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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hey that's cool

I just got an email from Scholastic (!) saying that I was a finalist for the Scholastic Parent & Child magazine Mommy Blogger Awards. As Ro has been saying lately "Wow weezers!" Scholastic Mommy Blogger award If you feel like voting for Salsa in China (or any of the other blogs), cast your vote here. It's one-click voting, no sign-ups required or anything like that, and voting is open through March 13. They'll feature the five winners on the Scholastic web site and in the June/July 2009 issue of Parent & Child. To whoever nominated me and whoever votes, I'm sending you a big thank you and some gritty-but-awesome Ro and Ree hugs -- they're playing in the sandbox right now and, since I'm daring to type on the computer instead of refereeing the activity, the amount of sand actually staying in the box is questionable... Cheers! PS: I've got four posts started and hanging out there in my drafts folder just mocking me, so please let me know which one you'd prefer to see next and I'll buckle down and finish it: 1. Chocolate taste-testing results 2. Talking about adoption is hard 3. I'm not a great mom 4. You're watching American Idol, aren't you?

75 comments:

  1. I was happy to vote for your blog! Congrats on the honor and good luck!

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  2. Anonymous2/26/2009

    Congratulations! But you aren't #1 right now? I am shocked!!

    Oh- and I'd go with the next post of adoption isn't easy to talk about

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  3. Hey that is cool! My vote is in, hope you win!!
    Oh and I would like to know about the "adoption" one.
    Not sure if you are talking about "talking about it with friends" or "talking about it with your girls" but either one is hard and it will be hard for me when the time comes to tell my little one.
    I actually stopped going out with some friends because I was introduced like "the one who adopted from China."

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  4. Congrats- I have never been brave enough to leave a comment but have been reading your blog for a long time & love it! So I was more than happy to vote for you. I also would love to see the American Idol post--or any of your post for that matter. My DD is 4 and loves when I am reading your blog, she loves to see your girls and always says "Mommy, I wish I could be friends w/those 2 pretty girls".

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  5. Anonymous2/26/2009

    Congratulations!!!! That's a big honor!

    Interested in "adoption isn't easy"

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  6. Anonymous2/26/2009

    Talking about adoption is hard. I have been thinking about pursuing adoption and really enjoy your writing.

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  7. Congratulations!!!

    I'm divided between posts
    1. Chocolate taste-testing results
    2. Talking about adoption is hard

    I'm thinking chocolate is always good and I'd love to read about adoption.

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  8. Anonymous2/26/2009

    you got my vote :)

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  9. Anonymous2/26/2009

    chocolate all the way!
    bev

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  10. Cool beans!! I voted and am going to put up a post asking people to go vote too. You've got some voting happy competition out there so we gotta get the word out!

    Another vote for the adoption post. Always learn so much from you and I'm sure this is another opportunity to do so.

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  11. #2 for sure.
    Congrats!
    M.

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  12. I'm off to vote for you!

    & I'm very interested in your thoughts on the adoption one!

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  13. I voted for you!

    I would love to hear about "Talking about adoption is hard" :o)

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  14. Congrats! I cast my vote as I'm an avid reader and always come back for more...here's hoping you win.

    As for the stories -- gosh, #1 and #4 seem jolly and #2 and #3 seem a little more intense. I'd like to hear more about "talking about adoption is hard".

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  15. I just voted for you!! I am pulling for you because I have had your blog bookmarked since before Ro and Ree's referral. It has helped me through my long wait with lots of smiles and laughs. My older kids always peek over my shoulder to see what the cute twins are doing! Now that I have my referral (YEAH!) and am waiting to travel I would love to see the talking about adoption is hard post. Because, well, it is.

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  16. Anonymous2/26/2009

    Topics 2 and 3 both for sure! We are really starting to see all little ways the conversation can lead into adoption, the doors are there, but what an intricate can of worms. Love your blog, but you always seem so in control and on the sunny side.

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  17. #2 please. My girl is close in age to your 2. I'd love to hear how you are tackling this topic.

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  18. Kendall2/26/2009

    Let me be the twenty-second person to wish you congratulations! And as for what I'd like to read, "Adoption is hard to talk about" tops my list.

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  19. I voted! I vote for the American Idol post. Just for fun.



    P.S. I voted 3 times. Is that cheating? I closed my web browser and opened another one and it let me vote twice on my computer, and then I voted from my husband's laptopt too. Shhhhh............don't tell! :)

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  20. Congratulations! I was happy to cast my vote for your blog.

    I'd love to hear what you have to say about talking about adoption.

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  21. Anonymous2/26/2009

    I have to de-lurk and selfishly request the adoption isn't easy post. I'm struggling with this one right now.
    BTW, I love your blog and have been following even before the girls came home. Thanks for the wonderful posts and pics

    Mary in Arizona

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  22. Anonymous2/26/2009

    Very cool! I voted. :-)

    I woud love to see "Talking about adoption is hard" next. I always love hearing your insights on the "a" word. We have very similar lines of thoughts regarding many issues.

    Cheers,
    Kate

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  23. just voted for ya!
    and sorry- but i want you to finish 1, 2 and 3!!!!



    ps-- can you tell me where in your archive are the posts about toddler diarrhea?? we're dealing with it-- ugh

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  24. Congratulations, from one finalist to another! Your girls are absolutely beautiful, and I love your story and your blog style. I particularly loved the post about the rain-filled sandbox. :)

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  25. I placed my vote!! Congratulations and good luck to you....I hope you win:)

    As for your next post, anything but CHOCOLATE Taste Testing.....I gave up sweets for lent and am going through withdrawal:(

    Have a good night!

    Lisa

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  26. Since I can't vote in this country cos I am not a citizen I took great pride in voting for your blog. Come on people go and vote. We all know this is the best blog out there!

    I also vote, since I am all cocky now that I was actually able to vote in a poll, for the talking about adoption post, please, thank you.

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  27. Anonymous2/26/2009

    I voted for you! I love your blog I have been following it for a long time. You girls are adorable.I have been home with my daughter for 5 months and following your blog helped me during the long wait! I vote for the adoption post too because I am interested in your point of view.
    Michelle

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  28. That is cool! I voted!

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  29. I am going over right now and voting for you... as soon as I tell you I want the post talking about adoption is hard.

    Leaving to go vote right now.

    Lisa

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  30. I'll definitely go and vote!
    And, I can't wait to see ALL those posts, so I'm happy with whichever order you choose. I too have at least one post in the wings that someday I will think about finishing...

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  31. Anonymous2/26/2009

    I went and voted!
    And as far as the post - all of them, of course!! :-)

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  32. i voted for oyu too !! I hope you win :)

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  33. Congrats!! That's awesome!!

    I was tagged and since I enjoy your posts, I thought I'd tag you too if you are interested.

    See my blog at

    http://birdieandthequeenbee.blogspot.com

    for details :)

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  34. I'd like to read #2 or #3.

    Congratulations on your nomination!

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  35. You got my vote. I'm interested in your thoughts about talking about adoption.

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  36. Oh yeah, lets talk Idol.

    Hmmm or maybe we should not bother, there is already a clear winner :)

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  37. I'd like to read 'Not a great mom' next, since clearly it's not true, and I'm curious why you would even think that.

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  38. Congrats!

    I voted for you! Good luck :-)

    So far you are at 3rd place.

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  39. Adoption is hard to talk about.
    Congrats.........you deserve to win.

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  40. I voted for you. Hope you win. Talking about adoption would be my pick. Anything you write about your beautiful daughters is always a winner.

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  41. "Talking about Adoption is hard" yet sought after....

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  42. Very cool and I'm off to vote.

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  43. I have voted for "Salsa"! Also, I would love to see your wisdom on "talking about adoption is hard" on your next post. I am struggling with that myself right now :)
    Kellie in Virginia

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  44. M3, You've got our vote! What a nice honor that you deserve.

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  45. Going to vote for your blog now. I want to see post number 2.

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  46. Anonymous2/27/2009

    Yep...you just got my vote! I too have been following you long before Ro & Ree came home CONGRATS! Wow! They narrowed you down into the top ten out of 500 other blogs way to go!

    Kim E

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  47. Anonymous2/27/2009

    I voted for you!

    I would love to read your post about talking about adoption.

    We're still waiting for our first (hopefully in this batch of referrals LID 3/6!) and I've been trying to prepare myself for what's in store.

    I love your blog and it has been such a sunny spot for me during this looonnnnggg wait to become a mom.

    Kelly

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  48. Happy to vote for you and your cuties.

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  49. Anonymous2/27/2009

    Congrats and as a future adoptive parent I'd love to read the adoption post.

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  50. Went and voted!

    I'd like to see #2, personally. It's not that I don't love the light posts -- I do -- but you're equally good at the more weighty discussions, and I'd like to see a few more of them.

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  51. That is really cool, congratulations! I hope that you put a link up to vote for you in the side bar. When I went and voted you were second so go team salsa!!!

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  52. Anonymous2/27/2009

    Love the blog and have been a long time reader- voted proudly for you

    my vote #2 talking about adoption is hard- my beautiful daughter from China is 5

    thanks

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  53. Anonymous2/27/2009

    #2 i vote for. still voting for your blog - i love it!

    j

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  54. Number 2, I vote for number 2!
    I am tying this while holding my brand new little (sleeping) girl and I'm already finding myself stumbling over the language of explaining to people how she got here. (And I've had YEARS to prepare for this, you'd think I would have worked it out by now.)
    I'd love to hear what you have to say on the topic.

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  55. Adoption Post

    Congratulations on being nominated..... Next on the agenda ~ vote for M3

    Laura

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  56. COngrats and you deserve it!

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  57. Oh yea, do the I am not a great mom post first....help me feel better please!

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  58. I VOTED!!! YAY!


    And Im intersted in the adoption talk!

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  59. You've got my vote ....It's one of my favorite for blogs :)
    I vote for "Talking about adoption is hard".
    Andrea

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  60. Good Luck.. I just voted. We love your website. Even my daughter in college checks on the girls regularly and she is always telling me things I need to tell you. I keep telling her just to comment herself ;0) .. I don't think she's been brave enough yet but she loves your girls!

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  61. You've got my vote, Mama!

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  62. I'm voting for ya!

    Oh, and "talking about adoption is hard"

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  63. congrats ... my vote is in ... like many other folks commenting here, I'd love to see your thoughts on talking about adoption. When I meet folks who mention they've adopted (or their child is of a different race) - I think back to your post about the "she thinks i'm her mommy" lady in the park and how much that snide comment hurt. i usually end up casually using mommy/daddy in a sentance before leaving (i.e., your mommy is keeping you nice and cozy today). I have mentioned a few times that a close friend of mine adopted, but suspect that may prompt eye-rolling among some parents. Would love to know more about talking about adoption from your perspective.

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  64. Yana M.2/27/2009

    I nominated you! :D I was reading the issue of the magazine a month or so ago, and they had a page with info about this, and I thought you would be perfect for this award!

    You get my vote!

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  65. Congrats on your nomination! You absolutely have my vote! I just went to my home study group yesterday and there was another couple there adopting from China and I, of course asked, "Do you read Salsa in China? It's my favorite blog!"

    I'd love to read what you have to say about talking about adoption.

    Congrats again!

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  66. Anonymous2/28/2009

    I voted! For your blog of course:)!

    Good luck.

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  67. Anonymous2/28/2009

    adoption, adoption!! congratulations on the nomination!!

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  68. I voted for you! Can we vote daily? I also vote on #2 and #3. Any of them would be good. I enjoy all your posts!

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  69. I have been a LONG time reader of your blog and I think it's FANTASTIC that you're up for winning an award (BTW...I just voted for you)! I've been wanting to adopt from China for YEARS now, but by the time we are actually getting to that point where we can afford it, I had health issues come up. So now it's questionable as to whether or not we'll be able to adopt. In the mean time, thanks for sharing your stories with us. I LOVE THEM!

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  70. Anonymous3/17/2009

    ooh can you do the american idol post? and good job on the scholastic thing i voted for you and told all my friends to!

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