Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Parties Galore!

We have been so busy with so many parties and activities.

Maisie's Birthday Party

We went to Maisie's 3rd birthday party at her gym. This girl is such a great gymnist. Her strength is amazing for such a young little girl. I see an olympian in her future! We ran around an obsticle course, did some swinging on rings and walked on balance bars. Then, all of the children received metals. It was so sweet. After the exhausting activities, we went upstairs for a feasting on cake. I can't believe how exhausted I was afterwards. It was time for dinner when we were leaving. Doug, Lisa and Briana walked out right then so I asked them if they wanted to grab a bite with Chani and me so we stopped and grabbed dinner before heading home.

Our Georgia Wait Group Halloween Potluck

We had such a great time. I just LOVE seeing all of the girls together. I may be a bit biased here but I think we have the most beautiful group of Chinese children. Each of the girls has their own beauty in their own way. It just melts my heart seeing them all together and playing so well. I hope that the bond these girls share will carry onto into their adulthood and lifetime.

Before and Inside the House

Outside Fun - This was adorable!

Okay, that's enough for now. More will come.

Today I got one of these!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Taste of Canton

Once a year, our town and a few others around the area have this restaurant tasting fair type of thing. Several restaurants have booths and give out free samples. It's a fun type of thing to do and it exposes you to other restaurants that you just didn't know where there. Our town is pretty small and so is the fair but we had a great time with our friends. I am so lucky that Chani will eat almost everything that I give to her. She had her first push up sherbet. She didn't quite know what to do with it and she just held it to her lips. I had to take it away a few times to prevent them from freezing.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Followers Gadget

Okay, so I've seen this on a couple of other blogs now and thought it was fun. If you follow along my blog, please add your name in the sidebar.

Friday, October 17, 2008

How did this happen?

Okay, so I've been wanting to spend a weekend alone, all by myself so I can get some much needed cleaning, sorting and pitching done. I've been asking Matt to take the little one and head up north to his parents for a weekend so I can have some alone time IN my house. Every weekend this month and most of next are busy with various activities all that include Chani. He has agreed to this arrangement sometime when we have a free weekend, so yay!! Anyway, in a couple of weeks, I will be doing a craft show and he'll have to watch her all day for a couple of days. He offered to take her up north that weekend. What??!! How does that help me with being alone IN the house? Insert Chani's new phrase, "Duh Daddy." here. So they are staying home and I'm still without a weekend.

I started thinking the other day that I really could use some time AWAY from the house so I don't even have to think about the task at hand so I started talking to Lisa about going out of town. After a few hundred phone calls and emails, we decided that we'd take the little girls and us big girls and go on a little weekend trip without the men. We even went so far as to book it!! Yay!! I'm so excited about going. Lisa, Doug and Briana just came back from an awesome sounding trip so we decided to go and visit a few of the places they just did. We have a lot of the same activities planned and a few different ones thrown in there. I can't wait!

So now, I'm taking Chani and going out of town and leaving Matt home alone in the house all weekend! So, how did that happen that he gets the free weekend at home, alone!!?? Geesh!

Speaking of Lisa and Maisie - HAPPY, HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY MAISIE!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Longer than anywhere

It's official now. Our little girl has been with us longer that she was in the orphanage. A tiny little mark on the timeline but such a powerful one knowing it.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Okay, the other day on the bounce house in the back yard, Matt saw this spider and captured it. I brought it in the house and tried to find out what kind it was. I think it was a huntsman spider. It was a very large spider. I kept it overnight and then released it back behind the fence the next day.

On Sunday, again out getting the bounce house ready to play and I came across this scorpion. This is the first time I've seen one in the yard so I captured it and brought it in the house to look at it up close and to see what kind it was. It was only about an inch or so long and I think it was a southern devil.

Now, I HATE the thought of these creatures living just outside in the yard but I find them rather fascinating.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Corn Maizes, Cow Feeding, Hay Hiding, Pumpkin Picking, Pig Racing Fun!

Yesterday we went with Lisa and Lisa to ultimately go and pick pumpkins for the fall festivities. Well, little did I realize how much FUN they would have there. Once we all met up, we took the girls straight away to the corn maize where we walked and walked, getting lost a few times and having to turn around a few times. We did take a flag with us, just in case we got way lost and needed some help. I have a feeling this would have been an awesome thing to do on a Saturday night when we were teenagers. Oh, yeah, guess that's a memory. :) - Fun times! It was supposed to take us about an hour and I'm sure it was close to that but I didn't time it. We made it through to the end without having to raise our flag even once. Such a proud moment!

Once we returned the flag, we wondered over to the trampolines. These were permanent structures built just on the ground. The little ones could walk right onto it. They put a height restriction on it so only the younger ones could play. It was pretty cool. The girls would jump and run/walk across it. Or, hide in one case. Hi Maisie! The larger trampoline for the older kids looked like it would have been a lot of fun too.

We tested out the ponies this time and wouldn't you know it, she did want to ride it. So, she and Briana went around and around for a few laps. And, timid little Maisie wouldn't go, even with all of us coaxing her to.

After bouncing and pony rides, we decided to grab a bite there, refuel our bodies and generally sit down for a little bit. We, I mean the girls, sat on tractors, huge pumpkins and had some general photo ops throughout.

We then headed off to do the hayride/dairy farm tour. It started with a lesson on dairy cattle, Holsteins and Jerseys. They had a set up with about 20 calves on display. They were surprisingly very beautiful, for a cow. Chani stuck her tiny little hand out there and let them lick her. She wasn't scared at all. We were given some corn stalk like stuff to give to them and she did that equally as well. She even let them lick her face. Yuck! But, she didn't seem to mind. After getting cleaned up a bit, we watched a gigantic cow being milked and even got to put our fingers into a milking machine. It was quite something to feel the pulsating pressure.

After the milking, we walked through the milk process where they heat it, cool it and finally bottle it. Of course, my child found the puddle of water on the floor much more interesting. Someone in the group, but we won't say who, will we Doug, :) showed Chani just what to do with water puddles. She was splashing, smashing down her feet and having a good ole time. Even so much that others joined her. The girl is fascinated with water. Poor timid little Maisie waited on the other side.

After we did that tour, we were given a fresh bottle of chocolate milk or a small pumpkin. I drank my milk, Matt and Chani both picked pumpkins. And by that, I mean that's what I picked for them. On to the hayride.

We all gathered onto a wagon full of hay being pulled by a tractor and headed for a tour of the farm. We saw where they fix the food for the cows, saw the babies and headed out to the dry area where the pregnant cows were kept. They had about 20 or so of them out there. The sheep dog gathered them all around and they all came up to the wagon to eat from some strategically placed buckets. I guess I've never really seen the beauty in one of these animals. The last time I was really around them was when I was a teenager and we would raise a couple of calves. They were huge!

On our hayride back, we passed a pig race. That was hilarious! They had four pigs run around a track to get to some chocolate milk. Their favorite! It was so cute and the pigs really, really wanted that milk. It was quite a fun surprise. As we deboarded the wagon, we were met by some goats where the girls, ALL THREE girls held out their tiny little hands and fed them. Even Maisie!! First time ever she got that close to an animal. Yay, Maisie! We then ended our day and headed home for a much needed nap.

After resting up a bit, I did the ladies night out with some friends. These few hours of being without the little one and not in front of the TV have been such a nice change of pace. A dacari and a steak later, we headed to the salon for some pampering but, we'd get none. They closed early and were walking out the back door as we pulled up. Guess my toes will need to wait until next spring for a new color.

Now, after rambling on and on, here are quite a few pictures of the day.

Take 2

Thursday, October 02, 2008

One Year Ago

One year ago today, we got the phone call of our lifetime, changing it forever. We had an 8 month old daughter waiting for us in China.
She has turned into a beautiful little 20 month old who is learning so much every day. She knows about 40 sign language signs and about as many words, if not more. She is such a joy to have around and is quite a character when no one else is around. She tends to be shy around other people at first but does eventually warm up to them. We have to be the luckiest people in the world to have been matched with her.
Then and Now.