No,...Lucky Mama

Mary Whidden and James Phillips share about their daughter Langley- they also gave an overview of their China adoption experience.

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Location: Indiana, United States

Thursday, March 29, 2007

All About Mary

Sorry I am not more interesting, but here are my answers...

1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink - No
02. Swam with wild dolphins – No, but I did swim with stingrays.
03. Climbed a mountain – Grandfather Mountain in NC.
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive - No.
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid – No.
06. Held a tarantula – Ick No.
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone – Yes- Jamie.
08. Said “I love you’ and meant it - Yes, and often.
09. Hugged a tree – Yes.
10. Bungee jumped - No.
11. Visited Paris - Yes. But it was only a lay-over so we never left the airport.
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea – No
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise - No- tried though, but never made it
14. Seen the Northern Lights – No- but I will someday.
15. Gone to a huge sports game - Yep, I have seen the Reds, the Nationals, the Oreilles, and the Red Socks
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa - No.
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables – No- but I have family that gives me fresh ones.
18. Touched an iceberg -Nope.
19. Slept under the stars – No- Mosquitoes Suck- I prefer a tent or camper.
20. Changed a baby’s diaper - Um, duh.
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon – Nope
22. Watched a meteor shower - Yes, lots. My Dad was an astronomer and physicist before he retired.
23. Gotten drunk on champagne - Yes, Pink. In a Chinese Restaurant –I also ate lots of fried rice- then I threw up all night. Jamie said it looked like Maggots and blood.
24. Given more than you can afford to charity – No- I wish I was a better person.
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope – Duh- Dad Astronomer. Hell he even built one.
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment – Yes, usually meetings.
27. Had a food fight – Ewww- Gross no way!
28. Bet on a winning horse – Do family bets on Derby Day count?
29. Asked out a stranger - No.
30. Had a snowball fight – Yes- lots.
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can - Yes. I used to practice so I could be in Horror Films, another dream gone by the wayside.
32. Held a lamb – No, Petted- Yes.
33. Seen a total eclipse – Yes- Dad Astronomer… Sun, Moon….
34. Ridden a roller coaster - Many times- Love them.
35. Hit a home run –No.
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking - All the time. Love to do it with Langley.
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day –Sadly, Yes.
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment - Yes, but not nearly as often as I want to.
39. Had two hard drives for your computer – No, but at one point we had 5 computers.
40. Visited all 50 states – No- but I’ll start counting now.
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk - Yes, yes and yes. Isn't that what college is all about?
42. Had amazing friends – Ah Yes, What would I do without them?
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country – Yes- but very briefly, then I realized I was drunk and went to find Jamie.
44. Watched wild whales - No.
45. Stolen a sign - No.
46. Backpacked in Europe - No.
47. Taken a road-trip – Yeah I guess- you know when you can’t afford to fly, or have too much stuff to.
48. Gone rock climbing – I wish I could do it more.
49. Midnight walk on the beach –No- but it’s been real late before.
50. Gone sky diving - No.
51. Visited UK - No.
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love – Yes- Isn’t that what High School is for.
53. In a restaurant sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them – No (Unless you count Japanese steak houses where they sit strangers together).
54. Visited Japan - No.
55. Milked a cow - No.
56. Alphabetized your CDs - Of course. I'm OCD!
57. Pretended to be a superhero - Can you just say, "Wonder Twins, activate!!"
58. Sung karaoke – Bad Doris Day experience at a Sushi place.
59. Lounged around in bed all day – Ahh, Yes. And I dream to do it again (when I’m not sick)60. Posed nude in front of strangers - No.
61. Gone scuba diving - No.
62. Kissed in the rain - Yes.
63. Played in the mud – Eww- No- Sticky
64. Played in the rain – Yep- Jamie and I used to go for walks in the warm rain in Jackson.
65. Gone to a drive-in theater - Yes! To see “War Games”.
66. Visited China – YES!!!
67. Started a business – Did Premier Designs Jewelry.
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken - Yes.
69. Toured ancient sites – Yes- In China and Mexico
70. Taken a martial arts class - No.
71. Played a game for more than 6 hours straight – No but I sat and watched Jamie play Axis and Allies for about that long- never again.
72. Gotten married - Yes, and it better be the only time.
73. Been in a movie – Yep- “Oh Brother Where Art Thou”- I got baptized
74. Crashed a party - No.
75. Gotten divorced - No and hope I never do.
76. Gone without food for 5 days – No.
77. Made cookies from scratch - Yes. Peanut Butter Cookies Mostly.
78. Won first prize in a costume contest – Yes- Can we say Theatre Major?
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice - No.
80. Gotten a piercing – Only my Ears.
81. Rafted the Snake River – No- Where is That?
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”- I went on as a Commedia character once.
83. Got flowers for no reason – I don’t think so
84. Performed on stage - Yep. Theatre Major.
85. Been to Las Vegas – No.
86. Recorded music – Only in one of those fake studios at Kings Island with my youth group in High School (Heart of Rockin’ Roll).
87. Eaten shark – I don’t think so, but maybe, I eat lots of things.
88. Had a one-night stand - No.
89. Gone to Thailand - No
90. Bought a house - Yes, those were the days.
91. Been in a combat zone - No.
92. Buried one / both of your parents – No- and hope not to for a very long time.
93. Been on a cruise ship – Yes- Love It.
94. Spoken more than one language fluently – No- but I know a little Croatian.
95. Performed in Rocky Horror – No
96. Raised children (or…raising children) – Yes- its wonderful (but we have not hit the teen years yet.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour – No.
98. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country - "No.
99. Where is 99?
100. Picked up and moved to another city to start over –No- but I just might.
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge - Yes, with Jamie. Windy as hell.
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking – Yes, but now Langley says- “No, Mommy”.
103. Had plastic surgery - No, but one can wish.
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived - No, thank God.
105. Wrote articles for a large publication – No.
106. Lost over 100 pounds - No.
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback - No.
108. Piloted an airplane - No.
109. Petted a stingray – Yep- Wonderful.
110. Broken someone’s heart – No- but sometimes I wish I had- just to see what it felt like- but I bet it sucks
111. Helped an animal give birth - No.
112. Won money on a T.V. game show - No.
113. Broken a bone – Yep- Toes and Wrist.
114. Gone on an African photo safari - No.
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced - No
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun or pistol - Yes.
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild - No.
118. Ridden a horse - Yes, several times.
119. Had major surgery - No.
120. Had a snake as a pet – No, No, No.
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - No.
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours – I think So- I suffered from exhaustion once and think I slept like a week after.
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states – No.
124. Visited all 7 continents - No.
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days - No.
126. Eaten kangaroo meat – No- Does it taste like chicken?
127. Eaten sushi – LOVE IT.
128. Had your picture in the newspaper – Yes lots. But I grew up in a small town.
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about – No- but I have made people do things they didn’t want to before.
130. Gone back to school – No- went staright through and got a Master’s, but some day maybe…
131. Parasailed - No.
132. Petted a cockroach - Eww, eww, eww!!
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes – Yummy!
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer – Do Cliff’s Notes Count?
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read. – Does Anne Rice count?
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - No.
137. Skipped all your high school reunions – Yep- So Far
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language - Yes, It was fun.
139. Been elected to public office – Yes (Small Town).
140. Written your own computer language – Nope
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream – Yes.
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care - Thankfully, no.
143. Built your own PC from parts - No.
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you - Nope.
145. Had a booth at a street fair - Yes.
146. Dyed your hair - Yes. Must do it again to get rid of the grays.
147. Been a DJ - No.
148. Shaved your head - Nope.
149. Caused a car accident – Yes-I rear ended a lady After school one day in the high school driveway- I was a High School Teacher at the time and the kids gave me hell about it for a while.
150. Saved someone's life – I don’t think so.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

It was One Year Ago Today...

That we met Langley.
This is our Gotcha/Adoption Day Anniversary.
I can't believe its been a year! Oh But What a Wonderful Year!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Scare Me Again Mommy!

Shriek and Laugh

Lets see if this Works

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Langley's Actual Birthday...

Start Out the Day with Tea for Langley and Daddy

Then head over to Holly's For Our Celebration. A Cake fit for a Princess.

I am Starting to Learn to Smile When Mommy Says "Cheese"

Liking that Piece.


Playing with my New Toys

I Didn't Know that They Still Made Sit-N-Spins

Ready for Bed

Monday, March 05, 2007

Later that Day... Emily's Party

Emily had her party at JW Tumbles- a Kid's Gym. (The Haynos family had to set up or they would have come to Langley's little Party too.) Anyway it was Great- All the kids had so much fun. Langley played hard- and sleep very well that night.

Langley's Very Small Party

The Cake- Before it was Totally Lopsided
First we Played "Put the Spot on the Ladybug"

The Girls are Ready for Cake

Cool- Fire

- What Do You Think?

- Its Fine Thank You

- Oh Good, That's What I was Hoping

Snowman!!! 2/25/07

... And I Helped

Pretty Boy

Wow He's Tall

Pat Mr. Snowman Good-Bye

Brielle's Birthday

Our Girls At the Party

After- in matching PJs

The Munson clan, Langley and I made it down to Montvale for the first of the clump of our travel group's birthdays. Brielle is the oldest born on 2/24/25 and the twins are the youngest born on 4/18/05 so about 3 weeks separates all five girls. We had a blast!