Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ruh Roh

HEY Have a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas, And wish you could be here!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

There's something about Emily

Here are some things she would like us to know. When she is seventeen, she will have a Hello Kitty cake. She wants to get married at least once a week because she wants a husband. When she is a mommy she can touch dangerous things. (stove, knives, etc.) Maybe she will like "muscle sprouts" with candy cane sprinkles. She is saving all her clothes for her children. She will have my computer when she is bigger. She loves my "eyenashes". She likes "cheese you can cut". It's on her Christmas list. No Kraft singles for this girl. Strictly aged parmesan, asiago or a nice Jarlsberg. When daddy comes back from "Germy" (Germany)we can make a Christmas tree. Do parents have to wear panties? Her imaginary friend "Nick" is now joined by another named "Person". hehe. Emily is wise and wonderful and beautiful. She is kind and compassionate and oh so sensitive. She is precious and knows how to push our buttons. She has the best sense of humor in all the land. She uses words such as: typical, fabulous, gentle, sensational, colorful and probably. She uses phrases such as: "What in the nation is going on?" "Nina, you are on my nerves." "Mommy don't make me the mood." To the doctor, "I am never coming here again!" And, this little gem "Daddy, this is pissing me off." Ooops on that one. She knows it's wrong though because she always turns to say "is that a bad word?" ~snicker, snicker~ Oh and this song "Five golden rings, six ladies dancing, five eating ducks, four ladies dancing,three ladies dancing, two turtle ducks and a partreeeet in a partreeet!" She is trying to be on her best behavior because Santa is coming. We have a list of Emily Nice and Emily Naughty. When she uses her manners, listens well, eats her meals etc., she gets a star. When she forgets her manners, talks fresh or is not nice to the pets, she gets a "sad face". If I put a "sad face" on the Naughty side, she yells "No, no, no, mommy. Cross that off. I'm nice now!" It really keeps her on her toes because Santa will be counting which side has more!!! Lots of stars equals more gifts! No, we are not afraid of using bribes. P.S. Our cat ate our fish.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Be Still My Heart

And The Winner Is

Happy Halloween Happy Fall

The Most Beautiful Sprite in all the Land

Friday, October 16, 2009

We Got One

I came across this photo:BigHugeLabs: Do fun stuff with your photos This was taken after we took "the oath" in China. Check out the look on our faces. "We got one. Run before they change their minds." We did not realize we weren't allowed to take photos in front of The Chinese Embassy and a Policeman was very stearnly telling our travel friends "NO PICTURE, GO NOW!" Too funny when we look back. Not so much when we were there!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Help me Rhonda

Deluxe Ni Hao Kai-Lan Halloween Costume - Child Size Small - Buyseasons - Toys "R" Us Click the link to see what our BEAUTIFUL CHINESE LITTLE GIRL wants to be for Halloween. I'd rather she wanted to be a piece of head cheese. Thank God we still have time to for her to change her mind. Don't we?
The thing that really gets me is that she knows she is Chinese yet she wants to be a CARTOON CHARACTER of a LITTLE CHINESE GIRL! Don't get me wrong Kai-lan is adorable, but this costume is hideous! I really think they will sell out though. (wink wink)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cliff Notes

Bill and I often discuss how we will talk to Emily about her adoption and about the birds and the bees. Such delicate subjects to bring up and talk about openly and honestly. We want Emily to feel comfortable asking us about EVERYTHING without us getting all squirmy. Well, it seems as though it was all for naught. We have accomplished both within the last two weeks. Here is how we survived the talks.
While eating supper we usually have the TV off and just some soft background music on. You know, to promote communication and all that stuff. Well Emily wanted to talk about opposites. Okey dokey! She starts with "what is the opposite of off?" We say "on!" Then "what is the opposite of over?" We say "under!" It goes on for awhile...opposite of in, light, top, etc. Then she throws in "what is the opposite of BANG?" Huh??? Bill and I reply at the exact same time--Bill says "celibacy" and I say "abstinence". T-riffic, sex talk done!!! Glad that's over. Not nearly as hard as we thought it would be.
Next. Emily likes to hear about her adoption story. She loves us to say how much we prayed to God for a sweet baby girl. She loves to repeat back "my China mom and dad could not take care of me so I needed a new real mom and dad(her words). So God said I have a sweet baby girl for you. She needs a mommy and a daddy to take care of her and to love her. And you need a baby daughter to love and take care of. So he made us a happy family forever." She loves, loves, loves to hear this over and over!!! Recently, she cut out a few details and repeated this story to us. "once upon a time there was a mommy and a daddy who needed a baby girl and I was in China and I needed a mommy and daddy and you came to China and God said I SPY AN EMILY here you go here is your baby daughter." We just about died laughing. Another milestone. And to think we were worried. We'll have to let other adoptive families know how easy that was!
Now onto something entirely different. We were watching the Wizard of Oz the other day. Sometimes Emily likes it, sometimes not so much. Depends on how much WITCH she can take. You all will probably have to watch the movie very closely because we totally would have missed it if she hadn't pointed it out. When the house lands on top of the witch and her legs curl up and suddenly disappear under the house-this is the part-watch carefully next time. Emily says "oh that poor ZEBRA the house squasheded him poor thing!" Bwahahahahahaha! And you thought there were only flying monkeys in that movie! Pshaw!
At four years old, she continues to amaze and inspire us. Baby love. Nothing better.

Monday, September 21, 2009


I found the lipstick mommy! Sick baby. Crafting with Nina! Lunch time! Camping with Daddy-Free Music! Ready for school!
Going for the mail!

Practical Emily

Is it too soon to think about Christmas? No? Good! Little Miss Em has been pondering those same thoughts. Four year old little girls love all things sparkly, princessy, and girly-twirly. We expected nothing less from our little one.
Emily obviously has other plans. Here is what she will be asking Santa to bring her.
1. A blue see through acrylic toilet seat for her bathroom.
2. A bathroom vanity for her bedroom.
3. A new ceiling fan that looks like a flower for her room.
4. A clock that says "it's seven o'clock, can you wake up".
No frills here. Pure practicality.
The blue toilet seat? Because it's blue. My favorite color. And it's see through!!! Jeepers!!
The bathroom vanity for the bedroom? Because it has doors. I can put books and things in it. And I can fit inside it. And close the doors! And, and, and it has a sink!!!!
The ceiling fan that looks like a flower? Because it's sooo pretty!
The clock? Because it tells you things and when to wake up!
Oh, in case you forget Emily? Highly unlikely!!!!!
The girl is very, very practical. Functionality here people. Riley said she still has time to ask for vinyl replacement windows!!! Hee hee!
We can't wait for her to sit on Santa's lap this year! I wish we could record it. We told her it was a very good list. I guess a gift certificate to Lowe's is in order?
Now for the language skills:
E. "Mommy this is tupendous!"
Me. "Emily, it's SSSSStu-pendous."
E. "oh, like one pendous, two pendous, three pendous."
Me. Bwahahahahahaha
Teaching moment-GONE! Laughter is really much better! And last, but not least.....
"Mommy I definate love you!"
My God we love her!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9/11

Remembering to be thankful.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Rest in Peace Ted. We are proud to have lived in Massachusetts and proud to be Democrats. We will teach our little one how great a family the Kennedys are and how great a state Massachusetts is!
Our sympathies to the Kennedy family .

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sunrise Sunset

July 2007
Where has our baby gone. Look at how all her baby-ness has been shed. She is a little girl!!! She has changed right before our eyes-literally! We can't believe she is FOUR already. Make it stop.
Some things she has said lately:
1. Oh my God, I think I'm in trouble! (as she reached the top of a rope ladder and couldn't quite make the leap over)
2. Good night you both! (heard on the monitor at bedtime)
3. Oh good lord, who's gonna clean this mess. (surveying her playtime mess)
4. You stay in the kitchen mommy I'm gonna do my bills.
5. I'm too tired for sleep I think I need new batteries.
6. Can I have some coffee please?
7. I think I need a cuddle.
She says so many cute things and sometimes things she shouldn't say. We have to stifle our laughs lots of times! She was having a time out this week, she really doesn't care for them, and she tries to bargain her way out. She's at the table and we were right by her side in the kitchen telling her she cannot be fresh. So she says, "I'm sorry mommy. Okay? You're a genius!" She knows exactly what she's doing.
Emily 3,578 Mom and Dad 0

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Let's see....what have we missed....oh yeah. Happy Valentine's Day, Happy President's Day , Happy St. Patrick's Day, Happy Easter, Happy Mother's Day, Happy Memorial Day, Happy Flag Day, Happy Father's Day and Happy Birthday to everyone. Oh, and Happy all the Jewish Holidays too. So very sorry for not posting pictures or stories for awhile. I will be posting again soon though. So stay tuned. For now I found these videos in my stash. You will not believe how much Emily has changed. Here are the links : . . .Change really has come. I promise, promise, that I will update with more recent photos. After all, this baby is now FOUR YEARS OLD! It's hard to believe that this little sweetheart is now capable of saying "mommy this cat is being a ping of the ask"! I don't know where she gets that from!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Change has come for America!
As Bill and I watched on T.V., he was surprised to see Cheney in a wheelchair...
He says " What happened to him? Did the door hit him in the ass on the way out?!!!!!
Go Obama!