After two days of stormy weather which flooded all of the roads and fields surrounding my parents' house, we finally had a beautiful day of sun and balmy weather. We all enjoyed a day of napping, working in the yard, eating Aunt Claire's Christmas cookies, and taking a nice long walk....a very good way to spend the last day of 2006.
December 31, 2006
December 24, 2006
This is a photo of the holiday treats Noah and I made to give our neighbors. It started out as a fun morning project. Noah loves to work in the kitchen and it has become something we enjoy doing together (never thought I would enjoy being in the kitchen but doing simple baking projects with Noah is fun... messy, but fun!). All was going well. We were listening to the Muppets Christmas Album...my favorite holiday music as a kid and dancing around between decorating the candies. After I took them out of the oven I put them on top of the refrigerator to cool. I did this to keep Noah, aka Chocoholic Monkey Boy from getting them. The trouble started a few minutes later when I opened the refrigerator and the chocolates came pouring down on top of me. Within seconds Noah and Camille were frantically gobbling up candy we had made. So we had to start all over again. I reached in the cupboard for the family sized bag of M and Ms and they came spilling down on me (we were all so covered in chocolate by the end of the day we could have been extras in the Willie Wonka Movie!). Once again Noah and Camille hit the floor to ingest more sugar. At this point I didn't know whether to laugh or cry...was this some sort of message from the Gods saying the sweets were doomed or merely another example of how "un-domestic" and clumsy I am? Our morning of holiday cheer and mommy/son bonding time had now turned into a very messy and out of control situation...believe me you do not want to experience two young children on extreme loads of sugar. I am proud to say we persevered (thanks for talking me through it, Jessica!) and we were able to produce some yummy treats. And in keeping with the sweet theme, today I discovered a little stash of chocolate in Camille's room. Noah confessed to hiding in her room to get his "fix" with some of the brownies our neighbor gave us as a holiday gift.
Hope you all have a sweet and yummy Christmas!
December 23, 2006
I always think about the miracle of life during this time of year because of our own miracle with Noah. While pregnant with Noah, there were some truly scary moments. I remember that Christmas with such gratitude. I had recently been discharged from the hospital after having some life threatening complications and was so happy to be back home. My sister and brother-in-law were with me because Adam had to work at the hospital. We hadn't gone to the store so our Christmas meal was an odd and meager assortment of things, but it was one of the most meaningful Christmas celebrations to me because I felt so lucky to be alive and to still be pregnant. The miracle of life is truly awe inspiring.
Noah is the master matzo ball maker. On the fourth night of Chanukah we enjoyed a fusion dinner of matzo ball soup and potstickers....if there had been a Cajun dish then our dinner would have been a more complete representation of our little family.
Camille reveling in the unwrapping of gifts!
December 18, 2006
While our kitchen was being the renovated I at least had that to focus on and I had somewhat daily adult conversation (although discussing paint samples isn't too exciting at least it is something!), now that the kitchen is done I realize I need to get serious about the friend search. Part of the difficulty in this is that I have been lucky to build some amazing friendships in each places I have lived and I always find myself yearning to build similar relationships...but I have to remind myself it takes time to do that.
I am now in a phase that reminds me of dating. I have had several playdates that were engineered by kind souls hoping to help me feel more connected. These playdates remind me of blind dates...hoping there will be some sort of connection, hoping the kids will get along, hoping we have something to talk about beyond baby schedules and husband's jobs. I even went to something recently that felt a little like "speed dating" at a local coffee shop. It was geared towards newcomers and we bounced around the room meeting and greeting. I met a few interesting "possiblities" but then we went out of town and just as with dating, immediate follow-up is important but I wasn't able to do that. And now we are going to be away for the holidays so I guess I will be back in search mode after the new year.
It sounds so weird and pathetic to be writing about this but it is my current state of reality, although not quite as dreary as I make it sound. I am starting to meet some friends through the local adoption group, Noah's school and our neighborhood but I haven't met that friend yet who I can call up for a spontaneous trip to the park with the kids or the friend who also listens to NPR and calls to discuss a recent episode of Fresh Air, or the friend who will meet me for a late night chocolate run. I know that someone like that is also hiding out here in the suburbs, right?
December 16, 2006
It seems like most of my photos of Camille involve eating....but she loves it and she looks so darn cute!
December 4, 2006
November 28, 2006
November 20, 2006
November 17, 2006
Our kitchen is almost done (I will post final photos soon) and just in time because tomorrow we have our post-placement visit for our adoption. Today and tomorrow we'll be busy trying to finish unpacking the kitchen and getting ready for the visit. And my sister and parents will be here next week for Thanksiving...hooray!