Thursday, May 31, 2007
This week seems to be taking forever. I just wish I had the confirmation that referrals have been mailed. Tonight will be Friday morning in Beijing so maybe I'll have an update from our agency tonight. If I do, I'll be sure to post!
Ladybug sighting! That's usually a sign that referrals are on their way! These adorable hairclips were sent to us from Emily along with other very cute gifts. Thanks Emily! We love everything you sent!
Our agency is hinting that referrals may not have been sent yet but if not, then they will very soon. Rumor Queen is saying that a European agency is saying that referrals have arrived. Not sure what to believe yet. I'll keep you posted!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Thanks to everyone who has been calling, emailing, and leaving comments, we really love everyone's excitement and support.
Please check back, if we hear that referrals are on their way, I will be sure to post it!
(If you want to see pictures from our weekend and video of baby raccoons, scroll down.)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
We were sitting on the beach and two baby raccoons came waddling down towards us. George was brave enough to take pictures and even video footage (to be aired soon!). I was scared to death of the mother coming out of nowhere to protect her babies but we never did see her.
Mom and I painted the front doors. They look so much better. Wish we could have worked on the second story window boxes but the mourning dove was still incubating her eggs.
George laid a lot of wood chips over the rocky shore to make a more stable footpath.
The ferries were packed this weekend being Memorial Day weekend and for most, the first weekend back up since last season. As I stood on the upper deck, I looked down and saw someones new bed making the trip over. One big wave and that bed woulda gone overboard.
The coffee shop on the island. We love going there. They had a big garage sale with awesome stuff. We bought a print and the sailboat. Dad especially loves coming here, there's a cute little bookstore right next door. Thanks Dad for the book on Door County wildflowers!
The Twice Around shop reopened this weekend. It's just down the road from the coffee shop. Mom and I had good luck there but my new lime green cruiser with basket and white leather seat was the steal of the day for only $3! George and Dad decided to build a very rustic boardwalk using some cedar trees and planks. Worked out great and makes it much easier to get in and out of the water.
The last section is actually in the water and it got moved with the water moving in and out. We all tried to straighten it back out with no luck, might just have to be a little crooked...
What a great weekend, great weather, and great company. Thanks again Mom and Dad for everything! We are back at home now with about 6 days minimum to wait for any news. I will post any rumors I hear. Our agency has a way of knowing if any packages are heading towards their way so those are the rumors I'm looking for now. We just can't stop thinking of this little one and wondering who she is. Please stay tuned.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Mom and Dad are here and we are leaving this morning for the island. Mary, Tim, and Lilah, should be arriving today or tomorrow. Should be a fun weekend with a lot going on. After this weekend is over, we don't have anything planned...it's going to be tortuous remaining 7 days!
Happy Memorial Day Everyone!!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
When you travel to China to pick up your daughter, everyone ends their trip in Guangzhou. You usually stay there about a week going to appointments, to court, and to get your child's medical exam. The White Swann Hotel has been the hotel everyone has stayed at for years, since adoptions opened in the 90s. This is the hotel that has the famous red velvet couch that everyone puts their babies on for group photo shots. This is the hotel where you get the "Barbie who adopts from China." This is the hotel where there is a huge playroom Mattel sponsored for all the adoptive families and their babies. This year they are starting major renovations and I just learned our agency isn't having us stay there during the renovations. We are staying at the brand new Westin instead. I was bummed at first but after looking at the website and knowing everything will be brand new with non-smoking rooms and AC that works, I am getting really excited about staying there. August can't come soon enough...
Monday, May 21, 2007
The island was beautiful. A little rainy and cold but it's certainly coming to life again. I wanted to take out the evergreen boughs I put in the window boxes at Christmas but discovered a morning dove's nest with 2 eggs. I will have to wait on that. We hope we will get to see them hatch! The Brill reel mower worked great. It's so nice not to hear a loud lawnmower going.
We painted the inside of the house. We spread a huge pile of wood chips. We hung the baby's swing. We did a little redecorating. We ate out, went to the coffee shop, and watched movies. We had a great weekend!
Friday, May 18, 2007
We're going up north this afternoon with a ton of projects planned. Hopefully we'll get a lot done. Have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I'm not even following Rumor Queen right now, none of those rumors matter to me anymore, we are NEXT! Only rumors I'll soon look for are when they are actually arriving. We feel strangely calm, nervous, and excited all at once.
It's a hard transition to come back from the lake house to this house...both with long to-do lists. To say I'm keeping busy is an understatement. It's gloomy today and I'm forcing myself to stay in and get the wingback finished (I'm reupholstering it). Scroll down if you want to see our weekend photos.
Monday, May 14, 2007
The canoe is now on the beach. George and Dad took it out Sat. afternoon. Water is so shallow that they said water was warm.
Hammock is up.
Mother's Day morning. We sat in the sun and drank coffee. Dad gave us our first lesson in fishing with our new rods. We practiced casting off the deck.
I power washed the bunkhouse deck. It took me almost 4 hours! It's pretty clean and looking good. We put some chairs out there and it has a wonderful view of the water.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Today Rumor Queen is speculating when referrals will arrive. She's predicting around June 4th, that sounds about right. Yeah!!!
Highchair and car seat arrived today. I told the UPS driver that we're expecting a baby soon. He looked at my stomach and I told him he would be delivering her next month. (He really will be delivering our referral) He walked away too fast for me to explain. I'm sure he's still trying to figure that one out!!!
Keep scrolling down to check out pictures from our trip to STL.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Our weekend in St. Louis was fun. It was great to see everyone. We had dinner at George's dad's house on Saturday. Here are some of the photos. (Keep scrolling down to the previous post to see the photos from the engagement party)
Friday, May 04, 2007
We're leaving for STL very early tomorrow. It will be good to get away and to see family and friends. We've had beautiful weather and I've been out walking a lot with my good friend and neighbor, Christine. I can't wait to get this canoe off the patio and into Lake Michigan. Next weekend Mom and Dad will come and help get this big red monster onto our car.
George made very good progress in the workshop last night. Along that wall will hold 3 saws, his mortiser, and his router. Note the extensive dust collection system overhead. Looking good.
Check back soon, we should have some fun pics to post from our trip to STL and by then it will be DAY 8!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Our agency received 15 referrals yesterday for the Oct. 27th families. All girls! Ranging in age from 7 months to 11 months and all from the Jiangxi Province! Rumor Queen's site has links to blogs of families who just received referrals. Check it out if you want to see some pretty cute babies! http://chinaadopttalk.com/category/referral-announcements/
I met with my new friend, Jing, yesterday. She's Chinese and just wonderful! She's going to teach me Chinese and I'm going to help her with English. She is really concerned about teaching Chinese culture to our daughter and wanted to make sure I would show her how to eat with chopsticks! I assured her I would.
George's project of redoing his workshop has turned into a pretty big project with an extensive dust collection system. Our three car garage is now a NO car garage. George is on the phone with his very good friend, Tim, learning of the news that they are expecting a baby girl!!! Yeah! Our daughters will be only a year apart.!!!