I've decided to try a new blog with Cozi. I've been using Cozi for our family calendar and for lists for about a year now. It's great and has been keeping our family really organized (which is well needed for a family of six almost seven!). Do I sound like an online ad? Anyways, I'm going to try to use their journal for our family updates too. It's a lot simpler and doesn't leave room for comments, so I guess if you really want to leave me a comment you'll have to email me :). If you want to take a look at it, the new site is:
The other great thing is it will automatically generate monthly emails w/ all the picts, so if you just want to be added to our email list, let me know.
This Monday was Lydia's "Gotcha Day" - August 17, 2005. It's hard to believe how fast 4 years have past since we first picked her up in Changsha, China. Now she's starting Kindergarten! She's still just as smiley and expressive as day 1. We praise God for placing this special little girl in our lives and allowing her to be part of our family. Of course, to celebrate we had to take her out to Soup Plantation. It's become a tradition after 4 years. Her passion is the MacNCheese of which she gladly ate two huge helpings. She was born Chinese, but just like all American kids she sure has a taste for good old American foods like MacNCheese and Chicken Nuggets!
Gotcha Day August 17, 2005 ----------------------- Playing Dress Up August 2006
Soup Plantation August 17, 2007 ------------------ McDonald's August 17, 2008
Just thought I'd share the results of our ultrasound from last night. Here's a picture of it's cute little head. Does it look like any of our other children? We think it looks like Micaiah. We won't show you the picture of its other parts :) - but we'll put it this way . . . Micaiah's going to have a BROTHER.
4th of July was celebrated as usual with the families from Pathway Bible Church at Heritage Park. Just like all Santa Clarita days in July it was HOT, but this year was at least bearable (approx. 100F degrees). This year, Kari celebrated her first 4th of July as a US Citizen, but I think she was mostly interested in the bag of Chexmix someone brought. She wasn't keen at all about getting her face painted - it took me about five tries to get a decent looking star on her cheek. Micaiah, of course celebrated by getting himself into a water-fight and ended up completely drenched, which he loved. That evening, the 3 older kids and Mike climbed the hill and stayed to watch the nearby fireworks, but I got smart (and I was still weak from morning sickness) and took Kari home early for a bath and bedtime. I forgot my camera at home that day, but thankfully my sister brought her new fancy Nikon to take picts. Thanks Cheryl!
It's hard to believe Mimi turned seven last week. Unfortunately she was sick on her actual birthday, but thankfully she was well for her party that she planned to celebrate a few friends for school. Mimi's only seven, but she's a girl after my own heart - she loves LISTS! She made a list for the food she wanted at her party, the crafts she wanted to make, the games she wanted to play, etc. She is really into art and making crafts this year, so the theme of her party was crafts. The girls enjoyed decorating their own aprons, making party hats and painting cute buckets.
After crafts, snacks, playing games, ice cream decorated in the shape of a paint palette (Mimi hates cake), and presents, this was what the party girl looked like.
BTW- not to be outdone by her brother, Mimi has started her own blog :). You can find it at http://mimichausjournal.blogspot.com .
Well, summer started for us over two weeks ago, but morning sickness has had the best of me for the past 8 weeks, so I haven't been up to blogging. Thank God I've reached my 14th week and morning sickness is finally over! The kids have been keeping me on my toes - well, more like keeping me in the driver seat of our minivan driving all over town. Last week the enjoyed VBS at a large local church across town. They loved it. This summer the kids all picked at least one activity, but with four kids, that's a lot of activities! Lydia's doing gymnastics, Mimi's taking ice skating lessons and art lessons, and Micaiah's taking tennis lessons and going to volleyball camp. What's Kari doing? Well, guess she gets to ride all over town with mom :) - she's a real trooper. Oh and of course, lots of swimming. This week is the first week the temps have been in the hundreds. I haven't had a chance to get any picts of the kids swimming yet. I've got to remember to bring my camera! These are a few picts of the kids with their father's day gifts for Mike. Mimi and Micaiah made him some glass art pictures. Can you tell what they are? Lydia made Mike a picture of himself. Can you see the resemblance? I know some of you have been checking out Micaiah's blog. In an effort to keep him writing this summer, he's been updating his blog fairly regularly. If you haven't had a chance, I know he'd love to have you take a look and leave a comment or two. Actually, he updates his blog w/ Chau events even more than I do! micaiahsblog.blogspot.com
This past Wednesday was Kari's court date to be adopted in the USA. She was officially adopted in China and recieved her US citizenship in September '08, but we chose to "readopt" her in the US so that she could get a US birth certificate. My parents and Lydia came along to witness the event. The court even gave each girl a teddy bear to match their sweaters - which was nice because for them this was a pretty boring event!
The LA Children's Court is in Montery Park, so the best part of the deal was a delicious Dim Sum meal for lunch! Kari loves ChaSiu Bows - buns filled with BBQ pork. She loved those in China and she still loves them! We had to put a limit on the number she could eat since she was eating non-stop. Then we topped it all off w/ a Boba drink for the ride home :). Kari will have to wait about 15 months or more to get her birth certificate b/c the CA government is a total mess right now, but we're thankful Kari could once again become officially ours even though she's been officially ours for 9 months now.