Friday, February 27, 2009

The Foyer

Before and after pictures of the foyer. Not allot changed. Mostly fresh paint and elbow grease for a little cleanliness. The brown bench is one of the VERY BEST investments I've ever made. The girls and all of their activities makes for allot of backpacks and bags this holds them all. Mandarin class, Dance Class, School, they all fit.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

As most people know we moved back in October. The move was done during both of my surgeries and the fact we had to live with contractors. So..... The past few months have just been getting the house livable. We are now on the move to fine tune each room. I will try and post as many rooms as I can that we have done with before and after pictures. This is only the inside. The outside and ALLLLL its yard is another story.
These are 2 pictures of their play room before. The wood pieces are an incomplete wet bar.
Now we have the complete job. I just finished the curtains so those pics will go up tomorrow sometime.
Below is the wet bar. Of course because the children own the house and allow us to live here, it is there TV/VCR stand along with all of their movies. The front of it was painted with magnetic paint. The use it for all of the letters to spell with and for their magnetic dress up dolls
This area holds all of their craft supplies/ books and puzzles.
My favorite part of this room is the 6' long by 4 1/2' high window. It faces east and gets all the morning sun. Very cheerful. This summer we will put up the bird feeders outside the window. under the window area is where the pond will go.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Monson Church

I'm not sure I've mentioned how blessed I am for our Church Home. We have been attending Monson Church for over a year now and have NEVER felt more at home. The girls are welcome, DH is welcome and I am welcome. We have had problems in the past where we all have not felt as welcome as we should have. They are a caring community of people from every walk of life and socio economical background. People step up and help one another without being judgemental. How hard is that to find in today's society. I have attended church since being a child and have felt welcome but only at arms length not with open arms. God is Good.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


The girls are totally engrossed in High School Musical 3 right now. They saved their allowance together for the past month to buy it. We were told by a friend the movies wasn't that good, but so far we are loving it. We never made it to the show to see it. But I'm very glad the girls bought it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentines Day

Daddy the girls and myself spent Valentines Evening at Church for a Spaghetti Dinner. It was a great time for all. They had a dance after the diiner but we took the girls home and let the couples have their time. The youth group sponsered it to raise $$$ for all their activities. They were talking couples pictures and what a better way to remember the night than a family photo.
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Daddy's Girl

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Lion Dance

That is Abigail under my jacket during the Lion Dance
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Our beautiful Mei Mei

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The Principle handing out Red Envelopes

After the performance, the girls got into blue jeans and had a great time. The Principle hands out red envelopes to the kids every year with a gold dollar in them.
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More Chine New Year Pics

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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dance recital

I found a few pics from the dance recital on the computer, so here you go. When I load up the pics from the music recital I'll post them. Their dresses were beautiful this year from the music recital.

Chinese New Year

Genevieve made Red Envelopes in her Classroom one day and came home and put money in it. I really didn't think a whole lot of it. When her friend O came over after school. She gave it to her. She said that's what friends do. Give friends red envelopes. How Sweet. We had SEVERAL Chinese New Years parties and Celebrations this year. We had our usual get together at New China with their friends and family. The girls performed for 2 programs and did an awesome job. Their performance consisted of traditional Chinese Dance and a song. This year they did the Thunder Dragon Dance and then sang Mama Hao. I don't have those pics in here yet. They also both had parties at school. Genevieve missed hers due to a high fever. Abigail would have missed hers too but it has been postponed until Tuesday. She is now ill with the fever and it's settling in her chest. On goes the machine.