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Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July 2015-- part 1

What a fun 4th of July we had this year!  It started off even earlier because J took an extra 1/2 day on Thursday.  Woot-woot!!
Our little town has a small carnival that rolls in every year for a few days over the 4th of July.  The rides are exactly the same as when I was growing up and attending...perhaps even some of the workers are the same too.  Ha!
Since we had just been to Idlewild, riding rides was fresh in everyone's mind.  Since it was Thursday afternoon, there were hardly any crowds which made it even nicer.
The Noodle and I went on the spinney rides and since there weren't any "roller coasters" J was the photographer.  Such a good sport ;)  Mei Mei had fun on the rides which were her size too.
So this ride didn't look too bad.  Lifts you up, spins you around, dips up and down a bit and then back to the ground.  Piece of cake.
 Except this is how we felt when we got off of it!  Ha!
 Look at the look on this little turkey's face!  What a doll :)
 The potato sack slide is always a fun one, so J went on that with the Noodle.
 All that excitement, plus an 8 minute ride home, left us with this.  Zonked out, poor baby!
On Friday, we did a few errands in the morning and then hung out at home the rest of the day.
 Eating a picnic lunch in the park is always on the agenda!
 Some exploration with worms, centipedes (!!) and pillbugs.  Ewww, gross!
 A walk down to the pier to look at the Lake.  It was gorgeous!
 After our walk we headed back home to decorate the bikes for the bike parade the next day.  I accidentally picked up permanent double sided tape and we didn't realize until we were almost finished decorating.  I have a sneaking suspicion that our embellishments may be on for quite a while!
Part 2 coming up next! 

Friday, July 3, 2015


Mei Mei had her 4th birthday this past Tuesday, and what a day it was!
In the morning, we went to one of her (and the Noodle's) favorite places--the library.  I love that she enjoys getting new books each week:)
After ballet class, Grandma, Grandpa and Lollie came over for her little party.  Papa was out of town so we had to celebrate without him.  Boo.
 Lollie and Papa had just gotten back from a trip up to Northern Michigan and had brought home a few little souvenirs.  The Noodle with her "cheeser" grin--ha!
 The dinner request, big shocker, was Chinese food.  Specifically noodles and rice.  Ha!  At least both girls are easy to please...I just dialed up our local carry-out and J picked up the food on his way home from work.
 Mei Mei was very specific about what kind of cake she wanted--mint chocolate chip cake.  I had made this over Memorial Day weekend and it had been a hit, so decided to do it again.  No complaints from the crowd.
 After dinner we opened up presents.  She "read" each of her cards out loud and it was sooo cute.  She said things like "My Mama and my Daddy love me.  I have love in my heart for them.  To the China moon and back.  The end." and similar sentiments.  Brought tears to my eyes because it was just too sweet!
 Opening presents is serious business, even if you do beam yourself in the eye in the process!
 Legos to add to the ever growing collection!
 Love the new ballet bag from Uncle and Aunt C!
 Every time we go to Tar-jay she loves to play on this little cash register.
 Now we have two shop owners.
It was one content, if exhausted, 4 year old who fell into bed that night.  Such a fun day celebrating our girl.
Mei Mei you are our sweet ray of sunshine!  You are loving and so compassionate and give the best hugs.  We love you to the China moon and back!  Happy 4th birthday big girl!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A big 4 year old!

Happiest of birthdays to our sweet Mei Mei who turns 4 today!  You are a joy and constant source of laughter to us.  We are beyond blessed to have you as our daughter and little sister!  We can't wait to share in your special day today :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to PA we go!

So we stepped into the pages of the Storybook Forest and Idlewild this past weekend.  
Of course, we had to get there first.  Hello road trip!  After leaving slightly later than expected (just one more potty stop), we finally got there!
It did not disappoint.  Perfect weather.  I mean, hello?! Mid-'70s and sunny.  Gorgeous!
 We tried out some of the "bigger kid" rides,
 but still found the charm in the land of make believe, fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
All last year, Mei Mei's preschool class would jump over a candlestick before they left their classroom at the end of the day.  She was so excited to see Jack--we had to text her preschool teacher this picture :)
 Such sweeties!
 After walking around for a while, it was nice to take a break and enjoy a train ride.
 A quick ice cream break before hitting up more rides.
What mini-vacation is complete without a dip in the hotel pool?  We were fortunate to have the pool to ourselves that night.
The next day it absolutely POURED.  Thankfully we had planned to go to the Carnegie Natural History Museum and Art Museum. The Noodle continues to be enamored with dinos.  How funny is this picture of Mei Mei sticking her head into the dinosaur's mouth?!  She was all like "Hey Mama, watch me and take my picture!".  Ha!
It was so cool to be able to see a real, live palentologist at work!  Right now, that's what she wants to be when she grows up.  #yougogirl!
 Love that expression on the Noodle's face!
 Googles?  Check.  Chisels?  Check.  Brushes?  Check.  We're ready for the dig.
After going to the Natural History Museum, we hopped over to the Art Museum.  There was an exhibit all about architecture and the design process.  J was striking a pose.
The weekend was a great little escape, filled with something special for everybody!