Friday, April 27, 2007
Honestly, I am not sure how to get out of this funk.... I have tried to keep my rose colored glasses on for me as well as be positive for others..... "Things will speed up" and "I feel that soon OH SO VERY SOON we will get our referrals". I have touted to others not to pay attention to the rumors.... Advise I have not taken for myself. I have been obsessed with Tate and all Tate related stuff.
I love being part of your lives and the blogging community, but I need to just forget about things for a few weeks and work on ME... I cannot be a positive support to others. I have nothing more to give in that area. So instead I will get back in touch with who I am... I will take walks with Mesa, read non-adoption/Asian related books, cook something difficult and gourmet and time consuming..... Entertain people who will not ask me about the adoption... and just live my life sans the adoption...... It doesn't mean that I love and care for y'all less.... I will be back and after a few weeks catch up on your lives. Just need this for ME.....
I am still hoping that my funk is temporary and that referrals really will speed up.......
Ciao for a few weeks.....
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Every Year On Your Birthday is written by Rose Lewis the same author who wrote I Love You Like Crazy Cakes. The new book is cute and I really like it, It just is not as cute and touching as Crazy Cakes is..... Still a great addition to a child's library.
Every night I plan on reading one of these Chinese Children stories before I go to sleep..... It just may help me dream of Tate. The illustrations in Chinese Children's Favorite Stories are great! Hmmmmmmm, which story should I read tonight?
Some of my other recent buys were adoption related or Children Health Issues...
The Baby Book and I Love You Rituals
Both books I highly recommend..... Also I have bought other children's books to add to the ever expanding library for Tate.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The stairs were the toy dejour at the PARTEE... Eliza was fascinated by them and could not help herself from climbing this toy most of the night. What a difference a month makes on the strides she is making in her toddler hood.
Just look at that look of shear delight as she rounds the corner and is surprised by Leanne. Take a look at that little drool coming off of the lower lip....
This is Liza (Elizabeth)..... Just looking at this picture I can tell how much she has grown and matured in the last 9 months of our meetings. Marque (below) is Liza's momma and has given Liza her old digital camera. Besides helping with the babies, Liza was mesmerized by her new toy and took tons of pictures.... I can only imagine the unflattering snaps of me.
Marque has her hands full with two Chinese gals..... the little one is Charlee, daughter of Yvette and the most recent Jewel to add to our crown. It seems comforting to say that I am next.... Tate will be the next to be loved by this group.....
This is Charlee. She exudes beauty and sweetness. She is so very tiny and just seeing her toddle around just blows my mind. Every inch of her is so very feminine.
Eliza and Charlee are one day apart..... these two little gals have play dates together. Somehow because of their young age, the play dates are mostly hanging out and playing separately. If I could look into the future, I can just see these two cuties hanging out at these gatherings as buds.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Inside the kits were items needed for a Disney visit.... Crystal Lite mini packets for hydration, chap stix, gun to meet Mickey, Tissue for wiping eyes cause of laughing so hard from having so much fun. Passport holder to keep all our ticket needs in one place.... also decorated in Disney stuff, Wet Ones for Disney's little messes, Granola bars for energy, and a Ladybug magnet for a touch of good luck for small crowds and short lines while in Disney.
Michelle was not able to meet up with us on Friday for dinner but did a dropped by to just to say hi and give us our bags...... I just totally loved Michelle and will be hoping that she and Joe will come out to Utah for a visit.
Even Disney is in touch with their REGGAE side.....
This is Kim from San Diego.... she is blog-free, but will get one going so very soon..... This little momma was very quiet ( I think she just didn't have the chance with the rest of us chatterboxes) but boy would she ride the scary rides.... FEARLESS!!! Just the trait need to survive this International Adoption roller coaster.....Oh wow, I kind of did a little poetic comparison in IA and the Matterhorn!!!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Thanks to Donna for organizing this fun time at the happiest place on earth!!!!
Just think Donna, next time we go to Disneyland, we will be towing along Tate and Lauren!!! Makes me just want to giggle with joy!!!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The first page will be me..... MOMMA.
Then I will have NANA and MOMMA.... since we will be the two she will first "MEET". Then GRAMPS and NANA. I have a feeling that GRAMPS will be one of Tate's favorite people since every KIDDO always just loves GRAMPS. If Gramps was not such a pain to travel with, I would have insisted on having him come along as well..... But sadly too many frustrating trips to Norway, London, Paris and the USA have made me decide to leave him home to "prepare" for the arrival of Tate. I am sure he will be stocking the fridge with stuff as well as too much treats for when we arrive home.
Here is my brother and sister (in law). They will be a significant part of Tate's life as they have been asked to be her guardians. In all this world, I could never find better parents and I just happen to be the lucky one to have such a brother and sister (in-law). I put the in-law in ( ) because she truly is a sister to me.
Each and everyone one of these kids are just plan amazing. From l to r is Twinkle Toes (just turned 8), Smiley (14), Awesome (18) and Sparkle (almost 12).
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
This puppet theatre came without puppets, and thanks to IKEA, Tate has started her sets of puppets. I bought recently at a trip to Houston (IKEA is not here in SLC until May 23), the two sets of puppets. One set shown is the Aquatic puppets and the other set is of Zoo animals.
In the center of all this fun, is a princess/ballet dancer puppet or what I think Tate will think will represent her. I have looked tons of places for a non-blond princess but the closest I have seen is more of a curly-haired brown girl .... Not too Asian looking. The other day, I happen on this one.... and within seconds, she became a central part of Tate's puppet theatre. I plan on buying a puppet that will represent me as the Queens and will add a crown to this ballet dancer to make a princess. Fun for play and perhaps later a great instrument for dialogue between a momma and Tate.
LADY BUG ....
Last year I bought from the gift shop in the lobby of the hospital I work in, these little ladybug galoshes to fit a three year old...... At the time they did not have a size 3T lady bug rain coat and put me on a list to call when they received more in. This request was last year!!!! It shocked me the other day while at work, I received a call from the gift shop telling me that they have a 3T raincoat now in stock and asked if I wanted it??!! Wanted it???? You bet and within minute's I, ummmm, I mean Tate now has this adorable lady bug rain coat.
And to top this cuteness off, here is the wooden, hand painted hanger that the rain coat was on!!! Because I technically live in a desert, I will be moving to Portland or Seattle so Tate can wear this darling of an indulgence.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
I have been obsessing about getting organized and ready for Tate. I only need to get two more pictures for the "Who Loves Baby" book to send to Tate in her care package. I need to get to my brother's house and take of him and my sister-in-law and another of their kiddos. These are the people that Tate will be meeting and hanging with all her life. Just the little Chinese character names and it will be done. I have also decided what to send the nannies and what blanket and bear I will send. I plan on getting my questions for the director/foster parents all ready set aside.
I will say that I have been drinking a lot of java today. Had a friend take me to St*rbucks today for my birthday. On my VENTI cup was this thing written called "The Way I See It #203". I think it is thoughts that customer submit and are place on the cups... Normally I would not have even looked, today for some reason I did.