Sunday, May 31, 2015

Paris Poop Poo's The Locks of Love

 images borrowed from google images

Have you heard of the bridge in Paris where young lovers and newly married couples hang a lock to validate their love?  The Pont des Arts bridge or otherwise called the Lock of Love Bridge will no longer be as of Monday. Paris officials will begin the process of removing the locks. They claim the locks while charming at first are now a city hazard to the bridge as the weight of the locks are too much and for the railings that they are attached to as they could give way.  They claim it is a destruction of French Heritage.  They also state that the vendors selling these locks are unwanted and pose a huge problem to the city.  In an effort to stop the locks from being attached to the bridge all locks will be cut off and a glass wall will be put in it's place.  As I read this in the paper this morning, I found myself kind of upset by the whole thing.  Why?  I don't even have a lock on this bridge, so why should I care? The tradition started in 2006 when in a book titled I Want You by Lisa Hanawalt the two lovers declare their love by attaching a lock to a bridge on the Tiber River and throw the key into the river. I get the whole safety issue as who would want the bridge to collapse and someone hurt.  I certainly wouldn't!  What I think bothers me is that the locks are in a sense art. Modern art and art is always changing.  Would France have all the beautiful buildings and paintings today if those in the past has said, "Sorry can't construct that building as it is a destruction of French Heritage."  I also feel like in a sense it is unappreciative to all those who flock to their city each year.  Millions of dollars are pumped into the French economy each year thanks to the tourist who visit.  I can't really be surprised by this though as while I think Paris is a gorgeous city and I love all the art and even the pastries I find the city to be extremely unfriendly.  In an effort to acknowledge the lovers and tourist the city should in it's place construct a place where it would be safe to deposit ones lock.  In my opinion, I don't think they are going to succeed.  I think the locks will just appear in other places or on other bridges as they have in other tourist destinations around the world.  How about you?  What do you think?  Am I wrong?  Maybe?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hospital Playdate

Addy, Avery, and I went to visit a friend at the hospital on Monday.  Miss Ada like Avery was adopted from China.  We know Miss Ada from an on-line blog community for parents who adopted from China around the same time we did.  Ada came home just a few months before Avery and her family recently returned a few months ago to bring her home another brother Asa.  Miss had surgery about 2 weeks ago and I visited her family then and she went home for a few days, but sadly had to return a fews days after being released.  We have been down that road, and I know how lonely it can be at the hospital.  So with lunch for Miss Ada's mom, a sticker book, and some bubbles it was off to the hospital we went.  The girls loved each other.  The had a tea party, played with the hospital gloves, and thought it was a hoot to step on the lever for the trash can and allow it to slam down. They would let  out a huge squeal each time the lid came down.  If you have a moment, Miss Ada could use your prayers.  Her family adores her and is ready for her to be healthy.  I am sure her family would be most appreciative.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Roots "Corner View"

I have to say this weeks topic has kind of thrown me for a loop.  As I am sure all of you feel who have participated in this group some topics come kind of easy and some have you really struggling for something to post; however, I think I am going to stretch this topic a little and talk about the adoptive community that my family now find ourselves in now that we have a daughter who is adopted from China.  Little did I know that when we adopted our daughter we would gain new friends who are almost do I say like a family.  My daughter has no information on her birth parents and while someday we will do genetic testing for her she will most unlikely ever be able to find her biological parents.  Her roots are lost and no matter how well she acclimates into our family and feels our love she is most likely going to want to know her past.  This is where the adoptive community bridges the gap. It is still not the same as knowing who your biological parents are and where they come from but Avery will at least be able to share with fellow adoptees a common story.  Last week we got to be apart of another families special moment in bringing home there daughter.  The family helped answered our questions about adoption when we went through the process and shortly after we applied for our daughter they applied again to bring home a second child.  They are home!  There family is complete.  What joy it was to be able to celebrate with them!  Congratulations Amanda and Patrick!!!!!

 M with her cousins waiting to meet her sister 

 Miss L only home a few months herself waiting to welcome her new friend to America

Reunited a day long awaited 

 Miss E our newest citizen

You are probably wondering where Avery is!  She was at home in bed.  The flight arrived so late I didn't have the heart to wake her up to bring her to the airport.

 Corner View is a weekly gathering - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. If you'd like to join in, please leave a link to your Corner View post in the comments below, and be sure to visit other participants too.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


No, I didn't have a baby; however, due to some heath challenges I am having this year I have certainly gained the weight to look like I had a baby.  My neighbor had a baby 9 days ago and she let me take a few pictures of her and her yummy baby. I also got to love all over him too!  Babies are yummy! The smell so good and their skin is so soft.  Welcome to the world little one!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Highlands, North Carolina

When we first moved to Georgia 12 years ago, a fellow pre-school mother told me about a weekend trip she took with her girlfriends to Highlands, North Carolina and how beautiful it was there and what a fun weekend she had. I made a mental note to visit this destination as I am always up for an adventure. I am not sure how 12 years slipped by without visiting this destination, but I suppose one thing or another got in the way of going.  Fast forward to this weekend and it is Memorial weekend her in the United States for those who live abroad this means it is a holiday weekend.  It was also the last day of school yesterday for most of of us here in Georgia. The last pencil was sharpened, desk were emptied, hugs were given and promises of play dates I am sure were exchanged among friends, and with that the next couple of months we no longer have to be up at 6:20 in the morning.  Can you hear the choir of angels singing hallelujah or at least this momma is singing hallelujah as I am truly not a morning person.  After school yesterday the children were met with silly string and a party at the pool followed with ice cream sundae's to boot.  We all went to bed happy and tired.  Our morning was lazy and after filling our bellies with sunny-side eggs and toast we loaded up the car and hit the road.  Sadly Frank couldn't go with us as he has too much work to catch up on and Harris was still fast asleep.  Teenagers become zombies and don't seem much in terms of day of light if they don't have too or at least my teenager is that way.  Our first stop was Highland, North Carolina where we enjoyed a nice lunch at the Main Street Inn and Cafe.  The town is cute, but doesn't offer much for young ones.  Then it was on to Dry Falls which was just down the road.  The hike was easy and my pictures don't nearly to the waterfall justice.  A quick stop at Bridal Veil Falls was next and then on to Glenn Falls which was also pretty impressive.  This hike was a little more difficult but the girls did fantastic and even beat their mom up the hill.  We ended the day with dinner of ice cream at Chick fil A!  Don't judge me, but it was what worked for our family and to be honest we weren't really that hungry for a full dinner as we had eaten such a late lunch.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Picnic in Provence "Corner View Sunshine part 2"

Thankfully this week has been much slower than the last couple of weeks.  I have actually had a moment to breath and even read a book.  I just finished the book Picnic in Provence and feel like I took a trip there myself.  Written by American Author Elizabeth Bard this book is a true story of her journey from New Yorker to living in Provence, France and her unexpected journey to new title of ice cream maker.  This book is witty and refreshing as she shares her struggles as a child who suffered living with a parent who was mentally ill, too being a new mother, and living in a country where no one is fat.  Picnic in Provence is also a cookbook.  This week I have made three recipes from the book: A Soup Au Pistou, Chickpeas and Roasted Peppers, and Saffron Carrot Cupcakes. This book is a little sunshine in ones day.

I obviously didn't read Francesca's note that she would be out of town last week, so if you want to see my first post on Sunshine go here.  Corner View is a weekly gathering - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. If you'd like to join in, please leave a link to your Corner View post in the comments below, and be sure to visit other participants too.

Monday, May 18, 2015


13!  Winston is 13!  Where did time go?  I know I seem to be saying this a lot lately, but we have had a lot of milestones this year and it seems like yesterday Frank and I just met on Whidby Island, Washington .Here we are now with a second teenager in the house.  Winston is such an awesome kid and I am so glad he is apart of our family. He is our winner.  He is baby whisperer.  He is helpful and considerate.  He is easy going and a peacemaker though he likes to stir the pot sometimes with his younger brother Roman.  He loves soccer and loves a good meal.  He doesn't ask for much.  Most the time you wouldn't know he was here because he is so quiet.  He loves to travel like his mommy and loves history.  He could tell you all about the American revolution or the Civil War.  We adore you Winston.  Thank you for being apart of our family!  You are going to do great things!

We celebrated Winston's birthday first on Friday with a special pre- birthday dinner at Longhorn. This is becoming a favorite tradition between the boys and their dad. Saturday morning he got a breakfast of frenchtoast. We sprayed him with silly string to introduce him into being a teenager followed by cake and pizza.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tallulah Falls

Last Sunday after church, Frank took Winston on a hike in continuing to discover this great state of ours!  He has a goal to visit all 10 of the top waterfalls here in our state.  They went to Tallulah falls which isn't that far from the South Carolina border.  While I enjoy hiking, I am glad I was busy taking Nadja to the airport at it was 90 degrees and to get to the fall you have to climb down a series of 700 stairs.  Not for the faint in heart.  The falls are worth the effort though in my opinion.