Saturday, April 28, 2007


I almost canceled our appointment for Eddie's pictures because of the rain, but I'm so glad I didn't!

This picture is Eddie to a "T"... arms crossed, usually with a scowl; but somehow the photographer got him to smile! I had to promise him something "special" ~ about every five minutes ~ it worked and it just cost me a Spongebob book!

I just love the angel and his sweet facial boy :)

Here he looks so grown up with his hand in his pocket. I actually remembered I took a similar picture with Anthony at 4 years old (couldn't find the smaller version and it was too difficult to shrink the 8x10 or I would have posted it next to this).

It's amazing when I look back at Anthony's 4 year pictures, he was still a baby... and it was so long ago. I almost want to freeze time, because before I know it I will be looking back at these pictures and, oh... it will seem like so long ago.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


What a fun and crazy night I had last night at our Annual PTO Fashion Show & Chinese Auction! We started off by buying raffles tickets ( many local businesses donated gift baskets of goodies, dinners, a pitching machine, etc) and then walked around looking at all the great prizes and choosing which bag we wanted to drop our raffles tickets in - it was hard to choose and I ended forgetting where I put most of my tickets...

Anyhow, we ate and watched the fashion show where the models were our own teachers, administrators and aides. Then, came the time we were all waiting for - the prizes to be raffled off! Well, I did hear my name and won a HUGE bouquet of flowers - I screamed and clapped along with the table of women I was seated with (I actually thought I'd won a bouquet of flowers every month for a year...and then found out it was just that one bouquet)...that's o.k. because look how pretty they are!!!

Then, to my surprise, I heard my name called AGAIN!! I screamed, clapped and jumped up - I had no idea what I'd won (I wasn't paying attention) and then I learned that I won the following:

This GREAT lounge chair for the pool AND a jet ski for the pool!!! I was daydreaming about my boys racing around on this and just the look on their faces when I brought it home - I was thrilled!!

When I went up to claim my prize, they seemed confused and said someone had claimed this..."Uh? Maybe I hadn't heard my name after all?". Well, they checked and low and behold - I did win it! They told me to claim my prizes at the end of the night because they were so big "he, he" :) They actually made another announcement saying I was the winner and someone else was the winner of another prize, just to clear things up.

O.k, the end of the night is here and my buddy, Jenn said she'll help me carrying ALL of my loot back to the car. I spotted a woman dragging MY PRIZES across the dance floor heading for the door!! I thought she was one of the workers and said, "Hi, thanks, those are mine" and she says.... "oh, no I won them".


I tell her, no they are mine and proceed to take her over to the raffle bags and look through them one by one until I find the right bag where MY raffle ticket is stapled onto! Then she says, "oh, I believe you". :(

WOW! Now, I still think she thought she'd really won and was confused .. most of my neighbors think she was booking it out of there because she knew she hadn't and wanted this great prize for herself ~ I'd hate to think someone would do that especially when this is all for charity.

I'm usually not a big winner at these raffles or even gambling, but last night was
MY night :)

Monday, April 23, 2007


I'm finally back to posting, the last few days have been busy getting ready for a baby shower ~ it was for Meaghan Grace's mommy, Michelle (see side bar for blog under Mia's China Sisters: "Meaghan Grace").

We have been plotting and planning for weeks and boy was she surprised! We got her here under the pretense I was having a pocketbook party; and the picture below shows me on the phone with her about 15 minutes before everyone was to arrive!!!

Here she is walking in the door ~ demanding to get first dibs on a bag :)

This is me, Michelle, Lisa and Melissa ~ all 3 of us planned the
shower together; and I am so relieved everyone had a great time and
that we were able to welcome Meaghan Grace into our lives
in such a special way!!

We cannot wait to meet you Meaghan!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


My little guy was born at 10:31 this morning ~ he weighed 6lbs., 13 oz. and, oh was he a sweet baby! I'd waited so long for him!

Anthony would ask all the time for a baby - he
desperately wanted to be a big brother ; and as you
can see he was the best brother from the beginning!
I love the way they are looking into each others eyes...

Happy 1st Birthday to my blue- eyed, blond
little boy (not sure where his coloring came from!)

Happy 2nd Birthday to my independent little guy...

Happy 3rd Birthday to my head-strong, but sweet man!

laugh and be silly. He is also considerate, loving, caring
and he is still my sweet baby boy ~ I adore you my Eddie!

Little Boy/Little Man

What are little boys made of?

Hopes and Dreams
Mischief and Laughs
Climbing up Trees
Splashing in Baths

What are the best men made of?

Hugs and kisses
Cuddles and Joy
Patience and kindness

Will make a man from this boy

Author: Clair Peach

Monday, April 16, 2007


Wow, it's hard to believe that 6 months has gone by since we were logged in!

When we first decided to adopt the wait was 9-12 months; which seemed "do-able" at the time. Little did we know the wait would grow and grow and grow. I thought once we hit the 6 month mark we would be half way to Mia; however that does not hold true at this point. There are so many dossiers ahead of us and I'm sure many, many behind us!

It still amazes me that I can think about Mia every single day that goes by and I don't even know her... but I "feel" her and long to be her mommy so much I can almost "touch" her... she is in my heart already ~ amazing! It's hard to explain and probably hard to understand, but "it's" there.

Here's a big question: how many more 6 month "LID-aversaries" will go by before I see my Mia's face? Please, please speed up! Please

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Wow, my baby is almost 4 years old! We had a party for him at the "Young Chefs Academy" and invited some of his closest friends. Eddie loves to help me cook and I thought this would be the perfect party for my little man. It took him some time to warm up and actually enjoy HIS party, but when he did ~ he had a ball!!!

The kids started out by decorating their chef hats, then helped and learned how to make the pizza dough! The kids got to roll out their own dough into a "pizza" shape and then added sauce and all the toppings. While their pizza's were in the oven, the kids got to decorate their huge cupcakes with all the trimmings! It really was a lot of fun and a different kind of party!

Thank you to all the Young Chef's who attended Eddie's party ~ we hope you had a yummy time :)

Sunday, April 08, 2007


We spent Easter at home; which was nice considering we've been out and about the last 2 days!

The boys and Penny wait "patiently" for Daddy to come downstairs to open Easter baskets!

We had Poppy & Krissy come by to join us for snacks, games and dinner! This is Eddie's new favorite place to play... yup, the stairs. By the way, we do have a playroom!!!!

No holiday would be complete without Anthony challenging "someone" to a game of chess! He roped Krissy into a game and she graciously accepted!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter with family & friends ~ HAPPY EASTER!!!!


We had another fun-filled day and night of Easter celebrating! Thank you Mary & Frank for a delicious dinner, lots of laughs and just a GREAT time! Also, Frankie we LOVED your "speical" desserts !


Saturday, April 07, 2007



Friday, April 06, 2007


What a fun morning! We have a busy couple of days ahead: tonight we decorate eggs at Aunt Barb's house, tomorrow we celebrate "Easter" at Aunt Mary & Uncle Frank's house, and then on Easter Sunday we celebrate again at our house!

Anthony helped to make the "PEEPS Party Dippers" ~ we just melted chocolate chips in the micro and dipped the peeps in ~ let them dry and they are soooo yummy (I know because we made them for Anthony's religion class and the kids loved them!).

Eddie (the Ninja Turtle) helped to roll out the cookie dough for our Easter egg cookies!

We put a thin layer of icing on top (confectioners' sugar & milk) and then tried a "new" way to decorate the cookies....

I cut up sponges in small pieces (yes, they were new sponges:) and put a different color food coloring on each sponge. The boys dabbed the sponge on the cookies and they came out great!

I could eat them all ( boys included !!) O.k, back to the kitchen ~ I'm not done yet!!!

Monday, April 02, 2007


ahhhh, my boys ~ just LOVE them :) We had a nice weekend ~ we basically stayed outside all day Saturday ~ it was gorgeous out. Sunday we went to see the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" movie, which we thought was pretty good. Eddie's been running around in Ant's old "turtle" costume (must get a pic of this - he's so serious as he runs around in this get-up!).

Mia was mentioned this the hubby ~ I love hearing her name! He was wondering when we should start fixing up her room... I told him it would probably be safe when we are out of the Review Room ~ this room really scares me! I know it will be a while until we are out of Review, and I would love to start painting and moldings and hanging up all the things I have acquired, b-u-t I've heard scary stories about getting past this room: you can be questioned and have to supply addition paperwork or doctor's letters; and this could set back your LID to a later date!!!!

O.k., let's not panic ~ I'm sure it will all work out ~ positive thinking :)

*I know I forgot to post a recipe yesterday - I told you I was forgetful - I'll get around to it...