Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Time to Be Thankful!

Those are NOT shorts Emily has on. They're her blue jeans she
pulled all the way up her legs.

Good gosh. I couldn't do that with a pair of jeans to save my soul.
I affectionately have labeled MY thighs "Virginia Hams". They do
have a common look. Geesh.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Guess Who Went to the Beach...and Stayed for Free with Brother?

We are soooo cheap.

Not really...but we did have a place to hang our hats. Good buddies Anna and Jenna took a little coastal bend excursion, and we joined them.

LIKE I really had the time to do this?

Nope. But we made the time. It's so valuable for the girls to all be together amidst innocence and fun.

We were in Baton Rouge the weekend before, and company was coming/did come to town for Thanksgiving. It doesn't matter. Let's do it ALL!!!!!!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Go, Go, Git It, Git It.

This is what Uncle Skipper teaches Emily to say about the LSU Tigers. She made him a little decoration to tape to his shirt (See it above the "L"?).

We're headed to see Uncle Skipper and Uncle Michael...for a short weekend. I'm sure there'll be ridiculous-ness galore.

Are those camouflage shorts he has on? He's in the military. Maybe they're technical attire and not recreational.

Emily and Cheng Cheng

Talk about wild occurrences in the world of International Adoption...

Last year I was standing in line at the airport to leave for China. Who was about 30 people behind me in line? Another adoptive mom, Pam, headed to China to meet her little boy, Alex - a.k.a. Cheng Cheng.

I'd never met Pam, but we'd emailed a few times in hopes that we might be able to hook up along the Silk Road Way. It was a random chance that someone mentioned to me about another mom headed to China at about the same time I was going. Who would've EVER figured out we'd be on the same flight?

I tell ya. Amazing things happen once you get entwined in this world of IA (Int'l Adoption).

I'm not sure exactly HOW I knew this was Pam in the ticket line. Seems like my mom was chatting w/her and getting info. Or it might've been that multi-thousand dollar bulge of money tied securely around her waist that was the give-a-way. Kidding.

Anyhoo, we actually didn't get to chat at length until we reached Japan. We met up after lunch waiting for our next flight when it dawned on me that we might not have the same flight out. Sure enough. We did NOT. Somehow one or more of us scrambled to where we had to be to find out. Pam and her sister/travel companion, Christy, were leaving soon. My travel buddy/Christy and I had to wait for another flight.

Enough of that.

We (Emily, Christy, and I) met up with Pam and her new son, Cheng Cheng, and the other Christy at the White Swan hotel one evening. We found a nice restaurant and ate together...on Shamian Island in Guangzhou. This little fella is a darling, and the photo above is the two of them at his sister's b'day party.

Imagine that. I dined with local folks on the other side of the world before I ever had the chance to hook up with them right here in our same hometown.

I'm tellin' ya. Wild and wonderful things happen in this world of IA!!

Checking Out the "Old/Used" Bird Nests from Our Porch Light: Eggs Never Hatched

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Do Ya'll Have an "Ice Cream Man" Where You Live?

Well...we don't either, BUT one day this past summer Emily and I went out into the country to visit Mrs. Janet in her new, big ole honkin' home she built. One of the delights of the day was to have The Ice Cream Man (Mister ______ -- I can't remember his name right now...) come down the winding road.

You could hear that tape recorded music on the bullhorn for 1/2 a mile.

Well, Emily had no idea what it was, but Janet and I were jumpin' up and down like Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. She KNEW it had to be somethin' good. We were fired up!

When you're from the south, an experience with The Ice Cream Man ranks right up there with college football tailgating and baptizing on Sunday. "You just gotta" do it to understand the impact.

I was baptized in the baptismal tank at church with my big brother, Skipper. It was a sweet time -- considering we fought like cats and dogs every now and then. There were moments later in our lives when I thought, "That preacher didn't hold him under the water long enough!" Pffffttt!

I digress.

So here comes The Ice Cream Man, slowly, watching out for small children and crazed women waving dollar bills in the air. You know, if we'd acted like that on a street corner in New York City, we'd likely been hauled in for questionable motives...the least of which being ethical in nature.

Janet and I quickly gave Emily the history of how The Ice Cream Man travels into neighborhoods to bring frozen goodies to all. The music was getting louder, the red truck was getting closer, and it was thrilling. She greeted her new friend, took 18 minutes to decide which ice cream treat she wanted, and then posed for pictures. Of course. A must!

As you can see from the photo she chomped on Tweety Bird. He sorta looked like a skull to me, but he was meltin', she was eatin' it didn't last long.

The great time has now been etched in her heart. Been there. Done that. Check off another "first" from Emily's lifetime to-do list. It's amazing how EVERYthing is new, exciting, and thrilling when a child experiences it for the first time. Even if you don't get an opportunity until you're older.

As Em asked me a few months back, " 'W-h-o' Humpty Dumpty?"

Where's that Mother Goose book?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nanny Carol holding Emily's Hand in the Backseat of the Car: Em Fell Asleep.

Cute Little Sayings These Days by None Other Than Miss Em

Peckeroni Pizza = Combo of the words Pepperoni and Macaroni (attempting to use multi-syllable words...way to go!). She really and truly means pepperoni.

Racroon = From book: The Kissing Hand...a Raccoon

Band Aid = Rubber Band to place around a pile of something to keep it all together...books or something else...I can't remember

Evee-where-wee = Everywhere

When she was telling me about a little boy cutting up in her classroom and getting into trouble, I asked, "Why do you think he acts this way?"
Her response, "Maybe his mommy not teach him good behavior."
She noticed that I noticed she used the word 'behavior'.

After her field trip to the Pumpkin Patch, she was telling me how the truck driver (? possibly the person driving the wagons out into the field) took the pumpkins to the bus so they wouldn't have "to fool with them".
That's sure fire the way I speak. I chuckled.
She commented on how I noticed that she used that terminology.

Spare me from the short e sound in our language. YOU try to help a little Chinese girl distinguish between want & went, well & will.
As for sight words.....OH.MY.GOSH.
H-A-V-E is have (short a sound) but G-A-V-E is gave (long a sound). Spare me, pleeeez.

Thank you Mr. Whoever You Are that wrote Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and founder of FUNNIX computer program. Where would we be without you? I'll send you a Valentine. Hope your wife won't mind. (...and yes. These programs ARE phonics based!)

We read about 3 books a day. Right now we're listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the 3rd time. She saw the movie on tv and loves when listening to it, she already has the visual in her mind of who the characters are, etc. This has been a phenomenal learnning experience for her. She has me stop the tape about every 30 seconds and asks me a specific question. GREAT strategy for language development, characterization, name it.

You are correct. I said TAPE. I'm the owner of the only car in America that has a tape player and no CD player. Behind the times? Yep. Do I care? Nope.
White trash?
Perish the thought!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Two Jade Pieces - One for Emily & One for Me

Thanks, Mom. They're beautiful. What treasures!!

The ONE Wall Designated for Display (and bookshelf underneath).

This I've learned: If you let kids...they'll take over the house.

We have pictures, photos, projects, etc. scattered about the house, but this is the major spot to post and acknowledge creativity, hard work, and activities. Here and in the 2 Rubbermaid tubs, one Sterlite container, 6 baskets, 3 bookshelves, and 2 closets...oops. Top of a 3rd closet. Geesh. I cannot throw away ANY of Emily's work/drawings. I need a support group.

I've got 2 current science experiments on the kitchen counter.
One is a glass measuring cup w/vinegar and chicken bones -- to show what happens to bones if "you don't drink YOUR MILK!" Yep. I'm slick. I know it. (The bones become bendable/breakable.)

Another one is two small glass jars w/food coloring. Sitting in the coloring are white carnations. Well, they WERE white. Now they're red and yellow. This allows Emily to see how plants absorb water through an inside system of a plant.

Emily Getting Ready to Send Off Gotcha Day Balloons...


You try to be sentimental and all serious.

Yeah. Right.

Way back in September on Gotcha Day, we released 2 red balloons: one for Emily & one for her birthmother (as best she understands that concept right now...).

Where did the balloons go? In the tree, of course.

We just laughed and made it a very light moment. After I got the broom and untangled them from the branches, off they went.

Fun in a Campground Cabin.

Ballet Bunny from Cookie

Thank You, Bree, for the Gotcha Day Gift!