Thursday, November 1, 2007

"The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry"

If Leah had her druthers, she would have been "peanut butter" for Halloween, every time I asked her what she wanted to be, that's what she said. Since I couldn't think of a way to make her peanut butter and it didn't really fit my ideal costume choice(since I still have a say in the matter), I decided that a black kitty would be perfect choice this year.

I had an awesome kitty costume all ready for Leah. She had a black boa tail that I wired to curl up in the back and flounced when she walked. I made a black tutu with a sparkly overlay and little furry ears, a leotard, whiskers, a cute was going to be the bomb.

Well, Mommy's a dork and left half of Leah's costume in a bag that I gave to Grammy Re to take to her house the DAY before. Soooo....plan B, she was a princess. Life goes on.

Something interesting to check out, I found another really cool web site, about a couple that just got married and for their honeymoon they are traveling around the world for a year and doing several mission trips along the way. They are in China right now and just visited a orphanage...check it out at One Year on Earth.

Lastly, here's some pictures from a little mini photo shoot from this weekend. Leah was not in the mood for pictures so this is the picks of the litter...and one is even blurry! But I love it anyway.

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Amanda said...

What a gorgeous family!!! I also like the blurry picture :D


sara said...

I love the family picture! You guys are SO photogenic! We always have like 20 different attempts with pics and then I end up with 100 (maybe 1 good one) and we are all wearing the same outfits! Because we usually pick out "the" outfits that we are going to wear.....

Jake and Taryn said...

I LOVE the family picture!! The blurry one is good too! :) You all have such a cute family!

As I was reading about the cat costume you were doing for Leah I was getting so excited about seeing her in it. Darn!! I would have loved to see what you came up with. It sounds so adorable!

Lauren and Ed said...

What a lovely family. Everyone looks so happy. Leah is so adorably beautiful. Her cheeks remind me of my daughter' just want to kiss on them all the time! Your blog is amazing, and now I feel like I need to get mine amped up! I watched your Journey to Leah slideshow and cried. Amazing, amazing! I want to know how you loaded video clips into that? Is it hard? I can only load video clips from my digital camera onto You tube so far. I have never learned how to downlaod clips from my camcorder. Maybe you have tips on that too? It is amazing how complicated the blogging world has become. :) Also, I saw Marie Guao in your pics. Where in Chongqing is Leah from? My daughter is from Qianjiang SWI Chongqing!

LINDA said...

You have a beautiful family. I bet the cat costume was neat. Our granddaughter -Tristen- was a cat. She'd talked about it for months.Now, peanut butter would be a challenge. You could make a p.b.jar....I don't know how, but it would be cute....

Sheri said...

What a great pictures of your cute little family! Thanks for sharing the story about the cat costume -- maybe we'll see it next year?

Melissa said...

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! I hate having my picture made so I rarely make a apperance on Leah's blog.

I'll try to get Leah's kitty costume on her and post some "what would have been" shots.

Melissa said...

Hey Lauren,

Thanks so much for your kind words!!

I just love your blog on Mia...our girls come from the same province so that is so cool to me. Leah is came from the Yu Yang orphanage about 5 hours away from the city.

And I love those cheeks too, we are so lucky to get to kiss all over them!

On video editing..I use for my video editing and montages. I can't sress enough how easy it is to use. I have a sony camera with a video option and I upload this easily to the site to make movies. I know you can purchase software for your computer to read your current videos if it's not DVD ready. Otherwise, you can go to a local video kitchen and make it computer friendly.

I hope this helps you get started, it's a great way to capture memories and you can also purchase to be played on your TV.

Email me at if you need help getting started.


Chris & Deb said...

I ran across your blog from Sara's blog. What a beautiful family! Leah is just adorable!

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