Thursday, August 30, 2007


First off thanks to all of you for your opinions on using bumper pads in your babies crib. Seems like it is more of a personal choice and also depends on if your child is an escape artist or not. Guess I'll have to wait and find out :)

So the rumors are all over the place right now. Kind of unusual this late in the month. RQ Says it is an R3 that the 24th is in but is that also the cut off date for this batch of referrals? Some agencies seem to think it might be. Then there is Spain or the European agencies predictions via their message boards and believe it or not they are still saying possibly some of Decembers LID'S could still be included. I am trying just to stay neutral but it's hard. I am really hoping that they at least refer through November 28 LID'S so that the 7 day trend at least continues. So with all these different rumors swirling around what's a girl to do??? RETAIL THERAPY :)

I ordered these sweet hair clips from Ebay. They have a tiny clip attached. I love that they are crowns. Perfect for my little princess.

Yesterday I went to Tuesday Morning. I hadn't been there in over a year. I scored big with this blanket. It is made by Kecci. They make diaper bags as well. I actually did not buy this yesterday. I then kicked myself all last night and this morning for not buying it. I ended up running back on my lunch hour to get it. It was the only one they had. See I was meant to have it. It is super soft. It retails for $48.00 and I got it for $19.00.

They also had this Lovey there today. I had been looking for it since I had seen it at a recent baby shower that I attended. It wasn't there yesterday. Anyways I picked up 2 of them for $4.99 each. The pictures are not that great because my camera will not zoom for some reason. This too is super soft!

Then this cute flannel jumper for the bargain price of $6.99.

And last of all this sweet dress for later. Size 6. See the little head scarf attached? $14.99 So now bring on the referrals before I do any more damage :O

Monday, August 27, 2007

Another one

So I really have not so much to post. I am just hanging out waiting for the referral rumors to start and anticipating how far they will actually get. Anyhoo, I have another opinion question for all of you out there.

Bumper pads. Did you leave them in your crib or take them out??????

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Shannon (Who I hope to meet one day since we both reside in Virginia) has tagged me for the middle name meme.

You have to post these rules before you give the facts.

1) Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
2) When you are tagged you need to write your own blog post containing your own middle name game facts.
3) At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here goes....

L Love- My heart is just bursting with it for Abby!

E Endless- That is what this wait has seemed to be.

E Excitement- I am so excited! My referral is finally getting closer!

So I guess I got off pretty easy. I have seen this Middle Name Meme all over the blogs so if you have not been tagged yet have at it :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Thanks You All!

Wow , Thank you to everybody for all of your opinions and suggestions and especially for all of the links to what worked best for you. . As I read all of your comments I went back and fourth with my decision :) You all have excellent rationales for both the high chair and the booster seat. The biggest deciding factor for yes to the high chair is the fact that as a single mother it will be a more secure option in keeping her safe. Not that I would confine her in it, but I liked the idea of rolling her around in it while I do a needed task. meaning maybe if I walk a few steps away I can be assured that she won't fall out. The reason I would choose the booster seat would be because it takes up less space and she would actually be a part of the table verses sitting next to it. So....... I am leaning towards the high chair, but ultimately I will continue to ponder this question while I wait for Abby's actual referral. I will see how old she is and then make my final decision.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Opinions please

High chair or booster seat??? I had decided on a booster seat but people at work seem to think a high hair would be better. What do you all think?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Enough already!

I don't get it. Lately there seems to be an outbreak of trolls and just downright mean people attacking various blog sites by making hateful comments. Why???? Are they just so miserable that they feel the need to make everyone else miserable as a result? I just can't begin to imagine what type of person exists that could actually take pleasure in knowing that their actions are purposefully inflicting pain onto someone else. I feel very sorry for the people who have to live around people like that. I mean if you get your jollies off of attacking people that are clearly happy and you don't even know them personally then how do you treat the people you see in person everyday???? What really disgusts me is that the nice well meaning people have to suffer as a result. Bloggers just get fed up and decide to make their blog password protected as a result. I don't blame them but then the innocent ones lose in the process. It's not the blog owners fault. I'm sure they are gun shy after being burned and how can they really know who everyone actually is when deciding who to let have access to their blog. So I just wanted to say that "Mean People Suck!" and "Thanks for ruining it for the REST of us!" Okay. I'll get off my soap box now...........

Monday, August 13, 2007

Night shift

I signed up to work extra at work tonight. I haven't worked a night shift for many years. When I first started working in the ICU it was mandatory that all new nurses work nights and you had to wait your turn to receive the desirable day positions. I worked nights for 3 years before my turn to move to day shifts came. Night shift was rough for me. I had no problem staying up at night but all I wanted to do was sleep on all my days off. The shift differential for nights really helped but in the end it just wasn't worth it.

As of late our night shift has become quite short though. There are more opportunities for overtime as a result. Plus I get the shift differential added in as well. I know it won't be tomorrow but Abby will be here soon. I really need to start working more and saving as much money as I can. I usually have no trouble sleeping in on my days off. Wouldn't you know that today I was up at 10:30 am. That's early for me. I don't have to go in until 11:00 pm so hopefully I will be able to get a nap in this afternoon. Wish me luck :)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Painting update

My initial paint job is about done. I just need to touch up the mistakes but thought I would post some pictures. Below is the rug that was my inspirational piece.

The walls are actually a kind of sage green but look grayish in these photos. I love my wreath. I have had my eye on it for several months now but it was ridiculously pricey. I made a deal with myself. Finish painting and I got the wreath.

My living area. I tore down my mini blinds. Still trying to decide on a window treatment.

The other side of my living area is the dining room and it backs up into the kitchen and foyer.

I'm still trying to decide what color to do the kitchen.

So I think it turned out pretty well but I have to admit that now that the walls have color the rooms seem a little bit smaller. So next on my to do list is Abby's room. I just need to paint the trim in her room and paint her closet. Then I will do the kitchen, then my room and finally both bathrooms. Now that I have started I am very motivated to finish. That should make the next couple of months fly by then hopefully my referral will come?????

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Thank you Courtney

Mackenzie's mom Courtney gave me these wonderful gifts for watching her the other day. She really didn't have to. I absolutely loved hanging out with Mackenzie and would do so again ANYTIME! I do love the presents though and had to share.

This cool bag was made out of Japanese Kimonos.

She also gave me this cool butterfly. It will fit perfectly in Abby's room.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

LID 20 months today

I can't believe it has now been 20 months since my dossier was logged in with the CCAA! I'm still hoping I will be in China for Christmas. No matter what happens my baby is getting closer that is for sure :)

Also THANK YOU so much for all your prayers and wishes sent for my sisters family and for Maddy. They are hanging in there but it is stil very hard for them.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

In loving memory

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.

His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

My sister and her family lost a beloved member today. Miss Madeline (shown above opening her Christmas stocking) was her Mommy's girl and first baby. What a good girl she was and we will all miss her. Cancer took her away she had multiple myeloma. Please say a prayer for them and for Maddy...........

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Some lucky families today received a wonderful surprise. Referrals arrived today and it appears that the cutoff date this time was for LID'S on or before November 21st. My congratulations to all of the families who had their dreams come true today! Referral pictures are starting to pop up and as always the babies are beautiful :).
As for me, that leaves just 17 more LID's until Abby day! (Actually I was wrong! There are 15 LID'S days until Abby Day) I'm hoping that the at least 7 day trend will continue for referrals. If it does then just maybe I will get my referral in November. That remains to be seen though. Rumor has it that there were some pretty big LID days logged in for the rest of November.
As far as my painting frenzy...... It was halted by work today. We were slow and I had easy patients that actually probably did not even need to be in the ICU. I kept thinking, "I should be painting!" Unfortunately I work tomorrow too. I so wanted to paint a little tonight but instead I taped off more areas so tomorrow night hopefully I will still be motivated. I will be sure to post pictures once I am done.
I don't know what is up with blogger tonight! It won't let me leave spaces between my paragraphs .

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Nesting Again

So just in case you were wondering how much stuff can you fit in a bug? I am nesting again. It comes in spurts. I packed up all of Abby's clothing that was bigger then size 18 months. Meema and Da were kind enough to let me store them in their storage garage. That really helped to free up some more space in Abby's and my closets.

I actually had more stuff packed in here before I thought to take a picture (Potential blog content ya know :o).
I have also been sitting with only 2 walls painted in my living room for a while now (I know you just shuddered Connie :o). Last night for some odd reason I felt the need to paint. So at 10 PM I started and painted until I ran out of paint. When I got up this morning I went out and got more paint and more paint for the foyer and kitchen as well. I'm on a roll :) But now that the painting is almost done I really feel the need to get some new carpet. Don't know if I should wait till after Abby is bigger or get something good and stain resistant now.