Friday, October 17, 2014

A Trip to the Farm










One can never have to many pumpkins-right?  The sun came out this afternoon and I thought I would take the girls to a farm not to far from our house.  I didn't really go there for the pumpkins, but for the advertised petting zoo.  The petting zoo was a disappointment as you were only allowed to pet the animals through the fence and only the geese were interested in coming close to the fence.  Bummer! I think Addy was just fine with this as she is convinced every animal is going to eat her. Would have gone on the hayride too, but it was cold.  Also, one teenager who shall not be named texted me that he needed a ride home from school, so our visit was cut short.  Avery wanted to bring all the pumpkins home.  She filled one wagon up to the sky in little pumpkins. I had to break the news to her that we were only walking away with two pumpkins and a bag of apples.  I have also come to the conclusion that it might be easier to herd cats than get these two girls to sit still for a photo. I can never seem to get both of them looking at the lens at the same time and if I do they always have some funky expression on their face.    Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rough "Corner View"

 A tree fell down in my friends yard

 images borrowed from google

Yesterday, was a rough day for the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas as we had a tropical storm pass through our city.  Soccer was canceled for my son Winston as we were on tornado watch.  He was not thrilled.  He lives for his practice each week.  My husband Frank couldn't go for his normal walk through the forest as the trail was flooded, but that didn't stop him.  He just switched his walk to the neighborhood.  Not much stops him as he says, "Germans aren't made of sugar."  We have seen this weather before and we will see it again.  So grateful that we are safe.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkins 14













Yesterday, the day started off cold and raining.  After dropping Roman and Avery off at German school, Avery and I went to meet our friends at a local cafe.  It was so great to see Kevin and Stacy and wish Zoe had been with them.  It was wonderful to catch up on post China and how each of our families were adjusting to adding a new family member.  As we were leaving German school the sun began to come up and I knew that it was a pumpkin patch kind of day.  I mean October isn't October without a visit to the pumpkin patch. The kids had been begging me to go and while it is definitely much easier to pick up pumpkins at the local grocery store they wanted to go to the batch.  I love that the pumpkin patch is located close to the apple orchards too because as you check out you can get a glass of fresh squeezed apple cider.  So refreshing!  It was just Nana, the girls, and me as Winston had a soccer game, Harris had school work, and Roman just didn't want to go.  Everyone else had the same idea to go the the pumpkin patch as the place was wall to wall people.  It was also a little too hot and so once we choose our pumpkins we headed back to the city.  On our way home we stopped at a friend's sons going away/Court of Honor (Eagle Scout) party. It was a fantastic day.  Oh, and Friday night Roman and I went to see the Movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  I heart this movie!  It is so funny and not over done in a way that is completely ridiculous.  You leave the movie with such a happy feeling in your heart as you see a family come together after a series of bad events occur to their family.  Well, we are off to church.  I hope you had a great weekend.  What did you do this weekend?   

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Coming Soon









The other day I had the opportunity to take photos of this sweet family.  Soon they will be welcoming a new baby into their home "a baby girl"!  I am so excited for my friend.  She is such a great mom!  I really love taking photos, but I am feeling a little overwhelmed because the more I shoot the more I realize I don't know and need to learn.  I find doing individual shots or shoots with just 2 people easy while shots with multiple people I realize I need a lot more practice on as little things like facial expressions, clothing mishaps and hair I need to be mindful of as they can ruin a shot.  Eventually, my goal is to do labor and delivery photography as I like the idea that you are capturing moments and not staged moments.  I also like the idea of being apart of the miracle of life.  The girls will both be in school in another year and I am contemplating doing part time work.  I don't know if that will take place in the form of doing more photography or I have also been contemplating looking into getting certified as a duola.  Thankfully, I don't have to make any decisions right now.  Well, the weekend is almost upon us and we are going to the pumpkin patch.  We are also going to meet up with a family that adopted with us at the same time as Avery.  They are in town for a wedding.  It will be so great to see them if it works out. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Darkness "Corner View"



Last night, as I was driving Winston to soccer the sun was setting and the moon was rising in the sky it was so large and round.  My favorite time of day is the time of night when the trees are but silhouettes, children are tucked in bed, and it is just a little bit quieter outside.  I am not much of a morning person; however, life forces me to be!  I do enjoy when the sun is just peeking over the trees in the morning. Mist rolls over the grass of the hills in my neighborhood and the dew sparkles as the light touches it.  Did you know their was a lunar eclipse this morning?  It was the second one of this year.  While darkness may bring uneasiness for many, I know that in order to appreciate the light you have to know darkness.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Ordinary Moments



Sisters
A surprise trip to the store for a special present
Hanging out with friends at the pool and at the gym
Pretending to be like mommy
A yummy lunch with a friend
Celebrating 25 years of freedom 
A first day at German school
So happy for the life God gave me! 
It is not ordinary. It is extraordinary.
Psalms 146:2
While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Friday, October 3, 2014

9 months



9 Months
Monday marks 9 months since Avery joined our family.
Amazing how when you trust God, 
he makes your life better than you ever could imagine.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Love you to the Moon and Back Miss Avery or as her papa calls her Avie.

Have a Happy Weekend!  It is raining here in Georgia, 
that calls for some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and lots of snuggling.




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Wardrobe "Corner View"




Once upon a time lived a young lady who left for university and work each day with her hair perfectly in place, face powdered and lips covered in a some shade of pink or plum lipstick, and she wore clothes that required an iron.  She got married and along came her first, second, third, fourth, and fifth child.  Slowly but surely the hair that was perfectly in place on most days is put in a ponytail, rarely does the make-up get used except for Sundays when she goes to church, and the clothes that needed to be ironed were replaced with by yoga pants, t-shirts, and tennis shoes or sandals.  Then along comes a dinner invitation, a trip into the city, or a lunch date with a girl friend she hasn't seen in a while and the young woman returns.  Is she sad that the woman she once was is but a shadow, no because she knows that all things have a season and babies don't keep.

For more corner views visit Francesca.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Impressions of Spain


Hello!  We have been home a couple of days now, but I had a few last photos of Spain I wanted to post and I wanted to share with you were we stayed while in Spain.  I have to say Spain is pretty spectacular and I can't wait to get back.  I am not to fussed about Madrid as it could have been any European city and it seemed just a little bit cold in the sense of it just lacked it's own character.  I could be completely wrong and maybe Madrid just needs more than a couple of days to grow on you. I adore Barcelona and could move there in a heart beat  The people of Spain are friendly and helpful. I can't tell you how many times I needed assistance lifting Avery's stroller up and down stairs and someone was always willing to help.  Spain is easy to get around.  We didn't have a car the whole time we were there and had no problem getting from point A to point B.  The train, subway, and bus system is fantastic.  The hotels we stayed at were clean and the staff were extremely helpful.  We stayed at the AC Victoria Marriott Hotel in Barcelona and the NH Collection in Madrid.  Oh, and don't forget to have some Paella while in Spain.  I had a chicken and vegetable paella and it was wonderful.  I am going to miss my plates of fresh fruit every morning, my baguettes with salami, and chocolate croissants.  Will not miss the humidity.  That was one thing I was not prepared for and should have done a better job of researching as I didn't have enough clothes to wear and had to wash a few things out in the sink.  I had packed for a  temps in the 70's but 70's in Spain is much different than 70's in Atlanta.  OH Well!  It all worked out in the end. Overall our trip was a huge success!

Fall has finally arrived to Atlanta.  It was actually chilly this morning.  Sweaters are just around the corner.  I am now busy decorating the house and even made some brown butter pumpkin cupcakes the other day.  My favorite!  I even got to watch the first episode of Downton Abbey as I have a friend with a British IP address. Winston is back at soccer and couldn't be happier.  Frank is off to Chicago for work.  He asked me to go with him, but I didn't feel it was right to leave the children again; especially, so soon after getting back from a trip.  Great city to hang out in though and will definitely take him up on his offer another time.  What are you up to this weekend?  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Futbol



We are pretty big soccer fans here in the house, so when I found out we were traveling to Spain I had my husband look into soccer games that might be playing.  We bought tickets for a game with a team in Madrid called Athetico.   They were playing against a team called Celta.  The game was a tie. with an ending score of  2-2. Unless you are from Spain you may not have heart of them, but both of  the teams have some national players on their roster. When we arrived in Barcelona we had heard that their team was also playing, but we thought the game was going to be while we were out in Figures. As we were coming home a girl asked us about how to get to the stadium which happened to be by our hotel.  My husband looked confused and told her the game was earlier in the day.  She said no it is at 8:45 p.m.  and I could see his face light up so before he could ask I told him to get off the train and run over and get himself a ticket.  He was so thrilled.  He saw Messi and Neymar.  He was in heaven! The Barcelona team won the game 1-0.  As if two games were not enough, we found out that  Real Madrid was playing.  Cristiano Ronaldo is one of their most famous players.  He also plays on the Portugal national team and we heard he  was going to play. We thought why not go as we may never have another chance to see him play again.  So Tuesday morning Frank bought tickets and that night off we went to the game.  I almost passed out when I saw Ronaldo.  He was so close to us as we had seats only 8 rows up from the field.  He even waved in our direction when we called his name during warm-ups.  I guess there is still a little bit of a  teenage girl left in me!  What is sad is that he could be my baby brother. Call me a cougar.  I also got to see Kroos, Ramos, and Bale who are also national players.  Actually, the whole team is pretty much lined up with national players.  Going to the game was so much fun. There is so much energy in the stadium.  The fans chant and sing songs the whole time along with a few swear words when something goes wrong.  Avery had fun too!  I was worried she would make a stink and I would have to take her home early, but she was a total angel.  A couple of fun things to note is that instead of popcorn many of the fans will eat sunflower seeds along with a sandwich made of salami or ham.  Winston was so excited when he heard we went to a game.  We brought him home a hat as the jerseys are pretty expensive.  Ronaldo is the player with the green shoes on in the video.  This was during warm-ups.



video

p.s. We are home now.  We arrived yesterday afternoon.  The children were so happy to see us and we were happy to see them.  It is back to the real world.  I have been working on laundry, going through mail and a few other house keeping items today.  I have a feeling I will be going to bed early tonight as I woke up at 4 a.m. this morning.  Have a great day!