Sunday, August 12, 2018

Mission Accomplished!

I'm happy to say this finally happened!

Friday, July 13, 2018


This was last fall, but I never posted about it.  Hubby and I were humbled to receive the Angels in Adoption Award.  We brought along Lan Lan and Mei Mei and had beautiful weather and an amazing few days in D.C.  The award ceremony was so very meaningful, listening to all the amazing work so many people have done to help children around the world.  It was inspirational to hear stories of hope, faith, and perseverance -- the tireless work people do to make life better for children in need--and the members of congress who support that work.  

The gala was also very special with Steven Curtis Chapman, Scott Hamilton, Willie Robertson, and others, all connected to adoption in some way.  We also played tourist, became best friends with Uber, and went to several memorials and Smithsonians, including the new African American museum.  Powerful and heart-wrenching, while also incredibly inspirational.  A wonderful honor and lifelong memory.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Bun In The Oven

In my Book Group we recently read Call the Midwife: A Memoir of  Birth, Joy, and Hard Times.  As a woman who loves babies, wanted to become a doctor, spent years as a lactation consultant, and is now a social worker, I LOVED the book!  Oh, the characters, the midwives, the writing, and the babies!!!  Now I'm watching the Netflix series.  So great!

The only downfall is that now I kinda want to have another baby.  Am I too old???  Wasn't there a famous actress who had a baby in her 50's?

If my husband is reading this you can be sure that he just pooped his pants!  And if my teenagers are reading this you can be sure they just barfed!

Well, lucky for everyone, I don't think I'll go that route.  I'll just love on all my grandbabies instead.

And extra lucky for us, there's a bun in the oven!

And yes, K wanted to show off his tummy too!

Due date November!  We can't wait!

Monday, July 9, 2018


My sweet baby is growing up!  Where did my little Boopity Bop go?  He's taking a gap year, which for all I know might become a gap decade, but he's happy and enjoying life, working at the bowling alley, and driving a sweet Charger.  You know your child is truly an adult when they drive up in a car that they purchased and financed all by themselves!  

It's been a year of discovery, moving out, moving on, moving back in.  I love seeing his sweet face around the dinner table and it was fun to spend his birthday lunch with Kim and K, then dinner with the whole family and his ever favorite lemon cake. 

He's golfing a lot more these days, so gifts revolved around his favorite sport.  And also around his favorite eats (McDonald's and Chipotle).  Hubby and I were out of town on his actual birthday, but Lizzy and her Beau stepped in to make sure he had a whole lotta fun!  I love how the big kids take care of each other -- even when they are, well, big!  

Happy Birthday Paul! I love you so much!  Have a FANTASTIC year!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Grandkids! And The Reason Our Pool Is Still Sitting In The Garage

So, I know you've been lying awake at night wondering if I've put the pool up yet.


But before you get your panties-in-a-wad and tell me summer is half over, let me explain.  You see, I have this worry.  We are putting the pool on the basketball court for the summer.  Which is a good plan.  Except that I am slightly worried some crazy teen is going to get the bright idea that it would be fun to jump off the deck into the pool.

Which wouldn't really happen, right?  Because that would be very, very dangerous.  I don't know where I get these crazy thoughts! I know, I'm paranoid.  And then I phoned Will to confirm dates for a summer visit.  At the end of the conversation I told Will about our new pool and my freakish worry about the deck.  He paused.  Laughed. And then said, "You know Mom, we used to jump off Jesse's ROOF into his pool!"

A roof peoples!  As in a house roof!  It's a wonder the child is still alive!  Just preparing for future skills I guess!

Well, after that conversations I started biting my nails.  Surely not all my kids are that crazy?  After more consideration, I decided to just put my paranoia aside, move forward, and set up the pool the next day. 

Even though Hubby and I were going out of town.  And the teens were staying home alone. 

Luckily, I have a book group and they are ladies who make me laugh and stay sane, while also directing good life decisions. (Sidenote-- we even read and discuss the monthly book!  Shocker!) Well, when they heard my pool plans -- to put up a new pool, have a whole lotta fun for one week, and then expect the kids to abstain from the pool (and all other temptations including deck diving) while mom and dad are out of town --  well, you KNOW my smarty-pants reader friends talked me right out of that!

So . . . my teens are still alive, and we have just returned from a wonderful trip to visit two adorable grandkids and their awesome parents!

Pool set-up can now commence! Teens have been duly warned against any and all daredevil thoughts!

In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, photos of our trip!  What we like most when we visit are to just stay home, play, read books, make cookies, cuddle, and talk to the big kids.  Will and Cookie made us an amazing steak dinner, and we played Sweetpea's LOL Doll game.  We also went to a fun center for video, golf, and go-cart extravaganzas.

Thankful for our time together!  LOVE!!!

Also, just for the record, I am now completely spoiled.  Hubby travels non-stop in his job, so we got upgraded to first class.  Ahhh.  Spoiled for life!  They even gave us food and free movies!

Have I ever mentioned that summer is my favorite time of year?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


It's SUMMER!  Glorious summer!  And since Vu is still in recovery mode we have decided to just have a long, relaxing staycation year.

Except that "relaxing" doesn't go well with this:

Yes, a new puppy!  This is what happens when a child who has wanted a puppy forever has a scary crisis.  Leia (as in Star Wars) has taken up residence in our hearts and home -- although those 2 am wake-up calls are not so much fun!

I have to admit I am truly getting OLD to be adding THREE animals to our house this year!  I'll probably be dressing them up in outfits soon and need a pet stroller too!

Here's another part to our staycation:

I do not see anywhere on the box where it says "easy to assemble."  And since those words usually mean "start crying now" I can only imagine the time it's going to take to get this baby up and running.

Hopefully by September.  On a positive note, I DO know where I can find a one-day-trained lifeguard!  Stay tuned ....

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

When The Lifeguard Needs A Lifeguard

Soooo summer is a few days in and already eventful.

Patrick started his first day of Lifeguard training.  He was really excited and looking forward to finding a summer job as a lifeguard.

I dropped him off and took Mei Mei to speech 30 minutes away.

An hour later I  checked my phone and saw urgent texts and voice mails saying Patrick was having an asthma attack, EMS had been called, and he was on his way to the emergency room.


It's been years since Patrick has had a full blown asthma attack, and he hadn't thought to bring his inhaler.  Patrick gave the other trainees quite the show with wheezing, chest pain, vomiting, and then being taken away in the ambulance.

When I arrived at the emergency room he was already smiling and ready to go home.  I asked him if it was traumatic not having a parent there, and he said he had lots of really nice women helping him, so it didn't bother him at all!  (I wonder if one was named Wendy Peffercorn!)

He had been taken to the hospital directly from the pool, so this is all he had to wear when leaving -- he didn't even have flip-flops!

For some reason, I could not talk him into returning to training today.  Perhaps lifeguarding is not in his future after all.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

When Bad Things Happen To Good People

Soooo, you know when you don't hear from me for a long time I'm either just being really lame or something bad is happening in my life.  It's usually just me being lame.  Unfortunately, this time it was the latter.

Remember Vu's concussion?  It was better?  And then it wasn't.  He started having all kinds of scary brain stuff going on, which we are still figuring out.  He spent four days in the hospital and has seen a revolving door of specialists.  It has been beyond terrifying, and has put me on my knees begging for answers and guidance from God, doctors, my sisters, friends, and anyone who will listen. 

I am happy to report he is slowly, but surely, returning to himself.

In my next life I don't want to have any challenges.  I don't want my kids to have any challenges.  We can just be shallow, spoiled, lame, boring people who never have to learn any life lessons.  I would be okay with that. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

What Do You Feed All Those Kids? Honey Garlic Salmon

A new recipe my kids LOVE! 

Honey Garlic Salmon

4 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
2 Cloves garlic
Salmon fillet

Pat salmon dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Whisk sauce ingredients.  Put some olive oil in frying pan over medium-high heat, cook the skin side of the salmon first for about 7 minutes, then turn over and cook about 4 minutes.  Pour sauce over salmon and cook for another 2 minutes or until done (salmon should still be darker pink inside--don't cook too much).  Remove skin, place onto serving plate, cover with sauce, add sesame seeds and chopped chives if desired.  Eat and enjoy!  

My kids scarfed this down so quick this was the only picture I could get!