Friday, December 28, 2007
The response from my agency? "Your lawyer is just so busy."
Thursday, December 27, 2007
The 3 story Christmas tree in Mira Flores mall we saw over Thanksgiving:
Dominic's foster family's Christmas tree:
I called with my entire family on speakerphone to wish them "Feliz Navidad" on Christmas Eve.
I have a feeling he was wearing this Christmas day and had the same wonderful smile on his face as he shared the holiday with his foster family:
I got to open some really cool gifts from my niece on Christmas Day:
I know he's going to love them!
And also received a charm with Dominic's birthstone (Emerald) from my parents:
A friend from Guatemala sent me an e-mail today some pictures of the Gallo tree on the square in Guatemala City:
And I received a wonderful email from Dominic's foster mom last night:
Hola Nicole le escribimos para desearle una feliz navidad y un prospero año nuevo a usted y toda su familia. Dominic esta muy bien creciendo mucho mas, todavia no lo he llevado pasaporte , espero que ya comenzando el mes de enero me digan que lo lleve en la oficina.
Espero de todo corazon que usted este muy bien junto al lado de toda su familia, gracias a Dios ya va a recibir a su bebe Dominic la extraña y la quiere mucho. Hasta pronto Besos y Abrazos. Dominic, I*, S*, W*, R*
Put all these pieces together and we had a pretty good Christmas. The only thing better would have been having him home...
Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
If you happened to be in Cincinnati near 4th street and saw some crazy woman trying to figure out how to answer her first incoming call on that %(!*ing (read: wonderful) bluetooth headset while jumping up and down screaming - THAT WAS ME!!!
More details to come...
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The last few years my niece and nephew have joined me for our new holiday tradition. This (along with our Christmas Eve ritual) has become my favorite part of the holiday. There are no gifts to buy, presents to wrap, traffic to navigate, long hours spent in the kitchen preparing, etc. Just a day of spending time together and enjoying the season.
We start with a photo shoot for my sister's Christmas cards, lunch somewhere downtown (this year was Skyline), a visit to the train display at Cinergy, dessert at Auntie Ann's, crafts and games at the Dazzle Workshop, ice skating on Fountain Square and finally a visit from Santa and FIREWORKS! We always run out of time and never seem to make it to the free carriage ride. Guess who'll be joining us next year.... :)
We love spending time downtown and hope they'll continue to have these type of activities for us to enjoy!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I've been tagged by Stephanie. I normally blow these off, but since Stephanie is my blogfriend-in-shining-armor who rescued me from a rude blog commenter last week it's the least I can do to participate. Thanks again, Steph.
A little bit about me...
4 jobs I have had:
- KMart ("Attention KMart shoppers the bluelight is now flashing in our footwear department...")
- Hostess at restaurant
- Computer Geek
I found my calling pretty early in life, so only 3 jobs
4 movies I've watched more than once:
- Pretty Woman
- Dirty Dancing
See a theme here? No prince for me... ;)
4 places I have vacationed:
- Santorini, Greece
- Rome, Italy
- Cairo, Egypt
- Cozumel, Mexico
4 Favorite Foods:
- French Fries
- Ranch Dressing (a food group of it's own)
- Roast Beef
4 Places I'd rather be:
- Anywhere with good snorkeling
- Santorini, Greece
- India - still on my list of places to visit...
4 Hobbies I have:
- Is stalking adoption message boards a hobby?
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
These were taken about a week or so before my last visit trip.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
"Now come on 2nd reviewer... Give us some good news!"
I couldn't wait any longer. I called PGN today!
We went to the 2nd reviewer on 11/26. There are a total of 3 reviewers. 90% of the kickouts I've seen come from the 2nd reviewer. So let's hope that everything is in order in our file and the 2nd reviewer looks upon us favorably!
Monday, November 26, 2007
There is a fountain in the middle of the food court that resembles Tikal and they stuck a Christmas tree on top of it! :)
We've been on the lookout for Santa this week. We saw one in front of Hyper Paiz on Thursday, but he was gone by the time we finished our shopping. I believe this is Chef Santa? Close enough..
The bracelets I have on my right arm are gifts from Dominic's 7 year old foster sister.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Breakfast around 8am and then off to the Marriott to visit with some agency friends and do some shopping. I love the shops behind the Marriott and seem to find the best bargains there. Back to the Grand Tikal to visit with friends from another forum, a quick nap and then down to the food court for dinner. We took half of our dinner back to a friend's room to finish, chit-chat and have Chocolate Churros for dessert! They also come in vanilla and strawberry, so we'll have to check those out before we leave.... :)
It was 9pm when we got back. No major plans for Saturday or Sunday. Just lots of relaxing and bonding (and photo shoots, of course).
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Dominic is doing wonderful! He's talking and playing and even after an awful night of travel delays and a few hotel issues, we're still going strong on the 3 hours of sleep I've had.
We had an amazing morning with my foster family and have another dinner scheduled before I leave.
For our first Thanksgiving dinner we had Pollo Campero, the Guatemalana KFC, but MUCH better! :)
I have so much to be thankful for this year and although I dearly miss my family at home, I am glad to be spending this day here with Dominic.
Eat some turkey for me! :)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I'm tired of packing 150 pounds of outfits and toys and bottles for a life for Dominic that I'm not yet able to share with him.
I'm tired of the stress of planning and coordinating with my agency and foster family and translators and drivers and hotels and airlines.
I'm tired of washing bottles in the bathroom sink and boiling nipples in a coffee pot.
I'm tired of taking hundreds of pictures to try to make them "last" between trips.
I am so tired of terminal E in the Houston airport.
I'm tired of deciding what to leave and what to bring back home.
I'm tired of him adjusting to the hotel and not knowing where he is when he wakes up.
I'm tired of the unpredictability of the process.
Most of all I'm tired of saying goodbye and coming home without him.
I know everyone in this process is going through the same thing. I am very fortunate to be able to visit as often as I have and I'll always be grateful for the time that we've been able to spend together in his early months.
I also know that all of this stress and bitterness will melt away the moment I see his face tomorrow... :) but right now, I'm tired.