Saturday, 16 May 2015

Getting Out

Now that the weather is nice we try to wonder around the neighbourhood to see different parks, playgrounds and places. We came upon this was which was nice to walk through and see lots of nature. As you can see Maya loves the camera and aspires one day to be a movie star. We will see how long this goal lasts, surely a first of many but the girl can pose I will give her that. She does also love to be behind the camera and captures some good images. I on the other hand love to see also what captures her imagination and she spent quite a bit of time on a Dandelion which I told her we try not grow in our yard but she found beauty in it.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Smiles All Around

Here are some lovely smiles for you today and this little boy has plenty of them. He is anticipating his baby brother any day now but first he'll be celebrating his 4th birthday. Can hardly believe he's got this big already. Where does the time fly ?

Above is the baby brother that is being cooked up now and will be joining us very shortly. It has been a good pregnancy and we hope for a great birth so we can welcome our new family member into the world.

Maya has been busy with artwork and doing this painting that is rather lovely. We will be doing more in the future but we have many other things on the go like the many cards we make for the many birthdays we have in our family. Never a dull moment. There's always a birthday or some other celebration to be had. 



Visiting grandma and grandpa and playing with some dolls there that mom made dresses for years ago. Finally someone is here to play with them again. They were named after Maya's favorite princesses right away. Maya got a nice selfie with grandpa but mom was probably busy cooking up soup that Maya loves.

And one more sheepish smile for you from Brandon.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

February Catch Up

Here are some photos that are still sitting on my computer from February. I will go through each month to post some things I've missed. Time just rans away on me at times and I just don't get to post as much as I would like to. Let me mention that Maya was afraid of dogs when she first came to us but she has quickly warmed up to Buddy and Junior. I saw her with a puppy in a cage in China, that may be the extent of her experience with dogs. At first she was terrified to hold them or the dogs coming near her or even barking but slowly she did start to touch them more and more. She fed them and gave them water. I think the dogs sensed her fear and often just sat beside her watching her. Now, she loves them and Junior, the black one above, has taken a special liking to her and runs into her room excitedly each morning to wake her up for school.

Brandon has his own dog at home named Sabrina but he also loves Buddy and Junior. Buddy, pictures here is a little lighter and easier to carry around but he's also good for watching TV and just plain cuddling. Brandon has also learned to use the phone and will phone mom and dad if he is over at grandma's for a sleepover. He knows how to get his games up and running and of course how to get to Youtube so we have to keep a good eye on him to make sure he's not watching any kind of smut but he does like his Kinder Surprise opening videos, cars and Donald Duck.

And here is our pregnant daughter, Sherie. We have been praying that this pregnancy did not end early and that she would come to term with our second grandson. We await his arrival which now should be in only a couple of weeks. Our Brandon is so excited to meet his baby brother. He talks about his "baby brother" all the time. Can't wait to see them together. I think it's time Brandon has some company in playing with cars and watches his shows with him.

And our third daughter. Yes, we have three daughters. I'm still amazed to be able to say that. They are all beautiful and special in their own way. Kristina recently finished another year of college and has a bright future in front of her and is still finding herself as to where in life she wants to go but wherever it is I'm sure she'll be successful no matter what she does.

And again Maya was helping big sis Sherie with tracing some patterns for some baby angel gowns. She is very good at helping out and as soon as she sees someone is perhaps struggling with what they are doing she will be right there for you. She often helps out Brandon however more and more he thinks he doesn't need any help as he can do it all himself. But that hard work can often tire a little boy out and and he must get his nap. Here he is being carefully watched by his best friend Sabrina and by daddy of course.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A Very Special Birthday

It was the first birthday with her family. It was a day she'd anticipated since Christmas. It was birthday # 10 for Maya and very special. We had a great lunch with the family. She loves all you can eat buffet because she can have a bit of everything. I did make sure she had the main course before dessert. Sometimes she does sneak in the sweets before the meal but I work hard at making sure she gets good food to keep her growing. She's grown quite a bit since she came home from China. Her arms and legs were very thin before but now she's looking much better. Maya opened presents at the restauran and then we went home to have the birthday cake and all that goes with it like sing the birthday song and get some treasured pictures. Then we were off to playland. All in all Maya had a great time. She made sure to make some wishes, ones I hope all come true for her.

Happy birthday Maya Lanlan Josephine