Last night was our office’s Halloween party. It was a lot of fun. It was held at a country club and there was a dj, bar, food, the works. Very nice. Everyone went all out with their costumes. I loved seeing all the costumes- so much creativity! There were a couple of kissing booths, 2 couples dressed up as plug & socket, a God’s gift to women, big Pimpin, Disco Stew, Ron Burgundy. The most original costume went to a couple dressed up as a night stand and a woman- one night stand. So cute! Here are some pictures. I managed to get in a couple of them. Jon had to work and couldn’t go but looked at the pictures when he got home and asked if I dressed up as Aunt Jemima.
This y’all, this is the weather I love. My fingers, toes and nose are chilled. The heat isn’t on and neither is the air. It is awesome. We have blankets piled high on the bed and the pugs burrow down to keep our feet warm at night. It’s sunny so you’re warm in the car, and you can wear a sweater and be fine without a jacket. This is my favorite time of year here. This is the time of year I wonder why everyone doesn’t hop in their cars and move on down here. This is the time of year when you truly see a Carolina blue sky.
I know, I know. I should hate her. I do hate that one Barbie who said “Math is hard”. But I grew up with Barbie, and I loved her. I’m just not going to get into a political thing about her. She is a doll, a toy, a plaything made of plastic. My daughters’ self esteem will not be based on Barbie. If we get to stay at the White Swan, and we get the Barbie, then I’m bringing her home. I’ll let my girls grow up and decide what to do with her. If Coming Home Barbie meets the same fate as 98% of my Barbies she’ll be headless or naked in a box somewhere anyway, so she’ll be in no shape to mold my children’s futures.
That being said, have you seen the Chinese New Year Barbie? She’s so pretty! And she’s a BOGO right now at Amazon (buy one get one). Jon would kill me if I shelled out $20 for a doll Ling Ling can’t even play with until she’s like 5. I’ll tell him I put her in my wish list and then I’ll break him down. Since she’s BOGO we’ll get 2 for the price of 2 frappuccini drinks!
Ike had a vet appointment today for a heartworm check (free and clear) and a nail clipping (Thank you JESUS for the vet ladies). They said Ike is doing great with his weight (19.9 lbs) but he needs to maintain. I couldn’t find his harness and had to take him using just a collar and leash. OMG, the entire experience, from the donning of said leash to the ride there to the controlling of the pug while at the office, is just so exhausting- like wrestling an angry squid. I lost an earring in the process, who knows where that is. I came home covered in hair, my hair all disheveled, scratches on my neck and face, the works. Then I get covered in kisses as soon as we get home, so of course it’s all worth it! Looks like I’m getting great practice for being a mom!
Ling Ling’s Aunt Lisie sent her a bib with her name on it. Except the name on her birth certificate and driver’s license won’t read Ling Ling. This poor kid will forever be known as Ling Ling though. I love it- she has a nickname and she’s not even home yet!
My husband is turning into a Daddy. When I came home from IKEA I showed him pictures of the crib and changing table/dresser I liked (dude, they are like less than half the price of the cribs I’ve seen around town. I know it’s not heirloom quality furniture, but it is good stuff and we’re on a major budget, esp if we need 2), and then we looked up the matching pieces on the IKEA site. Up until now any time he’s talked about things we should buy the girls it is because we have to. He totally surprised me and melted my heart when he spotted the toy chest and said he wanted to get one for his girls, “cause every kid should have a good toy chest. We can put it between the cribs.”
Yep, we’ve starting talking in terms of 2. It is so hard not to. We want two so badly and part of me feels we’re jinxing ourselves, but the other part of me feels like that’s what is meant to be so we might as well prepare. We rarely spoke of anyone but Ling Ling until our social worker said we needed to get ready for two cause there was a good chance we’d get two. I really hope she’s right. Jon’s so excited, he said “Ooh we could each have one.”
I showed Jon the goodies I brought home for Ling Ling and Mei Mei from IKEA including the coveted and much hyped stacking cups. Everyone has told me to make sure to bring a set of these to China. So when I saw them on the IKEA site I knew I’d have to hunt them down in store. I got lucky and picked up 2 sets for the girls and 1 set for Joey. I let Jon unwrap a set so he could see how they worked. He played with them a minute and examined each one then announced that our kids have been ripped off. Why? “They can only drink out of one of these cups! The rest have holes in the bottom!” Bless his heart, he thought they were stacking drinking cups.