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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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I don't know if your house is like our's, but come September, this little catalog comes in the mail filled with Halloween costumes.  The only problem?  The price tags.  $100+ for a kiddo costume? No way.
That being said, it is good for sparking ideas.  So............after pouring over it, the girls decided they wanted to be a peacock and a donut.  Both of those seemed pretty doable so J and I got to work.  Pinterest, as always, provided great tutorials.  Peacock here, donut here
 We had been to a Halloween party earlier in October, so both girls got to give their costumes a test run prior to the Big Day.  They were easy to wear and pretty comfortable.  The only problem Mei Mei had was remembering to turn sideways when going through doors--ha!

On the night before Halloween we carved pumpkins.  They each had specific ideas about how they wanted their's carved.  J decided to do one this year too.  #eachoneunique
Halloween actually was beautiful this year.  We've had a warm fall and the temperatures remained high.  Since Daylight Savings was also later, it was light out which made for an added bonus.
We hit up a few houses in our neighborhood and then took to the streets.  After about an hour and a half, bags were getting pretty heavy and full, so we decided to call it quits.
So many excited squeals of "Look what I got!" and "I'll trade you this for that!".  After counting their loot and sorting it out, we had them pick out about 12 random pieces of candy (approximately 10% of their stash) to give away.  Read about the explanation here.
There was also a drive at school to bring in goodies for servicemen stationed overseas, so we used that as an opportunity to talk about service to our country, Veterans and how this is a small way for us to show how much we appreciate their sacrifices on our behalf.  
It was a fun Halloween and both girls are still at that age where they're excited about going out, which is great.  Any opportunity when J and I can help them see their faith being acted out in real, tangible ways is even better!

Now it's onto Thanksgiving and Christmas--the most wonderful time of the year!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fall fun

So we've been a bit absent 'round these parts as of late.  Sorry!!!  Life has been full but in a good way.

While our weekdays/evenings are pretty rushed, we relish our weekends.  Aren't they the best?  This fall God has been putting on quite a show for us and we are loving every minute of it.

Clear, sunny days.  Endless blue sky.  Jewel-colored foliage.  Warm temperatures with a touch of that cooler weather that we know is just around the corner.  Who am I kidding--cooler temperatures is a joke.  It will be freezing, gray and slushy in no time!  All the more reason for us to live it up in fall.

One great way to do that is by taking a trip to the farm.  Hay mazes, piles 'o pumpkins, scarecrows and a few four legged creatures.
On my list of things to do was to get an apple fritter to enjoy.  Mmmmmm I love them!  I think everyone felt the same way.
After that delicious ball of fried goodness, we took a walk around the orchard.
I spy with my little eye...some sister love!  Ha--quick, capture it!!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gotcha Day 2016

We've gone from this
to this
8 years ago this loving, smart, strong, stubborn girl met us in a hotel meeting room, across the world in China.  We were instantly head-over-heels in love with her!!  We still are ;)

As we do each year, the girls put on their silks and we headed down to AsiaTown for dinner to celebrate becoming a forever family.
The Noodle's Gotcha Day generally falls right around the Mid-Autumn Moon festival.  When we were in China, we were the only family who actually was able to meet their daughter on the pre-determined date.  Everyone else had to wait an extra day because of the holiday, but in our province (Fujian) they were willing to move forward with the adoption without waiting.
One the night we were there, there were many families and college students eating out and celebrating so that made it even more fun!
 This is the look when you're about to eat some serious yummy food.  Bring it!
An empty plate but a full heart--I'd like to think she's swooning over how she feels so blessed.  In reality, she's expressing her love for all things noodle, dumpling and rice related.  Ha ha!!
 And then there's this one--ready to dig into plate #2!
 Sometimes you  just need your mama to feed you baby-bird style.
I am forever grateful that God brought this girl into our lives.  She is a blessing and it is an honor to be her parents!  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Day(s) of School

We made it through the first week of school for everyone. Big exhale!
The Noodle started last Monday.  Overall she was ready, but there were some nerves.

She's catching the bus with her good friend, who also lives in the neighborhood.  J meets everyone at the corner and then walks them down and waits until they hop on the bus.
Mei Mei had her Kinder orientation on Monday (J stayed with her) and then she started on Tuesday. I took her to school that day and got her settled before I went on my way.  She was ready.to.go!
Both are now loving school and enjoy their teachers.  When J walks everyone down, he hands off Mei Mei to the neighbor and she goes with her good friend and then about 45 minutes later, they catch the bus.  The routine seems to be working for all!  Yay!
Here's to a great school year!