Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Lately, I’ve been “blogger brain impaired” a simple condition resulting in very few new posts! I’m sure that BBI will be considered a legitimate disability in the near future…more than likely caused by Nutrasweet or cell phones. LOL Below are a few pictures of the girls taken over the past few days. Hope you enjoy!
Just before going to the airport Saturday to pick up PawPaw
A common scene at our house...
DD has probably read more books to DB than I have.

Just too cute!
Enjoying the chips Auntie Anne sent home with them... Love those Funyuns!

Oh, and here are the latest two additions to our family…

Muarl and Buck

(Lovingly named after a very special aunt and uncle.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just My Thing!

Desheng Darling LOVES to read. She takes books everywhere we go and sleeps with them under her pillow. I even have to make her put them away at the table in order to eat! The other day I made a comment about how much she loved to read and she told me, “That’s just my thing, Mama.”
Well, I think maybe we’ve found Doodlebug’s “thing.” She LOVES to work puzzles! She’s really very good at working them by herself. She likes the ones with 24-30 pieces. I’m very thankful that these "things "are nice and QUIET and relatively cheap!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Week's Worth

Doodlebug visited the dentist a few days ago and got a great report! No cavities! Yea!!! She was so excited that it was “her turn” to go. Can you imagine?She has really been on a teeth-brushing kick since her visit…Ummm, I wonder how long that will last!
We also spent a little time with our play group at Chick-Fil-A. SpicyGirl’s family will be moving very soon and we are REALLY going to miss them. DD and SG have played together for over 3 years and their birthdays are only 3 weeks apart. I am so thankful for the time we’ve had together.

The AWANA Awards Program was Wednesday night. Oh, I wish I had been able to get pictures of this event. It was a hoot! DD was obviously looking for us in the audience when she went up on the stage. As soon as she spotted us, she began to wave! She then yelled out, “Hi Mommy and Daddy!” Not once, but several times. Once she realized that some people were taking pictures, she began to pose, first looking over one shoulder, then the other, followed by a ballet pose of some sort. I don’t really know what she was doing…just wish I had been able to capture it on video. DD received a medal for finishing her book and a special award for …MOST IMPROVED STUDENT. Now, as a former educator MIS was not necessarily the most coveted award… because the student who received it usually needed A LOT of improvement. Since it was the only additional award given, I am just going to accept it as a POSITIVE recognition and leave it at that. I'm afraid to ask exactly what the award was for. Hey, at least she’s improving!

This was also the week for the Girl Power T-Ball pictures. These girls are currently undefeated, although they have no clue what this means. lol

DD and DB always love it when PawPaw comes to visit even if it’s only for a short period of time. He stayed with us last night and we took him to the airport today. We’ll get to see him for a few days when we pick him up next week.
After leaving the airport, we took the girls to the Dragonboat Festival, a traditional Chinese event in our area. I think DD and DB enjoyed the kite exhibition the most. It was quite impressive.

The strong wind, in combination with these pretty umbrellas, almost made the girls an active part of the kite flying exhibit! Poor DB almosted lifted off several times. LOL

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Families are JOY!

My previous post was entitled, “What Will She Say Next?” Well, this is what she said last night, “Families are Joy! I love my family.” So sweet. For at least 2 months, DD has been on a “family kick.” On several occasions, she has said, “Thank you for coming to China to get me. I’m so glad you did. I’m so glad I have a family. I didn’t have a mommy and daddy then, but now I do.”

This is how she tells her story:
One day Mommy was sitting on the couch with nothing to do.
(I’m not sure where she got that part.) That’s when God told her that a baby girl was going to be born in China and that the baby girl was to be her daughter. The little girl would have beautiful black hair and dark brown eyes. She would be called Desheng Darling. (Reminds me a little of the Christmas story. LOL) And God said that you are going to LOVE her forever and never stop loving her.

DD also says this, “I know you love me, but why? Why do you love me?” Of course DD is never short on words, so she answers herself by saying, “You love me because God made me just for you. I’m very special. I was a gift to you. God gave me to you forever. That’s just the way families are. They love each other. You will always be my mommy and I will love you forever, and you will love me forever. I couldn’t have a better mommy. I’m glad you love me. Families are Joy. Love you Mommy!”
I couldn’t have answered it better, myself. I think I’ll just keep her.

Monday, May 12, 2008

What Will She Say Next?????

Have you ever had one of those days when you just didn’t think you could handle anymore??? Well, last week I had one of those moments while shopping in Target with the girls. DD was on a roll.... She started off riding in the buggy. First she sat on her bottom, then she was on her knees, then before I knew it she was standing up, leaning over the edge of buggy reaching for items on the shelves. After telling her to be seated 100 times, I decided it might be easier to just let her walk. But she couldn’t just walk behind me…Oh no, she had to ride on the front of the buggy or hang onto the side of the buggy or just stand out in the MIDDLE of the aisle in her own little world and in everyone else’s way. Of course, we had a constant conversation going on about where she should be… Eventually, I guess she got tired of me correcting her, so she managed to get about 10 feet behind me and walk very slowly. When I firmly told her to catch up she replied, “Why do we always have to be in such a hurry? Let’s just enjoy our shopping trip. You know, Mama, slow and steady wins the race.” What????? “You know…the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race.” I wanted to respond with, “A swat across your bottom will increase the pace!” Instead I just clinched my teeth, grabbed tightly onto the buggy, and forced a smile as the people around me laughed at her response. Then, I got tickled as I looked at Doodlebug. She was sitting in the front part of the buggy, looking down with her eyes closed, mumbling a few words. Then she ended with a big…"Amen.” That’s probably what saved DD’s life. LOL
On another trip to our local grocery store last week a lady politely said “Hi” to the girls. DD immediately returned the greeting. The lady then asked, “What are your names?” With a very inquisitive look on her face, DD responded by saying, “What? You don’t KNOW US?” This amused the lady, so she just told them that she didn’t think that she had had the pleasure of meeting them. DD gladly introduced DB and herself. Then DD said as we walked away, “I KNOW you LOVE us. We’ll see you next time we’re here!” The lady just laughed…such confidence.
Lastly, while getting Doodlebug’s hair cut last week, DD began a conversation with the stylist in the next workstation. It went like this:
DD: What are you doing to that man?
Stylist: I’m trying to make him look younger. Is it working?
DD: No, What are you putting on his hair?”???
Stylist: I’m putting OIL on it.
DD: Why? DOES HE SQUEAK????? You only put oil on something when it squeaks!
We quickly exited the building as the laughter continued. Oh my. What will she say next?

Friday, May 02, 2008

FAVORITE PHOTO FRIDAY (and the Rest of the Week)

On Monday we had to stay home and didn’t get to meet with our play group because some nincompoop (me) in our household forgot to check the propane level and let our tank run empty. Since Daddy Darling had to leave for Chicago, I had to stay home for the service man to come out and do a leak test. What a bummer! DD enjoyed meeting the man and talked to him constantly (no surprise.) She even asked him if he liked her Mulan hair. He obviously had no idea who Mulan was, but he told her that he loved her hair anyway.

On Tuesday DD had to go back to the dentist for a check-up. I can honestly say that Dr. C should have no problem sending her kids to college because DD’s account alone will probably be enough to pay for one of them. LOL With no knowledge of her pre-natal care and knowing that she had a bottle at night until she was almost 2 years old…I believe we are going to be in this dental crisis for quite awhile. Poor girl. But you have to admit that she has a beautiful smile.

On Wednesday we ran a few errands and sent some cute pictures to Daddy Darling to let him know that we were REALLY missing him! They even sent him a few digital kisses! The girls put on their new sun dresses (and their choice of shoes) for Daddy D’s return on Thursday, so I made a few pictures.

This picture was taken just before they lost their balance and fell directly into the flower bed! Oh my…one begonia..be gone! And it’s not even OUR flower bed. Uh oh!