Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Big 4-0

J had a "milestone" birthday over the weekend...the Big 4-0!  We talked about what he wanted to do and he said, in all honesty, he just wanted to keep it simple and celebrate with those he loved. Afterall, 40 is just the number that comes after 39, and he's pretty cool with being one year older, so no reason to fuss ;)

No big SURPRISE!!!!!  No fancy party.  Just ice-cream cake, the water and his peeps.  Those were his only requirements.  Low-key and relaxed...just like him.
We had a date night on Saturday and then Sunday we went out to visit his folks.  Grilled eats and treats, a train ride and LOTS of beach time.
Happy 40th birthday My Love!!  I'm looking forward to spending 40+ more with you (even though I can't even fathom being 80!!).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Anniversary of "The Call"

 J and I were on vacation and had just come back from the beach.  The last thing we were expecting was to see an unknown number show up on J's cell phone.
As soon as we realized who the number belonged to, we knew life would never be the same.  There was a little person waiting for around on the other side of the world.  We couldn't wait to get our hands on her!! After we hung up the phone with our agency, we waited, holding our breath for the e-mail to come through.
That little serious face staring out from a sea of red--some things never change.  There she was.  Our daughter!!  Even now, 6 years late, I'm still in awe of God, his timing and his plan.  All perfect for our little family.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer's here part II...bring on the blueberries

 A few weeks ago we hit the U-pick farm for strawberries (here).  July means it is time for blueberries!!
I had originally thought we'd go next week, but the Noodle will be doing a summer camp and I knew she'd want to go with us.  The weather was forecasted to be lovely, so we decided to do it today.
We ended up picking 7.5 lbs. of blueberries.  That was after Mei Mei decided she would "help" by emptying her bucket...into the dirt.  Sigh.  The Noodle and I picked up as many as we could.  After that, she decided she'd rather dig with a stick--ha! :)  At least we knew where she was!  I remember when the Noodle was Mei Mei's age and we had gone--her little trick was to hide in the bushes, poke the berries with a stick and then suck out the insides.  Oh well, it's all good in the end, right?!

Of course our little adventure wouldn't be complete without a stop to the frozen custard stand.  Yum-mo!
After all that picking, it was a pretty quite ride home in the car.  Now, if I can just sneak in a 10 minute nap before I go address that blueberry pie which is calling my name.........

Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July festivities

Uncle and Aunt C came in to spend the 4th with us.  Yeah!!  My Nana and aunt also came up from down South.  Double bonus!!
We celebrated Mei Mei's birthday.  Again :)  She didn't mind in the least (once she got over being shy around Uncle and Aunt C)!
We hit the local Independence Day carnival.  In Uncle's words..."This place hasn't changed.  At all.  The rides are even in the exact same location as when I was growing up!"  Ahhh, nostalgia!
We ate.  And ate.  Oh yeah, and ate some more.
We celebrated the freedom that we have been so graciously given (and quite honestly, too often take for granted) and we celebrated being around those that we love.

It was a good great holiday!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kitchen re-do part II

A few days ago I shared part I in our kitchen re-do

Before shots
After he had painted the walls and cabinets, changed out the lighting and switched out the breakfast bar with a bowling alley (seriously!) it was time to hit the counters and the sink/backsplash.
As I had explained earlier, this little project had begun before the holidays and we had gotten our referral for Mei Mei but we were still waiting on travel dates.  Those finally came in January with a travel date of February.  That being said, the kitchen was put on hold while we got down to the serious business of bringing home our little one!  Seriously exciting stuff!!

Once we arrived home and life settled down into a more normal routine, J picked up where he had left off. He sold me on using some retro boomerang laminate for the counters and then the Saturday before Easter, he put in a new sink and faucet.
The finishing touch was to just put up the backsplash behind the sink and voila......
our new kitchen!

I love how bright and cheery it is.  What a change, don't ya think?!

***And in all honesty and full disclosure, the kitchen is never this tidy...but who wants to see a bunch of junk cluttering up the counters?!  Just keepin' it real ;)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mei Mei's birthday

Someone turns 3 today!  Miss Mei Mei!!
We had the family over yesterday for a little party--the big request?  Elmo cupcakes.  Done!
I don't think she got the whole idea that it was her birthday, but she was thrilled to have everyone there, none-the-less.  She definitely got into the gifts though.  That didn't take long--ha!
Highlights of the evening?  Mei Mei putting her Tonka trucks into her new purse and drilling with all her jewelry on.  Love it!
Happy birthday sweet girl!  You are our precious Mei Mei and we can't get enough of you!!  Big hugs to you on your special day.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer's here...must be time for strawberries!

With summer here, it is time to hit the U-pick farms.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries...they're all delicious, and each year, I try to make sure we go pick while we can!
LaLa came with us this time, so she and Mei Mei worked together to fill a bucket.
The Noodle and I each had our own buckets.  I have to say, she has gotten pretty good at picking berries. She knows the routine--work first and then eat (a few berries and then at the custard place down the road). We had to make sure Mei Mei learned the ropes as well--she did :)
The best reward for (literally) backbreaking work?  A cool, sweet treat.  Not to mention sticky fingers and mouths from the juice.
Summer memories!