Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Gimme a "U"!!

I am taking the Challenge and yes, this one is a challenge!!! 10 things I love that start with "U" AND you have to find a picture for each. (Thanks Donna, really, a "U"?!?!?!?!)


Umbilical Cord


Unconditional Love

(Remember, I'm an internet junkie!!!)
Umbriferous - giving shade
(You all know my feelings on summer and hot!!!)

(You knew I'd slip that in somewhere!!!)



"U"(I love my bloggin' buddies!!)
Ok, I admit it - I'm experiencing a touch of pride over here that I could even come up with 10 "U" words!!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Erin and the Girls

Yep, Mya's sister, Erin, was at the Chinese New Year as well. The girls LOVED sitting by her and playing ring-around-the-rosie with her too!! I think Chloe was enjoying a "big girl" to play with - since we only have boys over here!!

Monday, February 26, 2007

More with Mya

As promised - More Chinese New Year with Mya!!! If you want to enlarge the collage just double click on it!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Chinese New Year

Well - they didn't cancel!! We were so glad - that is such a fun celebration - we had such a great time with our China travelmates - the Anderson's!! What a treat - EVEN more reason to celebrate!!! So here are some pictures - I think since they are still celebrating in China - I'll celebrate this whole week with pictures from our weekend - I took plenty - just ask Verna!!!!

Chloe and Mya posing by the Dragon - see how cooperative they were - really all they wanted to do was play - they really hit it off!! Two peas in a pod!!

By the way - we did leave tonight - headed home and the snow started again - as we saw cars going into the ditch before our eyes, we wisely decided to call it a night and plan to finish it up tomorrow morning!! It's ok though - we had a great time - and we were all ready to stop and sleep anyway - bad weather or no bad weather - some things are just worth doing!!!

Saturday, February 24, 2007


Yep, made it to Minneapolis for Chinese New Year - look out Keith and Verna - we may be coming over and staying for a week now!! We got here just fine but it's been snowing all day pretty steady and no sign of stopping yet - hmmm, that weather man may have been correct after all - now that's a first!!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Joe Needs to Come Home

Joe has been gone since early Tuesday morning and isn't home yet - we miss him for many reasons but I found one BIG reason he needs to come home RIGHT NOW!!! We are having a big thaw here - everything is melting - so I went outside today to get the mail and I look down and see blood - hmmm, I thought that was odd so I looked around some more - yuck - there was squirrel fur - another glance yucky squirrel body parts - looked farther - I KID YOU NOT - LOTS of squirrel body parts - I'm thinking maybe three or four squirrel bodies scattered all over under all of that snow and now laying right in front of my door. Now, I'm the woman who wanted to be a mortician AND I love to dissect things too, but there is something different about mangled animal parts lying all over!! I'm thinking FIRST I will give Joe a hug when he gets home BUT THEN I will hand him a shovel and send him on a burial mission!!! So, I'm sharing this in case you happen to stop over before Joe gets home - don't think I'm a poor housekeeper/yardkeeper - it's just a squirrel war zone over here!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Shrek Addict

I think I posted before that Chloe is a Shrek-lover - well this was our "uplifting" conversation yesterday.

Chloe: "Mommy, I Pwincess (Princess) FEEEEEEONA (Fiona - she stretches it on FOREVER!!!)
Me: "Oh, you are right, you are a princess. So who am I?"

Chloe: a split second later - "Mommy, You Donkey!!!"

Gotta Love that Girl!!!

Monday, February 19, 2007


This is one of the best I've seen - ok, maybe it's the "library thing" and me but I still LOVE IT!!!
(By the way - you may have to go to the sidebar and turn off the music first.)
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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Our Weekend

Well - we are home safe and sound - driving out Friday night was HORRIBLE we stopped counting at over 25 cars in the ditch - we hit a huge ice storm - in fact, we heard the next day that I-29 had been declared shut down - while we were out driving on it - yes, we attest that it was horrible!!!

So, we made it - watched 6+ hockey games - yes, got up for two games at 5:30 AM to be there by 6:30 (see me smiling - NOT!!!) - but we had lots of fun!!! We even got some shopping in - Chloe had a gift certificate from Christmas to use at Build a Bear Worshop - we wondered how she would do - she LOVED it - mind you, this is not something she can become addicted to - we'd be broke!!! Here are some pics from Build A Bear - thought Grandma might like to see these - thank you Grandma - she had so much fun and loves Hopper, the name for her new bunny!!!

Giving Hopper a Bath....

There she is - our fashionable Hopper!!

Friday, February 16, 2007


For those of you that have adopted or are waiting to adopt - you know this is a BIG deal - it means China is saying - we have your dossier and it is logged in and now the big wait begins - everything in China is dependent upon the date you were logged in and ours is 1/29!!!! We just found out today - and that was a long wait since it was DTC (Dossier to China) on 12/20. Usually you hear in 3-4 weeks and we've been waiting quite awhile. SO - now we wait some more!!!

Well - it's off to hockey for us. We have TWO tournaments this weekend - that means 6+ games (yes, I'm trying to smile!!!) - the positive side - at least they are all in the same city!!! Hang on - only a few weeks left!!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Favorite Photo Friday

What should any good librarian's daughter do?? You got it - read to her friends!!
The funny part of this is that this bear is supposed to read to her - nope, not for Chloe - "I read to Bear."

Mr. Cupid

Well - our Dad was quite "the Valentine guy" yesterday - we spent most of the day finding Valentine's all over our house - we went to the fridge - there were Valentine's for all of us, we got Chloe's clothes - there was a Valentine, the boys put their clothes away - there were more Valentines!! We had fun finding them - even Mom had a surprise or two!!! What a guy, I tell you!! He knows how to make a day special! (Wish I'd thought of that!!!!) :) Chloe wanted to show you her Valentine's!! (The boys weren't about to pose for a blog picture for me!!!)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Just a small wish to send out to all who read my blog - hope you have a great day!!!

Monday, February 12, 2007

A Girl Can Dream, Can't She???

This is what I woke up to this morning.....

Ok, Just Kidding, but I would've loved to - it's beautiful!!! And you know how I am about winter ~ snow ~ and ice.

They were all taken in Switzerland - hmmmm, maybe we should see if Joe needs a job change!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Chloe's Sleeping Quarters

With the Big Move of the boys to the basement - Chloe also got to move. We moved her out of the baby's room and into her NEW ROOM!!! She is loving it in there - it's a little bigger room so she now even has toys in there - which we find all over her bed when she gets up from naps or nightime - hmmm, wonder what else she does besides sleep in there?!?! Joe got very creative on the paint job - I was warned by the boys NOT to even go in until he was done painting but I love it - very PEPTO PINK and YELLOW - what's not to love?!?!? The first time Chloe saw the paint she said - "It's my Dora Room." She has a point - it screams "Dora!!"

Friday, February 09, 2007

Chinese New Year Books

I have been asked a few times for recommendations on books for Chinese Celebrations so I'm going to post a bunch here - this will be a long post, sorry. I am also posting them this way so that in case you were interested in buying them from Amazon - if you click here off of my site then I can earn money towards our next adoption. So, here goes:

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Favorite Photo Friday

I call these "Feline Going Fishing"
If I were these fish - I'd be VERY AFRAID, but they all come right to the top ~ we have some odd pets over here!!
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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