Wednesday, January 31, 2007

So many Blinkies

So little space!!

When I was little, my mom called me pussy cat. I'm not sure where the nickname came from--green eyes or liking to take naps or both. I have always loved cats, well, in theory. Our fat Herman has put that to the test. He is just one lazy lump of fur. BUT Peaches is a wonderful cat that just loves a person and wants to be with them, sleep with them, rub your leg, you know.

So, in honor of my nickname and pesonality traits and ability to get into and cause trouble,
I have chosen a few matching blinkies.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

So much to do

Mya has had a fever for 3 days now. There was strep throat at the daycare last week. So, we are off to see the pediatrician this afternoon.

While we are there, I will drop off some files of the COP babies we are considering. We have to have a plan of treatment for our request letter. There are 15 babies on the list and we have pretty much got it down to 3 babies that we would seriously consider but they are all so cute that it is hard to rule any of them out. One must not look at the faces too much cuz you'll apply for them all, regardless of medical need.

Anyway, after Mya is seen, Keith will pick her up and go home while I go to work. Doesn't that sound fun?? Actually good thing I can go to work and stop looking at the babies for a while.

Here's hoping Mya doesn't have strep but if she does, I don't work tomorrow. She will be able to be on the meds for a full 24 hrs before she goes back to daycare.
PS Hunan/Pingjiang Families--Tomorrow is the second anniversary of us getting "the call". How 'bout you???

Monday, January 29, 2007

Children of Promise

Bethany has just received a list of special needs children. They call them Children of Promise (COP) because, even with a special need, they hold great hope for their lives, especially once they have a family and good medical care. Most of the needs are considered minor and treatable--cleft lip, minor tumors, congenital heart disease, etc. I have been on the "edge of my seat" lately with a feeling of anticipation. I knew the list would be out in early February or maybe as late as March. So, getting the list today was a pleasant surprise.

Keith and I will be evaluating the children on the list see if any of them have needs that we feel we can cope with. From there, we have to put in a letter saying we are interested in parenting whichever child/ren we are considering. In about a week, Bethany's main office in Grand Rapids, Michigan will decide who is matched with the children.
The whole process is somewhat gruling with doctor's consultations and writing up the requests, not to mention the emotional portion. Please keep the kids on the list in your prayers, as well as the families that are applying. All we want is for God's will to be known.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Erin's MySpace

As long as I am advertising, I'd recommend going to Erin's MySpace (see sidebar). She has posted a video of Mya dancing. It's pretty cute.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Helping Gwen Get Going

***************Hey everyone,
**Gwen is trying to get a blog up and running. I have to work today. If you are able to help her out, just give her an email full of encouragement. I am putting a link to the new blog on my sidebar. Hang in there til she gets the bugs worked out.
**Becky, after all your hockey today, can you check in on Gwen and see how she is doing?? I will be working side by side with doctors saving lives. OK, I'll just be at work running tests and drawing blood but it sounds more exciting when I say it the other way ;) ~v

Friday, January 26, 2007

Favorite Photo Friday

Running a little behind on this but here's one of my absolute favs.
It's my mom and dad with the first 8 of their grandkids. Our Joe is the nut with gree shirt & the apple. Carrie is the only girl--very serious on the right side with the purple (all my kids were baldies). Colette is hiding behind her son Adam and was pregnant with Anna.
That makes the photo 19.5 yrs old.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Day to Day life

+++++The cupboards are bare, Erin brought home her own lunch supplies and Keith has offered to go to Cub. All are bad signs. After realizing that I could no longer put off the inevitable, I packed up Mya and off we went, diaper bag and purse in tow. I just hate shopping with a 2 yr old. Fortunately, the Cub has those carts that are really long and have a special spot for Mya. They have little steering wheels. Keeps her busy for over half the store. Well, that and saying "Hi" to everyone, reminding me that we need popsicles, and any other goodies that she sees.

+++++After opening a box of Teddy Grahams and some raisins, we have finally made it to the check out with our now overflowing cart. By this time, Mya has had enough of the cart. I told her she could sit on the TCF bench as long as I could see her. First thing, off to the candy by the check out. Don't you just want to kill the guy that decided this was a good place for candy??? Obviously, not a parent of small children OR maybe he is and knows that many of us will give in to the persistant nagging of our little ones. Today, though, I was strong--no you may not have M&Ms.
+++++Paying a day's wages plus some, we start the packing process. Mya is still busy running around, helping bag those popsicles and whatever she can think of to do. As I'm getting loaded up, a nice lady comes up to me and asks if we adopted Mya and if so, from China?? You know the answer. Turns out one of her kids is adopting from China. We talked about the process, age upon arrival, the availability of siblings (none), and twins. She commented on Mya's cuteness (people always say that and Erin says not to let it fool you.) She finished up by saying how excited she is for the baby and I congratulated her on her impending grandchild. What a nice way to end the shopping trip.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Love this Graphic

***I found this graphic quite a while ago. It looks like Mya to me. Someday I will figure out how to put something into my profile.

***Tonight, I'm remembering that it was 2 yrs ago that I had a hysterectomy. I purposely had it done at that time because I wanted to be recouped by the time we went to China. One week later, we got "the call". It was sooner than we expected.
***Maybe that is why I am anxious to have some movement on the adoption front. I find myself longing for some news, any news but there won't be anything for quite a while. Deep breath. Patience.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Old Sunscreen

The Daycare gave us back our sunscreen saying it was outdated.
I bought it last summer. My sources say it is good for 3 years but
they say 6 months. Anyway, Mya routinely asks for or gets hold
of that sunscreen and applies it liberally. Here's how it goes.

Hu Hu Cat//Cool Dog

Nikki reminded me that Hello Kitty is a Japanese cartoon. China has their own cat--Hu Hu Cat. However, Hu Hu Cat is not easy to find. The corresponding dog is Cool Dog. While we were in China, we bought a school bag for a diaper bag. The long strap made carrying easy. Anyway, the bag has the Cool Dog emblom on it.

I have searched to find the Hu Hu Cat. It is very difficult.

Here are a couple of examples.

If anyone has more,
please let me know.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Of Cold and Snow

It's snowing today. Yep, it sure is pretty to look at. I'm sitting at the computer which is conveniently located in the family room, next to a patio door (brr) and the gas fireplace is running behind me. Our new Pastor and his family, the Kennicotts (see blog in sidebar--Hi Kennicotts), moved here from Florida just after Christmas. They are so excited about the snow.

As a seasoned Minnesotan and one with poor circulation to boot, I don't enjoy the snow like I once did. Back in the day, on the farm (Hi Mom) we would slide down the hill all day. One year we had snow on Easter Sunday. I couldn't resist. I just had to slide down the hill. Don't know how it happened but I gashed my nose and went to church looking really sweet. Does anyone (Colleen--help me here) remember snow drifts high enough to dig forts into them and be able to stand?? OR, having a brother who thought it was cool to pull the toboggan fast enough behind our littlest tractor, make extremely tight corners and send the riders flying? What about snow days where we couldn't see the barn across the yard? It was always mom's hope that the school bus would make it through the snow on the road near our house because she really didn't what to host all those kids.

Keith reminds me that in central Minnesota, those things still happen. Here in the near metro area, snow plows come out frequently, the winds are calmer and stopped by endless rows of houses and the kids rarely get a day off for heavy snow. So, as I look out the window from my now 80 degree family room, I enjoy the falling snow from a picturesque standpoint. I might even enjoy putting on 400 layers of clothing and a pair of 5 pound boots, covering my face until only my eyes show so that we could take out the snowmobiles. On second thought, I'm going to make a cup of hot cocoa, wrap my cold hands around the mug and stay put.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Another Favorite

The whole clan from CNY 2006

Favorite Photo Friday

Chinese New Year celebration 2006.
Hoping to meet up with the Bilbys again this year.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Pretend Play

Today is the first time I have seen Mya actually pretend to do something. She pretended she gave me a present and that we had to open it. Some were big heavy packages. Usually she said it was candy and we pretended to eat it. I was kind of surprised to see such precise pretend but Mya is into the details of stuff.


These pictures are to show everyone that how I comb Mya's hair makes all the difference. Yesterday, I tried putting a clip in it and so all the longer hairs were off to the side. Today, I combed it all forward and the short stuff is covered up. Big difference. No matter what, I love my littlest brown eyed girl!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Brown Eyed Girl

Mya had fun -- ok, I had fun -- sending these shirts to a few friends. I got them when the Target maniac was running the aisles, wreaking havoc at a local store. I will not be returning there until Mya has grown a bit or I can disguise her. ;)

The short hair is my fault, well partly. Mya cut it on one of her scissors maniac days and of course, I fixed it. Guess we can see her brown eyes this way!!

Big Girl Undies

We'll try anything here. Mya decided that she didn't want her diaper on today so she was going around with her tushy hanging out. I don't want bottoms on if she has no primary coverage. I have some Strawberry Shortcake undies from a baby shower. So, today we are trying those. Mya also loves gum. I'm doubling up (no pun intended) with gum as a reward. What are the chances we'll get this potty training going??? I don't have much confidence. Anyone other potty training ideas???

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It Had to be Done

As the mother of teens, I have learned to ignore many things--dirty bathrooms, drinking glasses, bowls and candy wrappers strewn in various locations, clothing on the floor, overflowing garbage cans, etc. Every once in a while, even a mom can't stand it any more. Now mind you, I am not an organized person. In our marriage relationship, I am the messy, Keith is the cleany. So, when the level of messiness gets too high for even me to stand, don't get in the way.

Erin worked after school today. I have been asking her for days to clean her room. She is supposed to do it and her laundry on a regular basis. However, regular has a different definition to her than me.

I went down to her room, planning only to pick up the drinking glasses and other items that should be brought to the kitchen and put in the dishwasher. I could see small patches carpeting peeking out from under the clothing. The room was littered with Laffy Taffy wrappers.

That's when it hit. Erin's room HAD to be cleaned.

Erin will be home in half an hour. What will she say when she sees the laundry done and the floors vacuumed??!!?? I can only tell you what I would say if someone went into my room, did the laundry and vacuumed--GOD BLESS YOU and when can you come back??

If I am still energetic tomorrow, I will hit that closet where Erin and Carrie conveniently put all the stuff they don't really use but are unwilling to discard.

Hey, maybe I'm nesting!!!???

P.S. Erin's response--"cool" AND, I have gotten to the carpeting in that closet. Three shouts of Hooray for me. I have wanted to do that for a LONG time.

Lessons Learned

I should know better by now. Everytime I make a snap decision, it bites me in the butt. Keith doesn't really care for the colorful plates because of the compartments. I called the folks at Target and they said that because I washed the plates and the barcode stickers are gone, they are now considered used plates and cannot be returned. So, now we have really colorful compartmented plates that I will be using for lunch and snacks and picnics. Oh well, I hate those flimsy paper plates at picnics. Thanks to Stef for providing the blinkie. I do still love my Target and I'm sure they LOVE me.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Finally Some Snow

You know that I'm not particularly fond of the white stuff but if it's going to be cold, it might as well snow. Mya was thrilled to see it. Right now she is enjoying a cup of the snow and watching Wow, Wow, Wubzy.

Isn't that what everyone does with snow--eats it?????
*****OK, I'm forced to add that it is NOT yellow snow!!!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Temporary Retirement

Mya cried as we took down the crib. She kept saying, my crib, my crib and boo-hooing as we took out the bolts and put it up against the wall. It was pretty much for show. She loves her big bed but I think there was an emotional attachment. I felt it too. My baby is growing up. She's getting big in so many ways that I can't even keep up with them. Maybe that's why I'm feeling the wait for Lily (or boy) is getting harder. I truely think she is to the point where she (and I) can handle having another little one around. So, that's why it is temporary retirement of the crib. I told Mya that Lily (or boy) will be using it. I keep saying "or boy" because I've been feeling more drawn toward the idea of a boy. Erin even had a dream that we got a boy. Guess we'll see. Here are a couple of comparison shots that will help you visualize the changes I'm talking about.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Anna

My first neice after a long string of nephews.
Have a great 19th birthday!!

Waiting is No Game

Well, my friends, I've hit an impatient spot in the long wait for Lily (or a boy). I just got so anxious yesterday that for a few minutes I considered what it would take to change our adoption country to Guatemala. Short referral times and lots of healthy little boys made the process look pretty inviting.

Every program has it's glitches. You may get a quick referral from Guatemala but the wait time from referral to travel is almost as long as the wait from LID to referral for China. Also, since the Hague Convention was signed, there is a chance that the Guatemala program may close altogether. Now that would be a major bummer. So, all in all, changing countries would not benefit us much and may cause more problems.

Really, it's not the direction we want to go. I want Mya to have a sibling of similar background. I want them to be able to share their thoughts and feelings about being abandoned in China and adopted by a caucasian American family. I want them to go through their teen years together.

So, in conclusion, I have got to be patient and I hate that. In a McDonalds society, I want a drive-thru response time but life isn't like McDonalds.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Favorite Photo Friday

Here's the photo of Erin and James playing Mary and Joseph at our house in Brooklyn Park.
We moved in 1995 and Erin was born in 1990. So, she is probably 3 in this picture.