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

Jul 30, 2010

Oopy Goopy Science Camp GSA

One hundred and four days of summer vacation....what to do, what to do? Taylor spent her last week of summer vacation attending the Oopy Goopy Science Camp hosted by the Girl Scouts of America at Cherry Creek Reservoir. She was a Daisy this past year and so can participate in all sorts of activities. She had so much fun and came home exhausted every day. She made bubble gum, snow, and silly putty! The girls were given tasks to do each day to help with activities and lunch like be a mopper (clean-up), a hopper (server), or a chopper (food prep). I just may have to use these labels at home. she has learned so many great camp songs and this morning when I dropped her and her friend Sydney off they started singing one I used to sing..."when you sip cider ..." I got so emotional. Taylor is growing up and I am so proud of her! I love you Taytay. XOX mom

Jul 25, 2010

Summer Mandarin Lessons with Ms. Ge

This summer Taylor and 4 friends spent a few nights a week with Ge Lao Shi (Ms. Ge) learning Mandarin. Ms. Ge was Taylor's Kindergarten teacher and she just loves her (and vice versa). She was tough and gave a lot of homework mostly math, but the kids learned from her. She wanted to work with our girls so much this summer that she passed on a trip to China with her husband! She and her husband Charlie prepared an authentic Chinese meal for all of us as a "graduation" party. They made dumplings that were beautiful and a chicken noodle dish with garlic sauce. Yummy!

Sitting Natalie, Pam and Charlie; Ms. Ge, me, Deana

Ms. Ge and Esme, Sydney, Taylor and Isabella

Taylor's Chopstick Finesse!

Ms. Ge and Charlie teaching how to make a dumpling!

Mandarin Class (ucl chalkwall flowers!)

Mutton Bustin' at the County Fair

A day at the fair! And one to remember with Taylor's first and last ride on a wild animal!

Taylor rode the sheep for 2.56 seconds! Ended up with braggin' rights, sand on and in her nose & mouth, and an 8 inch scratch on her leg, but nothing a little TLC won't cure. She said she was a little scared and thought the sheep would be nice and soft, but it was not so soft. Her friend Michelle said the sheep would go slowly! We asked Tay and Michelle if they would do it again they both said "NO, never again!". Such a proud moment, but honestly when the little boy before was rammed into and dragged along the fence I was nervous (that happened to be the son of a friend of mine). I made daddy sign her up and load her onto the sheep! Oh yeah, both girls had a blonde highlight added to their hair! This is definitely a summer to remember.

Jul 18, 2010

CCAI May LID Dates and Nesting

CCAI's May 2006 LID Dates. We are May 16, 2006


To think we are actually 2-4 months away from meeting our little girl just seems so amazing. After waiting for over 4 years, we just kind of go along with our day.

Now I am nesting by organizing all the clothes that I saved and much more given to us by friends in hopes that our newest little girl will wear something that their little girl wore before. I did not save much of Taylor's clothing, because I didn't want Taylor and Kendy to be wearing the same thing at age 2 in their pictures. A few summers ago I met a gal at a local park with two little ones recently adopted from Haiti. They were size 2/3 and the same season as all my clothes from Taylor. I met her an hour later at Holy Love Preschool with two large black leaf bags full of clothing. I told her I had a lot, but I don't think she really knew what I meant by a lot! It felt good to share the wealth of clothing and I know she will pass along what she doesn't use or need to someone else. That is just how it works around here.
I still have a closet full of clothing given to us that is a size range of 12-24 months and 2T. The rest is going to go to other kiddos. The generous spirit of my friends is overwhelming at times and I feel blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

Kendy's room has a crib (from my good friend Pam) and a twin bed (for Taylor to help Kendy sleep) and a small dollhouse/book shelf (Pam) and one of my dressers from my bedroom set. Tay has the bed. Taylor used this room when we first moved here in August 2008, but she now has the big girl room next door. She picked out the paint color (pink parfait) and now green (lemon Thyme) for her room. The hallway is pretty when the sun sets and the glow from their rooms warms the walls.

Moving on to the toys!


"Love. I cannot explain it, but we unconditionally love a child that we have never layed eyes on. We have never seen a picture of her, we don't know what she looks like; we don't even know where she is right now, but she is loved very much."
~An Anxious Parent

Jul 13, 2010

CCAA Matches May 10, 2006

Rumor has it CCAA matched 14 days through May 10, 2006....if true we just jumped ahead 3-5 months! Our LID is May 16, 2006. I am between giggles & tears right now with a little bit of butterflies!!

when I told Taylor the good news and explained what it meant, she jumped up and down and was very excited! She then said, :I will have to miss a few days of school to go to China."

Yahoo Group Posting :
"Hi All May 2006 LID families -

There hasn't been much activity for this Yahoo Group; but in case you haven't heard; China has managed to get through 05/10/06 with this last batch of referrals that arrived on Thursday 07/15/10 for families with LIDs dated 04/27/06 – 05/10/06. Our agency (CCAI) doesn't have any families logged in for 04/30/06 – 05/10/06 due to CCAA being closed for a holiday during the 1st week in May 2006."

Jul 4, 2010

4th of July

This year we celebrated the 4th of July with friends, the Walsh Family, watching fireworks! Taylor loved hanging with Isabella and mommy & daddy.