Red is her color

Not everyone can pull off red knee socks and a onesie, but Eleanor makes it look effortless (and adorable).


Wonderful Weekend

We had a great big, happy, family-filled weekend. We had a wonderful time at Matthew's 4th birthday party on Saturday (no pictures...wow, we are lame-o). Yesterday the girls were baptized at our 11:00 service, with lots of family and friends in attendance. They looked adorable in their traditional Chinese dresses and behaved beautifully! They didn't mind being handed to our pastor, or the water on their heads. We had a lovely time after at the brunch and got to spend time with everyone, and enjoy some delicious food. We got a few pictures, some a bit blurry, but you get the idea - it's tough taking pictures when you're hands are full! When we had their photos done last week, we did some with their christening outfits, so those should be better. We even had enough energy to go back last night for the evening service and the girls went to the nursery so Jonathan and I could relax and enjoy the service, without two wriggling, giggling, babbling, bubble-blowing babies on our laps. It was wonderful and I have missed being there. Thanks to everyone who came and made their baptism day so special, and those who helped with food, set-up and clean-up. We are so grateful for all of you!

Grandma and LilyKate have fun swinging together

Sweet little Eleanor

Grandpa and Eleanor at the park

LilyKate explores (and tastes) the grass

Grandpa and LilyKate before the christening

Keeping the girls entertained in church - they don't much like to sit still

Just a small section of the family and friends who came to stand with us as the girls were welcomed into God's family - we are blessed!

Eleanor and Mommy, Pastor Roy, Johnny and LilyKate

Eleanor and LilyKate with their wonderful godparents, Lisa and Andy

Eleanor gives her new bear a kiss

LilyKate loves her bear from Aunt Lisa and Uncle Andy


Happy Girls

We are having so much fun with the girls lately.  Their personalities continue to emerge, as well as their independence and sense of fun and adventure.  The weather is starting to cool a little, and that makes it so much more pleasant to go outside and take walks, or hang at the park. They love being out and about, although they are not crazy about shopping - at least if it means stopping in one place for any length of time.  They are on the move all the time and I think walking is just around the corner.  They are such happy and content girls and we are truly blessed by their presence in our lives.  Yesterday marks three months since we were handed these beautiful babies and we are amazed by how much they have grown and changed since Gotcha Day.

We had professional pictures taken over the weekend.  The girls were remarkably cooperative and looked so sweet in their Christening and Birthday outfits...Jonathan and I were both teary-eyed more than once watching them.  I am going next week to look over the proofs and can't wait to see how they turned out.

Every weekend has been busy busy, and this coming one is no exception.  On Saturday we are celebrating our nephew, Matthew, who turns four.  On Sunday the girls are being baptised and we are having a brunch after church for family and friends.  I look at the calendar for weeks and months ahead and see how busy we will continue to be, as we approach the holiday season - our first with LilyKate and Eleanor. We can't wait!

LilyKate Xinling - 14 months old
September 16, 2008

Eleanor Mary Xinlong - 14 months old
September 16, 2008

They love to give kisses

Who me?

LK does a little reading

As you can see, her taste is very advanced

Apparently she's into Art History like her Mom

Eleanor, you really should read this one

Looking for their buddy Henry

Getting ready to watch their favorite movie*

We could get closer, but this works too

Daddy's home and we love when he does this

Eleanor laughs like crazy 

So happy

LK laughs it up

Could this be any more fun?

Mommy makes me laugh too

*Let's Make Music - Sesame Street meets Stomp