Monday, April 30, 2012

One Last Mad Science Monday

We went to the season's last science class at the library.  The girls will be sad to see it end...  But today's topic was pretty fabulous.  They made oobleck!  That's the name (taken from a Dr. Seuss story) of the oh-so-interesting neither a solid nor a liquid slime that comes from mixing corn starch and water.  It is great, messy fun!
Rachel was not a fan at first.  It was hard for her to get over the fact that her hands were messy.  But she eventually did and then had a grand time.
Katherine adores oobleck and pretty much anything else slimey, so she thought the whole project was just fabulous!
So we stayed and played until dinner.
When Ms. Jo, the children's librarian asked the group which mad science activity had been their favorite, there was a unanimous shout of "This one!"  Oobleck is just cool.

Friday, April 27, 2012

3 Years Ago...

Three years ago tonight we got an unexpected phone call from our social worker.  She said, "I think I have a little girls for you.  Her name is Chen Fu Shen.  She is 17 months old and she is missing part of her left hand."  I knew instantly, with all of my being, that THIS was our girl.  Half an hour later this sweet little face popped up on our computer.
We fell madly in love with her on the spot.  Three years later we are still completely, hopelessly, in love with her.
Happy Referral Day, Rachel Fu Shen!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Conversation with Rachel

Last evening I sat on the front porch and painted the girls' finger and toe nails.  As always, Rachel insisted that I paint the teeny tiny nails on her little hand.  She was admiring her sparkly pink polish while I painted Katherine's toes.  Suddenly this amazing little conversation sprang up.

R: What happened?
Me:  What do you mean?
R: What happened on my hand.  Where did my fingers go?
Me:  They didn't go anywhere, hon.  They just never grew.  When you were in your birth mother's tummy your hand just didn't grow.  No one knows why, that's just how it is.
R: [staring at her nubbins] Huh.  Just didn't grow.  [turns to me]  When I in your tummy, you FAT!
Me:  Well, you weren't in my tummy - you were in your birth mother's tummy.  But, yeah, she was probably fat.
R:  She have BIG, BIG tummy! [skips off]  Oh!  Look!  I see a ant!

Oh these unexpected little conversations are so interesting...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Play Ball!

Rachel came in and asked for a glove so she could "Play ball with the grown ups.  You know, Daddy and my sister."  (Apparently a bike helmet and cowgirl boots also help!)  So began an evening of playing catch in the front yard.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chalk Dust

We went to our new friend MeiYan's house for dinner tonight.  Her mom had fixed all sorts of dishes and they were all delicious.  As the girls enthusiastically slurped up tea, scrambled eggs with potatoes, green beans with garlic, and steamed soy milk MeiYan's mom grinned and said, "I can tell they are Chinese girls!  They love Chinese food!"

After dinner MeiYan's friend from school came over and all four girls went outside to play.  We checked on them after a few minutes and discovered them happily playing with sidewalk chalk.  Only they weren't drawing. 
It seems that hand clapping games are much more fun when your hands are covered in chalk dust!  The girls were giggly and happy, if rather filthy.  Fun!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Symphony on the Prairie

This evening the girls and I went to Symphony on the Prairie.  It is a unique event - the local youth orchestra and area symphony orchestra have a concert in the middle of a pasture on the prairie.
It was great fun!
Between concerts there was plenty of time to go hiking through the prairie.
There were wild flowers to admire.
And cactus to inspect (so new the spines were still soft!).
A pond to throw sticks in.
And plenty of sunshine and space to enjoy the beauty of the prairie.
And then it was time for more music.
We listened and watched the sun go down and the stars come out. 
It was a perfect spring evening on the prairie.

Friday, April 13, 2012


At the Arboretum there is a wonderful swing hanging in a huge old tree.  The seat of the swing is carved with the words Care Diem.  Seize the Day.  So we did...
Pure delight.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tulip Love

I love tulips.
Maybe it's my Dutch roots coming through, but they are my very favorite flower.
I love their cheerfulness.
I love their shapes.
I love their colors.
I love their elegant simplicity.
I love the way light shines through them.
Tulips just make me happy!

I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters


Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way