Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All the Small Things "Corner View"

It seems like yesterday this now little girl was a tiny tiny baby of 4 pounds three ounces and when she cried it sounded like we had a kitten in our house.  It seems like yesterday, she was just learning her first steps and wobbled as she walked.  Now she runs, and jumps, dances, and claps her hands for joy when she likes something.  She talks constantly and is always wiggling which makes it very difficult to get a good photograph of her!  I love how she says,"whaT,' with the emphasis on the T.  I like that she is so interested and learning and is always asking, "What is that?"  I can't help but smile when I see her dance to the new song What did the Fox Say? and she likes to sing the words to the chorus.  I love how she wants to know where her brothers are when they aren't home.  It is all these small things that I want to remember in 3, 5, and 40 years from now.  For years now, I have been following a blog written by Emily.  She writes so beautiful.  She captures the beauty in the little details.

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Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. If you'd like to join in, please leave a link to your Corner View post in the comments below, and be sure to visit other participants too.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

They said "Yes" LOA "Snapshot Sunday"

In the adoption process there is a lot of waiting.  First you fill out a ton of paperwork then you wait, the you get a referral or also called a match which is picture of the child you hope to adopt, then you submit a letter that you want to China to adopt that child.  After another long wait you get a document called Letter of Acceptance.  Well, we finally got that letter.  We waited 56 days for this letter.  Of course, it had to come when I was in New York, but I won't complain because I am happy it came.  Some wait as long as 147 days.   Thankfully, we were able to sign an electronic copy as we waited for the hard copy to arrive.  This past week we recieved our hard copy and we signed this and sent it back to our agency which then sent it back to China.  Now what?  Now we wait for the United States to say it is OK for our precious Avery to enter the United States.  This usually takes about 2 weeks.  This document is called a I-800.  Then from there they send that paperwork off to the National Visa Center to issue a visa for her to enter and then this paper work is sent back to China where they then give us TA or Travel Approval.  If everything goes smoothly, we will be holding Avery in our arms January 6th.  So let's pray because my sweet husband can't go any other dates due to his work.  We are so so close!
Ni Hao Yall

Friday, October 25, 2013

A visit to Time Square

Yeah!  It is Friday!  
What are you up to this weekend?
Tonight we are off to our churches annual Trunk or Treat and Chili Cook Off!
I have mixed feelings as it is freezing outside.
Hopefully, the campfire will keep us warm!

The kids are excited about getting candy of course!
Winston is going as Superman, Roman is Chop Chop from Skylanders, 
and Addy is going to be a Georgia Tech Cheer leader.

While we were in New York 
Lucy and I went to Time Square.
A trip to New York just isn't a trip to New York 
without a visit to Time Square!

Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Museum x Three

While the food in New York is great, one of the main reasons we went to New York was to go to the museums.  WOW!  Is all I can say!  If you plan on attending more than one museum while you are in New York, you will want to google pass and see what you can find.  Many of the museums are about $25 to get into, but if you purchase a pass you can attend multiple museums for a reduced price.  We visited three museums for $60.  Just because it was within walking distance of the Russian Tea Room, our first stop was the Modern Art Museum or MOMA.  One tip in visiting any museum when visiting any museum is to get a map and check out where the art you are most interested in is located.  You can also go on-line and many of the museums will have apps for your phone with a narration of the art, links to more information as well as developed websites that will tell you what is visiting their museums at the moment.  The MOMA has a great collection of Andy Warhol, Picasso, Hopper, Van Gogh, and O 'Keefe.  Then it was off to the Guggenheim which the building is a fantastic piece of art created by the famous architect Frank Llyod Wright.  No pictures are allowed inside.  After getting a bite to eat it was then on to the Metropolitan.  The Metropolitan I could spend all day in because besides having a great Middle East Collection it has one of the greatest collection of the most famous artist from around the world like Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Degas, Monet, Serat, and on and on and on.  If you love Art, then New York is the place to go!  Don't forget about Architecture too!  The final picture is of the building they called the lipstick building located on 885 thirds avenue and 53rd street.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Let's Talk Food "New York Edition"

OK, we are talking New York here, so there is no need to worry about where to eat!  New York has some of the greatest food in the world because you have a melting pot of cultures.  When we arrived to New York we were starving.  I had intended for us to search out one of the many food trucks which are all the rage here in the states, but the stomach would not wait.  In the bottom of Grand Central Station you will find a large food court with many food vendors.  We choose Shake Shack and boy was that burger good!  I would say Shake Shack is the In and Out Burger of the East Coast.  The fries were even better as they were handcut.  Yummy!  Afterwards, we moved over to Magnolia Bakery!  Magnolia Bakery is the precursor to all the uprising cupcake shops around the nation though Magnolia Bakery sells more than Cupcakes.  This bakery has been featured by Martha Stewart and on the TV show Sex and the City!  I have to say their cupcakes were not my favorite, but my friend Lucy ordered their Banana Pudding and it was yummy.  So creamy.  Later that evening when we were in Time Square we saw that Cake Boss from the TLC show Cake Boss has opened a cafe.  I was seriously tempted to try a cupcake, but I was so stuffed.  I just couldn't find room.  I had to go in at least take photos for the kids.  If you are on a budget and limited for time eating at the Russian Tea Room for breakfast not only gives you  the opportunity to eat in such a historical place but it won't break the bank.  I had the 2 egg breakfast at $12 in New York City you can't beat that!  Did you know that some of  the most famous people have eaten at the Tea Room.  It opened it's doors in 1927 the ceiling is made of 24 carat gold and on the walls are two original Picasso paintings.  Now had we had time I would have headed to one of two places to eat, the first would have been to the Meat Packing District where I would have eaten at Pastis or Fig and Olive or I would have headed to Chelsea Market.  I also hear that Little Italy has some of the best Italian food outside of Italy.  I can't wait for my next trip to New York.  Yummy!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New York at Night "Simple Sunday/Snapshot Sunday"

When I was in New York this past week, my friend and I took a harbor tour of the city!  It really was a great way to see the city and learn about the history of New York.  Isn't the Statue of Liberty Beautiful at Night?  While we didn't have time to go to the World Trade Center Memorial, we were able to see one of he completed towers.  It is not built on the same sight as the other two towers and their will be 4 towers in all that are each different heights and designed by different architechs.  Pretty cool but sad that we needed to rebuild them in the first place.

Ni Hao Yall

Friday, October 18, 2013

Old friends and a walk through Central Park

When my friend and I made the decision to go to New York, I told her about a friend that I hadn't seen in years and it was agreed that I must take the opportunity to see her because you just don't know when you will have a chance to see them again.  Anita and I went to college for a year before I transfered to another school.  We lost contact for many years. Than about 5 years ago thanks to facebook, we found each other! When we saw each other it seemed like it had only been yesterday and not 22 years since we had seen each other!  I have 4 children plus Avery on the way now and She has 1 plus hopefully more on the way.  I am so glad we decided to meet in Central Park at the Belvedere Castle!   The park is so beautiful!