Friday, March 14, 2008

Welcome to The Party!

Be sure to scroll down for new posts, because this one will stay on top throughout the party.

I can't believe it's already been a year since the first Ultimate Blog Party, brought to us by those wonderful ladies at 5 Minutes For Mom!

I'm so excited that y'all have stopped by my little blog for a visit! I guess I'd better tell you a little about myself.

I'm a stay-at-home Mom to 3 darling daughters, Pooh(8), Tinkerbell(6) and Scooter(4). I know some people don't like nicknames on blogs, but guess what - we really call 'em Tink and Scooter, and sometimes even Pooh!

We adopted our girls through foster care 3 years ago, and even though it is HARD sometimes, I thank God every day for helping us find each other. I am obviously a big advocate for foster/adoption, so if you have any questions or want to know more about our story, PLEASE feel free to ask!

I've been married to Big Daddy for 11 crazy, traumatic, eventful, miraculous, blessed years. He's great, and mostly takes very good care of his girls, especially me. 'cept when I'm overly crazy, then he just laughs at me.

Most Fridays I do a little Forum here called Advice Forum Fridays. I started it about six months ago, mainly because I'm always wondering how other people do things...any old thing from your best cookie recipe to how you handle whacked out 1st grade teachers to what's the most frugal place to download music.

I'll save the rest for later I've got to go check out some parties myself.

Thank you so much for stopping by my corner of the world, and please come back - there's so much more to tell!

OOH, and I just remembered to tell you about all the neat prizes they're offering over at 5MFM. While I'd be thrilled to win ANY of the prizes, my top 10 are:

#45 —
Custom Blog Design Provided by: Summer
#24 — Blog Design Provided by:
Sweet ‘n Simple Design
# 123 — Blog Makeover Provided By:
Lady In Waiting Blog Design
#71 — $40 credits toward a blog design Provided by: Revka & Linda of RS Designs
#67 —
Blog Makeover Provided by: Shauna from See My Designs
# 91 —
Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless skin care line Provided by: Geggie from So, What Else? What Else? What Else?
#12 — $50 gift certificate to Happy Panda
#11 — $40 gift certificate Provided by:
Good For The Kids
#59 — $25 Cash Provided by:
Lori from A Cowboy’s Wife
# 117 — $25 Gift Certificate Provided by:
Mommy Bytes

Can you tell I'd like a new blog design? If I don't win one of those, then I'd be thrilled with one of these: 60, 39, 140, 101, 29, 79, 113, 135, 46, 70, 50, 44, 129, 122, 147, 152, 103, 3, 7, 30, 13, 107, 111, 124, 126, 127, 9, 112...

Aw, heck, I'd just be giddy with excitement to win anything!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008


Alyson said...

Hi. Just stopped in to party. We have 3 children as well and are thinking of adopting/fostering here in Canada. I just may come back soon!!

Daria - Boutique Cafe said...

Awesome! I love the name of your blog, I'm bookmarking you right now and I'll be back for sure.

Thanks for the fun party!
Daria -

Lesley said...

And I thought I was the queen of dirty laundry. LOL Nice to meet you, from snowy Westfield, NY.


wondermommy said...

I think it is wonderful to call your kids by nicknames, and those are cute!

Have a fun party!

Jocelyn said...

Happy UB Partyin'! :)
I'd love for you to list your mom blog on Hip Mama's Place directory. It should be fun! :)

Fashion Paramedic said...

I am so TOTALLY coming back to spar with you on your Entertainment blog! Don't you love how one little show can invoke such controversy?!! Great blog name, by the way. Gotta hop to the next party! ~~Fashion Paramedic~~

Tonya said...

That is awesome that you adopted 3 girls! I have two adopted sisters.

Beloved MaMa said...

what a blessing to adopt!!! It's very nice to meet you :0)

lace said...

What a fun party. Can I drop off my dirty laundry and be back in about an hour?

Great blog and great to meet you.

Karen said...

Hi Lori!

Congratulations on your girls! You're doing a wonderful thing by adopting these precious children and giving them a good home!

And the nicknames thing? No worries, I call my family by nicknames, too. Hey, we have to protect the innocent, right? *grin*

It was great meeting you and have fun at the party!

Write From Karen

Milk Mama said...

Great site! I also, am a queen of dirty laundry!
Happy party going!


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JanMary said...

Hi from N Ireland. Lovely to "meet" you.

Have a lovely party :)

Andrea said...

Lovely blog! I detest laundry, which is why your title caught my attention! :)

Aren't girls fun? I have 2 of my own...I'd love for you to stop by and 'meet' them!

Kysha said...

You have such a cute blog here. Happy bloggin!

sarah bean said...

*waves to lori, all the way from New Zealand*
Hiya, I'm here through the blog party, and guess what - I'm a work-at-home mom to two darling boys who are intent on driving me rip-roaring crazy.
Cept, I'm pretty sure they're winning. Or maybe we just all are, is that an option? I will be back! :D

Jean @ Penny Lane said...

Your blog is great and informative.
I think it is wonderful you adopted and nicknames are ok with me!
Thanks for your party, I enjoyed it. Hope you stop by mine!

CC said...

I love the name of your blog! I'm an adoptive mom of 2 miracles myself. And I don't know about you, but it drives me NUTS when people complement me being so big hearted to adopt. Hello? I'M the one who is so lucky and my kids should be congratulated for dealing with me!

Angie said...

It's so nice to stop by your blog! :)

Have a great party week!

Gerbil said...

Yaay, I love blog party time because I find some really great blogs that I would have missed otherwise.

Also, nice to know that someone ELSE is the Laundry Queen and not actually me.

Suz said...

I think it's wonderful you adopted your daughters! I'm adopted myself.

i-Mommy said...

Hello from a fellow "Lori."

Love the name of your blog! I detest laundry, and yet it continues to consume so much of my time.

Nice to meet ya! said...

Nice to meet you - I have to agree, this is one of the best blog names, evuh - although, our laundry as probably way dirtier than yours ;o)

Have a great week!

PreSchool Mama said...

Just dropping in from the party! Your kids are lucky to have the two of you.

jbubolz-miller said...

How awesome- I too am a mom through adoption!! Bookmarded your site=).

Summer said...

Hi Lori,
Thanks for stopping by. You seem like a very fun, optimistic person. Can't wait to get to know you better.

MollyDoll said...

Stopped in for the party. Nice to meet ya!

Wani said...


Brandie said...

::Waving:: Hello! =)

shawana martin said...

wonderful page happy blogging

E said...

Great blog, and I love the title! I must admit that I'm hooked enough to come back and read more in-depth later.

Anyway, nice to meet you!


jennyonthespot said...

I came here for the party - saw "dirty laundry" in your name and knew you must be cool :) Anyone willing to air their dirty laundry is a friend of mine :) Thanks for letting me swing on through. You are welcome at my place anytime!

Tamara said...

Just found you via BooMama. I enjoyed your AI post. My husband and I are just beginning the process of adopting through foster care. Did you adopt all 3 girls as a sibling group?

Rick Rack Attack said...

If you're the Queen of Dirty Laundry, then can I bring my dirty laundry on over to your kingdom?!

Stop on over for Confessions of An Apron Queen at

Debz said...

Great post! Hope your enjoying the party! I’ve been meeting tons of new people! Hope to try to visit at least half of them before Friday! You never know when you may meet a forever friend. Pop by for a visit if you get a chance! Enjoy your day!

smtwngrl said...

Love the title of your blog! You've got a great site here. Hope you're enjoying the party and meeting lots of great new bloggers. I know I am!

Stop by and say hello when you get a chance! I'll be back to read more when the partying dies down...

beckyjomama said...

Hi!! Thanks for stopping by my little party pad! Your party is rocking!! I am getting some serious blogger envy over all these cute sights! I need me a makeover!
We loved foster care - we are taking a break right now til our four year old is able to understand why not all of the kids can stay - because of her historym she has some issues, especially with abandonement.
God Bless you -- I will stop by later for SURE!!!
Becky Jo

Terri H said...

You are a very special person to adopt out of the foster care system. Not everyone can handle taking in children the way you do. You are a blessing to your girls.

Have fun in the party!

Bitsy said...

Fun party site!!! I will return to read some more of your blog. We have a dachshund who is cranky, too. Snores loud, too!!!