Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lazy Sunday

There is just nothing better to recoup from a crazy week, than a day like today when there was nothing on the agenda to do..rare days, but boy do we cherish them. We decided to take a drive to "Our Best" restaurant in Springfield, KY...a great little place to eat in a small town near Louisville, written up several times in travel magazines for it's good old-fashioned home cooking and desserts and for the thousands of business cards on the walls. Shawn was in heaven with his favorite meal of roast beef with mashed potatoes smothered in gravy and Leah was such a fan of the green beans, she licked the bowl clean (see exhibit A).

After that, there is no better way to cap off a day like this, than heading to the playground with little bitty....there is just nothing better to us than her smile.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Happy Birthday Daddy!

You're the BEST daddy (& husband) a girl could ever ask for!

I sure do look up to you...

and I think you're pretty funny too!

Make a wish!

We love you so much...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


The girls

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Swim Lessons

Here's some footage of Leah during her swim lessons...she is doing so well! Leah is very focused and determined, and listens to instruction...proud mama, can you tell? After she completes this course, she will have a strong foundation in swimming, know skills that will protect her from harm, and she will not need a floatation device to swim as she grows older. It's really amazing.

Week 1 was centered around getting comfortable with "Mr. Jim" and learning how to go under water and keeping her eyes open (to look for exits in case of trouble) and mouth shut. Week 2 is teaching Leah how to float.

Go Leah Go!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Many Faces of Leah

No worries, she hasn't lost her mind, she's just practicing her thespian skills and showing Mama her emotion faces (happy, sad, silly, pensive, etc.), I have a favorite, which is your's?

(click on picture to enlarge)

Day 3 of swimming lessons with Mr. Jim, it is remarkable already what she is capable of doing and her determination and focus is awesome, I'll post some video soon.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

What a beautiful day!

We had a great time with Grammy Re, Pop-Pop and a special visit from Uncle Rich and Aunt Rachel...Leah thinks they are the BOMB! We love you all and had so much fun with you today.

Friday, July 6, 2007

More "Happy Birthday" Attempt Footage...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Monday, July 2, 2007

For All the Richard Simmons Fans Out There....

I know...don't you just love it? We had the opportunity to meet him this weekend when he came into town for the "World's Largest Senior Work-out", a production that is part of the 2007 Senior Games going on right now in Louisville. Shawn and I volunteered and handed out sweat bands...the most popular giveaway of the day.

And yes, that is Shawn asking Richard for his autograph (he was a closet fan...who knew?)

Sunday, July 1, 2007

She's Got Something Special...

When you adopt internationally and become a multi-racial family, you are no longer anonymous. The reality of our situation hits me every time I go out in the world completely forgetting my daughter is Asian (and that does happen quite a bit)and that I am Caucasian and the stares and friendly smiles remind you.

Several times a week, we'll run into someone that is completely captivated by Leah and can't resist coming up and asking questions and going beyond just the friendly smile. Those are usually people that are touched by adoption in some way, or are considering adoption and just have to know more.

We ran into a nice couple today at Cherokee park that just fell in love with Leah the moment they saw her and had to come over to ask questions and play with her. As we walked away, I couldn't help but feel that this couple was considering adoption and seeing Leah might have helped them with their decision.

Prior to making our decision to adopt a couple of years ago, we were also in Cherokee Park and discussing whether or not to adopt when a beautiful little Chinese girl in a stroller with her Caucasian father passed us and smiled the biggest, heartwarming smile at us for the longest time. We knew right then and there that we most certainly would adopt, and we knew exactly what country our child was located in.

Leah touches so many lives, and it multiplies daily, it's really incredible when you think about it. When we were saying our goodbye's to the couple today, they said the kindest things about Leah's inner and outer beauty, but my favorite thing they said was..."Gosh, you can just see the absolute joy in her eyes...what a special little girl."

We think so too.

We tried to stop her, but she just couldn't resist giving Daddy some fish lips...