Sunday, November 4, 2007

NaBloPoMo Day #4.2 - National Adoption Awareness Month

Can you believe it? Two posts in a day! Amazing!

Anyway, you may have noticed that my blog looks a little different today. I've changed most of the background colors to shades of purple in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month! Yay!

In my world, every month has ALWAYS been Adoption Awareness Month, but it's nice to see some slightly more formal recognition. I was blessed to have been adopted at birth and doubly blessed to have adopted my boys at ages "almost 4" and 2.5 just over three years ago. Over the years, I've always looked at my adoption as something that was positive and wonderful, never something to be hidden or embarassed about. When people look at short, not-skinny me and then look at my tall, very skinny mom and ask how we can look so different, I simply tell them that I'm adopted. Same with my boys..... HandsomeBoy, the older son, looks quite a bit like me and EXACTLY like my husband - no one ever looks at him and thinks adoption. CutiePie, the younger son, however, is ethnically Roma (Gypsy to you) and we get comments and looks all the time. To American eyes, he looks South American or Indian. The most common question I hear is "Are they brothers?" Which I suppose is a safe way of asking "what's the deal?" because it could also mean "is the little one a family friend who happens to be here with you today?"

Anyway, that's just a long way of saying how proud and happy I am to have been touched so personally by adoption! If you have any questions about adoption or my experience of being adoption or adopting my children, please feel free to ask me! If you have any thoughts about adopting a child yourself, take the opportunity of National Adoption Awareness Month to get more information about adoption! You never know-- it may be the best thing you ever do!

Proud Adoptee and Adopted Mom

NaBloPoMo Day #4 - I Know I'm Getting Old!

How do I know I'm getting old? I look forward to setting my clocks back NOT because it means that the bars stay open for an extra hour, but rather because I get an extra hour of sleep! The bonus is that when I wake up (early) the sun is up or on it's way up! Pathetic! Old! Embarassing!

I'm definitely NOT a kid any more!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

NaBloPoMo Day # 3!!!!!

Wow! Three posts from me in three days! You know it's GOTTA be NaBloPoMo!!! LOL!

Today was a pretty typical day. Woke up, got the kids up, cut the coupons out of the weekend paper, started the first of three loads of laundry, fed said children, organized the things I needed to do today and then took the kids to Ikea. Ikea? Why Ikea? Glad you asked! Because they have a play area where you can actually drop the kids off and then come back and get them a while later! I know they intend for me to spend that time shopping the multitudinous good stuff that they sell, but I prefer to use the time to buy a cup of coffee (and occasionally an open-faced shrimp salad sandwich) in their awesome cafeteria and spread out with my bills, coupons and selected recipes and spend the precious time getting some important stuff done!

Last time, I got lucky and they gave me 90 minutes; today was the usual 60, but it was still great!

After Ikea, we came home and I started on some home chores while CutiePie watched Spiderman 3 and HandsomeBoy visited his friend next door.

When RockStar got home from work, we piled back into the van and off we went to a hayride sponsored by the children's youth group that HandsomeBoy recently joined. I don't want to actually say the name of the group, but for those of you who like sophisticated word games, we'll just call it "Rhymes-With-Pub Rhymes-With-Sprouts). I was rather hesitant to get involved with the organization for reasons I'll expand upon at length at a later time, but HB reallyreallyreally wanted to join and has been very enthusiastic. Personally, I was involved in a co-ed program that organization used to oversee for teens and young adults which was called "Rhymes-With-FlExplorers" when I was in high school. As a family, we love hiking and outdoors activities, so most of the activities will be right up our line!

Anyway, we had a great time at the hayride and party. Although most of the day was cloudy, windy and cold, the evening was clear, still and beautiful!

One of my favorite quotes of the day: as we were leaving, RockStar wanted the boys to go potty before getting back in the car and told them to go use the PortaPotties. As we walked over there, CP started fussing and saying he didn't want to go in there because it was scary. HB told him, "It's okay, you can come in the PartyPotty with me!" That just cracked me up!!!

Have a good night and don't forget to turn your clocks back!


Friday, November 2, 2007

It's not much......

but it IS a post. Blogger ate the last one I tried, so this one's going to be VERY short.

More tomorrow!

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Yeah, so I've been very lax about my blog lately. So sue me!!!

Actually, I really miss posting here and have had sooooooo many posts cluttering up my head. That's why NaBloPoMo couldn't come at a better time!

This is going to be a very short post today, but hold onto your hats -- there's a very good chance you may be very sick of my posts soon if I actually start to spit out the various posts I've been mulling over!