Posting at SHINE

After almost 3 years of posting to this blog I've decided I am going to simplify my life and put all posts (for all my children!) on my "photography blog": SHINE!
I hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wild Olive Tees giveaway!

Check it out! These tees are super cute and have some of my favorite scriptures on them - and right now they are having a giveaway! click on the link for more info. and to check out these super cute tees!
Wild Olive Tees

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fashion Friday!

Both these outfits were chosen by Tia. I let her choose her outfit on Thursday and she put on her most favorite t-shirt - an Old Navy USA t-shirt. I don't know why but she just loves this shirt. She grabbed these size 12 months jeans (that are not meant to be cropped!) and insisted on wearing them - then she had to wear these crocs type pink shoes (her gumboots were missing) and the ball cap. (check out the apple, she had to grab one again this week before we headed outside to take her photo - too funny!) I was actually a little worried when she looked so boyish in this outfit of her choice :) I worried too soon because the next outfit she chose was her "Belle" Pincess dwess with leggings because it is cold here - and her pink jacket and pink gumboots. That's the Pincess I remember :) Check out all the cute child-chosen outfits at Salsa in China

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tia Talk

Some conversations with the Princess of Quite-A-Lot that I don't want to forget:

Sitting at the table one evening Tia kept getting up and walking around so we secured the strap on her booster seat. She kept yelling "up! up! when that brought no response from us she changed her cry to "abawo, abawo" we just looked at her and shook our heads, not understanding what in the world she was talking about. Finally Jonah(12) started laughing . . . "she is saying ABAJO, it's from Dora!, it means DOWN,DOWN!"
we all cracked up!

I was pouring some chocolate powder in Tia's milk and the floors had just been mopped, so when some of the powder spilled I asked Tia to please not touch. She said: "I NOT touchin', I just lookin'!" a few seconds later I noticed she was rubbing her finger in the chocolate powder and putting it in her mouth - I reminded her that I didn't want her to touch it. Tia's response: "I NOT touchin', I just lickin'!"

Last night I was sitting next to Tia's bed as she was supposed to be falling asleep.

T: Mom, you seepy?
Me: Yes,
T: Mom, you supa hungwee?
Me: No
T: you vewy sick?
Me: No
T: Mom, you just vewy vewy tiwad?
Me: Yes, I replied, I am very tired, please fall asleep."
Tia: you seep Mom, you tiwad!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Lake Mckenzie - Fraser Island
I was loading photos to a book about our Fraser Island trip and I found this one of Tia & Elijah building sandcastles at Lake Makenzie, Fraser Island, Australia. Something about the fact that Tia is from China a few hours from the East China Sea and Elijah is from Ukraine near the Black Sea - and here they are in a small island off the coast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean building sandcastles at a little beach at this World Heritage Site . . . well, I love the whole idea of that :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Fashion Friday!

We are joining the Fashion Friday over at the "Salsa in China" blog. Check out all the entries! this is such fun! Here is Tia's creative outfit this week:

oh she's cute! She chose & wore this mixed up swim suit proudly! and what would a Tia outfit be without her pink gumboots? The balloon is from The Wiggles show she went to. I think she had a good time although she walked in the door after the show and asked to watch Dora. That's my Tia. love her :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

For Angel

I know this photo is out of focus but I just had to post it because I think it looks more like Kaiya than it does Tia! Can you believe how much these little YiWu sisters look alike??

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fashion Challenge Friday!

This was Tia's choice of outfit yesterday. Yes, I know the boots are a big surprise! She cried when I put the "Pincess dwess" in the washing machine because she had spilled chocolate all over it. But then I found her another and she said "nother Pincess dwess!" She never noticed that she had these until yesterday! She is a "Pincess" alright :) Check out all the other fun entries at Salsa In China.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

my little monkey.

Tia hanging
she loves to hang & swing & climb & jump! silly little monkey :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Running away from this blog?!

Fraser Island - TT
I've been meaning to post more photos of our Fraser Island Trip - however there are very few of just Tia - which leads me to my ongoing problem with this blog . . . I actually have 4 children! I am going to start posting more often to "Shine" and then just updating this as Tia's online scrapbook.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11