Sunday, April 25, 2010


I was talking this morning to a friend that actually just got home from China yesterday. They adopted a 3 year old that is so stinkin cute! Anyway, she and I were talking about my up and coming trip. I was telling her that we still haven't decided who will be traveling. She suggested that I travel alone, and take Julianna (5). She knows Julianna very well, and knows that she would really be a great traveler. She is *very* go with the flow, loves to be on the go, and really has a heart for China (and all things Chinese). My friend also mentioned how great it would be for Willa to have another child there that is her age.

So I am really considering that option. Brad and I had talked about that a week or so ago. I just never thought it could be possible. Obviously, it would be ideal if we could all travel (and I am not ruling that out), but in case the finances do not work out, I need another plan.

I do think that Julianna is great company. She would for sure ease my loneliness. She really is super easy to take care of. I think if I could just pack light, make sure she understands the importance of holding my hand at all times, etc... it could be done. I know most people would think I was crazy for considering that, but with the boys not there, honestly, it would be like a vacation. HAHA! I love my boys with all that I am, don't get me wrong. However, they create, well... chaos. Traveling with Jules would seriously be super easy. I would cherish that time with her. Anyway, I would love some feed back from others. Please, please comment and share your thoughts. Also, if any of you should choose to accompany on said trip to China, I wouldn't hate that either! LOL!

Are you all tired of my travel ramblings? I am sure you are... LOL

Saturday, April 10, 2010


First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you that left such kind comments on my blog! I really appreciate it and it warms my heart to know that we are not traveling this journey alone! It makes me happy to know that Willa already has so many people cheering her on! Thanks guys, really!

Also, I wanted to ask for help. If anyone knows a great website or travel agent that would help us find great deals on airline tickets, I would appreciate it. Traveling in June/July is outrageous. I have never had to "shop around" for airline tickets before, so I don't really know where to look. I would love some suggestions. Thanks!

One last thing - a couple of you commented about the Disney item in Willa's care package. It was funny to me, because all of the things were bought for her in China. I told Angela what I was looking for, in this case, an art set. It was sheer coincidence (except I don't believe in coincidences) that she chose something Disney related. I smiled when I saw that too! I can NOT wait to take Willa to Disney for the first time. I get giddy thinking about it! Don't think for a second Hong Kong Disney hasn't crossed my mind. Or Tokyo Disney for that matter. LOL! Wouldn't that be awesome? It will never happen, but it is fun to dream! Anyway, it was great that she got a little Mickey in her care package!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I had my gall bladder removed yesterday. I had been having some pain and felt pretty yucky for the last couple of weeks. I went to the doctor and found out I had gall stones. So, yesterday I had it removed. I am one of those patients that has a mind of her own. My surgery wasn't until the afternoon, so I was told I would need to spend the night in the hospital. Um, no. I was determined that was not going to happen. So once I got to my room, I tried really hard to prove to the doctor I could leave. I walked the halls, pottied, ate - all the things they were looking for. Needless to say, I won. I got to sleep in my own bed last night!

Honestly, after having a c-section and leaving the hospital the same day (my baby had to go to the NICU in another town. I certainly wasn't letting him leave without me.) I really felt having my gall bladder removed would be a non issue. I was right. I am sore today, but nothing too bad. I have only had to take Motrin for the pain. For dinner last night, after the hospital gave me a lovely liquid meal, I told Brad I needed KFC. So when left, we went straight there! LOL! I am sure my doctor would not have been pleased. Whatever, what he doesn't know won’t hurt him. Anyway, so today, I am milkin' it relaxing in my bed. If I need something, I send Brad an email and it goes to his cell phone. How pathetic is that? LOL! Not to mention my mom was here helping and caught up my laundry for me. So, I am going to enjoy this down time. It isn't often that I get it.

On a side note, I think I am neurotic. Seriously, I have mental issues. I was convinced I was going to die on the table yesterday. CONVINCED. If I didn't die, I would have a reaction to the anesthesia and I would be able to feel everything, but I wouldn't be able to tell them. I have been having shoulder pain since all of this started and I was sure it was clavicle cancer (is there even such a thing?). Miraculously, my clavicle "cancer" got better after the surgery (shoulder pain is a symptom of gall bladder issues). I did not die on the table (shocking, I know) and I was OUT COLD. I don't even remember them taking me to the OR. Maybe my next doctor’s visit should be for my mental issues. LOL.