Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Visiting With The Wesselman's

On Monday and Tuesday we were delighted to meet up with friends we met on our last trip to China for Lauren's adoption.  Chad and Becky Wesselman were there with their son Tanner to adopt Anna at that time.

Becky with Anna, 2011 China

Chad and Anna

Wesselman's and Cameron as we all toured in China
Wesselman's Red Couch Picture

We have stayed in touch over the years via Face book and our family blogs, so when they planned a family trip to Disney World it was a wonderful opportunity to visit with them.  We met initially at Epcot on Monday and while it was wonderful to see them the day was a miserable drizzly one that was cold and just dreary.  So after touring around as long as we could before the cold and walking got to us, we agreed to meet up again on Tuesday at the Magic Kingdom park.

Disney's Magic Kingdom Entrance Decorated for Christmas
Anna riding on Chad's shoulders - see how she's grown!

Carousel area Fantasy Land

Castle view by the carousel

Lauren with Hannah's hand behind her and Kevin

Hannah and Kevin

Wesselman family on the carousel


Hannah and Lynda on Dumbo ride

Becky, Chad and Anna in their Dumbo

Lauren and Hannah with Goofy

Becky, Anna and Tanner waiting for lunch

Lauren and Hannah at our table

Lunch time

Looking towards Main street from Castle.  They were filming so it was blocked off and crowded

Anna, Lauren and Tanner waiting for Small World ride

Small World ride, strange for us after being at Disneyland so much to see A Small World indoors

Tanner and Anna with Donald

This day the weather was SO much better and it made our time together that much better.  We walked and rode rides and got a chance to talk and just spend time together.  Amazing how quickly the kids are growing up, we shared adjustment stories and celebrated with them as they received more news on completed and approved paperwork in the adoption process of the little boy Oliver they are now in the process of adopting from China.  SOOOO, excited for them!!!!

Wesselman Family

We needed to make it a shorter day on Tuesday, and said our goodbyes before we headed home and left them to finish their time at Disney World.

Time to say goodbye, they had gifts to share with the girls as we parted
Main Street window decorated for Christmas

It was wonderful seeing their family and we look forward to the next time we meet up they will have their newest member with them.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Good Week

Last week was a busy one, but a really good one!!  It began with a construction company removing some trees out on the corner of our property for a reclaimed water pipeline that is going on, at the road in front of our property. The positive of this is it helps with a portion of the jungle we need to deal with on our property.  After they are done with this road project we can keep the area clear and redo the landscape with what we'd like to see there.

The dense plants and trees behind the oak is where the clearing is being done

You can see daylight now through the trees as the tractor takes down a 100 ft pine, several saw palmettos and other small trees and shrubs that had been tightly packed into this corner of our property

The cleared area looks a bit desolate right now

It poured down rain on Tuesday and I got busy preparing foods for my meals on Wednesday and Thursday.  Then on Wednesday the Bartlinski Family joined us for lunch and a wonderful visit.  The girls always love their time together and we love talking and catching up with Ed and Ann.  After a nice day of games, toys, giggles and lots of laughter we had to bid them farewell until the next time we have an opportunity to visit.

Bea and Bear LOVED all the extra attention

Ann and Ed (upper left), Gemma and Lauren, and in the bottom picture from left to right are Mary, Hannah, Lauren, Gemma, Emelia, Bear photo bombing, and Lucy

Gemma, Lauren and Emelia

On Thursday, Thanksgiving we were joined in the later afternoon for dinner by Grandma and Poppie. After eating dinner and before dessert, it's been our habit to put up the outdoor Christmas lights to burn off some of our meal and get the task done as we move officially into the Christmas season.

Time for lights

Break to check out the Model A truck

Poppie, Grandma and my crew

It was a wonderful week, and now the house is in full Christmas decorating mode. I will post these photos later.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and the blessing of family, friends and great food from our family to yours.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Time to Go Home

We had fun the last couple of days Amber and Eddie were here, though the day of their departure loomed.  On Monday it was Cameron's actual 21st birthday, but he had to leave for school in the afternoon.  Amber and Eddie wanted to make us a meal, so they bought all the goods and prepared the most delicious chicken and cheese enchilada's.  Cameron was able to have his and open his gifts before he had to leave for school.  Then we all sat down and enjoyed their wonderful enchilada's.

Amber and Eddie making the enchiladas

After lunch we got in the truck and headed to Winter Park intending to walk and enjoy the shops and scenery, then have dinner down there.  Whereas Sunday had been a beautiful sunny day, Monday's forecast of a "slight chance of rain" quickly changed to a dreary day and steady down pour.  Even with our rain jackets and umbrella's we had to keep ducking into stores to try to keep dry.  After walking down both sides of the streets and being soaked from the driving rain, we stopped into a little shop at the back of a set of shops and out of the rain to get coffee, sit and try to get more comfortable despite the climate.  The shop was a cute little place that sells macaroon cookies and absolutely delicious coffee.  They had a few tables and chairs in the indoor patio area we could sit at and enjoy our snack.

Street scenes and window display

Stepping out of the rain and getting our macaroons

The Macaron store

Rainy drive home

We decided afterwards to head home, and enjoy some leftovers for a warm, dry dinner together at home.  That worked out well and we were able to enjoy a movie and each others company before Amber and Eddie had to leave on Tuesday to go home to Portland, Oregon. Cameron headed to school early for his finals, so the rest of us drove to the airport.  It's so hard to say good bye.

Amber and Hannah playing hangman on the drive to the airport
Time to say our good byes

We loved having all our kids together and enjoying each others company.