Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Finding the perfect match

After my failed match I started all over again, I have placed a new ad and have had a good amount of responses once again. Right now I have three couples in mind, although I am leaning towards this one a bit more.

Couple number 1 is an older couple from Washington, he is a teacher and she owns a dental lab. They have a twelve year old son who was a twin, his sister died at the age of 10. I really enjoyed talking to her on the phone, she is a very sweet lady. She seems to be a genuinely caring woman.

Couple number 2 is a same-sex male couple in L.A. I only talked to M, he was very pleasant and open. The downfall of this match would be that I have to travel to L.A for the transfer and several appointments.

Couple number 3 is a couple in their early forties, he is an opthamologist and she is a financial advisor. They seem to be a stable couple and are ready to start a family. With this couple I would have to travel to UCLA for appointments.

I have had phone conversations with all three couples and it went well. I will see what the next couple weeks bring.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

At the Dentist

Today all three boys went to the dentist for a cleaning. As the two older ones were getting their exams Isaac asks me "Mommy, why do we have to get our teeth cleaned?" I tell him it is part of good hygeine and for his health. He then asks "Does it protect us from being eaten by werewolves?" This boy is too funny. Isaac will need a filling and some sealants, so when we got home I said that Isaac would have to be "knocked out" for his filling and says "So that means their going to punch me in the face?" We were all laughing so hard!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer, summer, summertime!

Ah yes, summer is here! The first five days of summer in the Alcala home were filled with sick kiddos. All the kids are feeling better and I am getting restless!! The kids have begun a summer reading program; I love that they enjoy reading. I too am excited about getting some reading done when they do. I have not made the time to read like I used to.

Regal Cinemas Free Family Film Festival is back for the summer. I only learned about it a few years ago, but Regal has been doing it since 1991. Tomorrow we are going to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Although the movies aren't new releases, the kids still enjoy it. The boys look forward to popcorn and soda for breakfast and mom gets cool points.

The Rock N Roll Marathon was awesome. As I had mentioned previously, I had originally signed up to run the 1/2 marathon, but I chickened out. I had the idea in my head that everyone who ran marathons was athletic and in shape, I couldn't have been more wrong. I was inspired by all the different types of people that ran it. I am so glad that I made the decision to volunteer for Team in Training, it helped me make the decision to at least walk the 1/2 marathon next year.

In surrogacy news, I am moving right along with the couple in Rancho Sante Fe. Contracting has been the hardest stage of this journey and we still haven't signed yet. With R & J everything was so smooth, they provided the contract and there were very minimal changes to be made to it. This time around there have been some bumps in the road. I love that we live within 15 minutes of each other and they can be a part of the entire pregnancy, but I just don't feel as deep of a connection as I did with my first journey. I am hoping that changes soon or I don't see us continuing.

This weekend we are having a garage sale, we have so much stuff that we just don't need! We also have a lot of Grandmas stuff. In March Grandma's boyfriend died and left behind a lot of stuff that he bought but never used. It made me realize that I am guilty of the same. Like my pilates chair, I had to have it. When buying it I had the intention of using it several times a week, yeah that did not happen. I haven't been shopping, besides for groceries, in a very long time. There just isn't anything that I need, therefore I don't shop.

It has been almost nine months since I quit my job and I was starting to get bored! I am looking forward to spending quality time with my boys this summer. Something that we are all looking forward to is getting outdoors. The majority of our summertime activities will be free, except for maybe Legoland and the new water park. The kids tickets are free with a paid adult, SCORE!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lots going on

Last Friday I started my first class at University of Phoenix. I really think that I will like it there, I go once a week compared to 2-3 times per week. I love that this school incorporates team work into our studies. We will do projects as a team and we also do some solo. Working in teams can be rough sometimes, especially when there are people who don't cooperate. I don't "think" that this will be a problem with my current team, but you never can tell.

This last week there were a couple graduations within the family. My niece Breanna graduated high school, I am a very proud auntie. Even though high school graduation is something that we are expected to do, less teens are accomplishing this as the years go by. It is indeed a time to celebrate!

When I made the decision to do another surrogacy, I decided losing weight would be a good thing to do beforehand. I am down almost 10 pounds in the last 2 weeks! It feels real good. Speaking of surrogacy, tonight I was supposed to have a phone conference with a couple that I was negotiating a contract with, but I think I was stood up. They sent me over a contract Monday night, I looked it over and made some changes that I would like to see and sent it back. I am beginning to think they didn't like my changes. Hopefully that wasnt the case and she will call me tomorrow.

The boys are all doing great, everyone is healthy, happy and ready for summer. I am too. Momma needs a tan. I am playing in my head what summer days will look like with me going to school. This won't be the first time, so I am sure I will find that balance.

In health news, on Saturday morning I had a muscle spasm in my back. Today I went to the VA just to get it checked out. As I was there they checked my pulse ox and my pulse was high. One of the meds that I take for my weight loss (Rx) may be the culprit. I have to skip it tomorrow and get it checked again on Friday.

Sunday I will be volunteering at The Rock and Roll Marathon. When I first heard about it, I wanted to either walk or run in it, but who am I kidding I hate running. So the next best thing to me was volunteering for Team in Training. I am sure the experience will be a rewarding one, and just maybe someday I will at least walk in one of these marathons.