My name is Dawn. I am married to a pretty great guy (AJ) and have two of the most incredible daughters I could ever ask for. Both of our girls were born in China. Lily (7) is from Qi Chun, Hubei, and Lia (4) is from Yangxi, Guangdong.
I didn't give you the gift of life, But in my heart I know. The love I feel is deep and real, As if it had been so. For us to have each other, Is like a dream come true! No, I didn't give you The gift of life. Life gave me the gift of you.
We had our first significant snowfall of the year. And I'd say 12 inches counts as significant. Lily had no school and we cancelled patients at my work. It's a good thing because there is no way my van could've gotten out of our driveway. Here are a few photos from our fun in the snow.
We were helping Lily with her Kindergarten homework tonight. Her assignment was to practice writing her spelling words for her upcoming spelling test. She got stumped on whether the d had a frontwards hump or a backwards hump. So, after I made her think about it for a little bit (and she was getting a little frustrated with me), she looked right at me and said, "Maybe Chinese people just don't know how to write. They come to America, how would they know how to write?" I kid you not, I almost fell on the floor from laughing so hard. You think that excuse might work with her teacher??
While you're here, does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve on Lily's pencil grasp? We just can't seem to help her get it. I'm amazed she can write as well as she does with such a crazy grasp.
Seriously, this stunk. Lily received this odoriferous gift from her Uncle Scott and Aunt Kelli (don't forget about paybacks, guys!) Actually, it was a cute little kit. Lily was able to make her own perfume. There were recipes she had to follow. The ingredients included lily of the valley, peppermint, heliotrope, jasmine and apple. She was supposed to add a certain number of drops from a pipette of different scents to create a "special" fragrance. Of course, she had to sample the fragrances when she was finished making them with a couple of dabs on her neck and wrist. Holy moly, she reeked! I couldn't wait for bath time. Nevertheless, she and Dada had a great time doing it.
Yep, the girls started dance lessons tonight. Lily has taken 2 sessions with this same dance studio over the last couple of years, but this was Lia's first time. Needless to say, we were a little worried. We tried YMCA soccer in the fall with Lia, and that was a no-go for her. She refused to do ANYTHING, unless we were holding her hand. So, we gave up on that soon after it started.
Well, at least there was no kicking or screaming. Lia willingly (actually, excitedly) went into the dance studio and even posed for some pics for me. But, she was just not into doing what everyone else was doing. We could see her from a window. The teachers tried to engage her, but she is sooooo stubborn and just kept putting her fingers in her mouth and hanging out. At least she wasn't nasty or anything. They did get her to do a few things, so overall, we are happy with the first session. And then, when she came out, she came running to us saying, "That was so much fun!" She could've fooled us. We think she'll get into soon. We're not giving up yet, LOL!
Today was one of those days that I would just like to forget. While I usually love my work schedule (Tues, Wed, Thurs) and home with my girls on Mondays and Fridays, I sooooo wanted to be at work today (or anywhere besides home.) Actually our entire Christmas break has been quite trying on both AJ and me as parents. I'm not sure if Lily is going through a stage (at 6 yrs), or Lia is going through a stage (at 3 yrs) or both of them are going through stages, or they've simply spent too much quality time together over break (including Disney), or I'm just losing it, but OH MY GOD today was the worst day I've EVER had with my girls! I finally called AJ at work at 4:07 pm in tears and said he better come home now because I was about to lose it. There was so much bickering, whining, crying, talking back, not listening blah, blah, blah -- I just couldn't take it any more. I finally went up to my bedroom so I could try to calm down and not do anything I might regret. I guess I'm lucky this is my first parental break-down in over 5 years (unfortunately with 2 girls, there's surely plenty more to come.) It definitely wasn't one of my glory days as a Mama, but AJ and I had a talk tonight and we're going to try to make sure days like these don't happen again.
After such a disaster of a day, I caught this Kodak moment right before we put the girls to bed. Why can't it be like this 24/7? Oh, how I love my babies!