Tuesday, June 26, 2007

more goodies!

Check out the sweet gifts for Naomi from our wonderful friends Chantal and Nestor! Thank you!!

Visit Naomi's Nursery for updates on how her room is progressing ...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

about last night

Last night was referral celebration time with our friends and fellow bloggers Elisa and Jarrod and Doris and Dan. I didn't have my camera, but Elisa and Doris did so there should be pictures on their blogs soon.

We met for drinks at the Lotus Lounge in the Holiday Inn Chinatown and then went out for dinner only a few blocks away. It was a really nice evening to relax and enjoy. We even had a ladybug sighting - poor family got mobbed by the 6 of us!

Check out the lovely prezzies I received from the girls!! Spoiled again!!

Oh and HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to Elisa and Jarrod!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

8 months!

Today is the longest day of the year and Naomi is 8 months old today. I just can't wait to jump on the plane to go get her. It kills me to know that I am missing this milestone! I have to remind myself that every day we are getting closer to her.
Happy 8th month sweet baby girl! mommy, daddy and Francis are coming to bring you home very soon!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

what I've been up to lately

Today after work I found a little love in the mailbox. My Aunt Josee knit these adorable baby socks for Naomi that match the ones she made for me recently! Thank you!!!! This is what it looks like pretty much every day ... more and more bags of "stuff"

This time it was baby cereal - I was told to look for anything but rice :o) and the kind that you just add water. I also picked up some swimming diapers for the pool at the hotel - I even had a coupon for $2.50 off! Oh yes, I also found a white hat for myself ... seeing that the current temperature in Beijing is 37 degrees ... (I'm Canadian - you do the math!)
I found myself a spiffy pair of Merrell Mary-Jane sneakers - I just can't stand the idea of wearing closed running shoes and socks in the heat ... since I have vowed to pack light, I will wear these to China and bring only my Nike sports sandals ... oooo...2 pairs of shoes for 2 weeks, can it be done??
Today we mailed off our package to our daughter! I didn't take pictures but included in the box was: 1 disp. camera, camera instructions in Chinese, questions about our daughter, Who Loves baby photo album, 1 sundress, 1 pj, 1 blankie, 1 box of maple cookies, 1 bag of maple candies, 1 tube of Gerber melt aways, 1 tiny bunny and a few diapers to fill the empty spots! Luckily, Stephan mailed it from NC today for $36 - mailing it from here was going to be $118!! Now he's hitting the Wal-Mart to pick up Charmin-to-go rolls, A&D diaper ointment and Airborne which we do not have here ... I guess all this business travel has it's advantages!
And because my life isn't insane enough - school ends on Friday and I just realized that I didn't get gifts for the teachers, daycare staff, lunch monitors, bus driver...etc. So off we flew to good ol' Tim Hortons for gift certificates. The teachers are also getting one-of-a-kind handmade cards from Francis.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Shoppy

Wanna know what I've been up to lately?? Yup. You guessed it - shopping! I thought I was quite prepared with all the stuff I have been gathering during the past two years, but I did not have any teeny little size 6 month stuff!! I have to say that it has been a BLAST shopping for cute baby girl clothes! It is very hard to resist all the pink after having a boy first and buying red, blue and green for 5 years!

The first picture is the loot from my shopping excursion with Elisa on Sunday - we hit some amazing sales and found quite a few bargains on clothes. We also managed to pick up some essentials - diapers, wipes, etc...




Onsey, twosie...
















Yup, it says "little dumpling" - had to have this!






















Sweet jammies ...




Levis Red Tab in strawberry ...





















resistance is futile ...


















Uggg... the disaster zone! I think I need some organizational skills!!
Whoohoo!!! I just passed my 30,000 blog view!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bigger, better pictures!

Here are some better pictures care of my mom who is good at the technical stuff!! Feel free to continue gushing about how fricken' cute she is! :o)








Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pictures!!

With great joy we announce our daughter!!!

Naomi Fumeng
We think that she is absolutely adorable!!
What an incredible day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Is it Friday yet?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Friday

We are still waiting for Naomi's files and pictures. We have been told "not before Friday" as the translator is busy. Sigh. So we continue to wait. I would do ANYTHING to make it go faster - the last bit of waiting is always the hardest.

Today was the day I told my boss that he has me for another 4 weeks and then I am off for 9 + months. He took it pretty well but I think I'm going to e very busy until we leave for China.

Lisa did a "Going Back to Referral Day" post that I thought was brilliant so I'm going to try and recapture the evening too ...

So lets see ... I waited all evening on Tuesday and did not leave the phone for one second. On Wednesday afternoon I called my agency to see if referrals had arrived - the lady on the phone said no ...in the way people do when they don't want to answer - then she said she could not tell me and that I was not supposed to call - that I would just have to be patient and wait for my resource person to call. How'd'ya like them cookies?? So I figured that there would be no call on Wednesday - but I really hoped there would.

In the meantime - the hubs had to work some magic to get on an earlier flight home from NC. He got home at 8 and I was watching "Canada's Next Top Model" so he came to relax with me. At every commercial I begged the phone to ring. As it inched closer and closer to 9 pm I started to lose hope. After the show, I headed to the basement to check emails and die of jealousy while looking at all the "calls" that were coming in. Just as I plunked my butt into the chair the phone rang. I was expecting Elisa to call so that we could commiserate but when I heard Karen's voice I started to FREAK OUT!

I ran up the stairs like a mad woman trying to find my husband - I am yelling STEPHAN! at the top of my lungs and apologising to Karen telling her I can't seem to find him! I run up to the bedroom, out to the garage, and finally fling the front door open to see him coming up the steps with his suitcases that he had just retrieved from the car and I yell at him to "GET IN HERE" it's "THE CALL"! So we put the phone on speaker (finally) and Karen tells me we have a 7 month old daughter and I start freaking out again. I manage to write down all the information and thank Karen. She tells me that there is a missing file for someone in our group so we cannot blog or email for 24 hours - UGG!!!

Just as I hang up, Elisa and Jarrod call to say that they just got the call too but for a 5 month old! We are all freaking out because we were both hoping for older children so that there wouldn't be such and age gap with our boys - we were both happy but stunned.

So we call our families and friends (a bit late into the evening) and finally I call Doris with the news and tell her to call Elisa so that we can do a 3-way conference call. She was freaking out as much as we were!
What an evening that was!!!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

about Guizhou


Since we got news of our referral we have been scouring the 'net' for any info on Guizhou or the Qiandongnan SWI. It seems that there is very little information out there but so far this is what I have learned from the small Guizhou Yahoo adopters group and the internet.

Guizhou is one of the poorest provinces in all of China and is the province with the most minority groups. The capital city is called Guiyang and this is probably where we will travel to. People who adopted from that SWI said that the foster parents and director (Mr. Chen) brought the children into Guiyang (to the hotel) for the gottcha moment. I have found no one who has been to the SWI as it is a 3-4 hour car ride to the town of Kaili. It appears that most of the children are in the foster care system there. The children from Guizhou are generally very healthy and are most often from the Miao or Dong minorities. Both minorities are very creative people and have a very strong culture and tradition.

The city of Guiyang looks like a small but modern city with chain hotels, Walmart, KFC, Pizza Hut, you name it but it is the surrounding area that interests me most. The Dong people built many bridges known as wind & rain bridges that are quite interesting and there are beautiful waterfalls and pristine mountains.

You can click here for the incredible pictures of Qiandongnan. Here are some random pictures of the area and the people.

Friday, June 08, 2007

referral bliss

There has been some celebratin' going on around our place!! Last night I went out with my bloggy budettes Doris and Elisa to celebrate Elisa's birthday (and referrals of course!!!).


Then today my mom took me out for lunch and presented me with the most adorable smocked baby dress that she made for Naomi!!! Isn't it adorable???

After work the hubs and I enjoyed some strawberry daiquiri's on the deck (yes, I am strategically positioned behind the chair ...)- finally enjoying the nice weather and talking about our trip to China!!!


I have been waiting for the phone to ring so that I can dash out like a lunatic to get peanut's pictures! I think it's going to be early next week - which is fine because it leaves some excitement for next week too!!

TGIF everyone!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

WE GOT THE CALL!!!!

We got the call late last night bust we were asked not to post anything for 24 hours as there was a problem with one of the agency's files. But now on to the good stuff!!!

We have a Daughter!!

Her name is Chen Fu Meng (soon to be Naomi FuMeng)

and her birth date is October 21, 2006 (yes, only 7 months old!)

She is at the Qian Dong Nan SWI in the province of Guizhou

That's all the information I have right now!! Now mosey on over to Elisa's blog to check out her referral information - I think you'll find that our two girls have a lot in common!! I'll have more news soon and pictures in a couple of days! Whooohoooo!!

Life is good.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Happy B-Day Elisa!


In all the excitement I keep forgetting to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend and fellow November 7th LID-er, Elisa.

What an incredible and exciting news to have on your birthday! I hope you are celebrating tonight!!

No call yet

Just wanted to check in and say that there has been no call yet. It's 6:44 pm now and I have been told that the call may come tomorrow since we're in Canada.


Also, when we get the call we only get her name, birthday and province. We get pictures and the medical report a week or so later when all the files have been reviewed and translated. I have been told that our agency also calls the SWI (Social Welfare Institutes (orphanages)) to make sure that the children proposed are still in good health and that there are no problems. Even thought I'm dying of jealousy of those of you who already got the call AND the pictures, I am confident that my agency knows what it's doing.


Thank you all for the wonderful comments - I'm feelin' the love people!!

Referrals!!!

OMG, it looks like we're in!!!

Last post on RQ:
Referrals!!!!
June 5th, 2007
One person is reporting that they got the call!!!!
Referrals are here for at least one agency!!!! Their LID is the 7th, so they got at least that far.

I'm so in shock - I can't stop shaking!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Nothing yet

So far it still looks like the 7th is in but other than that there is nothing. nada. nil. nope. not-yet. (big sigh).
Usually someone leaks the news that referrals are on their way but so far nothing. Maybe it'll be a surprise. The longest the CCAA has ever gone between referrals is 41 days so that would take us to Sunday. I hope we hear something soon!

In the meantime ... refresh ... refresh ... refresh ...

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ten Childhood Memories

Ok, so I haven’t actually been tagged, but I’ve decided to do this one anyways to help pass the time.

1. Spending time with my grandmother. I remember how she would sit and knit and watch “Days of our lives”. Sometimes she’d teach me to knit or iron or to use one of her big looms. She always made me feel like I was the most special person in her life.

2. Visiting my grandparents farm. There wasn't any animals but there was a big barn full of interesting things. My cousins and I loved to climb up to the second story and play up there. I also remember the inside of the house even thought I haven’t been there in 20+ years. I also remember the cupboard where my grandmother used to keep peppermints in a yellow glass jar.

3. I remember riding my (banana seated) bike up to Perettes (a convenience store) to buy candy and sip-sacks. Sip sacks were bags of colored sugar water – you had to puncture the bag with the pointy end of the straw and suck the liquid out. Then we’d blow them up and pop them.

4. We used to go on camping trips and adventures. We’d get up really early and get in the car – my brother and I would fall asleep and by the time we woke up we’d be somewhere interesting. Oh and my parents used to sing in the car! :o)

5. We used to live right at the base of a mountain – I remember spending a lot of time hiking, biking and playing up there. In the winter my mom and I would go cross country skiing there.

6. I remember playing outside the school at recess. We used to play jump rope or elastic or lemon twist. Sometimes the teachers would take out a giant parachute that we would play games with. I still remember some of the silly songs we used to sing in the jump rope or hand clapping games.

7. I remember when my parents brought my brother home from the hospital. I was at my home with my grandparents and when the van pulled up I ran over to the passenger side to see him.

8. I remember the first day I met my best friend, Colleen. It was grade 7 – my first year of high school. We couldn't’t stop talking and giggling in art class - we got kicked out of the class.

9. I remember my parents dancing in the kitchen. There was always music playing in our house - it must be why I can hear a 70’s song on the radio and instantly know all the words.

10. I remember spending hours playing in the snow. We used to build forts and tunnels and made-up games. I used to have this plastic bucket – thing called an “igy” that you were supposed to use to make blocks of snow to create and igloo.

If you've managed to get through my list, considered yourself tagged!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

tick, tick, tick...


Where is everyone? It's eerily quiet. I thought there was going to be some rumors or at least speculations, observations, tabulations, analysations, predict-i-cations!!! (Yeah, that's a word). I am ready to party! You can all jump out and yell "surprise" any time now!!

Friday, June 01, 2007

No news is good news right?

Just a quick update to say that I am hanging in - trying to be patient and to let go of what I cannot control. (This doesn't mean I haven't been glued to RQ and hitting the refresh key enough times to make the F5 key to rub off.) I am really hoping that we will hear more today but I am thinking that it is more likely that we get news Monday.

I want to take a minute to thank everyone for their support through this incredible journey. I consider us really blessed to have the ongoing support of family & friends plus all the wonderful bloggy friends! I know that several friends and family members check my blog regularly for updates even thought they don't comment - I know who you are! Thanks to you "silent" supporters as well!!