Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lazy 5 Ranch

Right before Easter my friend and I took the kids to Lazy 5 Ranch.

I first went to Lazy 5 Ranch on a field trip when my 21 year old was in Kindergarten.

And I have been several times in-between.

It was so much fun to experience these things again through the eyes of our new little one.

It never gets old.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Life as a Smith

I had all kinds of hope about blogging regularly when we returned from China.

Then life happened.

Finding computer time to return emails or texts has been difficult.

Please know that if I owe you an email it will happen. Hopefully soon.

We are starting to feel like we are getting our feet under us again and emerging from survival mode.

Joshua is feeling it too.

He is relaxing and beginning to accept his new life.

He loves his mom and the two of us have become very close.

I am teaching him at home for now.

He has beautiful handwriting!

I am still cooking a lot of Chinese food. It is his comfort.

Luckily we have a great Chinese market nearby.

I put this seasoning on green beans just like Lily taught me. They are so good. I took a picture of the stuff she used and showed it to the guy in the Chinese market. He did not speak English but knew exactly what I wanted and took me straight to it.

Pickled Lotus pods were not his favorite.


He did LOVE these and I have gone back several times for more.

There is a restaurant in the market so we always get lunch when we go.
He LOVES this to.

He loves to help me. I came into the den to see him folding towels. He has obviously done this before.
He also makes his bed and any other bed that needs it in the morning. 
Not because we ask.
We usually just discovered that they have been made.

Other things we have discovered.....
he is a true sweet heart
he doesn't like to sleep alone
he loves our dogs
he wants to please
he is very gentle
he is perfect for our family!

We love you so much Joshua!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

My First Chinese Breakfast

One of our first mornings home I attempted to make Joshua a Chinese breakfast.

After all he had been awake since 2:00 am and I was up at 4:00 so we had plenty of time to cook.

It started with tea eggs.

Then I realized I had Chinese noodles in the pantry so I cooked those.

Then Sam (yes she was up too) reminded me we had dumplings in the freezer so I cooked those too.

The noodles I topped with cucumber. I also sliced an orange.

Joshua was so excited.

He put his tea egg in the broth and at some point he put the dumplings in too.

I think I did pretty good.

We are all so used to Chinese food.

Everyone ate it and loved it.

Yes, Adam was up too!

Lily, you would be so proud of me.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

We're home!

We are so happy to be home with Joshua.

He is a sweet little guy with a funny personality.

He is super smart.

When the translator we are using is working we have some great conversations.

I love his funny faces.

The sun was bothering his eyes.

I kept trying for a smile.

We were getting closer.

Once I showed him my smile he decided to show me his.

I can almost always get him to smile.