Sunday, November 28, 2010

3 Years Ago

Yep, three years today, we were in China, on the other side of the world. Then the most amazing moment of our lives happened. This precious tiny little girl was placed in our arms and we instantly became a family.

I can't believe that it's been three years already. Waiting through the process was pure torture. It was so hard and the time went so slowly. Now, the time is going at warp speed. How do you slow it down?

Happy Gotcha Day to our China families who are celebrating today too.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I voted

We went to vote late today and I thought all we had to do was to go to the voting place near the town square. Well, it appears that we can only go there for early voting like we did at the last election and had to go to our regular voting place. Anyway, we had to drive a bit farther this time. We rarely go that way so we decided to try a new place for dinner. Well, there was a bar-b-que place near our voting place but when we pulled up, we decided that it was too much of a dive and left. We then drove by another place and decided that we'd keep looking. There is this restaurant that I've been wanted to try for quite some time so that is where we went since it was nearby. As we parked the car, Matt pointed out that they had a fiddle, playing live music. Then, he realized it was just a guitar. Oh joy, live music. We went in and sat as far away from the music as we could. This place reminded me of restuarants where I grew up. That old anyway, complete with wallpaper from the 70s or early 80s that was falling down. The food they had on the buffet had to have been there for quite some time but we chose the best looking of what little they had. Not the greatest but okay. The guitar was playing gospel music. Another joy! They switched singers midway through our meal to a woman who was singing way off key. For some reason this whole scenerio had me laughing so hard it was hurting. I just couldn't stop laughing and I'm sure the waitresses thought I was stoned or something. Chani was loving it, dancing and having a great time. Needless to say that we won't be visiting this restaurant again. So, that was our evening. Hope you all voted as well but had a better dinner. :)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween, Parties, and Another Bite




This year they were quite fun and posed for pictures.

We had snacks.

And then went on a pumpkin hunt.

Chani's school Fall Festival

Then trick or treating in the neighborhood. It was so much fun this year. She would run out ahead and did it on her own. Some houses she was too short to reach the doorbell. We were able to wait on the sidewalk for most houses which was great!

And, on not such good news, here she is with yet another bite mark. What is it with my child being a magnet for the biters? This kid, another boy, was removed from the school quite a bit faster than the other one. Glad they are both gone. Hopefully she won't suffer from any more bites.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


486, yup, that's the number of photos I took late yesterday at the pumpkin patch. The 9 of us went on our annual Cagle trip and I was finally able to pick out some pumpkins. We started awhile back when we were able to get tickets at 1/2 off thanks to Lisa S. Wouldn't you know it, I forgot my voucher at home but was able to look up the numbers so they let me in. Yay for iPhones!! We purchased the additional hay ride and marshmallow roast but were too late to do the farm tour. Not a biggie as we've done it the past two years. We did go through the corn maise at record speed with the three girl leading the way and no one got lost.

We then grabbed a bite to eat and the girls jumpped on the big pillows. We did a few more photos and the highlight of the day for Chani was getting to ride the ponies. We then headed over to get on the hayride. They took us down to the pond where they had several fire pits going. They gave each of us some roasting sticks and a bag of marshmallows. (Graham crackers and chocolate were sold separately.) So, we all sat and ate marshamallows until we were almost sick. Who would have thought that four per person would be too many?

After that, we rode the hayride back to the pumpkins and did some more photos, and picked out our pumpkins.

37 made the cut so here they are in no particular order. The sun was shining so brightly which made it hard to get some photos.