Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Always a little behind

As usual, I'm running a little behind on everything. BUT, things are going well. We've FINALLY gotten MM sleeping better at night which means I sleep better at night (we co-sleep, so when he doesn't sleep well, Mama doesn;t sleep well!).

Thought I'd mix the pictures up a bit (so you didn't think I only showed Mr. M at his very cutest... although he is ALWAYS at his cutest, so, there you are!). Here are a few quick pix of Mr. M hanging out outside the other day. the weather has been unseasonably cool, but we try to get some Vitamin D when we can. The backyard is a great place to hang these days, and Minute Man loves to move buckets of rocks and sticks around, empty them out, re-fill them, etc. He digs the out of doors! And now, we can have the chickens AND the dogs outside all at the same time, so the whole "family" can have a nice day hanging out in the yard.

On a totally unrelated note, sadly, our adoption agency just folded. We got in and out just in time, and I don't know what the rest of the families who are in the process of adopting are going to do. Vietnam isn't opening any time again soon. Guatemala is closed, as are many other "big" countries. As y'all likely know, China isn't "closed" per say, but many agencies aren't accepting any more applicants... I am in constant fear that our China agency will close; in fact, when we chose our China agency, I wanted a big agency for many other reasons, but had no CLUE things would get so bad, and as it turned out, many many agencies have had to shut their doors. It never actually occurred to me that might happen. It also never occurred to me that it would take so f-ing long.... But, I am reminded that it happened for us the way it did. We have the most wonderful child on the face of the planet (don't we all?), and if Baby Magic comes to us, she comes. If not, then I will still consider myself the luckiest Mom alive. (Well, except for my mom, 'cause she got pretty lucky. LOL)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What an F-ing day - oh, and a picture from Halloween

Man, today was rough. The transmission in UP's car went out first thing this morning. Needless to say, that was a lousy start to the day, AND as the day progressed he' since gotten sick...and of course, depressed. Mr. M was also feeling grumpy today, and made it clearly known that he was to be held at all times, including bathroom-time for Mommers. DH was out most of the day at some hippie gathering, and when he finally got home he asked me how I was.... and frankly, I have no clue. I look like hell ('cause I dressed rapidly this morning in the closest warm clothes I had so that I could pick UP up from where his car died and I haven't changed or brushed my hair all day), I think I feel like hell too. I've not been sleeping well (although Minute HAS been sleeping better, thank goodness!), and have been utterly overwhelmed by work. Plus, to make make matters worse, I actually flipped out on my boss Friday after work, and he hasn't spoken to me since.

On the up side, I have company coming (the fam) this week and am very excited about that. My house is a disaster, but I don't even care. I have lots of coffee and plenty of room. The rest will fall into place.

So, on a completely unrelated note, I kept forgetting to post MM's picture from Halloween. So, there it is. Absolutly ADORABLE, isn't it?!! He's such a cutie!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cold, cold, cold, cold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Woke up to a dusting of snow on my car. YUCK! Too cold to play outside, but Mr. Minh is still enjoying his day.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My current life...

is insane. I have checked my personal email like, oh, 2 times in the last month (no joke!). I have emails from October I haven't even opened b/c I don't have time to respond. My work life is crazy busy, and I'm not sleeping. the good news? My Minute Man is wonderful. He is a true joy to see everyday. I am FINALLY feeling like I am getting a "feel" for this parenting thing, and it's not that I did anything really. It's more that MM is PERFECT. He really is (don't believe me? Ask his Grandparents!). He is funny, and cute, and ADORABLE, and it is a real joy to be lucky enough to be his Mom. But, while I'm finally "getting" that down, and keeping up with work, my "social" life is nil. Now, I don't need to go out drinking every night, or even every week; but as any mother out there knows, it sure does help to have an "outlet" to bounce ideas off of, commiserate with, relax over coffee/tea with, swap diaper stories with, etc. I really miss that "down" time with my girlfriends.

The "loss" - for lack of a better term - of one in particular has really been bothering me. She is someone I care very much about, and considered one of my closest friends. She became a mother to a newborn last spring, and it was tough to keep up with her (for obvious reasons!!), and now, we are both mom's, I work full-time, and she's plenty busy with other personal aspects of her own life. But it bothers me that we haven't been able to connect. I have another girlfriend, who is a mother to two adorable kiddos, and she is another of my favorite people. Unlike the first friend I mentioned (whom I haven't heard from in months), this friend keeps TRYING to get up with me, and I keep missing the emails, or the coffee dates! (Don't give up on my, Miss B!).

I guess that trying to balance 2 important aspects of ones life is hard enough. Now, I want to add a third back into it! The timing is tricky of course; with the holidays coming on, I'm afraid that the time for girlfriends is getting less and less, but I am thinking about taking some time off work for some "girlfriend" days. Mr. Minh is great company too, so hell, I might even bring him along to a few. Any takers?? I'd love to catch up with ANYONE I haven't seen in the last month (ok, that's EVERY ONE OF Y'ALL!). Coffee anyone???

Saturday, November 15, 2008

GP visit

My folks visited last weekend. Good times, but too short. Fortunately they are coming back for thanksgiving. Minute LOVES his GPs.

Some pictures from the visit....Oh, and one picture with story-time with Minute's Uncle Phil.

Fooled you. More pix right this Minute:

more pix to feed the need....

Remember the bad old days when...

you only got to see Minute Man pix every 6 weeks or so? Of course now we are all spoiled by Mr. Cutie, an I have had a flood of emails demanding NEW MINH PIX! So, here are a few to tide you over. I have a bunch of pictures taken, but I haven't had the time to drop them to my computer, or to even SIT at my computer. Remember a few weeks ago the adorable picture of Minute sitting at my new desk? Well, I have had precious little time to sit at said desk and use fancy new computer...

I have been spending a lot more time out on my golf course, pictures to come soon, where we are all "grassed in" and now just need to plant my 3000 trees and shrubs that came in last week. It's been great fun, but an awful lot of work. Plus the designers came this past week and as usual, we took them out and showed them a rockin' good time.  We all had to take cabs home b/c we'd had so much "fun". But it was indeed my kind of fun!

Today we're chillin' at the house. The weather is a balmy 72. The windows are all open, the birddies are out back eating worms, and the puppies are relaxing anywhere the baby isn't. Minute is running around in a little Pirate onsie his Uncle Jude bought for him at the beach in september! Those pictures are cute too, if I'd only down-load them ever you can see them.

Well, I need to go. Almost nap time for my bamino, and I need a shower in a desperate way. Will try to post more pictures tomorrow!!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Belated beach pix (thanks, Erin!)

Ok, so my (older) brother's girlfriend is super cool, and just sent me some pix from our beach trip this September. Check out my uber cool little dude chillin' at the beach...