Wednesday, December 30, 2009







phee and pappa, phee and her new baby doll jogging stroller

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Phoebe in Red







Finally cold enough to wear the cute coat from the Chicago cousins! Thanks, Sheryl. We miss you.






Friday, December 11, 2009

first full sentence

as in subject verb noun:

"I need shoes," and then when she opened the closet and saw she indeed had shoes, said, "I has shoes."

Monday, December 7, 2009




Xiaoyue's first trip to Disney. That's our friend Sophie (aka Peeeeyaa as Phoebe calls her) who traveled down from Maryland, and big bro.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

halloween







someone wasn't too interested in wearing her costume, which was no big surprise. she doesn't like ordinary shirts from target, why in the world would she want to wear a pair of wings and a tutu? she wore the wings on friday, then only wanted to carry them around on saturday. i did manage to get the cute hair thingie (i made that!) in her hair long enough for a few pictures.

happy birthday, little wood nymph!







Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

happy




i love these pictures.
one of xiaoyue's new words?
happy.

Sunday, September 6, 2009







Barely able to get a post in these days. I'm happy to have a job (and a perfect one I might add!, but squeezing in the time is crazy! It's been a hectic week but things should wind down as the freshies (freshman....) get the hang of things and all....

Phee is doing great at her new "school." She's adjusting well from part to full time. She has a new buddy named Ollie, and I can't wait to post some pics of the two together. They apparently crack each other up! I just realized that i double posted a pic! Oh, well. double the cuteness.

Thursday, August 27, 2009



Last summer while we sat the Beijing airport awaiting our flight to Changsha to meet Xiaoyue, we met a Chinese student name Jinnie. She and my parents talked and talked for hours (we were stranded there for quite a while). Turns out Jinnie had just graduated from college and wanted to pursue a master's degree in English literate in the US. I teach English, and so we talked about where she might go to school, etc. Long story short, she is visiting us this week! She is attending graduate school in California and wants to go after her phd. Yesterday she toured St. Augustine, dined at the Columbia, and hunted for shark's teeth at Vilano. Here she is with Xiao and Nanny.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Visiting great gramma



In early August, we traveled to Alabama to see family. Phee loved seeing her aunts and uncles, second cousins and 92-year-old great grandmother. She and Phee shared blueberries and read together.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

a festive fourth





as the hords began to gather next door at the castillo, we had our own cookout and fireworks.
the big fireworks were great (not as great as chama's....) and loud! Phee slept right through them, windows rattling and all.





Wednesday, July 1, 2009

happy birthday isaac


helping bro blow out the candles





12 candles aflame







birthday celebrations at the lake with the boys

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Phee loves the flowing peanut grass in the yard




Friday, June 26, 2009

playing with light















amazing how the 3 p.m. Florida sun can turn a wet wipe into a hot box

Sunday, June 14, 2009

playing in the baby pool








Summer fun with bro