Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
I swore to myself that I wouldn't do any serious clothes shopping for Meili until closer to referral time but the picture speaks for itself. I haven't quite stuck to the plan! It's hard not to pick up a few items of clothing when really there is not much else to buy. There is no nursery to decorate! With the exception of a pack and play, we have all of the necessary baby gadgets known to mankind. The crib is under Taylor's bed and the mattress is under Noah's bed. Of course, in my defense, I am an avid clearance rack shopper and I've only spent an average of about $3 per article of clothing. Just last week, I hit the Monster Sale and The Children's Place and found outfits for $1.99 and .99 a piece. So, I'm not breaking the bank here! What scares me is that we could still be almost a year away from bringing Meili home. What is her closet (really she just has 1/2 of Audrey's closet) going to look like by then?
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Then, another little Chinese girl joined them. She was a little older, under two I would guess but old enough to notice that we were looking at her and my kids were smiling at her. She thought they wanted to play and came over to us. Her mother of course followed. I commented about how beautiful her daughter was and had a little chat with her. I wanted so badly to blurt out our apologies for staring at her daughter and explain our reasons why..but I didn't. So they probably went home thinking that Tucson now has an official Chinese baby-stalker! I think it does. ;o)
Monday, June 19, 2006
I was shampooing the carpets and upholstery in my Suburban on Saturday in 108 degree heat when the mail-lady walked up to my garage with a package. My secret pal had done it again!!! She sent an insulated cooler filled with fun summer things: cute Meili-sized pink and orange (my favorite colors this time of year!) water bottles, a jump rope with ladybug handles (kids had to try this out-see pics) and the most adorable ladybug bathing suit I've ever seen. Audrey ooohed and aahed thinking about seeing a little sister running around in it. Thank you secret pal! You're the best!!!
Yep, we are coming up on 1 month since the kids have been home from school and it has been BUSY!!! Taylor just finished a Babysitting Certification course (parents doing the happy dance about that one!!!) and Noah and Audrey just finished a Spanish Fiesta class. They had a great time but now we're just happy to have a few less places to be. That is, until they all start piano lessons on Friday!
Audrey had her end of year dance recital last Saturday. Her class danced to "Jellicle Cats" hence the kitty attire. Here she is with her little friend, Sarah. They did a great job!
We've had temps in the 103-108 range so the local pool has become our hang out. With the weather such as it is, we can't really survive long outdoors if there isn't water play involved! That also means that we are experiencing a bit of 'cabin fever' at home. The kids are getting on each other's nerves and the constant mess of things is getting on mine.
A scary thought: If current trends hold, this will be the climate of things when we bring Meili home next year...YIKES!!!
Saturday, June 10, 2006
The CCAA has stated that the wait will extend beyond 12 months. The million dollar question is, how much beyond the 12 month period will the wait extend? The next few months will be very interesting while we wait to see when the CCAA will start to match a full month's worth of dossiers at a time. At that point, we will have a better idea of when we can expect to have Meili home!
Of course, with international adoption things can and will change so we just have to be flexible and that isn't always fun. Someone posted to a Yahoo! group the thought: Instead of counting the days, make every day count! I think that's a great idea. Lots of things to get done around this house and lots of kids already here that need a mom with her game on!
The truth for me is that 3 months into the wait is a great place to be. Adopting from China has always been a dream of mine and it's been quite a feat to get this far. I wasn't sure that we would have the emotional or financial means to welcome a fifth child to the family. Sometimes I feel like the opportunity to adopt for us is no less of a miracle than someone with fertility issues becoming pregnant!!!
Monday, June 05, 2006
Waiting for Meili-2005/2006/2007?
China Girl-David Bowie
Waiting For You-Seal
Get To Me-Train
American Woman-Lenny Kravitz
A New Day Has Come-Celine Dion
Swept Away-Geoff Moore
Here I Am-Bryan Adams
Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World-Israel K.
A Moment Like This-Kelly Clarkson
Happy Adoption Day!-John McCutcheon
Stay With You-Goo Goo Dolls
When Love Takes You In-Steven Curtis Chapman
Are You Gonna Be My Girl-Jet
I'd love to hear what the rest of you in blogland are listening to and/or planning to use for background in your adoption videos!