Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Eggs. A First For Baby J!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Oh de-ah (dear). I have pickups. ~ baby J (he meant hiccups).

I love bumps, mommy! ~ baby J, when we were driving over speed bumps.

I love spring flowers! ~ baby J

I love crazy! ~ baby J, while singing a Frozen song with little M.

I love baths! ~ baby J

I love water! ~ baby J

I love chicken! ~ baby J. He is enthusiastic about everything, ha.

I wan go to the park! ~ baby J
We're not going to the park right now. ~ me
Oh. O-tay,  den I wan sushi. ~ baby J

Ouch! I fall down! ~ baby J
Oh, poor buddy. I think next time go slower, and be careful. ~ little M
I go fast. ~ baby J
then I guess you just have to be careful. ~ little M
O-tay, jiejie. ~ baby J

That's deen. ~ baby J
Deen? ~ me
Duh-ween. ~ baby J
Oh. green. ~ me
Yes. duh-ween means go. ~ babyJ

Wake up daddy1 It's not time to sleep, it's time to talk! ~ little M

Well, mommy, I tried to make my bed, but it was too bouncy. ~ little M. Ha.

I need to get a hooker. ~ little M
What? ~ me
A hooker. To hang my sweater up. ~ little M
You mean a hanger? ~ me
A hanger? Oh, I found one. See? It's a hooker! ~ little M
Baby girl, that's a hanger. ~ me
A hanger? A hooker is a hanger? ~ little M
Um, yes. I guess a hooker is a hanger. ~ me

Mommy, is goose plural, or is geese plural? I can't remember. ~ little M

You know who likes math? John! You know who else likes math? Me! ~ little M, while eating dinner.

Ugh, I am walking too much... my feet are killing myself! It's so killing... ~ little M (the drama...)

I think we should have some egg plates for Easter ~ little M
Maybe we can find some. ~ me
I saw some! ~ little M
Where did you see them? ~ me
Well, at the Safeway, of course! ~ little M

Uh-oh, daddy's in trouble! ~ little M, after the husband was teasing me
When someone is in trouble we shouldn't laugh because that is serious business. ~ little M, when I giggled at her previous statement.
Mommy, it's not funny! Remember we just talked about it? ~ little M, when I still giggled.

Will you fill up my human flyer with water? ~ little M
Your human flyer ~ the husband, perplexed
She means her humidifier ~ me.
Humanifier? ~ little M. Why would we want to correct this?

Monday, April 21, 2014


We got home from our spring break trip just in time to celebrate Easter with some friends and family...

I love Easter, and we have some fun traditions in our little family.

The kids get up, and get their Easter baskets...

It's baby J's first Easter! I don't think he had any idea what to think.

We have celebrated the last couple years with some fun friends, and family...

We go to church... baby J's shirt WAS tucked in. But that last for about two seconds. Bless it.

The dads all hide the eggs, and the littles do an egg hunt every year.

Little M has been excited to wear this dress ever since we got it, and can we just talk about how cute baby J's hat is? Doesn't he look like a little old grandpa? A cute grandpa...

I hope everyone's Easter celebrations were as blessed and fun as ours was!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday...

Christ the Lord is risen today, alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus day, alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, alleluia!
~ Charles Wesley

Saturday, April 19, 2014

One Year...

One year ago today we walked off a plane with our new son...

Our baby boy has been home with us, his family, for one year today...

We were excited to see our friends waiting for us... an adoption from China includes two weeks of traveling in country, one week in your child's province and one week in Guangzhou to complete your child's US paperwork. Any adoptive parent can tell you that it seems like much longer than two weeks... so much happens, you are changed so much. And then it is done, and you are home. There is relief, excitement, a feeling of anxiousness to get home and settled into your new family routine. We also miss being in China. A lot.

But that doesn't mean we're not happy to be home... we're elated, and beyond happy to see our loved ones and our home.
And we're exhausted... we were so happy that we all slept for eight hours after going home, that we thought, just maybe, we would be lucky enough to not be affected by jet lag. But that jet lag is tricky, and we found out that we were wrong when we were all exhausted but wide awake in the middle of the next night, ha!

Walking off the plane to see our friends waiting was so special, and everyone was so sweet to rally together so late at night to welcome us home.

We celebrated this past week with Chinese food with some friends, and a couple gifts for baby J... I don't think he "gets it," of course, but he was thrilled to be getting presents, and enjoyed telling everyone we saw "It's MY fanimy day!"

Baby J has fit into our lives and our family so wonderfully. He is smart, stubborn, spunky, funny, and sassy...

And we are so blessed to call him ours.

Photo cred: John Chase

Friday, April 18, 2014


One of little M's favorite things we did while in Niagara Falls was visiting a butterfly conservatory... little M has been "in to" butterflies for a while...she went online and researched them a while back, and we find little written reports and pictures all over the house describing how butterflies get to be butterflies.

She was so cute... she walked around with a notebook and pen all through the conservatory, and took notes, and made pictures. She was so into this!

It really was very cool... the conservatory was huge, and beautiful.

While little M was beside herself with joy, baby J was not. Don't be fooled by his smile. He is terrified of bugs, and I think he was pretty sure the butterflies were going to carry him away. Being the awesome parents that we are, we took our bug phobic boy to a conservatory of giant flying bugs. Awesome.

Poor baby boy screamed in terror every time one flew toward him, unless the husband was carrying him.

But little M was in her element, and has added being a bug scientist to the list of scientific things she would like to be when she grows up.

Her giddy joy when a butterfly climbed onto her hand was so fun to watch. This girl also used to be terrified of bugs... she was terrified of everything, really. I was shocked to watch her try to get all kinds of pretty, and even huge butterflies to climb onto her hand. And then I teared up at how much she has changed, and how amazing she is.

I am often in awe of her, but when I see her do something like this, without fear, when she used to be so very fearful of so many things, my heart warms, and my eyes tear up.

I know it's a little thing, but even the little things are huge milestones for our girl.

And I love seeing her this happy, don't you?

I anticipate many more butterfly reports around our house in the near future...

Oh, Canada!

After we left Vermont, we headed up to Canada, and since neither the husband nor I had ever been (crazy, huh?!), we were excited.

For someone who isn't a road trip person, the husband sure is pretty great at planning them...

We have been in a fun hotel right on Niagara Falls. And even though it was seriously FREEZING when we first got here, it has warmed up a bit, and we have had a great time!

Do you see all that snow and ice?

The falls are beautiful, and despite the chill, we enjoyed walking along the overlook path, and waiting for the sun to come out...

As soon as little M saw the rainbow, her life was apparently complete, and she was done with this expedition.

We had mercy on her precious freezing self, and took her to the pool to swim, and she was happy again. The days have gotten progressively warmer, and we have enjoyed ourselves and our babies in Canada.