Thursday, August 31, 2006
I also ordered a tank-top in the design below (also designed by our dear EC computer guru!).
On another topic... did anyone notice that our official 6 month anniversary of our LID came and went this week? Of course, I'm aware of it but I'm trying oh so hard to let the time pass without me fretting over every single day. I'm playing the "if I don't think and worry about our referral date so much, it will happen sooner game." In fact, I'm learning that when people ask me about it, I just shrug it off and say "who knows?"
Oh... that's just Lexi's first baby doll. I've been looking for Lexi a baby doll that will look like her for quite some time. Last weekend (while I was so bored) I finally broke down and ordered her one off the Internet. Isn't she just adorable?? I took her to school today and teased a few of my friends. I told them that we had our little China baby. I got some really confused looks! She's now in Lexi's crib waiting patiently for her playmate to arrive.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Next weekend we are going to Atlanta on an overnight trip. My dear friend Samantha and her hubby Dan had a baby a few weeks ago. Little Dan Jr. weighed in at 9 1/2 lbs! He's blonde like his mom and dad and is 21 1/2 in. long. I can't wait to meet the little fellow! We aren't planning to make a long trip because what new parents really need long term visitors??? But I must see the little guy. Geoff has already bought him a cute little outfit. I picked out the one for the shower. I can't wait to just smell this little guy and look at his little fingers and toes! In my heart I know that Dan Jr. and Lexi will be great friends! Who knows they may even share the same birthday!!
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Click here to see her video debut.
Friday, August 25, 2006
I'm not the only one bored. Take a look at these pictures.
This is Sable. She is our oldest. (She's 8 now.) She has refused to do anything but mope since I got home. Oh, she did get up to eat her "Frosty Paws" ice cream. You can see she is now almost laying on the empty cup. You can see her trusty old duck behind her. If anyone sees one of these in a store, please buy it for her. I'll pay you back. Sable fixates on one toy at a time and she's had this favorite for about 3 years now. I don't know what we will do when it finally wears out. Before this favorite, she had a tiger. We had about 3 of those. She really has a passion for furry toys with velor. She will not go outside without her duck.
And here is Patches. She is our pup with "separation anxiety". Most nights she would be in either Geoff's lap or mine trying to get as close to us as possible. Tonight she won't get off the couch. She's piled up in some towels that I need to fold. She also did get up long enough to eat her ice cream.
I need to get tonight over with. Tomorrow I am going to work on a new draft for my dissertation. I've also got plenty of cleaning to do. Right now I'm on the the second "City Confidental" episode... I've also watched Dr. Phil, American Justice, and Crossing Jordon. So why am I bored... I miss my hubby. :( And it's only just after 9:00!!
"Many people ask "why" the wait has become so long. The answer given by the CCAA is that they do not have as many healthy children available for adoption. This makes sense, given that the economy in China has dramatically improved in recent years. It seems likely that as even the rural areas become more prosperous, there are fewer healthy children being abandoned. This, of course, is GOOD NEWS and something that we all want for China's children. The other side of the issue is that many of you are waiting and longing for a child to love. We can appreciate how difficult this process has become for adoptive parents. "
No one understands. I honestly feel that they really don't have a clue what is going on over in China. Afterall, not too long ago our adoption counselor sent us an email that said there were many abandoned children in China but there were not enough orphanages that were approved to "do" adoptions. She also said that it took a while for children to become "paper ready". I figured she would know because she goes to China all the time and she IS Chinese. I'm beginning to think that there are not any answers. All we can do hope and pray.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Seriously, every now and then I stop and think. Really think. The days are going by and we ARE getting closer. The last 3 weeks since school began have totally flown by. Maybe that's why I felt so determined to take this job even though I honestly spent the first 9 days of teaching in the computer lab absolutely hating it. Last week I was so depressed that I couldn't even stand myself. Thank goodness Geoff always seems to "step up to the plate" when I get this way and thank goodness it doesn't happen often! The good news is that I can see that I DO love teaching in the computer lab and that I don't hate teaching Kindergarten and first grade afterall (last week was another story!). I've began to loosen up with them and have fun. Today I was telling a Kindergarten class about the parts of a computer. When we got to the CPU, I compared it to their brain. Then I asked them where their brain was and asked them to point to where the CPU would be if they were a computer. They of course pointed to their head. And then I told them that they would be a "block head" if they were a computer. It was all in fun of course, but they loved it and laughed like crazy.
And today at the beginning of my last class of the day, I was struck by the wonder of children when a first grader came in and as she walked up to get her name tag looked at me and said, "you're beautiful!". Ahhh... the sweet and innocence of children! I know my best beauty days are behind me but this was so sweet! I replied to her that she was beautiful too.
I've really enjoyed this entire week of teaching and am falling into my new position with a new attitude. I think next year when I greet my students for the first day, I'll be a lot more prepared and in the long run it WILL be easier than having a homeroom because at that point I won't be so "green" and will have alot of material ready on my school website. (take a look if you want at www.liberty.k12.ga.us/wsmith, I'm adding to it all the time) I can't wait to see what I can accomplish with these students this year. In my heart, I know that we will be at the end of the school year before we go get Lexi and as much as I hate it, it will be a good time. Over the past year, I've learned to be patient with the waiting. Now if only I could be patient with double clicking... like I've tried to teach my students. We've agreed to work on this "problem" together.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Last week, I mailed off a double layout that I created for a scrapbook swap. Yes, I belong to several Yahoo groups. This swap was for the Ladybug Hunters Scrapbooking Club. Each month they do a themed scrapbook layout swap. I decided to participate this month. I also recieved my layout from my swap partner but I have to put it together still. We've been a bit tied up with family so I haven't got there yet. I will post it as soon as I can. I made an extra set similar to the pages I sent for Lexi's baby book. So now I have 4 pages we can use for bath photos. I love scrapbooking. I just can't seem to find enough time to do all that I want. Plus I'm sure it will be even more fun when I've actually got photos of Lexi to work around.
When I downloaed this picture I couldn't help but think someone is missing. Just before this picture was taken we were eating dinner. Next to us was a party of 5. Two of them were Chinese little girls. I wanted to go plop down at their table so badly and talk to them but knew better than to intrude. Maybe next time we go to Hilton Head, we'll have our little Lexi with us too.
Geoff's parents came to visit this Friday from Virginia. We all took off yesterday morning for an overnight trip to Hilton Head. Geoff and his Dad played golf and is Mom and I shopped around. Last night we went to dinner at the Crazy Crab in Harbor Town. It was a short visit as they are headed back up the road today. Unless Geoff's sister or sister-in-law has a baby soon, Lexi will be the first grandchild. Needless to say the future grandparents are anxiously awaiting the day we go get Lexi. They brought Lexi a bag full of cutie-pie outfits.
Diane told me that I was lucky Lexi didn't end up with a very LOUD striped jogging suit. Of course, I had to tell her that those are the kind of outfits that you put on the baby, take her picture and then she never wears it again.
We did have a very nice visit and now have some interesting stories to remember!!
Last week a fellow Precious Panda member Dana from our DTC Yahoo Group sent Lexi a package full of hair bows. They are all adorable! The hair bands will definitely be in our suitcase when we go to China. Our group has monthly swaps. This month we are sending bows to two different people so I should be posting a second set sometime soon. These swaps help make the time go by quicker and helps make things more fun.
We've been busy with family the past week. My sister from NC has been visiting with her daughter and my great nephew. I didn't get to spend as much time with her as I wanted to because of school starting back up. She brought us some books for Lexi. One of them has a tape with it that has children singing first in Chinese and then in English. I'm going to start playing it in my car while I drive to see if I can pick up some of the songs. This was a really thoughtful gift from my sister!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
We just received this baby doll size kimono in the mail from our adoption agency. Isn't it adorable?? It was just a token to let us know that they are thinking of us. I thought it was very nice! I tried to find a stuffed animal in Lexi's room to wear it, but had no luck. So now I'm on a mission to find her a baby doll tiny enough to wear this cute thing!
Monday, August 07, 2006
This is a picture that I have been wanting to post every since I got home from SC. It seemed like every time I tried, something came up. Anyhow, the story behind the photo... This is mom right after finishing the stitching around and in the squares. I think she was saying a prayer of thanks that it was finally over! This picture will be framed and it will go into Lexi's scrapbook. I just love it!
Friday, August 04, 2006
On a different note, I'm trying to spend $100 during tax free weekend in our state. It's not my $100. It was a money card given to all teachers of students in our state. Everyone knows that it's a last ditch attempt by our governor to get teachers to continue to vote for him. It was teachers who got him in office, not because of the things he promised to do for us but to get the prior person out of office for NOT supporting us. Low and behold, teacher's got him office and then he didn't do anything for us until this year as he seeks reelection. I guess he suddenly remembered the power of teachers in our state. I'll spend his money... but I will NOT vote for him again. I have about $49 to go. But the aggravating part is that everyone and their brother is shopping during tax free weekend! I hate crowds and obnoxious people seeking a bargain!
So after today... 179 days to go until this school year is over (that doesn't not count weekends of course). In my brain, I just know that I will NOT be at school on the last day of school next year. Instead I will be in China with our Lexi in my arms. Now that's something that does not freak me out!