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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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why Not?!

It's a Wednesday night.  The girls have on their jammies.  We have school tomorrow.  It is rainy, windy and cold out.  Seems like the perfect night to go get a soft serve at D.Q.!  Why not?!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

One step at a time

A few weeks ago Mei Mei and I had an appointment at the cleft clinic.  This was a whirlwind series of appointments where we cycled through and hit audiology, ENT, speech, the surgeon, a pediatrician, a dentist/ortho and even a social worker.  Whew!  Just writing that exhausts me!  The good news is that they've gotten these clinics down to an exact science so things move smoothly and quickly.
There weren't any big surprises, but, as I was telling a friend recently, I still came home feeling a bit deflated. I knew in my head, that Mei Mei was going to require more extensive medical interventions just because her cleft lip/palate was more severe than the Noodle's palate had been.  But still.  My heart hoped otherwise.
There's nothing that really needs to be done right now.  The tubes that they put in last April, during her palate re-repair, are doing their thing and she has yet (knock on wood) to have any ear infections. The palate looks good and speech is coming along nicely.
Speech is coming along so nicely, in fact, that she didn't end up qualifying for speech services though our local school district.  I'll just insert here that I have majorly mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, she has been making consistent progress and of course no one wants their kiddo on an IEP. However, I was pretty certain that she'd qualify, at least for speech/language, but I was obviously wrong.
All that being said, we are going to have her do private speech therapy.  She's made such huge gains, especially considering that just a year ago she didn't speak any English, but she's still not where she should be.  Much better to hit it hard during these early years!
There will be some more surgeries down the road, in a few years, and a mouth full of metal and other appliances in her future too.  As my Mother-In-Law gently reminded me, it is important to just take things one step at a time and to remember that the Lord is going before us.  There is no reason to fear--His plan is perfect and we can trust in that.

Friday, March 6, 2015


Reading...Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, The Christian Parenting Handbook by Turansky and Miller (bible study) and just finished Loving Our Kids On Purpose by Danny Silk (class at church).  The first one is fiction and I'm really enjoying it, the others, obvs., are non-fiction but chock-a-block full of all kinds of great biblically based parenting tips.  I've also got a stack of magazines (all fluff i.e. In Style, Harpers, etc.) thanks to LaLa.  Finally, the Noodle and I have been reading Mary Poppins Comes Back on and off at bedtime.

Playing...Third Day.  J and I have a date tomorrow night with another couple from our home group to go see them in concert.  Yipee!!
Cooking...a new recipe in the crock pot tonight for dinner and just made these  for the weekend. Let me tell you.  De-vine!!
Drinking...coffee or water--depending on the time of day.  Come tonight, however, I'll be pouring myself a glass of vino.  Let the weekend begin!

Wearing...these fun polka-dotta TOMS.  I finally bit the bullet and bought a pair.  I thought these would be super cute for spring!
Thinking...about how I need to go fill out some paperwork for Mei Mei's speech therapy.  More on that to come.

Creating...these cute tassels in pink and green for the mantle.  They'll go with the watercolor doilies we made before Valentine's Day.  I'm thinking they can take us through St. Patty's Day, Easter and even into May...right?! I'll be adding our Peeps bunting closer to Easter.
Watching...nothing noteworthy.  We have rabbit ears for TV so that seriously limits what we see.  The only movies we watch are those that we can rent from the library--usually stuff for family movie night.  Most recently it was Disney's Mary Poppins and as far as adult fare goes, the last movie J and I watched was God's Not Dead.

Going...to pick Noodle up from the bus-stop and then head to the library. Let's get this weekend started!! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crank it up...

the oven, that is!  Like much of the country, we have been experiencing some pretty intense, cold weather.  And I think I can pretty much speak for most people in our area that we are so.over.it.

However I also know that we've still got quite a few weeks left of these frosty temperatures so I'd better just suck it up and deal with it!  That being said, since it is so cold outside, might as well do a little baking inside.

This afternoon all was quiet in the house and I did some serious baking with peanut butter-chocolate granola from here, mint chocolate chip Neiman Marcus bars from here, and whole wheat blueberry muffins from here. Let me just tell you--the house smelled divine!  The minute the Noodle walked into the house she took one sniff and said "You've been making granola, haven't you?".  The kid knows.
The Neiman Marcus bars are for a certain someone who has a milestone birthday that we're celebrating on Saturday.  The granola is pretty standard fare around here--great for breakfast, lunch or a snack.  As soon as it runs out I usually make more.  The blueberry muffin recipe was a new one, but I make the banana whole wheat muffins all the time and so I'm sure these will be good as well.

Baked anything good lately?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Year of the Ram

Gong Hei Fat Choy!  2015 is the Year of the Ram.
Watching the dancing
We braved the elements on Valentine's weekend and headed to AsiaTown to partake in the celebrations.  Martial Arts, dancing, calligraphy, music and the balloon bendy man.
Waiting in line for the balloon bendy man
Yummy food too.  Since Chinese New Year falls so close to Mei Mei's Gotcha Day this year, we had planned on going out for dinner as a combination celebration.  Since we were already downtown and the weather was AWFUL, we opted for lunch instead.
I spy calligraphy
We tried a new restaurant based on the recommendation of a friend and it did not disappoint!  So many choices--it is always hard to pick.  We ended up going with both rice as well as noodle dishes. The girls gobbled it up, no surprises there--ha!  They were thrilled that they were allowed to have tea with the meal.
It is FREEZING out!
 Cheers to a happy and prosperous new year!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love is in the air!

Wishing you hugs and kisses this Valentine's Day!
A little sister love too!

Friday, February 13, 2015

China map hoop art

Got any fabric scraps lying around?  Looking for the perfect project in which to use them?  Have I got an idea for you!
At some point in time, I had come across this and thought--totally cute!  I could do that.
Then I saw this  and was completely smitten!  I mean, c'mon!  Love all those colors!!
I decided to tweak it a bit though, and make it a bit more personalized to our family.  Not that I don't love the good ol' U.S. of A., but I thought the map of China just might fit the bill.

I basically followed the directions here just using China instead of America.  The directions are easy to follow and, best part, there's NO sewing involved!  

In order to help my own brain plan, I colored each province.  
Now, by no means is this an exact replica...since I did this by hand the provinces aren't perfect.  If you're looking for perfection, then perhaps using a cutting machine would be the way to go?!  I love how it turned out though!
We hung it in our mudroom where it adds a nice jolt of color.  It's also a subtle reminder of how our family has been knit together to make a whole.
So gather up all your scrappy fabric and go to town!