Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Chris came into our lives several years ago. One thing about us, we are frequently the family who says things like, "if you ever need anything, call me. We have a spare room." And then we make sure we mean it by actually opening our home to quite a colorful cast of people throughout the years. Chris was in need of more than just a room, however. He really needed a family. We move frequently, all over the world. The one thing we are really good at is creating our own "family" units in far-flung places around the globe. So it really wasn't hard to absorb Chris into ours. The hardest thing was letting him go, off to join the U.S. Navy where he's currently studying nuclear engineering in South Carolina and figuring out how to be a good husband to his new bride, Alyssa. We miss him so much, especially my boys who were in the fortunate position to gain an older brother for a bit. Happy Birthday Chris! We love you!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We did eventually catch up, and I'm praying every day that we do the same in our current child-rearing stage!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The tree in our neighborhood park where we took our most recent Christmas card photo was chopped down. I wasn't the only one who was stunned by it's removal. For the three days it took to get it down there was quite a crowd at all times.
My boys were sullen about it. I can't blame them. I spent at least a third of my own childhood in a tree in our front yard, and at our current house there are two trees the boys have staked out for themselves. But this old friend is a horrible loss- even Michael, who grew up in this neighborhood, climbed it as a child.
It was growing at an angle with some of the branches hanging over a concrete path. I can imagine that someone must have fallen, or perhaps the roots were interfering with something underground. When questioned, the city crew was non-committal. Whatever it was, this is one tree that will be missed.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The blink-and-you'll-miss-us footage from the opening sequence of The Golden Mickey's in Hong Kong Disneyland. Josh and I are directly to Mickey's right.
In front of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. That day everyone thought I was the exceptionally lucky mother of THREE boys, and ladies kept touching me to get some of my luck to rub off on them.
Hong Kong Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle with the sloping hillsides of Lantau Island in the background.
On the raft from Tom Sawyer's Island at Hong Kong Disneyland, which had views of our home on Hong Kong Island.
Hanging out in Victoria Harbour, on Hong Kong Island. You know, the set for Batman, The Dark Knight.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Now this is the kind of photo worth taking! Or at least Nathan thought so. Yuck!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I adore Alice in Wonderland. I have an enormous collection of Alice themed items, lots of books, including a couple over 100 years old, several old dolls, original art and prints, and various trinkets and rare items. People who love me send me interesting Alice items from all over the world. I thought for certain we would have a little girl, and her nursery would be Wonderland themed. Alas, we did not. So instead, our large dining room is my Alice showplace, the one girly spot in a house overrun with boy stuff. Not that Alice is strictly for girls- both the boys love the Disney version animated film and I've read them the book a handful of times. But, being the wild boys that they are, what they really love the most about Alice is the Mad Tea Party attraction at Disneyland. They really love it when Daddy makes it spin so fast that we are in danger of little Ben flying out! Wanna join us? Take your anti-nausea meds and then watch the video below!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
They were so proud of their handiwork! I mentioned that it wasn't "crazy hair day" at school, and Nathan replied, "I know, that is why we didn't make it crazy." Uh huh.
I have firmly resolved that hair will not be an area of conflict in our home (says the girl who changes hair color with the seasons), so off to school they went, pleased as punch with their lovely new do's!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
In the meantime, you can celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with some green eggs and ham and a rousing reading of If I Ran the Circus, which is crazy fun on the tongue!
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