Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Abby's Baby

Look what I scored on Ebay. Isn't she adorable? They have more :) The dealer was great I think I paid around 20 bucks for her. She is well made. Here is the Link if you want to check her out.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Mini Reunion

Our friend Molly was home from Chicago last weekend so we had a mini reunion with the local gals! It was great to be together again and PARTAY :) I have to admit though that this girl (me!) is getting a little too old to party like a rock star. Good thing I don't do it very often :)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Meema strikes again!

Abby's Meema is a fabulous knitter as evidenced by this beautiful dress she just finished for Abby. Thank you Meema! I love it and can't wait to see Abby in it :)
UDATE Meema Is a great knitter but she also can also crochet! That is actually what she did to make this beautiful dress for Abby. Sorry Meema!

Just thought I would add this photo of Meema and Cousin Sarah teaching Erin and Christopher how to knit :) Erin is hidden between CJ and Sarah.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Birthday Girls!

This past Sunday we celebrated the Birthdays of my Niece Erin (9) and Annetta (my brothers girlfriend) the newest addition to our family. The cakes this year were store bought :(

We celebrated at Meemas. It was an extra special weekend because Cousins Sarah an Kevin were here for a visit. It had been ages since we had seen them and it was wonderful to have them here :)

We had steamed Crabs and Clams for dinner and they were yummy. I had no idea that Erin and Christopher were such good crab pickers.

Little Miss Porsha wearing her pearls that Meema got her.

She's a princess and she knows it :)

Mr Killy watching for shadows.

The day ended with a beautiful sunset on the York river.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Meet Mackenzie

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending 13 hrs with Mackenzie. I work with her Mom and she had daycare issues so I babysat :) Mackenzie is 8 months old and probably at the developmental stage that Abby will be so it was great practice for me. We had so much fun and she broke in the nursery for me. This little one rarely stops or sleeps (sorry Courtney :o ) She also tried out some of Abby's toys.

Some of the things I learned yesterday were.... Abby's bedroom door is very squeaky. Makes it hard for a quiet sneaky get away. The lawn people are going to be an issue. After a 1.5 hr nap ( Her Mom says she usually sleeps 2 or 3 hrs) They decided to trim the hedges right out side her window. Woke my girl right up! (Must invest in sound machine). Baby Einstein videos rock! She loved it and watched almost the whole thing at 8 months! My glider rocker is super comfy. I am going to love it! Finally.... A baby's smile is the best thing in the world! (I already knew that :o)

It was so neat to have a baby in Abby's room. I loved yesterday and think I am ready to take my Abby girl on :o I can't wait! Below, the crib finally gets some action :) And also, don't reem me for the pillow in the crib. her Mom brought it and said it is the only way she sleeps.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

This and that.

Well lookie here what I found in my mailbox. A second brown envelope. I guess from renewing my I 171 form way back when ??? Seems like it took longer this time around since I don't even remember when I renewed. So I guess I have a spare now. Not necessarily a bad thing :) Let's hope I don't have the need for a 3rd one.

Is it me or is this summer just flying by? Seems like it was just barely June and now were over halfway into July. The drum beat seems to be getting a little louder too. I'm starting to feel like my turn is finally coming. It's like a different phase of the wait. It still feels endless but at the same time it feels a little like it's gaining on me. I have quite a few things on my to do list as well. Time to get busy. I have to admit too that I am starting to get a little nervous. Mostly at night right before I fall asleep. My mind really wanders with a lot of what if's and worries. I can really get myself going sometimes. Guess I better get used to it though. It's all a part of motherhood.
And the current RUMORS???? They sound way to good to be true! I'm not counting on them at all. I will not let myself fall for them again. Just please god let me have my baby in my arms by December.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

China Boots!

Every time I have gone somewhere that involved a lot of walking my feet have paid the price. Two times in particular will always remain fresh in my memory. The first time was on my first trip to New York City. It was summer and I wore aerasoles (sp?) slides/mules. I figured they would be soft and comfy (they always had been). Not so much. As I'm sure you know we walked a lot all weekend. By the second day I had terrible blisters. My blisters formed in a terrible place. The soles of my feet. It was awful, the pain I will never forget! I basically had to window in all my blisters with moleskin and wear tennis shoes the rest of the weekend. Not fun.

The second time it happened was in New Orleans. I think I was stupid enough to wear the same shoes. It was spring this time. I went for a nursing conference. I didn't think there would be a lot of walking involved. Boy was I wrong. First I had never been to New Orleans and had no idea it was going to be so much fun. The first day we got there we walked every where (including) Burbon street. You guessed it ! That night the same thing. Blisters on the soles of my feet. Agony the next day and another trip to the drug store for moleskin. You would think I would of learned. The conference was at the convention center (pre Katrina) and that place was huge. My feet were literally burning.

So, (on this so exciting post) the next time I went to New York City I was ready. We went during the Christmas holiday and I wore a pair of Ugg boots. They were so comfortable and I did not get one blister and we walked every where! I know my China trip will involve tons of walking. Plus I will be carrying Abby for a large part of the trip. I need some comfy footwear. Blisters would ruin things in a big way. So tonight I found my dream pair of Ugg boots in Chocolate and I ordered them. I got them at zappos.com. A great deal!

I still believe everything happens for a reason. I'm pretty sure I will be traveling in either the Fall or Winter Months so the boots will be perfect :) But I am still definitely adding moleskin to my packing list.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

LID 19 Months Today!

And now it's 19. I said I would not speculate and I'm trying not to. I don't think My Abby will be in my arms until after the New Year is here. I'm not counting on it. Really I'm not. So how come I am still hoping that she might be or could be??? It's a nagging feeling that I can't shake. A feeling of it could be possible..... I'm letting myself think it could happen sooner then it probably will. I think it will be close and could go either way. There I go again speculating! I don't want to, I don't want any more disappointments. Even though I know it's likely I can't just let myself believe I will meet her next year. I know... I am going to be sorry... My hopes will end up being dashed.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


They are coming! According to Rumor Queen the cut off is November 14th. That leaves 24 days (of LID'S) until it's finally my turn. Now bring on the pictures and a Big Congratulations to all you Mamas and Papas to be :'D

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Monday, July 02, 2007

8 things Meme

I have been tagged (Thanks Laura and Sarah) to name 8 random things to come up with about myself.

1- I have broken many bones. My wrists between the 2 at least 7 times. I wasn't terribly clumsy, I just tend to stiffen up my arms when I fall. In case your wondering the hows, the first time I was playing circus and fell off my rocking horse while standing, the second time was exactly one year to the date of the first. I fell at school while doing the crossbars and trying to skip one. I don't remember the order of the rest but twice involved a ball that I stopped with my hand, once a dark collision with another person while playing manhunt, once roller skating, and finally again on the crossbars at school. It was in gym and I told the teacher I couldn't do it due to my history. She made me do it anyway. You guessed it, I fell not only breaking my wrist but also my ankle as well. I again broke the same ankle several years later in a car accident. (My sister was driving). Also (can you believe it?) I have broken my heel. I don't recommend jumping off the back of a jacked up pickup truck onto concrete.

2- I was born in Vecenza Italy. I also lived in Cadiz Spain for three years as a child. I loved Spain. I remember quite a bit and would love to go back one day.

3- I have been an ICU RN for 13 years and I love it. I most love that by the end of the day I know I was able to make a difference for someone else.

4- I am a shy person pretty much everywhere but at work. Not sure why I am not shy at work. I guess I just really feel good about what I do.

5- I decorate cakes. I have never had any formal training, just kind of learned on my own. I have made almost every single Birthday cake for my Niece and Nephew here in Virginia.

6- I am addicted to the Weather Channel and CNN. I must check them both periodically through out the day.

7- I have gained way too much weight during this wait for my Abby from China. I need to work seriously on this now before she gets home.

8- I never thought I would still be single at this point in my life. It's partly my fault though. After being burned a few too many times I have built up a significant wall of protection around myself. I need to put some windows in though cause I really hope that I'm not single my whole life.

So there you have it. 8 random things about me. If you haven't done this Meme already consider yourself tagged.