Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We planted flowers a few days ago but I haven't had a chance to post but this was a good time anyway because we have a few things to talk about that's "Blooming"

Lauren picked out all of the flowers and then helped dig the holes, put in the potting soil, placed the flowers and then watered the flowers. She was so proud of herself and had such a great time doing it. In the picture with her lip sticking out, she's not pouting that's how hard she was concentrating on the task :)

Part 2 of my post is about our next adoption. We have been taking classes with DFACS for 5 weeks now and only have 2 more to go before they come to do our homestudy, we have asked for a child in the newborn to 2 range and either gender. Once our homestudy is complete they will send it to each and every county in our state and then we'll be matched with a child. Our wait may be a little long because of our requested age but we feel this would be the best thing for us and after talking to Lauren's doctor they feel a younger child would be best for her also so we are excited about what God is going to do in our family over the next few months. Lauren changes daily on if she wants a brother or a sister but she is excited none the less. Pray for us if you can that this transition will go as smooth as possible for all of us involved.I'll post updates as they come also but for now you know all that's " Blooming" around here :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Babyland General Hospital

We took Lauren to the baby hospital where Cabbage Patch Kids are born today, it was the coolest place ever. We got to see the preemie's, the newborns that were born today and even got to see mama cabbage give birth to a new baby. We let Lauren adopt a newborn and she picked one named Elisabeth Rory. It was a neat place to visit and not far from us at all and best of all it's free admission :)

In the first picture she is holding a flat doll with the name kenny on it that's because her cousin kenny is reading the book Flat Stanley in school and we were asked to take flat kenny to all kinds of cool places and then mail him back to Florida with stories and pictures about his journey's.

mama cabbage having a baby, notice the Dr in scrubs :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

15 Years Today

Steve and I have been married 15 years today, time sure does go by fast doesn't it :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Mini Boss

Lauren is totally on manner and waste patrol right now. Here's a few of her "lessons"

"Mom, don't talk with that sucker in your mouth or you'll choke".

At church she told the class worker " You can only give me 4 squares of paper when I go potty cause I'm 4 years old"

when the class worker tried to help her with handwashing she told her

" your wasting water, you need to turn it off now "

she told jake " don't bark at people, that's rude"

we had revival at church a few days ago and she told the evangelist he sung too loud, he really was loud though in her defense :)

She thought the evangelist was the coolest guy ever, he was the worship leader in our Nashville church and she hasn't seen him for a while but everywhere we went she had to hold hands with him and when he left she told him "I'm gonna miss you so much " so sweet....

I could go on and on with the things she says, they totally crack me up. She's so small but says such "big" things to people now.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Never Had This Response

Steve, Lauren and I went out to lunch at a Chinese restaurant today that we have been to many times before and the waiter came up to us and asked where Lauren was from so I gave the typical response of China without thinking about it because sometimes people will ask if she is from Korea so I just always say China. well, he said " I knew that" real sarcastically. so I said she is from Hubei, China and he said how long has she been here to which I replied 3 years. This is where it got ugly, he said " She is no longer Chinese, she is American, Poor Kid"
HUH ???? what the heck is up with that ? That is the first time in almost 3 years that we have had a negative response from a Chinese person about her adoption. So we ate and left without any more conversation from him but I started thinking " Am I doing enough to keep her Chinese heritage" I don't know that I am , we go to Chinese New Year, we celebrate the Chinese holidays but what else can I do so that Lauren will always remember and be proud of her heritage ?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dying Easter Eggs

I was so excited to dye Easter eggs with Lauren this year, we missed it last year for some reason so I got the colors ready, boiled the eggs, let them cool and got it all set up and was ready for her to have a great time. Well, the pictures below will show you how it went :)

Yep, she hated it, she didn't like the smell and she didn't like the way her hands got yucky. I have always said I have a determined girl, she likes what she likes and that's it.

Oh, can anyone tell me how to upload more than 5 pictures to blogger, that's all it will let me do.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Weekend Fun

We headed to the zoo yesterday for the Gorilla egg hunt, they hid jello eggs in the gorilla compound and let the male silverbacks go hunt for them. it was too cute. they also have a new parakeet feeding place where they have 500 parakeets in a aviary and you can feed them treat sticks, Lauren loved it. We had an Easter egg hunt at church today and she really enjoyed that. It was a great Easter weekend full of fun. The blue stuff on her face is cotton candy so you know she had a good day :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Five Hands and A Limbo

This post is all over the place but we went to see my great grandmother on Tuesday in Florida which would be Lauren's Great, Great Grandmother and while we we getting ready to go Lauren kept herself busy by doing the Limbo with a mini blind pole. While we were in Florida we took a five generation picture of all of our hands, which I thought was cool, we also took a regular picture but I thought you could really see the age differences just in our hands.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Cupcakes !!!!

I let Lauren make cupcakes yesterday, she added the oil, water and cake mix, she turned on the blender and then poured the batter into the little cake things that Nana sent, after they were finished cooking she frosted them. She had a great time and it was a great memory for us both :)

Oh and on a side note Jake's private trainer started coming today to help us with his agression issues, I found a Rat Terrier rescue group here and one of the directors offered to come each week for FREE to help us with Jake's agression ( I know Laura will be happy :)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

My Avon orders came today so Lauren thought the boxes would make a great train so we taped the boxes together and her and Hello Kitty went off to who knows where :)