Friday, August 29, 2008

Sizzling Summer Vacation Spectacular

Our summer started out slow. We had absolutely no plans, none. As in, not even one. We were going to just enjoy the summer as it rolled along. Basically being lazy, as that's what we do best (haha). Then, as life is apt to, things changed. Jeff ended up needing to go back to Virginia to see his mom and sister (bonus, saw Drew and a nephew & wife and niece & sig other). Ended up being a real nice visit, but he sure did miss Emi and I.

Since Daddy was going to be gone for about two weeks, I decided to plan a just-us-gal's quickie vacation. My regular readers have already sat through the days and days of that trip. So, I won't bore with the details. For those interested, here are the links:

Portland - Day One
Portland - Day Two (Pt1)
Portland - Day Two (Pt 2)
Portland - Day Three and Recap (Final)

Here is the rest of our summer:

This was our first summer with Miss Emi and we could not wait to share it with her. Her first water toy was a water table. It was love at first sight.

This was taken at dinner the first day we had the water table set up, guess she had fun! (Yes, she really was sound asleep. She slept through the diaper change and into jammies.)

We set up a baby pool and filled it almost every day. She loves it, frankly I think she'd rather live in the pool than in the house.

When we picked up the pool, we also grabbed a sandbox. That was a huge hit. Now that the weather is a bit cooler and the pool has been sidelined, she spends a ton of time in the sandbox. She's messy at the end of the day, but who cares. She has so much fun and I love to just sit and watch her play. It makes my heart smile.

The biggest, most important thing that we did this summer was finalize our readoption for the State of Washington. It was just a formality, as Emi is already an American citizen. But it really choked me up when we were sitting in court, answering the questions. But now, there will never ever ever be a doubt, Emi is ours, we are hers. And ... she is an American. A Chinese American. The whole world is there for her, I am looking forward to watching her grow and learn and be. We can already see she will be a questioner, an asker of 'why', someone who constantly has to learn and figure things out. Even with no spoken words yet, we can see her doing all of this and more. I feel so lucky, to be her mama.

August has been a quiet month (thank goodness). Lots of pool, sandbox, water table, playing with toys, reading books, snuggles and kisses, singing silly songs, walks in the park and farmer's markets. Exactly what hot summer days should be.

We are already seeing fall peeking through. The a/c has been off for several days and I love having all the windows open. I am looking forward to the fall, as I am not really a hot weather kind of gal. Pumpkins, fall leaves, and autumn colors are some of my favorite things. And another opportunity to share something new with Emi.

For more Sizzling Summers head on over to We are THAT Family.


a Tonggu Momma said...

Kiy -- Sounds like a WONDERFUL summer. And we have at least one thing in common. Oh... you want a hint? How about some initials -- DTC, LID, RQ. Does that help?

JanMary said...

Beautiful photos, and such a sweetie.

Sometimes having no plans can be the best plan of all :)

Lovely that all adoption stuff completed - enjoy!

We are THAT Family said...

What a fun trip! I'm glad you go to get away for a few days. Your girls are precious!

Barbara said...

Kiy, Looks like you had a wonderful summer... I'm hoping next summer will be be like yours was this year! :)

Momintransition said...

What a great summer with a beautiful little girl!

Gina (Caleeo) said...

Great recap! We still have one more "summer" trip planned - although their could be hurricane interference. Just have to wait and see.

CanCan said...

What a sweetie pie!
Looks like that water table was a good investment!