Mighty Munch

Mighty Munch

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Another Installment of Ronisms

One day I shall make millions off hubs with his attempts to master the finer points of the English language. He keeps me smiling every day. Test your linguistic IQ by deciphering what my hubby is trying to say. Answers provided at the bottom. No cheating! ;-)


1. coughing cream
2. judy dudy
3. Go blow up your nose!
4. one man hit
5. habachabee
6. I have been officially decontaminated!
7. black iron smith
8. doob

1. coffee & cream liquour
2. jury duty
3. go blow your nose (This was shouted at me when hubs got tired of my sniffling nose.)
4. one hit wonder (Hubs disdainfully referring to a singer he saw on tv.)
5. haberdashery (spelling?) (Hubs was walking around the house imitating this ostentatious doctor we overheard at a Brooks Brothers store in the mall. The doctor was loudly informing the sales girl that he goes to the same haberdashery as George Bush senior in D.C.)
6. I'm finished bathing.
7. Black Sabbath, the rock band
8. dub (as in a movie that has been translated into English)

Quotes I Love About Children

It takes a village to raise a child. - African proverb

Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home. - Bill Cosby

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. - Chinese proverb

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children. - Clarence Darrow

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids. - Jill Bensley

You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers. - John J. Plomp

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. - John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

Wealth and children are the adornment of life. - Koran

Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was, that they escaped teething. - Mark Twain

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going. - P. J. O'Rourke

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. - Pablo Picasso

There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. - Theodore Hesburgh

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Two Down Three to Go

Our friends, Kim and Todd, will be traveling on Sunday to bring their daughter, Brea, home. How exciting!!! Tomorrow night we head on over to their house for one last hurrah before they travel. Maybe we will get a first-hand look at the packing process and all that goes with making the journey of a lifetime. Wendy will be the resident expert. Kristen and I will probably be taking copious amounts of notes while Wendy advises Kim on what to bring and what not to bring. The hubbies will be hanging out with Ed. Hope those creatures won't get themselves into too much trouble. Maybe Sammi will keep them in line. ;-)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Preparation Preparation Preparation

Hubs and I spent a pleasant afternoon yesterday helping our friends, Kim and Todd, get ready for their trip of a lifetime---bringing home their daughter, Brea. We got to see first hand what it is to prepare for the China trip. Some things for hubs and I to think about when it is our turn---organizing the baby's room, making sure the laptop is ready, packing all the essentials, and installing the car seat correctly in the car. Whew!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Viva Brasil

Mama Lydia,
Guess what we discovered today??? While heading over to Walmart to get some motor oil, we noticed a newly opened Brasilian market. The cool thing is that it is very close to our house about two miles down the road on Hypoluxo. We went in, looked around thoroughly and purchased a few items. We bought a traditional Brasilian Easter egg for our friend's daughter and some soap. The store had Brasilian and Portuguese wine and other basic items. The bakery section looked a little empty, though. I didn't see the little French breads that I adore. Remember when you made the little candy balls and had a hard time finding the miniature cupcake liners for them? Well, this market sells plenty of them in all different colors!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Inching Along

Got an email today from our agency instructing us to download travel packet I and the waiting family support packet. Finally, some movement in this very long process! :-)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

More Brea Shower Pictures

Proud mama, Kim, opening gifts from hubs and me. I tried my hands at making my first toy box. Kim, I hope you can find some use for it.
Proud mama, Kim, standing behind Ana (caught eating, as usual)) and fellow good friend, Kristin, also waiting to bring her little Amelie home.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Baby Shower for Kim and Brea

Kristin and fellow guests at the shower. Todd's mom, Jane, is in blue next to Kristin. She lives in Tally too, my favorite college town. Go Seminoles! BTW, one of Brea's gifts is a little FSU cheerleading outfit from Taryn, Todd's sister, a fellow Tallahasseean also.
Mountain of gifts for Brea and Kim. Kim's mom, Vicki, is to the left in the green shirt. She will be the proud grandma of two soon.
Kim's sister-in-law, Lisa, who organized lots of fun games for us, ladies, to play. Look at the cute door prizes! They are colorful Chinese take-out boxes with chopsticks attached. Lots of goodies are inside of the boxes.
Kim opening one of many gifts. The little fella in the foreground is a "cake" made of diapers. How adorable!
Proud mom, Kim, standing by the wonderful gifts awaiting Brea.

Just got back from a lovely baby shower in honor of Kim, Todd and Brea. Kim and Todd are set to bring Brea home at the end of March or beginning of April. Yippee! We can't wait to meet her. Another big sister for Gi. Kristen and I jokingly admired all the gifts that Brea received today and how one day they will be passed down to Gi and Amelie. We can't wait for all the "sisters" to be together.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Glass Half Full???

Just received this email from our adoption agency today. Don't know how quite to take it. Mind you, when we were first logged in, the wait was suppose to be 6 months for expedited families. Then it increased to 9-10 months. Now we are at 10-12 months. Oh, well. What's three more months of agonizing waiting?

It is getting very difficult to guess when our Chinese descent families might be matched
as it has not been very consistent with the CCAA.
Right now, I think you may be
okay if they continue to match at least two
weeks of Chinese descent LIDs every month.
We just received matches for
Chinese descent families who were logged into the CCAA between
April 1
and April 15, 2006. So, that might mean that you would be match in another three months.
We will need to see howfar they go in the next
two groups to better advise you at that time.
I hope that you will be

Monday, March 05, 2007

Quilt Bag

Since finishing Gi's quilt, my big sis has gone on to make two pillowcases and now a quilt bag. It measures 19 x 22 inches with a thick strap. It will make a wonderful diaper or travel bag. What will she make next??? Hugs and kisses for my sis!


Another waiting couple in our group is no longer waiting. Jamie, Gary and Gable will soon be traveling to China to bring home Sunny. She is super adorable and will be close to two years old when she comes home. Congratulations, J, G and G!!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

More CNY Pictures

Lion dancers
Little Sophia and her mom helped us set up all of the tables.
Mom, Jamie, and son, Gable, waiting to bring home Sunny.
Sammi's grandma, Phil, Sammi, and Sammi's mom, Wendy
Andi and Tom
Joyce and Ana
Lion Dancer
Todd, Ed and Ron "supervising" the game
Ron, Castor and Lee putting up plenty of lanterns
Castor and Ron hard at work

Saturday, March 03, 2007

CNY Again!

Hubs and I just came back from our PBChina CNY celebration at JP Park. What a great time! We saw so many beautiful children. A local Chinese group performed Chinese dances and songs. A kung fu group also did a demo of their art form. And of course, there were the lion dancers. Great company, yummy food and lots of activities! Another fine day in PBC.

Friday, March 02, 2007

CNY at JP Park

Our FCC group, PBChina, is holding their CNY celebration tomorrow at John Prince Park. I have volunteered to help Ed with the arts and crafts activities for the children attending the festivities. I'm hoping these activities will be easy enough for the kids to make and play with. We will be making paper lanterns, "firecrackers" and Chinese medal necklaces. Each child will also get a CNY "pig" coloring book and a Chinese horoscope word search. Parents will receive a three-page "cookbook." Ed has planned a really fun game for the kids to play. Hubs and I can't wait to see our friends and all the beautiful children there. Mother Nature, please don't let it rain tomorrow!

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