Sunday, February 24, 2008

Pearly whites!

J got his braces off last week. We've been learning how to care for retainers and trying to remember to wear them!!!

He just finished his basketball season. Dad coached again and really enjoyed it. There was a celebration Friday night to end the season with a bang.

J has been focusing on Cub Scouts a lot in the last couple of weeks. Thank goodness Dad knows about scouts because I'm lost. They are out today working on a patch. The pinewood derby is coming up soon and there is a banquet this week. I'll report more on that later...once I figure out what's going on. When I was in Girl scouts it was completely different than this! We mostly sang songs and coerced folks to buy expensive cookies (which I have bought 10 so far this year!) Thanks for checking in!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Happy New Year !

We celebrated Chinese New Year with the local chapter of Families with Children from China. We've been a member of the group for about 2 years but now we officially have the child from China! They are an oustanding group of people. It's fun to share stories of our travel to China and our follies back home as we raise these beautiful girls.

Our hosts rolled out the red carpet of hospitality for us, opening their beautiful home that was decorated to the nines for the celebration. A student from the local university who is from Tianjin joined us for a second year. She's quite a resource and is so sweet with the kids. We had a plethora of delicious dishes to share. The kids played great together. Later in the evening we went upstairs to the theater room to watch episodes of a new cartoon, Ni-Hao, Kai-Lan! It's similar to Dora the Explorer but the main character is a Chinese-American little girl. The families hope she will become as popular as Dora, complete with all the merchandise available in stores.

Happy New Year to you all!

Friday, February 1, 2008

J - The Weapon!

J received his level 1, first degree black belt in taekwondo last night after a successful testing on Saturday. Once again, he has achieved something that neither of his parents have achieved. We are SO proud of him!