Thursday, May 31, 2007

Impatience ...

Okay ... I am now officially getting impatient! There has been NO confirmation of the latest cut off date, so although I know deep down we will not be getting our referral this month, my heart still has this ever so tiny spot known as HOPE! Just end the
suspense and give us the word already! AND there has been absolutely NO PROGRESS on the pool! Backfilling was to happen "this week", then "later this week" ... translation ... FRIDAY! I'm going to need to put the pressure on ... not my strength by any means but frankly, I'm getting pissed! Not to mention it's been hot as hell this week ... margarita? Anyone?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Lots of time to get to my list ... DAMMIT!

Rumours are now starting to trickle in as the end of the month quickly draws near. First, the 9th is not expected to 'make the cut' and now, the latest is, not even the 8th! Either way ... we're OUT! So, I guess July, hopefully, will be our month. More time to tackle all those items on my To Do list, especially since I'm off all summer long ........... does that make the glass half full?

Monday, May 28, 2007

To Do List!

I have had a Before China To Do List sitting on my computer desk top for the last couple of months with the intention that its proximity would give me the kick start I needed to knock the items off one by one and be ahead of the game. Well, I am sad to say, this is NOT what has happened. In fact, I would say the exact opposite of my intention has occurred ... I am feeling like I am getting FURTHER behind instead of making progress as I have crossed very little off my list. And so, I will attempt a new tactic! I will post the remainder of my list here for all to see and up date you as I accomplish each of these goals .... maybe you can keep me on track! Bear in mind ... some of the items ARE beyond my control...

House projects to do before China:

Cadence’s Room
-get and paint a dresser
-paint doll house bookshelf
-put up curtain rod and get curtains
-put up pictures, etc.
-paint her name on canvases
-paint embellishments on the wall
-paint front porch railing

-completion of pool
-repair fence
-purchase locks for gates
-set up gazebo
-get a candle chandelier for gazebo
-get stairs made for deck
-repair grass between houses
-repair grass in backyard and side of house by hose
-get skirting done around deck
-stain fence, deck

-cabinetry in laundry room
-have windows cleaned
-make all purchases needed for ‘C’ and the trip

Any suggestions as to where to start? HELP!!!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Greetings From the Capital!

Okay ... spent awhile looking for internet service (only to find I already have it in my dorm room!) ... and what?
NO UPDATES !!!! Come on Monday!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Too Much to Handle ...

Why is it everything seems to happen all at once? I do think at times I take on a little more than I am fully prepared to handle.
It has been another couple of sleepness nights ... there is just soooo much turning over in my mind that it just can't seem to rest. First off ... the 'summer project'. There have been some improvements; the construction is progressing well as you can see from the photos below and our neighbours have taken it all in stride. Today however, unbeknownst to us, the guys removed the rest of the fence and have caused some damage to the neighbour's lawn. Yesterday they said they would excavate to get the concrete out so we could replace the posts and rebuild the fence to its original state ... except it seems they 'forgot' and oh, now the trucks are gone! Hmmm ... another detail to iron out.
Of course to complicate things I am off to our nation's capital tomorrow morning ... early ... and haven't yet packed! Well, it's a little difficult when one is teaching all day and then drives an hour to teach for another 4 hours at night. Why then am I taking time to write this post? Good question ... I don't have the answer! Maybe it is just that I need to get all this 'stuff' in my head organized and this is one way ... who knows?! So, the fact that I am in Ottawa will certainly make it a little tricky to 'network' with the 'pool guys'! Maybe this is just the kind of break I need!
AND of course there is the impending 'referral'! This of all things is eating away at me. There are good, solid rumours that make you, once again, believe you are in. Then the next rumour talks about the huge number of dossiers logged in for November, which makes you second guess and realize that July is probably most likely after all. BUT then you hear, the CCAA really wants to get out a good size batch this go around. Can you see why I am bordering on insanity here!? I don't know what to believe. My heart says, we will know who Cadence is in about 2 weeks, but my rational side (one I show VERY rarely) tells me not to count on it! I just want to know, one way or another so I can move on, sleep, have some normalcy for a few days ... IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK????
Okay, thanks for listening! I'm heading to the iron, suitcase and glass of wine. I'm taking the laptop with me but I'm really only planning to see what the RQ has to say. In the mean time, check out the progress. I think Cadence is just going to love it!
Day One and Two

Monday, May 21, 2007

What a Difference a Day Makes...

Today the Rumour Queen shared that the CCAA has stated that it has 3000 dossiers alone that were logged in during November 2005. This is a HUGE number! Quite frankly, it means that it could take until October for all of these waiting parents to be matched with their children .... SIGH! I've said, I won't be disappointed if we are NOT next ... but if truth be told ... I will! The previous positive rumours have gotten my hopes up ... I cannot deny that! I guess I would have to rephrase that I won't be surprised ... yes, that's the more accurate language! Many of RQs followers continue to believe the 10th (us) will be included next month as the big numbers are toward the end of November and that's where the small referral batches will fall. Who knows what will happen ... once again, only time will tell .........

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Let the Sun Shine!!!!

The sun has GOT to shine down furiously this weekend ... and then some! The bobcat basically sunk at least a foot in between ours and our neighbour's house and so construction was abruptly halted. The pool company returned today to evaluate things and have decided they will hope for a dry weekend so they can resume on Tuesday. As well, they are going to change machines and perhaps throw down some stones for traction. Let's hope for all of the above! Of course the forecast isn't as rosy ... there is a chance of showers tonight and into the morning! I won't post any of the photos as they are too depressing! No pain, no gain they say ..... there'll be a hell of a clean up when all is said and done! Know a good landscaper???? Anyone????

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Pre-referral Syndrome. That's what I have! I know it because I am spending every spare moment (and moments that really shouldn't be spare moments) on this computer following every thread on the Rumour Queen's site and every blog I can find.
It is an addiction and I need some serious intervention ..... soon! The rumours continue to point to a BIG BATCH (all the way
to mid November perhaps), but. I. am. not. definitely. not. going. to. believe. it!!!!
Oh who am I kidding?????
If you get a chance ... meet Sophie's family ... they are in Guatemala adding Ollie to their family. You will need to click Waiting for Sophie on the sidebar and then click the Oliver Blog link. What an amazing and beautiful family!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"Bob" is here!

The bobcat arrived this morning just before I pulled out of the driveway ! One summer project has begun ... the other, well,
that one's out of my hands!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Is it a Match?

Rumour has it, matching at the CCAA has begun for the next set of referrals. The early rumour is that this will be a 'big batch'.
Hmmm ... not sure what to make of that! I have been down this road before ... convinced that I could be next ... I don't want to get my hopes up again only to be trajically disappointed. is hard not to be drawn into all of the excitement on the Rumour Forum! Once again, I find myself sucked in!!! In any event, whether it be in about 2 weeks or 6, it will not be much longer!!!! It is exciting to think that in the next week or so, maybe, just maybe, OUR photos will be pulled up on a computer screen in China and a match made .............. wow............think about it!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Exactly two years ago, we were excited to share the news of our adoption with our friends and family (unbeknownest to us mom was even having a Chinese feast for Mother's Day)! Exactly two years ago, we had our first home visit by our social worker. Exactly two years ago, the feature story on the cover of our 'complimentary' newspaper that we found on our doorstep was of a local family who had adopted a girl from China. Two years ago we thought our referral would arrive before the next Mother's Day and that we would be parents within the year. That was then ..... this is now! Today is not a day of celebration for me but it is for many of you and I wish you all a lovely day!!!
MOM ... hope you had a GREAT day .....

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Quit Complaining!

Someone was complaining that he wasn't getting enough 'exposure' on my blog. Welllll .... hope you're happy Steve!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Sean's Thoughts

While muddling around the desktop of my computer I came across the following piece written by Sean ...
Each year he introduces public speaking to his class by writing one of his own. This is an exerpt from this
year's ... I think he has a gift, what do you think???????

The Quest for Cadence by Sean Kearney

Somewhere in the north end of ******** a couple is in the process of
changing a chic guest room into a nursery. The fancy furniture and
decorations are giving way to a crib, a change table and a baby dresser.
The once empty closet is now being filled with clothes for all seasons and
toys for any possible interest. Paintings and other works of art are being
replaced with pictures of cartoon characters. Although there is a great deal
of excitement and anticipation the question still exists: Who is the
little girl who will live here?

Somewhere 4000 miles away in the rural provinces of China a baby lies
in a crib. Although she probably sleeps peacefully and is provided with the
necessities of life, she is deprived of having the one gift all of us are
entitled to, that being love. Each day babies, mostly girls are dropped off
at the doors of orphanages by women unable to care for them. Their
hope is that somebody either in their country or far away will give
them that gift.
Somewhere lies a little girl who is soon going to find herself leaving the orphanage
for that newly decorated nursery. That girls’ name is Cadence.

Good afternoon class, I wish I could bring in pictures or even the little
girl herself, but due to various complications in China I am unable to
provide this, but in the meantime I thought I’d tell you all about
the “Quest for Cadence”.

Note: There will be no cartoon characters in this nursery!!!!! Really!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

18 Month Ultrasound

Yes, today marks yet another month gone by since our file arrived and was logged in China! We are now one year past our 'due date' ... unbelievable! All of the predictability and stability of the China program has long since ceased to exist. We continue to wait and wait and wait ... hopefully not much longer. Perhaps in a few weeks we will receive our first glimpse of Cadence .... perhaps not! Who knows???? Anyone ..... ???

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Back to Work!

In 12 hours they will be back to work after a weeks' holiday.
Somewhere, behind the doors, in the matching room, lies our file and our child's (oooh ... felt a little chill there!).
Where does it sit on these shelves? My guess .... about the 550th one down from the top ...

Apparently the average number of matches per month has been between 400 and 600. Once again folks, we may be in or we
may be out. I am thinking we will be out given the holiday time, however, it is my understanding that the actually matching is
done during one week in each month. What am I saying? ... I have NO idea what will happen! I am prepared for a June or July
referral. If there is another 2 day kind of batch ... well ... I'm NOT prepared for that! Check back in about 3-4 weeks time!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

My Latest "PIECE"

Kudos to Frank for a wonderful masterpiece!!!

The bookshelf is MASSIVE, but it works in the room! Now I just have to paint and 'stock' it with books and baskets. AND I think Barbie will fit perfectly one day as well.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend ... the sunshine is spectacular here ... the buds are starting to open and everywhere you look it is green! I'm off to camp with the students Monday and will likely be suffering from Blog/RQ withdrawal (among other things!) Good thing this is the slow time of the month where rumours are concerned!

Oh, and the 100 post thing ... there's no way I can manage that ... maybe I've managed 100 words ............

PS - I've updated my sidebar a bit ... you MUST check out the video on the CARR Family blog ... WARNING: Tissue required!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

All I wanna do ......

All I really want to do after this hectic week is sit back, enjoy a good night of tv drama with a big, bold, beautiful glass of red wine! But NO! I have to play hockey tonight! Not only will I miss Grey's ... I will miss a 2 HOUR Greys! I am totally exhausted beyond belief ... and those of you who know I went to the show this afternoon can just be quiet! To make matters worse, Sean is away tonight and I actually don't know how to use the VCR, so I can't even catch up.

Wish I had more interesting items to discuss, but .... all I've been doing is WORKING!!! According to the data on this blog, my next entry will be my hundredth ... traditionally bloggers have used that entry to tell 100 things about themselves ... hmmm ... not sure I'll be able to do that ... it will definitely have to be a weekend thing!
Off to 'tidy' ... the 'other' housekeeper comes tomorrow!