Friday, December 28, 2007


Brynn is rockin! She loves her new guitar. And it is quiet. Score one for the parents!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The final day

We had the day after Christmas off and went shopping. Grammy Jean had given Brynn money and Brynn wanted a computer. We love Leap Frog products and Brynn saw the Click Start. Brynn was really interested in it because she loves typing on my computer keyboard. She bought it with her money and brought it home and played with it for hours. Today I am going to buy some other games to go with it. Hope I can find some!!

It's Christmas Day!!!

We woke Brynn up around 7:45. She wasn't too thrilled until she realized we were telling her that Santa had come. She ran out into the living room and found this:

She then started on her stocking and found a ton of Hello Kitty stuff, candy and bracelets.

They had Santa's Workshop at school and Brynn bought Daddy a baseball that said Number 1 Dad. Plus, she autographed it.

Now, I can help Daddy finish the basement.

Playing Hopscotch

Look at my new robe and slippers. Love them!!

Me rocking with my new guitar in my Hello Kitty outfit

Helping Pappy unwrap his presents.

We ended the evening very quietly--just the 3 of us enjoying the peace and playing with the new toys.

I can't begin to say how blessed we are. We have a wonderful family of three and an amazing extended family that truly love us. We really didn't need anything else.

Christmas--Day 4

Can you believe we still have more days of Christmas? We went to my aunt and uncle's house for Christmas Eve. Brynn helped pass out the presents

Until she finally got to unwrap her presents:

She got an art kit, Travel Aquadoodle (which will be great for car trips and our vacation to Florida), a couple of stuffed animals and candy. My family is so sweet.

After our church's Christmas Eve service, we went back to Aunt Norma's house for a final snack before heading home to get Santa's milk and cookies ready. We had to leave the reindeer carrots, of course.

Finally of to bed for one sweet girl so that Santa can come.

Sunday--Day 3 of Christmas

Thanks goodness this was a day of rest for us. We went to church where of course Brynn got a present. We then came home and I started the food for Christmas Eve after all of us took long deserved naps. We were sick with colds that we still have today. Rest was definitely needed if we were going to tackle the next 3 days!!

Saturday--Day 2 of Christmas

Our day started with Kevin's Christmas party. His employer always has such a nice party for the kids.

Balloon animals and hats, caricaturist, a magician, and ,of course, Santa:

The day ended at Cousin's Isabella and Sofia's house. Brynn always loves playing with them. And the chaos was wonderful.

These are some of the Great Grandchildren on Kevin's mom's side.

Let's start with Friday...

I'm going to blog according to the days of Christmas. Brynn's Christmas started Friday evening when I got home with a present from someone that I work with. Needless to say, Cootie was played all evening in our house!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas to All

Nice Kitty?

I found this picture ironic. Our TT is anything but a nice kitty, which is what Brynn's shirt says.

This is what I was actually trying to get a picture of. This is one of my favorite pictures of her this Christmas. Isn't she a doll?

Brynn's New PJs

Brynn got a Pajama Gram. They are too cute. There wasn't a card, but I am pretty sure that they were from my wonderful aunt and uncle in Texas. They come in a little dog house like box with a puppy dog. Brynn could not wait to put them on, so yes, she wore them last night. Thanks to my wonderful aunt and uncle. She adores them. And we got a taste of how wonderful Christmas is really going to be.

The Festival of Lights

Wednesday night we went on a driving tour of lights that a local park puts up every year. Brynn was really excited the entire way. We were pointing out Christmas lights on eerything-the houses, the cars, the semis. They were all Christmas lights according to Brynn. The minute we pull into the park, Brynn falls asleep. Literally, the minute we pulled in. So we parked and walked thru the cold night to wake her up. They had a garden of flowers that were actually lights and they turned on and off according to the accompanying music. It was actually pretty neat. Brynn loved the dinosaurs, snowmen, and Cinderalla's castle. It was actually nice to do something that was just the 3 of us. That doesn't happen very often.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Our weekend

We had such a great time over the weekend making some candies for Christmas- Buckeyes, Oreo Balls, and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels. Our Oreo Balls look more like white logs and the Buckeyes are not perfectly round, but they all still taste pretty good. Brynn loves to do stuff like this. But who doesn't like to dip anything into chocolate? It's always a shame when you get it all over your hands.

The weekend didn't start too well as Jean's basement flooded again. This is the second time in 6 months. Kevin and Brynn were already there by the time I got home. We cleaned up hundreds of gallons of water and finished the night with left over pizza. What a way to start a weekend.

Sunday was pretty good though as we went to our former pastor's house. We see them every couple of months and Brynn loves, loves, loves Miss Pat, the pastor's wife. They are so good to her. It was a nice way to end a weekend--sitting around visiting with people and eating stuff you really shouldn't be eating.

We hate cold weather and car seats.

FCC Holiday Party

A couple of weekends ago, we went to the Christmas party for our local Waiting Families FCC group. It is also nice to talk (ok-complain) with people that are waiting and waiting just like we are.

The restaurant has a great bridge over a fountain area. The kids, of course, love going up and down and up and down over and over again while the parents are standing by saying "Not so fast. Hold On. Don't push." Typical parent talk when there are tons of kids around.

What are we looking at?

Turtles, of course!

Friday, December 14, 2007

3:08 AM

Our conversation very early this morning:

Brynn: MamaDaddyDaddyMama (Yep, all one word.)
Kevin: Yeshoney (Again, one word since we were in a deep slumber)
Brynn: Can I come in for a hug?

Now, how do you say no to that even if it is at 3 AM?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Love Without Boundaries 2007 Video

If anyone if ever wondering what to get me for Christmas, all they need to do is watch this video and send a donation to LWB on my behalf. What better gift could there be?

Monday, December 10, 2007

Brynn's snowman

Kevin and Brynn made a snowman on Friday. Isn't it cute?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Adoption Presentation

Someone on one of my Groups put this together. This song gets me every time I hear it.

I'm a sheep. Baa.

That is what Brynn said when I asked what she was going to be in her school's Christmas program. And it was said with very little enthusiasm. But, she did so well being a sheep and she was also the purple bell in the Preschool Bell Choir. Proud Mommy moment. Kudos to Aunt Norma. She made the ears for our sheepy.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Out my window

This is what is happening today outside. My office is in a residential area. All the houses around us are where the resident doctors from the hospital live. We look out our window all the time to see what the kids are doing. Today, they are playing in the snow. See them in the left hand part of the picture? This mom lets her kids go out in the snow, play in mud puddles and swing high in a swing. I love her carefree spirit.

We are expecting between 3 and 5 inches today. Brynn has already been sled riding with her Daddy today. She loved it!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Holy Crap!

I just thought I would play around on some of the Adoption Referral Forecasters today. I really shouldn't have done this. This is what one had to say:

Our prediction for LID 2006-08-30
Our best guess - a weighted average of recent CCAA velocities, guessing that CCAA will perform about as well in the future as they are performing now, but might return to previous trends: 2010-04-12

That's our best guess for when you might receive your referral. Just at a guess, we can suppose that the CCAA either speeds up or slows down significantly, and show you those dates. If they speed up: 2009-01-16. And if they slow down: 2012-09-02.

Since China generally sends out referrals in a batch about once per month, your referral date could easily vary +/- one month depending on whether you just get included or just get missed in a particular batch.

Yes, you read that right. They are predicting our referral will come April 12, 2010. That isn't even funny.

Friday, November 30, 2007

It's our anniversary!!

No, silly. Not our wedding anniversary or our Adoption Day anniversary. Not even the anniversary of the first time our cat peed in the litter box. It's our 15 month LIDversary!! WooHoo (insert sarcastic tone). I can not believe we have hit this milestone and we are no closer to going to China for #2. Referrals next week may be up to the middle of December, so it looks like it is going to take at least 4 months to get thru all of December's LIDs. That means there will still be 32 weeks of LIDs before we get to ours. Yeah, happy freakin' anniversary.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our late night conversation

Setting the scene: Brynn is in her bed (imagine that!!) dead to the world. Of course Kevin is laying beside me equally dead.

Brynn: mumble mumble mumble TT (getting louder) mumble mumble mumble TT (louder yet) mumble mumble mumble TT

Kevin: What is the cat (TT) doing to her?

Me: Nothing, dork. He's laying on your hip. Duh.

Kevin and Brynn: Snore, Snore, Snore

That is my life in a nutshell. Everyone else is sleeping, yet talking to me and I am supposed to understand. No wonder I don't sleep.

Where was my camera?

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Decorating Saturday, and Resting Sunday, but I didn't take many pictures at all. I hate when I do that!

Thanksgiving was spent at my stepmom's house. Of course, there was too much food. There always is at her house. It was so wonderful just to spend the entire day with the family.

Brynn and Great Grandma on Thanksgiving

Brynn woke up about 6:30 Friday morning, so we decided to get ready and go shopping. Our local shopping areas were INSANE! People stood in line at Toys R Us for 2.5 hours, Kohl's for 1.5 hours. The local fire marshall closed the doors at Target and Kohl's. Can you believe that? That is just crazy. We didn't wait that long anywhere and we wouldn't have. No Christmas gift is worth that much of my time. Brynn was a trooper all day. We ended the day at a new book store that we hadn't been to yet. Now that is a perfect ending to the day! By the way, most of our Christmas shopping is done. Now, I just have to wrap everything, which I love!!

Saturday morning was spent moving my grandma from her home to my aunt's. She spends the winter there since it is very expensive to heat her house in the winter. Then, we started decorating our house inside and out. Brynn was so much fun. She did so well listening to what she could and couldn't touch. We gave her her own tree for her room. She got to decorate it with nonbreakable ornanments that can be removed and returned to her heart's content. This means though that we have 3 trees upstairs in our tiny, little house. Oh well, you don't need any lights when everything is turned on. Can you hear my electric meter from there just turning at great speeds?

Sunday was our day of rest. We went to church, Target (not so restful) and then home for Kevin to watch football. Too bad it was back to work on Monday. Oh well, only a few more weeks until I am off again for more than just 2 days.

What a wonderful holiday weekend.

I also want to say Congratulations to friends that are in China right now adopting their 4th child (2 bio, 2 from China). I got an email from them today and they have Abby! I can't wait to hear about their trip. Congratulations to Ralph and Melinda!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Brynn Pledges Her Allegiance

Can you believe that she can almost say The Pledge? She surprised us Sunday night by saying this. Not too bad for a 3 year old, ha?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

If this doesn't make you smile...

Nothing will.

This is what I came home to one day when she was with Daddy. She dressed herself. At least Kevin didn't dress her, then I would have something to worry about!

Working Mom Blues

That's what I have today--The Working Mom Blues. Or is it just Mommy guilt? You know the type of guilt you feel when you can't be there 24/7 with your child no matter how much you would like to? I have to work full time. I don't have an option. We don't have flex hours, no part time, just full time 9-5. Not a bad schedule usually. It turns into a bad schedule when your child asks you to stay or when she doesn't want you to leave when you drop her off at preschool.

As much as I hate to admit this, I know in my heart of hearts that I could not be a stay at home mom. I don't have the patience, creativity or energy. I know that many are judging me right now. But I know me. I wouldn't be happy. But I would love to work less hours and spend less time doing stuff that adults have to do and have more time with Brynn.

One thing I know for sure is this: Both of my parents worked full time jobs. My dad worked 2 or 3 at the same time. I don't remember them not being there. When I needed them, they were there. I turned out ok. I can only hope that Brynn feels the same way in 30 years when she looks back at her life.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Brynn funny for the day

This morning I was looking at a magazine that had a picture of Tiramisu (the wonderful Italian dessert). Of course Brynn asked what it was because it looked tasty. When I told her what it was, she said, "Yummy, tear-in-my-soup." Now, how cute is that?

Brynn's First Report Card

Monday, November 12, 2007

I am finally finding time to catch my blog up. The week we spent with Kevin’s brother’s family was absolutely wonderful. The children are so beautiful. Joe and Vickie are so blessed.

We hosted an open house for them the Saturday that they were home. It was great to see so many people show up to support them and the kids. Brynn was excited that Isabella and Sophia came to play.

Brynn and JJ played so well together—just like brothers and sisters. Makes me really wish that Brynn’s sibling was here. She really loved having another little person to play with.

Here are some pictures of the week:

Playing with Pappy

John Deere Kids

Brynn and JJ playing on the geese

Playing the piano

Jumping in the leaves

JJ on the rocking horse

Kitty on her last day with Brynn

Brynn after a week with her new cousins