Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008

Well here are some photos of our 1st Christmas Party and Christmas Eve for Leah!!!! A picture tell a 1000 words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Leah's 5th Birthday!!!!!

Ok,, Well alot has gone on in the last few weeks... I am at a loss for words!!!! OK,,, OK ,,, STOP LAUGHING ALREADY!!!!!!

But here are some pictures of her party!!!!! She was so overwhelmed that, she actually cried at bedtime... She was so tired!!! But she had such a good time!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Just a blerb!!!!

Well,,, Here is an upate..

Ordered new camera, got all of Leah's B-day invitations in the mail today, Dylan loves football... and our grandson was jumping on the bed,, fell off and broke his leg... How's that for a weekend?!?!?!?!?!

Pictures to follow...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Yes, I know it has been a long long time...

Well lets see... it has been so long that I do not even know where to start....

Let's start with the GOOD NEWS.. Marc & Kathy Jo,, got their referral today,, Their daughter, Hope is 6 months old, DOB 3/8/08... What a shocker.. they were expecting a 2 yr old or so... they are the last one is our group waiting for their baby...

And I broke my brand new camera today... CRAP!!!!!

In a storm last week, I managed to find our trampoline on the roof of my neighbors horse corral...

We had a 50th B-day party for our friend Kelly Ost.. at our house... oh yeah mine too.. IF I don't mention that it was for me too,,, Sindy will let me know about ... butr on the 8th,, she will 42!!!! ha ha ha !! Gotcha Sindy!!!!

We finally got to meet Chris and Beth's little boy they brought home the end of June.. OMG... he is soooo cute.. and what sweetie... No pictures thought ... Crap!!!!

Dylan has started football. This is going to cause ALOT of gray hair for me!!!!

We got a new puppy, she is a miniture pincher, her name is Harley,,, yeah yeah I know go figure!!!!!

Our business is taking off faster than we are ready for.. That has managed to mentally drain what little sanity I even thought I had left.... or fry the last brain cell.. it was lonely any way....


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Just a few!!!

Here are just a few clips!!!!! Wow where has the time gone?!?!?!?!?


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Important Day...

Well yesterday we went down to sign the petition for re-adoption here in the states. This in NOT something we have to do, but, this way we know that no matter what ever happens to Dan & I, the state CAN NOT take anything away from Leah... We will also take part in the National Adoption Day...That will also be our court date that EVERYTHING is sign by the Judge here in the state...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Play Dates...


Well here are some pictures of our newest friend, Molly Carter!!! She has been home since last Friday, June 13th, 2008...

Monday, June 9, 2008

OK,, OK,, OK..... Some Pictures! ! ! ! ! !

These are the first professional pics we had taken...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

More Updates!!!!!

Well,, today was Leah's Doctor's appt. for her shoulder,, and she got to take the brace off.. Needless to say,, she is VERY excited!!!!She just has to take it a little easy this week, and we are leaving for California on Friday... so that should be fairly easy... HA!!!

So far I have a B average in my school,, not bad for someone who has been out of school for 25 years...

Dan & I are learning all about our new machinery, for our business, not an easy task,, I am SOOOOO confused~~~~!!!!!!

And the best news of all is our dearest friends, Kelly & Sindy Ost asked us to be God Parents to their little girl, Allison,, and of course we said yes!!!!!

Everything is GOOD!!!!

HUGS TO ALL!!!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Finally a couple of Pictures! ! ! !

Well,, here are a couple of pictures....

Leah vocabulary gets better every day... Everyone is so amazed that she understands everything we say....


I am also going back to school, as Danny & I are starting our own Graphics business.... I will try to keep up!!!!!


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

JUST ANOTHER UPDATE! ! ! ! ! !

Well I have been just a little busy,, I know that is obvious, as I have not blogged..

But things are well... Leah did fall off of her new bed and break her clavicle ( the little bone between the shoulder and the collar bone. Now the hard part is trying to keep her calm for at least 3 weeks.. hardy har har,har har!!! The worst is I can not explain very well why she can not run and play... like normal... And we went to a friends daughter's 3rd birhtday, Cali, party at Little Gym... Poor Leah could not do much.. but she did have a little fun anyway,, she got a Little Mermaid balloon.

Leah's lanuage is coming along great!!!! You just have to really pay attention to what she is talking about.. and you can usually make out what she says,, and if Baba does not get it, she takes his hand and shows him....

TTFN

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

UPDATE~~~And yes I know it is about time!!!!

Well it will be 2 weeks tomorrow that we have been home.... And Leah is adjusting well... maybe too well and what I mean by that is that she has not "grieved" yet... the only time she ever gets upset is when we have to scold her OR she does NOT get HER way!!!!! And at bed time she would get sad... but each night got better and for the last 5 night no tears and the last 2 nights,, she goes to bed smiling as long as Mama is laying with her... We tried to let her sleep with us,, but she sleeps like a fish out of water.... Either getting kicked, arm coming across your face, or she will just roll over whatever is in her way.. Needless to say the cats are not fond of her sleeping habits.

She has great with the boys going back to school.. As soon as the bus pulls up in the afternoon,, she starts waving and yells Gege... and something in Chinese!!! not sure what she is saying...

However when Baba went back to work,, she did not take that nearly so well... the 1st 2 days, when he got home, she would not even hardly look at him.. So he left later for work, so he was still here when she got up, and he played with her and got her, her breakfast. Then the next day he went to work normal time and she is fine... and today we went to his work, "to show off his Priness"... She did fine ,, not a tear, just very quiet....

And she is very attached to her Jie jie.... Heather is thrilled to FINALLY have her little sister...

She also plays great with her nephew (2yr old)!!! And nboy do they keep me hopping,, he even calls her Aunt Leah... TOO CUTE!!!

And as for Gege Kyle, she love him too,, at 16 he isn't too fond of the hanging on him... But that is just him....

And as for Gege Justin, she has not warmed up to him yet... but she has only seen him like 3 or 4 times in the 2 weeks we have been home. He did pick her up yesterday, but she would not hug him or anything.. we jsut told him in due time...

She is understanding ALOT of what we say, but her speaking English is not going as well..... I am not worried we have only been home a few days.....


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Home At Last! ! ! ! ! ! !

Sorry it has taken so long to update... I have been trying to update my journel,, I missed placed it for the last half of the trip... So I will post pics for now..

JUST GLAD TO BE HOME!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

We are in Beijing ! ! ! !

We are here!!!!!! Made it to our room,,and we are going site seeing... Will post pics a little bit later..

Hugs to all

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In San Francisco

Well we are in San Fran and in the hotel room.... The funny part is,,, we are in the same room that Emmie & Mark Hastings were in 3 weeks ago..... TOOOO Funny!!!!!!!

Cody & Dylan thought it was so COOL to land just over the water.... They are so excited... not sure if anyone will get any sleep tonight...

Hang in there Leah,, we are just a couple days away....

3 HOURS AND COUNTING ! ! ! ! ! !

We are leaving for the airport in 3 hours.... AAAAHHHHH!!! The day is finally here... Thanks to everyone for their continued support... We will TRY to update daily...

HUGS TO ALL ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Friday, February 22, 2008

Less than 5 DAYS and counting!!!!!

OK!!!! I am officially ready to go.... packed and everyone is so excited...It is SO hard to get Cody and Dylan to sleep at night.....Not to mention,, I have not fallen asleep before 11pm or midnight if a few days....

We are READY!!!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

1 WEEK! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Ok ,,, we are down to the wire here!!!!!! Not sure my stomach is going to take much more!!!!!!! I am packing and repacking.... AAAGGGGHHHHH!!!!! NOBODY warned me this part of the "roller coaster" ride was the scariest!!!!

Off to the bank and to take Kyle to get his driver's permit... Holy C***... at least he will be driving his dad's truck for 2 weeks,,, ha ha ha ha !!!!!!

Hugs to ALL!!!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

20 Days & Counting ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Well,, we only ;have 20 days til we leave to go get our little one.. Not too long ago,, I really started to think this was not going to happen.... I guess we are NOT there yet...... All I have to go off of is these little pictures of a beautiful smile... I have lasted 2+ years, what's a few more days... Yeah Right,, who am I trying to convince?!?!?!?!?

Hang on Baby girl,, we are goming soon!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

WE R READY ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Well today... our visas came Fed Ex.... then about 15 miunutes later... our airline tickets came UPS!!!!!!!

Hang in there BABYGIRL!!!


MAMA & BABA will be there SOON!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

January 23, 2008

Well with a little bit of help from Marianne,,, we got our I-171, today.... Now just waiting on our visas....

We leave Phoenix, on February 27th, fly into San Francisco, stay the night, then on the 28th we get on a plane to Beijing... I can not believe it... we are going to get Leah...

We love you Leah.....

WoooHoooo!!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

IT'S OFFICIAL ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Well here is our itinerary for our trip;


Thurs, Feb 28, Leave the US
Fri, Feb 29, Arrive in BJ for all groups
Sat, March 1, Sightseeing in BJ
Sun, March 2, fly to your child's province
Mon, March 3, receive the children (Danny's Mom's B-day)
Tues, March 4, do adoption process
Wed, March 5, free day or sightseeing
Thurs, March 6, free day or sightseeing
Fri, March 7, get all paperwork back complete ACS paperwork
Sat, March 8, fly to GZ
Sun, March 9, free day
Mon, March 10, medical exam & visa photos for children
Tues, March 11, ACS appts
Wed, March 12, take oath at ACS about 6:00pm and farewell dinner
Thurs, March 13, return to the US.



I am already making flight arrangments...
Whhhoooo Hoooooo
Here we come Leah!!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

January 21, 2008

Well got word our TA's (Travel Approvals) are in and our Agency has submitted for our CA's (Consulate Appointments)... And that our I-171 will be mailed out tomorrow.... So WE WILL be traveling the end of February!!!!! Hang in there Leah,,, MaMa and BaBa will be there soon....

Thursday, January 17, 2008

January 2008

Well here we are!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday I sent off our passports and visa apps to the courier in CA,, should have them back around the 25th... Can you believe it I am getting our travel visas to go get Leah!!!! Our friends Emmie & Mark are in China right now to get Haylee!!! We will meet up with them on their trek home... We have never met face to face... Just emailing and talking on the phone for over 2 yrs now!!!!

Our TENTATIVE travel date to leave for China is 2/28, and Gotcha Day 3/3 (my MIL b-day).. How cool is that... We got our referral the day before my moms b-day....

We are having our "baby" shower Jan. 26th.... WOW!!! The time has finally come.....

Welcome Everyone!!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to see where we are in our journey, of adoption, to bring Leah home from China. We enjoy everyone asking questions, I know I never get tired of talking about it.......

The Guizhou Zoo

The White Swan Hotel

1st Day

Our Little Leah

Our Little Leah
Don't you just love the smile...dob 10/12/03

The day we got the PACKAGE!!!

We got her packet today,, here is another picture of Leah

We got her packet today,, here is another picture of Leah
What a look?!?!?!?!?!