Gotcha Ami Day!

July 26th, 2011

One year ago today was Gotcha Day for Ami!  It’s hard to believe a year has already gone by since we traveled to China to make our family complete.

Although Ami initially only showed us her somber side,

We knew her true personality would soon emerge.  And it didn’t take long!

Ami has definitely added energy to our family.

We wouldn’t want it any other way.  We love you, and thank God for you every day!

July 20th, 2011

Last week I finished the mini quilt for Miah.  She’s quite happy with it.  Here’s the front with the binding,

And the back, same pattern, but larger.  For the record, I have been working on Ami’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt also.  (This crazy non-summer weather has given me more time indoors, though I really do need to tackle the weeds in the flower beds!)

I’ve reluctantly discovered that my “leisurely” (albeit sleepless) days of toddler parenting are over.  This summer has been busy with swimming lessons, ice skating lessons, and gymnastics, in addition to the regular speech, play dates, library, grandma’s, etc.  Now that Miah is nearly five, I realize this will be the new normal.

With Ami coming home last summer, we didn’t do a lot of these activities.  It gave her (and the rest of us) the home adjustment time she needed.  Plus, throughout the year, we had the two surgeries and recovery times to deal with, so we kept the extra curricular to a minimum.  She’s eager to participate now, but gets to stay the observer (most of the time) until she turns three and can be in classes without a parent.  Then our lives will get really busy!

Summertime?

July 16th, 2011

You’d never know by this photo how disappointed the girls were to see rain today.  (Certainly not as grieved as the cherry growers though.)  They embraced the opportunity to go outside and get wet!

The rain squelched their chance to go up in the mountains again like we did last Saturday.

The mountains of snow covering the trail just added to the enjoyment.  And, unfortunately, to the volume of mosquitos.  (You can tell by this photo ↓ who didn’t put on enough repellant.)

As we headed up Mission Peak, the views were spectacular.  ↑ Glacier Peak is on the right.  Mt. Stewart ↓ between the trees.

Also showing their majestic peaks were Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.

With plenty of beautiful flowers along the way.

For the girls, the highlight was joining friends at Beehive Reservoir.

And fishing.

Though not as successfully as Daddy.

Nothing beats playing in the water.

Rain or shine.

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Hot Weather, Cold(er) Weather

July 8th, 2011

We had some hot days this week.  So what do you do?  Play in the water!  The girls didn’t have any complaints.

Today ended up being windy and chilly.  So what do you do?  Work on a project in the bonus room while the girls play.  They haven’t played with the toys there for weeks, so no complaints today either!

I had planned to work on Ami’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt, but Miah (seeing all the fun new fabrics) has been begging me to make her a doll quilt (actually for her stuffed animals).

She had already chosen 36 of her favorite prints from the remnants of both her’s and Ami’s quilts.  We first cut 4″ squares, then (somewhat) randomly sewed them into 9 patch squares.  Mom has recently been working on a “Vanishing 9 Patch” quilt, so we elected to do the same.

We (meaning: I cut, Miah supervised my every move) cut each of those squares in half vertically,

then horizontally, to make new squares (now 5½” x 5½”).

Next we randomly laid out those 16 squares, arranged and sewed them into four rows, and then stitched the rows together.

Once we put the back and binding on, Miah’s stuffed sheep will have a quilt of her own.

Ami’s bear will soon be getting one, too.  I just wish her 100 Good wishes quilt would go together so quickly!

A Long Weekend

July 7th, 2011

What better way to celebrate America’s birthday (and our anniversary) than to spend the long weekend camping near Mt. Rainier!

The girls really put the miles on their bicycles.

We enjoyed watching the three little cousins interact.

Natalie wanted to ride, too.

Miah liked being the older cousin for a change.

And Ami found some”one” she could be in charge of for a change.

Learning the art of eating cherries from great Uncle Warren.

Followed by some 4th of July cupcakes!

Then off to see the Mountain up close!

But first we had to find a place to park,

And walk for a while.

But it was worth it!

Natalie even thought so.

Look at all that snow!

We can make snowballs!

Let’s get Mommy!

Hmm, can you guess who lives on the warmer side of the mountains?

What a great weekend!