Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Black & White Wednesday ~ Friends {part two}


Even at the ripe old age of "almost three", these two understand the meaning of friends.




This adorable little girl featured here with our Annabelle is Hannah. She is Lori's daughter. And seeing how close Lori & I are, it is only understandable that these two girls became dear friends as well...

the long road

Monday, March 29, 2010

Yes - I am starting...already!

That is Christmas shop for 2010!

Call me crazy, but we tend to exchange gifts with a lot of family & friends (not to mention our own kiddos) that I have to start shopping ~ early.

I usually start on the 26th...of December...but seeing how we went to Disney World in January, I just didn't find the time (or energy) to do so...

So I started picking up little things here & there for our family & friends that we exchange with.

Seeing how I will have to Christmas shop for TWELVE kiddos this year, I needed to start now!

It is amazing what FABULOUS Sales are going right now!

One AMAZING deal I got was at!

I was able to pick up four of these....{of course one is for Benjamin}

Disney Cars Launcher/Race Track!

At a deal of $9.99 each!


Now if you think that is Sweet! (which I did), I can't wait to share with you all my next HUGE Sale find ~ and I do mean H-U-G-E for our own kiddos to play with!

It is the Le Cafe Play Tent from Time To Play!

Can't you just see all three kiddos playing in it!

This play tent measures 7' x 4' x 7' Did I mention it was HUGE!

I have seen these retail for over $140...


I paid only $38.01!

$38.01 and that included the shipping fees!

Super HUGE Sweet!


chances are that while you are reading this post, I am once again suffering the Internet for more amazing deals for Christmas 2010!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Did I take on too much...?

I know so many of you, save your photos in very different ways....


Well let's just say I still save them all to disks ~ directly from my computer.

And because I have been doing this since 2007....

when my computer crashed....

I have a lot of disks!

(and wasn't really sure what to do with them)

Than came the weekend I went to my Mom's for a quick visit...(during the first weekend of March)

and I was looking for one particular photo in the many photo albums she has saved.

After looking at about 10 of the albums my mom had poured her heart & soul into....

and truly having such a wonderful walk down memory lane...

I just knew what I wanted to do with

That's right!

I am going to start labeling & placing all of our priceless photos in some precious photo albums & photo boxes!

Now this is truly a BIG job for me!

For I actually have to start from 2005...

for that is when I was still using my 35MM camera (which I still love) and was getting all those rolls of film developed and placed all those photos into a box (actually several boxes)

So if you are keeping track, it is 5 years of photos I need to work on getting organized, labeled, {many of them} printed, and placed in albums.

I see myself very VERY very busy over the next few weeks...

for I am hoping to have this little project that I crazily started...

finished by Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Black & White Wednesday ~ Friends {part one}

Have you ever had a friend that you can count on...

for anything...

at any time?

Have you ever had a friend who understand you completely...

and know what you are saying?

Have you ever had a friend who knows exactly what you are thinking...

or feeling?

Have you ever had a friend who is all "this"...

and more?

Well, I do! In fact, I feel very rich in my life to have the friends that I do!
{Sara, Elissa, Amy, Lori, Krista, Kelly, Gina, Diane, Megan, Jamie, Lisa, Jennifer, my Mom ~ well you get the idea!}

One of my dearest friends is Lori {who I did mention above}. We only have known each other since October 2008 (when we traveled to China for our daughters) but ever since that van ride from our landed flight at the airport in Beijing to our hotel on that very first night, we both had this connection that grew into what we have today....

and that is...

a friend for life!


Lori and I used to talk before she headed back to work this past January. Even when we were at Disney this past winter, we talked Our conversations are never brief {sound fimiliar Sara}. In fact I know the minute we got on the phone together, it is easily an hour's worth of talking, laughing, crying, complaining and yes "comparing our differences". BUT ~ Isn't that what friends do...

When we lived in Pennsylvania, our families only lived an hour apart.

Now that we live in DC, the distance between us has grown...

but because of that distance, it has made our friendship stronger!

We see each other at least once a month.

We have even taken vacations together and are planning more for the future.

Yes, I do believe we all need friends.

And as I said before, I am truly one very rich woman indeed because of the friends that I have.

(Here is the color version from the black & white photo displayed above. This photo was taken at the end of our visit together this past March. As you can see from the smile on our faces, we did a ton of laughing, a little bit of crying, and even had some difference of opinion {that's why we look like we do} but in the end ~ FRIENDS is what we are!)


and for those of you who are keeping track, ever since Lori has gone back to work this past January, Lori & I only get to talk "a few times a week". While I so do miss my friend, I know that no matter what she is doing, she is ALWAYS there for me {as I am for her}...and now instead of our phones calls only lasting an we can chat & giggle for at least two ;)

***And coming this April, it is looking like I am finally going to get to meet in person one of the sweetest & dearest human-beings I have ever long-time friend, Sara, when she & her husband come to DC for a visit!!!! Oh how I can't wait!!!!***

the long road

Monday, March 22, 2010

once again ~ a glimpse into the future...



OK we all saw how Francesca was behind the wheel but just check out our Annabelle! I think that Grandma did most {all} of the driving as Annabelle was most interested in waving to her Mama!

Just thinking about both of them driving is making me stomach turn and add Benjamin into the mix...I see a many of "staying up until they get home" nights ahead in our future...

("Now I know what you went through Mom...")

Friday, March 19, 2010

my little fashion diva!


I think she gets her fashion sense from Keith ~ yeah we'll just go with that ;)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Black & White Wednesday ~ once again our Francesca...

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Oh my Francesca ~ I just can't get enough of her!

Make sure you take a minute and go over to Lisa's blog to see this weeks beautiful black & white photos!

the long road

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Annabelle {that crazy sister of mine}


The look on Annabelle's face is saying it all!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday SnapShot ~ Happy Birthday To ME!

Seeing how today is my birthday and we are celebrating in a HUGE way ~ with a visit to the National Geographic Museunm in Washington DC to see the Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit...supper at my favorite Chinese restaurant, Lee's Kitchen...and a special visit from my mom aka Grandma ~ I find it only fitting to share with you all today a few photos of one of the TWO things that mean the most to me on my very special day...




These photos were taken before we were heading out for our Chinese New Year Celebration at Lee's Kitchen! Seeing how we had record-breaking snow fall this past February & many of the CNY celebration festivals were cancelled, as soon as we heard that our favorite restaurant was having their own CNY party, we just knew we had to be a part of it! We had a great time and are so looking forward to going back next year ~ as a family of five!

Ni Hao Y'all

A JoyFul Heart!


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Friday, March 12, 2010

smile :)

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Keith took this photo a few weeks ago...

According to him whenever he looks at it...

It makes him smile :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Black & White Wednesday ~ part three

Seeing how this is the final post in my three part series of my girl and those funny faces ~ part one and part two....I just HAD to share with you all ~ once again ~ how our daughter Francesca had our cousins, Teresa & Mark, making all those silly faces!

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I just love how Francesca is checking out Teresa to see if she is really making those funny faces she so wanted them to do with her!

Be sure to not only check out part one & part two of this post but also all the other great Black & White photos featured on The Long Road To China's web site!

the long road

And there you have it all three parts of Black & White Wednesday "my girl and those funny faces!"

Monday, March 8, 2010

Where O Where Is Our Francesca....

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There she is...

Friday, March 5, 2010

the Last of the Disney Photos?

This is one of the reasons why I just knew Keith was the man for me...He totally knows how to have a good time (even at Disney) and can make just about anyone crack up laughing with his funny & crazy (and don't give a sh!t) attitude!

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He had my mom & I in stitches for a majority of the time while on vacation! His one liners along with his wild sense of humor had us going non-stop!

Thank You Honey for always being ~ just you...Love you always & forever.

As for being the last of the Disney photos - probably not.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Black & White Wednesday ~ part two (follow up from last week)

Last week for Black & White Wednesday, I featured a photo of our daughter Francesca insisting that her cousins Teresa & Mark to make some funny faces with her. The photo in my opinion was truly hilarious!

Seeing how I decided to do a three part follow up to that post ~ here is part two...

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Just look at those smiling faces!

I couldn't let you all think that our cousins we truly that cRaZy!

Than again once you see next week post, your opinion might change once again...

but for now...

This is surely one beautiful photo!

the long road

Be sure to check back next Wednesday for part three of "my girl and those funny faces!"

Monday, March 1, 2010

just Annabelle...

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I just love the expression on her face in this photo! Just looking back on all those Disney photos (did I mention that Keith took over 1200 of them) has me remembering that wonderful time we spent there like it was ~ yesterday...

The girls keep asking us if we can go back and we are truly thinking about it.

Only time will tell, but at least for now we can reflect on all 1248 photos my husband took while on our Disney 2010 vacation!