Friday, February 19, 2010

A Day at the Park

Our precious little one didn't like the baby swings, but she loved swinging in my lap. She also liked sliding. Doodles and Bug especially enjoyed sliding down the pole. We really enjoyed the day. :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Awesome Website

I was surfing the net and found this. It's an awesome tool for learning Chinese. I thought I'd pass it along to others who might be interested.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Celebrating Chinese New Year--Post 1

We continued our celebration by making homemade dumplings and peanut dip. I was worried that we wouldn't be able to find all the ingredients, but we managed to do just that. Yay!!! And...let me say that making authentic new year dumplings is not as easy as it sounds! I consider myself a good cook and baker, but it took me almost three hours from start to finish. We had vegetable sticks to go with the dip, and we also drank hot tea and had fortune cookies. It was worth every minute it took to plan, prepare, and cook. We enjoyed every part of the dinner, and the dumplings and peanut dip were especially delicious. Also, we are trying very hard to keep Chinese traditions and holidays in our home. We want our daughter to be able to learn about and be a part of her native land as much as possible. It's so important for her heritage and self-esteem, as well as for her understanding about her roots. So we will make every effort possible to continue this and other Chinese traditions in our home. After the meal, we went outside to shoot some fireworks. You will also notice that our girls wore traditional dresses. We purchased these and a few others while in China. Look for more posts as our celebration continues!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year!

We kicked off a 15-day celebration yesterday with dinner at our local Chinese restaurant. Tonight we're making homemade Chinese food and shooting fireworks. We're working on a Chinese New Year/China unit study as well. I'll post pics in a couple of weeks when we're finished. Meanwhile, let's welcome the Year of the Tiger!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Our little one did very well with the procedure today. She has serious vision problems, but glasses will help. She was fitted for a pair today & we'll be able to pick them up next week.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Christmas 2009 Unit Study

We used "Celebrate the Savior" published by Notgrass. We really enjoyed it and highly recommend it. These are just a few excerpts. I posted lots more on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Prayer Request

Our newly adopted daughter will be sedated this Friday morning for an eye exam. We would appreciate your prayers. Thank you so much.

Self-Care That's Not So Fun

As promised in my previous post, I am now going to talk about self-care that's not so much fun. This kind of self-care involves thin...