I know I'm super behind in my posting, but I had to share this. Last year on Halloween, we were in Guangzhou. Look at the difference in my girl in a year!! She had a great time trick or treating. Update to come soon!
Saturday we headed up to Adrian to go to Quinn's bridal shower. She had a country western themed shower and it was seriously the CUTEST shower I have been to! Everyone dressed in the proper attire and it was held in a barn. It was great!
They had a saddle on top some bales of hay. Ava LOVED it!
Last Wednesday Ava and I went to visit my friend, Karyn. Believe it or not, she used to be my personal trainer. We worked out together almost every morning for over a year. But she got a new job and moved on. :(
We have stayed in touch and back in August, she gave birth to TWINS! Yes, our schedules are just now permitting us to meet up! Aren't they so adorable?
A year ago today, John and I were climbling The Great Wall of China. Well, kind of. I chickened out. It was raining and very slippery. And I'm a klutz so I was afraid I would fall 3 days before I was to meet Ava. So, I chilled out and John kept going.
After the climb, we were waiting for everyone to finish and there was a bunch of stand with souveniers. Every one had the same exact souveniers. Therefore, they were all trying to get us to come to their stands. John described it best "it sounded like a beehive". They were all yelling at us to come to their stand.
After the climb we went to a restaurant and I was afraid to eat anything. I had white rice. And a couple of french fries.
The day was jammed packed and we were exhausted. We skipped dinner and passed out at 7 pm.
One year ago today, John and I boarded this plane for Beijing.
Thinking back, we were so calm that day. Which is very odd for me. We left at noon for the airport and I remember John was on my case about going to the chiropractor that morning. I didn't see what the big deal was. House was cleaned. Every single piece of clothing in our house was clean and put away. Ava's room was done. Bags were packed by the door. We were READY!! So, I went to the chiropractor and came home and waited for my mom to pick us up for the airport. When she walked in, I was laying on the couch watching Dancing With The Stars. Haha!! Still amazingly calm.
I remember the flight over, I didn't have my phone or a watch. I had no clue how long we had been in the air, it just seemed like forever. When I finally was going crazy, I asked John. We had been in the air for 6 hours. That's it. Six hours of the fourteen. I was disappointed. So I pulled out Breaking Dawn. And read the entire book before we landed in Beijing. :)
Can't believe it's been a year!!! More memories to come!
Sorry for the delay in posting. Our computer, yet again, took a dive. Grrr...I just need it to last me about another year and then I want to get a Mac. So, I'm blogging on my little Netbook! :) I'm dropping off the laptop tomorrow to Mike Feather. Let's hope he is able to figure out the issue.
Our friends, Keith and Lisa, welcomed their first SON on Monday night. Yea!! Sawyer Paul was born around 6pm. I went today to see him but he was getting his newborn pictures done so we just got to peek. He was gorgeous!! Hopefully I'll have pictures soon to post.
And I'm also super happy to annouce that the IRS finally agreed that we bought a house AND adopted a child in 2010. Therefore, we got our third and final installment of our return. We received every penny listed as the refund on the original return and interest. Whew...so glad that's over. Well, at least for a few months. But 2011 taxes should be MUCH EASIER.
Here are some pictures from last weekend. On Saturday, we got to meet Emmett Skiver. He is our friend's Jeff and Sarah's son that they just adopted from Korea. He is so adorable! Ava took a little bit to warm up to him, but they became fast friends. I baked cookies earlier in the day and thought the kids would enjoy decorating them.
Emmett loved it! Yes, those are sprinkles are in his hair! LOL!
And the finished product
All snuggled up
Saturday night, Daddy played poker and Ava and I went on a shopping trip. We needed to get shower gifts and birthday presents. October is a big month for our family!
Sunday, we had a family reunion. Ava won all kinds of "Smith Bucks" playing the kids games. She loved it! Check out her boots.
Thank you for all of your well wishes for Emily. She is doing better. Still very sore, but moving better. It's still hard to believe that happened to her.
Ava got all kinds of candy from the pinata. Not too sure she enjoyed the sour candy too much! LOL!!
After the reunion, we took Ava and her cousins Jacey and Jordyn to Fleitz's Pumpkin Farm. It was very muddy and a little chilly, but we still had a wonderful time! Donuts, cider, and pumpkins?? Sounds like Fall to me!
Group shot on the Hayride
Hope everyone is having a great week and staying dry!