Feels Like Spring~

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Temps here in the south
are far from Winter and feel more like Spring.
Most afternoons our littles are found outside playing.
Yesterday I watched them pull the wagon to the top of our yard
and begin a roller coaster ride game that
they would play until called in for dinner~

They had a ball~
LOVE this photo they were sweet enough
to let me shoot in the midst of their fun~
And they had to get a little tree climbing in too~
 They are an outside loving group of three
and I am thankful they love being out there together!

Hula Hooping Girl~

Monday, January 30, 2012

SJ is working so hard to hula hoop~
 Today she decided she was an 'expert'
at neck hula hooping. :)
(until WP walked into the scene)

I tried using an 'Organic' texture 
although not sure if it works.
It seems I am not a 'thing' photographer~
mostly a person photographer 
and not sure the texture thing works for me...
Still LOVE trying new things and Kim's work is gorgeous!
(Go check her out!)


Friends, Maybe?~

Sunday, January 29, 2012

With new siblings comes new adjustments
for everyone...
especially the one that was the baby~
and the one that is the new baby~
 but maybe, just maybe~
they are beginning to become friends.
Sweet bitty littles.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, 
that he lay down his life for his friends.

A Man's Best Friend~

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fisher is getting pretty old
and has a hard time getting around~
 He is SO happy when Scott comes home
each afternoon for some special attention.
I looked out the other evening to see two best friends
enjoying a little quiet time together.

Surprise~ Favorite Photo Friday

Friday, January 27, 2012

Josh texted Scott earlier in the week
and asked if we might meet them for dinner
to surprise Nan on their way to Raleigh.
We met them at Cracker Barrel
and I wish I had a photo of her face
when she realized the obnoxious guy honking the horn at her
was her dad and the whole fam... priceless!
 There is nothing I love more than
being with ALL my children~
(LOVE that Amelia is home for the weekend!)
The littles adore climbing all over sweet Josh
who just lets them do it.
Thanks Josh for the great idea to meet
and allow us time to all be together! 
 Visit Lisa for more Friday Fun!

Sweet Nana~

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nothing much sweeter than spending time
with my children...
 We had to be in Atlanta today
and were able to meet Nana for lunch!
SJ showed her how she can sound out short words
and read them~ so proud of her!
 WP wasn't going to be left out of the photo taking
so he grabbed my neck and said Cheese~
 Tonight I shot this photo of WP writing so diligently.
He looks up to show me and says...
e, m, n, o, p. :)
These two littles are learning lots each day
and it is starting to show! Yay!!
LOVED seeing you today Nan!!!

A New Passion~

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Is there anything sweeter
than watching someone with a new passion?
Rosie got her first Nikon for Christmas
and she has been behind her camera ever since...
You KNOW I'm happy about it!

When processing today,
I popped my photo with a beautiful 'Simplicity' texture
from Kim Klassen Cafe.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

As soon as EK was home from school,
the littles dressed in their silks for photos
and straight to the art table for lantern creations~

 We hung them with care 
along with our special red envelopes 
and dragon puppets~  
(Littles bought these dragons when we were in China to get WP. Had no idea it was year of the dragon!)
Scott came home with a huge bag of PF Changs
and it was time for our guests to arrive~
 We are so blessed that even though we live in a very small town
there are two other families with China blessings...
the Brooks and Warwick families~
and everyone gets along so well!
After a little hula hooping party~
everyone was ready to chow on some Chinese~
 (rockin' the chopsticks)

Our three families with ALL our precious blessings~
(well almost all of our's)
 This photo just makes my heart so full
because EK has always had lots of friends.
SJ has always wanted that one special friend too
and tonight she said Myla was her best friend...
 they are about 5 months apart
and just the cutest friends ever...
a very sweet way to begin a happy new year I think!
Blessings and love to everyone!!

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year
from our precious blessings to you~

We enjoyed a wonderful day
celebrating a very important holiday in China.
Our precious friends, the Brooks and Warwicks,
came over for dinner and fun.
Photos tomorrow.
God has blessed us big this year 
and we already look forward to the Year of the Dragon.


This morning during breakfast,
 I took a call from a sweet friend I had been wanting to talk to.
I'm sure you know how it goes with two littles
when mom gets on the phone.
First of all they decided since their breakfast was gone,
they would eat the rest of mine. :)
AND to keep them busy for just a little longer,
I gave them paint with water my mom had given them.
Perfect hmmmm?
You would think so 
since I was sitting just in the connecting room...
when I hear SJ exclaim...
MOM! Come see what Will Perry did.
Ummm yes, he went to the fridge, took out the chocolate syrup
and poured into the water cup.
I think he figured it was a cup usually used for drinking CM
so why not paint with it too. (smelled delish)
What to do except laugh and take photos for a memory.
SJ was distraught that the water was now chocolate
but happy again once it was clean again.~
Putting my phone down and picking up my camera,
I shot them doing art for school~

 Nothing but a little excitement for the day
and no harm done.
Thanks mom~ they love the water painting books!
And thanks Lynn~ I needed our chat today!!

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! Happy New Year!!!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

We have taken WP to church a few times
since coming home but only for worship.
Today he and I went into his class with EK & SJ
just to get the feel of it~
One of the sweet things about his class
is that he, EK, SJ, and Madelyn are all from China
and make up almost half the group.
He was actually a great listener and loved Ms. Sheryl~
 I think having his two sisters with him helped a lot.
Here they are playing after church with their big dogs...
loving this quiet, sit by the fire, and watch football
kind of afternoon.

Just Enough~ Beyond Layers Week 1

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just enough~
 Nothing quite as sweet and simple
as little hands at work.

Pure Beauty~

Friday, January 20, 2012

In the midst of the busyness with baths, pjs, and teeth brushing,
I glanced out our front door window to see...
Pure Beauty~
I stopped and thanked God for His amazing beauty
shown to us at the end of the day.

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

100 Days~

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today was the 100th Day of School
and I snapped a photo of EK as she was leaving~
I can hardly believe she's been in school 100 days...
well, except for the days she's been sick
and the 15 days we were in China
but who's counting. :)
One of her greatest accomplishments
has been to count and write to 100
and she is reading up a storm!!!
We couldn't more proud of our kind, smart, and important girl!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today was a day scheduled for recovery...
WP's recovery from surgery
and my house's recovery from a weekend of neglect.
WP had a pretty hard day with pain
but once comfortable,
enjoyed making a little music~

Truth be known...
the only time he wasn't saying, "Hurt mama"
was during his nap or in my arms~
 Thus the only progress with the house neglect
was going from this~
 to this~
 I'm good with that because I'm pretty sure 
we banked some good bonding time
and right now that is WAY more important than a house!!!