Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a Parade!
Most major cities in the world have a St. Patrick's Day Parade (and quite a few not major city's too) and Shanghai is not to be left off that list.

This past Saturday we got up early and headed out to get our green on a little early this year.

The parade started at 10:30am in one of Shanghai's biggest parks (Fuxing Park). And everyone was there dressed in green and ready to celebrate.

There were quite a few confused old Chinese people who had come to the park for morning exercises wondering what all the foreigners were doing out so early.


Every one gathers early for the parade.



It wouldn't be a parade without a marching band.
These kids did really really wonderfully.


I really liked this picture that William took. He's such a great photographer.



We even had a GREEN Chinese Dragon!!


Very good luck indeed.



I read a book once that said that real Irish people in Ireland don't really go all out for St. Patrick's day like we think they do in the states. I am here to tell you, that author was very very wrong. ALL the actual Irish people I saw were very very into the the whole thing. Dressed in amazingly crazy green, white and orange things and were definitely happy to be drinking at 10:30 in the morning.

The Parade even ended with the official "Beer Toast" slainte - but pronounced "slawn-che"


I tried very hard not to let any one hear me speaking American. With my two red heads I was hoping they would think I was Irish.


Children singing with "St. Patrick" and an Irish official who flew in all the way from Ireland just for this Parade.


This lady was very happy to be Irish for a day...


But THIS guy really takes the cake... or hat. hehe



The Parade was led by this awesome bag piper


Even the Chinese official wore green! He looked for dapper in his green velvet coat.


Of course my favorite was the violin group. Do you think Bonita will want to grow up and play the violin for me?


Kiss me I'm cute! And very happy for be out with her Daddy this morning.


But it was a long early morning for little green monkeys.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lucky Us

A week after Bonita Rose was born we got a little package in the mail from my brother Stevie. In the package was the smallest pair of Lucky Brand Jeans I have ever seen.
I was SO excited as these are my FAVORITE jeans. I love this brand...

At the time they looked way too big for Little Bonita.

When we were in Nashville this past month I discovered a Lucky Brand OUTLET store at the Opryland Mills Mall.

4 hours of shopping(and trying on every pair in the store), over 50% slashed prices, 2 plane rides and one very tired mommy and baby later...



We are a very happy family :o)


Monday, March 15, 2010

It's the little things

It's the little things in life that make it so wonderful.
Especially when the "little things" are named Bonita Rose.

Last night Bonita made her Mama very happy. She got her first curl!



We took her out of the bath last night and I was drying her hair when I realized that not only had it gotten longer some time when I wasn't paying attention but it also had a slight curl to it!

I was so giddy with excitement. It seems Bonita will have curly hair like her Mama and Daddy.

Of course, even though it was bed time I couldn't resist getting out the bow in celebration of our angel's first little curl.



As you can see she was very serious about the whole thing. After all, a girl's hair is a very serious matter.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

"I love my lips"

Bonita Rose discovered her lips!
She started playing with them last week and it's the cutest thing.
I look this video right after she started playing with them because I thought it was so cute and I wanted to share the moment with her daddy.
I wasn't going to post it because it's not a great video but then when I was re-watching it today Bonnie was laughing at it.
So I thought if she thought it was funny you might too.

(sorry for the dizzy beginning)

video

Friday, March 12, 2010

Needy


We all feel a little needy sometimes . Especially when we are lonely.

Sometimes my baby is needy.
Sometimes if I put her down to go do something around the house she has the saddest little cry that just begs "Mommy hold me"
I can't resist it. And why would I?

We all feel needy sometimes. Babies are no different.

But more often than Bonnie Rose feeling needy *I* feel needy and I just want to hold her.

Today I needed to go to the store. I could have put Bonita in her stroller. But I was feeling needy and I just wanted her close to me.

It's days like this one that I most love my baby carriers.

We all feel needy sometimes. Especially when we are lonely.
Mommies are no different.