Friday, April 30, 2010

Rollerblading Club

Madison is in the rollerblading club at her school. Every Friday the elementary school gets to participate in different clubs. They change the clubs every quarter and they have been the highlight of Madison's week. In the past she has done the Art Club, Technology Club, Traditional Dance Club, and some others that I can't recall. Well, this quarter she is in the Discovery Club and the Rollerblading Club. Last Friday I was helping with the Technology Club so as I was waiting for school to be over, I got to watch her and other 1st and 2nd graders roller blade. They were so cute.

Here she is acting silly.

Her and her friend Hannah blading around the cones.

And another shot of her in action.

We are so thankful for her school and that she loves it so much. She is learning a ton, but she also gets to do extracurricular activities that she enjoys too.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

These sweet little sisters

Last weekend we were out exploring and thought we would go check out a new international hotel that just opened up recently in our block. Here are Madison, Hailey and Sydney acting silly in the hotel. It is so fun having 3 little girls who really love each other...yes, they fuss and fight, but I'm so thankful for the genuine love they have for each other. I love watching them with each other and can't wait to see them love on their little mei mei (mei mei means little sister in Chinese).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Walk Home from Dinner

Today was one of the first nice Spring days we've had. It has been a long, dreary, cold winter. So tonight we decided we would walk to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. It's about a mile and 1/2 walk so we pushed Sydney in her stroller, and Madison and Hailey rode their scooters. There is a lot to see in 1.5 miles in this city. On the way back we came up to a little exercise park and Sydney hopped out of her stroller and the big girls threw down their scooters to go play.

We played for awhile with the exercise equipment.

Then the girls each held a little girl's tiny puppy.

Then they scooted down the block to another park and Madison wanted to buy a bird from this man selling birds from his bike. Of course, we said no. I know there are some bird lovers out there, but I think a bird will be the last pet we ever own.

That is just a few of the things we see in a normal evenings stroll around the block.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Girls Raised In The South (of China) still love their grits. It is pretty amazing to me that our girls love grits! They have lived their whole life outside of the southern US, but still love grits. Hailey can eat a huge bowl of grits....everyday! She absolutely loves them. This creates a pretty big problem since we can't get grits here. When we go to the states or we have family or friends visit, grits are on the top of our list of things for them to bring...not just a few packets either....more like 10lbs of grits!

Hailey and Sydney enjoying their grits

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

For our daughter

For the most part we have failed miserably at blogging. I way overthink my posts which, in turn, prevents me from posting anything. I really want to do this. One of the reason I think I'm not good at it is because I really find our life to be pretty normal. Many of you would say what is normal about living in China, but it does feel quite ordinary to us.

One thing about us that may not seem very ordinary is that we are about to have a little Chinese daughter. We have always wanted to adopt and now is finally the time. I am going to have a 4th daughter! I never thought I would have 4 children...much less 4 daughters! I'm really going to try again at blogging (for the 3rd time, i think), if for no other reason, but for our new daughter. I want her to be able to look back and see how much she was wanted, loved and prayed for by the 5 of us! We can't wait to meet you, sweet little girl! If the process continues like it is going, it may be sooner than later.