We all share the same moon no matter where we are in the world!

Jun 27, 2010

Our First Family Camping Vacation

We did it! We actually completed our first annual Family Camping Vacation to Cherry Creek Reservoir! And we had so much fun! Let me start in the beginning....last summer we went to CCR to visit a friend who was camping with her family and we stayed for dinner and s'mores. It was nice and I thought, how cool it would be if we went camping next year. In the mean time DH has quit smoking and is looking forward to doing things he hasn't done in years....because he was busy. Back to the present day....I book our campsite for this June. DH is driving home and stops at a garage sale and buys a cool tent for $20. He NEVER stops at garages sales. I go back and tell them Thank you, because my DH is so excited about camping now that he found the perfect tent!! It even has a screened in front porch. Great buy Kip.
Preparing the food for this trip was really fun....I wanted to have great food and not just get by since we were only there for 3 nights. We also planned to BBQ with Natalie and her family one night. They made delicious hamburgers.
Taylor had fun getting dirty and playing with her friend Isabella and her little sister. They rode bikes, played in the dirt and just made up games. I love make believe best! I actually started a book finally. Kip earned some well deserved nap time too.
We spent Saturday night huddled around a camp fire after a big rain storm and decided to sleep at home and come back in the morning for breakfast and to pack up. Man, my bed felt great. The air mattresses were pretty good, but not like my bed. Plus our kitties missed us. We are excited to do it again next year and maybe even add another long weekend to our schedule of summer fun, only next year we will have two kiddos and twice as much fun!

Jun 23, 2010

Mommy turns 50

48 Years Ago...

I am finally at the B-I-G 5-0! The last of my siblings to celebrate turnng 50....it is true...it beats the alternative. I have so much to be grateful for and to be joyous about and to live strong for...my daughter Taylor and my husband Kip and our new little one waiting in China. I wish I were younger for the simple fact that I want to live every moment with my family for as long as I can. No regrets and many good times, some better off kept in the archives!
We celebrated my 50th birthday with a BBQ and world famous carrot cake. A few friends and kids came over and we enjoyed a beautiful summer evening laughing it up over champagne and some vino.
The Wine Princess

Annual Tradition

...it's MY cake!

World Famous Carrot Cake

My friend Patty and I at the pool

Jun 12, 2010

Ballet Recital

Father Daughter Dance to Cinderella

Sleeping Beauty with her Prince Kitty

Tap to Be Our Guest

Dance is one of the things Taylor loves to do most...and it shows in her face and her graceful movements. Taylor's Ballet studio presented "Enchanted Disney Magic" and she performed in three dances: tap to "Be our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast, ballet from the movie Enchanted, "True Loves Kiss", and the Father Daughter ballet waltz to Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman. What a tear jerker and so beautiful. These are memories Taylor will have forever and I hope she holds them dear to her heart. I know Kip and I will. We joined this studio 4 years ago and participated for two years then took a year off to try Chinese dance. We came back this past year to dance and be with Taylor's good friend Maile Noda (Dianne's youngest).
We hope to nurture several friendships with girls and their families we no longer see at the same school by doing fun things throughout the year like ballet, gymnastics, and picnics at the park.

Jun 7, 2010

CCAA Matches June 7 2010

This is the latest update on adoption matches from China.
China Center for Adoption Affairs, (CCAA) Status:
Children matched April 22 - April 26, 2006
Another big move...we are getting closer!
Maybe, just maybe we could go Nov-Dec.
The last match date was May 10, 2010
We are LID 5-16-06

"Heaven is the face of a little girl whose dark brown eyes disappear when she smiles..." - Steven Curtis Chapman

Jun 4, 2010

Hello Summer!

We spent an afternoon at Cherry Creek Reservoir and enjoyed a hot sunny day playing in the sand and water!

Taylor and her friend Isabella sharing a moment with a shell.

Our little friend Kenzi.

Jaida's Birthday card Taylor made for her BFF!