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I love to laugh and love with my family, read, exercise, cook and sew, all the while giving thanks to God for his immeasureable love and faithfulness to me.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Long Weekend

Both girls had the day off from school last Friday so we were able to start the weekend early.  Yea!!
We have a fabulous art museum in our city which is FREE!  Love it :)  We're members and so we try to go over pretty frequently.  It has a great kiddo area
and the Noodle always wants to go explore the armor court. We were wandering around the Chinese exhibits when a little someone decided that she'd had enough and started to throw a major fit.  
Ever noticed how quite museums can be?  Yeah, me too, especially when your precious little one is creating all kinds of racket!  Just keepin' it real ;)  Thankfully it didn't last long, but by that time it was getting close to lunch so we decided to head home anyway.

Saturday it was pretty crummy out so we just stayed close to home, but by Sunday, everything was gorgeous again.
After church we took a walk and played outside
and then later in the afternoon, we went to local church which was selling pumpkins to raise money for their youth mission trip.  We hadn't gotten pumpkins yet, so this was perfect.  They were all HUGE!
Finally, we walked down by the Lake.  It was much higher than it had been earlier in the summer and so there wasn't much beach, but that didn't stop us.
Part of the adventure is never knowing what you're going to find!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I'm not sure how many more of our early-bird, Saturday morning walks we'll have left...
or climbing trees either, so we'll just enjoy the last drops of sunshine and autumn goodness while we can!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

For the love of shoes.......

Gah--this little one slays me!  Every time I turn around, she's rifling through my closet searching for some shoes to put on.  These have been her favorites lately--not sure about the face here...perhaps channeling her "inner robot"?!
 Bustin' a move...
And then 5 minutes later, she's donned another pair!  Now that it is getting colder I've been trying to have her wear socks, but no sooner do we walk through the door and she's ripping them off and slinking upstairs to go find shoes.
I found a pair of dress-up shoes that light up thinking that would appease her, but it seems that only Mama's shoes will do.  Ha!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Music Together

These two!  This is typically the scene while I'm in the kitchen getting dinner ready.  The Noodle puts on Mei Mei's Music Together CD and they jam out with their "instruments" or dance around.
The Noodle is generally orchestrating and Mei Mei is a happy participant :)
Kitchen utensils are optional ;)
I have to admit that I'm in the other room singing right along with them.  The music is really pretty catchy--especially when you consider it is kiddo music.
How do your little ones amuse themselves when you're trying to get a meal pulled together?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Fall!

It is official...fall is here!  We've certainly been having our share of beautifully sunny days and cool nights.  Love it!  The prediction is that by the first week in October, all the trees in our neck of the woods will be showing off their splendor--
    "The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.  Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness."--Psalm 19:1-2
I don't typically decorate for fall, but had found a few inspiring things on P*nterest and thought...why not?!  Some book pumpkins here, some crushed panne (sounds super fancy, doesn't it?!) gourds there, burlap and some pom-pom bunting and we can call it a day.  
I had done this wreath last year (inspired by this),
and since we live on a corner and have "technically" 2 front doors, I wanted to update the other wreath and had seen this and so turned it into this
I'll probably change out the fall burlap bunting closer to Thanksgiving,
and am thinking of giving my hand a go at these
A couple years ago, the Noodle and I brought a whole bunch of great acorns into the house.  A few days later we started seeing these gross white wormy things appearing in random spots around the house.  I freaked and thought for sure we had an infestation of something.  Duh.  My F-I-L reminded me that the source of the wormies were the acorns--note to self either freeze or bake the acorns before getting creative with them!

Happy Fall! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

6 years...Forever Family Day

Six years ago, Sept. 15, 2008, Forever Family Day:
We celebrated the Noodle's Gotcha Day over the past few days.  Saturday we went out to eat at our favorite Chinese restaurant.  Both girls were so excited to wear their silks!
Sunday, we went to Chuck-E-Cheese as a reward for her summer reading.  Let me just make an aside comment that both J and I really don't like Chuck-E-Cheese.  Major sensory overload, crummy, greasy pizza, overpriced games, I could go on and on.  However at the start of the summer, I told the Noodle that if she read for 1500 minutes we would take her there.  She had been back to school for almost 3 weeks--it was time for us to pony up, since she put in the work.  I will let you in on a little secret...on Sundays, it opens at 11, which is probably the least painful time to go.  You're welcome.
Monday we had a little gift for her to open.  Some years we've gotten her something related to China and other years weve just gone with something she's interested in.  She had been pining for this dinosaur excavation kit so it was a good fit.  I asked her what kind of cake she wanted and she told me chocolate so I made this recipe.  Yum-Mo!
There is lots of discussion in the adoption world about whether to celebrate a Gotcha/Forever Family day or not.  I guess our view is that it was a major event in our family's life and it is a reason to celebrate.  It was definitely the fulfillment of prayers, hope and lots and lots of faith.  Certainly there is an aspect of loss (of birth family, culture, country) but there is also a grafting that occurs.  This article explains the idea so well.
So we celebrate another year of having the Noodle as our daughter and never forget what a blessing that she is to us!