Friday, November 14, 2008

Dinner Conversations

We were finishing up our dinner tonight, when Brielle turned to Max and said,

"How was the market today, Baba?"

Hmmm....pretty telling as to what has dominated our recent mealtime conversations!

(by the way, "Baba" is Mandarin for "Daddy")

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Busy, Busy, B Hive!

Hey, Everyone ~

I'm sorry I've been away for so long. Things have been so very busy around here...busy, but good.

Below this post you'll find several catch-up posts. They've been rather quickly put together, so please excuse the scanty details, as well as any errors.

Thank you so much for checking in on us!

Backyard Rickshaw

Brock and Brielle play SO well together. As a matter of fact, their sweet relationship is one of the most unexpected blessings to arise out of our adoption of Brock. Brielle adores him, and he is so kind and caring to her. They spend their entire day playing and learning together.

Recently, they were outside riding their bikes on our back patio when I looked out and saw this...

Brock had hooked the front wheels of the umbrella stroller onto the back of the tricycle, climbed in, and Brielle took him for a ride around and around the patio. They soon switched places, and Brock now became the rickshaw driver, while Brielle lounged in the back. Too cute!

Little Empress, enjoying the ride...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Some background information on the costumes...

Brielle has long given up her princess obsession - thankfully that was short-lived - and is now always pretending to be an animal. Everyday, she wakes up and either asks me what kind of animal I am, or assigns me an animal. Then, all day I am referred to as, "Mommy __________". I'm usually "Mommy Sea Star", "Mommy Octopus", or most recently "Mommy Kitty". Brielle has been "Baby Kitty" for weeks now, and she only wants to be called that. Heaven forbid that you call her "Brielle"...she will quickly respond, "I am not Brielle. I am Baby Kitty." The first thing she says when she wakes up is, "Meow", and she continues to "meow" throughout the day (no exaggeration). So, it was only right and natural that "Baby Kitty" be herself for Trick or Treat this year.

Years ago, my mom made an awesome alligator costume for my nephew, Cody. Brant thought it was really cool, and so he was able to wear it a few years later. Thankfully, I still had it in a Rubbermaid container in my garage, so Brock was the next grandson to wear the obviously-very-well-put-together alligator costume. Thanks, Mom!

Brittany wanted to do the kids' makeup...thanks, Britt!

Kitty faces...

Wouldn't you love to know what he is thinking about all this??

Adorable kitty :o)!

Brock quickly caught on to the whole trick or treat concept, boldly ringing the doorbell at each home, yelling "Trick or Treat!", and even pointing out which piece of candy he wanted from the bowl (thankfully, that only happened once - we explained to him that it wasn't polite).



An aerial view of the corn maze

Our newest conversation piece...

Ladonia, TX

70 miles NE of Dallas

Population 667 (including "Eddie" and "Nancy", I suppose)

Original home of our new........

10 foot long church pew, dated 1917 AD


we did drive ALL the way home from Ladonia like this!

Scenes from our Ladonian adventure...

Our pew resided here, at First Christian Church, for almost 100 years...

Now, a conversation piece in our home...