Wednesday, January 28, 2009



This is something new and very fun!!!
I have been tagged by Lisa.

The rules are simple. As follows:
6th Picture Meme!

1.Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
2.Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder.
3.Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.
4.Tag 6 other peoples that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.

* This was a picture of Alena in August 2007. How cute is she?! LOL She had "stolen" lotion out of my pocket book and was thrilled to think she was getting away with something!
I am tagging: Tiff

Friday, January 23, 2009

Quite boring

Not much happening these days.
As far as the new house goes, contracts are signed, but we had to make one last change with the architect, so that delayed things for a couple of weeks. Just got that all squared away and are waiting on an appraisal of the final plans and then weather permitting, they can finally start building.
With that said, there should be a HUGE snow storm on the way with sub zero temps!! Haha!

Sophia is doing great in school. She's really involved with the Odyssey of the Mind team and the Ecology Club and both girls are still going to the Little Gym. Getting ready to go into her classroom next Friday to teach the kids about Chinese New Year and give them some cool stuff! Alena always comes too, so we talk about our trip to China and her province as well.
Soph has really matured and I find it rather frightening. LOL We share the same shoe size and she even wears some of my shirts now! Time to put a lock on my closet!!

Alena is something else. As I was getting ready to walk her upstairs to bed one night, she heard my mom drop something and ran back to get it for her. While putting her to bed, I was telling her how nice that was of her and she replied, "Yeah, I'm Nan's Super Hero." LOL
Two nights ago she was trying to watch Dora and I was making noise carrying boxes to the basement. With her hand on her little hip, she looked at me and said, "You are driving me crazy."!! My eyes got huge and I cracked up!! Mom said, "I wonder where she's heard that before?" I have NO idea...
The other night, she was being "somewhat defiant" about putting her jammies on Fred told her that she better "straighten up". Without a word, she turned around and started heading down the stairs. I'm yelling, "No, Alena. It's time for bed!" and Fred followed her down and into the playroom where she started "straightening up" her toys!! Hahaha!!!! It was so cute, it brought tears to my eyes.

My best friend, Denise, had her beautiful baby boy, Caiden two weeks ago. The little bugger is so cute.
Every January, I go through a period where I miss China like crazy, want to go back to visit, want to adopt again, etc. and then eventually I get through it. This year it's been nice to have him to grab a hold of. =]

Fred and I got away to NYC for the day last weekend and attended the motorcycle show. I think I found the perfect gift for my 40th birthday...

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Alena Mei!!

My baby girl is three today and thanks to an ice storm, I get to be home with her!! After we take a nice nap, we're going to bake some cupcakes!
Alena requested a "Pretty Pink Flower" party, so we celebrated on Saturday in pink flower fashion. =]
She had so much fun. She has watched Blues Clues "Blue's Birthday" episode over and over and loves to perform the song and dance as well as sing along while others sing "Happy Birthday" to her!!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Honest Scrap Tag!

Judi, Judi, Judi!! I'm gonna get you for this!! I'm grateful that I'm worthy, but I'm not that amazing or interesting! Haha!!

A) First list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!
B) Pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

Hmmm... I did this SO long ago, but let's see what I can come up with:
1- I don't care much about vehicles. Really doesn't matter all that much to me what I'm driving or how clean it is. If I do clean it, it's prolly going to be the interior because at least that stays clean for a while. I feel like going through the car wash is throwing money away because two days later, your car is dirty. Why bother?!

2-I am very, very bad at remembering birthdays. I don't know what it is and I really have no excuse. My poor best friend who is the greatest at always having THE perfect gift for me everytime, can attest to this. She has received a couple flower deliveries over the years. =] I love you. =]

3-One of my pet peeves is an open mail box. I can't stand it. If you have one on your house where the lid flips up/down. SHUT the lid please! If you have one at the roadside with a little door, kindly close the little door. Makes me crazy!

4-I am guilty of going "offline" while on Facebook now and then. Sometimes I can't keep up with the chats!!

5-In my heart I would really love to adopt again. Children are amazing. The process is sadly so long and costly.

6- There used to be a time not so many years ago where I couldn't stand to spend an entire day at home without leaving to go somewhere. Now, give me a day where I have no where to go and I can stay home in my pj's and I'm loving life!

7- I enjoy writing. Casual writing, blogging, about what's going on with us, around us, etc.

8-My house has to be neat. Pretty much everything has it's place and I can't stand messiness. That's where baskets come in handy. You can throw a category of things into one in seconds and it looks pretty darn good.

9- I love the beach. It's so relaxing and beautiful. It's also easy to throw some pb&j sandwiches, water, crackers, towels & the kids in the van and head to one for the day. LOVE it. : )

10- I miss my grandfather. He was just a nice man and I can still hear his laugh and his sneeze! LOL It was unique! He told me over and over again how proud he was of me while I was growing up. I really missed his presence when I graduated from college and the day that I got married. He would have really enjoyed knowing my girls too. : )

The following 7 bloggers are tagged to tell their 10 truths:
Kelly- Love reading her blog. Great girl and she is amazing with expressing herself.
Maryann- Miss Bella's mommy. Loves her baby girl AND Mickey Mouse!
Lisa- Hilarious and a worry wart! =] It's amazing how you can never meet someone in person, but feel like you "know" them. :)
Bryn- Excellent writer! I love her blog everytime AND her little K was Alena's playmate in China at the White Swan.
Angela- Awesome mom with some madd time management skilz!!
Lisa- Something about Lisa is so calming to me. She takes life at a fantastic pace and even when she's upset, still seems to have it together.
Tiff- This girl is funnnnny! (And apparently she needs to give the Nintendo DS's BACK TO THE KIDS and come do this.) Haha!

Thanks ladies!! Spill it and happy blogging.

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