Sunday, February 22, 2009

You Might Be Adopting from China if...

...you know that I-600 & I-171 aren't highways.

...you've been expecting a baby for over 3 years.

...you understand that it's 2006 in some parts of the world.

...you've "paid for" 3 citizenships, but never brought anyone into the U.S.

...you know that waiting for China has nothing to do with Dillards or dishes.

...your homestudy is followed by a number (i.e. #3 or #4).

...you never know how many days next month will  have.

...you know that babies come in batches.

...you've been fingerprinted four times, but never committed a crime.

...you automatically assume everyone who is expecting is having a girl.

...you own new clothing in 3 little sizes for all 4 seasons (because you don't know when or how big).

...you look twice when you see a lady bug.

...you're more interested in what will happen in March 2006 than in March 2009.

...you know people who understand when you talk about 2 day months & 5 day months.

...your due date hasn't changed by days, but by years.

...you know who the Rumor Queen is...AND...you don't know who she is.

...you know that forecast doesn't have anything to do with the weather.

...you've waited so long, they re-checked your fingerprints to see if they changed.

...trying to understand why they're printing you again, you study your own fingerprints and wonder if fingerprints grow wrinkles.

...when you speak of "that time of the month" you're talking about CCAA updates & referrals.

You might be adopting from China if you love someone you've never met with all your heart.

by:  Margaret Leigh

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I can't help but re-read and re-read this and say yep, yep, yep, yep...that's what it's like.  The only thing that we haven't experienced are the different clothes sizes, but everything else, is right on...especially those fingerprints!!!

Good, productive weekend...got the frame and got this project done for Emma's room...can turn on and off the light inside the heart ($1 and some change valentine chocolate box...after Valentine sale that I altered).  I did this exactly as Wilna's from her {he}art class.  She gave us the scriptures to print on our own paper...really a nice touch and so much meaning about keeping your heart pure and clean...



Dennis also hung her mirror.   The three pieces of clothing that she has and the two blankets, I put together to wash...but don't want to wash too soon...could still get more dust on it.

We should hear something this week if this is going to be a 1 to a 5 day referral month...March 3, 2006 is next...so if it's a 1 day, it'll be families on that day...if, by a HUGE miracle, they get through 5 days of referrals, they would have gone through March 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2006 families.  Still have a long wait ahead if the referrals per month keep going slow.  I do not think our referral will come as early as March 31, 2009...but that forecast hasn't changed.  Have seen a number of families that have found out that their log in dates with China were wrong and were sooner...like by 5 days sooner.  So ours is March  14, 2006...and say, by a mistake, ours really is March 9, 2006...that could make a HUGE difference in when we get our referral because of how slow the matching is.  But haven't heard from our agency...actually...terrible thing to say, but true...we stopped hearing from our agency since the past 2 years when the wait kept increasing...so I'll be shocked when we finally do, whether it be for letting us know our LID is wrong or our referral is coming in the mail to us...


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Four Years

I'm doing good and not doing much as this is the fourth anniversary of Mom's passing.  Can't help but think about that night she went to bed...it's like it's instant or automatic...but I'm good, and know that today...I don't do much...

Although I do have one of Mom's dishes that we all loved.  With four rug rats, Mom and Dad both cooked all the time...those were really really good memories.  The kitchen always had good smells.  So doing her chicken and spaghetti...but tweaked it having learned some cooking things from watching the Food Network ;)  So have the chicken baking right now...

Dennis and I used to go out to eat at nice restaurants and do something fancy for Valentine's, but eventually we realized that wasn't for us.  So since then, we don't do that anymore.  We did get dessert at LaMadeleine's, which was so empty...Loved it...now that's my kind of Valentine's!  No crowds!!!  But Dennis loves chocolate way more than anyone I've ever seen, and I love expensive chocolates ;) and I love hearts...so we bought the truffles box from Vogues chocolates and are still having fun tasting them all...so rich, but good!
We have finally decided on colors for that old window pane...this is just the base.  We should be able to get to the crackle and contrasting color this week...
Dennis' pics from the race came in and he's been hounding me to do his layout ever since...So Saturday night, surprisingly, this came together really fast...even though I felt no creativity.  I'm learning and experimenting with digital more...so the frame and the lace are all digital...I just printed them and cut them out...
He's such a camera hog!  He broke his record of 8 minute mile...so had to add that title...he did 7:57.
I think I have so many ideas and inspiration from Wilna's class to last quite awhile.  She is so much more of an artist than I realized.  That's what she was before doing scrapbooking...so she showed us some of her ways of doing art...I was going to make this project as a gift, but it's staying with me!

A heart in a box that has been altered, and I used a different quote since I'm keeping it!
And got this project started pretty quickly, have some things ordered, but having problems finding the right shadow box.  Will have to bring another frame back to Michael's and keep looking...I decided this will hang in Emma's room next to her bed...something so unique, and the first thing I've made for her room...Wilna is just amazing with her creativity...

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Mom died just 4 days after Valentine's and since then it's a reminder, a trigger, just like the anniversary of her death.  But since I've worked through a lot of the grief, it's all good.  I really love hearts and was so drawn to Wilna's He{art} class.  I cannot believe we only paid $24 for 10 projects that just got better and better.  I couldn't keep up, but have so many more things to do and so much inspiration.  I can just image the mess Emma and I will make come next Valentine's...

One of the projects was a mobile.  This one's going in my scrap corner.  I love the vintage look of the Graphics 45 paper...



Tuesday, was the last day of the Chinese New Year and Dennis and I decided to eat at P.F. Changs.  I don't know what got into me, but decided to go up to my old office and see people.  I really do not miss the place or the work, but I do miss some of the people.  It was really good and really healing to go up there.  I'm glad I did it.  But I could see how unhappy my sister is and how bad the place still is.  So I made one of the projects for her to lift her spirits even if just for a little bit...met her for lunch today...and, of course, she cried...but then she was happy...



It's a Starbucks red cup that I altered and used Photoshop Elements to do the photos and the journaling...made one for Dennis as well...I put a Starbucks gift card in both of them...
One of the projects was, well, of course Valentine's.  I used her template, and her drawings of hearts.  Some I used as she colored them, but then I watercolored the others using chalk.  These were very quick and easy...
My friend, Allison, came in town last weekend for a seminar and stayed with us Saturday night.  It was so good to see her...she had her collection of CSI Las Vegas...Oh My!!!  I could sit and watch those for hours.  We watched a few and played dominoes.

My friend, Melissa, sent this Hello Kitty clock radio and figures to us.  Her daughter doesn't need them anymore and she gave them to us!  Gave them to us!  We couldn't believe.  The radio looks brand new.  And that little lemon slice lights up!

Working on my February calendar as the month goes by.  Enjoying the most out of everyday and focusing on just Today...and documenting as I go...regardless of how ordinary...
Caught myself getting a little overwhelmed a couple of weeks ago, and this quote from a fortune I had gotten a long time ago...popped into my head, so used it on this Layout:  "Avoid scattering your energies."

And a quick, simple layout of goofball Dennis tripping over his feet at the yoga studio...
Took that awesome fortune Dennis got on the Chinese New Year saying "Traveling to the East will bring you great rewards" and scrapped it...saying "A Little Roebuck...is coming soon..."

And used my Claudine Hellmuth Creativity Kit using the colors blue green and celery green with the word change...and the thought of us celebrating the Chinese New Year was something we have never done...so that's what generated this layout...

Close up pics of a Layout I did for the Scrapping to the Music blog...awesome blog!  And I won!!!  I'm in the "hall of fame"!
The song was by Marc Broussard, a singer who is from Louisiana.  The song was "Home."  Very funky, soulful and made me think of the evacuation during Katrina.  These are pics of us in the garage of a friend's house...we were very thankful to have...
Used duct tape to make an X in the background to represent all the homes marked by the X.  I had never scrapped the evacuation pics or anything related to Katrina...and I cried.  This was so much more emotional to do than what I thought.  Tristan, my niece, lost everything, and is still going through so much physically now; and we had just lost Mom...2005 sucked big time!  Pics to the left are pics I took walking and driving around New Orleans a year later...
Pics of Mom's house and her refrigerator we set out...common sight during that time...and the other pic is of the group of families that we stayed with at our friends' home.  They just have the biggest hearts ever.   So thankful for them.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Have a {heart}filled day!!!

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Recording Breaking Pace and Referrals for March 06!

7.57 pace per mile...Dennis exceeded his goal which was to average 8 minutes per mile!!!  We both were excited and forgot to add to the other post...

Well, more excitement!  Referrals were received for families with LID (Log in Dates) of March 1 and March 2nd, 2006...I didn't expect to see referrals with the Chinese New Year...even though it is a very tiny batch of referrals, just two days worth...which could be pushing us now into April or May...don't know.  We're March 14, 2006, so if they keep doing two days of referrals per month...it would be August...so who knows!!!  One thing I do know is there is a buzz going on in the group of March 2006 families I'm a member of on Yahoo...people are getting their baby gear together for the trip and for home...  The mentality right now is we've (the March 2006 group of families) been waiting for 3 years really longer when you count the paper trailing and getting the Dossier together before the LID, and now it's like...wait, we're not prepared!!!!!!!  That's been the really bad part about the adoption is you don't know anything, you don't know when, and you can't plan your life...

Read a rumor that CCAA (China Center of Adoption Affairs) is looking optimistic to the future...don't really know if that will mean faster referrals??  The Rumor Queen site says that the last time this rumor went out, the referrals slowed down. 

I'm not a baby person, nor a baby magnet, and with the referral coming soon now, I keep looking around and thinking, what in the world is she going to need?!  We're going to be so clueless.  So the last time we went into Target, we decided to look around at gear and look at ages they'd be for to get an idea.  So we're like, well if she's this weight or age, she'll need this seat; if she's this age, she'll be wearing something like this; if she's this age, she'll be...you get the picture.  We just won't know anything until we get the referral...will keep the updates coming... 

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Mardi Gras Race in New Orleans

Dennis decided to get a hotel near the race so that way he didn't have to commute over and could focus on the race...he was pretty pumped and ready for it.  This was his to-do list:
  • 4:30 a.m. - wake up call
  • 4:30-4:45 a.m. - toast w/cheese and 1 cup milk
  • 4:45-5:00 a.m. - shower/dress
  • 5:00-5:45 a.m. - pics, check weather, rest
  • 5:45-6-00 a.m. - eat B'fast
  • 6:15 a.m. - Leave hotel
  • 6:30 a.m. - arrive @ starting gate
This is sooo Dennis...he doesn't like runner's shorts, but prefers his swim trunks!  Yes, he gets looks...but they've worked for him...he's got his garbage bag ready because it's a little chilly just standing around waiting for the gun...that way he can rip it off and throw it away when he gets moving and warmed up.
Got his shoes laced for his high instep and his time chip on...
One thing he said he wanted to wear is his Live Strong bracelet (his father died of lung cancer) and, of course, Lance Armstrong is an inspiration.  And the red bracelet represents Emma and the legend of the Red Thread...
I showed him how to use my little point and shoot, well...he tried...but I kind of like this picture of him...I told him, you're just too fast!!  Watch out!!
After the race, I met him down in the French Quarter for lunch...but first...you know me, this gorgeous thing caught my eye...I kind of woke him or her up...I love cats when they get older...they have such an attitude.  It was funny because when we walked back to our cars to leave, he/she was still sleeping in the same spot!
Ate at the Port of Call...haven't been there in years...and it IS one of the best burgers here...OMG, I forgot how good.  Well, a lot of people were in for the race and had the same idea...but it was really only a 30 minute wait...not bad...you can kind of see Dennis holding my camera bag if you look straight on...
It smelled so good from the streets!
While we waited and then after we ate, just walked around a little on Bourbon and Royal...just stayed in the areas of the really nice shops...took pictures along the way of all of the beauty and inspiration...







Love this quote from this painting..."If you could see inside my head, you'd see that it's not grey but red, cause my heart is where my brain should be, and so I let it think for me."




Really good day...headed back on our side of the lake and Dennis watched the game...I watched the commercials.  But we both watched The Office after!!!  And kept our 3D glasses for Chuck last night...and Heroes is back!!

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