Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Making Cookies!

Lily and Sophie



My Flour Girl!

Monday, March 30, 2009

i Heart Faces..... Kids Theme - "Pouting"

This is my first entry submitted to "i Heart Faces"

This week’s theme at i heart faces is “Pouting”.
The second theme for week 12 is pets.

This photo of Sophie was taken about a year ago. I don't have a lot of photos of the girls pouting because they are usually happy and giggling.

Our pet sugar glider Kiwi eating a goldfish cracker.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March.....In like a lamb out like a lion!

In like a LAMB.....

Out like a LION.

The snow was to fluffy for a snowman so we made a snow mountain.

Sophie the Snow Angel

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March Gardening!



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008


Halloween one year ago we were in Hanoi waiting to finish our adoption paperwork.

Sophie and Lily Halloween 2007 in Hanoi Vietnam.

Halloween 2008

Lily and Sophie as little witches.

Morgan Creek Park

Fairy Lily at her Preschool Halloween Party.

Princess Sophie's Preschool Halloween Party.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

One Year Ago..........

One year ago we were in Vietnam waiting for our G&R.
The girls are dressed in their Ao Dai sitting with their nanny in the hotel room.
We would soon get on the bus to go to the government building for the G&R.We are waiting to go into the officials office for the G&R ceremony.
Sophie is in pink, Lily in purple.
It is official the girls are now ours forever.
The faces say how emotional this day is for everyone.
One year later..........I can't believe it has been a year! They have grown so much!
Lily loves preschool, princesses, dresses, swinging and to color.

Sophie loves blue jeans, animals, writing, swinging and is starting to recognize some words.

We have been blessed to have the twins join our family. They are full of life and bring so much joy and laughter to our home. It is getting hard to remember life without them.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fall Days

Lily, Bubble (our goldendoodle), Sophie

Summer Fun............

August 2007

Sophie and Lily

Lily and Sophie

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

July 4th Photos

Lily and Sophie at Splash Pad

Lily in Pig tails!



OOH are they growing in mind, spirit and body.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Spring In DC

April 5, 2008
The girls and I drove 1000 miles to visit a friend in VA and had the opportunity to go to DC and meet with the Binh Thuan officials from the girls Province. It was so nice to be able to show the officials how well the girls are adjusting to their new family and life in the USA.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Saturday, February 9, 2008

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Home for 3 months...........

We have been home for three months now. It is hard to believe how fast the three months have gone by and yet at the same time it is hard to imagine life without Sophie and Lily. We have learned so much about each other and yet we still have a lot to discover.

So were do I begin?

The girls entered our home on the night of November 13th and seem to know they were here to stay. The first few days were exploring everything. Turning light switches on and off and on and off again. We watched with patience and amazement to see our girls learn what cause and effect was all about. Every door was opened to see what was inside and we soon realized that child locks were going to be needed on drawers and doors. Even though we missed so many firsts, it is so much fun to watch them discover the world as we know it. So many times I find myself just watching them explore all the things we take for granted, a sliding closet door, a pocket in a pair of jeans, a glass, and a soft pillow.

We had a few toys for the girls to play with when they got home, but they needed to be taught how to play with them and to take the initiative to play. We saw very few toys at the orphanage and the toys we did see were broken. So when the girls saw toys, they didn’t take the initiative to go and play. When we would encourage them to play, they were very protective with what they had. They were reluctant to share not knowing if they would get it or find it back. Even though they were very protective of the toys, they would always trust us to give it back if they needed help with one. I was pleased to see this from the start because it showed that they trusted us.

It was funny so see what was important to them. They loved to put things in boxes or envelopes. Sophie found a soap box one day and carried it around all day putting treasures in it. Who would have thought a 3-year old would think a soap box was such a great thing? Lily loves to collect the postcards from magazines. Yes, the ones that drive you nuts falling out when you open a magazine. They are just the right size to put in her little purse from Vietnam.

I was wondering how their diet would change once we got home. What would they eat? To this point we had eaten mostly Vietnamese food. How would they adapt to American food? At first Yogurt, rice, oranges and ramen noodles were their staples and still are to some point. They could easily finish off 24 oz of yogurt a day between the two of them. Since they were not meat eaters, it was a good way to get some protein in them. As time went on we introduced many food and they will at least try new foods once. Three months home their favorite foods are pizza, french fries and meat loaf. Sophie loves Ketchup and must dip her tortillas chips in salsa. Two weeks ago they each ate an entire chicken nugget Happy Meal. Before that I could order one meal for them to share. They are not big on sweets and I don’t think I will push that any time soon. Hard to believe 4 months ago they were being hand fed puréed foods.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


I don't have a lot of time these days to write but I can post some photos. I am hoping to keep you updated on how the girls are adjusting, soon.

First Ice/Snow

Lily and Sophie

Snowman fun inside or
"noman" as Lily says.