Her little piggies

4.17.2014

Havi recently discovered the stash of nail polish I keep in my bathroom and has been asking me to paint her piggy toes.  So one morning, I indulged her a bit.  Since it was the first time I was painting them for her, I thought I would capture the moment.  So I pulled out my handy dandy mini tripod and remote shutter release.  I picked a spot in the house far away from rugs and with enough space to place my camera/tripod on the floor nearby.  We ended up in a walkway between the living room and kids playroom.
As soon as her nails were dry, she insisted on changing out her top for one of her sister's twirly dresses.  I guess her painted toes made her feel a bit glamorous.  I can't blame her.


One afternoon

4.11.2014

I was folding laundry in the living room one afternoon while Caleb and Madeline watched some Tennis Channel.  I stopped and picked up my camera to capture the two of them engaged in some serious tennis viewing when Havi woke up from her nap and joined them.
There was a lot of giggling going on as Havi played with her brother's socks.  It made my heart smile.  

It's moments like these that fill our days and are worth slowing down and capturing.  Nothing extraordinary, breathtaking or magical.  A simple afternoon doing some chores...and enjoying the laughter of my children.  These are the days.

Spring Break camping: Part 2

4.07.2014

Day 3 started off with a little rainbow loom bracelet making for Madeline and Maggie.  Maggie had actually spent the night with us in our travel trailer.  The girls like to do this at least one night.  It's a pretty convenient way to have an overnight.
We quickly ate breakfast and headed out to the beach.  Maggie and most of her family had to head to a birthday party, but we hit the beach with Bryan and Emily and their kids before the storm rolled in.
And boy did it.  We actually had tornado warnings and decided it would be best to head to the local mall and wait until the majority of the storm passed.  Patrick got in a quick shave, and Madeline had to join him.  
A tornado did touch down not too far from where we were.  So we were glad we chose to leave for a few hours.  When we came back, we all had dinner together.  The girls stayed inside and watched a movie while the boys went outside to play.
Our last morning was Sunday.  Bryan is one of the pastors at his church.  So he headed out.  But Patrick decided to do a little bible study with the kids.  We sang along to songs on our iPads and iPhones.
Then Stephen performed some magic tricks. I love how he has incorporated the illusions into bible lessons.  It was pretty neat.
Then the kids played some more.
All that play and lunch tuckered Havi out.  She slept while Caleb and Madeline continued to play, and Patrick and I packed up.
We had such a great time camping with our friends.  We joked that we're so glad we can all camp together because that's about the only time we can manage to all get together.  Still, we're going to try getting together without the camping part.

These are the times, though, we truly cherish as a family.  We love being together and relaxing, talking about things that matter in this great big world and watching our kids frolic under the sun...or the clouds.

Spring Break camping: Part 1

4.03.2014

As I mentioned last time, last week we headed back to where Miss Peggy made her inaugural camping adventure with the same group of friends.  Of the three families, only one group of kids is not homeschooled.  Still, we thought it would be a great time to spend a long weekend during Spring Break back at the beach in our beloved houses on wheels. So last Thursday, we packed up Miss Peggy and headed up the road to our convenient little beachfront campground.  
Baba had a couple of eager helpers when it came to hitching up the trailer.
We actually pulled up to check in at the same time as our friend Bryan...totally unplanned.  Once we got to our site, we backed Miss Peggy in.  And much to our surprise, it was the best job we had done...and I guess it impressed our neighbors, as they made it a point to say so. I tell ya, that hubby of mine has really gotten the hang of towing this big girl and backing her up.  Anyway, Caleb and Madeline immediately started playing with Bryan's boys (the girls were with their mom Emily.)  And that meant Havi was hanging out with us as we set up.  She has discovered how to climb up and down the ladder for the bunks.  That does a mama's heart good.  Um, not.  She also thinks it's fun to hang out on the top bunks and not come down.  Again, funny for her.  Not for mama. lol
Our friends Lisa and Shail arrived later in the afternoon with their crew.  We all ended up having dinner (it's a big bring-your-own-food-and-everybody-shares-kinda-feast) at a site belonging to another friend of Bryan and  Emily's.  We had such a great time chatting and eating while the kids played.  Caleb especially enjoyed playing football.  I, however, turned in early with Havi because she didn't get a nap that day and tuckered out early.
The next morning we had breakfast and quickly decided to hit the beach.  The water was cold.  So the kids didn't really go in past their ankles.  Instead, they spent a lot of time playing in the sand.
We came back to the trailer for lunch, and then Patrick wanted to pick up a few things at the store with Caleb and Madeline while Havi took a nap.  She wasn't too thrilled about being left behind.
Shoes on the wrong feet and a big hot mess....poor girl.  Later on, Bryan took the big kids on a bike ride.
Havi wanted to be a big kid.  She didn't make the cut.
We did a lot of this...chillaxin' while the kids played.  We fired up the grills and ate some dinner at "our place" that night.
Emily's sister, Grace, came with her husband Jake and their two kids.  The bigger the crowd, the better.
 Caleb facilitated races for the little girls.
Then after some energy was burned off, it was time to roast some marshmallows.
Havi loves to greet every single car, truck, or motorhome that passes her way.
This photo of Havi absolutely cracks me up.  She was completely covered in dirt and could've cared less.  And then little Audrey dumped an orange cone full of dirt right on her head after I snapped this.  Bath time was really fun that night.  And I was still shaking dirt out of her hair the next morning. lol
And that would mark the end of day 2 of this latest installment of camping with Miss Peggy.

....to be continued....

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This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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