Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's Plant Killing Time Again!

It's here again! That fabulous time of year when the husband and I decide that we too can have beautiful waves of color surrounding our home! That wonderful enthusiasm has overtaken us! We think we can do it!!! We planted flowers!

And I'm giving them at least a 10 percent chance of living through June.

You see, we are not outdoor people. We like the idea of being outdoor people. We even manage to convince ourselves for a couple of weeks at the beginning of each summer that we are outdoor people. Beginning in early May, we watch tentatively as our neighbors hang overflowing baskets of blooms from the eaves. By Mid-May, we are observing carefully as they plant annuals in carefully tended beds. Over Memorial Day weekend, we feel the stirrings of the green-eyed monster when their ceramic pots come out to decorate the front porches and driveways. And every year, around the first of June, our excitement overtakes common sense and we head out to buy flowers.

I already feel the burning hot summer sun mocking me. My poor little flowers are not long for this world.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Big Girl Bed

It's been what... two weeks? Yes, two weeks since Miss P's bottle got 'dirty' and her mean, horrible parents refused to wash it. But she's doing great and now doesn't even ask about her bottle! Since that was such a success, we took another leap yesterday.

We took down the crib.

Okay, fine... the husband took down the crib. I supervised. I then supervised some more while he brought the toddler bed up from the storage room, cleaned it off, and then moved the crib mattress over. I may have assisted by bringing him new crib sheets.

Miss P LOVES it! She showed the new bed to all of her babies (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, and a stuffed red bear) and then proceeded to tell all of us 'My bed! My bed!' over and over again. Nap time was a bit of a struggle, but bed time? Ohhhhhh, bed time was brilliant! Miss P lay down, snuggled under her blankets, and slept the whole night through.

Keep your fingers crossed for tonight!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Poor Giraffes

On Monday, Miss A went on a 'field trip' to the zoo with her preschool. On our way to t-ball practice that night, she was telling me all about the animals and the things they did that day, but she didn't mention the giraffes. The giraffes happen to be my favorite exhibit at our little local zoo, so I asked if she had seen them.

Yes, was the reply, but they were sad.

Obviously, my next step was to ask WHY the giraffes were sad. Miss A piped right up, with enough disgust in her voice to make me dread her teenage years, and said, "I don't know, mom. They weren't talking about it."


But now I'm dying to go to the zoo and stare at the giraffes until I can get a hint as to their emotional state.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Book Update

I'm very excited to announce that we have pre-sold 63 books as of Monday morning!

You see, when a nonprofit organization prints a book, cost is a bit of a concern. Raising money is nifty, but only if you're SURE you're going to raise money. So, we did all the math (and boy, do I HATE math). It turns out, we needed to pre-sell 64 books to cover the costs of printing 200 books. After those 64 books are sold, all... did you catch that? ALL!... of the book sale income goes directly to orphanCare International.

While I'm hoping the book goes global, we get a book deal with a major publishing company, and Oprah does a program about how amazing we are, 63 books is an impressive milestone. Now, your mission (should you choose to accept it... and why wouldn't you???) is to sell more books. Leave me a quick note and let me know that you've linked to Tell all your friends on Facebook! Don't forget to Twitter. And if technology isn't your thing, I guess it will be okay if you simply tell people about this cool project.

18 authors. 18 adoption stories. 18 families whose lives have been changed forever by international adoption. 18 chances to cry and laugh. Don't you want to read it???

I thought so. Now go here and order your copy :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Small Successes

1) Operation Dirty Bottle continues. We've survived Night Three and the screaming fits are getting shorter every day. In fact, Miss P went down for nap yesterday with no fuss whatsoever. Bedtime was another story, but we're getting there!

2) We had the last PTO meeting of the year on Tuesday night. Whoo! Check that off my To Do list until the end of July.

3) I've been pretty sore since my 10k on Saturday, but last night I got out for a run and managed 3 miles before giving in to my desperate need for water. Note to self: Carry water bottle when humidity is high - yuck!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wanted: Dishwasher

I have a confession. Little Miss P - at 2 years and 3 months old - still takes a bottle for naps and bedtime. Well, she did until yesterday. And let me tell you, she is NOT happy about the change in her life.

With N and A, we took the bottle away as soon as they turned one. No ifs, ands, or buts - it was gone and that was that. We gave P a little more slack since change is so hard for her. But a couple of days ago, she asked for a cup with no lid to drink out of at dinner and I realized that the bottle had to go away. If little missy can drink just fine out of a cup with no lid, then she doesn't need a bottle anymore.

That was my theory anyway.

So yesterday when it was time for nap, I told her that her bottle was dirty and she'd have to drink out of a sippy cup for naptime. She nodded to show that she understood the situation. And promptly refused to take a nap.

By bedtime, Miss P was dragging. When I trotted out the ol' 'your bottle is dirty' story, she gave me a look that plainly said she was turning me in to the Obama administration for violation of the new torture policies. She did finally fall asleep, but not without a lot of crying and showing me the sign language gesture for milk over and over again. Every time, I told her that her bottle was dirty and that her milk was in her sippy cup.

Poor Miss P will be putting an ad in the paper any day now looking for someone to wash dishes at our house.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Comparison

Last Week:

Go to Las Vegas for 4 days for a work conference.
Launch presales for a book. (You've already bought your copy, right????)
Accidentally forget N's piano lessons.
Get a magazine to press.
Clean like mad.
Host a birthday party for A. (Happy 5th birthday baby girl!)
Take A and her friend to the circus.
Run a 10k on muddy trails.
Host a birthday party for another kiddo.
Host a going away party for that same kiddo with 16 10yo girls in attendance.
Spend Mother's Day laying on the couch in a fog.

This Week:

Organize final PTO meeting of the year.
Take A to her tball practice.
Go to A's preschool graduation.
Spend the weekend away with the husband to celebrate our upcoming 14th wedding anniversary.

I love this week already.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Meant To Be, The Adoption Book

So, guess what I've been up to for the last eight-ish months? My friend Meredith and I have been working with some of the coolest people in the adoption community to create a book. Yes, a book!

Meant To Be, Stories of International Adoption is a compilation of stories about the ways children have come into our families and the significant moments that have let us know that some how... some way... the child who found our family was the child we were meant to love.

The authors have adopted from several countries. There are single moms and a single dad. There are families with one child and families with three. There are parents who were themselves adopted. And each of these families has a unique story to tell about the quirks of fate, guidance from Heaven, or strange coincidences that led to the perfect ending to their adoption story. Except for one family... who is still waiting for their perfect ending.

And the very best part? All of the profits - - ALL of the profits - - from the sale of this book will go to orphanCare International to benefit children in countries far from here.

Want to learn more? Ready to order the book? Go to or visit the Dillon International online store.

Why are you waiting? Get to ordering! The books will ship in June :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Vacation Decision

Well, thanks to a long conversation I need to have with you about my love affair with the Department of Homeland Security, a cruise is out. We can't guarantee Miss P will have a passport by next summer (yes, that would be the summer of 2010... have I mentioned how much I love the Department of Homeland Security???). Although the regulations at the moment would allow Miss P in and out of the country via water, the regulations could change. Or, if they don't, it would be just our luck to have some sort of emergency back home, need to fly into the U.S., and not be able to bring Miss P with us. Actually, that might be a really good way to get her a passport... I wonder which DoHS office needs a two year old? Hmmm...

I promise to tell you the whole story about the passport/certificate of citizenship/social security number disaster, but I'm getting ready to leave for Vegas tomorrow. This is just a quick update for those of you wondering about our 2010vacation destination.

We'll be seeing this guy again:

And this chickadee:

And of course...

We're going to Disneyworld! Lord help us. :)