Sunday, May 31, 2009


The girls met with their play group on Friday for a day of fun at the fountains! With temperatures already in the mid-nineties, this was the perfect activity for the day.
Taking a little time out for sunbathing and drying off before heading to McD's for lunchSaturday was also very hot. It's obvious that Doodlebug had rather be back at the fountains than
playing at this hot Blast Ball game.
Playing out in the heat like this has definitely got to be a "boy thing."You'll have to admit that she looks quite cute in her cool sunglasses. She refused to wear her baseball cap because it covered her piggytails..."always putting fashion before practicality."
Then, it was back in the water Sunday afternoon at Desheng Darling's end-of-the-season T-ball party...
This is the life!

Yum!!! Nothing says "summer" better than a nice cold strawberry snow cone!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Doodlebug had a dental appointment today and is fortunately still CAVITY-FREE!!!! That translates into ...No Crowns, No Fillings, No Maxing out of the Dental Insurance!!!!!!!!! So far, DB's teeth seem to be quite healthy. Desheng Darling actually takes much better care of her teeth than Doodlebug. She even helps Doodlebug brush hers sometimes! Poor DD, maybe her permanent teeth will be a little better than her baby teeth have been. Some of her problems may be due to heredity factors, lack of prenatal care, or just early dietary habits in the SWI. Who knows? Both girls spent approximately 2 years in China and I'm sure they didn't receive the same level of dental care that they would have received here.
Oh well, regardless of the cost, I still say it's all worth it because...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Million Dollar Smile!

One of the things I love most about Desheng Darling is her BEAUTIFUL smile! It just has a way of brightening every room she enters. She’s won the hearts of many by flashing it at just the right time. She’s even used it occasionally to keep her out of trouble. Unfortunately, keeping that smile hasn’t been easy or inexpensive! She’s had more than her share of dental work and with each dental visit her fear has intensified. She even cried when they took x-rays at her last cleaning visit. She had to have some major work done last week, so we had no choice but to agree to IV sedation. She couldn’t have handled it any other way.
(Still out of it on the way home)
It’s really hard to describe the look in her eyes as the sedation took effect. It was really kind of creepy. I sure hope she doesn’t have to experience it again anytime soon. She, of course, doesn’t remember any of it. Thank Goodness!

Monday, May 11, 2009


There just nothing quite like a mom. No matter how old you get… She’s still the one you want to tell when something wonderful happens in your life and she’s the one you still call when you’re not feeling well or you just need an extra shoulder. And isn’t it funny how you still think she should have all of the answers or at least a suggestion? I’m so thankful that I still have my mom and that I was able to spend Mother’s Day with her. I love you, Mom.

And I also LOVE being a mom. I feel that I have been blessed beyond words with 4 children and a wonderful husband! I am so thankful Daddy D said “yes” to our late-in-life adoptions and that he has been willing to make great sacrifices to allow me to be a stay-at-home mom. I love you, Daddy D. Desheng Darling said something the other day that really touched my heart. When I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said, “I just want to be a Mommy.” I think that’s quite a compliment.

We really missed Brother and Sister Darling at Nanny’s, but we plan to get together for a belated Mother’s Day next weekend. Should be fun!