Each little item was carefully stitched to the backing. The theme for the month was green and blue so she did both. Thanks so much Dana!!! I can't wait to see them in Naomi's hair!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Your scolastic strength is ...

Your Scholastic Strength Is Innovating

You are the master of new ideas, techniques, and ways of looking at things.
You are talented at structuring thoughts, decision making, clarifying, and making deadlines.

You should major in:

Cognitive Science
That's funny, I have a degree in Design and I currently work in Marketing! Also, if you've seen my blog before you'll know I like to take pictures!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It’s been raining here for 7 days straight and the forecast is predicting more rain! I feel like I’m missing out on my tulips and lilacs and flowering trees. The rain is making all the flowers fall off the trees.

The cat has been sitting at the window wanting to go out and I have to work extra hard to come up with stuff to entertain Francis since he can’t go outside to play. He did have a soccer game in the rain on Tuesday though!

My plan for tomorrow was to take the day off to plant some flowers. I guess I will have to cancel those plans. There is nothing like coming in to work on a planned day off! Oh well, I will save it for a sunny day!

Here is a picture of the tree in front of my house – I’m not sure what kind of tree it is but it sure makes pretty flowers! Also, here is the mess the tree makes - I actually think it looks lovely!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Book Swap

Look what my DTC secret pal sent me! I signed up for a book swap and I’m so happy I did! These little books are perfect for a toddler and I particularly like the touch and feel books! These sweet little books came all the way from Virginia!

Check out the cute package it came in! What a nice surprise to find in my mailbox last night! Thanks Jenny!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Oprah's Lemon Drop Martini

Oprah's Lemon Drop Martini

I saw this on Oprah on Friday - she was cooking with Rachael Ray - love that girl! Anyhoo, thought that I'd share it with all my blogland friends.


The juice of 6 lemons
4 Tbsp. sugar
6 fresh mint leaves
4 shots of vodka
Ice in shaker
A sugar-rimmed martini glass Mix lemon juice, sugar and vodka in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with mint.


Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Story of Mother's Day

The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honour of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday". Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter*), "Mothering Sunday" honoured the mothers of England.

During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honour the "Mother Church" - the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration. People began honouring their mothers as well as the church.

In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year.

In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium, which also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I forgot to add this to my Tulip Festival Post!

The car ride to and from Ottawa is about 2 hours each way. During these 4 long hours I seriously began to reconsider the option of bringing Francis to China with us. I know that siblings fight in a car but how can 1 child drive 2 adults mad in a car ride?

First it’s the why’s. Mommy, why are we going to Ottawa? Mommy, why are we going to see the tulips? Mommy, are we going to see Colleen? Mommy, what aren’t we going to see Colleen? Mommy, can I get a donut? Mommy, can you get my toy I dropped it. Mommy, I can’t find the cap to my water bottle. Mommy, why are there cows over there? And it keeps going and going.

Then we have the toys. After suggesting that he plays with his LeapPad – a quiet toy, he proceeds to max the volume and keep the $%$#$#$% pen on the dog … woof! Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof! And on and on and on and on. So I asked him to play with some little cars. Next thing we hear is BANG! CRASH! BOOM! Here comes the AMBULANCE! BEE-BOM-BEE-BOM-BEE-BOM!!! FRANCIS!!!!!!! Why are you being so loud? The car got in an accident so the ambulance has to come and save the people. Can’t you be quiet for 2 minutes?!!

This just goes on and on the entire time. By the time we get to Ottawa and I exhausted. The way back is about the same except he is tired and cranky.

Now what do you think happened 10 minutes from home?!!??!

Do you crave my approval?

Your Personality Profile

You are pure, moral, and adaptable.
You tend to blend into your surroundings.
Shy on the outside, you're outspoken to your friends.

You believe that you live a virtuous life...
And you tend to judge others with a harsh eye.
As a result, people tend to crave your approval.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

6 months down ...

Yay! Today we’re 6 months since LID!

We celebrated by spending the day in Ottawa and visiting the tulip festival. Here are some pictures from today.

These we're all taken in front of Dow's Lake.

A sweet family picture - the only one you will get to see of me. I hate having my picture taken. There are 4 that were taken today. They are all reminders that I need to go and a diet and continue to marinate in the fake tan suff. (*sigh*)

Okay - strange up-the-nose angle here, but it was the cutest one!
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These ones are so pretty with their dual color and unique shape.

These red ones were really tall. Francis took this picture. Not bad for a 5 year old!

Above: Pretty yellow tulips with rounded petals!
Below is my favorite picture. I love that purple color against the yellow.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Have a nice weekend!

Okay, you’ll all be happy to know that the fake tan smell has worn off a bit. Thanks for all your comments – I love comments they always make me smile. I have been trying to make the rounds to check out some new site – there are some really nice sites out there!

I am so happy its Friday because tomorrow is MNO! I have been really looking forward to Mom’s night out (MNO) – an evening where a bunch of us from our agency get together for dinner and adoption-talk- 2 of my very favorite things! I live for these dinners. I remember my very first dinner last August – I was the new person and I really learned a lot.

Other than that I think we will check out the Tulip Festival in Ottawa on Sunday. I just love seeing all those beautiful spring tulips. We go almost every year.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


OMG! They have to be joking - not in a million years Kirk Cameron! Where's John Taylor? Now he's my type ... heh, heh ...

Find out who your heart throb is ...

That new tan smell …

Ok people, what is up with that fake tan smell? First let me say that I am extremely pale. I’m paler than pale, I’m almost see-through. Really. And sitting in the sun hardly helps unless I get enough freckles that they bond together and form a weird blotchy dark mess that sort of looks like a tan.

So, this morning after my shower I decide that it is time to begin the tan-in-a-can ritual that I give in to every summer. So I try this new Jergens formula that is supposed to help you get a tan gradually. It claims to have a low-odor- yeah right – low-odor my a**.. So I smother myself in it – because sandals, capri-pants and sleeveless shirts weather is around the corner.

As I write this I can smell it. I am sitting in my office and I am marinating in the stuff like a pork chop on its way to the barbeque. I stink, literally. A few minutes ago I tried to “wipe” it off with a rough piece of wet bathroom paper towel. It didn’t help – all that did was make me stinky and wet. I have to go into a meeting in a few minutes and I am panicking. THEY are going to smell it. That ripe smell of chemical baking skin. Why?? Why do I succumb to this every year? Why didn’t I learn last year? WHY CAN”T THEY MAKE A PRODUCT WITHOUT THE TELL-TALE SMELL??? WHY???

Sorry for yelling. I am off to my meeting …

1 Swap, 2 Swap, Red Swap, Blue Swap …

I vowed that my new site would have a post daily (with pictures), but I am already falling behind. I have been busy working on my DTC swaps. I am signed up for a book swap, a sock swap and a hair accessory swap. The latter is the one that is most challenging! We have to spend between 5-7 dollars which means unless I go to the dollar store I can only really get 1 nice item or 2 small items. It seems really cheap to send only 1 thing! Did I mention that I had to find blue or green accessories? I have already sent out the books and socks but I need 1 more thing for the hair accessories swap. The weird thing is that I am the secret pal to the same person for all 3 swaps – now what’s up with THAT?

Ok, I didn't take pictures so I'm using clipart!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Quilt squares needed!!!

Last night I came home to find 4 quilt squares in the mail! I am now up to 21 squares but still need 71 more. It is so nice to come home and find something other than bills in my mailbox! Thanks to everyone who has sent me a square - I really appreciate it! To view all the squares I have recieved so far click here or click on the link on the right. I'm always looking for more squares so if you want to swap please email me.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Billy the cat

I thought I'd share this adorable picture I took this weekend. This is my son Francis and our cat Billy (a.k.a. Billy-bob, booger, boogie, boogie-woogie, booger-the-wooger, biggie, bigs). For some odd reason, he is registered at the vet as Lucky, but that's a whole other story. Sometimes people ask "what's your cat's name?" and I have to think about it for a moment or else I'll say "booger" and they look at me like ... okay ... um ... Booger? And I know they are thinking; what hell kind of name is booger for a cat? But they usually say something like; interresting... name ... for ..a with a weird look on their face. At that point I get all explanitory and give them the long version of why our beloved family pet got the unfortunate nickname. Okay, here is the short version: The cat has Rhino disease. No, he's not turning into a rhino. It means that he is often stuffed-up and well ... since cats don't use tissues, sometimes we have to deal with the side effects. Yes, I know .....Eeeeeewwwwwww........!

Recapping the weekend

On Friday after work I met up with friends Amy and Chantal for a girl’s night out - dinner and a movie. We went to the Buddha for dinner – yummy Thai food!

Saturday morning we were up at the crack of dawn to get to IKEA at opening. We bought a beautiful wooden patio set that we had been wanting for awhile. We spent most of the rest of the day out in the backyard assembling the new patio set. My husband said that what the world needs now is a company whose job is to come and assemble your IKEA stuff!

On Saturday evening I met up with my friend and fellow adopter, Doris. We met at Chapters (ours has a Starbucks in it) and chit-chatted for hours. When it closed at 10pm we moved on to the bar for drinks – we just couldn’t stop talking!!

On Sunday we went to a charity bowling event put on by the CIBC – my SIL works there. It was a really fun time and we all helped to raise money for the Big Sister and Big Brother foundation. Here is a picture of me teaching Francis to bowl.