Sunday, September 23, 2012

Road trip!

There was a quiet weekend staring us in the face, and J suggested we go somewhere. We LOVE Keene and Harrisville, NH. So J found a cute boutique hotel, and we threw S in the car and headed out.

Our hotel (the Lane Hotel, for those interested ;) was great. Huge room, very comfortable, free breakfast and parking, heart of town. What more could we ask for? We found a yarn store for me, a kids' consignment sale (got a deal on a princess castle for S), and had a nice lunch.

Then we headed home on the scenic route.

S ready to hit the Harrisville General Store. She was a star

Playing at the Children's Center playground

The obligatory sandbox shot

Daddy posed for a portrait

Mommy took pictures of waterfalls

It was a really nice weekend break. We hope to go back again for my birthday. Squee!

Friday, September 14, 2012

An open letter to American Airlines

This rant is based on a post on my national Adoption board. It seems that one of our members has a friend who recently adopted a child in another state. When she and her husband checked in at American Airlines, they had a car seat and a stroller for their new baby. And the adoption paperwork showing they were going to pick her up. This couple, who had already spent thousands of dollars in adoption fees, and countless hours to complete the adoption process, were charged $100 to check their baby items. Because they didn't have a baby with them. They showed their paperwork, and spoke to a manger, and were still charged. Because they didn't have their child with them yet. Yet there was no charge when they returned with their child.

Really? Are you going to make it that much harder for adoptive parents? Are you really that worried that people are going to "cheat the system" by lugging baby gear to the airport san kids and hoping for a free ride for the gear?

And your response to my complaint on your website? 5 paragraphs basically saying, "We got your complaint, didn't read it, and we listen to our customers."

I already avoid your airline like the plague due to crappy flying experiences. This is just the icing on the cake.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I've also been doing a bit of knitting here and there ;)

So now I get to start something new


It's time for S to have some more structure in her life. And for momma to have a little break now and then. Because she's wonderful and all, but parenting a 2-year-old is HARD.

So we found a great preschool minutes from our house. Brand spanking new, cameras in each classroom, cook on staff to feed the little ones, fabulous teachers, everything we could want.

We waited until our big California trip was over, and we got some potty training under our belts, but Monday was The Day!

So far it's just 2 half-days a week, but S LOVES it! And her teachers love her. They are blown away by her language skills and sentence structures, and said she's talking more like a 3-year-old than a 2-year-old. She cried when she left the first day, she loved it so much. She is having a blast.