Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Season Highlights

The Christmas Season, once again, was quite a blur.  Here are a few photos documenting what we did in the past few weeks.

DSCN6620 Here are the girls before we left to attend the Carolina Nutcracker.  The Carolina Nutcracker was themed in during the Civil War.  It was out on by a local dance studio.  We all, even the boys, went and enjoyed it. 

There was a tense moment, however, in the “Land of Sweets” when Drosselmeyer was, to yet again, hoist the Sugar Plum Fairy onto his shoulders.  The Sugar Plum Fairy in this particular performance wasn’t quite as , let’s say, thin as the other dancers. She over shot her position and almost fell backward off Drosselmeyer’s shoulders.  She was grabbing at his head while he was trying to keep hold of her legs.  She quickly positioned herself on his shoulder and continued on.  In fact, they did this particular step about 5 more times.  Captain Daddy, being the man of dry wit, referred to her as the “Sugar Plump Fairy.”  I don’t think I will ever be able to watch this scene again without thinking of the Sugar Plump Fairy.


Next was our church Christmas dinner and Nativity.  As you can see, The Princess portrayed “Mary.”  Well, a Chinese version of “Mary.”  I don’t think she was too excited about it though…


.. as she seemed a little bored, or tired:)


Santa made a surprise visit too!  The Princess was one of the first to tell him her wish list. 


At this point, I think she is interrogating Santa.  She actually pulled out one of his beard hairs from his REAL beard.  Just making sure.  As you can see, there are no photos of The Queen telling Santa her wish list because she would not get within 5 feet of Santa.  The Princess delivered The Queen’s list items to Santa.


Godzilla asked Santa for a Lamborghini.  Santa’s response was, “to what scale?”


Christmas Eve was jam packed with lots of cleaning.  Big Tuna is taking a break with his cat, KitKat.  Actually, KitKat was in the chair first.


We started the bake-a-thon in the middle of the afternoon.  My oven went out during the first cake.  Have you ever tried baking cakes, dozens of sugar cookies, and a fruit cake in a toaster oven?



It all worked out as there were cookies for Santa, and water and carrots for his reindeer.  Not to mention four excited big and little kids waiting for Santa!


Christmas morning brought lots of enjoyment and happiness.  The most wanted items were delivered, along with a few surprises.


Godzilla received the guitar he wanted.


Big Tuna is happy with the Big Bang Theory Friendship Algorithm T-shirt.


Godzilla loved his gift from Big Tuna.


Gifts from Aunt T.


But in the end, happiness is an empty box.

I hope y’all had a very Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Break

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From the look of the sketch, it seems I am most happy that we are finally on Christmas break:)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Xiaoyun speaks for orphans

Xiaoyun was adopted in April of 2011. She wants other orphans to have a mom and dad.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guess Who?

Guess who celebrated three milestones in one week?


The Princess lost her first tooth!

Today, she is 6 years old!

But a new tooth wasn’t what she was asking for as a birthday present.


She has been asking to get her ears pierced.  After saying “not until you are 10 years old” a gazillion times,  we decided if she really wanted to do it, we would.


She really wanted to! 

She also wanted gemstone earrings.


Getting ready…


She was very “grown-up” sitting through the preparation process.


With a smile on her face throughout the process.


No tears were shed.



Admiring her new look!


Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12:7 NIV

You are a child of God, His treasured possession. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. He has a plan and a purpose for your life.

Happy 6th Birthday Princess!

We love you very much!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

I know I have been a poor excuse of a Blogger these past few months.  As I stated in in a previous post, I knew we were taking on too much with school this year.  And it turned into even more than I thought I was getting into.  Which has left zero time for blogging.  So I will try to recap fall 2011 today.

I am thankful for (and not necessarily in this order):


The beach;


This bunch of kiddos that keep me on my toes;


<My first born, Big Tuna;


My Princess;


My first girl, The Queen;


My baby boy, Godzilla;


and Captain Daddy, who rocks my world!


They brighten my day, every day.


Oh, and I guess I am thankful for this too:)

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank You, Daddy

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Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear dog tags.

You are my hero.

Thank you, Daddy.

An Unexpected Visitor

The other morning when we were getting started with school, The Queen began whispering to me to “come quickly and quietly!”  I looked out our front door thinking that someone had pulled up in our driveway.  I didn’t see a car, so I wasn’t sure what she was pointing at. 

Then, I saw it. 

I wasn’t sure what “it” was. 

At first, all I could see was something white and feathery with its back to me.  Honestly, I though Hedwig was sitting on my steps with some sort of wizard post.

I walked over to the dining room window to get a look from another angle.  This is what I saw:


My hopes were up that maybe it was a stork delivering a present:)  But, there was nothing else out there but this bird.

I think it is an egret.  I am still wondering why it chose to be sitting on my front steps.  Finally one of the cats decided to investigate which caused the beautiful bird to fly off. 

What a blessing to see something so beautiful up close.  Just a nice little, unexpected visitor.


Sunday, October 23, 2011


No, I am not about to jump.  Our homeschool co-op has been working on a parachute project for Voice of the Martyr.  VOM assists and encourages Colombian Christians, who have been targeted by FARC guerillas for decades.  One way to help is to make parachutes which are used to drop Bibles and Christian literature into guerrilla-controlled areas.


Parachute kits were ordered.  The kit includes almost everything you need to make your parachute  (fabric, pattern, ribbon for straps, and plastic bag).  You will need fabric markers/sharpies/crayons and glue or sewing machine for the straps.


Our pack had enough fabric for 5 parachutes.  The pattern included the appropriate wording to use on the parachutes.  We chose “Dios es Amor” which translates to “God is love.”


To make it easier, I downloaded some Christian symbols to use on the parachutes.


Although there were lots of hearts and flowers added for aesthetics:)

The ribbons were pinned in place.


The ribbons were sewn on.


Almost done.


Then the bags were tied on.


It was a great project for the family.

The Princess was curious as to why the “Godzillas” did not like Jesus.  I explained that the guerrillas did not know about Jesus, but hopefully they would learn about Him, and love him because one of our parachutes had given them the Gospel. 

If you are interested in helping VOM, please check out their website:

Friday, October 7, 2011

What’s On My Camera?

It is always fun to download pictures from my camera as there are usually a few surprise photos that I did not take.  Sure enough, here are a few that I just found:


Just one of my many tea sets.  Yes, I admit that I collect tea sets.  Blame it on my first tea set when I was about 6 years old.


Pretty fairies all in a row.  These are The Queen’s from a previous birthday cake.  Her favorite is Rosetta.  The Princess loves Silvermist.  They both say I am Iridesa, because of our naturally curly hair.  AT least I have a waistline:)


“Well Ferb, I know what we are going to do today!”


“I pretend I don’t notice you.”


“I know you are still there. What is it with the paparzzi always wanting to take my photo!”


"”” “Hey!  Where are you going?”


Rescue hero to the rescue!


Reminds me of the seen from “Men in Black 2” at the end when J finds the aliens in his locker.

Agent J: Kay, we got to take them out. Show them there's more life than that locker.
Agent K: *sighs* Still a rookie. *opens a door, showing that humans live in a locker and there are many more aliens outside the door*


A Ha!  Self-portrait of the culprit!