Saturday, June 30, 2007
Adoptive families often say that you get news about your adoption when you're traveling. Kevin left yesterday on a two week trip. I can't reach his cell phone, so he doesn't even know of the update yet. Figures, right? We'll be taking a trip to Texas to visit family in September. Maybe our referral will come while we're in Texas!?!? We'll have to make sure Kevin's cell phone is charged and ready for "the call" at all times.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
According to Wikipedia: Bubble tea is a tea beverage that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. The term "bubble" refers to the tapioca balls in the drink. These chewy tapioca balls, or "pearls," are consumed along with the beverage through a wide straw. Bubble tea is extremely popular in Asia, California, and Canada.I've purchased two bubble tea kits, one for our family, and one for the gift basket for the winner in our "guess our referral date" game. That way, you can celebrate along with us from wherever you are. You'll have everything you need for a little bubble tea party: flavored mixes, two kids of tapioca balls, special cups, and wide straws.
Speaking of "wherever you are," I've been using Google Analytics on our blog for the last two weeks. It's fascinating to see that hits come from around the world. I've had hits from every continent except Antarctica. Cousin Jackie in the Peace Corps in Botswana helped take care of a hit from Africa. In the last two weeks I've had hits from 40 of 50 states. Even the the District of Colombia contributed hits. Yes, it's a small small world.
I called our agency this week. All families are supposed to be getting updates soon. I've read on message boards that there's been a lot of infant boy referrals lately. That could push our time line back a little bit. We'll see. The waiting stage now is fine. I'm sure it's much worse for families after referral when you have those baby pictures and just want to hop on an airplane now to go see her/him and kiss those sweet baby cheeks.
I read an adoption blog today for a family that is just starting with our agency. The family reports that the wait for an infant girl has grown to 18 months. Wow. I know that there were a lot of families choosing our agency right after us, but I had no idea that there were that many. This news makes me even more eager for our update. Makes me glad that we jumped in line when we did.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
We went out to dinner last week with a family with two cuties from China, ages 4 and 5. The little girls wanted to go to the local Chinese buffet. We discovered that both of our families are very fortunate to developed great friendships with the owner, Susan. My favorite parts of the evening involved talking with their youngest. She told me, "I like Tigers! Roarrrrrr!" and showed me her tiger claws. I asked the girls if they helped their mommy out at home. Here's the reply: "Yes." What do you do? "We polish the floors." Oh, really? Do you do them by hand or help mommy with a machine? She gives me a funny look and replies, "We don't use our hands, we use a cloth!"
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
In order to play, just post a date as a comment to this post with the date that you've selected as the big day. If you don't have a blogger account, be sure you leave your name and e-mail address. I will send a special care package prize to the person who selects the closest date. Entries must be submitted in the next two weeks, by June 25th. No cash value, and need not be present to win. (joke) I'll e-mail you to let you know that you've won, and to get your snail mail (real) address to send you your prize.
We spent the afternoon cleaning out the garage. Kevin and I are trying to purge... getting rid of things we don't need to make room for fun things like stroller and tricycles. Both of our allergies are acting up and we're sneezy, itchy, watery-eyed messes. Pass the Benadryl, please.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
This is it, the Hannah Banana onesie. Well, Gymboree calls it Monkey Island - Tropical Monkey bodysuit, but I know it's really the Hannah Banana onesie that they made just for me. It's inevitable that anyone named Hannah will be called "Hannah Banana", right? How many words can you think of that rhyme with Hannah? I've been wanting some clothing with bananas on it too. Even better... my dad used to turn my plain white 70s disposable diapers into my "monkey pants" with little Sharpie marker and a whole lot of humor. I have a feeling that Grandpa Roy still has talent to make more pairs of monkey pants for Hannah Claire.
For the record, I'm still clean and have resisted the temptations that Gymboree has offered me this morning. The Hannah Banana onesie is still full price. But, when the Monkey Island line starts hitting the sale prices, I'm not sure how long I can hold out.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I've been thinking a lot about our daughter... at the stop light, as I lie in bed trying to go to sleep at night, and as I pull grassy weeds that creep into the mulch. Has she been born into this world? It's likely... but maybe not quite yet. I look at cans of formula at the grocery store and wonder what kind she's eating... milk based, soy? Does she have reflux and spit up a lot? What does her birth name mean? What things do her nannies whisper into her ear and sing to her as they comfort her cries?
Sunday, June 3, 2007
These slings are at Monkeybuckets. I've been looking for a good site that makes slings for awhile. Thanks to Andrea for the link. My favorite fabric sample is this pink and brown mod flowered pattern.
I'm really excited about the mei tais at BabyHawk. I've read from lots of parents that they like them because they distribute the baby's weight over a larger area and that they're easy to unwrap when putting down a sleeping baby. This site has oodles of fabric choices. My first fabric choice is this red Asian flowered print. Without telling Kevin what I liked, I had him take a look, and he chose the same red flowered print! How cool is that? Even better, BabyHawk mei tais also can be made reversible so you can have two fabric choices. Now, how cool is that??? I think I'll pick out a mod geometric print for the other side. They also can add pockets to stuff a few diapers in, and loops for baby toys. Obviously I'm pretty excited about these.