Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice when He could do something about it. But I'm afraid God might ask me the same question.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

So this past weekend we went to the mountains to a reunion picnic for our adoption agency CWA, I was so thrilled to see Jane, our China case worker who was in China when we met Mina and actually handed her to me... So check this out Mina 3 months later... Amazing, right? I really wish she wasn't clutching her sippy cup. But I still am so excited to have this photo.  I don't know why but it was so heartwarming to hear her being called by her Chinese name by women who knew of her before I did...  The picnic was great I could have spent much more time there gabbing with everyone, but alas it was time to go.  We head for another part of the mountains to go camping... Well, when life hands you lemons..... pack it up and go home???  We love camping,, we are not high maintenance people by any means, and camping makes all of the kids really happy, well usually.  This time, not so much.  It was rainy and muddy.  We had actually found this cool place where you can camp and tube down the river...Well we did that the first night and then it started pouring rain!!! So we made dinner in the rain and tried to roast marshmallows, it was a mess.  We woke the next morning to more rain, and decided to trek the kids to the top of the river and tube anyway, for goodness sake we had come this far we were going to go tubing.  It was soooo fun.  The kids LOVED it!!! Well Mina liked it as long as I didn't get stuck on any rocks, If I did she started screaming and hitting me. Almost in a funny way, Like quit it Mama, just go down the river faster.  Otherwise she really liked it. Sure the water was freezing, and mommy & papa were soaked, but tubing down a river past waterfalls and all... priceless.  Needless to say we did one 30 minute stint down the river that day and headed back to camp where we packed it up ( soaking wet and all) and headed on our long trip home. We had promised the kids smore's so we came on home and had a little floor picnic and ate way to much sugar, yummy! I wish I had some photos of our tubing experience but i was not about to brave the river with my camera in the pouring rain. If you can't tell Mina now thinks that if a camera is anywhere in sight she needs to make this "cheese" face.  It is really hard to get a photo where her face is not all squinched up these days.                                                                                             

Friday, July 11, 2008

Good Ol' Fashioned 4th

Ok, so the photos are in no particular order if you can't tell...... We had a great day, the kids decorated their bikes & Mina's wagon so they could be in this little hometown parade, and then we listened to a concert in the park and then headed for the fireworks.  Mina was a bit of a skeptic the first few blast then she started to ohhhh & ahhhh and point with the rest of us as we munched on homemade carmel corn we made the night before (yummy!) I get such a kick out of the little things in life... I hope my kiddos do to...We are in a flurry of packing before we start our fun vacations... 

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The past few weeks of cuteness..

                We love Summertime!!! and girl is having a blast!  We have been having sooo much fun this summer and it is only the beginning.  July will be insanely busy but this past month has been that slow mellow summertime fun.  Mina is such a joy... She adds so much love to our family, she is truly a blessing.  I can't imagine our house without her in it.  She is loving all of her new adventures.  Everything is so exciting for her... I am pretty good at taking photos but not so great at updating the blog, so here are a bunch from the past few weeks.  We went to a concert/ fireworks show which was super fun & Mina loved it.. They released a ton of balloons in the air which was a huge thrill for her, she also had her first merry-go-round experience which was a big deal... Seriously the girl loves everything!  Like sidewalk chalk, she can't get enough. And costumes... I am the ultimate bargain shopper, so each year after Halloween, I hit Old Navy and buy a bunch of these super cute costumes for next to nothing and my kids play in them all year long, Mina is no exception.. and this way the little man doesn't have to be wearing a princess dress like his sisters, which I am not saying he has never done.  but these costumes have gotten a ton of use around here.  Mina also got to hang with her buddy who came home from China just a few months before she did.  This little girl is so precious, I could just stare at her beautiful face, and she is sooo full of personality she cracks you up... She is such a love, and it is unexplainably cute seeing Mina and her play together, so fun! So here are photos from the last few weeks, before our July fun filled vacations start up...