Long lost Loves

Wow, have I been a slacker on this blog or what? Okay, no actual answers needed here...I'm well aware of my shortcomings in this area, but we've just been, well, ya know, busy and stuff. Anyway, this post will catch you all up on what we've been doing since Christmas, which by the way, was lovely. I just realized I never posted on that..sigh...okay, well I'm starting clean for 2010. I have considered retiring from blogging, but something stops me, despite my poor performance in the past year or so. So, since the New Year rang in we have been quite busy. On January 16 we traveled to Savannah, where we spent a week in a rental house, reuniting with friends from our China travel group - The Palumbo, Rizzo and Gonzales families. We started the week with four families, and five little girls from 2.5 to 3 years old, and after the 3G's went home, spent the remainder of the week with two families and four girls. We had a wonderful time! Savannah is such a great town for strolling, and hanging out in coffee shops and pubs, and enjoying the squares, parks and history. We couldn't have asked for better weather - it was in the high 60's all week, with a day of rain at the end and a little chill on our way out. The girls all got along like gangbusters and their bond is so special and beautiful to see. We were sad to say goodbye, but we are already planning for next year's trip, and will likely see each other before then. Note to the other 6 families in our travel group, we missed you, and we are working on a beach trip for next spring, so hope you can join us!

Claire, LilyKate, Eleanor, Stephanie and Sophia - Jiangxi, China Sisters

Taking a bath together...or as we like to call it, Spicy Asian Soup!

The five girls in their matching pajamas

Playing on the beach at Tybee Island:
Susan and Sophia, me and my girls, Nicole and Claire

The whole group, plus two extra (our friend Wendy's girls, Kate and Claire)

Before we left for Savannah, we had our first snow of the year. It wasn't much to speak of, but along with it came a week or so of freezing temperatures, which made the warmer temps down South even more welcome. This weekend, like most of the country, we had a big snowstorm, and the girls LOVED watching the flakes fall, running and playing outside, and building a snowman with Mommy and Daddy. It was the most snow I can recall seeing living in Georgia, and even though it was pretty, I am looking forward to Spring....I am tired of being cold!

Helping Daddy build a snowman

Running in the lovely, powdery stuff

With our snowman (thanks to Jonathan for doing most of the work!)

What else, oh yea, the girls are now enrolled in a gymnastics class, which they are really starting to enjoy. We go every Saturday with their godmother, Lisa. It took them a few times to warm up to the concept, but they are into it now, and getting better at following instructions. In addition, they are talking a mile a minute (most of it understandable hehe), so we are enjoying listening to them express themselves, and display their individual personalities. After almost a year of procrastinating, we finally got the playroom done (halleluia!), and have moved all their toys in...they (and we) are loving it.

So, that is a quick catch-up...I'm sure this is more, goodness knows the days and weeks fly by at lightening speed, so we must be doing something, but we are loving this age with our girls. 2 1/2 is a joy and we have never laughed so much in our entire lives. Can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds for us! Tomorrow we will celebrate Valentines Day, as well as Chinese New Year, so maybe by Easter, I'll have that update for you...until then, Gōng xǐ fā cái! Wishing prosperity and love to all!