From Hangzhou to Guangzhou.

FullPlateDad and Mighty have been enjoying their last two days in Hangzhou with a lot of outdoor activities.  You see, all the sudden, Mighty has become the 3-4 year old he is supposed to be.  The shell shock of meeting FPD and having everything change has worn off a little and he is VERY active….

Going Back Before Moving On.

FullPlateDad was offered the chance to visit Mighty’s orphanage today.  We had discussed the possibility of this prior to FPD going to China.  We agreed that if Mighty was grieving so badly that taking him back would be a set back emotionally, FPD would politely decline.   Not a problem.  He loves everything.  So, it seemed…

Making It Official.

FullPlateDad returned to the Provincial Office today following his “harmonious period” with Mighty (which was actually very harmonious considering what Mighty has been through) and signed the paperwork that made Mighty officially a member of the FullPlateFamily.  Prior to taking the “Adoption Oath,” FPD was chatting with Mighty in Mandarin.  The official was so impressed…

And then they were 9.

FPD has Mighty!!!  Yesterday was a long one for all of us.  FPD got up early and went for a run, enjoying the sights of the West Lake in Hangzhou.   FPD reports that it’s gorgeous and that he can’t wait to explore the sights with Mighty.  He ran back to the hotel to shower…

A Thousand Years.

Lucky number 13 today.  13 years and (almost) nine children.  Could these two have even imagined?!?   Nope.  But they would probably be very excited to know that life was about to pour out more amazing-ness than they could have possibly imagined.  Happy Anniversary FullPlateDad!   I will love you for a thousand more, FullPlateMom

Savoring the Summer.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamil in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

An Unprecedented Amount of Support.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and some proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before…

Two Years in a Row.

Hi Mighty,Our updated adoption paperwork arrived in China today, the exact same day it did last year, which happens to be your dad’s birthday.  He’s pretty sure there couldn’t be a better gift then having all of the paperwork behind us and getting ready to get you.  Especially since he’ll be the one traveling this…

A Different Adventure.

Giggles graduated today.  She’s working on her post about what she wore, so I won’t spoil her surprise.  It’s biased of me, I’m sure, but she looked absolutely beautiful.  I am one lucky mama.   I need to think about that more often.  There’s flux in my life right now.  My job isn’t for sure…

The Follow Through.

We set some really tough consequences for one of our kids earlier this week.  This doesn’t happen a ton around here.  There are a lot of natural consequences, but sometimes a parent has to step in and impose some too.  One of the boys is experiencing some mom-made consequences over the next two weeks.  A…