Friday, October 23, 2009

Did you have your good luck visitors?

So we all know how I feel about ladybugs since we started the adoption and found out that in China adoptions they consider the ladybug good luck. I have adapted that mind set throughout these 28 months and have become obsessed with them. I am big on believing in things, and karma, and fate and all that so it was no stretch for me to believe that ladybugs hold some good luck for those who believe...

So  guess this past Wednesday was what you could call our "good luck" day. As I was letting Skimbleshanks outside on the back deck, I was surrounded by what had to have been hundreds and hundreds of ladybugs!! They were crawling all over the deck sliding doors, and on the side of the porch, and in the windows, and on the floor, on the cat condo, all over...hundreds of them. I had never seen so many at one time. Even when you looked out in the backyard you could see them in swarms flying through the air-it was very uplifting to me and made me smile. Something I have needed in the last few weeks as I feel very frustrated again with this waiting and the stand still again.

I do believe that things come into your life in strange ways, and when you need something it does come to you. Maybe not in the way you thought it would but if you are paying attention and willing to read the signs, and be open and accepting you will see it and you end up being in the "right" place at the "right " time.

Things happen for a reason...right?

Did you have any good luck visitors this week? I hope so...

Luck & Love,

Monday, October 19, 2009

I took some inventory on the books that Avery has...

Books Avery already has:
"Toot & Puddle- Let it Snow" by Holly Hobbie
"So what's it like to be a Cat" by Karla Kauskin
"Because you are my Baby" by Sherry North
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by Kate Toms
"The Great Race- "The story of the Chinese Zodiac" by Dawn Casey
"I love it when you Smile" by Sam McBratney
"You can do it Sam" by Amy Hest
"Motherbridge of Love" by barefoot books- she has 2 copies
"Here Comes Mother Goose" by Iona Opie
"A Mother for Choco" by Keiko Kasza
"Smile" by Roberta Grober Intrater
Peek a boo Ladybug Book
The Itsy Bitsy Spider Taggies Book
Ladybugs Gift
"Barnyard Dance", "The Belly Button Book", and "Pajama Time" by Sandra Boynton
Scholastics Shapes Book
"Mommy and Daddy Hugs" byKaren Katz
"I Love You Like Crazy Cakes"-the board book and the hardccover big book by Rose Lewis
"I am a Little Panda" by Francois Crozat
"My Family is Forever" by Nancy Carlson
"Yeh-Shen- A Cinderella story from China" by Ai Ling Louie-2 copies of this
"On The Night You Were Born" by Nancy Tillman
"Goodnight Sun Hello Moon" by Karen Viola
"How many kisses do you want tonight" by Varsha Bajaj
"Zen Shorts" and "Zen Ties" by Jon Muth and also the panda
"Kung Fu Panda"-2 of these
"Russells Magic Christmas" by Rob Scotton
"Angelina Ballerina" by Katharine Holabird
"The Very Lazy Ladybug" by Isobel Finn
"The Great Fuzz Frenzy" by Janet Stevens
"Shaoey and Dot" by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman
"D is for Dancing Dragon- A Chinese Alphabet" by Carol Crane
"Skippyjon Jones" by Judy Schachner
"Won't you be my Kissaroo" by Joanne Ryder
"Piglet and Mama" by Margaret Wild
"Beatrice Doesn't Want To" by Laura Numeroff
"The Hello, Goodbye Window" by Norton Juster
"Pea Pod Babies" by Karen Baicker
Boogie Woogie Book
"Olivia helps with Christmas" by Ian Falconer
"We're riding on a Caravan-An Adventure on the Silk Road" by Laurie Krebs
"Panda Bear Panda Bear What do you see" and "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle
"Runny Babbit" by Shel Silverstein
"For Everyone to Share" by Gillian Lobel
"Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born" by Jamie Lee Curtis
"Daisy Comes Home" by Jan Brett
"The Five Chinese Brothers" by Claire Huchet Bishop
"Bear of my Heart" by Joanne Ryder
"Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes" by Robert Wyndum
"Little Miss Ladybug and her Magical Red Thread" by Karen Acres
"Little Ladybug"- finger puppet book
"Ladybug Girl" by David Soman and Jacky Davis
"Celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival"
"If you give a Cat a cupcake" and "If you take a Mouse to the movies" by Laura Numeroff and the cat and mouse also
"Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "10 Little Penguins" by Kate Toms
"Mommy Loves" and "Daddy Cuddles" by Anne Gutman
"Little Ladybug Learns to be Humble" finger puppet book
"Three Little Kittens" photo book
"Mama Mama" &  "Papa Papa" by Jean Marzollo
"A Quilt of Wishes" by Teresa Orem Werner
"One fish Two fish Red fish Blue fish", "Mr Brown Can Moo", "Hop on Pop", and "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr Suess
"Ballerinas are Beautiful" and "Princesses are Pretty" from the Little friends series
"The Monster at the end of this book starring Grover-Little Golden Book
"Chinese Fairytales" by Frederick H. Martens
"Made In China" by Deborah Nash

Wow!! That's a lot!! Most of them haven't come from us though. Friends and Family have really contributed to her library of books. A lot are board books, and paperback. We do have some hard cover too!  I know we will read to her all the time so it's a great start!! I finally got to put them in the cupboard I wanted this weekend and they are all together. I'll snap a picture of them all soon and post it. If you have any suggestions for books please leave them. We are always looking for new books, and love to hear about everyone's favorites. I actually have a list of other ones I would love to get for her, but we would love to hear your suggestions!!

I was never a reader, only in the last 2-3 years have I really started to read for pleasure. Now I have 6 books of my own that I have started and need to finish...someday!! I'll post them later, and if you have any suggestions of adult books for me to read please leave them too!!

Love to all, 

Thank you Grandma Judy & Grandpa Ron...

Just a quick thank you to Grandma & Grandpa Newton (Ron & Judy) for the things they got Avery on their Vermont/Maine trip. They got Avery  lady bug rubber boots-so cute!! I have looked at these for a long time and put off getting them, but now she has them-HOORAY!! We already have the matching umbrella and bucket hat. They also got her a finger puppet ladybug book, and a whirlybug ladybug toy-very cute!!

Thank you for thinking of her!!

Love to all,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pics from our trip...

...Brooklyn Bridge

Our NYC trip...

Last weekend we were in NJ/NYC for 2 1/2 days. This time of year we go to NJ for the Costume Preview Show and while we are in NJ we go into the city for a couple days during our stay. So we left Friday morning and got to our hotel around 1:30, checked in and set out to drive to Hoboken to go into the city for the rest of the day. Hoboken is only like 10 minutes from our hotel and the PATH train station is right there so NYC is only a 10 minute train ride from there.

We got into the city had some lunch, and went to the huge Toys R' Us store in Times Square. I wanted to see what they had for Ni Hao Kai Lan toys. They had a bunch and we got the wooden dragon toy w/ a wooden Kai Lan, and Toli that ride on the dragon. I haven't seen that one before when I was doing my research so we picked it up. We then headed to the MOMA. On Friday nights it's free to get into the MOMA from 4:00-8:00PM. It's normally $20.00 per person. I had been to the MOMA when I was a freshman in High school. Gary had never been before, so we went to the new MOMA together for the first time. We spent the evening with Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Matisse, it was extremely busy but a lot of fun. We got a bite to eat after and headed back to the hotel.

Got up early on Saturday after a sleepness night in the hotel-beds were extremely uncomfortable. We were heading to Chelsea Market, Chinatown and Soho. I ended up really not feeling well while in Chinatown/Soho. I started to sweat really bad, and had cold chills, and it was not good. So it took me awhile to get straightened around that morning. WE did have an interesting lunch though. We ate at a place in Soho called Bar 89. Kind of a chic place in Soho. So we ate upstairs and I needed to use the bathroom-what an experience!!

The bathroom was right behind the wall I was sitting in front of so I walked behind the wall, and all of the stalls, had glass doors on them-see through glass doors!!!!!! You could see right into them. So I was a little freaked out and came back out thinking to myself that maybe it's the mens room. There were M's on the floor in front of each stall (room), so I thought M is for Men's. So I asked the waitress where the bathrooms were, and she says no they are right behind the wall where I went. I looked at Gary and said, "They are all see through...", he says, "What do you mean?", I say, "You can see right into each stall!!". So by this time I needed to use the bathroom so I went in...I thought at this point I don't care, when am I ever going to see these people again, I don't care if they see me!! So I soon as I close the door, the door starts to fog up, and then you couldn't see out it-COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then a light shines above on the wall in red that says "Occupied". So we were all good, you couldn't see in or out, but what an experience... I thought because we hadn't been there before and we were"tourists" and not "chic" that we just were out of the loop. But everyone else that went in there also came right back out with a confused look on their face and puzzled and then went back in and figured it out also. So it wasn't just :) Also, the M stood for both Men and Women. It just mattered what way you were going into the stall, in-it was an M, out-it was a W...I'm so smart!! :)

The rest of the day we went to the new Apple store in Chelsea, and Gary got a new lap top. I went to Pearl River Market (my favorite Asian shop in the city) and got all the stuff I wanted. New lanterns, and scrolls, and Chinese New Year decorations, a children's book, 2 more tea cups, and cards, and a bunch of stuff. We also walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, we had never done that before, that was neat. I felt better a little after lunch and we went back to the hotel around 6:00-early for us. But we had dinner at Chipotle, one of our favorites, and got dessert from Chili's to go and eat at the hotel. I was asleep by 9:30PM, and slept all the way until 7:00AM the next morning-beds were still too hard!!

Sunday was the preview show, we saw lots of great new costumes for the dance studio and the kids. But after we went back to Hoboken and went to Carlos Bakery-The Cake Boss. If you watch TLC he has his own show and it's a lot of fun. We got 2 cupcakes (mocha, and p/b), 2 really good chocolate/walnut cookies, a neapolitan, and a mini eclair-all really good, and only $10.35 for all of that. The 2 sisters were there, cousin Joey, and the delivery kid they always play pranks on was there too. Gary thought he heard someone ask where Buddy was and they said he wasn't going to come down. But it was fun to go there and it was all delicious!!!

All in all a great weekend. I'm tired though and it always takes me about 3 days to get straightened around from a weekend like that.

We are still waiting with the adoption-what's new!? I think lately I'm in the mad mood with the adoption. Really frustrated, and mad. But I think that's normal in this situation... Can't help how I feel...

Hope your weekend was good!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The moon cakes...

Here are the moon cakes I ordered for us. We tried them today. One is melon-not very good. One is lotus-not too bad. One is salty (nut flavored)- it was okay. One was red bean-not too bad. They weren't totally repulsive, so that's good, and the book next to them is the one I ordered for Avery about the festival.

There are a few stories that go with the Festival:

The Lady:
The date of this story is around 2170 B.C. The earth once had ten suns circling over it, each took its turn to illuminate to the earth. But one day all ten suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved by a strong and tyrannical archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule. After drinking it, she found herself floating and flew to the moon. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much, he didn't shoot down the moon.

The Man:
Wu Kang was a shiftless fellow who changed apprenticeships all the timeOne day he decided that he wanted to be an immortal. Wu Kang then went to live in the mountains where he importuned an immortal to teach him. First the immortal taught him about the herbs used to cure sickness, but after three days his characteristic restlessness returned and he asked the immortal to teach him something else. So the immortal to teach him chess, but after a short while Wu Kang's enthusiasm again waned. Then Wu Kang was given the books of immortality to study. Of course, Wu Kang became bored within a few days, and asked if they could travel to some new and exciting place. Angered with Wu Kang's impatience, the master banished Wu Kang to the Moon Palace telling him that he must cut down a huge cassia tree before he could return to earth. Though Wu Kang chopped day and night, the magical tree restored itself with each blow, and thus he is up there chopping still.

The Hare:
In this legend, three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and the monkey both had food to give to the old men, but the rabbit, empty-handed, offered his own flesh instead, jumping into a blazing fire to cook himself. The sages were so touched by the rabbit's sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the "Jade Rabbit."

The Moon Cake:
During the Yuan dynasty (A.D.1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D.960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule, and set how to coordinate the rebellion without it being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon cake was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. What followed was the establishment of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644). Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend.

Happy Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Jie in Chinese!!
~Alli & Gary

Our LIDversary...

Today is the 3rd. It's been 27 months so far. It's also the beginning of the Mid Autumn Moon Festival. One of the biggest Festivals in China. I'll write more about that later.

Did ya like my frustrated picture in the last blog? It's appropriate...I am year of the ox. I'll write more about that later also. Just got up, and not totally coherent yet. But didn't want to forget to wish us a Happy LIDversary. Today is also my brother Johnny's Birthday!!

Can't wait to try our moon cakes today, the traditional food for the Mid Autumn Moon Festival, and that starts today.

Have a great day!

Friday, October 2, 2009

One word Friday...


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ni Hao Ki Lan...

Can I just say I love all the new toys and clothing that are out that are from the series "Ni Hao Ki Lan". I got Avery a shirt the other day on clearance at Target, very cute. They have tons of toys and stuffed animals. I am not big on character clothing, but t-shirts are okay. Some of the pants have chinese writing on them too...very cute!! We are going to NYC next weekend, and are going to go to the huge Toys R Us store and see what they have there.

We would like her to have a bunch of that stuff to play with when we have her, before you won't be able to find it, so we will be putting it on her Christmas List for Santa etc.

So Cute!!

Have a great day!