Friday, August 29, 2008

Interview with a 4 year old sweetie-pie

I snagged this cute interview from Janet's blog - I loved reading what her kiddos had to say. Here is my interview with Lily:

1. What is something your mom always says to you?
2. What makes mom happy?
"When I say 'I love you'"
3. What makes mom sad?
"When I don't" (say I love you)
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
"When she laughs"
5. What was your mom like as a child?
"You had hair and a neck and legs and arms and a belly and a belly button"
6. How old is your mom?
"Firty-five" (translation: THIRTY five)
7. How tall is your mom?
"Firty pounds" (translation: she has no idea!)
8. What is your mom's favorite thing to do?
"Clean" (this was a shocker!)
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
(HUGE frowny face while saying the following)..."Saaaaad!"
10. What is your mom really good at?
11. What is your mom not very good at?
"Drawing pictures of people-not as good as me!"
12. What does your mom do for her job?
"Sell're da waitress, mom."
13. What is your mom's favorite food?
"Chicken fwies." (I had to interject at this point and ask if chicken fries were really MY favorite food.) "Um...sawads?"
14. What makes you proud of your mom?
"Dat you let me eat candy"
15. What do you and your mom do together?
"Make spaghetti pie"
16. How are you and your mom different?
"Cuz I was born in China and God made my skin tan and God gave you white skin, mommy"
17. How do you know your mom loves you?
"Cuz you give me a smile and kisses and hugs"

I loved this and think I will find some more questions to "interview" her with.

Hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend...we'll be out of town enjoying time with friends and family. And, just enjoying NOT working for a few days!

Monday, August 25, 2008

More Summer Fun

I don't feel these pictures need any explanation...besides, I'm too tired to add any commentary.
Hope everyone is well and enjoying these last days of summer!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Oops! I blinked...

And looked what happened! Lily went from a babbling baby who could hardly sit up on her own, to an inquisitive and feisty "big girl" who is attempting to do most everything on her own! I took the first picture in April of 2005, in China. I took the second picture the other morning while Lily was watching TV and enjoying a cup of joe. This morning we went to Lily's school to drop off her paperwork, and got to see her classroom (where she will be in less than ONE MONTH)...I had to fight back the tears. I am so excited for her this year - she will learn so much, and I know she'll do great, but my baby is growing up so fast I can hardly catch my breath!

I remember wondering what her voice would sound like when she finally started talking...and now she chatters almost non-stop! And, the questions! Oh my! They come with hardly a breath to seperate them sometimes. But, in her own words: "I ask a wot of questions. Dat's how I learn, cuz I'm four." And, now when I don't have an answer for her she'll say "maybe we should go get a book." Yep, we'll be getting LOTS of books around here, I'm guessing.
Lily: "Dad, what is die?"
Dad: "When you're not alive anymore"
Lily: "What is not alive?"
Dad: "Well, when a bug is flying around, it's alive. But, what happens when it lands and somebody steps on it?"
Lily: "It dies."
Dad: "Exactly."
Lily: "Then the bug goes to heaven?"
Dad: "OK, sure."
Lily: "How does the bug get to heaven when it can't fly?"
-One of my favorite questions from her: If God made everyone, then who made God? Did He make Himself?
-As she was eating MacNCheese in her "fancy dwess" the other day, she spilled some and quickly asks me "Mom, is this dwess washable!?"
I love that she is filled with wonder - and that she is eager to ask questions and learn. I am enjoying age 4 and knowing that everyday brings with it something new...but she will always be my baby.

Friday, August 15, 2008

My Girl

Lily isn't just my daughter - she is also my sweet friend. I honestly just ENJOY her company. We have such fun together and her personality is one that I just think is so cool. She constantly makes me laugh - not just giggle, but deep, belly laughing going on here!

My girlfriend took these pictures of us at the park last week, and I just love them. Not posed and perfect, but real and precious moments with my kiddo.
(See, Lily isn't the only one who likes the swings.)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Princes, and Playdates, and parks...oh my!

Lily and her prince, Wyatt. Looks like she's getting ready to put him in a strangle-hold, doesn't it!? Just try to get away from me, my prince! hehe

On the front porch, Lily and I decided to do a photo shoot. This is her favorite "pose". She learned it when I was doin' my hip-hop thang.

Seriously kid, could ya BE any cuter?

We had a wonderful playdate last week with several friends. We went to lunch and then to the park to play. Lily's favorite thing is still the swings but she is also getting a lot more adventurous and independent on the other structures.

She is so proud of herself climbing like a big girl.

Hangin' with her friends. She is the youngest of the crew, but she fits right in. She has become so much more social in the last year! The only problem: when the playdate comes to an end, she gets pretty upset. "I want my fwends to come home and wive wif me!"
Somebody needs a sibling! Speaking of which, our homestudy went really well. We have our 2nd and final visit a week from Thursday - then we begin our official wait for baby number 2.
Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Lil Tidbits

Things are going well around here. Some days I feel bogged down with our heavy work schedule, housework, daily "stuff", adoption preparation, etc...but then Lily says something and I immediately feel better. Life is good with her in it, I must say! I had been getting pretty lax about writing down her funny/sweet Lilyisms, so I purchased a notebook last week and leave it open now at all times with a pen poised - ready to capture whatever she might say. She was talking a mile a minute the other day, and I was writing as quickly as I could to get every word...she asks me "Mommy, what are you whiting?" So, I told her I was writing down all the sweet things she was saying. "Oh" was her only response. Until yesterday when she asked me for a notebook. I inquired what she might need it for. "To white down all the sweet things you say to me, mommy."

Here are some other things I've written down as of late.

- Lily wanted to be "fancy" today, so she's dressed in a frilly yellow princess dress with her red sparkle shoes. She says she's ready to go to the "kid ball". Unfortunately, the only place I'm taking her today is Hollywood Market. I was helping her go potty - lifting up her many layers of tule, and it made my brain flash forward to her wedding day - how we might be in a similar situation. I must've been staring off into space cuz she yelled "Mommy!" "Yes, Lily?" I answered. She looked straight at me, all wide eyed and asked "Am I the apple of your eye?"

Yes Lily, you are. And you always will be!

-Later I was singing a song and Lily was trying to sing it too. She just could NOT get the words right. She finally walked away with her head down saying "I'll NEVER figure it out!" I told her not to get upset, but just to keep trying. Her response was "I'm sorry mom, but I just get fwustwated sometimes."

-A different time I was in the bedroom singing (yes, I sing a lot)...she walked in and said "Stop singing mommy, this is a house - NOT a stage!"

-Lily is smitten with Wyatt, the little boy who lives across the street. She said to me "I choose Wyatt. I want him to be my pwince!" (every pwincess needs a pwince, right!?)
And, I would love nothing more for that to happen. I hope her taste is always this good!

I could go on and on. This girl is too much - I could just eat her up.

On the Korean adoption front: We have our first homestudy appointment tomorrow. Woo hoo!