Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Prime Real Estate Property Opportunity

While in Chongqing, China we noticed all the construction that was going on and the fact that there was not a whole lot of space to build in. It appears that the builder of this "neighborhood" found a very unique solution, building under a freeway. We saw several apartments throughout the city that were built under freeways. Just thought it was interesting.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm 1

Hullow every one, I am 1 year old today - YEAH!!! We celebrated Rebekah's birthday at Ye Ye & Nai Nai's on Saturday which was Nai Nai's birthday. We had a great time opening presents and eating cake. Although, Rebekah did not find much interest in her presents themselves as she did the wrapping paper and boxes. Madeline LOVED helping open all the presents. She also was more interested in feeding cake to Madeline and Kelly than eating it herself. Rebekah has discovered TV which is a good or bad thing however you look at it. The good thing is I can leave the room for 30 seconds without her crying, the bad thing is she like "Elmo's World" on Sesame Street and I REALLY DO NOT LIKE "Elmo's World." His voice is so annoying! Rebekah still likes the Wiggles and is now beginning to dance to the songs, it is so cute. She is trying hard to put the shaped blocks in the geometric box but not the right shapes in the right holes so there is a lot of banging. No words yet but a lot of "da da's, ma ma's" and now "va va's" but she is trying. She is learning the art of giving a kiss, however slobbery it is, it still is a kiss and I'll take them. We are really looking forward to her reaching 20 pounds so we can finally turn the car seat around, just 1 more pound to go.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

"but I'm asking nicely!"

Friday and Saturday mornings Madeline had difficult time at getting started so she had to spend some time in her room "thinking" about her attitude, most of that time was spent yelling though. On Saturday she was arguing and fussing so much that I told her to go to her room and when she was quiet and asked nicely she could come out. Well, as she was in her room crying loudly, she yells asking, "can I come out of my room now, CAN I COME OUT OF MY ROOM NOW PLEASE!" When no response came from Mom or Dad, she then yells, "but I'm asking nicely, I said please!"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Sweet Giggling Sounds

With Madeline being sick and unable to go to school, she asked if she could sleep in Rebekah's room last night and had a rough night of coughing so we were both up periodically throughout the night. I was taking advantage of sleeping in a bit this morning waiting for Madeline to come bounding in our room, climbing into bed with me and asking to watch "Martha Speaks" on PBS. Instead, I woke up to Madeline singing "Silent Night" to Rebekah in Japanese (she is learning it in school) and sweet giggles. It was nice way to wake up.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The crying croup monster

Last night at around 2:30a we were abruptly awaken by Madeline coming in to our room crying and coughing a croupe cough. Well, as you can well imagine, I was sound asleep so when she comes running in our room in this manner I scream and jump in Kelly's direction who then wakes up, jumps out of bed ready for what ever is in the room. Thankfully the monster was just our 5 year old girl.

Friday, November 14, 2008

We took advantage of a beautiful autumn day. Everytime the wind blew the leaves would fill the air and gracefully float down. Madeline wore herself out chasing them. Rebekah was not so impressed with all the leaves, she was more interested in eating them.
Playing in the fall leaves.

Finally 3 faces looking at the camera.

Rebekah feeding Mama a flower - YUM.

Man it is difficult waiting for Rebekah to cooperate.
The Botanic Gardens had loads of butterflys flying everywhere. What a beautiful autumn day.

Dilligent squirrl.

Camo lizard. I was suprised to see a lizard still around in November.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My attempt at taking a picture of lightning during a storm on November 10. You can almost see it.
This morning was a little bit hazy and I took this picture of the sunlight through the trees.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Your eyes are seeing this right. A gas station near my dad's house has cut their prices 5 to 7 cents less than other station near there.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A little bit of autumn in Fort Worth

Here in North Texas we do not typically get the leaves turning beautiful fall colors.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Oh Grow Up People!!

As Kelly and I were driving to church last Sunday we noticed that several McCain/Palin signs had been marred by Obama supporters. Come on people GROW UP!! I know that this kind of thing is happening all over the US where both sides are resorting to this type of childish behavior and it is probably not the first time in a presidential election a lawn sign has been vandalized, but come on, can we be just a little bit more civilized. I did like one home owners response to the vandalism to his sign. It sums it up pretty short and sweet.

NICELY PUT! I wonder if this will ever happen?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The art of screaming silently

WRECK 'EM TECH!!! Wow, did ya'll see Tech BEAT the formerly #1 ranked UT Longhorns last night? Kelly and I perfected the art of screaming with joy silently last night with 1 second left on the clock as Crabtree juked out a UT freshman cornerback on the sideline to run in the game winning touchdown. We were jumping up and down wildly like madmen, throwing our arms up in the air, with our mouths wide open but no sound coming out for fear we would wake up our girls. I DON'T THINK I WILL GET TIRED OF WATCHING THIS!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

FALL FESTIVAl - we had a wonderful night of games and trick or treating.