Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Glimpse of Things to Come...

Our dear friends Scott and Kim adopted two gorgeous girls (twins) from China and it has been so much fun watching them grow and thrive in their new home. :) Kim sent me the sweetest picture of the girls' hand prints - they are almost 22 months old and so adorable! Thank you Jadyn and Jenna for this very special piece of art!


Monday, July 30, 2007

Today the Dream Seems Far Away...

Some days I can vividly imagine my future with Dan and our children, but today the dream seems very far away. Not in a sad, "never gonna happen" way, but in a "there are so many challenges" way. Things are crazy at work and there's a lot of uncertainty there, but I know everything will work out the way it is supposed to happen. It's just not easy dealing with so many different stressful situations at a time, but I am old enough now to know I always get through the difficult parts of life and emerge with some new joy to celebrate.

Dillard's had a 30% off clearance sale this weekend and I had to pick up 9 month outfits for DOmi and some gifts for family birthdays. So, I couldn't resist these adorable deals for my little girl... some day she will wear these and smile. :)


Monday, July 23, 2007

Pooches and Outfits

Yeah, I realize this blog has morphed into a doggie and wardrobe diary of sorts, but it is fun to share pictures of our furry babycakes and certainly of cute clothes too!

Here is Brody lounging out back,


Alfie getting a snuggle from Mommy
and Katie doing her thing!


I went shopping to get Dominic more clothes for our next trip. He is growing so he needs bigger sizes! ;) As always, our daughter is never far from my thoughts and I picked up these two sleepers for her. The polka dot is cute with little bows on the pocket and the fuchsia one says Angel in Chinese, it is also made from organic cotton (aka cha-ching!). :)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Terri Tagged Me!

I was Terri's Secret Pal for the last 3 months and am so blessed to have met such an amazing woman. She is kind, caring and very creative. She has inspired me to learn to sew "one of these days". She just tagged me to share eight interesting things about myself... hmmm.. these are interesting to me anyway. ;)

1) I have four sisters and my husband has four brothers.
2) We got married when we were both 36 in 2004, first marriage all the way around.
3) We honeymooned in Australia and New Zealand and vowed to take an "international vacation every other year". Little did we know at that time that our travels would take us to our children in China and Guatemala. :)
4) This sounds scary but it's true...my favorite TV show is "Snapped". It is a documentary series about women who "snap" and kill their husbands or boyfriends. I don't know why I like it, I think it's the disbelief that small town America has truly evil big time criminals that are usually petite women!
5) I am very crafty, although I acknowledge my vision is ALWAYS crisper and more together than the end product.
6) I LOVE real estate and we recently purchased our first investment home outside of our permanent residence. Is number two investment home far behind????
7) My lovely, one of a kind and super hubby will stay at home part of full-time while our children are small.
8) I love to read fiction and can't fall asleep at night without polishing off at least one chapter of whatever book I am reading at the time.

Now I tag Ashley and Kim! Have fun!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Poochies Story

I went to dinner last evening with my dear friend Maria and we talked about our pets. She and her husband and daughter are going to San Diego for the weekend and are boarding their schnauzer Sammy. Maria told me whenever they open their front door Sammy runs away and she jokingly said "I don't know if he's looking for a better life or what". We both laughed but it got me thinking about my poochies (although they are already ALWAYS on my mind - I know, I know, borderline obsessive) and if they wonder about "a better life".

So I did a little experiment today and opened the front door wide and held up my hand to "Stay" - I am THRILLED to report not one of them moved towards the door an inch, leading me to believe they are happy in their home and will give us the honor of continuing to be their puppets, Oh I mean owners. ;)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

In Loving Memory of Gracie...

This may seem like an odd post but I have to acknowledge that Oprah Winfrey lost one of her dogs recently. Gracie was a 2 year old Golden retriever that died tragically when she choked on a ball belonging to Oprah's cocker spaniels.

She chose Gracie from the litter because the breeder said "You don't want that one, she has an overbite and is small". Of course Oprah wanted her for that very reason, even though that meant she would have 3 puppies at one time!

I remember when I heard that Oprah had 3 puppies at the same time because Dan and I also had 3 puppies at the exact same time she did, and all of our pooches are now 2 years old. My heart goes to Oprah and her family, including Gracie's surviving brother and sister. I actually cried about this news and could not imagine my life without one of my furbabies. They absolutely have taught Dan and me how to be loving parents and inspired us to adopt children. I hope Gracie is in a lovely place now and is happy as ever. Here she is with Oprah and her siblings, Luke and Leila. God bless you Gracie.


Friday, July 13, 2007

Daydreaming...

We have been home from Guatemala for just about 1 week and as I unwind on this Friday afternoon I find myself wondering what my life will be like in the future when I have 2 little people running around... It has been a long week at work and I traveled to Austin and Dallas, TX - lots of planes and NO, sitting in first class on every leg doesn't make that much difference!

Anyway, I am trying to cherish this down time I have for now because I doubt I will have many blogging opportunities when my babies come home...

I managed to have one shopping afternoon while we were in Guatemala, I met a wonderful woman named Jane and she left her baby with her husband, and I left my baby with Dan and we headed to the Mercado de Artisans for some shopping. We had our own personal guide to help us, Luis was such a blessing!

I bought this GORGEOUS dress for our baby girl - orange is my favorite color so I couldn't resist!

I also bought these colorful place mats, napkins and matching rings for our kitchen table, and these hand carved masks to decorate the hallway near the children's rooms. The masks feature a warrior hero, quetzal birds and Mayan pyramid. I love all my treasures!!!


Almost forgot - I admired this adorable cloth in the store and the shopkeeper gave it to me for free! It is a cloth to keep tortillas warm, I love the colors and will use as a dish cloth in my kitchen!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Treasures from Guatemala

We are in Guatemala City visiting our precious son and of course our daughter is always in our thoughts. A local woman comes to the hotel each day to sell her handmade goods. I picked up these gorgeous outfits and doll portraying a traditional Guatemala woman. Very fun!