And we’re OUTTA here!!

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Caretaker gifts purchased? CheckNew shirts because I’ve worn the same ones for the last 2 China trips? CheckHair freshly colored? CheckToenails painted? CheckLaundry done? CheckQuilt squares sent off to be quilted? Check (I know, I’m late, especially considering she’s quilting Jude’s AND Sophie’s OHGW quilt ;))Many, many notes scribbled down for husband to follow while […]

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Isabelle’s birthday

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No, it’s not really her birthday yet. But we did celebrate it today. Luckily, she has NO clue, so it didn’t bother too much. Since we will be in China on her official b’day, we decided to celebrate early since things will, I am guessing, be pretty darn crazy when we get home. The cousins […]

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Happy Birthday Asher

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My sweet Asher turned 8 years old today. For his big day he wanted his best buddy, Eli, to come over for the day. Chris took the boys to see Surf’s Up and then we all hit the pizza buffet for dinner. Nothing says “Happy Birthday” to an 8 year old boy like all- you- […]

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A moment with Sophie

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Sophie is hilarious. She is always asking questions and spends a LOT of time wondering about things. She’s bright, for sure. But also, just flat out nosy. She likes to be in the thick of things, where the action is. Lately she’s been asking a lot of questions about China. We’ve talked about China from […]

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Big girl Belle

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Isabelle is (almost) potty trained! It was all her idea, she started coming to me to tell me she needed to go and then taking me by the hand and leading me to the bathroom So I figured we’d go with it and see how it went. She has been good about going #1 on […]

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Graduation Day

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On Saturday, Tori graduated from high school! It was such a special day. We attended the graduation and hooped and hollered for her when she crossed the stage. Afterward we had a celebration for her with some yummy food catered by one of our favorite local restaurants and a delicious, very chocolatey cake, just like […]

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Photos, Belle Style

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Well, it isn’t exactly what I was planning, but the opportunity came on unexpectedly and I couldn’t resist. I bought some cheapo goggles for the kids in the $1 section of Target yesterday and Isabelle has been wearing them every chance she gets. And for some reason, every time she puts them on (or I […]

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My mystery

I had big plans. Wonderful intentions. Today marks two years since we sat at the Civil Affairs Office in Nanjing, PRC and promised to do our very best to care for and provide for our new daughter, Isabelle. It was a day full of hope and wonder.Today I planned to honor that special day with […]

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Memorial Day fun

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On Memorial Day we did what most of America probably did, we went to a party. We were graciously invited to a fellow adoptive family’s house to celebrate with a cookout and pool party. It always amazes me when people invite us over. I mean, we’re NOT a small family. And half of our kids […]

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Balloons

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While we were down in Tampa, we went out to eat for breakfast one morning and the restaurant offered, interestingly enough, a balloon ‘artist’. She made a balloon of choice for each of the kids. The girls each chose a multicolored butterfly, Dalton chose a sword with a parrot for his shoulder, Asher chose a […]

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