Kristin in China...February, 2007
Kristin...May, 2008...isn't she beautiful?
Note Caroline's black eye...ran into something at school...
Abby with SuSu...China...February, 2007
Sweet SuSu...May, 2008
SuSu is a Guangdong girl, too!
Thank goodness Dotty offered to cook dinner. Occasionally, I'm watching some program or reading some magazine article and come across some really nifty treat or project. Over the years, I've learned that what looks easy on TV or in an article...well...probably isn't. But from time to time, I get sucked in and start believing that I, too, can be Martha Stewart. I haven't watched her program in a long while. Some days I can hardly bear to watch, as her "togetherness" just gets on my nerves. I mean, really, who can transplant begonias, wash donkeys, sew curtains and prepare a dinner party for 40 all in one day? Well, let me tell you...she can. Before noon. I got hooked on her show of late during "Cupcake Week". I was watching one day (and folding laundry, I swear), and Martha had on this charming gal who goes by the name of "Bakerella"...at least that's her blog name. She made these darling little miniature cupcakes, and it looked SO easy! I thought to myself, "Now I can do that!" Yeah. Well, I got the hairbrained idea that I should make them as a treat for the kids when the Begemans visited. All in all, it turned out okay. I mean, Bakerella I am not. And I'm just another Martha Stewart wannabe. Had I not been in such a hurry, it might not have seemed so overwhelming. In the end, though, the kids didn't notice that they weren't perfect and tore into them with barely the blink of an eye. Hmmmm....maybe I should make these for our Guangdong Renion this summer....okay, okay...enough of my schemes.
Bakerella's Cupcake Pops
Pathetic, I know...
I have to share one little funny story from our evening. Abby, Mickey and SuSu were dining in the kitchen, and, as usual, my sweet children were being their charming selves. As the story goes, Mickey said to Abby, "Abby, you are D-U-M." Don't you love his thoughtfulness in spelling this out so as not to be a bad influence on SuSu? Abby's response? A cocky teenagerish eye roll, followed by, "That is NOT how you spell it, Mickey." To which SuSu replied, "Yes, Mickey, it's H-A-M!" Hee!
You might also notice in the slide show a photo of SuSu and her dad deep in conversation over Mickey's finger. I'll have to post photos and the complete story on a "Flashback Friday", but suffice it to say that my son injured his finger (and actually broke the bone in the tip of his finger) while he was brushing his teeth...NOT! And Shannon took the opportunity to share a natural consequence of disobedience with his little gal. It was quite funny! Maria, Shannon, SuSu and Kristin...we loved visiting with you! Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see you again in July!!!