Monday, January 26, 2015
So we're smack dab in the middle of the bleak, blah winter...Christmas has passed and spring is (what seems to be) an eternity away. Grayish-white sky, grayish-white ground, bare branches all around. BIG sigh.
On the horizon is the promise of a little bit of color. Red that is, in the form of Valentine's day and Chinese New Year. Here's a quick, easy tutorial to inject a little bit of oomph and you can change it up however you'd like.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
How horrible to live in fear that the people you have grown to love and trust may leave and never return? While we know this isn't true, it is an ever present anxiety in her little mind. Such is the reality of children who have been abandoned and spent time in orphanages and foster care. People often leave unexpectedly--and it is horrible.
Some evenings her anxiety has gotten so high, even when we're just going about our normal routine getting dinner ready and not going anywhere, that I've just picked her up and held her tightly against my chest and rocked her. This seems to really help soothe her and it serves as a stark reminder to me, that even though things look good on the surface, there's still a lot of uncertainty lurking just below it.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
This past week it was the Noodle's turn to be the Star Student in her class. On the last day, the child can have a member of their family come in and read a book, do a craft, bring in a treat, etc. She and J talked and they decided it would be cool for him to come in and talk about being an architect.
When we arrived, the class was still at library, so while J set up, Mei Mei took the teacher's hand and went down with her to pick up the group. Here she is, marching back in--hilarious!
J talked for a few minutes and showed the class some drawings, sketches, models, etc. He answered their questions and also explained all about the kind of schooling they would need to have if they wanted to be an architect.
Both of them were pretty pumped!
After his little talk, he had the kiddos go to their desks to create their "dream" house. They could cut out various rooms and house features (driveway, deck, garage, etc.) and design a floorplan.
I know the Noodle was very proud to have J there and he loved every minute of it too!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Multiple generations--grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
If you were to drive up to our house, this is the view you'd see, depending from which direction you were coming.
The living room with a slight change to the mantle with the glittered bottle brush trees and sparkly houses. Aunt C and I made the pillow last year (here) and the re-purposed silver wreath with the directions here.
The dining room--