The Road To Ren

Our adoption journey to our son Ren William.

Musings by Elaine and other Blitherings. This blog was origonally intended to document our China adoption journey to our son Ren. Now we are home and this blog is about our family. I would love to have you sign my guest book.

Scroll to bottom to see slideshow pictures.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

WHO said Mothers don't get paid???

Priceless artwork the bunny ballerina

I am a rich woman. I am a mom who gets paid very well for the job I do. Sometimes I feel over paid for my job but none the less I'll take it. How much do I get paid you ask? Well let me answer that for you. Sometimes I am compensated in very unusual ways, sometimes its all about the perks, sometimes it is things you just can't put a price on. So here are a few of the ways I'm blessed everyday.

  • I receive works of art on a daily basis. I also have my portrait done regularly. This is very nice because my artist usually leaves out all the wrinkles, grey hair and extra pounds!

  • I receive flowers, my favorite are bouquets of dandelions

  • I also receive gems and treasures. Particularly shells, very interesting rocks in various forms of pink, feathers, and interesting unidentifiable objects .

  • I receive calls home from college on a regular basis from my college age children, Priceless.

  • Free comedy shows, specifically knock knock jokes that last for hours if you let them.

  • I get to attend ballet performances

  • I was serenaded by a Chinese Opera singer ALL day the other day. This was quite interesting and I must get this on video one day. This could prove to be quite lucrative and I could probably use the video to blackmail someone one day.

  • I attend fashion shows regularly

  • I am loved "a gadzillion 5 thousand 90 hundreds eleventeen times!"

  • And the #1 pay off I receive is the hugs and kisses I get all day long. Life is good.
    fashion show

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

County Fair and Trivia Question

One of the best parts of fall are the county fairs. We love all the fair food and will splurge on all the stuff we try to avoid the rest of the year, Italian sausage sandwiches, cotton candy, elephant ears, fresh french fries with malted vinegar..., Yum. Its not a trip to the fair without seeing the animal barns, I think this is my favorite. We couldn't escape all the rides with a 5 year old along. Eden had a blast and we were surprised to learn that her favorite were the Swings. She smiled the ENTIRE time on this ride. You can click on some of the pictures to enlarge them.

Trivia question: What is the State of Maryland's official sport? scroll to bottom of post for answer.

Its not a trip to the fair with out visiting the animal barns!

Eden is in fifth car back she wasn't too sure about this ride at first but ended up enjoying it.

Eden being lassoed

Trivia Answer : Jousting!! There are little rings hanging in the middle of the metal frames. They start with the largest ring which is 1 3/4 inches in the middle and go down to 1/4 inch!! This is about the size of a dime or lifesaver!!! We enjoyed watching the tournament and learned some interesting facts that day. And yes they hit their mark and speared those little rings! Quite impressive at full gallop.

If you look closely in this picture you can see a white dot in front of his lance, this is the ring.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Autumn Fun

On a Hayride with daddy.
Pumpkin patch

Corn maze fun. This maze was in the shape of a rooster.