Saturday, May 30, 2009

Helen's Mei Mei

Emma and I met our friends Helen and Mary at the park today. We also got to meet Helen's new sister, Amanda, for the first time. Mary and Helen got back from China a couple weeks ago with Amanda, who just turned three. I can't imagine the challenges of trying to help a three-year-old adjust to a new family, language and country. But they seem to be doing pretty well...

Amanda is very shy, although she warmed right up to Emma. She seems to understand English, but the only word she says is "mama." We're really looking forward to really getting to know her as she adjusts to her new life.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Our busy social life...

Yes, WE have another busy weekend ahead. Here's our schedule:

Friday night:

Donna - nothing
Emma - sleepover at friend Raina's house


Donna - nothing
Emma - Playdate at the park with friend Helen
Birthday party at friend Murphy's house
Evening picnic at friend Emme's house


Donna & Emma - church
Emma - equestrian lessons

As you can see , WE have a very hectic life. It's so sad really...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The free ride is over

Emma had her six-month dental check-up yesterday. I've been so pleased that she has never had any cavities. However, after taking x-rays, our dentist told me that Emma has a few "pre-cavities" between her teeth. I've never heard the term "pre-cavities" before. She showed me the x-rays and pointed out a couple places where there were little shadows - where cavities were starting to form. She said she would check them at Emma's next check-up to see if they need to be filled.

Emma doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, and she never drinks pop or fruit juice, but we could definitely do a better job brushing and flossing. And we will.

Also, our dentist told us we needed to make an appointment with an orthodondist. She says Emma has a cross-bite on one side and her permanent teeth are already crowded. Where I'm going to get the $$ to pay for orthodontia, I have no clue. But you have to do it, so we'll find it.

On a happier note, The Children's Place was having a sale and I dropped in while Emma was at a birthday party this afternoon. Sometimes you just see something and know instantly that your daughter will adore it. I saw this dress and just knew Emma would love it...and I was right. She hasn't taken it off all day...


Anyway, hope you're all enjoying your holiday weekend! I could get used to these three-day weekends!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My daughter...the philanthropist

Our local FCC chapter has its annual charity walk for orphanages in China in about a month. This year, we're encouraging families to get their kids involved in the effort. Today, Emma and two of her friends, Hope and Sophie had a lemonade stand to raise money for the walk. The girls made lemonade, cookies and cupcakes and sold everything for 50 cents. Here are the little entreprenuers in action...

So the girls sat there from like 9 am to about 1:30 pm and raised...get this...$125! Unbelievable! We were so proud of them!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mom's Day!

We had a great Mother's Day. As has become kind of a tradition for us, we spent the day at the local botanical garden, which has a spectacular Mother's Day brunch. Emma particularly enjoyed the mac and cheese because, instead of cheddar cheese, it was made with "pomeranian" cheese (I think she meant "parmesan"!) It was a kind of overcast and dreary day, but the rain held off, so we were able to wander around the gardens for a couple of hours. A couple of pics of Emma...

I wanted a photo of me with my girl on Mother's Day and asked this guy to take our picture. Apparently he had never operated a digital SLR camera before (or any other camera, for that matter) because the picture was blurry, Emma had her eyes closed and my eyes looked crossed. Definitely not one for the scrapbook!

Emma, on the other hand, took my camera for the very first time and snapped this!

Granted, even though it is a photo of me, which is no treat for anyone, I think she did a great job.

Anyway, we had a wonderful day...the only thing I wanted for Mother's Day was to spend it with my girl.

I hope all you moms (and moms-to-be) had a fantastic day too!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Ten seconds of glory

At this week's lesson, Emma cantered for the first time! It's not very long, but it's thrilling, just the same!