Sunday, February 28, 2010

No time for sleep.

We have been very busy this weekend. The pictures are actually in reverse order but its late and I am going to just leave it. Sunday, we went to the annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. Norah LOVES flowers and had a blast running around everywhere and touching everything. She did very well with touching things nicely with only one finger. She only had to be reminded a couple times when she got REALLY excited. The displays were beautiful and you can't find any better people than those willing to give up time and some of their hard earned money to look at and talk about gardening.

Friday night we went to winter festival called Lanterns. You walk along luminary lighted paths to different tents and set ups that represent different countries. There was Shakespearean England, Mexico, Old America, Asia, Venice, Morocco, Egypt and even one for the moon. It was chilly but a great experience. We can't wait for next year.

Hobo camp (old America)



Norah received two amazing puppets from our wonderful friends Mike, Melissa and Eli (the ring leader of the bunch). She (and we) have had so much fun playing with these puppets. They really were the perfect gift. Thanks guys!!!! We love you.
We also spent Saturday visiting with Annie. We all went out to lunch and took Annie to the store to pick up some supplies she needed. She just gets more and more beautiful each time we see her. We are so pleased with the progress she is making in school and in general. She is just a great girl.
Brandon has been hard at work in school as well and has decieded to stay in Arkansas and go to college after high school. We could not be happier. Glen is frantically working on scholarship apps and has signed Boo up to take his ACT in April. We are all hoping for a good result on the test.
Monday is a big day for Norah. Something new. Hopefully something that will help her progress by leaps and bounds. More to come on that......

Friday, February 12, 2010

This is the south.....Right?

Norah's rubber boots frozen to the back steps.
The flakes were HUGE and wet, so they would stick together as they were falling and land in these slushy clumps.

It sure was pretty BUT what a pain in the behind. I missed 1 day of work because I couldn't even get out of my driveway. I even needed help pushing my car up INTO the driveway the day before and that was after shoveling the snow off. I have to say that I am a fair weather type of person. I like spring (except for the tornadoes) and fall. Summer is ok as long as there isn't 80% or higher humidty. Ok, maybe I just like to complain about the weather. There may have been some mention of moving to South America to get away from the white stuff. Does it ever snow in Brazil?
We made snow ice cream with Norah, which she loved. Other than that she wanted nothing to do with the snow. It was cold and she is not a fan of being cold. She did get to practice the sign for snow and ice quite a bit though. So it was a good signing lesson. Now it can go away.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Chinese New Year 2010 - Year of the Tiger

This Saturday we celebrated Chinese New Year with the Families with Children from China group that we belong to.

Norah got to see lots of her friends. Including Jen.

There were crafts to make.

A demonstration by the local Taekwondo class.

The kids paraded around the building participating in the ribbon dance and dragon dance while stepping on bubble wrap (safe indoor fireworks).

Needless to say Norah and all the kids were just a little excited about the whole thing.

Out of 20, that's right 20 tries this was the best picture that I could get of Norah with the dragon.

There was also a silent auction where I won a book and 2 passes to the Little Rock Zoo. Yeah! me.
We also had dinner and met a very nice couple with a 3 year old little girl. We hope to see them at future events.
Norah and our family were recognized, along with others for having completed our adoption this year.
We are very thankful to have such a supportive group of friends.