Sunday, February 27, 2011
Some pictures from our 1st Family Day - at breakfast with 'KatieRoz', and our evening with Ella's Gamma and Papa.
(Candles in chocolate chip pancakes for everyone!)
(They even pose alike these days.)
(Daddy and Ella screw-balling around.)
(Celebratory Family Day hot fudge sundaes.)
(Proud grandparents, huh?)
Enjoy your Sunday evening :) H, L & EML
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
(Returning to hotel, exhausted, after adoption proceedings.)
(An afternoon walk.)
(Ella's first bath!)
Monday, February 21, 2011
It all started here....in a Civil Affairs Office in a time zone, a culture, a city we were still trying to embrace. It all fell into place the very second we laid eyes on our little Man Li. Without a doubt, it has been the biggest, best (and most exhausting, yes) year of our lives. Happy Family Day to us. Thanks to you for following along.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
In a blink of an eye (or maybe a million because this mom-to-be did NOT sleep), we were on the trip down the elevator to meet Xiulan in the lobby. T-Minus 30 minutes to Ella Man Li...
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Last year at this time, Larry and I, the two-some, were taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Kunming - Xiulan our trusty sidekick leading us. (I do miss her.)
One year later, we are celebrating The Year of the Rabbit with our FCC Family (of course, KatieRoz included)...
...finding air vents to stand on...
Thursday, February 17, 2011
(A little painting and playing at our art museum.)
H, L & EML
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
N and his wife R were among the very first to learn about our adoption plans. They were part of the small group that gathered with us on the night of Ella's referral call. One of our fondest post-adoption memories has been N serenading Ella with his guitar, while two of his own children looked on.
The cross-cultural aspect of our relationship with N and R has been part of the reward. Now, in the vacuum of his sudden death, we too have taken comfort in traditions of N's Jewish faith. Ella's presence has been expressly requested by the family during the Shiva process, which we take as a compliment, an indication of our closeness, and an example of N and R's emphasis on family. The fact that our 21 month old can help lighten the sorrow and burden at this time, with her laughter, new words (and let's face it, party skills) is a wonderful feeling.
~L, H & EML
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Happy Chinese New Year to you! The Year of the Rabbit has arrived! Throughout our home, there are traditional Chinese lanterns hanging from lights, railings, cupboard knobs along with a variety of good fortune decorations on our doors. The floors have been swept (sweep out the bad to allow for good, of course). And oranges are a BIG hit. Oranges are symbolic for good luck and wealth. They are also perfect for carting around in her play grocery bag for pretend shopping.
On Friday, Ella shared her Chinese traditions with five of her good buddies at her care giver's house. There were red envelopes filled with lucky money; oranges, of course; Chinese zodiac coloring books; several of Ella's Chinese New Year books to share at story-time and cupcakes.
OK. I'll admit it - I have yet to find mention of cupcakes in any of the new year celebrations. But you have to give me a little credit for this decorating:
May your Rabbit Year be filled with a thousand reasons to smile goofy little smiles, just like this...
H, L & EML
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Make the most of your extra time together, if Mother Nature dumps on you. We hope to!