Trying On China.

China. We Tried it On. I’m Glad We Did. Strikingly Beautiful. Fascinating. Steeped in History. But Difficult, if You’re Not Ready. Our limited Mandarin was Not Enough to Breeze through China. Hello. Good Bye. Thank you. And Wo Ai Ni…I Love You. That was it. We couldn’t converse with the people we met. This is […]

Guangzhou – The City that Creates Families.

Our Next Leg. Beijing to Guangzhou. 1000 Miles. 3 Hour Flight. Temperature Change from Frigid 10 Degrees to Balmy 60 Degrees. It Feels Very Much Like Going Home. And in a Way, We Are. Sun Peeking Up. We’re Off to Guangzhou. A City of 16 Million. For every China Adoption, Guangzhou is the mandatory destination. […]

China Day 3 – Lama Temple and a Wild Rickshaw Ride

Pass through the Lama Temple Gates out of the bustle of Beijing. The Quiet is Intoxicating. A reflective, beautiful place. 85 Tibetan Monks live and worship here. Frigid with Brisk Winds from the West. Typical Beijing in January. We are Filled with Wonder and Enlightenment. And Frozen Solid. Next Stop..the HuTong Rickshaw Tour of Old […]

China Day 2 – The Great Wall.

Today, Miss Doodle’s Wish Comes True. A Wish to Dance on the Great Wall of China. But It Is So Much More. It’s a Wish for Sisters to experience their Birthplace, China. To Be with Chinese People. To Learn Chinese Culture. To Experience Chinese Food. To Speak Chinese. To Hear Chinese. To Live for a […]

China Day 1 – The Forbidden City with a Side of Noodles…

First Full Day in Beijing. 4 AM and We’re All Up. Just in Time for Breakfast. The Poly Hotel has an Incredible Buffet Breakfast. Included with the Room. Offerings of Chinese Delicacies and Everything Else. We are the only ones in the dining room. It’s That Early. 🙂 Get Ready for an Incredible Food Overload…Since […]

2019 Off to China…A Magical Wish Comes True

Happy New Year! A Brand New Year and a Wish Granted. Together as a Family We Traveled to China…Beijing to the North and Guangzhou to the South. A Trip we had done two times before for China Adoptions. But Now as a Family with Teen Girls, We Will Experience China through Their Eyes. A Trip […]

Sometimes You Just Need to Buy a Castle

I am House Obsessed.  Forever and Always. As a Kid I Built Houses Out of Anything Large Enough for Me to Fit Inside. Houses Constructed from Major Appliance Boxes were Jewels.  Fallen Tree Limbs Worked Too.   I Would Spend Hours Designing and Building and Decorating the Space. At Lunchtime, Eating in My Special House […]

Carry Me Away…Far, Far Away

Magic at Home.  In My Own Backyard. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  An Uplifting Event. 🙂   October 6 – 14, 2018. When Albuquerque is at its Loveliest. Cold Mornings.  No Wind.  The Day Warms with the Sun. The Bluest Blue Skies. Please Join Me.  Hold On Tight! The Fiesta Begins Early, Early Morning.  Way […]

Finally. Thankfully. Air Travel Done Right!

Thank You JetBlue and JFK. You are Our Saving Grace for Extended Layover Air Travel. Here’s the Poop on This Fabulous Discovery.     For Our Latest Jaunt to Florida, We Had Credit on JetBlue and It Only Made Sense to Use the Credit.     One Problem…JetBlue has ONE Flight from Albuquerque. A Midnight […]

Quintessential Old Florida…Stop the Car!

With the Overwhelming Rise of American Super Highways… the Ticky Tackiness of Summer Vacation Road Trips are Relegated to Nostalgic Memories.     Why Take the Slow-Down-Through-Every-Little-Town Route, When You Can Speed Up a Super Highway Like I-75 to Get Where You Need to Be?     Because You Would Miss a Treasured Spot Like […]