We had a really good time this morning with the local Families with Children from China 2/3-year old play group. Unfortunately, we didn't take any group shots and I don't know the families well enough to know how they would feel about me posting some of the individual kid shots, so I'm just posting pics of my kiddos. (Trust me, all of the kids were adorable!) We had a full day. Early a.m. mani/pedi for Mia and Leila (Mia's first pedi!), trip to the other side of town to go strawberry picking with the FCC families, a picnic at a local park, followed by some swingin' and slidin' and then back home for naps. After naps it was off to the pool for some swimming and having dinner at the club. Whew! I'm ready for bed. But it was a FUN day. My mom's here tonight and we have friends coming into town tomorrow for a Girls Day Out. I'm looking forward to it.
Leila was our hard worker. She picked three quarts of strawberries for us.
Here is Mia proudly displaying her sister's work. Here is Mia after she dumped all of her sister's work, but
before she stepped all over the strawberries and made berry squish. She didn't quite understand the whole strawberry picking thing.
In addition to running my own photography business, I am a proud mother to three beautiful girls that were born in my heart, and a wife to my wonderful husband of 17 years. We adopted Leila from Moscow, Russia at 32-months old and Mia from Jiangsu Province, China at 13-months old. We thought we were done at two, until God led us on another journey to China - this time to bring home our 11-year old daughter, Kara Da Xin in July 2009. I am also the proud Aunt of two nephews, born in Guatemala, and a niece, born in China. I am so thankful to our Heavenly Father for blessing our family with these amazing children.
This is a very special necklace I had made to keep my children close to my heart. On the left, it says "family" in Russian. On the right, it says, "mother and daughter joined at the heart" in Chinese. I love this piece of jewelry and how it always reminds me of our journey to bring home our three precious girls.