Friday, June 25, 2010

Rain, rain go away...

A year ago today, I came home to 4 inches of water in my basement. This year, it has been raining like crazy and I find myself running to the basement every hour to check for water. No water inside...yet (more rain forecasted for the weekend). But there certainly is a lot of water outside--and lots of mosquitos too.

What do you do when you are caught in the rain three days in a row? Have fun, splash and get wet!

lily and emily rain

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Floods in Jiangxi Province

Keeping the people of Lily's birth home--Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province, China--in our prayers.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lily and friends pick strawberries

lily with berry

We had a wonderful day picking strawberries with some of our playgroup friends. The berries were big, red and plentiful and the pickin' was easy!

Lily proud strawberry

I love the pride in Lily's face as she holds up her prize berry!

madeline fields

Anwen field

For some, a morning in the strawberry fields calls for an afternoon snooze!

esu sleeps meadow

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Then and Now...

Three years ago today, we received our first picture of Lily Rose...

Red Car (2) PSE fix

Those chubby cheeks, that little smile, that round face--I must have looked at that picture 10,000 times before we boarded a plane a month and a half later! Little did we know she was teeny, tiny, itty, bitty inside those puffy clothes!

Today our Lily Rose still has that round little face and she is always (well, almost always) smiling!

lily referal3

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Last day of the 50th...

On the last day of my Mom and Dad's 50th anniversary, they wanted to remember family members who were not able to be with us. My parents released a balloon for each loved one who has passed away.... It was an emotional few moments...

balloon tags

balloon release

mom with balloon

Saturday, June 5, 2010

50 years of family and friends...


The dinner celebration for my Mom and Dad's 50th anniversary was held in a quaint little restaurant in beautiful Door County Wisconsin. Set into a hill, with the lake visible below, we couldn't have asked for a lovlier setting (or better food) for this momentous event!

mosaic stuff

Sometimes, it takes an event like this to realize how truly blessed one is!

mosaic people

mosaic family

Friday, June 4, 2010

50 years

We celebrated my parents' 50th wedding anniversary in Door County, Wisconsin over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

smooth as glass

The whole weekend was really quite perfect--both the weather and the family-centered celebrations.

On the first day, we played in the sand and the lake (it's usually so cold up there, that I didn't even pack bathing suits!).

jack in sand

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We shared Wsiconsin-style grill foods together (brats and burgers) and had a few drinks together.

Jen with wine

But mostly, we enjoyed each other's company!

silly kara


BTW, if anyone is wondering where the photos of the guests of honor are, my mom reserves editorial control over which photos of her get put on the web from this event!