Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Birthday Surprise and an Excellent Day!

Last night, I took the hubs out for dinner & a movie. Cliche, I know...but it's simply our favorite thing to do.  Since his birthday is this week, we splurged a little and had ourselves a treat.

We saw The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Seriously great!!

Then before going to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner and the Kentucky game, we sat in the car for a minute so he could open his birthday present.

I told him not to start the car yet because I had to make a quick phone call. I dialed the phone and put it on speaker, and told Nathan to narrate what he was opening.

"Ummm....I have an envelope that says 'Nathan' on it. I'm opening the envelope. There's a piece of paper inside that says Priceline....????  And apparently I'm flying from Indianapolis to Texas....IS THAT BILLY????  WE'RE GOING IN JUNE???? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!?!?!?!"

I then told him that in addition to the trip, we have tickets to go see the Astros while they host the Cardinals in Houston...thus being the reason the trip is scheduled for those specific dates.

At that point, he picked up the phone and in a fit of adolescent-girl excitedness, he and his "bestie" (also known as his "other wife") jumped up and down and clapped their hands.  It was wonderful to watch how happy he was :)

So, in answer to the "color" clue:  The silvery-gray was originally supposed to be his car (this was before I knew we could get plane tickets as cheap as I did). The green and yellow are the BP gas stations he ALWAYS manages to find....he says the colors attract him like a moth to the flame.  The brown is Texas. The yellow is his best friend Billy (he's Asian - hahahahaha). The red and orange is for the Cardinals/Astros. Then it's back to the brown and yellow of Texas and Billy, then hitting the road again in his car. 

I'm not sure I've ever seen my hubby that excited before. It was SO SO SO much fun to surprise him! AND, I'm extra proud of myself, because he says he was legitimately surprised and had NO idea that it was coming!!  Yay me!

The reasons for today being such an excellent day:

1. Mayah has frogs on her socks
2. Nathan has been uber wonderful to me all day. (Side effect of the gift...maybe??? Don't really care, he's a sweetie nonetheless.)
3. I got a cherry sprite from Sonic.
4. I'm going over to a friends house to watch Harry Potter tonight.
5. I'm typing this blog on my brand new laptop. (Courtesy of a lovely tax refund, and thought of, again, by my sweet husband, who recognized my need for a better work computer.)


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kirill's Story

Just read this through a friend of a friend.  If you want your eyes opened, read. If you want to stay in the dark, just move on...this is not for you.

Kirill's Story

Friday, March 18, 2011

Birthday Blunders

I love confusing my husband. It's fun.

I gave him a hint for his birthday colors.  It went a little something like this:

First there will be a pretty silvery gray and that will be interspersed with some yellows and some greens. After the silver goes away, it'll be mostly brown...with a bit of yellow.  With the yellow you will then see some definite red and orange and then perhaps some blue. Then it's back to the brown, then back to the silvery gray with the greens and yellows.

Do YOU know what he's getting for his birthday??????  

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Not that I think anybody who reads my blog doesn't check Mike and Sara's Facebook, but just in case you've forgotten or weren't sure what was going on with this.....

Basically, when you adopt from Ethiopia, the courts require you to have a letter from MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs) saying that they've investigated your adoption and they find everything to be legitimate and ethical.  Which is GREAT! Ethical adoptions are necessary, or else these children may not end up in any better situations than they were in in the first place.

Right now, MOWA is able to process about 50 adoptions per day, and for those of you following Mike and Sara's adoption, you know how long it's taken for that process to be complete! Even at 50 per day, it's still taking MONTHS for these children to get to their forever homes.

Right now, MOWA is considering cutting back the amount of adoptions they process from 50 to 5 per day.

Yeah, you read that right.

The problem? It will take that much longer for any adoptions to be processed. Adoptions currently in process will be put on hold. Orphanages will become overcrowded and will have no place for new children.  Basically this is a nightmare.  Why they are considering this, I don't know...but it's happening.

What can you do?

Go here:

Sign this petition saying that MOWA has to keep up it's rate of 50 per day so these adoptions can continue to go through and children can continue to be placed with their forever families!!

Pray. Pray for the hearts of those in charge of these decisions and that they will be softened to the needs of the children.

Pray that the adoptions in process will not be put on hold and that the families who are waiting on court dates will get their letters in time.

Pass it on. Tell your friends, your family, anybody who might be willing to sign a petition!  It literally takes about 1 minute, and you could be changing thousands of lives.  This is something real that you can do TODAY. This is not something you need to fund raise for or spend months planning with your church. This is something you can do right now that will make a legitimate difference in the world.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

My Head is Full of Clutter & My Glove Box is Full of Napkins

I learned a lot of things from my dad...

I learned how to get the upper hand on cardboard home-intruders (including calling 911, lighting a fire so I could smoke-signal the neighbors, & mastering the mondo-lock on his gun safe).

I learned that every person around me is a "bad guy", and am therefore in a constant search for "America's Next Top Weapon".

I learned how to fall off of a horse gracefully.  There are many ways to fall off of a horse, but dangit, I can do it with style.

I learned how to load, unload and reload a six-shooter in under 4 seconds.

I learned how to make people laugh.

I learned how to say "I'm sorry".

I learned how to walk headfirst down the face of a cliff with nothing but a rope tied around my waist (a.k.a. Australian Rappelling).

I learned how to hunt for deer, doves, geese, ducks, & squirrels but never actually shoot anything except an unsuspecting bobcat and our neighbors prized rooster.

I learned that I'm always right. Then I learned that was wrong and my whole universe was shattered. :)

I learned how to drive a Ford Bronco on the highway...when I was 13.

I also learned to never, ever throw away a fast food napkin.
The philosophy is this: if you don't have napkins, you will make a mess and need them. If you do have napkins, you'll know you're covered, relax, and not spill things.

It sounds crazy, but it holds true.

Unfortunately, I can't manage to keep a normal ration of napkins, so every time I try to open the glove box, it explodes. I have an unnatural aversion to throwing them away.

Maybe I can craft them all into paper mache nun-chucks so I can protect myself from the "bad guys".

Yep, that seems like a rational, dad-like solution! 

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Junk Binge

I'm following in my mother's footsteps, but since it's already March, I've got some catching up to do.

Between yesterday and today I've gotten rid of:

- 12 plates
- 8 saucers
- 7 mugs
- 3 wooden spoons
- 10 plastic cups
- a ladle
- a bread knife
- a rolling pin (let's face it, I'm never going to use it.)
- an "ice" bowl
- 8 place mats
- a casserole dish (it's perfectly fine, I just have 6 of them and this one doesn't have a lid...what good does that do???)
- 2 vases
- a makeup bag
- 16 bras
- 2 shirts
- a book

I've thrown away several things and cleaned out my pantry...still on my list for today: bathrooms, nursery/office & my bedroom/closet + all of our laundry...we'll see what else I can get rid of! I'm gonna need more boxes!! Not expecting that I'll achieve everything today, especially since I've got a sleeping munchkin on my lap at the moment :)

Also, I figured since I'm here I'd give you an update on my cooking! It's going pretty well...I've made a couple of new Italian dishes (baked spaghetti/ziti type things), I've fixed homemade chicken noodle soup, a new kind of chili, Hawaiian pork roast, and even HOMEMADE COOKIES! If you know me at all, you know I've been attempting the homemade cookies since I got married, and they have become the bane of my existence. Not anymore!! I achieved amazing cookies!! I was...suffice it to say...stoked.

Now, the most exciting things are yet to come....the "welcome home" celebration for the Darlings at the airport on Friday, and then Friday night I'm getting my first haircut in almost a year!!!  Yay for cousins who are in cosmetology school!!