Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bow Swap

Nancy at Waiting to Asennd has come up with this great idea. The following is from her blog.

I have come up with an idea for a swap as I have been walking around at the Mall lately. I think it would be fun to do a bow swap. I think it would be nice to trade names with 2 or 3 other people and send a couple little bows totalling no more than $10. I don't think the postage would be much either.

If you would like to participate, or if you would like to let others who read your blog know about it, please send me an e-mail at

My goal is to get names out and try to get this going be early Febuary.

I am also thinking about doing a swimsuit swap for the summer.

I can't wait to get in on this little swap! Maya gets a hair clasp in her hair every morning before she even gets out of the bed. We could always use more bows.

Caught in the Act

These are the little monkey bowling pins I mentioned in my last post. I am still finding them and the Little People critters setting neatly around. The monkeys were all sitting around the rim of Maya's potty just a few days ago. Needless to say they all had to get a bath! LOL!!
Here is Maya caught in the act of setting up the monkeys all in a neat little row. Must have been the Tide commercial with the Charlie Brown song on the TV that distracted her from getting the last two monkeys set up. Our girl is obsessed with the Peanuts characters and shows. She LOVES Snoopy.

This is what we were left with.

Life is good!
(You can barely see two monkeys setting at Mike's foot. Maya set those up there too. They are always facing the same way.)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Enjoying our Christmas Present

Mike gave Maya and I a Clay Center membership for Chirstmas and we didn't waste any time using it. We were happy that Klaire and her Mommy could join us last week.

Maya in the fish bowl.

Klaire too.

We were very suprised when we were joined by two more girls from our local China adoption group (and a cute little 13 month old boy who just loved all of the girls, and crayons). The girls all enjoyed The Stray Dog and coloring their own dogs after the story. We are looking forward to a new story and craft at the next Wee Wednesday.

This has nothing to do with the Clay Center but I just had to throw it in. I have been finding a lot of things like this around our house lately. Little things all in a row. Usually it's her Little People toys but she has some monkey bowling pins that get set up in a row too. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and all of the toys will be placed neatly instead of scattered all over the place!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

This is January??

On Monday and Tuesday, the weather was plain ol' crazy. It was nearly 70 degrees both days. Even the dandelions don't know it's winter.

It was very windy on Tuesday but that didn't deter us from playing outside for most of the day.

If anyone had any doubt that this girl belongs to us, here is all the proof anyone who knows us well needs. She is a true tree hugger just like her Momma!

And don't forget the kiss.

Maya played at this tree forever. She hugged and kissed it. She did ring around the rosie around it. She picked the bark off of it. She hit it with sticks and threw rocks at it. And she said "tee" six thousand times. But when it came time to go inside all she could say was "NO"! (or maybe it's "Nah")

Monday, January 07, 2008

One Year Ago...

One year ago (on 1/4/06 I'm a few days late) we received the call that would forever change our lives. At the end of that conversation we got the first glimpse of this tiny angel...Our daughter Yangchun Hua Zheng. An 8 month old beauty waiting for us to come and bring her home to her family. About 7 long, long weeks later (as if the past 16 months hadn't been long enough) we traveled to Guangdong province, PR China and were handed this treasure that we had only seen pictures of, our Maya HuaMei. We are the luckiest people on the face of this planet!!

One year later we are still reeling from the evolution of our existence. Each morning we are awakened by (most of the time) the sweet sound of her contented voice talking to the critters in her bed. Then a little louder comes "Momma, Dadda?" And then a glorious smile when she sees one of us peek into her room.
It has been a long and bumpy road. This has not been an easy journey. But we are finally getting to a place where we are all feeling pretty normal, tightly bonded, securely attached and very, very loved.
If all of this has occurred in a little less than a year, I can only imagine what the next year will bring. She is an amazing, resilient, independent soul. She is the love of our lives. She is everything we could have ever hoped for and more. She is our Maya HuaMei.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008