Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Nothing new

Hey, not much new to report. Trying to keep Francis busy. Thanks to Doris for the thoughtful get-well-soon card and gift - you are so thoughtful! 1st day of school is Friday! In the meantime I'll leave you you with this picture ...

Friday, August 25, 2006

An eventful day

Today was Francis’ last day of daycare. We made a big deal this morning and I even drove him and Steph to the train early this morning since the plan was to go an meet them downtown for dinner at the end of the day. Well, around 11 am I get a call from my panicked husband who tells me that he just got a call from the daycare saying that Francis just broke his arm. Well, I dash out of my office (in Pointe Claire) and race to the Children’s hospital (downtown) and meet up with Stephan and Francis. My usually hyperactive kid is sitting in a chair motionless with a sling on his arm and a bag of frozen peas. We wait an hour to get into triage and Francis’ elbow has swollen to the size of a baseball. We finally see a doctor 2 hours later and go for x-rays that are inconclusive because his elbow is so swollen. They bandage it up in a cast from his armpit to his wrist and tell us to come back next week. At this point it’s about 3pm and we’re starving and decide to go for the nice dinner we had planned a bit early. Francis finds that eating with his left hand takes some getting used to. On the way home Francis suddenly remembers the ToysRus gift certificates he got last week for being the ring bearer in a friends wedding. So we stop at ToysRus and a $50 gift certificate turns into a Gameboy and some new games cha-ching … $120 later I have a very happy kid. He’s been told no sports at all until the elbow heals … good grief, what am I gonna do with this very active kid?

Anyways, that was a very memorable last day …

Referral news

Well, it looks like its official. 9 days of referrals (July 14-22). **Sigh**. Congrats to all getting referrals this month. For the rest of us, that pushes us to a current wait of 14 months and continuously growing. I thought they were supposed to start doing whole months around now? If they can’t do whole months for August and September which have much less logged in files, how long will it take them to get through October and November which are huge apparently? I am so discouraged. Looks like no referral for us until spring 2007 or later.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cravings

I Love Pad Thai. There, I said it.

It all started a few months back. My friend Chantal and I went to a little Thai hot spot called the Buddha. I had the Pad Thai and the rest is history. I’ve become obsessed. Sure, I’ve had Pad Thai in the past but it didn’t affect me like this. My co-workers keep commenting...."Pad Thai again??? It’s like the 3rd time this week!” Why can’t I crave salad, baby carrots or brown rice? There' s a place near my office where they make it just right. Not too spicy, but with a definite kick. I like the veggie version, smothered in crushed peanuts. Only $6.39 with tax and it comes in a cute carry-out box. What’s not to love? Maybe the calorie content - I haven't dared to check!

Care to share any craving you’ve had lately?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Weekend recap

Here is my little guy doing his job as the ring bearer this weekend! I was so proud, he did such a good job!

Ok, I had a video going here but it is messing up all my margins so that my links were all at the bottom instead of to the right. Anyone know how to fix this? If you want to see the video of Francis from the wedding click here.

Friday, August 18, 2006

TGIF!

Whohoo! It’s Friday!

I have been looking forward to this weekend for a while now and I can’t believe it’s finally here! Tomorrow we are going to a (big, Greek) wedding – friends, Mary and Tony are tying the knot! Francis is going to be the ring bearer and gets to wear a tux and go for a ride in a limo … something he is very excited about! I can’t wait to party the night away as we toast the happy couple!


Tomorrow is also my S-I-L’s birthday – So I’ll wish her a big Bonne FĂȘte now because I won’t have time tomorrow!

On Sunday, we are going out for brunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary (2 days early), my in-laws 36th wedding anniversary and of course my S-I-L’s birthday. We are having brunch at la Sapiniere, the hotel where we got married!! It is not a typical hotel; it is more of an Inn or Auberge as we say in French. It has been around for over 70 years and is very well known for its incredible gastronomy. It is located in Val-David, in the Laurentian Mountains, about an hour north of Montreal. I just love going up there as it brings me back – funny, not so much to my wedding day, but to the day dh and I were biking on the well known bike path, le P’tit Train du Nord, a 200 km bike path that winds through the mountains. We were biking along and stopped in one of the small towns to look around. DH recognized that he had been there before – on a ski trip with his parents when he was a child, so he showed me around. Once I got a glimpse of the rustic hotel, the lake, the manicured lawn, the fountain, the rooms, etc I knew it was the perfect place for our wedding. And it certainly was!

I will try and scan some wedding pictures on the weekend to post here on our anniversary. It seems that digital cameras have been around forever, but not as far back as 1998!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Making your own baby food?

A while back, a friend told me about these and I finally purchase some today at a local children's store. They are individually lidded containers that fit together like an ice cube tray. When Francis was little, I ended up making a lot of my own baby food because it was easier and healthier than the jars. I used to just freeze baby food in ice cube trays and then dump them into baggies, but for $4.50 CDN you can get these handy-dandy containers and turn a 2 step process into 1. Just fill with baby food snap shut and freeze. Tah-dah! Then, if you are going out, you can just throw a few into your diaper bag and off you go!

Making home made baby food is a snap. Just steam fresh fruit or veggies and puree using this handy gizmo. You usually have to add a bit of liquid such as water or broth but other than that there is no sugar, salt, preservatives, etc. To get a good consistency for meat, I found puree-ing (sp?) the meat with some veggies mixed in gave the best consistency. Stew was one of the best because you have the meat, veggies and broth all in one.

My secret pal rocks but the postal service doesn't!

Yay! I had a package waiting for me when I got home today! What a wonderful surprise. This month's theme was "Tubby Time". Check out all the lovely stuff she sent. I am so lucky to have such a thoughtful and generous secret pal and I can't wait to find out who she is come December.

I have to say that I was a bit shocked when I saw the state of the box though. The package was very well wrapped in a sturdy box with brown paper all around but it looked like it had really been smashed around. Secret pal, if you reading this, I debated whether or not to mention this - I don't want you to feel badly I just thought that I would like to know if this happened to something I sent. Oh, and the shipping wasn't cheap either! Well, the banging of the box must have cracked the seal on the Mr. Bubbles bubble bath because it was empty when I opened the box. Luckily the box and papers seemed to have absorbed the liquid and the only thing that I couldn't salvage was your lovely card. Oh, but the package smelled so nice! :o)

So here is a picture of all the fun bath stuff that she sent for Naomi sans the Mr. Bubbles. There were 2 rubber duckies, one pink and one that measures the bath temperature, a package or pretty (girly) face cloths, a package of disposable washcloths (those are so coming with me to China!), a set of Baby Einstein stacking cups (also coming to China with us), a set of bath toys, Huggies baby wash, Johnson's wash and body lotion. She also sent some nice products for me! A body lotion called breathe-calm (oh ya, this stuff is for me!) AquaTanica Spa Sea Moisture and lemon cream body wash (that smells divine!).
AND she sent this adorable book for Francis called I'm a Big Brother which he totally LOVED and that I read for tonight's bedtime story. Once again, thank you secret pal for spoiling me and putting a giant smile on my face!

Monday, August 14, 2006

The good and the bad ...

Ok I am WAY behind as usual.

Lets see … ok Thursday night with the girls was a blast as usual. You can see the incriminating pictures on Doris’s blog. We always come up with some interesting topics indeed! We decided to do a 3 month secret swap between the 3 of us which will be a lot of fun because I am getting to know these ladies likes and dislikes.

Friday was work as usual – nothing much exciting.

On Saturday I spent some one on one time with my kiddo. We went to the dollar store, he got a haircut, we went out for a pizza lunch, we visited the animals at the pet store and got him some new clothes for school. On Saturday night I went to a bachelorette party for my friend Mary who is getting married next Saturday! I have to say that this was one of the more tame bachelorette parties I have been too but fun just the same. Francis is going to be the ring bearer at their (Big Greek) wedding and he is very excited to get to wear a tux and go for a drive in the limo. Lots of action for a 5 year old!

Sunday was quiet – cleaning the house, shopping, etc and dinner at the in-laws. I seem to have either allergies or a cold so I’ve been pretty stuffed-up and miserable. Last night hubby suggests that I try some Sudafed (sp?) before bed. Bad idea. This stuff gives me a weird reaction. It made my body tired and my mind wide awake. My mind was racing all night and I don’t think I got more then 2 hours of sleep. Uggh.

To make matters worse, I weighed myself this morning. Another bad idea. It appears that I have managed to gain 9 pounds in the past 4 + weeks. I have been walking a lot but my eating is out of control. The whole thing just depresses me. This morning I vowed to renew my commitment to healthy eating and exercise. I started with a very healthy breakfast and then parked in the far parking lot at work and took the stairs up to my office. So far so good but it is only 11am on Monday morning. I need to fit into a cute black cocktail dress for the wedding on Saturday and though logically I know that losing 9 pounds in 6 days is highly improbable, I sure would like some of it to be gone!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Oh yes its ladies night and the feeling's right!

Ever had one of those days where you wish you could just skip forward a few hours? I’m just trying to get through my day so I can get to 5 0’clock! I am meeting Doris and Elisa for a celebratory drink(s) and some free munchies at the local watering hole known as McKibbins Pub. These evenings usually go by way too quickly as we all have a lot to say. We commiserate about the wait time, analyse what we read on RQ, discuss nurseries, cute baby clothes, blogs and our lives in general. Nevermind that we email each other 10 times a day ….it’s the drinking getting together we enjoy best! :o)

Monday, August 07, 2006

9 months down

Today marks 9 months since our file was officially registered in China. Part of me can’t believe that we have waited ¾ of a year already and part of me feels like it hasn’t been so bad. The big question on everyone’s mind is how much more to go. Well, for that I have no answer. I really hope that it’s 3-4 more months for referral and a month or 2 to travel. I would really love to have her picture for Christmas and be planning travel for January/February but I am not sure if that is in the cards. Only time will tell …

p.s. A happy 9 month LIDaversary to Elisa and family at Fortune Cookie Monsters, also celebrating 9 months down today!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Bonjour from Quebec City ...

We are in sunny Quebec City for the weekend. There is a festival here at the moment called la fete de la nouvelle france (sorry, accents are not working). People are dressed in period costumes and there is a parade and other shows as well as food-tasting and shopping! Here are a few pics so you'll feel like you visited too! (Sorry, Blogger is being a bit pissy with the photo upload this morning!)

Here is a picture of me and my little cavallier!




















La parade




Thursday, August 03, 2006

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

My mother’s friend, Corinne sent me more baby clothes! I feel like the luckiest person in the world at the moment. Corinne is a doll collector, just like my mom. She has been purchasing clothes for her dolls for many years and now, since she is buying many of my mom’s doll confections, she has passed along much of these clothes to me. How do you say thank you for an entire wardrobe of designer clothes? I have highlighted a select few here to show you the styles and variety. Almost every dress comes with the matching frilly panties and many have hats or other accessories. Many of the items are duplicated in different sizes. She also sent me a gorgeous doll and a bear. Thanks Corinne!

Check out my slideshow and don’t forget to leave comments!

p.s. Check out Naomi's Nursery for updates!


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Update

Ok, it has been 6 days since I updated my site – bad me! I guess it’s just that I don’t have too much to report on.

First, let me say that it has been raining and we have had thunderstorms almost daily. The ground is saturated and we have been dealing with a flooded basement. Over 20,000 people on the island of Montreal have been without electricity for over 36 hours now. My mother, who lives in the mountains north of Montreal, came down last night because she has had no power for 36 hours as well. Last night we went to bed but my mother was in our office using the computer when she noticed that water was gushing into the basement via our electrical box. So she woke us up and hubby and I spent over an hour outside in the pouring rain / thunderstorm trying to fix the problem.

Other than that I have been enjoying following Dawn and JP’s blog as they are in China now getting the lovely Miss Eva-Lynn. The first thing I do every morning is check out their blog and read about their adventures in China – it starts of my day in such a happy and positive mood! I got to meet Dawn through our agency’s MNO evenings and couldn’t be happier for them.

I am impatiently waiting for the CCAA to update their site to say that the November files are out of the review room. I’m not too worried about our file but it will be another milestone to know that our file has passed the test and that it’s all ready for matching.