Thursday, February 28, 2008

...Oh, Happy Day!

Two years ago today, we laid eyes on Leah's gorgeous little face for the first time. Hands down one of the best days of our lives.

Those precious words...fed to me by Tracie at CCAI at 12:34 p.m.... "You have a beautiful daughter"...just floored me. All those years of wondering, all that planning, hoping and wishing finally had a name--Yang Fu Fan.

And the photo that soon followed minutes later was beyond thrilling. When the photo pulled up, and this adorable little face filled the screen...we instantly were head over heels in love! We couldn't get enough of her expressive eyes, rosebud lips and those yummy, yummy cheeks. Still can't.

How did we ever get this lucky?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bathing Suit Season is Upon Us....

The Daily Plate tracks what you are eating each day, logs your exercise and calculates calories burned and lots more...for FREE!

One of both Shawn and my goals for 2008 was to take better care of ourselves. A good friend of mine shared a awesome website that is so noteworthy, I felt the need to pass it along. I'm in love with how neat this web site is and how conscious I've become from tracking my fitness and food. It provides graphs of the breakdown (fats, carbs and protein) and keeps you in line with your cholesterol & sodium intake. It also tells you how many calories you can have each day based on your activity level and how much you want to lose each week.

We've set a goal of 12 weeks to get ourselves bathing suit ready...just in time for Destin.

Anybody else game?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Matilda Jane

I'm lucky to host a Matilda Jane trunk show at my home on Sunday, March 2. I got to preview the spring clothing line today, and I can't express to you enough how adorable the clothes are for babies and little girls, as well as how chic and sassy the clothes are for women. And considering how well made, unique and utterly cool these clothes are, the prices are really economical as well! Some of her spring line are can be found here. Her spring line will be formally introduced on her web site in the next few days.

For my local friends reading this that would like to come, just shoot me over an e-mail or leave a comment if you would like to attend and I'll get you directions to my home and further information.

For my friends all over the can be part of the fun too! If you see something on her web site that you can't live without, you can order through this party. Just provide me with your child's age, height, and weight, we'll be able to tell you exactly what size to order.

Here's some samples from the Matilda Jane fall collection:

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Xin Nien Kuai Le!

Happy New Year! Tomorrow marks the first day of the largest fifteen day celebration in China.... the year of the Rat.

You are a rat, if you were born in:
1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

The Chinese begin preparations for the new year during the last few days of the last lunar month. Debts are paid, hair is cut, and new clothes are purchased. Homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for the incoming good luck. Doors and windows are decorated with paper cut-outs with the themes of happiness, wealth and longevity. Incense is turned in homes and temples to pay respect to ancestors and ask the good for good health in the coming year.

On new Year’s Eve, families come together to feast. Popular in Northern China is jiaozi, a steamed dumpling, while in Souther China nian gao, a sweet rice pudding, is preferred. Family members engage in playing cards and board games or watching television programs dedicated to the occasion. At midnight, celebrants ring in the new year with fireworks, intended to drive away evil spirits. Lights are to be kept on throughout the night.

On the first morning of the new year, children greet their parents and receive lay see, lucky money tucked in red envelopes. Then the family goes door to door with good wishes for relatives and neighbors. Old grudges are easily dismissed during this time of reconciliation and goodwill, and gifts are exchanged during visits over the next several days. The festival is marked by peace. socializing, folk dancing, and fun. (information from:

Among following some of the traditions, including cleaning the house, eating yummy food and of course...lucky red envelopes, we will continue the celebration this weekend with an opportunity to see a children's dance and martial arts troupe from Guangzhou, P.R. of China...we can't wait!