Saturday, February 27, 2010

xin nian kuai le

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We have really enjoyed celebrating the Chinese New year this year! What a fun holiday and we are fortunate to be able celebrate it in our home! I always send Ella in with CNY goodie bags for her classmates. This is what we included this year. The picture above shows how the lantern unfolds...isn't that cool?

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Here are some of the decorations we have displayed. The fireworks were, obviously made by us and they added a fun touch!

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The girls attend Chinese school and they had their annual performance last week-end. Some of you saw a video of the girls practicing one of their songs on my FB. We had missed several classes and I had to teach the girls their songs myself. ha ha! Well, with the help of some of our friends and of course....good old you*tube.

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I had to post this pic because I love the attitude coming from Miss S!
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Sweet, sweet friends!!!
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Now, the next 2 pics were taken by me as you can tell by the color/quality of them. I have so much to learn about my camera. But, you can still get the idea. : )
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Their class did such a good job! I was very proud of all of them!
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Tonight the girls and Dave are off to our local FCC CNY event. The vests they are wearing were brought to us by a friend who traveled to HK. They are sooo pretty!
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I now have the stomach virus that the girls had last week, which is why I could not join them tonight. But at least I had some time to do a blog post....with my bucket near by. : )
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Such beautiful girls....both inside and out. What a precious gift from God that I am the one they call "Mommy'!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Two and a Half Years

When the experts say that a child needs to be with their forever family equivalent or equal to


the amount of time they lived in an institution....boy, are they right on! This month marks 2 1/2


years that Sophie came home to us at the age of.... 2 1/2 and let me just say- we are now moving


forward! Can I hear an Amen?! And in celebration, below is one of my favorite poems. I had this from when my big kids were younger and found it the other day in a drawer. Enjoy! P2133460




When you thought I wasn't looking, you hung my first painting on the refrigerator and I wanted to paint another When you thought I wasn't looking you fed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn't looking you baked a birthday cake just for me, and I knew that little things were special things. When you thought I wasn't looking you said a prayer, and I believed there was a God that I could always talk to. When you thought I wasn't looking you kissed me good-night, and I felt loved. When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt-but that it's okay to cry. When you thought I wasn't looking you smiled, and it make me want to look that pretty, too. When you thought I wasn't looking you cared, and I wanted to be everything I could be. When you thought I wasn't looking-I looked.... and wanted to say thanks for all those things you did when you thought I wasn't looking. ~Mary Rita Schilke Korzan

 

Friday, February 12, 2010

We Are Still Here!

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Gosh, it has been so long since I have posted that I almost forget how. lol! Sorry to have semi-disappeared from the cyber world. We are all fine...just a personal decision that the computer was taking too much time away from other things that are much more important. I did not spend a lot of time on the computer to begin with, but the fact is... I just do not have a lot of extra time to start with, so I have to be very careful with where that time goes. The computer has a way of kind of sucking you in, so to speak. I still check my messages each day and try to go through my google reader to look for any prayer requests and check my FB briefly. I am in the middle of 5 days off in a row(from work) and hope to be able to check in on all of your blogs....I miss you all!!!



Some bullets from the past 2 months.....

***We had a wonderful Christmas!!!
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***My girls each get 3 gifts for Christmas...to represent the 3 Wise Men. So, I am very careful in planning what those gifts will be. I came across an article talking about MagnaTiles. They were a bit expensive, so I wasn't sure. But then I kept reading the reviews and how the parents raved about the amount of time their kids(big and little!) played with these things. Well....can I tell you they are the BEST!!! My girls play with them every single day.....several times a day. The other toys sit in the corner and these get played with constantly. They ROCK!
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***This Princess turned 5 in January!!!
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We celebrated our Gotcha Day #4 with this Princess! And Mommy found this shirt for me in WM that had my name written all over it.
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***My boy broke some bones in his hand and had to have surgery. They put in a metal plate and some screws. The cast comes off in a few days and then he has to begin PT. Ella loves her older brother sooo much. As soon as she saw the cast, she ran up and made one for herself to wear. This is not the greatest picture, but it gets the idea across. : )
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The girls having fun with the davinci horse.
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And this is what they are calling the Snow Storm of 2010. We got hit close to 2 feet of snow. Okay....we had our snow fun, hope that is it for this year!
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**This last picture is dedicated to my PopPop. Here he is pictured with my NaNa and his Great Grandchildren. We had to say good-bye to him this past week as he went Home to be with his Heavenly Father. He was a very special person and will be missed greatly. RIP PopPop....we love you and know you will be waiting for us when we enter Eternal Life! And no doubt, you will have your pockets stuffed with treats for the kids and dogs. : )
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Be Blessed, my friends....BE BLESSED!!!!

 
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