Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of my blogging friends. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful day spent with family and friends. We are bundled up inside our home, staying warm while the snow blizzard outside is providing us with a white Christmas. What a great day to stay inside with family.

Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Snow Shoveling

After yesterday's post about the Ladybug wanting to clean our house BEFORE she created a gingerbread house, I now have even more proof that this silly little girl loves manual labor (weird kid!). This photo, taken just a few minutes ago of the Bug helping daddy shovel some snow. She looks exceptionally gleeful!

Note: For those concerned, one minute after this photo was taken, mommy went inside the house and found a nice, warm pair of mittens. The Ladybug's fingers are nice and toasty now!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Clean Gingerbread House

For the last couple days, we have been planning on making a gingerbread house. You know the kind, the pre-fabricated kit with all the fixin's. Because of little things that have come up here or there, we have not gotten to making the house... yet.

So, a little bit ago, with lots of excitement and anticipation, I asked the little Ladybug, "What do you think we are going to do now?"

Her quick, excited reply was, "Make the Ginderbread House?"

Teasingly I replied, "No, first we have to vacuum, dust, scrub the floors, and..."

And before I could finish the sentence the Ladybug squealed with excitement and said, "Yes!!! I want to start by scrubbing the floors. I love cleaning!"

Uhhhhhhh, not quite the response that I was expecting... but then again, she is her nanas' grand-daughter. I always wondered why Cinderella was the Ladybug's favorite princess.


Thursday, December 10, 2009


I am realizing that I am not updating this blog as often as I wish, but I am providing updates... but at Facebook instead. So, since I have posted some cute things that the Ladybug has said over the last few months at the "other" place, I have decided to transfer them over to here so that you can see what the Bug has been up to recently. The following is one of those cute stories.

A few days ago I brought home three cupcakes for us to share... one for Daddy, one for the Ladybug, and one for Mommy. The Ladybug eagerly enjoyed one of the cupcakes that first night, making sure to eat every last morsel.

Just last night Daddy made the comment, "Do we still have those cupcakes around here? I would like one!"

I replied, "Yes we do."

The Ladybug quickly added, "I want one too!"

I then reminded her, "I brought three cupcakes home. Didn't you already eat one the other day?"

The Bug's very quick and intelligent reply was, "Yes Mommy, I did eat one... I ate your's though, so I still have one to eat!"

Uhhhhh, she's got me there. Gotta admit, she thinks quick on her feet!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Our Forever Family Day

Our Forever Family Day is very special to us. The day is also my birthday. A very special day that I now share with my mother... she was blessed with a daughter on that day many (many) years ago, and now just three years ago I was also blessed with a daughter on that day.

As with previous years, we spend our special day by celebrating at our favorite Chinese restaurant in town. Some gifts are often exchanged, for me, for the Bug, and for the family. This year the Bug received her favorite new movie, Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure, and I received a beautiful silver and glass necklace created by my two favorite people.

We enjoyed a wonderful evening on our very special day. I am truly blessed.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Forever Family Day!

Wow, I cannot believe how time flies by so quickly.

Three years ago today, a 7 1/2 month old, scared, little baby girl named Chen Yu Huan was placed in my arms. She was brought to us by her Foster Mother, Mao Quing, who raised her from almost day one, and loved her like she was her own. I cannot begin to tell you how difficult that moment was, for everyone in the room. But, especially for the little Bug and her foster mother. They both loved each other dearly, a feeling that remains to this day.

The Ladybug cried for the first hour we were together, tears of sadness and loss. She eventually found solace by nuzzling into my chest and sucking on two of her tiny fingers for comfort. This, we later found out, was a coping mechanism that continued for about two months after we returned home.

It took some time, but eventually our little Bug grew to trust her parents, and grandparents (who accompanied us to China). We spent some wonderful time in China, touring, eating, laughing, and shopping, but most of all, we were learning to become a family.

It is now three years later, and I am wondering where the time has gone. In the last three years, our little Ladybug has grown into a very happy, silly, assertive, intelligent, musical, funny, and beautiful little girl who brightens every single one of our days. I am amazed sometimes that we are so blessed that the Ladybug was chosen especially for us. Why? Because she is just the perfect fit for our family. She is absolutely the perfect blend of her Daddy and I, with her own unique little twist. She truly is our daughter, through and through. We are so very blessed. Thank you Lord.

Below are some photos in chronological order of our little Ladybug over the last three years, one photo for almost every month of her life here in the United States. There are many photos, but it does let you seen how this little girl has grown and changed in the last three years. Also, after all of the photos, if you still have some time on your hands, there is the video that I created a few years ago of the Bug's first year of life. Enjoy!

The Ladybug's first year of life:

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing

Thank you for sharing in our special day. And, congratulations to all of our friends who share this day with us.


Thursday, November 12, 2009


This morning, the Bug was sitting on the couch with Daddy. She lifted her foot in the air in Daddy's direction and asked, "Daddy, would you please tickle my arches?" Arches... are you serious? My three year old knows that she has arches on her feet? Cool!


Thursday, November 5, 2009


I was tinkering around on the computer tonight, checking some things after a long, long day at work (12 hour day with conferences in the evening, sheesh I'm tired). In the background, Daddy and the Ladybug were playing a game on the floor. Their floor game soon turned into a game of Hide-and-Go-Seek. The Ladybug squealed with excitement, jumped up and ran to her room to hide. A few seconds later she opened her door and proclaimed,
"OK Daddy, I am ready now... I will be in my closet."

We started laughing hysterically.

Hmmmmm, apparently we need to teach the Bug the finer points of the game Hide-and-Go-Seek.


Monday, November 2, 2009

A Bright Halloween

Ahhhhhh, the joys of Halloween. This year the Ladybug pondered for weeks what she would wear this year to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood. Her choices were a pink princess, a purple princess, and Tinkerbell, which she wore last year. Her decision was finalized the day that her Nana F. sent her a gorgeous new, blue Cinderella dress. The dress by itself is gorgeous, but what really made it stand out was the fiber-optic lights that were sewn into the skirt. The Ladybug immediately took the dress to her room, turned out the lights, pushed the button on the dress and squealed with excitement, "This is really cool!"

Add to that the blue glow sticks that the Bug wore on her wrists, neck, and crown, she looked a bit like a modern-day Cinderella stepping out to go to the nearest rave. The upside of the dress was that we knew where ever she walked, people would be sure to see her. The downside was that everybody could see her... little girls everywhere were trying to trade candy for her dress, ooohing and aaahing as she walked by (yes, I jest... just a bit). But seriously, at one point we walked up to a house where she said the appropriate greeting, "Trick-or-treat!" The man with the candy placed a piece in her basket then proceeded to say, "I have to say, you are definitely the cutest princess I have seen all night." To which she replied, "I know." Clearly we need to work on appropriate, gracious responses to compliments.

Now that Halloween is over, the Ladybug is pondering how much candy she can enjoy per evening. I initially thought of just letting her eat as much as she wanted that first night, then taking the rest away, hoping that she would not want any more sugar for weeks after that. But, Daddy on the other hand thought that wasn't the best idea, opting instead for 2 small pieces of candy per night. I caved and decided that this will work fine... especially if take a bunch of it to school to share with my students. The Ladybug will never know!

So now, the Ladybug spends her evenings pondering which candy she will enjoy that night for dessert. Ohhhhhh, the difficult decisions of a three year old.

I hope everyone enjoyed a great holiday. Don't eat too much candy!


Thursday, October 29, 2009


Yup, once again I have totally neglected my blog (for proof of this, just take a look at the last two posts!). So much has been going on, and I have just not taken the time to update you all with what has been happening out here. Sorry guys, I will try to keep up from now on.

With Halloween just around the corner, The Ladybug, Daddy and I decided to decorate a couple pumpkins to help illuminate our window on Halloween night. This year the Bug chose two characters from her favorite cartoon to be the subjects for our carving. Needless to say, daddy wasn't very happy about the prospect of bringing those characters to life on a couple of gourds. But after some great persuasion from the Bug, Daddy finally caved and started drawing the character's outlines on the pumpkins.

While Daddy was drawing, the Ladybug and I cleaned out the insides of the pumpkins. Her first comment (and lasting one apparently) was, "This is disgusting!" She's correct, it is pretty disgusting, but the end result is always really cool. We saved the seeds for roasting, then started carving (roasting of the seeds is another project for the Bug and I... maybe we will tackle that one tomorrow). Daddy did most of the work with the carving, and Mommy tidied up when he was finished, smoothing the lines around the faces and making sure lots of light was creeping through the carvings. The Bug, well she just walked around telling us how disgusting this whole project was... that was, until we turned off the lights and she got to see the end result. Her comment, "Wow, those are really cool!"

It sure is nice to know that pumpkins are not disgusting any more.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Our Little “Tin-ter-bell”

The Ladybug’s school hosted a Halloween party for all of the children. We originally thought the Bug would dress up as a beautiful purple butterfly (as mentioned in an earlier post). However, Nana F. surprised the Bug with an adorable Tinkerbell costume, shoes and all. So, we tried the outfit on, and all of us were absolutely in love. And to top it off, the butterfly wings from what would have been her original outfit were a perfect match for the Tinkerbell costume. So, here is the bug as the happiest, cutest, most adorable Tinkerbell ever.

A giggly Tinkerbell

The Ladybug pondering the life of a fairie.

Tinkerbell at the party.

A sweet Ladybug fairie.