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China Day 6- Adoption Day

Today was our first morning with Kai! After cleaning up the blowout situation, we headed down to breakfast. It was so amazing to see all of the other families, now all with one more kiddo! We enjoyed another Hilton breakfast- yum! Kai had eggs and steamed bun, and he did great taking it all in! We had to be on …

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China Days 1-4: Shanghai and Traveling to Zhengzhou

I started writing posts in China, but never got around to publishing them! But, I really want Kai to be able to read about our time in China, so I decided to add the pictures and finish these posts, 6 months later!! — Well, I’m up a 4 am again, so I figured it was finally time to dust off …

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Baby Boy Update

Hi all! It’s way past time for an update on baby boy! First of all, we have a name. Kai! We are all still calling him Zi Jin (his Chinese name, pronounced Zoo-Jenn, but we are slowly transitioning to Kai. Trey came up with naming him Kai and it seems to have stuck. Kai means “victory” in Chinese, so that …

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Here We Go Again!

We’re going to China! Again! We’re going to have four kids. FOUR!! I still kinda can’t believe it myself, so if you’re shocked you’re in great company! As soon as we got home from getting our sweet Lila in June of 2015- well maybe even in China- we started talking about if we would ever adopt again. Those conversations would …

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Happy 9th Birthday, Chloe!

Sweet Chloe- you are halfway. Can’t believe that in only 9 more years, you will most likely be done with your time at home with us! When you were little, countless older women would stop me and tell me to enjoy every minute, that it goes too fast. But I already knew it because with each passing year, I’ve wanted …

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One Year Ago, Today.

It’s LILA MEI DAY!! One year ago we walked into a government office in Guangzhou, China to get our girl. I remember every detail of the room- the purple couches filled with many other families, some that were already holding their new child and others who were still anxiously waiting to meet their new little one. I remember being so …

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Post Adoption- 8 & 9 months!

This week marks 9 months home with our girl! I completely skipped last month’s post adoption update, so there is so much to tell you about what’s been going on with our sweet Lila Mei! We went on an East Texas road trip to see Trey’s dad, which included lots of fun and french fries on the road (Lila Mei …

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Chloe’s 8th Birthday!

We had so much fun celebrating our Chloe turning 8!! She wanted a craft party, so we made it happen! We had a few girls over for art projects and cake, and it was a hit. I am so thankful for Chloe’s sweet friends! We set up a photo booth and the girls had a great time posing for pictures! …

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Weekly Paleo Menu- Vol. 2

We are still going strong on Whole30! This time has seemed the easiest, and I think it is because of all of the yummy recipes I have found! So, here’s another weekly meal plan for you. You can also check out Weekly Paleo Meal Plan- Vol. 1 and Paleo Favorites for more ideas! Monday- Grilled Citrus Salmon and PaleOMG’s Spicy Sweet Potatoes …

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Weekly Paleo Menu- Vol. 1

We are now a couple of weeks into our CFR Whole30 challenge! We have done Paleo/Whole30 before, but this time it just seems different. I think it is because I have a handful of great go-to Paleo recipes already, and then this time I decided to order a couple of cookbooks to help change it up! A friend asked if …

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Post Adoption- 7 Months

This crazy girl has been with us 7 months! I can’t get over that! The time really is flying by and she is changing SO much! I would say this last month was her biggest month of growth yet. She is a completely different girl from the scared, timid, bug-bite-covered girl we met on June 29th. The last 5 weeks …

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Favorite Paleo/Whole 30 Recipes

We are starting another Whole 30 challenge with our CrossFit community next week, and it’s stirred up a lot of conversations about our favorite Paleo recipes. When we are “on”, we eat a close-to-Paleo diet during the week, and then on the weekend we usually do a mix of Paleo and a few “bad” meals {aka Chuy’s 😜}. We were “on” …

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Chicken Noodle Soup

After Christmas, we got sick with The Worst Stomach Bug of All Times Ever. Only Lila Mei escaped the wrath this time- it knocked the rest of us out for dayzzzz. At the end of our recovery, the only thing that sounded good was my Momma’s Chicken Noodle Soup. I {finally} showered, then dragged myself to the store to get …