Tuesday, October 31, 2006



Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween prep ....

Thursday, October 26, 2006


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


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:

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!!??!