As you can see, the Spring City got a nice covering of snow last night! It was so exciting to wake up and see white everywhere. We got our winter duds on and headed out to the soccer field, where just this past weekend, we were tossing the football in 65 degree weather. But today, it was snowball fights and some snowman action. We went to the market and bought a carrot for the nose! Emma Grace seemed to like the snow-it was her first time to see snow. We just finished our hot chocolate and EG is snuggled in for her morning nap. It's potato soup for lunch. I just love the snow. (though it's warming up and will probably be gone sometime today)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
But I am encouraged that I feel weak, because it makes me rely on Christ and his strength more. When I am confident, I rely on myself. My lack of skills coupled with my sin makes for one mommy in need of some serious grace from her God. And when I feel weak, I can turn to him and his grace is there-grace to guide me as I feel weak and insecure. Grace to cover my mistakes-not just in matters of health or table manners but also in the eternal matters of my little Emma Grace's heart. There is grace. It's good for me to be reminded of my weakness, so that in faith I turn and rely on the one who is more than able to strengthen me for this job!
I am also encouraged that I have a little break today from this job of parenting. For Christmas, Andy and our friend John gave me and Alisa (John's wife) a night away at a local hotel for the sole purpose of scrapbooking...a hobby we both pretend to have but never really actually find the time to do. The running joke between us and the Greenes is how we've made our husbands lugg these 25 pound bags of scrapbooking stuff around the country and now over here to Asia, all for nothing! Well, today is the today! We are finally gonna use all that stuff we brought over and scrapbook til we drop. The plan is for Alisa and I to meet at a local import shop and buy some pricy but worth it snacks that we don't often get, since they are so expensive. (Dr Peppers, Cheetos, etc) Then we are off to this local hotel that has heat (good-since it went from 70 to about 45 in 2 days) and then scrapbook all afternoon, evening and tomorrow morning. My goal is to finish the wedding scrapbook I have been working on for 2 years now. It's a lofty goal, but we'll see how far I can get. Any progress I make will be better than what I've done in the past year and a half. And Alisa will be working on a scrapbook of her daughter, Kayleigh. We both are behind-she is pregnant with her second child so she needs to get a move on the kayleigh book or number two will be without a scrapbook. And I need to finish this wedding one so I can move on to Emma Grace. No matter what we accomplish, I am excited to spend time with her and have a break from the "non-stop refine my heart course" that I am currently enrolled in, called parenting.
Picture of "Big Jim" and "Vicki Ravioli" from our Murder Mystery party back in November. (John and Alisa Greene)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Emma Grace in her diva suit. notice black and pink leopard print on hood and pants.
a new toy. She was bored with her toys so I gave her a bowl. She has been playing peekaboo with it. She loves it when I put it on her head.
New towel. working the animal prints twice in one day. you go girl.
Friday, February 22, 2008
From my parents:
Everyone in this country celebrated my birthday. ok, well, not really but it kinda felt like it. My Bday happened to fall on the last day of the New Year here-and it's a BIG DEAL! We started the day with a birthday wakeup call of fireworks outside our window at about 6:30 am. We ended the day with everyone (literally) in our entire town setting off fireworks for about 2 hours in the evening. We finally gave in and went out there and joined in the madness of lighting fireworks that you would have to have a liscense to buy in America. It looked like Burlington city park on the 4th of July out there.
I was really hoping Emma Grace would like Tofu (we live in the land of Tofu and it's great for protein) so Xiao Li and I gave her some for lunch on my Bday. not a good idea. It didn't settle well with her and it came back up 4 times -all over our couch and Andy's clothes. I was out at the time. Marianne had taken me to a hot springs resort for the afternoon. (this place is really cool-there are tons of underground hot springs in our area of the country and this resort has lots of hot tubs with the hot springs water and different kinds of fragrances, aroma therapy types of things added in) So the plan was for me to go out for the afternoon with Marianne and then meet Andy for dinner, while some friends watched EG and then over to some friends for cake. After the tofu incident, we decided we better call it a day, so instead of a night on the town, I picked up Mc Donald's and headed home to firework central where we ate under the candlelight/light from the green fireworks outside our window. I tried to give EG as much white noise as possible to block out the sound. This strategy included the wonderful sound of running water (thanks to the tim huffman sound machine special) and the space heater that sounds like a small helicopter. It worked for the most part but I did have to rock her to sleep at first and then rock her back to sleep after one especially large explosion.
So, all in all not the day we had planned, but as I was rocking EG to sleep, I was thinking how happy I was to be right there holding my sick little baby girl with my wonderful husband waiting downstairs for me to eat cupcakes that were supposed to be for my after dinner party with friends.
Can't always get what we plan or want, but often what we do get is pretty awesome. I felt so loved as so many of you sent awesome cards and emails! thanks thanks!
I decided to write a little song describing my birthday (to the tune of 12 days of christmas-this would be the 12 hours of my birthday)
On my 27th birthday, the sweet Lord, my family and friends, and good ole china gave to me:
12 green rocket launcher fireworks (outside my window at 6 am)
11 awesome E cards
10 birthday text messages
9 cupcakes all for me and Andy
8 hours of happiness
7 friends to light fireworks with
6 calls home to check on my puking baby
5 changes of clothes (emma Grace)
4 vases of flowers
3 hours at a spa
2 cheeseburger meals
and a baby girl who doesn't like To Fu!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
8:30 am: Sat her too close to the TV cabinet (not on purpose) and left her to get something upstairs. Next thing I hear is a big Thump and a screaming Emma Grace. I came down to find her lying face down with a huge dent in her forehead from hitting the TV cabinet on the way down. Not a good start to the day
11:30 am: (dent in forehead still visible, now with blue bruise also) tried without success to teach her to not rip her bib off while eating. Tried to tell her nicely not to do it, tried to tell her sternly not to do it, tried to show her where to keep her hands, tried the light squeeze on the hand method, and then ended it all with a "what does that book say about this?" question thrown to andy.
12:00pm : tried unsucessfully to teach Emma Grace to sit alone in her playpen for 20 minutes and play by herself. She screamed for about 10 minutes and I finally gave in and sat with her. (I am hoping we can gradually work up to me not being there with her) The time ended with me sitting beside the playpen reading a parenting book in hopes of finding a solution to my 11:30 problem. Unfortunately, their suggestions were for kids 10 months and older.
1:00 Emma Grace is fussy fussy and I then realize that in the insanity that was "take off my bib every 10 seconds and ignore mom's efforts to teach me otherwise" I forgot to give her half of her lunch. (the bottle-which provides the bulk of her sustinence these days) oopps.
Presently: She is napping. Dent smaller but still there. I am typing this blog entry while preparing to read a book on good nutrition and food preperation for my child. (all while myself having a snack of pepsi and cheetos, which andy proclaimed yesterday to be one of the top worst foods in the world for the human body) So Emma Grace, eat as I say, not as I eat!
The day is still young so who knows what awaits this "mother of the year" rejectee!
sorry there haven't been any pictures as of late. will work on that!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
It's beef enchiladas for dinner tonight and chicken parmesan tomorrow night. Then Thursday is my birthday so Andy is planning a little something! I got a call from a freind today, who will remain anonymous, who informed me that my brithday is tomorrow, the 20th. For some reason, most of my college friends think my birthday is on the 20th and one year so many of them sent me e cards on the 20th that I got really confused and concerned and for a little bit thought I had lost my mind and forgotten my own birthday. Good thing I had the trusty birth certificate handy! So once again, my dear friends are trying unintentionally to convince me I am losing my mind again this year! So happy birthday to me, today and tomorrow and the next day!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Emma Grace continues to get better-yipee! Xiao Li is back so things are looking good around here! We've had Emma Grace sleep with us two nights in a row because we lost power both nights and didn't want her to get cold. These are really monotonous details that I am embarrassed that anyone but our parents will read-but I do this mainly for them anyway. So for everyone else, thanks for reading this far. Ok, well that's all for now-EG's 8 month pictures coming soon!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Finally, this is Xiao Li holding EG in rocking chair. The little table is one I got at a used furniture market for 5 dollars and the chair is one I bought and then had thicker cushions made and covered. We read here every night before bed.
Her room is the perfect size. Not too big, which makes it easy to keep it warm. However, we had to put two heaters in their last night to get it warm. It's not that cold here, it's just that our walls are concrete and without people living here for 3 weeks and no heat running, they got chilled and it takes a while to warm the walls back up. It's suny now so I am thinking it will get warmer in here soon. Laura my neighbor told me their thermometer was reading 53 last night (in their house). I think we've gotten the living room back up to the 60's now. EG's room is over 70 now. working on the rest of the house, but you know those power isssues we have don't allow us to run all the heaters at the same time. HEHE. I know it sounds like I'm down on this place but it's home and I really like it. It feels like home to us and we are happy to be here. Cold walls, fireworks and all.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Lots of Luggage for the Beach...
We are close to 8 months now, the age to start yoghurt and that works great considering we live in Asia, the land of yoghurt. You can buy yoghurt at most mini marts, have it delivered to your home daily, drink it, eat it, and use it as suncreen. ok, not really. But it's cheap and easy and everywhere! EG had it for the first time at breakfast yesterday. As you can see in this picture, she wasn't quite sure what to make of it. But after a few bites, she took right to it and is loving it.
We are enjoying vacation. Andy's reading the Brother's Karamazov while I am working on a "not quite as intellectually stimulating yet very pleasant" novel by Maeve Binchy, Tara Road. Emma Grace loves the pool and the Beach. We've been eating sandwiches by the pool and listening to Beach Boys. Although Thailand is great, Andy and I both agreed we would trade it all in for a trip to 6108 Nixon Street, Myrlte Beach, South Carolina, good ole US of A!
Went to a two in one resturant last night with some friends, Brad and Abby. It was the best of both worlds. A steak house for Andy and a mexican resturant for me. I had fajitas, a fave and Andy went with the Sirlion. I think they had the Huffmans in mind when the created this place.
Well, a sandwich, Beach Boys and the other two Huffmans are waiting for me at the pool. Catch you soon.
Friday, February 1, 2008
I finished the book Marley and Me. This dog was truly the world's worst and believe it or not, reading it, though he caused tons of grief for his owners, made me want a dog. I told Andy once that normal people love dogs and watch TV. (About 7 yeas ago, I profoessionally self diagnosed myself as not normal on the basis of this criteria) When I was in college I never watched TV-I was always too busy to bother. I do think that a lot of TV is trash and a total waste of time, but I also think that not being able to sit down and watch TV is a sign of some serious dysfunction. I mean, if you can't let go of all the thousands of tasks that never seem to get done and just relax and enjoy a little mindless entertainment, you might want to ask yourself what's wrong. And about dogs-dog lovers are sentimental and caring and are able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life with man's best friend. To hate dogs (which I did for a long time) is a sign of a cold heart. (ok, that's extreme) Anyway, I was totally in the No TV watching (not out of principle just out of dysfunction) no dog loving camp until I married my UBER-normal best friend, Andy! One of the many wonderful ways he has changed me is to lead me to a love of "King of Queens" and slowly but surely, to not only accept those four-legged fur balls, but to love them and even want one of my own. Now, who knows for sure if it will work out for us to have a dog in our current situation, the jury's still out. But, I am thankful for the relief I feel knowing that my heart is opened to TV and dogs-I am NORMAL now!
Here's to 2008-my first year as a normal person. I think I'll go on vacation and celebrate.