Thursday, October 26, 2006

Random Ramblings

I feel the need to post at least once a week, so here we go. As usual lately, I have little to say. One fun event: The Cowboys played the Giants on Monday night football. Justin and I went to the game. I was so upset I didn't have my camera with me because we had field passes and were right on the field for warm up. It was very cool to be so close to those enormous players. I would like to be able to post pictures. Too bad we got our butts kicked. At the game, our next door neighbor got to sing the national anthem, so that was neat. He did a great job.

Justin is very sick right now with a severe sinus infection. He has really bad allergies, which is not a good thing living in Texas. Combine this with his crazy schedule and he gets sick somewhat often. He feels really bad this time though. He did get some antibiotics yesterday and hopefully we will have him back up and running before too long. I am just hoping that nothing gets passed on to me.

I am excited about this weekend. We have some fun plans. Justin is home, so that is a very nice change. What I really wish we were doing though, was travelling Vietnam. So many of my closest adoption friends are going to be there in the next week or so to get their babies. I think that it is going to make it really hard for me to see so many of my friends home with their babies and Lucy is still there. Oh, it breaks my heart. Nicki, Holly, and Mrs. Broccoli Guy, please be so careful and have a wonderful trip. I expect lots of pictures and updates. Be sure and check out Carolyn's blog. Sarah is just too adorable. We will miss you all while you are gone, but can't wait to see you with your children.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Taking Food Too Far

Have any of you been to your state fair this year? I know, fairs are kind of gross and dirty, but they are also quite entertaining. We went with our neighbors to the Texas State Fair on Wednesday. This was my very first experience at the fair. I was in for quite the adventure. Essentially, all you do there is eat and eat, play some games while your food settles like a rock in your stomach, ride the occasional ride, and then eat some
more. I felt like grease was oozing out of me when we left. Here is what all we tried: Corney Dog (this was the best thing that I ate), a chicken finger, a tamale, nachos, corn on the cob, and a fried Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. We were big fat pigs! Disgusting the amount of food consumed, I am fully aware of this. The good thing is that we would get this stuff and then all share it, so it wasn't like we were eating full portions. Again, I still realize how gross this is. Here is the thing though, there was so many foods to try it was totally overwhelming. EVERYTHING is fried. Here are a few examples that just floored me - fried avocado, fried Snickers, fried Twinkies, fried PB&J, and here is the real kicker: fried Coke. That is right my friend, fried Coke. I saw people buying it by the truck load. It was basically a glass of Coke with some fried dough in it. DISGUSTING! And we wonder why we are such an obese country.

The main thing that I did enjoy about the fair was the petting zoo. It was fabulous. My favorites were the goats. I swear every goat was pregnant and about to pop or had just had a baby. Those goats are "busy", if you know what I mean. The baby goats were the sweetest and cutest things ever. I did get mad at the goats though because they were really mean to one another.
If one was eating, another would come up and head butt it with its horns, really really hard. One goat was even bleeding. I did not like this. I especially did not like one of the bigger goats doing this to a set of brand new baby twin goats. In fact, I told on that goat to the man who was watching them. He clearly thought I was a lunatic, but it really made me mad. Those babies weren't doing one thing wrong. He also had no concern whatsoever for the poor bleeding goat. RUDE!

We saw lots of other animals, like cows, buffalo, llamas, sheep, pigs, ducks, and kangaroos. They might have been wallabies, I don't really know. Here is what I do know. One of them was a momma with a baby in her pouch. At one point she was hopping around and the baby fell out, at which point I realized that it was WAY too big to be in the pouch still. The little one kept following the mom around and trying to get back in the pouch and the mom would hop away. This went on for 5 minutes or so until the baby just forced its way back in. I was seriously stunned by the fact that this big baby fit back in the pouch. That poor momma.

Okay, I think I have rambled about the fair long enough. It was just such an interesting experience. We did comment about bringing Lucy next year and how she would be 14 months old. That was just crazy to me. Wow. The pink stripes that say Perfect is my new favorite item in Lucy's closet. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. A huge congratulations to Mrs. Broccoli Guy who got her travel approval and will be in Vietnam very soon to get her son!!!!!! YEAH!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A Few Shout Outs

Since I have absolutely no adoption news whatsoever, I thought I would give a few shout outs to some exciting news in the Vietnam adoption world.

Holly, the person who I couldn't make it through this adoption without, got her referral of a GORGEOUS baby girl. She actually got this a while back, but I still wanted to congratulate her on my blog. Liberty and Lucy are going to be such wonderful friends. I am so happy for Holly and her family. I couldn't get her website to pull up with a link from my blog. I hope you get to bring your angel home very soon.

Congratulations in the biggest way to Sherri for the referral of her BEAUTIFUL baby girl, Gracie. We use the same agency and our baby girls are roommates! I would guess we will travel with Sherri and I cannot wait to meet her in person. How fun is that. They are really close in age and I hope that they keep one another company.

Nicki got her travel approval and she is leaving in just 10 short days! YEAH! I can't wait for you to meet your little Addison. It is just so exciting to see you travelling. You have helped me out so much!

Carolyn is in Vietnam as we speak and they had their Giving and Receiving ceremony today, so Sarah is officially theirs. I hope that the rest of their trip goes smoothly. It is so exciting to see families actually bringing home their babies. It keeps those of us waiting sane.

And finally, another referral congratulations to Jenn, times 2!! Jenn and her family recently received the referral of twin girls! I would have loved to get twins, but Justin just was not ready for that.

There have been so many families getting good news lately, and it just makes me smile. I need that since I am such a moody wreck with the stress of everything going on. I hope that those of you who are waiting for your news get it very very soon.

I did get Lucy a few more things this past weekend from an adorable baby store in Fayetteville, AR. They are little sleepers and one of them is at the very top of my favorites list. I will try and post pictures some time this week.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Lucy and Her Loot

I did get an email saying that our dossier will be filed this week. YEAH!! I don't want any hold ups. Here are some more fun Lucy clips. Just trust me on what an angel she is. I still am just amazed by the expressions that she gives in each picture.

Her perfect little hands. You can't see the crazy long fingernails here, but they are SO long. Hopefully they have been cut by now.

Here is the hair that I know you have all been dying to see!! It is sooooooooooooooo cute and wild.

I told you in the group of pictures we got that she moves from calm and serene to totally mad and being done with the photo shoot. Here is the end result. I think she is saying, "I WANT MY MOMMA AND DADDY - NOW!"

Since I have pretty much nothing to report, I will show some of Lucy's most recent loot. We have mostly been trying to get pjs and just comfy clothes for while she is little bitty, but there have been a few times that I have not been able to resist and bought things that she will probably never wear or will be so miserable in that I won't make her wear it. Oh well, she is our first, so we are going to live it up!

Litte PJs from Baby Gap in size 6-9 months.

More Baby Gap PJs in size 3-6 months - they say for 12-17 lbs, so lets hope my little chub fits in them!

This might be my favorite thing in Lucy's closet. It is for next summer! Really, this is adorable.

This is the main thing that will be non-practical, but it was on sale and I LOVE it. Her very own faux fur pink mink!! I just hope it will fit for a few pictures this winter when she comes home.

And finally, I thought that this was so cute, so here is a picture of her diaper bag and a matching blankie!! I think that everyone should post a picture of their nursery. It is so fun to see other nurseries and get ideas, so once again, here is Lucy's room. I sure do wish she was playing in there now.

Friday, October 06, 2006

More Excitement in the Neighborhood

I have a couple of things to report on that have made our lives interesting this week and they are as follows:

1. This weekend in Dallas is Texas/OU weekend. What that means is that these two football teams play one another and it is in Dallas every year. This place literally goes nuts for this weekend. There are a zillion fans here for both teams. My neighbors directly next door are really big Texas fans. They throw an enormous Texas/OU party each year on the Thursday before the game.

The last two years they have had the actual Bevo in their yard for the party. In case you have no idea who Bevo is, he is the Texas Longhorn mascot, and he is REALLY big. We have pretty small front yards, especially when you put a lot of people and a huge longhorn in the yard, so this is quite a site to behold. Just for the record, I am from Arkansas, I am a Razorback, and I HATE the longhorns, but this is still cool.

We share a small wrought iron fence in the front that separates our yard from these neighbors. Bevo was backed right up to our yard. I had a horrible feeling that he was going to take a Longhorn sized poop right into our yard. Justin and I go outside to take some pictures of the beast and what does he do within two seconds of us being out there, raises up his tail really high. Anyone who has ever seen a cow, knows this means something bad is about to happen. He is backing up towards our yard as this is happening. I am freaking out and causing a scene by this point. He ends up doing his business and it does land in the neighbors yard, so crisis averted. It was a VERY close call though. And in case you were wondering, no, we do not live in the country. We are right smack dab in the middle of the city.

2. Justin and I got our immunizations this week on Wednesday at the Health Department. With the chance of sounding like an enormous whiny, cry baby, I am going to go ahead and say that it hurt - badly. We got two shots in each arm. My arms feel like I have been carrying around 100 lb weights for the past couple of days because my muscles are still so sore. I am not even scared of getting shots, at all. But after seeing Justin get his shots first, I was scared. First of all, the woman who gave us the shots was a large lady, a really large lady. Second of all, when she gave the shot, she reared back like it was a knife a stabbed us - 4 times each. It was awful. By the end, I thought I was going to pass out or vomit because it hurt so badly. I guess I will live and hopefully we will return from our trip without any diseases now.

3. Here is Lucy's new baby piano. Music is very important in our household. We hope that Lucy will love music as well. We figured you can never start too young, and this is the cutest toy ever. This is what we gave our nephew John for his first birthday. He loves it. Look at how sweet he is in this video!!

4. My wonderful friend, Kate, had a beautiful baby girl yesterday, and I am so happy for her and her husband, Jason. I can't wait to meet the little bundle of joy. She is going to be one of Lucy's best friends. Her name is Liza. I don't have a picture of her yet, but here is her pregnant momma - right in the middle. This was a month ago in Fayetteville, AR. GO HOGS GO!!!

So that is my week in a nutshell. Pretty exciting if you ask me. I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Happy Belated Birthday John

Yesterday was my adorable nephew's 1st birthday!! I meant to write in yesterday, but I was swamped at work from missing last Thursday and Friday. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!!!!! I love you so much and wish I could have been there for your birthday. He obviously was not a fan of the birthday hat. I cannot wait for the day that I have pictures of John and Lucy playing together. They will have such a wonderful time with each other. I think that Lucy is going to be so petite, so it will be so fun to see them next to each other. We got John the cutest baby piano - of course, Lucy got one as well. I hope that he loves it as much as Justin and I did.

On the Lucy front, we FINALLY got her medical report just now today. It has made me very nervous that we did not have it yet, but the translation was just taking forever. Our agency told me that they had the untranslated copy and that everything read normal, but it just made me nervous that we still didn't have it. Anyway, we have it and our little angel is weighing in at 9.9 lbs, which I think sounds great and very healthy. I looked up her stats on an Asian growth chart, and she seems to be right in the middle of everything. YEAH!! We had better get to shopping because everything she owns is size 12-18 months. You all know how much I love the shopping for baby clothes.

One more thing I didn't get the chance to write yesterday. Remember a while ago when I wrote about Prison Break filming at my next door neighbors house? Well, the episode aired last night. You could see our roof and windows at one point. Of course, this was when we paused TIVO and really stared, but I can still say that my house was on TV yesterday!!