Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Countdown 2016

 The holiday season is in full swing. 
The countdown is on. 
Only 12 days 12 hours and 7 minutes until Christmas. 

The past few weeks have been jam packed with fun holiday celebrations
and a buckeye win against that team up north!   
Throw in a few sinus infections and bronchitis and you have your self one busy holiday season! 

Let's go back to Thanksgiving - 
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast
Thanksgiving Day 
We went to see the silk Chinese lanterns at the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival 

Then we all got sick... 
so we stayed in for a weekend and watched OSU beat Michigan from the comforts of our beds! 
Isn't she the cutest sick person ...ever!!??
We took advantage of the down time and decked the halls! 

We managed to fit in Christmas pictures 

And this past weekend we had breakfast with Santa at his "workshop". 
A family tradition since 2008
Sharing her Christmas wish list with Santa. 

That brings us to today....
All of the gifts are purchased 
The sorting has begun
Let the wrapping and cookie making begin!! 
You know there are only 
12 days 12 hrs and 7 minutes (and counting) until Christmas  

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Before we move onto November fun ...
Lets revisit Halloween. 
This Halloween was the most fun. I think we say that each year

Carving pumpkins was a blast 
Lia really got into it 
We also painted a pumpkin teal for 
the Teal Pumpkin Project. 
The weather was perfect for Tricks or Treats
 The super-heroes were ready to go!
Lia and her friend got LOTS of candy 
Another fun thing we did this year was listen to 
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on the record player with a read-a-long book.
Lia did this every day - sometimes 3-4 times a day
These books on record were so popular when we were growing up! 
Jim's mom saved a few from the 70's and 80's and now Lia gets to have the same fun we did when we were kids. 
Now onto November fun!! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

6 years ago today

We cannot let today go by without reminiscing a bit.  
6 years ago today we walked into a crowded, loud and busy government office in China to met our little girl. 
We didn't know what to expect. 
We knew our lives would change.

And oh ...change they did!
Lia you have changed us in so many great ways!

 You are the light of our lives 
You make us better people
You make us laugh more
You make us more loving and patient 
You make us more open and accepting of others
At 6 1/2 years old you make the world a better place 
You are sweet
You are kind 
You care about others a whole lot 
You are beautiful (inside and out)  

It's your special day
It's Gotcha Day 
It's the day we became a forever family of 3 

We love you to the moon, the stars, to China and back!!

 Lia you are amazing!!!
And we LOVE you 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

September fun ....

It's October
So it seems only fitting to recap September!
And September was busy....
get ready for lots of pictures!

Jim and I took a weekend trip at the beginning of September with
family to see family and explore Austin and San Antonio.
Never again will I have such amazing Mexican food and BBQ.
It was a nice weekend getaway. Relaxing and fun ...
just what we all needed.

Our first night there we headed out for some
BBQ at Salt Lick BBQ
and then to their Salt Lick Cellar for.... well wine :)

The next morning we woke up early and headed to  ... 
The San Antonio Riverwalk
Then off to the Alamo and market place

We ended our weekend in Downtown Austin
At the Capital and at the Driskill Hotel for brunch

Once we retuned home ....
We celebrated the Mid Autumn Moon Festival with
our family tradition of Chinese take out
We had soup, spring rolls, noodles and war su gai
and ending the evening with
asian pears
moon cakes
fortune cookies
strawberry cake
and lanterns a glow with glow sticks

Lia got her 1st cold/sinus infection of the fall.
So 21 days on an antibiotic it was
And while recovering Lia played

I pad games
And vet
A vet that does not take care of dogs
"Because dogs are hyper and they slobber too much!!"
A very sick caterpillar with a tummy ache was OK though
And we just got back Lia's 1st grade picture

Oh my gosh! (insert all the heart eyes)

Happy Fall

October will be another fun but busy month filled with:
Pumpkin patches
Gotcha Day
Family Birthdays
S'more making
Football watching
always MORE!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

1st grade and other happenings

Summer's over... 
First grade started last week! You read that right 1st grade. There may have been a few tears shed, but not by Lia mind you.  
First grade in our district means all day. After six years of being with her Oma and Opa ( at least 1/2 the day) Lia will spend all day at school. She's asked a few times if school is always long?! 
Oh yes Lia it is ... for the next 12 years!! Needless to say this will be an adjustment - for us ALL. 
Lia did great. We are so blessed to have a special teacher this year. She is wonderful. And posts lots of pictures throughout the day. (That helps this mama breathe a little easier)
Here are a few of the first few days. 
And the kids came up with what they would like their teacher to be like this year! Adorable!! 
In other news ....
Look who lost her two front teeth! 
We just love this toothless smile and little lisp. 
We are off to enjoy this beautiful day. 
We plan to read and relax. 
And maybe nap on the porch.