Monday, February 20, 2017

Mommy Adventures

The rain continues!  I am thinking we might need to build an ark!

In exciting news, we took a Mommy Adventure and finally got a chance to see this bridge covered. The water is usually at least 20 feet below the bridge.  



Mommy Adventures are last-minute let's-go-do-something-crazy days!  I never know how many kiddos I'll be able to entice to come along--sometimes I make it forced family fun--but today's didn't disappoint.  And it included a bonus stop at Walmart to get candy and sweet tea!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Rose Garden

It's been a SUPER rainy and snowy winter.  Let's pretend it's summer, shall we?

We love to travel, but there are so many places in our immediate area that we never seem to make time for.  Lan Lan had been wanting to see the Rose Garden forever, so for her birthday we finally took an afternoon and it didn't disappoint!

Beautiful!









Have I ever mentioned that Lan Lan collects ballet photos?  Very cool.  

Please tell me that summer really WILL come again!  Can't wait to take the whole family back to the gardens.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Life Before Adoption

Our adopted kids had a life before our family, which thankfully included people they loved.  It is so important to keep those connections strong, even though it can be difficult.  Not only is the relationship important, but having someone else who SHARES and REALLY KNOWS what life was like is a comfort for my children--both the positive and negative realities of life before adoption.

There were many blessed and beautiful times together in 2016 with foster siblings, orphanage friends, and crib mates.  My hope is that we will continue to find more connections in the coming year.  A friend is planning a big reunion of Guangzhou kids next year which is sure to be filled with the gamut of emotions.  

Some of the beautiful memories from 2016 included Vu having a reunion with one of his "babies" from the Vietnamese orphanage, getting together with Vu's good friend C, and Lan Lan meeting up with her foster sister and friends from China.  












Sadly, Mei Mei doesn't have many connections from China.  We keep in touch with people from our travel group and the social workers associated with our adoption, but we haven't been able to find any children she grew up with.





The reality of having several children who joined our family through adoption is that there is heartache in the loss of not having solid history.  Some of our kids have no baby pictures, no knowledge of the circumstances surrounding their relinquishment and birth family, no way to find their birth parents should they desire. Every time we go back to a birth country we try to get more information--sometimes we are successful and even the tiniest bit helps, but the grief remains. Adoption is born out of loss, and the loss is profound.

And that makes keeping those connections to pre-adoption loved ones even more important.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Girl Scout Cookie Time!

The time has arrived again!

This year we have s'mores flavor all the way from my niece in California.


And it's the perfect time to remember when I used to write funny posts.  Sometimes I think I need to find my playful funny-bone again.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Celebrations

Lots of celebrations going on at the CrazyForKids house.

First, Happy Birthday to our little girl!  You might be 20 now, but you will always be our baby!  You are full of life and joy, sweet and spicy!, always ready for adventure and fun.  I love spending time with you and your sweet family and look forward to a lifetime of crazy times together!


Kim's birthday was on Superbowl Sunday!  It included lunch at a fav--Red Robin, and then presents at our house.  Baby K got fussy so Kim headed home and we forgot the cake, but no worries! Facetime is a wonderful thing!  We lit the candles and had several willing participants blow them out. Fun times!  We later delivered dessert to her door.

Then we watched my husband coach the Falcons.  Can you spell doppelganger?


Somehow Coach Quinn/Hubby made it home before the game was over for photos--maybe that's how they lost?  Funny how girls and boys do photos differently.



In other celebratory news there was Chinese/Vietnamese New Year.  Always fun!  We went to a celebration downtown and baby K LOVED the lion dance.  We ate too much, found green tea Pocky Sticks, and practiced calligraphy.





 We also had good times at home with lots of Chinese and Vietnamese take-out and then games.



Hubby made his traditional giant Valentine's Day cookies.  Baby K REALLY enjoyed his first, and a box was sent to Sweetpea and Baby B.  Oh my!  They are growing up fast!





February has included ever more basketball games, Patrick had a solo in the jazz festival, Lan Lan went to Winter Formal with friends, and we took advantage of a rare sunny day with a trip to the zoo







Is it any wonder that today I am having a mental health day, and I'm staying home blogging!!!



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mall Cops in DC!

Remember the movie Mall Cop?  That Segway has always enticed me and I finally got my chance on a trip to Washington DC!  It was awesome!!!


Hubby had a business event for a non-profit, and while he was working, Patrick, Paul and I took in the sights!  An added bonus was that Will was able to join us for a day!  Will even spent the night--memories of cramming five people into a hotel room, leaving Patrick on the floor.  Some things never change.  Good times!












We used to live in the area a lifetime ago when Hubby worked for the White House.  I love this city! It has definitely changed into an upwardly-mobile hub.  The weather was gorgeous, especially considering it was November! Patrick loves history, so he was in his element, whereas Paul survived another family adventure. The Smithsonians are always amazing, and I was especially moved by the Holocaust and African American History Museum.  Emotional.

One very special evening was spent at the Korean Ambassador's home.




I heart DC.  Can't wait to return again.  And yes, I will do the Segway tour again, because now I'm a pro!