Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wow, my blog is boring.

I realize that as of late, I've offered little to no substance on this blog. It's a bit strange because life has been busy and full of "interesting-to-me" lately.

This month we've had approximately five different groups of guests visiting-none for just the Friday-Sunday weekend stay. It's been busy. We've had a great time with everyone. We've enjoyed hiking amongst the gorgeous fall(ing) leaves. We made applesauce. We got wireless internet. We considered the possibility that Nick's brother may move here some day to attend school. Each visit allowed us to connect with friends and family that we miss dearly since moving hours and hours away.

We've had plenty of new in our immediate surroundings as well. We've started to work on our master bed and bath renovation again. We have new baby in the family (extended, and up the road, but family all the same). Nick started a new position at work and is facing the challenge of a new learning curve. I have finally initiated the possibility of cutting back on a few of my hours at work so that I have some time for some other things. The adoption is moving forward and lately it feels like nearly every day there is something new taking place.

In my free time I am hand quilting my first quilt (preparing to bind it this weekend), making some earrings (check out the etsy link on the left), working on a 2008 planner (nearly finished and to be unveiled soon), working on some blank books (look for on etsy sometime in the next month), finishing up all things garden (we finally got a frost this week and I am done harvesting), and did I mention all things adoption? There is always plenty to do.

This afternoon I find myself at home. I was about to write "waiting on the go-ahead from our adoption program coordinator about getting some formal docs in the mail", but as of this minute, I'm not waiting anymore. She just wrote and said that all looks good and so I am off to the mail center! I promise that soon there will be new pictures. I'll post about the planner and finished quilt soon. Look for some of my other projects on the etsy site. I'm putting them out there to raise some money for some adoption fees--so if you're in the market for a splurge for yourself or a present for another--check it out!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Indoor Bloom

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Friday, October 26, 2007

What a day...

I have had a crappy week. The well-needed rain finally arrived, but brought with it five straight days of dreariness. I felt every minute.

But today was different. I awoke this morning to what felt like another gray beginning and followed my regular routine that moves me straight from bed to the computer. There I found an email from my brother. A quick note mentioning an old friend from middle-school and a link. Wait. Is that link what I think it is? www.crowmedicine.com Wait. Could this mean what I think it means???? I quickly click the link and I am brought to the home page of a band I've like for years. And on their homepage I see two of my classmates from middle school. Because they are in the band. I was blown away. How many times have a sang along to their voices and never knew it was them?

I went to middle school in Virginia with two of these guys and got to know them better towards the end of eighth grade. They were a lot of fun and more or less nothing like the other guys. I went to another school the following year and maybe one of them did as well. It's crazy to see them show up again and realize they were only as far away as the glance of an album cover. We were supposed to see them this summer in concert, but due to my mid-summer surgery vacation, we missed it and had to pass our tickets on.

This little surprise made my day. I was determined not to let anything else bring it down. Feeling good was a wonderful turn from the weight I had experienced all week. I carried it through work, was nice to everyone, spoke my mind and left happy to be in the weekend.

After work we had dinner with extended family, and arrived home minutes ago to the best mail ever! All I'll really say is that it was an important piece of adoption documentation that we needed to move forward. I wasn't expecting it until maybe the end of November. But it is here!

And to boot, on our doorstep was some fun flower bulbs I had ordered last month.

What a day!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Itty Bitty Baby Feet

Monday, October 15, 2007

Weekend Visitors

Deb, Zach & Johan shared some of their vacation with us this past weekend. It was great to have them here and enjoy the amazing (too warm) fall weather. One special this about this weekend is the Johan turned 1 year old! Last year I got to be at his birth as their photographer. It was an amazing experience and it was so great to get to know him better this weekend and see for ourselves what an awesome little kid he is....adaptable, content, funny, just fun!

(For some reason, all of my vertical pictures have been placed horizontal on blogger lately. But I really like this one, so I left it anyway...)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Isn't it funny when your daily horoscope responds to the conversation screaming in your head? I have to say, in the same way as I think "oh, whatever..." when it is not relevant, I want to say, "oh, just coincidence" when it is.

"Your creative juices are flowing today, but it's frustrating to fit your best ideas into the limitations of your responsibilities at work. You might want to play hooky, but this isn't a good idea now. The thought of being free is better than the actuality, so resign yourself to temporarily accepting a more traditional approach than you prefer. In the meantime, don't give up on your overall plan."

Hmm. Whatever.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Fall Weekend

Neil and Susanna were nice enough to include us as a stop on their vacation this week. We had a great time hiking, eating, playing dutch blitz and freezing applesauce. It was wonderful fall weekend.

Monday, October 01, 2007