Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vail, Colorado!!!!

Wow... I just had the most fantastic little ski holiday. I was the great beneficiary of Chelsea's generous family that helped make this all happen. Thank you Chelsea's dad for the airline buddy passes, and thank you Chelsea's brother - Luke for accommodation and all the sweet hook ups on the mountain. Chelsea and I jumped on a plane early Saturday morning, rented a truck out of Denver, and arrived in Vail mid-afternoon. Literally within the first hour of dumping our bag's at Luke's place, we were on the mountain having fun. Luke set us up for an afternoon of play -- first we did the bungy-trampoline thing (which was super fun up until I remembered I get motion sickness on twirly rides.... so I aborted bouncing before it was too late), then we went on a personal guided tour on the ski bikes. What a hoot that is! We were laughing and screeching ridiculously... you learn to negotiate the turns through the trees very quickly -- and by the end of our trip, it was dark enough that we needed our headlamps. It was an absolute trip.... and then to top off the evening, we went tubing. We didn't last too long on the tubes because I am a lightweight when it comes to being cold. But our hot chocolates and Starbuck runs throughout the weekend helped immensely.

We clicked into our skis on Sunday and Monday (Chels and Luke went snowshoeing on Monday... I couldn't pass up the skiing) and enjoyed all that Vail had to offer via runs, bowls, trees... what an incredible mountain. I had so much fun exploring and enjoying the light powder that the interior mountains have to offer. I didn't want to leave... but at least I got in two very solid days of skiing.

In the evenings we explored the town a little. It was good fun and a great holiday -- I would go back in a heartbeat. Now I'm back in the real world. My posh living has come to an end now. Woe is me. Ha.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Historic Day...

I literally had goose bumps listening to his inaugural speech....

Monday, January 19, 2009

Local AGCI Families....

Tonight I had the opportunity to meet some great local families who are in the process of adopting children from Ethiopia as well (Aubrey and Jason, Amber and Andrew, Neely, Chelsea and Chris, plus some of their children). We met at a restaurant and chatted it up for a couple of hours... I am really happy to meet and be connected with other families that have chosen to adopt... I think it will be really important for me and my future daughter to have these relationships.

Friend Time....

I've been ignoring the blog for the last couple of weeks... so, I'm making up for it in one night.

Last weekend we did in fact have "girls weekend at Leavenworth"... the mountain pass gatekeepers allowed us through and we didn't get flattened by an avalanche en route. There were ten of us (Avery included) that holed up in a totally cozy cabin. We all enjoyed some or all of the activities available -- snow shoeing, cross country skiing, hot tubing (its a sport you know...), and then of course there were plenty of movies, games, naps, food, and great conversations.

I escaped for part of the weekend because I had the great honor of speaking at Ben's memorial service and reading one of his favorite stories -- Sometimes I Feel Like a Storm Cloud. It was an amazing day -- the perfect tribute to a truly special boy.

Later in the week, we were able to throw Amy a baby shower for her little baby boy we expect to meet within the next couple of weeks... she hopes anyway. It was so fun and there were babies or pregnant people everywhere. This is the year of babies, which makes it that much more fun to be part of the baby loop. And no, I'm sure that I'm not drinking wine while I'm holding two week old Carter -- I'm pretty certain it was grape juice.

Get on Your Boots

Stop everything.... U2's first single, Get on Your Boots, can now be heard on their website in anticipation for the release of their next album, No Line on the Horizon, on March 2nd. I think we should all take a a moment to listen.... ahhh.... I do love Bono.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A New Year

I have been very quiet this week, mostly on purpose. I have been doing a lot of thinking. I am always trying to take good out of bad and figure out how to live well. But, I need to allow myself to feel what I feel and not just cover up my emotions with band-aids. It is a new year, full of potential and possibilities. I have a lot to look forward to, and there will be plenty of changes – it will be a huge year in my life no doubt. I am so curious to meet my daughter and see what life has in store for the two of us. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed – by excitement, nervousness, joy, and the unknown. With so many friends around me having babies, it serves as a concrete reminder of what my world will look like in about a year. Again, I'm choosing to live it up while I can…. I'll just "live it up" differently later.

So, what is going on in the adoption world? It is a common question that is asked and I don't really have any new answers at the moment. The whole process moves at tortoise pace, but it's just the way it goes. My social worker will begin to work on writing out my Homestudy report next week. After that is all completed I should be able to send in all my other documents and finally get on the much anticipated "waiting list".

How excited am I that I managed to get out and enjoy the nice snow before the warm weather came in and destroyed it – and brought massive flooding and avalanches in its wake. I was giddy as I was carving turns at Crystal Mountain and cutting a path up Snoqualmie with my snowshoes last weekend. There's nothing like getting out in the mountains, especially with clear skies and powder snow. Tomorrow is supposed to be our annual girls weekend to Leavenworth – we may be kyboshed again this year. Last year the passes were all shut down on our weekend due to heavy snow… this year they've been closed due to several avalanches. We may need to amend the time of year we take our annual "snowy holiday" next year. We'll see what happens… regardless we'll manage to find somewhere to have fun.

Of note, I finally managed to watch the New Years Eve fireworks from my place this year… there have been several parties at my place hosted by friends in previous years in my absence. So, now I can check it off my list. A few of us gathered and wished each other a Happy New Year… and promptly all went to bed within a half hour of the new year. I feel like that may be a sign that I'm getting old. Whatev.