2nd Birthday cake!

2nd Birthday cake!

New coat from Ba!

New coat from Ba!

New doll from Ba!

New doll from Ba!

The spread (and cousin Caroline)

The spread (and cousin Caroline)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2nd Birthday!

Well, it's been forever and a day since I last posted, for which I apologize. Heck, we probably don't even have followers anymore. But last week was Bella's 2nd birthday, and I wanted to at least share that with anyone who wanted to see. She had another amazing cake from Plaza Bakery, our family business in Virginia Beach. We had a scare with Grandaddy Freeman's health, but he's recovered (mostly) now and is back at home. A huge thank you to Nana & Papa for housing and feeding Ba (Caroline), Jim, Bella and me during Grandaddy's stay in the hospital. Nana sure knows how to make a person feel at home!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Our big little baby

I've been sooo bad about writing, and I'm sorry. But this kid is keeping me so busy! And I'm back and work now, so I have no time! Isabella has grown into a full fledged little girl - no more baby. She has so much personality, is independent (thankfully), knows what she wants, and throws tantrums now when she doesn't get it (which is a huge drag). But we're getting through it. She loves to climb, and is quite the monkey. She can get into her high chair by herself now, and is very pleased with herself when she buckles herself in as well. Chelsea and Wingnut are nearly accustomed to her now, and put up with a lot of tugging and pulling. They really look forward to seeing her at the end of the day when we come home though. She is quite a joy - we are really enjoying her. She's full of hugs and kisses and loves everybody.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

TET

January 24 we spent a wonderful day in Winston Salem with other Vietnamese adoptees and their families celebrating the Vietnamese new year (Tet). We ate lots of authentic food, played games, had a dragon, painted water buffalo, and generally had a great time socializing. I've attached some photos from another parent, Shannon Devine, since we haven't downloaded ours yet. I'm already looking forward to next year's celebration!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Post Christmas note

Sorry it's been so long since I've written. The holidays have taken their toll on me mentally and physically. We had a GREAT Christmas, but it's been so busy! We hosted our annual Thanksgiving dinner for our friends the week before Thanksgiving, then traveled to my family's the following weekend. After that it was nonstop preparing for Christmas and we've been blessed to have had visits from both sets of our parents and my sister's family! We're taking a brief rest till Friday when my great friend Rhiannon comes for the weekend. I can't wait! Then I'll start preparing to go back to work :( I'm in denial.

So enough of this. I know what you really want is pictures. Here they are!

Love, Kim

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Home over a month now

Well, we've been home for over a month, and Isabella is doing great! She has really acclimated to the USA and to us and the dogs. She seems very at home here. She is sleeping and eating very well - she eats EVERYTHING, including chili and Bojangle's chicken.

Her first real word is "uh-oh", which she uses every time she drops something or throws something on the floor. She's also saying "Hi" and "Mama" and "Da".

She's growing like a weed, and doesn't really look like a baby anymore. She's gotten taller and looks more like a little girl now. She's absolutely precious, and we absolutely won the lottery with her.

Attached are some photos taken by my good friend Windy, who visited just before Thanksgiving with her little girl Cassidy.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Daily life

Well, things are settling down and Isabella seems to be thoroughly attached to me! The girlie won't let me out of her sight most of the time, although she is warming up to our friends quickly. Unfortunately she isn't so quick to warm up to Nana and Pop, which is bumming us all out. She goes to Nana, but I can't walk away without her crying.

She's an amazing child, and every day is filled with tons of fun watching her learn new things. She lights up like a Christmas tree when her "Da" comes home from work. he tickles her and the giggles are just priceless.

She's grown a lot (which is scary considering how big she was to begin with!) and is out of 12 month clothes. she's not yet in 18 month ones but it won't be long.

I've added some photos for your viewing pleasure.

Love, Kim

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Updating

Well, we've been home over a week and as of tomorrow will have had Isabella with us for a whole month! She's doing amazingly well. She got a clean bill of health from the doctor (who was quite impressed with her, by the way!). We've gone to the park a couple of times and made new friends. We have very busy days and I'm worn out! She is very active in the morning when she wakes up. And she's into EVERYTHING (especially the recycling and the computer). I'll post new photos as soon as Jim uploads them to the computer.

Everyone together!

Everyone together!
TET

Having FUN!

Having FUN!
TET

Halle Grace, Thahn & Bella

Halle Grace, Thahn & Bella
TET

Stealing Halle Grace's bow

Stealing Halle Grace's bow
TET

Thanh the ladies man

Thanh the ladies man
TET

Meeting Ba

Meeting Ba

Meeting Nana for the first time

Meeting Nana for the first time

ADOPTION DAY - 13 OCT 2008


Waiting for Bella


The Bella Show