Wednesday, June 28, 2006

day 3 in NY

Ok, it's Wednesday now, but we got home so late last night I didn't have the energy to post.

Tuesday morning we went to the Central Park zoo. It's one of the nicest ones I have ever seen. It's not too big so we were able to see all the animals in about and hour and a half. Francis took this picture of the sea lion.

We also saw a red panda but apparently it has no relation to a panda bear other than it eats bamboo and lives in China. It's actually closer to a racoon.

On the way back I saw an artist who does name signs on the spot so I had one done for Naomi. It was pretty neat to watch him paint it in about 5 minutes! $10 well spent! (Ok, I just noticed that the picture is washed out, I'll take one up close later and post it.)

After, we went for lunch, bought some more souvenirs and packed up and left for the long drive home.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

LID's anyone??

Sorry, I just can't help myself ... I think I found some LID's!!! LOL!!!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Day 2 continued ....

Build a Bear!
Today we went to the Build-a Bear Workshop. It is something I have been wanting to do for a while but we don't have this store in Montreal.

First, you choose a bear, unless you are Francis and you choose a bunny.

Next, you have the bunny stuffed.

Then, you put a heart inside that has a wish in it - don't forget to kiss it first!

Next, you have to clean your bear (bunny) common - give her a good scrub!
Now, you have to go look for a nice outfit for your bunny (bear). You may have to try on a few to find the one that is just right.

Now that your bunny is dressed, it is time to create her birth certificate.


Now the bunny is all finished - time to pay!





Day 2 in NY

Day 2 has been quite an adventure and boy are my feet sore! We started out with going to see the Statue of Liberty. Francis loved the ferry ride and even though it was raining we had a blast. Francis made us laugh ... he kept calling it the Tower of Livity.


As we made our way back we stopped at ground zero. It was very sad and you can feel the emotions as people stop to look.



After, we went to Canal street for some bargains, I got some funky sunglasses and Prada and Burbury handbags. I also found a Chinese umberella for Naomi's room.







Sunday, June 25, 2006

Day 1 in New York City

We left this morning at 8 am sharp and we made our way to to NY by car. It took us 6 hours with 2 bathroom breaks. We are staying at the Marriott 5th Ave. On 5th and 40th. When we got here the Gay Pride parade was in full swing. We wandered around a bit on Broadway, taking some pictures of us in Time Square, we spent and hour in the biggest Toys R Us I ever saw and had dinner at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory. Oh yeah, we also checked out the Hershey store ... I am eating Whoppers and I write ...Yummy! The plan for tomorrow is to take the subway to Battery Park to get the ferry to Staten Island to see the Statue of Liberty. If we have enough energy, we'd like to also hit the Central Park zoo and Canal street. I'll leave you with a few pictures and I'll write more tomorrow!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Off to the Big Apple!


On Sunday morning we are leaving for a short vacation in New York City. This will not be my first time in NY, but it will be the firt time I finally see the statue of liberty! I will try to post from NY so come back tomorrow!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Happy St-Jean!

Today is the official day of Quebec, a province of Canada. Originally, June 24 was a holiday honouring the patron saint of French Canada, St. John the Baptist. It is known as St-Jean Baptiste, la fête Nationale or la fête de la St-Jean.

This holiday is usually celebrated with friends and family. There are parades and fireworks and bonfires. The towns often organize events such as a day in the park with activities for everyone. You can also usually find a fair in a mall parking lot and there is always an abundance of hamburgers and beer. Cheers!

Nursery/Quilt Updates

There are new updates (finally) on Naomi's Nursery. I have been getting a lot of quilt squares lately because I signed up for 2 quilt swaps! Every day there are letters in the mail so thank you to everyone sending. I will try to update my 100 wishes site tomorrow! For those family members that have not yet given me a square ... hurry up I am getting closer to 100 every day!

My baby is growing up!

On Wednesday Francis had his graduation party from the daycare! I can’t believe how fast 3 years has passed! He was so proud of himself and I think he is getting excited to go to kindergarten. He is still going to be in the daycare until mid August – a week or so before school starts but I think this little graduation helps him understand that change is around the corner.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stork Alert!

Well, the CCAA has changed their message. It appears that they have matched 13 days worth of referrals. This is good news! Hopefully they will be able to match all of July in July and August in August, and so on. From what I read, July and August are smaller months (less files) and the CCAA wants to try and keep the wait at 12 months. It may fluctuate a bit but I think it will stay at about 12-14 months. Congratulations to everyone getting referrals!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Not Fair!!!

Is it just us in Quebec that can’t get these or all of Canada? They look so cool and fun to eat. Maybe it’s the language thing, but I sure wish we had them too! My friend told me about them. When she goes to the states she buys a few to bring back. I even noticed that you can print out coupons on the Gerber website for them!

On a positive note ...

Well I have been hearing some good news on the adoption front. Someone on my November DTC group said she was contacted for something minor in her dossier. This means that the CCAA is reviewing the November (LID) files. This also means that our file has probably been already reviewed since we are LID at the beginning of the month. Yay! Another milestone achieved! There is also talk that the next batch of referrals will go to June 28 and that the CCAA might be able to do all of July in 1 month. This means that the wait could stabilize at 12-13 months – so maybe a referral for us sometime in November/December! It is so nice to finally get some positive news!

I am also in a good mood because last night Stephan and I started to put the furniture together in Naomi’s room! Everything has been in the hallway in boxes since October when I bought the furniture (40% off)! It’s Bombay Kids’ Emily collection. We unpacked the night table, the desk (that had some assembly required) and the bed – a white metal canopy. Stephan also started to put the shelves and bars in the closet – I can’t wait to hang up her little clothes! Tonight I hope to unpack the dresser and put the crib together. It looks like we will use Francis’ old crib even if it doesn’t match! :o) Stay tuned, I should have some pictures up soon on the “Naomi’s Nursery” site!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Secret Pal Sock Swap

These adorable little mary-jane socks were sent to me by my "sock swap" not-so-secret pal, Jenny. There is a light pink pair and a hot pink pair. I had been eyeing a pair similar on the net. Thanks Jenny you read my mind!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Happy Birthday


Bonne fête Chantal!

Pour ta fête je vais faire un effort de t’écrire en français. J’espère que tu passe une belle journée à Québec. C’est pas mal romantique de passer ta fête la avec ton amoureux ! J’espère que tu aurais beaucoup de plaisir aujourd’hui (hi hi) et pour toute l’année. L’été prochain on va avoir beaucoup de fun ensemble avec les deux bébés à côté de ta piscine !

Ok, well I’m not going to tell you what I wrote, but let me tell you that it is my friend Chantal’s birthday. She is one of my closest friends and she has really been there to support me through this adoption roller-coaster. A few months ago I found out that she and her hubby are expecting their first child at the end of this year. I am so excited that we will be on maternity leave at the same time. It’s fun because we are both “expecting” at the same time. We get to talk about nurseries and cribs and baby clothes and stuff without boring everyone else to tears. The only real difference right now is that she has a growing belly bump and I get to drink through the whole process!! :o)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

School debate ...

Well, I haven’t written in a few days so I thought I should make an effort. There isn’t a whole lot new this week. Stephan is coming back from a business trip in Texas and I can’t wait to see him!
I have been second-guessing my decision on what school to send Francis to in September. He is starting Kindergarten – I can hardly believe it! In Quebec you can only send you child to English school if one of the parents went to English school – which I did so Francis is eligible. By English school I mean the English school board because “English” school is either 70%French 30%English (Immersion) or 50%/50%. There are no %100 English schools here. Also, the English schools are slowly disappearing. The school that Francis was supposed to go to (3 min. walk) is closing so he has to go to a school further away called Windermere. Now seeing that the two schools are joining they are renaming it to Sherwood Forest. Are you as confused as me at this point? Ok, now on Tuesday at Francis’ soccer practice I started chatting with some of the other parents who all said that they had asked to transfer to another school because Windermere Sherwood Forest is going to be overcrowded. Not to mention that the other schools have already had the whole meet the teacher/visit the school thing and I called ours and they can’t/didn’t do it because they are overwhelmed by the merge. Now if I do ask for a transfer to another school, I am not eligible for bussing which means that I will have to drive Francis to and from school for the next 7 years (K-gr6). Argh!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Weight loss ... slow but steady!

Ok, I stole this idea from Dawn's blog Journey to Annaliese.
Here are 2 pictures of me. One was taken about 3 years ago and the other was at my friend's wedding last July. I have since lost another 10 lbs and have about 15-20 to go. I recently found this first photo and it made me realize how far I've come. I have joined the Red Thread Healthy Journey and it has been helping me to stay focused. When I go to china I want to climb the stairs to the Great Wall of China without being winded. I want to smile for the camera instead of avoiding it. I want to be able to keep up with my kids and have a good, long, healthy life with them!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mom's night to party ...

I just finished updating my Naomi's Nursery site and my Bai Jia Bei site - I have 41 squares so far!!
Last night was MNO and I had such a blast! I always have a good time, but this night was particularly fun. Instead of focusing on the adoption topic we steered the conversation way off into weddings, what our hair looked like in the 80's, ugly prom dresses, mason jars, etc. Maybe it was the private room, maybe it was the lobster and the wine ...what a night!

Friday, June 09, 2006

TGIF!


I am so happy its Friday! I have had a very busy week plus this is my first week with my summer hours of 8:00 to 4:00. I usually work for 9:00 to 5:00 so getting up and out the door has been really hard (even though my office is 10 minutes away from home!). I’m trying to get used to it because my son, Francis, will be going to kindergarten in September and I will be either driving him or standing with him at the bus stop early. For now I am very spoiled, my husband gets up early with him and gets him ready in the morning and they are gone by 7:00 am because the daycare is a corporate one that is in my husband’s building downtown (1 hr away by train). He has been doing this since Francis was 2 years old so I guess he deserves a break.

Tomorrow night is Mom’s Night Out (MNO). An evening put on by our adoption coach. We meet at a local restaurant and proceed to eat, drink and talk nonstop about the adoption process. It is so wonderful to sit and talk to people who know the lingo, you don’t have to keep stopping to explain what a LID is and what the CCAA does and what the “wait” can do to a person. They just “get it”. I remember going to my first MNO, I knew no one and I felt a little out of place. This will be my 7th one and I usually know at least half the people now! It is also where I met some great friends, Doris and Elisa. I even had to decline a dinner party at my friend’s house to go to MNO. She is an incredible cook and I hate to miss it but she is very understanding and knows how important these MNO’s are to me.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A flower a day .....

I just came back from lunch where I met my friend Doris. She had read my blog and thought that flowers would cheer me up. What a very thoughtful person. There is a huge hot pink gerbra daisy with some really pretty artistic greenery. She got it at my favorite florist, everything they do is exquisite. No carnations and baby's breath there!
Too bad I don't have my camera here - but it sure does brighten up my workspace!

Thanks Doris!

p.s. My iPod came in today!!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

7 months down

Well today is our 7 month LIDaversary!! It’s been 7 long months since our dossier was logged in at the CCAA in China. I wonder where our file is at this very moment. On a shelf? On someone’s desk? In a pile collecting dust? I’m really hoping that we only have 5-7 months to go but I really think that this is wishful thinking at the moment.

This is a picture of the front of the CCAA – the China Centre of Adoption Affairs. This is where the magic happens! This is where they match the babies to the families!! For more pictures, click the “tour the CCAA” link to the right.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I just won an iPod!!

OMG! I am so excited. Let me explain, 2 weeks ago I went to a work event – a Colloque - French word for a seminar. I was there representing my company in a trade show booth. I submitted my business card at the next booth where they were drawing for a chance to win an iPod. Well, today I got an email from that company president telling me that I had won! Yippee!

Monday, June 05, 2006

I've resorted to eating cake

About a month ago, I decided that I would no longer go to RQ's (Rumor Queen) site. Quite honestly, I just couldn't take it anymore. Well, during a blog- hopping stint yesterday I noticed that alot of bloggers quoting an 18-24 month wait- according to RQ! Akkkkkkkk!

I've been doing a little dissapointment baking, check out today's picture, 'nuff said.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Francis meets a celebrity


My son Francis plays hockey. He is obsessed with it actually. If he’s not on the ice he’s playing it in the street or in our garage or driveway. This winter was his first year on a team seeing that he is only 5 years old and was 4 when the season began. He took skating lessons the year before to learn to skate and this past winter he was allowed to join even though he is a year younger than the others. He loves it so much that we agreed to let him take spring/summer hockey. Well, all this is background to say that one of the kid’s on the team is the son of Mike Ribeiro, of the Montreal Canadians. Well today Mike not only came to the game but actually participated in it. He was a good sport and signed autographs for the kids afterwards. It was fun for the kids but more fun for the dads – if you know what I mean. :o)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I love CATHY!

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