Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Presents, I love Presents!!

Well here is the most beautiful gift from a couple of my East Coast Precious Pandas. We were suppsed to decorate and make sparklie and we were having so much fun eating and laughing that we totally forgot about them. So, just a couple weeks ago, I got this in the mail and I'm not sure if it were Stephe, Donna, Cheryl or Wanda but I love mine and it made me cry. There was a beautiful little poem on shiny paper. I loved it. And, just a couple days ago, I got my cute little onesies from the onesie swap!! Thanks Michelle!! They are sooo cute. I just love getting gifts in the mail. I have been obsessed with getting mail since I was a child. So everytime there is a package on the porch or in the box, I revert back to childhood!! I know, I'm strange!! If only I would open the box and find a little baby girl from China!! Then I would never be the same!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Okay, I guess I am just living in my happy little oblivious part of the world these day. News of referrals taking 14 -- 16--18 -- even 24 months, thinking, awww it won't take that long, just don't think about it. Well, on my way into the driveway, the neighbor pulled in behind me and I got excited thinking OMG, they got their referral - they are adopting from CCAI and were logged in in September '05. He proceeds to tell me that they got a call a few weeks ago saying it would be at least February before they would get their referral - so if it is 5 months behind now, how far behind will they be in January??? My happy world of oblivion has just crumbled...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

My Thursday Night Fix...

Ok yes, I am addicted to Grey's Anatomy. Hey what ever it takes to pass the time. Dr. McSteemy - wow - who wouldn't be addicted. He looks just like Scott in a towel - how'd that happen?? LOL

I went to Scott's football practice tonight. I'm not sure what football is all about other than huddling and crashing into each other but hey, to each his own!!! Here are some photos from the practice... Look at that cute little Bell kid in his helmet!!!!!!!

And, look at the awesome gifts our secret pal sent to us!! Many of the items WILL be traveling with us to China!! Lots of cute items!! Love Them!!!!!!!!!!

Look one of them says... Made In China!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

2 More Classes To Go....

Tonight Scott and I took our CPR/AED certification. So we have only 2 more classes coming up in the next month and we will be done. Of course we still have to finish updating our homestudy and re-doing our fingerprints!! Uggghhh!!!!!!! If this whole freakin process would just speed up, we wouldn't have to keep re-doing things a spending even more money on this exciting process!! I wasn't going to, however, I think I'm going to start selling on ebay again. I did really well last fall. Plus, it is garage sale season and for some reason, I just love garage sales. You just never know what kind of treasures you will find!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Free Willy

I have to tell a funny story. Today at work I brought in a new cd to play in my office. It was bamboo flute music. It is relaxing and soothing and my friend kept telling me it sounded like whale mating music. So she got on the internet and found Whale noises and kept calling my extension and playing them on my speaker. I kept saying I just wanted to embrace my daughters Chinese Culture and of course that part didn't matter so today was all about Whale mating!! I kept wondering how she knew what whale mating sounded like???

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Precious Panda East Coast Girls Weekend

Okay, I'm finally getting around to posting about my awesome trip to Philly last weekend!! This was the view from my airplane ride!! It was gorgeous. It is amazing how beautiful it is up above the clouds. I had to focus on something since I'm terrified of the planes!!!

This was Susan with her hands in the meatballs!! She was our chef extrordinaire!!! She did an awesome job on our dinner the first night!! She is the queen of baked ziti!!!

This is Precious Panda Pirate -- our official mascott. He was so cut with the little outfit and the bling in his hair!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Great Finds

Today, our church had a children's consignment sale and I got some great finds!!! If we don't get our referral soon, I will have enough clothes for Izabella until she goes to college!!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

New Bundle

Our friends Drew and Sarah are new parents to a baby girl named Caroline. She weighed 4 lbs and 15 oz. She is so tiny! Congrats to Drew and Sarah!!!
She will be one of Izabella's playmates!!


I received this cute little Ladybug book from my brother this past weekend. It is so adorable. You pull a string and he will buzz across the table. I'm sure Izabella will love it!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Nothing Too Exciting...

Well nothing exciting on the adoption homefront right now, however, I got this funny email that would make a couple of non-parents like us FREAK! Especially me!! Something to think about while we wait in our clean, non-destroyed furniture...

MESS TEST - Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

TOY TEST - Obtain a 55 gallon box of Legos (or you may substitute roofing tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream because this would wake a child at night.

GROCERY STORE TEST - Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

DRESSING TEST - Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all the arms stay inside.

FEEDING TEST - Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane.Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

NIGHT TEST - Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 3:00 p.m. begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9: 00p.m. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00p.m. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00a.m. Set alarm for 5:00 a.m. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

AUTOMOBILE TEST - Forget the BMW and buy a minivan. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a dime. Stick it into the CD player. Take a family size package of chocolate chip cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There, perfect.

PHYSICAL TEST - (Women)Obtain a large bean bag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 6 months. Now remove 10 of the beans.

PHYSICAL TEST (Men)Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

FINAL ASSIGNMENT - Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training and child's table manners. Suggest any ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild. Enjoy this. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

My only comment is this: if you're still not getting any sleep when your child is five years old, time to call Dr. Phil!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A starting point...

Okay this blog stuff is all new to me but kinda fun!! I am going to start posting every day! Here are some of the new neighbors in the hood! They were quacking me up!!!