Monday, January 28, 2008


I have been tagged by Mother Mother Ocean

I am supposed to provide some interesting little facts about me… here goes nothin’!

4 jobs I’ve had - these are past tense and NOT my current position:
1. Dairy Queen - started out as an 'everything person' and ended as a Shift Leader
2. Waitress in Australia - LOVED IT!
3. Sold 'frogs' that you put in your plant that will 'ribbit' when your plant needs water
4. Showroom supervisor for a book wholesaler

4 movies watched over and over:
1. Dirty Dancing
2. Grease
3. The American President
4. Independence Day

4 places I’ve lived:
1. Rexdale, ON
2. Mississauga, ON
3. Sydney, NSW Australia
4. There isn't a fourth place...

4 shows I watch:
1. The Unit
2. The Amazing Race
3. Criminal Minds
4. Brothers and Sisters

4 people who e-mail me regularly:
1. Doris
2. Kathy
3. Jennifer
4. My mom

4 favorite things to eat:
1. Sunflower Seeds
2. French Fries
3. Pomegranates
4. Harvey's

4 places I’d rather be:
1. Manly Beach, NSW Australia
2. Working on an 'around the world' plane ticket
3. Melbourne Australia - that is where Carol is and she just had a baby...
4. Anywhere that Mark is with me

4 things I look forward to this year:
1. Re-decorating the third bedroom/office
2. Traveling - you can never travel enough
3. Visiting friends
4. Christmas

OK, now I get to tag 4 other people!
1. Doris
2. K1
3. Dolores
4. Rhonda

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Happy Anniversary H!!!

Four years ago today, on a beach in Cuba, Mark and I were married.

It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. We had sand between our barefoot toes. Sigh...

The last four years have been FANTASTIC. I couldn't ask for a better husband. I am the luckiest woman in the world!

Happy Anniversary H!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

More Australia Pictures

Here are some more pictures that we took in Australia. I FINALLY got them all downloaded on the new computer after the crash! Thank goodness they were still on the camera!

The first four are of the area surrounding Hobart in Tasmania.

These next two are of SOUTHBANK in the city of Brisbane in Queensland. There is a man made beach right in the city - very cool.

After Brisbane we headed to Newcastle to stay with some friends. Take took us to the Hunter Valley - a wine region. We went to these beautiful gardens - wow - this synopsis of our trip is shrinking and shrinking!! LOL

Then we were off to Sydney so that we could head to Manly Beach (that is where we saw J*nn Ard*n).

I am sure that you all recognize this famous landmark!!

These last pictures are of Manly Beach - one of my VERY favourite places in Australia. I can't even explain how wonderful it is. Sigh...I miss it.

So that about sums up our trip very briefly. We had a fantastic time and we were very lucky to get to experience that again! I am thinking it is going to be a LONG time before we get back there again!

Thanks for reading and enjoying the pictures! Now to plan for the next trip...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Bad News...

Bad News ahead - do not proceed if you don't want to know!! You have been warned!

Our China Adoption Agency e-mailed us today and told us to expect our referral in early 2012...That will a 5 1/2 year wait...

Here is a breakdown of their ESTIMATES:

2008 - Up to mid March - somewhere between the 14th & 20
2009 - Up to Mid May - somewhere between the 20-30
2010 - Up to the end of August (remember this is a 2006 LID)
2011 - Up to the end of November
2012 - US...we are the beginning of December.

I don't know that there is anything else to say.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

13 Month LID

Today we celebrate 13 months past in our wait for Pumpkin.

Optimism for this wait has gone out the window. This is NOT what we signed up for and trying to keep positive is getting REALLY difficult!

But today - we will try and focus on the good part of this wait and that is the lunch we are going to share with Dolores and Shawn this afternoon to celebrate our 13 months!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Touring Tasmania

O.k. back to the trip and the requested pictures!

We had a few days in our camper touring around Tasmania. It really is a beautiful state. We had an 'animal' day that we went to a wildlife park and saw some animals up close and personal!

But on to the pictures as that is what you all want to see!

The view from our campsite...sigh - it was pretty!