Sunday, March 22, 2015

Annette and Annabelle Turn 2 and 5

 We decided to throw a joint birthday party for the girls this year. Annette's birthday is March 12 and Annabelle's is March 30, so we celebrated on the 21st. Annette chose the theme "Hello Kitty" which is I guess what you get when you raise a little girl in Asia.

 I tried to shoot a few pictures of the girls together before the party started, but they weren't really in the mood (Annabelle must have heard a rumor about the "terrible twos" because she's been practicing her pout a lot)
 Fortunately things sweetened up when guests started arriving and they began making their candy necklaces.

We're so thankful for friends to share these special days with. Bryan and Emily have faithfully attended all of our kids' parties back to Josiah's 1st. Thanks Emily and Carol for your help snapping photos. Also, thanks to Aunt Christy for the lovely dresses. 

 After 3 hours the birthday girl decided it was time to put herself down for a nap. She'd partied hard!
We are so incredibly thankful for our sweet, spunky, fun girls. We love you!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Chinese New Year Snapshots

 Well Chinese New Year has come and gone, as have Grandma and Grandpa. We had a really relaxing break with time at home and several fun outings thrown in (and Jason and I got to have a night alone- woo hoo). And as always, we have used the Chinese holiday as a fun excuse to play dress up.

Grandma and Grandpa brought fun projects to make with the kids. 

 We had a BBQ on our rooftop one night with good friends

 The kids love getting red packets of money and say "gong xi, gong xi" to our neighbors.

 Annabelle was curious about the contents of her red packets
She also is very into making kissy faces these days

The three generations of Paine males got a basketball hoop up which Josiah is loving. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The January Joys of Normal

I was telling my mom over Christmas that I couldn't decide if this is the least productive or most productive time in my life. It is a gallop all day long, yet at the end of the day we seem to be back to where we started. My mom's wise answer: you don't need to have a product to be productive. 

There really is a lot going on nearly every moment of the day, but I love it that way (although I also love a glass of sangria and episode of Downtown Abbey).  I think blogging is going to be further and far between from here on out. For one, I share a lot with family and friends on What's App, which is much faster.  I also feel between all the papers I'm writing for my graduate courses that I am out of words by the end of the day. And thirdly, time. Enough said. But I'm sure I will occasionally get an itch to ramble of share pictures that the world needs like these. . . .

 mommy's little helper

Annabelle now claps and says "happy, happy, happy"

 The sillies made silly putty and have been having so much fun with it.

The Merriest of Christmases!

I know, Christmas was a long time ago. And I wasn't going to post these photos, but when I finally sat down to have a date with iphoto I was reminded of all our good times and just had to share a few. My parents are the absolute best. I just love them so much. Their visit, along with the great HK weather, made our Christmas break so wonderful. In case you don't know my parents they are fun, flexible, adventurous and generous. We got out and did a lot but also were able to enjoy some mellow days just hanging out.