Thursday, April 5, 2018

March 2018


This March we announced our Miracle #2. We are so excited to meet our baby boy this July. Jefferson prays for our baby to be "healthy and strong in mama's tummy" each night. He also has been insisting on making a rattle for the baby. He will be such a wonderful big brother. We celebrated the month of March by making a snowman, making St. Patties cookies with Dixie, and discovering the joy of an inside sand box.
Jefferson had a bout of the "I don't want to go to sleep/nap" but my body is so tired I fall asleep playing- phase. One morning we found him asleep on all of his toys in his crib. A few times in the middle of the night he would be zombie playing with his cars and train. We pulled out all the behavior tricks and reinforcement strategies we could think of and thankfully he has improved. But the funniest position we ever found him in was sound asleep in one of his toy crates. So funny!  
This March Brad got his Christmas present from us- 2 weeks in China. He went off the beaten path and had the adventure of a lifetime. And of course learned some Chinese along the way.

Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China.  Here we find the peaks that supposedly inspired the scenery for the movie Avatar.





Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon



Scenery on drive from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang in Hunan province


Fenghuang, Hunan, China





Zhenyuan, Guizhou Province, China




Hot and Sour Fish Soup


Guizhou Province, China


Guiyang, Guizhou, China


Le Shan, Sichuan, China





Emei Shan, Sichuan, China



Beijing, China






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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

February 2018

This past February we made valentines for our family and blueberry muffins for Dada. Jefferson discovered a reading nook in the play closet while we packed for our trip to San Francisco. We had such a great time staying with our family in Petaluma (about an hour out of the city). In the city we drove up and down the hills. found Ghirardelli Square, took the Cable Car (trolley) all around, explored Chinatown on Chinese New Year, had the best hot fudge sunday when we went back to Ghirardelli square, walked along Fishermans Warf, took an amazing twilight boat cruise around the city, and ended the night discovering Jefferson loves crab! The next day we did more of a nature experience around Drakes beach and found an elephant seal and a beautiful lighthouse, we ended the night with some amazing Puerto Rican food- yum! We got to explore our families Plant Nursery and Jefferson loved the tractor. We ended our trip exploring Sonoma- train town and the lovely town square where the girls did some shopping. We came home to snow and got to do some sledding during my bday week. Jefferson and Brad spoiled me with beautiful roses and dining at The Melting Pot- yum.