This blog chronicles the miracles and struggles of our daughters, Emily and Olivia. Emily was born 15 weeks early and had many complications, but she continues to amaze us! Olivia, born in China with heart complications, is also beating the odds. She joined her forever family (us!) when she was four years old and has been doing wonderfully! UPDATE: We started homeschooling August 2009 :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

vacation pix

While I procrastinate getting back into the real world of homeschooling, laundry and our kitchen remodel, I thought I'd post some vacation pix :) We spent a chilly week in Orlando then a week on a Disney cruise (W. Carib.). A third week was spent in transit (3 day drive each way). It was too chilly to get off the ship in Key West, but we enjoyed some days in the low 70s in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Disney's private island in the Bahamas. In spite of the arctic blast, we got a few warm days and still had a great time. The girls want to know when we're going on a Disney cruise again already!

They never tired of seeing the characters! Here is Cinderella at Epcot.
The girls got their faces painted at our resort while I used my (May) birthday spa gift certificate. Ahh...what a nice treat!!
Not sure what Emily was...looks like a butterfly, but there was a spider between her eyes??
Andy and the girls at dinner on the Disney cruise. You can't see them here, but the girls and their (Target 18") dolls had matching outfits. I was thrilled to find some Dolly & Me sets on the clearance rack for $6.99/set!! Your Sears might still have some.
It was always fun to see what towel animal we got with our chocolates at our nightly turn down. Kind of miss those chocolates!
We didn't bother to get off the ship in Key West since it was only in the low 40s and we'd been there before. Fortunately it was in the low 70s at our second port, Cozumel. Andy and Emily ventured into the water here at Paradise Beach, but Olivia preferred land surfing and castle building.
The water was beautiful, clear and blue, but chilly!
Our ship, The Magic, in Cozumel, Mexico.
The girls loved the beach at Disney's private island in the Bahamas.
Andy's parents are not beach bums, but we all appreciated having sunshine and 70s...until the rain came anyway!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Hello from chilly Florida

I don't have a lot of time, but wanted to quickly post some vacation pix. On our first full day down here we went to visit Olivia's orphanage friend, Jack, and spent the day with his family. We even got visit the beach right by his house, but did NOT go in the water. It was great to see them all again.

We drove three days to get to warm weather, but have still not found it :( It's been in the 30s to low 50s here and unfortunately it doesn't look like it's going be much warmer during our entire week here. Good thing the outdoor pools are heated though and the girls don't seem to mind the weather much. On Saturday we're going on a Disney Cruise and hope we'll get at least a few warm days there. Looks like Key West will only be in the 40s though... Yes, I know it's better than at home, but just not exactly what we had in mind. We're still having a great time though and the girls don't seemed to be bothered in the least :) I don't think they've complained once so we're having a great time. We may have to buy some warmer dressy clothes before the cruise on Saturday though!

Tomorrow we plan to go to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Winter coats, gloves and all!

From their faces, you'd never guess that the air temperature is only in the low 50s. Good thing the water was much warmer!
When not IN the water, it's pretty chilly!, really we're NOT encouraging Olivia to be a swimsuit model...
Emily was happily swimming and doing cannonballs in an empty pool, seemingly unaffected by the chilly weather. Oh, to be young and carefree!
All bundled up and at the beach by Jack's house.
Two cute kids from RongXian, GuangXi, China: Olivia & Jack.
Prince Charming & Princess Olivia
Visiting the real princess: Cinderella's castle at the Magic Kingdom.
Disney just isn't Disney without the Dumbo ride, right?
And of course, we had to visit Minnie & Mickey!