Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Matinee: Love Comes Softly

Things have been so busy around here that I decided to treat myself. One of my favorite books is Love Comes Softly. I treated myself by renting the DVD. The movie was good, but not quite as good as the book. In the book you were able to see some more details that helped you realize the love was developing. Overall it was enjoyable. I have never read the sequels, but I am adding them to my reading list. I love to read, but I have to limit myself. I become so absorbed in a good book that I almost become obsessed. I just can't put it down.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

We Have Car Seats!

Chuck went over to his Dad and Step-Mom's last night and came home with these.

They bought us matching car seats! Now all we need is Megan. Where is our TA (travel approval)!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Busy Weekend

I feel like I have been on the go all weekend.

Friday Dad had surgery on his rotator cuff. He had surgery on his foot earlier this year and fell right after he was home from the hospital. This surgery was a result that fall. Everything went well. It was an outpatient procedure so he was in and out. My sister was on hospital duty (she happens to work for the hospital) and I had babysitting detail.

Friday evening we meet up with two couples that are part of our adoption travel group. It was so great to meet them. One couple is from the same area we are so we will be getting together again. The other couple lives three hours away, so I am not sure how often we will see them. The great thing about this couple is that this is their second adoption, so they had lots of great information.

Saturday I was on duty at my parents. I spent the whole day there helping out.

This afternoon we ran some errands for Mom. Filling prescriptions, getting groceries etc. She does not drive so the next week should be fun. Then we had a family dinner at my parents. I ended up spending the whole weekend on the go.

I may not be posting much this week. I will be in and out helping my parents. Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

My New Cookbook

I received this Rachael Ray cookbook in the mail yesterday. Nabisco has been running a promotion with their crackers. There are points on the boxes and if you send in 5 points (I think it was five, may have been 6) then you receive this cookbook for $4.99. I thought that was a pretty good deal since the list price for this book is $18.95. I put the word out that I was collecting the points and before I knew it I had everything point I needed. Hopefully I will have time this afternoon to sit down and really look through it. If I find a great recipe I will share.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Nursery is Done!

I have been working on the nursery since early this morning. Finally it is finished! I needed to go through the closet and toys. I had been given lots of toys and clothes from my sister and friend L. I packed up all of the clothes that were larger then 12 months and took out all of toys that aren't age appropriate. Now the closet looks so empty.

I made up the crib, but I still need to wash the bedding. I couldn't resist. I just had to see it. It is called Mirabella.

I am so happy with the way the dresser turned out. Chuck found this last summer at a garage sale for $5. I used left over paint from the room and put shelf liner in the drawers.

Chuck made this shelf. He used a sheet of melamine so the shelf would have the same finish as the crib. I used left over paint on the pegs. The doll in the center of the shelf is a Language Little. She speaks both English and Chinese.

All the toys on this shelf were given to me by my sister. Well loved by Megan's cousins! I painted to walls myself. I thought I would never get the strips finished.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. All we need now is a sweet baby girl to go in the room!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Happy President's Day!

Do you know what President's Day means? No, no party at the White House for us, but my hubby gets to stay home today! It is always an enjoyable day when he gets to stay home. We will be heading out soon to run some errands and he is taking me out for brunch. Hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Peanut Butter Recall

ConAgra Foods Inc. have recalled Peter Pan and WalMart Great Value Peanut Butter with product serial numbers beginning with 2111. From my understand the jars may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Yuck!

Refunds are being offered by taking your opened/unopened jars to the store or by sending your lids to:

ConAgra Foods Inc.
P.O. Box 3768
Omaha, NE 68103

Remember to include your name and mailing address.

I have always been brand loyal to Peter Pan. Now that I know Great Value is the same can you guess what will be in my cabinet?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Back to Normal

Today life is back to normal, if you call this normal. Yesterday Chuck was off work again for a snow day. We ended up with 10 inches of snow, which by itself is not bad. It was the 2 inches of ice that was the problem.

Yesterday morning was exciting. Chuck went out to shovel and hear a neighbor across the street standing on her porch talking on her phone yelling her address. He said he heard her yell her address a couple of times and went over to see if all was well. It was not, she told him that the house was on fire! Her husband had been at the neighbors shoveling snow and had gone back into the house. My kind hearted husband went into the house to see if Ron was alright. I didn't know if I should hug him for being such a good man or to yell at him for taking such a big risk. All is fine. The motor on the furnace blew up and caught fire. The fire was small and there was mainly smoke and more smoke. Thank God! They will get a new furnace and then have to do some serious cleaning. As serious as that was, it could have been much worse.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Blog Tea Party: Celebrating Marriage

Chuck and I were married May 4, 2001. I was 30 and he was 29, what some consider later in life. Chuck was not one to do much dating, he jokes and says he was waiting for me. Even though we joke about it, I believe it is true. God knew we were meant to be together and we had to patiently wait (me not always so patiently!) for the right time.

We decided not to have a large wedding. There was so much going on in my life at that time having my "dream" wedding would have been too much. At that time I was working 6 days a week about 80 hours a week. Not by choice, it was mandatory. The one thing we both agreed on is that we did not want to go to the Justice of Peace, we wanted to be married by a minister.

I was able to take 2 days off of work and we decided to go to Gatlinburg, TN to get married. We choose a quaint little chapel, Chapel in the Village.

Once we decided where, it was time to find a dress. I knew I could not have the typical wedding dress, but I knew I didn't want to get married in a suit. I found the perfect dress. It is a floor length tank type dress with a jacket. It has a crochet top layer over the satin. When I saw it, I knew it was perfect.

My bouquet was made by my friend, Carol. We worked together and would lunch together daily. My office gathered one afternoon and showered my with gifts. When Carol presented the bouquet I was so touched.

Off we went to Gatlinburg! The next day Friday, May 4th we were off get our marriage license. At 2 p.m. that afternoon we were married!

It was such a beautiful day and it turned out this was my dream wedding! I feel so blessed to have Chuck in my life. I grow more in love with him each day we are together.

Thanks to Monica for hosting this. Please check our her blog for more stories.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Valentine Treats: Rice Crispy Treats

This morning I whipped up a batch of Rice Crispy Treats. I then used a cookie cutter and cut them into heart shapes.

I made these as a treat for Chuck's lunch tomorrow. I wrapped them in wax paper, put two inside of ziploc bag and then added a tag. I cut a heart out of cardstock, punched a hole in the heart and above the zipper part of the bag. I then attached it with some ribbon. On the heart I wrote "To My Sweetie" I am sure this will bring a smile when he sees this.

Snow Day!

This morning we are in the middle of a Winter Storm. We had 5 inches of snow overnight and now I can hear the freezing rain hitting the front window. The prediction for our area is a foot of snow today and periods of freezing rain and winds in excess of 30 mph. We are in the middle of this storm. Just to the north there is a Blizzard Warrning and just to the south there is an Ice Storm. Chuck decided to stay home today, which makes me happy. I plan to stay warm and cozy inside today. I might curl up with a book and a cup of hot chocolate.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

A Little Shopping!

I did a little shopping on Friday for my baby girl. Just a little! Everything I bought was on the clearance rack. I found great deals at Toys R Us and Burlington Coat Factory. It was so much fun!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Megan's Feeding Schedule

One week after referral we are still flying high! We received some additional information from FTIA today. Here is the e-mail:

Hi Chuck and Wendi,

Just wanted to let you know that the orphanage sent us confirmation on several eating schedules for the babies. They confirmed the following:

Cen Li Qing

She takes the mixture of formula and rice cereal as her main food, 4 times a day, 210ml each time. She takes eggs, noodles, vegetables, etc as supplements. She has breakfast at 7:00am, lunch at 11:30am, snacks at 3:00pm, dinner at 5:30pm.

Have a nice afternoon!

Diane Bousman
China Coordinator
Families Thru International Adoption

I was a little suprised she isn't having a bottle before bed. Hopefully we will find out soon if she needs one.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Here She Is!!!

Megan Li. Her Chinese name is Li Qing (pronounced Lee Ching). Chucks middle name is Lee, his dad's middle name is Lee and so was his grandfather. It seems that her middle name was meant to be Li.

We are head over heels in love! The information we received is from November. She weighs 16.5 pounds and is 24.25 inches long. She sleeps from 8 pm - 6:30 am and takes a two hour nap around noon. She follows objects with her eyes and is easily scared by sudden noise. She sits up and leans forward on her hands. Sounds like she might be a mover! When she sees her caregivers she giggles happily. I can't wait to hear that giggle.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Referral Call

At 1:58pm Thursday, February 1,007 I saw on caller ID that it was FTIA. I knew this was "the call." Diane asked if I was sitting down and did I have something to write with. Of course I did! I had been waiting 15 months, 2 weeks and 3 days for this! Diane then said "I have a baby for you." She went on to say there was a large age range in this batch and we had received a little one.

She then states she was 7 months old today! I can not even put into words what I felt at that moment. Then she provided this information:

Name: Cen, Li Qing
Born: 07/01/2006
Residing at the Hengfeng Social Welfare Institute
Jiangxi Province

She then gave lots of other information related to adoption paperwork and such. I barely remember it. All I could think is that I have a baby! Then she said I should give Dad a call and let him know. Dad? Wow!

No problem! I immediately called Chuck. Can you believe his cell went to voice mail!!! I called right back and he answered this time. He knew this was the call he had been waiting for and just couldn't get to the phone quick enough the first time. We were both very calm as I relayed this wonderful news to him.

When Chuck returned home from work he brought me flowers and said "Happy Monther's Day!! Of course I lost it and was overwhelmed with tears of joy! What a lucky woman I am!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

We Have A Daughter!!!!

At 1:58, Thursday, February 1st I received "the call"! We have a baby girl!!!

Name: Megan (middle name to be discussed)
Chinese Name: Cen Li Qing
Date of Birth: 07/01/2006
Age: 7 mos TODAY!!!
Currently at Heng Feng SWI, Jiangxi, China

We will receive an e-mail on Monday afternoon with her picture and health information. Stay tuned... more to come!

Overwhelmed with excitement and joy!

Proud parents: Chuck & Wendi