Little sister has been working on learning the English alphabet this school year, and she is doing wonderful! Our whole kitchen is now surrounded by letters, taped to the walls. We have a set of letters we’re using, but we’ve made our own with a few of them, and when we got to P is for pig, we decided P is for princess would be more meaningful.
Mom and I found this cutie while searching for princesses, and she was so pretty I decided to post her:
But there was one problem with using her for our alphabet: she’s blond. And blue-eyed.
I have nothing wrong with blond hair and blue eyes (and a good thing, huh? 🙂 ), but Mama wasn’t sure it was a good idea for our purpose, as it makes Lucy a little sad when princesses look like me, not her.
So we e-mailed it to Spencer (our tech-support), and (because Spencer’s magic) he turned it into this:
Isn’t she beautiful? I love her new coffee-colored hair, her brown eyes, and that peppermint-candy washi tape!
Our house has gained many more princess in the year and six months (ish) that Lu has been home, and I now I can’t imagine how I ever got on without them! 🙂
I got my braces on this afternoon! So far, they haven’t been as bad as the palate widener, and–from what I’ve heard–I don’t think they’re ever going to be, and the worst is over.
Still, they’re weird, and it was nice to have something cheery to come home to:
Lucy bought me a flower.
With her own money. All her idea. And she kept her secret so well–I had no notion of what was going on!
Isn’t it just the sweetest ever? I’ve never seen such a pretty flower.
She asked how long it would last. Dad said three days. I say it lasts forever. ‘Cause I’ll never forget it. It’s going in a story someday–probably quite a few! Everything that a writer remembers lasts forever.
Sparkly tissue paper and everything. Oh, sparkles are the best!
It smells about about like heaven.
I think I have a new favorite flower.
What sort of things do you love just because of the memories they’re tied to?
The very sweetest of little sisters turned 10 yesterday (double digits! *gasp*), and a very awesome little brother turned 4 on the 31st. (Yes, we have back-to-back birthdays–not to mention Mom’s is tomorrow!)
I am SO blessed to have those two as my siblings! Four years ago Michael stole my monopoly on being the youngest child, and he’s quite welcome to it!
Painting Chinese characters–with water. They’ll evaporate in a matter of hours, but he still does it.
This lady was a waitress at our hotel’s breakfast buffet and was incredibly sweet! She helped us figure out what to feed our girl, told us what Chinese kids often eat, and brought our breakfast up to our room our first morning with Lucy!
An in-country plane-ride to Guangzhou! Our sparrow had never flown before, and she was giddy with excitement! That girl is so brave!
I actually thought the food on the in-country flight was better than the American food! 🙂
Almost a year ago Becca drove Mom, Dad, and I to the airport to get Lucy. Very early this morning the three of us rode with her to see her off on her flight to China, on her first trip out of the country!
Love ya, sister! Can’t wait to hear your stories from this place I love.
So, remember the praying mantis I mentioned in my last post?
Well, we found him on our porch again this morning, in a spider web! Mama fished him out with a stick and we put him in a jar. Michael has been carrying him around all day–he even took him to grandma’s house!
We put some bugs in there, but I don’t think he’s eaten any of them yet. Last I heard M had christened him “Cricket”, but that may have changed. #ThreeYearOld
Anyway, “Mystery Quote”! Isn’t fun to be back at it again?! I’ll start it off with a quote from a book that Mom has been reading to the littles lately:
The Wise Old Woman looked at [her]. [She] was big, [she] was fat, and just then [she] was crying. She didn’t want to be given to gypsies; she didn’t want to be cooked for dinner. But even less did she want to work. Not [her]!
Sorry about all the [she]’s. They’re all the same person. 🙂
P.S. I tasted the apple sauce last night, and it is to die for! Both the little tykes love it too. I don’t think it’s going to last long!