Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Another snow day.....

I know this is going to surprise you but we have yet another snow day today. Why does this have to happen on Tuesday night to where school is out on Wednesday when I am supposed to scrapbook with my friend T? Ugh! Seriously though it seems like every Tuesday night since January 29th there has been a storm of some sort making last night no exception! I am getting tired of driving home from Chinese class in either rain or snow! I am still working on Olivia's 2005 book and was hoping to be at a point where I can work on both girls together. One day I will be caught up but I think I am going to do 2008 digi style!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My First Meme....

My friend Marla at lifewith4js (I can not figure out the linky link thing to save my soul) tagged me with my first meme! First the rules:

(1) Link to the person that tagged you.
(2) Post the rules on your blog.
(3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
(4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
(5) Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

Now on to my quirks/habits/non-important things....

1.) When putting on shoes, I MUST put the right one on first before putting on the left. If I put the left on first, I will not walk right all day long. LOL

2.) When I have cash(which is not often), I have to have all the money facing the same way and it must go small to large in order. Must be my years working as a manager in fast food and banking at the root of this quirk.

3.) When getting out of the tub/shower I have to keep repeating the things I do once getting out so I don't forget something and I have to do it in the same order -- always!

4.) I started bowling in leagues at a young age and bowled for years as an adult with my brothers. As a matter of fact, DH and I met at a bowling alley and married 1 day shy of 6 months later and will be married 15 years this September.

5.) I saved every math work/homework I did from 6th grade until I graduated. I loved math and had wanted to teach HS math but I would never have made it with the way some kids are today.

6.) I used to have 2 freckles on the top portion of my ear and one childhood friend called me snake bite as a result.

Since most of the blogs I read have already done this in one way or another I am only going to say if you are reading and want to participate just leave me a comment so I can check it out!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Mommy's got a new toy.......

Yes, that's right Mommy got a new camera! I love photography and have been wanting a new camera like this for quite some time. I had a hard time deciding between this Canon Rebel XTi and the Nikon D40x and the Canon won out! I wanted something that would take better picture at functions like school programs and gymnastics where we are farther away from the action. My next goal is to take a photography class to learn my new camera better!

Here are a few more pictures with the new camera. These were taken at our reunion weekend with Olivia's travel group this past weekend. We get together with her group every year around the time we traveled to get our girls. We have formed such a bond with these families and we look forward to seeing them every year.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sick girls and another snow day

Well, we had another snow day today which is probably a good thing as both girls were sick. As I said in my previous post, both girls were getting over illnesses. Olivia has been fighting a fever since early Saturday morning (with a high temp of 105.8) but tested negative for strep on Sunday. The doctor said it was a virus and to just keep giving her tylenol and such to treat the fever. Well she woke up about 4:45 this morning with yet another fever (103.8) so I gave her more tylenol. Sophia woke up about 5:30 with a fever of 103.2 so she got a dose of medicine. I put her back in bed and after about 30 minutes she told me her ears hurt. So at that point I decided to take both girls to the doctor this morning. Unfortunately, it (plus the fact that school was closed again) totally messed up my plans for the day as we (my girlfriend and I) were supposed to do some shopping for supplies for our FCC Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday. She and her wonderful husband did some of the shopping today and I hope to finish up the rest tomorrow. It was determined that Olivia had an ear infection in both ears and Sophia just had an infection in her right ear. The Dr. was surprised that Olivia did not complain about her ears hurting. They both seem to be doing much better with the antibiotic in their system. Hopefully they will feel well enough to go to school tomorrow.
Here are a few pictures with my new camera. I just love it!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Now this is a snow day!!!

This is snow we received last night which cause the schools to close -- even the major county around us including the Catholic schools (which never close). It started around 4:45 pm. We left gymnastics at 5pm and it took us Ugh! Both kids are getting over illnesses and I am hoping being in today helps that. They stayed in their pj's all day long. I had hoped the girls would be able to play in it but no such luck. We had some freezing rain on top of the snow which made it hard.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Has it really been 4 years already???**PHOTOS ADDED**

Has it really been 4 years since we went to China for the first time and became parents? I remember that night vividly. We spent the day in Beijing. We went to the Jade factory (where one of our travel mates got sick), the friendship store for shopping and lunch and lastly, The Great Wall before going to the airport to catch our flight to Nanchang. After we got to our gate, our guide Peter said I have some news for you and I could be bribed to share it for ice cream. I looked at him and said we're getting our babies tonight, aren't we? He looked at me and said how did you know? I had heard of stories where that had happened but I never imagined it would happen to us. We landed in Nanchang about 8:30 pm, got our luggage and got on the bus. On the bus ride to the hotel, our awesome guide Sissi gave us some information about our babies, pictures that were taken the previous week, information about Suichuan County and our hotel room keys. We arrived at the hotel about 9:00 got up to our room about 10 after and we were told to meet them at room 1115 at 9:30. I was so nervous. I wondered what she looked like, if she would cry, if I would recognize her. Unfortunately, our camera was not on the right setting and most of my China pictures were not the greatest and I only have one picture of her from that night where she finally fell asleep in my arms. She loved to put my shirt to her lips and suck her tongue until she fell asleep. She was so tiny that I called her peanut. She is still tiny but not the smallest out of our group of 14. We have a reunion every year around Family Day and this year will be no exception. We will meet some of our group in Lexington the coming weekend for our annual professional photo shoot and birthday party.

Although Olivia's "git 'cha" day (what Olivia calls it in her best southern accent) was yesterday (Feb 2nd), we celebrate today as our Family Day as it was the finalization of her adoption. Today she got to do what she wanted to do. After church, we came home and ate lunch, went to Chuck E Cheese's, ate supper and then went for an ice cream. She had a blast and so did we.

I will have to come back and add photos because Blogger is being mean right now........