Friday, January 23, 2009


Today DD celebrated an early Mulan birthday party with her play group friends.

All dressed in their Chinese outfits, they looked so cute! The kids enjoyed eating with chopsticks… or at least attempting to use them. Eating noodles was difficult, and eating cake and ice cream with chopsticks was next to impossible. LoL

The food was fun, but as usual... DD thought the gifts were the best part! Thanks everyone for making this a GREAT day for DD!

A special treat…We were joined by a new cutie, Eddie, from Vietnam and his mom, Jennifer.

This was Eddie’s first b-day party since coming to the U.S. You can read his story here:

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Play Groups and Penguins

The first part of our week was spent studying penguins with an emphasis on “loving everyone, especially our families.” Penguins are great parents and withstand terrible weather conditions to care for their young. The girls enjoyed eating like penguins with a menu of starfish tuna sandwiches and goldfish!
We left our cold Antarctica studies to join our friends at the park. We were expecting temperatures in the mid 70’s.
Here’s a picture of the group with two new friends. Mary, who has only been in our country for 8 days (on the left end) already has her arm around Doodlebug. I think she’s going to fit in just fine. And Megan joined us too (2nd one from the right). It was great having her. Unfortunately, her schedule doesn’t allow her to be with us very much, but we’re glad she could make it today. She’s a real her curly hair.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Once again, DD has requested a party theme with NO pre-packaged supplies…invitations, matching plates, napkins, cups, or anything else. I’m not even sure I can buy party theme stickers! With her birthday only a few weeks away, I’ve started my search for non-existent MULAN party supplies. While some mothers may enjoy the challenge of finding just the right accessories…I can’t say that I do! Don’t get me wrong….I enjoy b-day parties… as long as everything falls right into place. It tends to work better that way for my perfectionist Type-A personality. (I can’t believe I just admitted that.) Although I’ve mellowed quite a bit, I still stress WAY TOO MUCH over the little things in life!
But, look what I just found at
Mulan Edible Cake Image

These are TOO CUTE! Now, on to stressing about something else. LOL

Friday, January 02, 2009

A New Year...A New Look

A new BLOG look! Hope you like it.
We had a wonderful time with family and friends over the Christmas holidays, and it was great having Daddy Darling take a few days of vacation time; although he rarely, if ever, actually leaves his work…even when he says that he’s on vacation. He even managed to work from China during the two weeks we were there getting Doodlebug!
The girls got so many great gifts for Christmas! I think DD’s favorite was the bike from Santa.
Undoubtedly, DB’s favorite was the red dress from her cousin, Matt.
It seems to be the appropriate attire for any activity. See what I mean…
She even wore it to bed last night. I think she’s worn the red dress at least one time per day EVERY day since Christmas. lol