Friday, November 27, 2009

A day of beauty

First a haircut at Zippity Doo followed by a mani/pedi at the salon. It was jam packed without a free hand so the owner's husband offered the princess a pedi. He donned his glasses and gave her the works; exfoliation, massage, file, reflexology and polish. While there she snacked on a orange and bottle of water. Even three year olds need pampering every now and then.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Turkey-blaster workout

Thanks and Giving

It would be an arduous task in the least to list everything I am thankful for but I'll try and summarize it. I am thankful for friends and family who are an active part of my life. I've known for a long time that blood doesn't equal family and friends don't have to be merely that. The people in my life are my family regardless of their origins and for that I am extremely grateful. I am especially grateful for my mom who is my partner in crime, my dutiful assistant and watcher of small child. I couldn't ask for a better grandparent. I am grateful for overall good health despite the fact I've had every bug and critter known to man this year. In the big picture all is well. I am thankful for our amazing doctors who take really good care of us. To say I am grateful for my daughter seems odd so we'll rephrase it. I am both grateful and ever so thankful to my adoption agency, the People's Republic of China, IAAP and special friends, the "T" family in Beijing who made me a parent and gave my daughter a forever family that loves her to the moon and back. Words will never be enough. I am thankful and blessed to have a wonderful man in my life who accepts me unconditionally and loves my daughter almost as much as I do. I am thankful they were open minded enough to welcome each other into their lives. I am also thankful for his family who treats us like we have always been part of them. I am thankful and grateful for my daughter's daycare. The owner and staff take extraordinary care of my daughter and treat her as if she were their own. What more could any parent ask for? We are blessed to be part of yet another family. I am thankful that there are also so many wonderful children and families that we've gotten to know. I am thankful for the new people I've met as a result of becoming a parent. While there are a lot of new friends in our life, we do hold a special place for the P family and of course the L family. Deb (L) and I worked together and probably wouldn't have chosen to be friends otherwise. We're very different but she and her family are a blessing nonetheless. At this difficult time of being unemployed I am thankful for my education that will take me on the next leg of the journey and for my colleagues who I've developed relationships with over the past 15 years. From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Many Faces of The Divine Miss Em

How I love this girl. Her expressions are priceless and she almost always has a smile on her face. Please excuse the rim of orange around her mouth but SOMEONE gave her Gatorade.

Monday, November 16, 2009


With some time on my hands, it's a perfect day to write what I DIDN'T do this past week. To begin with, I did NOT lose my job on Thursday because who would ever consider ridding themselves of me? Surprisingly, I am NOT terribly upset. On another note, I did NOT send my daughter to mom-mom's house on Saturday because she was asking to go (and whining) just to have some adult time. What kind of mother would I be to want an actual date? Of course when she asked to sleep over I did NOT object (evil grin) and mom-mom didn't either. * My position was eliminated or at least that's what they're telling me. ** I've felt terribly unchallenged for awhile, hence not being sad. It's a bad time to be out of work so while worried, I am not sad. *** All involved parties had a lovely weekend

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Just Because

Tuesday, November 03, 2009