Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama to Fund China's One Child Policy


WARNING! Political point of view to follow.....

President Obama has wasted no time in promising to fund China's Coercive Family Planning Law which will receive U.S. taxpayer dollars.

President Bush had halted the funding when it was discovered that China required women to have forced abortions and sterilizations.

Last year after the election, then President-elect Obama promised to restore money to the policy which funds forced population control in China.

I have been none to happy with this administration and it has only been one week! I pray for the life of every unborn child that this and other Obama policies will kill.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Xin Nian Kuai Le 4707!

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We had celebrated the Chinese New Year Saturday evening with our local Chinese community. The girls from our local FCC perform a song each year. The Queen did not want to participate; hence The Princess would not participate. They enjoyed running around the stage at the end of the performances, as did most of the children present. The highlight for the girls was when three REAL ballerinas in tutus performed!
The photos are not the best. Seems I left the camera on the "surf&sand" setting. The flash didn't go off for most of the photos. The boys didn't want attend the celebration this year. Kind of crazy, but it is what it is! Xin Nian Kuai Le in the Year of the Ox!

Friday, January 23, 2009

And the Award Goes To....Me!

Gee, I don't know what to say! I am humbled and honored to have received this Fabulous Award from the Fabulous Vivian at Life With Kerri. I have never won an award before. I think I am blushing! First I would like to thank all of the "Little People," especially The Queen, The Princess, Godzilla, and Big Tuna. They are my daily inspiration for this blog. They make me a happy Beach Mama! I would also like to thank the Fabulous Vivian for being such a fabulous cyber-friend, and faithful reader of this blog. I am new to all of this and it's nice to know that there are a few that enjoy keeping up with the goings-on of our family.

Now here are the rules for this award:
1. Pass it on to 5 fabulous blogs, and include the one that gave it to you (and link them).
2. List 5 of your fabulous addictions.....

So although there are many blogs out there that I think are fabulous, I have to limit it to five, so here they are in no particular order:


5 FABULOUS BLOGS

1. The Fabulous Christi and Abbey at Cherry Blossom Life
. I love reading about this mother and daughter living in China.
2. The Fabulous Sonia at Choose Ye This Day
.
3. The Fabulous Criss and her fabulous blog The Keegan Family
.
4. The Fabulous Julie at Just Us....Waiting
as they get geared up to travel to China to receive their son!
5. The Fabulous Shanna at Our Big Crazy Family
.

5 FABULOUS ADDICTIONS

1. Reading Adoption Blogs!
2. Scrapbooking! I don't seem to have enough time to actually scrapbook (I guess because of all the time I spend reading adoption blogs), but I love it. I'm almost like a scrapbook collector. I love and collect all of the gadgets and embellishments even though I don't have time to scrap.
3. My children. I am addicted to all of the things that make them individual; all of the humor, creativity, curiosity, insightfulness, profound, and silliness. I love being their Mama!
4. Food. More specifically ice cream, litchi gummy candy, and COFFEE.
5. Beth Moore Bible Studies. These Bible studies are a lot of work, but they help me in deepening my personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you again Vivian for the award. I feel Fabulous today!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Snow Day 4 Us!

On Monday afternoon a Severe Winter Weather Warning was issued for our county. This usually causes much excitement in our area as we just don't get much severe winter weather. The actual forecast included SNOW, which is a really big thing down here. So before the first snowflake even fell from the sky, our county school system cancelled school for Tuesday. Needless to say, my children were ecstatic!
The forecast called for 1"-2" of snow for our coastal area. Of course we didn't finish listening to the forecast because all that mattered was that we would see snow for the first time in 6 years. So on Tuesday morning we woke up to temperatures in the 30's and a light drizzle. Godzilla was really bummed out that he missed the snow. He thought it had snowed and melted before we even woke up. But as the morning went on, the temperature kept dropping. I looked out the window and saw snow.

You do see the snow, right?

YES! It is snow

Oh my, it really is snowing!

By noon we had about an inch of snow on the ground. This was the first time that The Queen had seen snow! We all gathered out in the yard for snow time.

The Queen wanted to build a snowman, go sledding, make snow angels, make snowballs, etc.

It didn't take long for my beach girl to be done with all of this white stuff and want to go inside!

The Princess was having flashbacks to last winter when she was living in rural China during a horrible winter. She too proved to be a true beach girl!

Godzilla was trying to plot a snowball attack against Big Tuna.

Big Tuna was prepared.

"This yard ain't big enough fer the 2 of us."

Ah, missed!

KitKat was twice her normal size as she fluffed herself against the snow. This was her first snow too!

Ok. KitKat waits to go in while Stitch waits to go out.

Now Stitch waits to go in while KitKat just looks on.

Coco was thoroughly enjoying the snow as she was made for this kind of weather!

All in all we got 1"-2" inches of snow in the Big Snow of 2009.
School was cancelled again on Wednesday. By noon most of the snow (except in the shady spots) had melted away. It was in the 50's today. One thing about the weather down here, if you don't like it, just wait about 15 minutes and it will change!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Horses

When I was a young girl I loved horses. I mean I L-O-V-E-D horses! I begged and begged my parents to let me have a horse, but we lived in the city. I had a lot of toy horses, but my two favorites were a Pinto named "Frosty" and a white horse named "Famous." I always said that if I ever had a horse I would name her Famous.
Living out here in the "sticks" has its advantages. Right across the road from our house is a family that has several horses. I can look out my windows any time and see horses. There are several horse farms all around our area. So I can see horses without having to take care of one!
Well, every day when we leave our house The Queen looks to the horses across the road and announces that she "needs to ride a horse today." I always come back with the response of "one day you will."
A dear friend of ours has several Paso Fino horses and many times has asked me to bring the girls out to see the horses. Finally, we took the girls to see the horses. The Queen was EXCITED to finally be able to ride a horse! The Princess was excited just because The Queen was excited! I know The Queen well enough to know that she often talks big, then backs out. So I had every idea that this would be the case too, that The Queen would take one look at the horse up close and go into her "Shy Di" mode. As soon as we stepped out of our vehicle, The Queen was ready! She took my hand and strode right up to "Regalla." Much to my shock and amazement, The Queen hopped onto the saddle! The Princess was saying "scary horse, scary horse", but The Queen was grinning from ear to ear! Finaly, The Princess agreed to sit on the horse with The Queen.
The girls on Regalla.

So, now every day The Queen asks me to take her to ride horses again. We have been back once. I used it as an early morning bribe (too early for a candy bribe) when trying to get the girls ready for school. Seems to work!
A friend of ours gave us a bag of gently used clothes and in the bag was a pair of cowgirl boots. They fit The Queen perfect, just like Cinderella and the glass slipper. Now The Queen wants to trade in her tiara for a cowgirl hat.....

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Playing Catch Up....

We had some wonderful family time during the holidays. Santa was very good to us despite the poor economy. Here are a few of my favorite photos.


Godzilla practicing some skateboard moves.

The girls on their "tooter-scooters" as they call them.

The girls received fishing poles from Santa so we had to try them out.

Taking a break from all of the fun. I can't believe that The Queen allowed The Princess to sit with her on her throne!

Do blonds have more fun???

I don't think so....
Maybe????

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mutant Gingerbread Cookies

Every year our local FCC group has a gingerbread house decorating party for the kids. We have not been able to attend one of the parties, but I had grand intentions on doing so this year. I was looking for a gingerbread house kit and found a cookie kit. I thought that decorating cookies would be a lot easier than constructing a gingerbread house. The kit sat on my countertop throughout Christmas. I would look at it everyday and think we would get to it. Finally, I brought the kit out for my children to decorate. The kit included everything (8 cookies, decorations, icing mix).

Cookie kit. Inside were instructions on how to create a variety of gingerbread people. Well, let me tell you, this was one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do! The icing was almost impossible to squeeze out of the bag. Then the icing wouldn't stick to the cookie. I had icing all over me and the floor. More so than on the cookies! Here is the best we could do:


Not quite like the picture on the front of the box....

I guess we will stick with our naked sugar cookies for next year!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year! It is hard to believe that it is 2009! Most of the Beach Crew stayed awake long enough to ring in the New Year. I will be playing catch-up pver the next few days. School is back in session for the boys and the girls will be going back later this week. Now to get geared up for tax-season, birthdays, and the Pinewood Derby!