Saturday, October 31, 2009

The First of Many Firsts

Halloween! Although I usually love Halloween, handing out all that candy to our 400+ trick or treaters, this year was a bit different. Football has altered our fall. We had a football game on Halloween night. So we were black for the night and did not hand out candy. Nonetheless, Flora donned her first Halloween costume at the football game.

This is the first posts of many firsts as we embark upon the first holiday season with sweet Flora!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ISO the Perfect Pumpkin

Flora was in search of the perfect pumpkin. Sorry Folks.....she found it! The perfect pumpkin now resides at our house. Here she is similar to Goldilocks in search of that perfect pumpkin. This one is too big. This one is too small. This one is just right!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dada no more

Flora's language is moving along swiftly. Last night we went from Mama and Dada to Mommy and Daddy. Although I am excited, I am sad too.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Plague at our house

After a wonderful weekend at the homestead we came back with the stomach bug. Yuck. Joe started on the trip. Claire started 90 minutes from home. I started at 11:30 pm and Emily at 3:00 am. It was quick but awful! Flora escaped totally unscathed! I am very thankful for small favors and strong immune systems. One of the worst things ever is a vomiting baby/toddler! Especially for 6 plus hours!
Don't worry no photos documenting those 48 hours........

Monday, October 12, 2009


We spent the weekend in beautiful Hot Springs, VA at the Homestead. Truly one of my favorite places to visit. I always have a great relaxing time coupled with wonderful memories over the years with my family members who are no longer here. I like making new memories with Flora too!

Our Carriage Ride

Tex, the Harris Hawk, flying between the girls. Falconry is ultra cool!

The Hayride at Sunset.


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Just say no....... Swine Flu. I took the old one who was complaining of flu symptoms to the doc today. Not that I am on the Swine Flu bandwagon, but honestly if you get them there fast enough the doc will script Tamaflu. Em was a hot mess! She was so delusional she even wanted to go to school to take TWO tests.....crazy girl! Nope! I said. Good news: no Swine, Bad news: either MONO or Adno Virus. I have my fingers crossed for Adno!
we will know more in a few days.
On another better note, I took Miss FJ to the dentist for the first time today. I have been made aware of many children adopted from China who have significant teeth issues, so to be on the cautious side I took Miss FJ 6 months early. The appointment itself was rough, for her. She did not like people poking in her mouth. Nor did she enjoy being held down. However, the result was great information! She has fantastic teeth. FJ does insist that I brush them 1-2X per day. She loves having her teeth brushed. The hygienist was very complimentary, saying that she has no plaque on her teeth. Hooray for us! Now they want me to start flossing her teeth. I think we will give it a whirl!
Pictures will be coming. I have lost my cable to download photos. I have many pics on my camera. Stay tuned!