Monday, April 25, 2011


China is updating the Special Needs list fingers crossed, this could be our night we are matched with our daughter!! We have been waiting 5 months since LID, so here goes nothing!! I literally have every finger and toe crossed. I spoke to a friend last week. She has a biological child, a child she adopted domestically and a child she adopted from China. She told me there is nothing like travelling half way around the world and have a child you have hoped and prayed for for years be placed in your arms for the first time...this gives me goose bumps and makes me tear up...I get it, and I can't wait to travel.

Baby Girl-We love you already and are SOOOO ready to bring you home. xoxo

Recovering From the weekend & Meal Plan

I really intended to be better at posting last week while I was off, but I actually was super busy and I didn't want to waste a lot of time indoors blogging...the weather was GREAT!!

Wednesday, I won 5 tickets to the Baltimore Orioles game, and the seats were 26 rows behind home plate!! The view was awesome!! Todd wanted to take his parents with us, so we had one extra ticket that didn't get used.

Thursday, we took the Ferry to Cape May in New Jersey from Lewes, DE. It was a great day and we look forward to going back there in the summer for a few days. There were some beautiful houses and alot of nice stores and restaurants.

Saturday morning, I fell in the garage trying to hold the dogs back from running out of the open door. I didn't realize that Todd had the door open and I walked out there to feed them...well boom, down I went. I hurt my back at work a few weeks ago, and this didn't help things one bit. Todd helped grab Winston and I fell onto Marley and we got them inside. Adrenaline definately kicked in. I got to the bench I have inside and I just sat and sobbed. Todd came running in and I couldn't move. He carried me to the sofa where I stayed all day. We had a birthday dinner for his cousin that just turned 40 in Laurel (an hour away) so I knew I needed to rest for this. Lots of ice and meds from the previous injury. NOTHING was touching this pain. Saturday morning I was still hobbling around and I finally gave in and went to Your Docs In (urgent care) and they gave me prednisone, valium and percocet. You ask for it, they would hand it out...scary! I took the prednisone and 1 percocet before Easter dinner and a valium before bed. Boy did I sleep WELL! I took the prednisone again today and only one more valium for me. I have a drug hangover today, that's for sure! We went to Easter dinner at my in-laws and my sister in laws brought their boyfriends. It was nice and relaxing...Winston went a long to play in the neighbors yard. It is so nice to see him run!

Today, I stayed home from work. Todd went in to grab a lap top for me and I completed some reports that have been needed to be completed and relaxed with ice packs and some rest.

Here's the meal plan for this week....

Tuesday-pork chops, stuffing, green bean casserole
Wednesday-BLTs - I have a conference in Baltimore and then book club
Thursday-cheeseburger helper
Friday-chicken, mac & cheese, salad
Saturday-mahi-mahi, rice, salad
Sunday-The Rockfish in Annapolis then Rockapella at Rams Head

Have a great week!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Meal Plan & a recipe

I have been away from blogging for a little while. Work has been VERY busy for me, and my husband....thankfully I took some time off this week just for me! It is like and adult Spring Break! HA HA I am hoping to spend some time connecting with some friends for lunches, and connecting with some blog friends again. I have been very MIA from visiting/commenting on blogs.

One of my favorite things that started me with blogging is Monday's Meal Plan....

Monday-tuna pasta *see recipe below
Wednesday-out (we are hoping to go to Cape May for the day)
Thursday-pork chops, stuffing and green beans
Friday-Mahi-Mahi and rice
Sunday-Easter Dinner

tuna pasta

2 carrots-chopped and diced
2 stalks of celery-chopped and diced
1 small onion-chopped and diced
2 dill pickle spears-chopped and diced
1 lemon-zest only
1/2 box pasta-cooked and drained (rotini works well)
1 cup mayo
Old Bay Seasoning
Ground Black Pepper

Cook pasta, drain and mix all other ingredients together. Add the pasta and mix well. This is delicious served warm, but makes great left overs for the week stored in the fridge.

Today, I met up with Lisa from The Long Road to China. We had a great lunch, and I really enjoyed meeting Lisa in person and hearing her stories of adoption. She is just as beautiful and sweet in person as she appears in her blog. Thank you Lisa for a great lunch and for taking time out of your day to meet in person!! : )

Tomorrow, I am running errands in town and dropping off my spring/summer drop off to Little Rascals (our local consignment store). I have started really linking up with coupons and  this blog which is a local lady that helps with coupon matching for our local MD stores. I spent $56 at the grocery store on Saturday and saved just over $35! I was happy with that first attempt of stacking coupons, etc... Once I get better, I will be glad to post my deals!

Have a great week!! I know I will : )