Monday, December 29, 2014

And what a Christmas it was!

I think celebrating with a 4 1/2 year old at Christmastime is the BEST! 
We had so much fun seeing the joy and wonder and excitement with Lia this year. 

This Christmas;  

We watched Charlie Brown and Frosty more times than I can count 

Lia really understood everything about Christmas this year. 

We baked cookies for Santa 

And waited patiently for him to arrive! 

 And arrive he did! Just look at that tree! 

Santa left a note and the magic key next to the cookies and milk! 
It was so exciting and magical 
(The magic key gets Santa in our front door - we do not have a chimney) 

We celebrated with family 


We said Happy Birthday to Oma and Jesus! 

Our house has been messy, loud and FUN!! 



(And filled with lots of things princess-ey)  

And oh what a Christmas it has been 

Next, a brand new year~ filled with fun, adventure, laughter, peace, hope and love!



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Celebration

This week we had the pleasure of going to a Christmas Celebration at Lia's Pre-School. 

When I say Lia had a blast - that may be a bit of an understatement!!! You never know how these things will go. If ever we had a doubt Lia put our fears to rest during the first song. 

Instead of writing about it I will let the videos do the talking  singing;

All in the Bible, look in the book 

Wonderfully made

Did I mention she had a BLAST!!!!??? 
She was a star and her light shine as bright as can be. 
This little girl was fun, entertaining and gave it her all. 

This reminded us what this season is all about; 
Being present- being in the moment and having fun making memories. 

I can't tell you how proud we are to call her our daughter, grand-daughter, god-daughter, cousin, niece and friend! 
She is the light of our lives. Her zest for all things she loves is contagious. 
She is so wonderfully made!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Our first gifts under the tree ~

Lia and I received our first gifts for under the tree last week! 
Of course we couldn't wait to open them -so we didn't! But its OK, we were aloud to open them - because this year Lia and I participated in a Mommy and Me, Secret Santa Book exchange with some bloggy friends! 


We received our books from Crystal and Mason
Lia received a great book called Santa's Favorite Story  - Santa shares the true story of Christmas with some animal friends he meets in the woods. Santa tells the story of the first Christmas and tells the story of the birth of Jesus - helping his animal friends understand the true meaning of Christmas. Lia loves this story and I think it was ingenious to have Santa as the narrator! 
I received Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah. I have yet to start it yet but now that our shopping is finished and wrapping has begun, I will have more time in the coming days.

Lia and I had the pleasure of shopping for 
Jamie and Reese 
Reese just turned 2! Happy Birthday Reese!! 

We had fun with this book exchange and loved "meeting" new friends- it's safe to say we follow a few more blogs and a few more people on Instagram!! 

Thank you Courtney, Jenny and Liz for hosting such a fun exchange! 
Lets do it again!!!


Friday, December 5, 2014

A little catch up

We have been having fun lately. So much fun I feel I should let you all in on it! 

So it's time to catch up!! 

Thanksgiving was fun. We started out the day watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and having a campout breakfast 

Then headed over the river and through the woods to both of our families houses! We celebrated with good food and good company; 
 
And after dinner there was a Christmas tree lighting "ceremony". More like Opa lighting the tree while the girls ran around the tree with Oma. Yea a little crazy but fun! 
  
Our house is decorated and ready for the big man and his sleigh. Our little elf was a huge helper this year. 



We went to the annual Beat Michigan party - or Go Bucks party - either way we WON!! 

We have been sick - all of us! Colds, sinus infections and coughs oh my! 

We are reading lots of Christmas stories 

And making slime - those two are NOT related but it's what we've been up too. A LOT 

Did I mention we may have a future scientist on our hands!? As long as she can also be a Doctor Princess too! 

The slime recipe is so easy;
1 cup water 
1 cup corn starch 
And green paint ( we use finger paint) 

Mix it and have fun!! 

Our Elf Ernie made his debut ~ 
Bringing a Sofia ornament with him 
And decorating our windows 

We are going to have breakfast with Santa this weekend! 

Stay tuned for the cute pictures coming soon. 

So that's it ~ I believe we are caught up!! 
We are off to finish our shopping and start wrapping so we can relax and enjoy the season!! 



Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankful

With only a few days before Thanksgiving  it is only fitting that we take a few minutes to say what we are thankful for. 

Lia is asking us everyday what we are thankful for. Our answers of course is our love for Lia and family with the occasional  thankful for pizza thrown in there! 

It is however more fun to hear Lia's cute little 4 year old answers. 

So here are a few things Lia is thankful for this Thanksgiving week; 
- pizza too 
- Frosty the Snowman 
- Sofia pj's 
- mommy and daddy 
- preschool 
- Ameisha ( her speech therapist) 
- banana cream pie 
- Bonnie ( a friend at school) 
- cran-grape juice 

Happy Thanksgiving to all. 
May your week be filled with many things you are thankful for. 

And just because .... Here are a few pictures of the past few weeks! 







Thursday, November 13, 2014

Where does the time go!?

I looked at our blog tonight and realized the last time I blogged was right after Halloween! 
Where has the time gone? 
November is half way over - Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks! 
Where has the time gone? 
It's darker earlier and there are some days we are in our pajamas at 6:30! This is per Lia's request - she LOVES her Sofia nightgown. I mean LOVES - as in panics when I have to wash it for fear that she may not get to ware it to bed! 

But here is what we have been up to; 

Lots of play-doh tea parties with Sofia 

Playing with all of the Lalaloopsies in Sofia PJ's 

Decorating the dollhouse for Christmas 

Playing in the rain (when it was warm) 

Doing ballet in Sofia PJ's   

Making turkey hand prints - probably in Sofia PJ's 

Enjoying a sucker left over from Halloween while dressed as LadyBug Girl! Not in Sofia PJ's!!! 

Enjoying some beautiful fall skies 

Wrapping presents to send to a sweet little girl in China for Christmas

In general - just our ordinary beautiful life! 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014 ~ 
Was so much FUN. 
Lia loved being LadyBug Girl 

We had a beautiful night to be Trick or Treating 

Our little LadyBug girl was so outgoing and so excited to be out getting candy, ringing doorbells and knocking on doors! We made 3 trips home to empty her ladybug bucket and head out again! 

She enjoyed her time with 80's Girl

And the Witch(Oma) & the Old Man, with a baseball hat, smoking a cigar (Opa)

Of course when the night was coming to an end we had to dump all the candy and look for all the Kit Kats! I think Lia ate 3 or 4 that night!
Needless to say bedtime was a bit later - like 11:15pm later BUT it was FUN!! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Happy GOTCHA Day!

Four years ago today we met a sweet little 7 mo old baby! 
Her name was Hua Man - we called her Lia! 
We walked into a crowded- loud- office in Guangzhou China and 
met our quiet - timid little girl! 

It was so an emotion loaded day. 
Today 4 years later, as we look back and celebrate Lia that day is fresh in our minds like it was yesterday. 
Except it wasn't yesterday and we are reminded of just how much Lia has grown. 
She is no longer that quiet - timid little baby. 
She is a full blown 4 and 1/2 year old little girl! 

Lia, you are:   

Silly:


Outgoing: 

 Funny: 

Adventurous: 

Sweet: 

and a good friend:


May you always remember:

You are beautiful

You are special 

You are kind

And you are SO LOVED!  

Today is your special day.
The day we celebrate you. 
Today we celebrate 4 years of being a FOREVER FAMILY 
and the day we first held you in our arms. 
We love you to the moon and back Lia! 
You are the sunshine of our lives.