Sunday, February 27, 2011
We were blessed beyond measure with the most PERFECT toddler shower today by our church family! So many darling and practical goodies and THE cutest shower theme I've ever seen!! Our last name is Cotton so there was a theme of "cotton" things and ALL white food and of course, PINK everything else. True to being a family in children's ministry, one of our great leaders put together games for the kids that were all cotton themed or rabbits (cotton-tail!!!). Absolutely BLESSED!!!
(Everyone knows that all things are not finalized with the adoption yet, but will be soon!)
Photo courtesy of my wild & precious friend. Thanks. ; )
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Boy-hidee! Raising a two year old at age 40 is a whoopin'! I just want others to realize that between an 8 year old learning to deal with a new sibling who's 2, dealing with a 2 year old who can't be disciplined quite like "your own child" and tripping over a 400 pound deaf dog that follows every. single. blessed. step I take.....I am loving it! OK.....I am overwhelmed at times and blow up very easily then calm down just as easily, but she is so stinkin' precious and CUTE. She makes me laugh so frequently. PG is really doing well despite being 8 and having to jump in the deep in after doggie-paddling in the shallow end for 7 years. My heart is tired, but very full of JOY.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Dined at one of my FAVORITE places today with a dear friend!! They have THE best tomato basil soup. Love the beautiful wood, stone and French cafe' decor. I am so sad that they no longer serve drinks in lovely goblets. They must have broken them all and now use styrofoam cups. Kinda takes away from the French-ness of it all, but still great to go there none-the-less. GREAT conversation with my friend.
H.R......does this pic look like my life is just perfect? LOL!!! You know better! ; )
Thursday, February 24, 2011
We had to make a semi-long trip for PJ to make a required visit with her birth parents so I packed up all our snacks, drinks, wipes, tissues, paci, extra clothes, pull-ups, DS & games, things to do, etc. into these darling girly bags. We are all three quite a scene with all our bags in tow.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
PandaJOY is seriously attached to her paci. Baby girl has had so much transition and change in her little life that I don't care if she needs it til she's 18....she can have it! OK, I'll probably try to get it away from her within the year, but for real....she needs some sort of comfort and by the looks of her terrible bite, we are in for a big dental bill later on in life so she might as well enjoy her paci while she can. There are two more around the house somewhere. One is in her darling little mouth while she is sleeping safe, sound and secure in her bed right now.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Between the THREE of us girls in the PandaFamily we comprise all these hair products! PandaGirl just started using Pr*ell for oily hair and has used the detangler for years. PandaJOY needs her own shampoo, conditioner and special olive oil lotion to make her hair workable and I need the rest. I'm actually working on getting some product for PJ called "MixedChicks" made especially for bi-racial hair. Supposed to make her curls curly and not wire-y. Oh, the price we pay....
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sweet PandaJOY had gotten her finger stuck in the slat of a lawn chair and screamed her little heart out. PP was right there with her and she allowed him to comfort and soothe her into relaxation. There is nothing like the arms of a loving father......or the arms of THE Loving Father.
Friday, February 18, 2011
We could not have asked for a better dog he is the sweetest thing ever!
I wish you could see him in real life to understand how gorgeous he really is. His fur is like velvet. His muscle tone is amazing. His eyes are the color of a swimming pool and he stands at regal attention.
He is perfect for our home. He cracks us up all the time when he "hears" something and barks his head off in protection mode. He adores PG & PJ despite my freaking out and almost getting rid of him two weeks ago in fear of him hurting PJ.
We love PandaDoggie...Rookie.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Today, PP, PJ & I were cleaning up the garage with the door open letting the overcast skies blow in a great 72 degree wind on us. After more playing than cleaning on mine and PJ's part we made lunch to take out to PP in the garage. (We missed PG, but she was at school. Shh...don't tell her we did this....it would break her heart to not be a part of it).
We have a great table out there so we had an impromptu garage picnic. I happened to buy bologna (or better known 'round here as boloney!!) for PJ and decided we'd all have mustard & boloney sandwiches with a pickle and some Fritos. With a bite of each item I was taken back to my childhood and loved every second of that lunch! Memories flooded in by the simple taste of that trio of foods together.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
PandaJOY is keeping us hopping! She is a bundle of energy, fun, giggles, bossiness, a few tantrums and lots of cuddles. I am so stinkin' in love with this little girl!!! There have been some tough transitional moments and more are sure to come, but we are moving right along and cannot wait for it to all be FINAL and she is ours for good.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Did you ever see "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"? If not, you've missed a treat. Very delightful movie with lots of simple, yet profound lines. There is a sock monkey on a wall of stuffed animals and it reaches out to give a hug to the character who doesn't "play" anymore and he doesn't even notice the little monkey.....until the end of the movie. Awe. PandaPop gave me this cute little Valentine sock monkey and said it's for me to remember that I always have a hug from him...my man! Collective "awe".
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
It's not easy going from an only child for 7 years to the older sibling. It is certainly not easy becoming a big sister to a 2 1/2 year old who is completely adorable. Add on top of that being adopted from China, having had lost a "brother" who came & went in six days' time a while back and being 8, which has its own set of stressors. Wow. My baby girl has gone through a lot. I love & admire her so.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Daddy/Daughter dinner & waltz at our church put together by the lay leadership.....aka....regular daddies!! It is so cute to see the girls from preschool up to high school dancing with their dad. Precious moments, indeed! PJ got to come to and was just a doll. The only way I have a pic is because yours truly was the photographer.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
While snow is beautiful, ice is not. Ice is dangerous to drive on and makes for terrible traffic conditions. Ice was a problem for us today making it impossible to get to our required appointment with PandaJOY and the caseworker. Next Tuesday still stands for her placement date which is most important, but today just shows yet AGAIN how the enemy has fought us the whole way to getting our girl home. The Lord must have amazing things planned for the enemy to be so frightened by us adopting her.