I've been wondering how Sedona would be around a baby, and my girlfriend has been wanting to see how her daughter would play with a little dog. This was lots of fun!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
To celebrate we're having a friend and her 14 month old girl over for dinner. I hope to test out that high chair! I've been joking with Kevin that hopefully the little girl will poop and we can change her diaper. Kevin's not so wild about that idea!
My mother gave me a book for my birthday titled "Every Year on Your Birthday" by Rose A. Lewis, the author that wrote "I Love You Like Crazycakes." It is a absolutely beautiful book and brought me to tears. A very appropriate gift from parent to child from China or Taiwan for his or her birthday. Thanks again, Mom.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I've purchased three baby safe photo albums online, although since then I have found the plastic Sassy album in a Target store. The Sassy album was my first purchase, and it is made out of plastic. I like it because it takes up less room and doesn't have many words, so you can put whatever kind of photos you want in it. My second purchase was the Kushies Ma Maison album that is made of cloth and shaped like a house. It has a mirror for baby to look at herself and is brightly colored, but it's my least favorite. I really like the Lamaze We Love You Baby album. It is made of cloth and labeled pages for pictures of mommy, daddy, grandparents, and something to snuggle with. The front page has a pocket where a picture of baby can go. I like this idea, so we can put a picture of baby in front. This way nannies will easily know which baby the photo album belongs to. Here's some more baby photo albums I found for sale at Amazon: Snuggie Toys photo album, Whoozit photo album, Gund Look at Me! photo album, Scholastic My First Photo Album, and Gund My Family photo album.
I used FotoFusion to edit photos of Kevin and I, our parents, and Sedona (of course!) to labels indicating who the people are in the photos. I labeled them in English and Mandarin. Thanks to I-Chwen for checking my characters to make sure that I translated right!!! I wouldn't want to accidentally label myself as a great uncle! After printing the photos into 4"x6"s, I laminated the photographs with Avery Self Adhesive Laminating Sheets. I read about another adopting family that used laminating sheets to protect pictures from baby drool, spit-up, etc. Good idea!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Taiwan educational lesson for the day: The currency of the Republic of Taiwan is the "New Taiwan Dollar," and it's common abbreviation is NT$. You can follow this link and take a look at what Taiwanese currency looks like.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Carrot Soup with Star Anise
Citrus Salad with Star Anise
Star Anise Blackberries with Lemon Sorbet
If you've used star anise in some cooking before, please free to share your recipes in the comments section below.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
"Star Anise is a spice consisting of the dried, star-shaped fruits of a slender evergreen that is a member of the Magnolia family and native to China. Although flavored by the same oil, anethole, as anise seed, the two spices are unrelated. The eight to twelve pointed star anise imparts a much stronger, sweeter licorice flavor than do Spanish anise seeds. It is one of the flavors in Chinese five spice and is used widely in cooking and in flavoring tea in Asia. Star anise is used in roasted meats; it heightens the flavor of stewed fruits, pies and other desserts."
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
It's 2am already so I didn't stay up very late to play with my new toy, but of course we couldn't resist to take a few shots. Here's Sedona getting a belly rub from Kevin in the computer room. Yes, the boy likes orange. Kevin's computer room is painted bright orange, and yes I let him pick any color he wanted. Notice the orange t-shirt too. Kevin owns orange hats, sweatshirts, dress shirts, ties, and even orange boxer shorts. He had an orange suitcase too until baggage handlers destroyed it's zipper in January.
I really liked the image stabilization features of the Canon PowerShot A570 IS for running after a toddler and a little dog that aren't going to hold still for the camera. It has a huge display, fits my hand, and has a "kids and pets" function. Kids AND pets??? That's for me! I'll take it! What more could a mommy-to-be and dog lover want in a camera? Well, I couldn't find any with diaper changing functions. Now that would be a big plus in a digital camera.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
We're still waiting for final copies of our homestudy. I hope we'll hear tomorrow that it's all done. Still waiting for immigration fingerprint appointments too.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
This morning I discovered the "cookie cutter" tool in Photoshop Elements. This tool alows you to cut an image easily into lots of different shapes. It also has shapes that are meant to be used to frame photos, like the paint brush stroke looking ones that I used today. This page was extremely easy to make with the simple help of the cookie cutter tool.
Saturday, March 10th, 2007 - "Süße Cousinen" Christina
Friday, March 9, 2007 - Karen (Kevin's sister) and Isobella
Obviously I've been experimenting with Photoshop again tonight. I think need some new subject matter. One can only do so many dog pages, even if it's Sedona Sunrise the wonder dog. Today I asked the girls at work for pictures of their kids and grandkids, offering to make a page for them in the dimentions of their choice. Hopefully I'll get a variety of photos to work with and can make something special for them while working on my skills.
Sedona reminds me that we should also remember to thank Cheri Skinner once again for making this beautiful pink and white afghan.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Thursday, March 1, 2007
For those of you that are interested, here's the chapter titles for "With Eyes Wide Open."
Chapter 2 - Adoption Losses and Gains
Chapter 3 - The Sounds of Early Life
Chapter 4 - Food and All That Means
Chapter 5 - Bed and Sleep
Chapter 6 - Child Development
Chapter 7 - Preparing for the Abused Child
Chapter 8 - A Special Child
Chapter 9 - Transitions from Orphanage to Home
Chapter 10 - Enclosed in an Orphanage
Chapter 11 - Bonding to a Rejected Child
Chapter 12 - Separating from Caretakers
Chapter 13 - Travel and Culture Shock
Chapter 14 - Home and Post-adoption
Chapter 15 - Preparing for Prejudice
Chapter 16 - Siblings and Adoption
Chapter 17 - When They Fight, Test, and Act Out
Chapter 18 - Birth Families Revisited
Chapter 19 - An International Family
Chapter 20 - Resources You Can Use