Friday, October 17, 2014

8 Months!!

Time has flown.

But we are enjoying our fall! 

It's so neat to see Roman and London experience all their firsts. It's kind of funny explaining Halloween to them. "Yes, Roman, you get dressed up for one day and then we give you candy." And Christmas is even better..."Yes, Roman, we're going to stick a tree in our house and put lights on it. And then we're going to buy you toys, but you don't get to see them...we're going to put paper all over the toys so you can stare at them for one month and be completely tortured." He really thinks we're nuts. Every time I explain it, he says, "okaaaaay" and looks at me in bewilderment. 

I have continued my photography classes and even had a mini class session with a professional photographer to help me take sharper pictures. I will post on that later, because it was hilarious...sort of.

Speaking of hilarious...




I love the look of shock on Lily Anna's face when she discovered berries in her hand.



Fall is the best time of the year!!



Beautiful Lily Anna. 


Look who loves to read!




Lily Anna and London. Beyond sweet!!!



Another one of Lily Anna. 
I think I'm going to have to frame this one!!



I adore this picture of Roman!! It was his first time drinking tea with me. The sun was pouring in through the window and I love how the whole room is shadowed except right on his eyes. This was a precious moment with him because now he loves to sit and drink tea with his Mommy! 

Happy Fall everyone!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Little Photo Shoot

I took the littles out front for a mini photo shoot yesterday.


Johnny



Lily Anna



London



Roman


They are so used to me posing them that they go into cute overdrive. 
School has begun, fall feels like it's here, and that combined with four adorable children makes for some pretty neat pictures.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back To School!!

Yes, I have been absent from blogging. Summer break basically means I don't have a moment to myself, so blogging became my last priority...showering became my first.

 All my kiddos are finally in school and it's weird. I home schooled my two oldest for the past six years, so this silence stuff is not my cup of tea! It's too quiet here and it's driving me nuts. But I know it's for a reason. I am taking this time to pursue the things that God has placed in my heart for me to do and He has shown me that it is time. 

Josiah and Brianna have adjusted nicely back into public school and I look forward to their crazy stories from the day.  The difference between home schooling and public school is that I now teach them at night, rather than in the morning...sigh. I had no idea I was going to STILL be schooling them, ha ha. 

Here are a few pictures of all my kiddos on their first day of school. 

Josiah and Brianna started last Wednesday. He is a sophomore and and she is in 8th grade.



Johnny is in 2nd grade and Lily Anna is in 1st grade. They started  last Thursday.



Roman and London started on Friday and are both in kindergarten. 



Yep, this one is super blurry because I did not adjust my settings to accommodate more people in the picture. Yikes. Have I told you I'm not a natural at photography?? 

And it would have been a great photo too, except for Johnny spacing off with a fake smile. :)



Monday, July 7, 2014

5 Months With Roman and London

This past weekend we took the kiddos to the carnival. Roman and London's expressions were priceless. They absolutely loved it, and when we were done, we walk to the lake and, of course, I took 100 pictures. 














This week we will have had Roman and London in our family for 5 months. It feels like much longer than that except when they speak and it's still combined with some Mandarin. Roman is starting to lose his native language. It's crazy how it happens. He still tries to speak into our Google translate on our phone, but he no longer speaks the Mandarin language into it...he speaks mostly English, so he doesn't understand why the translator isn't "working" properly. 

We are enjoying our summer, enjoying bonding, and just being a family.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Be Still My Heart!!

This boy....he has my heart. 

And he knows it.

 When I first saw that video of him over a year ago, I kept thinking, "Why is this boy still waiting??? Why has no one snatched him up??? Are people out of their ever-lovin' minds??? Someone go GET him!!!" 

So I did. 

He has been with us over 4 months now and he is entertainment rolled up into a tiny six year old frame. Many days I feel like I adopted the Chinese version of Tommy Boy.


He's a lot cuter than Tommy Boy, though. :)