Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three Years Ago Today…

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This precious girl walked into our arms…. 

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..and changed our lives forever.

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Happy “Gotcha” Day my sweet Princess!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

All Tuckered Out

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What can I say?  It has been a busy week…

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…apparently for everyone!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Plans

Happy First Day of Summer!

Like most of y’all, I have grandiose summer plans for doing all of the things I can’t get done during our school year.  So I thought I would create a list so I can keep track of things.  I don’t want to make my summer busy, but I want to do a few things. 

We are going to be continuing with “summer school.”  It is kind of a long story, but we started school middle of August 2010.  However, we spent about the first month just reviewing/easing into the school year.  The Princess didn’t start PreK until middle of September and I wanted to get on a regular schedule before diving in.  The problem with that theory was that put us a month behind in our curriculum once we did get started.  We also had a few false starts in subjects where it was revealed to me that there were some learning gaps that had to be filled in.  So we were further “behind” in a few subjects. I know I shouldn’t get hung up on grade levels, but I am.  Especially when it comes to Godzilla.  So we will continue with the 3 R’s over the summer, but hopefully in a light, fun way.

Other than that my list includes:

1.  Go to the beach!

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2.  Evaluate/Reflect upon 2010-2011 school year to move forward with the 2011-2012 school year.

3.  Go to the beach!

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4.  SEW!  I have several sewing projects I would like to do, dresses for the girls, dolls, etc.

5.  Go to the beach!

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6.  Scrapbook.  I am years behind in this project.  I really don’t think I will get this re-started though.  My scrapbooking process is pretty rigid, and I can’t just do it at a moment’s notice.  Maybe I should take inventory I what I even have as it has been so long since I have dragged out all of my supplies.

7.  Go to the beach!

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8. Organize my recipes.

9.  Go to the beach!

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10. Organize my classroom/files.

11.  Go to the beach!

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12. Plan 2011-2012 school year.

13.  Go to the beach!

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14.  File papers/receipts/etc.

15.  Go to the beach!

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16.  Clean my house.

17.  Did I mention that I want to got to the beach?

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day, Captain Daddy!

I had big plans for writing a Father’s Day tribute to Captain Daddy.  Somehow all of the schooling, Sunday School planning, and Boy Scout summer camp preparations got in the way.

So, instead just know that as you travel to Boy Scout summer camp that we all love you, and hope today is somehow special.

I remember giving you a “Father’s Day” card when I found out we were expecting.  The next year you celebrated your first Father’s Day with little, Big Tuna.

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I don’t know what secrets of the universe you were sharing with Big Tuna, but they must have been good!

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 Like father, like son in so many ways! And that is a good thing!

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You give of your time time in making memories for our children.

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This photo always makes me think of Miami Vice.  I love the serious looks on your faces, not to mention Godzilla’s shades:)

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You also give of your time to other boys who may not know a father.

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You have gone to the ends of the earth for your family.

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And back again.

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What can I say?  You are the best Daddy! 

Happy Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

iDad

What do you get a Dad that has everything for Father’s Day?  An iDad, of course!

You’ve never heard of an iDad?  I first learned on an iDad from the Tip Junkie.  Ours isn’t quite the same…especially since I have never seen one.  But I think Captain Daddy will love it!

DSCN5614It has “apps” that are appropriate for Captain Daddy.  Plus, there is no telephone, emails, or voice mails to contend with!

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And where there wasn’t a real app, I created my own.  You just lift up the “app” and read all the things that makes Captain Daddy special to us.

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Happy Father’s Day, Captain Daddy!

I am sure he will especially love it because he will get the full effect of being a Dad tomorrow.  You see he and Godzilla will be heading out to Boy Scout summer camp at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow.  Boy Scouts has a way of hijacking holidays.  Mother’s Day was the Boy Scout Spring Camporee.  Maybe that was a Mother’s Day gift?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Xiao Jiaozi

Jiaozi (dumplings) for breakfast???

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Well, yes!  What better time than to start the day with yummy jiaozi!

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I often call The Princess my Xiao Jiaozi, meaning my little dumpling:)  Many eons ago, back in my single days, I took a Chinese cooking class at a local community college (God knew I would need to know how to cook Chinese:)).  As I look back on my life, I see where China and Asia has always been a part of my life in little ways.  I had no idea how it would all come together, and I am still looking forward to seeing it all the way through!  But, I digress…

The Queen was a young baby when we brought her home from China.  She never really experienced her culture, foods, etc.  She is American in every way.  Now The Princess was 2.5 years old when we brought her home.  She had also lived with a foster family.  She experienced everyday life and foods from her native country.  Although The Princess pretty much takes The Queen’s lead when it comes to many things, but not Chinese food!  The Queen won’t even eat rice unless it has tons of butter on it.  The Princess loves Chinese food, and I do my best to make it part of our everyday lives.  It is not necessarily something we “Take Out.”  I cook Chinese food.  Now I don’t go as far as the Cantonese do by cooking/eating anything.  I do have my limits.

My favorite cookbooks are by Grace Young.  She brings the wisdom of the Chinese kitchen to life in all of her books.  I also like to follow Jaden Hair over at the Steamy Kitchen.  She has some traditional Chinese type dishes as well as various Asian/Asian-fusion type recipes.

If you aren’t into eating jiaozi, then maybe you can make some to play with?  Over at Tea Rose Home you can get a step-by-step tutorial on making felt no-sew potstickers.  I have found several sites where you can make felt play food (egg rolls, fortune cookies, etc.).  This will be one of our summer fun projects. 

Ok.  Now I am hungry.  It is time for lunch!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In The Meantime….

I am currently working on my Father’s Day post (yes, Father’s Day is THIS Sunday).  So, in the meantime, I thought I would share a blog written by an adoptive Dad.  Y’all know how passionate I am about adopting and how I would bring home more children if possible.  Since I am so consumed about adoption, I follow many adoption blogs.  Most of the blogs I follow are written by Moms.  I stumbled across this blog written by a Dad.  I try to keep a balanced perspective on things, you know?

Anyway, No Greater Joy Dad has been doing a series on Reluctant Husband Syndrome, or RHS, that we refer to in the world of adoption.  In this series he has, to this point, addressed 9 questions that husbands may ask or think when the word “adoption” comes up.

By the way, his wife has a blog at No Greater Joy Mom.

Check them out!

I hopefully will be back with my Father’s Day post real soon!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cat Nappin’

Seldom do both girls take an afternoon nap; much less at the same time.

But I guarantee that should any warm-person lay down in our house…

…and covers up with a soft blanket…

…the nap-seeking-sensor will find them…

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…and reap the benefits of a soft, warm, nap-spot.

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And, the nap-seeking-sensor doesn’t even have to be real!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Preschool Graduation

Y’all may not remember, but we had unusual winter weather the past winter.  So unusual that The Princess’ Preschool added a few extra days to the school calendar.  Unfortunately, that meant we would be in Washington, D.C. for her Preschool Graduation.

Picture 001 However, her teachers “graduated” The Princess a few days early.  In addition, they gifted me with over 3,000 photos taken of the class over the 10-11 school year.

So, The Princess will officially be a Kindergartner in “Mama School,” as she calls it, later this summer.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Washington, D. C.

A few weeks back, we took a “field trip” to Washington, D.C.  Captain Daddy and I had been a few times before we were married (approximately 25 years ago).  It seems that each spring (after tax-season) we start planning a trip to D.C. then don’t follow through.  We did follow through this year.  Like most of our trips, it was short and sweet.  We spent a total of 3 days in D.C., along with every school group, and tour group.  One day it seemed as though everyone was speaking French. Another day it was like being in China with Chinese tourists everywhere.  All in all it was a good trip, though the girls are too young for most of what we did.

Each day we had a “tour” scheduled so much of our sight-seeing revolved around getting to these tours.  We pretty much left it up to the boys to decide what we should see since our time was limited and we wanted to make the most of it.  Big Tuna was in charge of most of the picture taking, as I was generally lagging behind everyone while pushing one of the Royal Duo in their Royal Carriages (strollers).  It is interesting to see what “interests” a 19-yo when sight-seeing, as you can see:

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Arlington Cemetery with headstones in linear form.

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Library of Congress.  Did you know you can get your own Library card to access all documents/books?

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The Ooh-La-La Sisters on Capital Hill.

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“The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew” at the National Gallery of Art.  We only say the West wing as Big Tuna thinks contemporary art (East wing) is a waste of time.

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“St. Paul with Book and Sword”

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Not sure who or what this was (Medieval Gallery).

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Looks like Forced Family Fun to me:)

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Some sort of Battle (Capital Building)

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Weapons from WWII (Air & Space Museum)

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Airplane cockpit with “Incendiary Bomb.”

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On the Mall.

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Poets Gallery in the Library of Congress

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“Anarchy” depicting the failure of government.

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Close up on “Anarchy.”

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Lincoln Memorial

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Big Tuna thought this was hilarious.

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Vietnam Memorial

When I was a young girl back in the Vietnam War Era, I had a POW bracelet.  I no longer have the bracelet, but I can still remember the name on the bracelet, Lt. Col. John W. Held.  We searched and found his name on the wall.  Ironically, I lived about 50 miles from where he was from.

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The White House from a distance.  We did tour the White House.  The Princess only got called down once by the Secret Service:).

The camera battery then died and I could not find the battery charger that I knew I had brought.

Once home, it took my feet about 2 days to recover from all of the walking:)