We have had an abundance of quilt squares, wishes and pictures arrive at our house lately. I have to say that I am so happy that we took on this project - the beautiful words that our daughter has received from all of you are truly magnificent. Just today, I opened up quilt squares from our wonderful friends the Dell'Orto's and I got tears in my eyes just reading their wishes to our baby girl and I have to say, this is not an unusual occurrence when we open quilt squares, wishes and pictures. The love that comes with these just makes our day!
I'll take a new picture of all the squares we have received and post a picture soon...
Thank you everyone!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
|A pumpkin bini|
|Pumpkin shoes and ladybug dress|
|Cute running shoes|
So, Trayton, Deklan and I were on a shopping trip to Toys R Us to shop for birthday party present a couple weeks ago and we happened to walk past the baby department...Deklan and Trayton both found some things they thought their sister might like. It was fun to see them so enthusiastic. We didn't buy anything as we don't know how old or what size our baby will be, but it was sure fun for all of us to window shop and "dream" a little.
|Memory Book Page|
|Memory Book Page|
As many of you know, we have been collecting quilting squares from our friends and family to make what is called a "Bai Jia Bei" or "100 Good Wishes Quilt." This is such a special project to us. So far we have been sent 23 squares. It is so fun to go to the mail box and get a square in the mail. We look forward to discovering all the rest of the squares still to come, but here is what we have so far. Each square represents a good wish someone has written for our little girl - so sweet! Thank you! All the good wishes along with a sample of the quilt squares and pictures of the "well wishers" are made in to a memory book. I have included 2 pages from her memory book just for fun...
Ahhh, so it's been a couple weeks. Trayton's bedroom is almost done. We need to paint the closet area to match the rest of the trim and we are still waiting for the window coverings. After that, we need to get all his new furniture in... Hopefully only a couple more weeks. But, from the last time you all saw it on here, it is much closer to being done. Drywall is done, paint is on the walls (I grew some gray hairs doing that!), built in desk is in, carpet is in... Right now, the room is being used primarily for rolling on the floor and wrestling. Hee Hee!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I treated myself to this necklace a couple months back. It is from the Bali Collection at Brighton Collectibles. It is a sterling silver necklace with a nice chunky chain and heart clasp closure. What's special about this necklace is it has a little picture frame on it. When we get our referral (all the paper work and information on our baby) I will be walking around wearing this necklace proudly with a picture of OUR baby in it! (That's just the stock picture in it now.) I just love this necklace - even the back of the picture frame is cute (bottom picture.) I saw this necklace in a video clip of another adopting mom when she went to China to pick up her daughter. So, I contacted her and she led me to Brighton Collectibles. Unfortunately, they had stopped making this particular necklace a couple years back. I was so disappointed. I told them my story and they were so nice that they called around to all of their stores and found one left at a store in Atlanta, Georgia. The gal at the store was so excited for us and insisted that I send them a picture of me wearing it with our baby's photo in it. She polished the necklace all up and shipped it to me. It's a rarity to find customer service like that these days. At any rate, when we get our referral, which we are hoping for at the end of December, I will post a picture of me wearing this necklace with pride! I can't wait!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, we have started turning our formal dining room into a bedroom for Trayton. We hardly ever use our formal dining room for eating. If we have company over and eat in there everyone is always uptight and not relaxed. The room usually had board games and LEGOS all over the table instead. So, we sold our formal dining set and we are turning it into a bedroom for Trayton. Trayton is giving his current bedroom to his sister so that she can be closer to Mama and Daddy. He is SO excited about his new room! We have taken out all the built in cabinetry/sideboard/display cupboards etc. and are putting in a closet and built in desk instead. He is getting a loft bed with a futon chair underneath that makes into a bed for sleepovers. Yesterday, he chose his new bedding - a palm tree decor - too funny! He wants to feel like he is on vacation - I totally get that - it's still funny to me though. Perhaps it's time for a Hawaiian vacation? It's been a while since we've been there. He really wants green walls, so green walls it will be. He also wants a plant in his room. I told him he could have one of our large plants that use to be in the dining room, but if it is too big we will get him a nice hanging plant. Now, I've been trying to upload pictures to show our progress but when I do, it's saying "server rejected" and I'm not quite sure why. I'm uploading the same way I have done in the past. I'll keep trying. Well, I've been trying for 30 minutes...I give up for now. I'm so bummed!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
So today, I went to the craft store and bought a memory book, the card stock for the pages as well as the plastic cover pages and all the special tapes and dots. I've never been a scrapbookerer so this is all new to me... You can see everything I bought in the second picture.
In the first picture are the first 3 quilting squares I have received. They are from my dear "Rumor Queen" friends. Rumor Queen is an online community made up of people who have adopted or are planning to adopt from China. Since the beginning of this journey, half of my life has been spent on Rumor Queen. The friends I have made there have such a special place in my heart. These friends have seen me through thick and thin. We have encouraged one another and supported one another during this unbearable wait for our children. Congratulations Kathy and Kim you are the first contributors.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Well, I showed Todd our blog and he told me he was thrilled that I created one. Then he enlightened me on something.... He hates the word "Kiddos." Now, we have been married for over 17 years and have been parenting for over 11 years and this is the first time I've ever heard this. So, I changed our "Header" title to "Our Snazzy Kids" instead of Kiddos. I may change our header a few more times, I didn't really know what to call our blog. I wanted something nice and creative, but nothing has come to me yet. When it does come to me, I'll change it...AGAIN! :-)