Sunday, February 22, 2009
My niece, Annemarie, turned 9 two weeks ago...and was a great sport in putting off some mean sled runs for a few minutes to indulge me in a little photo shoot.
I know what you all are thinking...she could be a model, right?? But after reading this sign that she very seriously posted on her bedroom door...I am tempted to think she will become the next Ann Coulter someday...
(note...I try very hard not to mix politics into my blog...and I don't want to offend anyone...to each his own...it's what makes this country so great. This was just too amusing to me not to share it! She's only 9!!)
Monday, February 16, 2009
I tried really hard to love the yellow paint I chose for our family room. I tried to "live with it". I tried to envision it with pictures hanging on it. I scrutinized it at different times of the day (and found I REALLY liked it at about 3 pm...but only at 3 pm). In the end, I had to admit I made a mistake...and convince Jim that it might physically hurt me to have to look at it everyday for the rest of time. Once he was thoroughly convinced of that...I tortured him even further by purchasing SEVERAL "test" colors and slathering them on every open wall space I could find. In the end, I chose the very paint I had in our condo...a taupe-y color called shortbread from the Martha Stewart line at Sherwin Williams. (I don't think she has the line there anymore but you can still request the color)
Once upon a time, Jim and I both enjoyed home renovation projects and we decided that we could knock out the room in one day...and save ourselves from having to pay our contractor to paint the room. Again. It turned into a marathon of a day....starting at 8:00 and ending around midnight. Our dreams of a one coat finish were dashed...of course it took two coats. Despite Jim's initial grumbling, we had a fun day. It's not often we have such long periods of uninterrupted time together...and I really enjoyed digging in and completing a project. The room looks great...well worth the time and aggravation. With our vanity delivery this week, our contractor can get in and finish up the trim, mantle and powder room...and I will have my room back. I can't wait to see it all together.
And if all that hard work and toleration were not enough, Jim got me Photoshop and Lightroom for Valentines Day! I am one happy (and lucky!) girl!
After...SO. MUCH. BETTER.:
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Katie Min...is that not the cutest style ever??
Almost the whole gang...gosh it's hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time...not to mention this was taken in the driveway of a Fire Department...and we had to move quickly out of the way at one point because Philadelphia's finest were called to duty! Very dramatic...and exciting!
One of my favorite shots of the day...a miniature Lion...maneuvered expertly by this little guy!:
And, of course, my sweet girl ready to head out the door in her beautiful Chinese dress...she was thrilled to be dressed up!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
While we were in China we communicated with friends and family via a website. I have gotten many compliments about the content of our website...the details of our days spent in China mingled with liberal doses of humor and history...and I believe it is time to publicly come clean about a few minor details of our China story (although I HAVE done so many times privately!).
We were so fortunate to be accompanied to China by Jim's brother, Joe. As Jim and I muddled through our first few days of parenthood, our website was lovingly attended to by Joe. At first, he tried to gently remind us that we had many people waiting at home to hear ANY details of our trip (read...get going and start getting some posts up!). So consumed were we and overwhelmed...that Joe finally, blissfully, took matters into his own hands and assumed the helm of the website. It was not until we returned home, that I had the opportunity to go back and read it all...and much to my amusement, I discovered that Joe had chosen to write in first person. In his own sweet way, I guess he was trying to protect the fact that we (I) were really struggling with the responsibility of caring for a grieving toddler in an unfamiliar country half a world away from home and were just plain too tired to write about the events undfolding. But while, I may have been tickled by Joe's "voice choice", I was thrilled to discover how thoroughly and accurately he portrayed our time in China. For that I will forever be grateful. Because of her Uncle Joe, Lia has a record of our early days together...and I know that one day that will be priceless to her.
So....for old time's sake...the play by play reported on our website on our behalf...by Uncle Joe...
(A cool self portrait of Uncle Joe!)
Our first glimpse of Lia:
Our first moments together:
And finally, back at the hotel...I can't believe Lia was ever that small!:
All of the clothes Lia was wearing when we met:
And of course, this post wouldn't be complete without some words dedicated to our sweet girl...
~There is always time for one more kiss and cuddle...and even if it makes you late for work, your day will inevitably go better because of it.
~Bathtubs really ARE like swimming pools if you wear your bathing suit in them.
~Life IS more fun in a princess dress.
~It's okay to eat dessert first sometimes.
A few images from our time in China:
Exhausted after taking her oath of citizenship:
Friday, February 6, 2009
Can you spot our happy, smiling, little ray of sunshine?? :-)
(Lia is in the front...bottom left...in the red dress. Obviously, she was NOT a fan of the red couch!! :-)) What a difference three years makes!!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
And now, gloriously...onto some good stuff! I have been having a little fun editing pictures in preparation of having some prints made . This shot is one that I took last summer. I believe it is my favorite image of Lia. To me, it just kind of reflects her essence. She is often contemplative and introspective and I think this image captures that.
Thank you all again for your support during Lia's illness. It meant more than I could possibly put into words...
And now...on to the pictures...any opinions?? Jim likes the first one...I am kind of partial to the second version...and the third was just experimentation... :-)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Lia was feeling well enough this morning to spend some time gazing upon the "beautiful jewel box" that she got for Christmas from her Aunt Carolyn. It matches so well with her bedroom...and Lia loves to wind up the ballerina and also use the key to lock and unlock the box ad naseum (not to her, however! :-)).
Lia looks as beautiful as ever to me...but you can see her little eyes are lacking their usual sparkle...
Here's hoping tomorrow brings brighter...and healthier news!!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Update 2/2/09: We had a very rough night. Lia's temperature stayed around 101 even with Motrin. We were so unsure as to whether we should bundle her up and take her to the hospital or wait until the doctor is in this morning. In the end, we let her sleep and I just obsessively checked her temperature every 20 minutes. She has never been this sick...never even taken one round of antibiotics. I am tired and scared and upset. Please pray for us all.
Lia is sick today. She woke up with a croupy type cough (which she has never had before) and a fairly high fever. Motrin has kept the fever down...but I have to say...when she starts that coughing and it seems like she can't breathe...scary for all of us. During one coughing fit, she threw up which was extremely upsetting to her...poor little thing. She is sleeping soundly in our bed as I type and I plan to keep her with us all night (a rare treat...normally she only sleeps in our bed if we all nap together or if Jim is out of town). I just feel she needs to be close.
We have been so lucky as Lia has not had so much as the sniffles this winter...but oh my word...I will be so relieved when she is back to her cheery, healthy self. Please say a little prayer for our girl tonight if you are so inclined.