Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Adoption is FINAL!

We are so blessed! Our Baby Bear's adoption was finalized in court on Monday, February 14th! What a sweet reminder of God's love toward us. We are grateful to those who have prayed for us through this journey, and to those who blessed us by coming to the adoption ceremony.

This has been our second adoption through the foster care system.
In this photo, TEN of the people from this photo were also present for Little Bear's
adoption in March of 2009, including the judge!

Mama Bear

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I've Found Some New Music

I love the old Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Dean Martin styles of music. Many have followed in their footsteps, and I'm finding out more about them, thanks to Pandora. Names like Tony Desare, John Stevens, Michael Feinstein, and Matt Belsante come to mind. Of course there's also Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr., but I''m really liking these newcomers (at least they're newcomers in MY mind.)

Great music for Valentine's Day! What do you think?

Mama Bear

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship With my Hot Cocoa

Since I am currently doing Weight Watchers, and since I don't drink many "sugared" drinks anyways, Sugar Free Hot Cocoa is a great way to deal with those chocolate cravings. But I have a love/hate relationship with the Swiss Miss Sugar Free Hot Cocoa. It seems that they may have changed their formula, but who am I to say? See, before, I used to get their Sugar Free Hot Cocoa, and I wouldn't have any problem getting it all stirred in. But now, it seems that half the powder settles at the bottom of my cup as a sediment. I don't like that. I want to enjoy the full chocolate sensation, all the way down to the last drop, not just at the last drop. I even stirred for a bit longer than normal today, and there was still sediment. I hope they can fix this. It's not like I'll never buy it again, but I am more hesitant to do so. And ONLY when it's on sale!

Have you tried it? What do YOU think?

Mama Bear

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I'm in a Bit of a Quandary Over Curtains

This whole "home decor" thing is pretty new to me. I mean, I've always decorated with little knick-knacks and such, but never really purchased curtains for my windows. I obviously need some help! We purchased some nice curtains from JC Penney home store a few months back. The kind that are energy-saving. LOVE them! But, what I don't love, is the fact that I didn't realize they wouldn't "meet in the middle" and look like they came out of House Beautiful magazine when we were done.

I don't have sheers up. I don't have valances. I think the rod looks like a blank stare. So what I do? I didn't like the matching valances, because they were a bit too frou-frou for my taste. Now that it looks so bare, I realize that I need to do something, but I am a bit clueless in the home decor department, so I need HELP! I really do want to have a "House Beautiful". I want to be like The Inspired Room when I grow up. But I am SOOOOOOOO far away from that!

Great thing is, Papa Bear has given me carte blanche basically, for decorating purposes. I just don't really know what to do, and I want to do it frugally too!

What do I do now? Any suggestions? Any and all advice will be taken with a grain of salt, but most likely, also appreciated greatly. I don't want it to look tacky!

H E L P !!!!!!!!!!!

Mama Bear