Friday, 26 September 2008
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Here are the deets of the award --
Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude.
2. Must love one another.
3. Must make mistakes.
4. Must learn from others.
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
6. Must love life.
7. Must love kids.
These are the rules for The Smile Award.
1. The recipient must link back the the award’s creator
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
3. You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself.
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted.
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.
And the nominations are ...
1. Kristin - wrote THE funniest blog posts of all time about her haircut. I was seriously laughing hysterically. Not only did she make me smile, but I nearly peed my pants. She brought her beautiful daughter, Lilly, home from Vietnam in June and hasn't posted in a looooong time. If you think that my hinting to see Lilly's nursery was bad you haven't seen anything yet!!
2. Susan - she is mom to Gem. Gem will soon become a big sister to their beautiful son, Tuan, who is still in Vietnam. Susan is an extraordinary sewer and inspires me to get off my lazy bum and make something beautiful. Her quilts are so incredible they make me drool (and smile). You must see for yourselves.
3. Di & Bri - my bff and parents to our 3 Godsons. Bri is a stay-at-home dad and his stories of the boys definitely make me smile. They love kids - mine included!
4. Kristin - will be travelling to Vietnam on Friday to meet her daughter, Payton. Throughout her very long journey I have been inspired by her heartfelt and positive attitude - and her faith, which is unwavering, has been incredible. And if that wasn't enough the girl can sew!! Payton's nursery is sweet, cool and hip.
5. Jess - is mom to the adorable Phoebe, who's photos create the biggest grin on my face. Jess does things that I wish I would and could do ... like getting into Phoebe's crib WITH her. Plus, if dogs could marry then Dudley would be my pug-in-law!
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
OK, so onto the update!! So I know these cropped photos are a little wierd and I promise that at some point I will show you her cuteness in entirety, but for now these little snippets will have to do. The girl has THE cutest hair-do. Oh my. Her foster mother has pulled it partially back into a little clip directly on her head, so it kind of looks like a mini mohawk. Apparently in Korea they like to highlight the child's forehead as it is a sign of intelligence.
She is currently 19.5 pounds and is between the 25th and 50th percentiles for height and weight, and between the 50th and 75th percentile for head circumference. I am so happy that she is healthy and growing big and strong. She is crawling and cruising, saying "um-ma" and "appa", claps when she is happy, is very curious, makes eye contact with people she knows, avoids eye contact with strangers, loves bathtime, sleeps from 10pm - 6am with 2 thirty minute naps, and is eating some porridge (mixed with rice and anchovie soup w/boiled veggies). Her sleeping habits are exactly the same as Kaneu's and I guess since the family sleeps in a communal room the kids are up until the family goes to sleep. I am so excited and thankful for having this update and to know she is healthy and happy.
We sent her a care package a few weeks ago. We included a photobook of us, some clothes, and toys, along with photobook of London for her foster family. Knowing that she is touching and playing with things that Kaneu picked out to give her is so heartwarming. I know that when the time is right we will all be together but it really is so hard. I know so many of you understand this. Having gone through it previously with Kaneu doesn't make the waiting any easier, unfortunately. My body physically aches to be with this little one.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Annie Lennox performed and I have to say her songs were a bit more somber than last year. She was still great and, wow, that voice booms. Peter Gabriel was good. He sang a really sweet song he wrote for his 96 year old father. Bryan Adams sounds exactly the same as he did way back in the 80s and I have to say that a) he's hot, b) I loved all the songs he sang, and c) he sounded incredible. At one point he was singing a song, from 1985 (according to Brian), that up until Sunday night I thought the lyrics were "I'm gonna rent a room". Little did I know (for the last 13 yrs!!) he was actually singing "I'm gonna run to you"!!! All this time I thought the song was about some seedy guy renting a hotel room to get it on w/his probably-married lover. Oh wait, I think that's still the case, or maybe he's the married one, because it does mention something would "change if she ever found out about you and I"Nonetheless, I think the song still has an underlying message of unfaithfulness. OK, so now you must confess - what are some of the funnier versions of lyrics you've sung to?
And now ... for the surprise guest, who had taped an earlier performance because he wasn't able to attend BUT just before they brought out the last performer (John Legend, who, by the way, rocked it out w/his big band. so good!!) Jude comes back onto the stage as Jeremy is announcing how many lives were saved w/the vaccinations and says "surprise" and out out walks Lenny Kravitz and some sketchy-looking guy who totally rocked the bass. It was so great. I have 2 videos and I have to say that I forgot I can't use the zoom while in video mode, so you'll see a major close-up of brian's nose - oops!
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
I was going to sum it up with just this photo mosaic ... but I couldn't stop there and so instead you'll get to see the "extended version". There were just too many pics to choose from!! And thanks to Kelly I have finally ventured into the world of Photoshop. Who knew you could use it for more than cropping and red-eye reduction!
And to top off such a kickass weekend ... we learned today that we WILL be returning to London after Sweet Cheek's adoption is finalized. Yeahhhhhh!! We are definitely celebrating tonight!!
Friday, 12 September 2008
When we arrived we were greeted with glasses of sparkling wine. It seriously felt like a honeymoon! The hotel was wonderful. We visited two Quintas (estates) and toured their grounds and tasted the local varietals. If you have never tried Portuguese wine you are missing out! So, yes we drank a lot of wine and port. We also soaked up some rays by the pool and visited the spa. After seeing how hilly the area was we opted to not do the bicycle tour. We weren't quite up to that kind of adventure! We were laughing about how tame our actual anniversary night was - especially compared to our first anniversary ... which involved a beautiful B&B in Newport, RI, way too much champagne, which resulted in us leaving our ATM card in the machine (and then some loser came along and withdrew $500, which we didn't realize until the next day when we went to pull out cash), and finally ended with Brian puking into the linen closet of our bedroom. Good times.
Here are some pictures I shot of Brian tasting Port. I don't think he was a fan.
Friday, 5 September 2008
I am so thankful to God for bringing Brian into my life. I am beyond blessed and am honored to be his Mrs. I really am such a lucky girl to have him to share the good times and the bad with. Brian is an incredible husband. He spoils me rotten and loves me even when I know I don't deserve it (I can get a little grumpy and am not always so pleasant to be around). He puts up with my moods, my chocolate cravings, my shopping binges, hair-color changes, and loves me despite it all. He is so encouraging - always supporting me in whatever interests I want to explore. Best of all he makes me laugh like nobody's business. I wonder what the next 10 years will hold. I honestly could not ask for more.
It's unbelievable to me that we are at 10 years already but when I look back it really has been a loooong time. We have seen, done and grown so much in this time. And speaking of time, things have really changed! Even as I was trying to find wedding photos I was reminded that we were married in the days of using FILM! I couldn't find any digital photos of us pre-2003!
We were married in the Outer Banks of North Carolina a few weeks after hurricanes Bonnie and Danielle. I remember being a nervous wreck but thankfully we had beautiful sunny skies on our day. It was perfect in every way.
A little walk down memory lane ...
#5 in New Zealand
we celebrated #6 running a half marathon in va beach ~ note: not the
a week later we renewed our vows in Vegas lucky #7 ~ NEW (and very tired) PARENTS!!
#8 in Tuscany
#9 in Croatia
I don't have any digital photos of anniv #1-4. This really bothers me - the prints and the negatives are all in storage back in the US. At some point I am going to have a very big project of scanning years and years worth of photos. Surely there are companies that will do that for you, right?! I can't imagine having that kind of free time on my hands when this little munchkin comes home!
little miss sweet cheeksOk, must get back to this lovely, lovely place.