Friday, March 30, 2007
"So we have it from several sources that packages are expected and may even be in the US mail system as early as some point today. Of course they have many stops along the way--plane, truck, van--all the way to your agency. It is going to be tough to tell exactly when the packages will arrive but rest assured the stork is working hard for all of us and it is just a matter of time now. Saturday arrivals at agency doors is not known at this point but I would say it would be a very lucky agency who got them on Saturday. Monday noonish is looking a whole lot better."
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Disclaimer: These are only RUMORS. No guarantee until the phone rings. If it doesn't happen Monday, just keep your fingers crossed for Tuesday. And please, there's no need for all of us to lose sleep over this...I'll be losing enough for all of us! (I slept in 5-minute increments between 3:30 and 6 this morning.)
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Next up was a circle dance:
Doing her Vanna White impression to show off her sculptures (the one on the left is our house, and the one on the right is her):
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
And here's a picture I snapped two years ago of one hawk swooping in on the other:
This week, however, brought on the idea of a leprechaun house, and then...a trap to catch the leprechaun!!! As you can see from these photos, the Welcome sign is to lure the little guy in. He's supposed to jump up on the butter containers, see the gold coin hanging from the straw and several more coins in the box, and when he jumps to get the coin, he falls in and won't be able to get out.
Unfortunately, the leprechaun hasn't fallen for it yet. He did leave a quarter when he visited the other night. Last night, as K and I were watching TV, the hanging coin did fall from the straw, but alas, he was too quick and got away before we saw him or could shut him in the trap. We reset the bait and went to bed, but no leprechauns again today.
I hope the leprechaun trap isn't a permanent fixture in my family room until the Easter Bunny visits!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Anyway, here are a few shots I just took of EJ in the snow. She went down her slide to push all the snow on it into a pile at the bottom, then decided to take another plunge into the snow. These were taken with our new digital camera from our porch deck to the swingset - about 50 feet.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Here is a grid you can use to select the name of your choice (note I said "your choice", not our choice)! These are all names that we've discussed in the last few months. I wouldn't say we're down to the Final Four yet...maybe the Elite Eight? Definitely the Sweet Sixteen. And I know the basketball tournament starts with 64 teams, but really, 32 names should be enough to select from, right?
Click here to get a copy of the grid. Print it out (just click the print button on your browser), and select your preferred choice from the pairs, until you have the final two, then narrow it down to one. Have fun. Please send us your final name in the comments.
Aunt C suggested I place the darker-colored squares on the edge of the heart so that the design stands out. I still need to do some shuffling to get similar colors together. Now, just plop it all on a beige/pink background and put some pink stripes around the edge. Should be done by next week, right? (Just kidding...)
Oh yeah, see the bright pink post-it note in the upper left-hand corner. Just ignore that - it's a placeholder for Mom and Dad H's embroidered panda...I haven't trimmed it to size yet.
If you're counting, I think there are more than 100 squares included. As I mentioned, I received about 135 different fabrics. I want to make sure that I include as many as possible in the quilt. I think I'm going to remove the four in the middle from Aunt B and Uncle H to the four corners of the quilt, since they tell an interesting story. That will let me squeeze in a few more! And remember, extra squares won't go to waste - they will become lap quilts for the baby in the car and pillows!
Last night for dinner, we made broccoli-cauliflower quiche. EJ doesn't care for it, despite the fact that she loves both veggies and scrambled eggs, but there's something about them all together and baked in a pie crust with cheese that she finds completely repulsive, even when we give it a fun name like Eggie Pie! I mean, this is the girl who tells everyone that asparagus and brussel sprouts are her favorite foods.
Being the super parents that we are, we insisted that she eat a few bites. I mean, how is she going to learn to like new foods if she doesn't at least TRY them? Actually, trying quiche isn't a new thing. We make her do it about every 6-8 weeks. She doesn't like it any better today than she did three years ago, but on the other hand, it hasn't killed her yet either.
This is her defiant "I'm not going to eat it" look:
Swallowing the first bite is always the worst:
But she recovered nicely...
And just so you know, she didn't go to bed hungry or anything. She also finished off some leftover Chinese food from the night before.
Friday, March 9, 2007
Our agency had matches for six families this month, all girls from the Sichuan and Hunan provinces. The ages of the girls were between 11 and 15 months. There are eight families from our agency in China now. They received their children on Sunday evening and report that everyone seems to be adjusting well. The families who were matched in early February got their travel authorizations, and they may leave as early as next week. They are traveling a little sooner than expected, as there is a LARGE trade fair in Guangzhou in April that apparently causes havoc with travel schedules (think no flights, no hotels, etc.)
Thursday, March 8, 2007
And then, there was the selection of the background fabric (two beige fabrics with pink accents that will be laid out in checkerboard fashion), and two shades of coordinating pink fabrics for the edge strips. Hmmm...let's hope we really are getting a girl! These fabrics had to be washed, dried, ironed, and cut into long 5.5 inch strips. Many thanks to Aunt C for showing me a few shortcuts on my cutting!
I've lost count, but I think I received something like 130-135 unique fabrics for the quilt! Wow! I never expected that many. Many people sent multiple patterns, so I'm trying to make sure that at least of each person's squares are included in the quilt. The extra squares will be made into small lap quilts for in the car and pillows.
The 100 squares that I use in the quilt will be laid out in a heart shape. I hope to lay them all out on the floor and have the design ready to go by Saturday. Perhaps I can capture a photo of that to update you all this weekend. I need an excuse to play with the new digital camera K bought today for our trip. He also picked up a new videocam at the same time. The videocam (digital tape) is smaller than our old digital camera. And the new digital camera is the size of a deck of cards. Gotta love technology. Anyway, we're taking them both for a test drive, as either can be returned within 10 days if we're not satisfied, so I need to focus on that over the weekend too, I guess.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
This next fabric must be reflective of M's exotic travels. He has visited some amazing places, and rumor has it that he and R are on their way to Africa soon. Is it true?!?!
Monday, March 5, 2007
The good news is...WE ARE NOW CERTAIN THAT WE'RE IN THE NEXT ROUND!!! The next matches should be in in 4 to 6 weeks, so stay tuned. That means we would depart for China somewhere between mid-May and early-June.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
First, we went tubing at King Pine. Sorry, no photos this year, but I can share this one from last year!
Later that night, we went to Moat Mountain Smoke House and Brewing Company. We highly recommend the curried crab and corn chowder, the chili, and the longhorn nachos (barbecued beef brisket and cheese). Yum.
We stayed at the new Hampton Inn in North Conway, NH. It has an indoor waterpark! We even saw our former next-door neighbors there, so EJ had a friend to play with.
Here's EJ coming down the slide:
After lunch at one of our favorite spots, Horsefeathers, we drove down to our favorite campground on Lake Ossipee and did some snowshoeing around their property. We saw lots of snowmobilers zipping around on the trails. We ventured out onto the lake, which looked to have at least 12 inches of ice on it, topped by yesterday's 12 inches of snow!