Thursday, June 28, 2007

For Our Darling Daughter

As our departure date rapidly approaches to visit our precious son, I find myself longing for our daughter more than ever. I miss her without ever having met her, or seeing her beautiful face, or touching her delicate skin, or hearing her magical laugh. I pray our darling, darling daughter somehow knows we will wait for her however long it takes. She belongs to our family and will make us complete.

I bought this outfit for her tonight while I was getting some last minute items for our trip to Guatemala. I think I will tell her this one is from Big Brother, and that she inspired us to grow our family while we wait for her. I didn't expect things to work out this way, but I don't want to lose sight of the joyous blessing we have received unexpectedly. I just miss her so.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Can I Hear Some Kudos???

Well, well, well, I was struck by a dose of EXTREME AMBITION and decided I was going to walk about 2 miles to my 6 p.m. Jazzercise class. I left my house at 5:20 not knowing how long it would take. About 1/2 mile from my house I realized it is extremely hot right now! Indeed, it was over 100 degrees outside, but I persevered. When I walked into class my instructor saw my flushed face and asked "Is it that hot in here?". I told her I walked and she said "It's a little hot to walk". Mmmm, hmmmm. Anyway, I made it through class and walked home in much more mild 90 degree weather at dusk.

Then, I grabbed the pooches and relaxed in the pool to watch the sunset - they are the BEST in Arizona because we are so close to the West coast, we are surrounded by mountains and the air is especially clear where we live (there is an air quality ordinance that limits air pollution). I was in HEAVEN! After I was totally relaxed from the pool, I moved to a rocker on the patio that was so warm and toasty. :) The finale of my luxurious relaxation time was an intense bubble bath in my garden tub. Let me give a shout out to 100% Pure bath products ( - they are PHENOMENAL and treat you to a relaxing, fragrant, mild and luxurious bathing experience. Clearly, I am still in major rrrreeeellllaaaxxxx mode. :) Life is beyond good, I am so grateful for my many blessings.

Monday, June 18, 2007

First Taste of Europe

My oldest sister Diana and her husband Joe recently went on a European cruise and I casually mentioned how my jet setter little daughter DEFINITELY needed some international flavored clothing! Not that my sister needed any encouraging, she has the Vela shopping blood from my Mother and I know she found great joy in picking out this GORGEOUS, hand embroidered blouse from Italy for our baby girl. The little skirts on the girls are three dimensional and poof out ever so delicately. Thank you Diana and Joe for such a beautiful gift, I can't wait to have her picture taken in this!

Secret Pal Package!!

My Secret Pal sent me my Fun in the Sun June package and it arrived today. WOW! Look at all this amazing stuff, my pal is so thoughtful and generous, not to mention she has an amazing taste level! :)

Where to start??? For moi, a gorgeous lavender tote with beach ball tag and amazing smelling Lemon Martini candle. I will soak in my tub tonight after Jazzercise and light that right up! For moi and hubster - mojito mix! We will enjoy those in the pool this weekend. For our baby girl - not one, not two, but three adorable outfits:

  • Watermelon onesie that says "Sweet" with matching socks

  • Duckie hooded bath robe and towel - I love ducks!

  • Pink butterfly pool robe with matching sun hat

She also sent a Baby Einstein CD with lullabies that I can't wait to play for our baby, and our pooches all got their own carton of Milk and Cookie dog treats! THANK YOU Secret Pal, you are so generous and thoughtful to my whole family! :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Who Knew???

I went to Target to pick up some personal items and just thought I would browse the baby clothes area. I have honestly never done that before, I only buy workout clothes at Target and had no idea what to expect. Well, well, well, I found some SMOKING deals on cute every day outfits. So much fun! :)

Then I went to Babies-R-Us to find some Grandpa frames for my Dad and father-in-law for their special day this Sunday, and look at these adorable PJs I found for both babies, cupcakes for her and dinosaurs for him. :) Wouldn't it be something if they were close enough in age to wear these at the same time? You never know...

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Summer Haircuts

The pooches went in early this morning for some much needed grooming. They all missed their last grooming appointment because of Brody's injured paw (he is back to 100% good health now), so they were really looking rough. Here they are with their short, clean haircuts ready for some fun during the hot Arizona summer. So adorable, aren't they? :) Top left- Brody, top right - Alfie and bottom center - Katie.

Friday, June 08, 2007

I Contained Myself... Sort Of

Well, I went shopping for some Secret Pal surprises and couldn't resist checking out the kiddie clothing. Our daughter and our son each got a new outfit (check out other blog too). I don't know if you can tell in the picture that these jeans have a sparkly finish and Dan said "Those are bling-bling". Of course, I said, she will be a sparkly little princess! :) The hot pink cotton eyelet layered top is too-o-o-o cute. I am thinking I will have to find some matching espadrilles and a scarf to complete her look!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Update on Referrals

Well, for the third month in a row, the number of LIDs matched with referrals has only covered a few calendar days. However, I am actually excited that families logged in through November 7, 2005 have now been matched. This means we just have to wait for one calendar year of LIDs to be matched before it is our turn (LID 11-8-06).

This news probably makes no sense to those outside the adoption community, and probably sounds strange to those who know what I am talking about. While I acknowledge we still have a long wait, we are now what seems to me a big step closer! :)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Busy Weekend

Yesterday I woke up early to go to Jazzercise and then ran errands until around noon. Then I started cleaning and staging the house for photos that we have to submit for our Guatemala dossier and by 2:30 p.m. I was POOPED! I got some great photos of our house though and Dan did the same for the front and back of the house.

Then, we went to a VERY FUN dinner party at our friend Michele's house. There were seven families there, four who have recently returned with their daughters from China. Here is an adorable picture where we tried to recreate the famous "Red Couch" photos. From left to right are: Maya, Lily, Ava, Jenna and Jadyn. We ate very delicious food and had really nice conversation with all of our dear friends. We are blessed to have found such amazing people in this Families with Children from China community. :)

Today I am cranking out more dossier documents, resting and heading back to Jazzercise this afternoon. I am "scared straight" about being shape to be a Mom. These babies are not light and we will soon have two! AYAYYAYA! :)