Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mylee Meets Grandpa & Grandma Yokel.....

The whole time we were in Taiwan my Grandma Yokel was worried to death about us. She was so anxious to meet Mylee as soon as we got back home. So today we loaded up and headed to Albion to introduce Mylee to her and grandpa. Of course they fell in love immediately! It didn't take Mylee long to figure out they were Great Grandpa and Great Grandma. She sit on both their laps and gave them lots of her sweet smiles. I don't know if my Grandma will ever remember Mylee's name though.....she kept calling her Mynee. Funny!
Granny and Mylee
Mylee with Grandpa
Grandma and two of the most precious baby girls in the world!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Christmas, Valentines Day & Easter.....

Mylee had accumulated quite a collection of gifts for her at home. Since we thought she would be home by Christmas she had her stocking and Christmas presents. Then there was her Valentines and Easter basket. So tonight we celebrated Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter...all at the same time!

One of her Christmas presents
Another Christmas present
and another
Mylee's very own laptop
Now for her Valentines
Look at all the goodies in my Easter basket

We're Going to the Zoo.....

We woke up this morning and decided we was going to go to the Evansville Zoo. We packed a picnic lunch and headed out. Once we got there, we decided maybe we should have planned it a little better. It was so miserable and hot outside that most of the animals were laying in the shade out of our sight. We did get up close and personal with the giraffe. Mylee got so excited every time the giraffe got anywhere near her. It was so cute!
After enjoying a nice picnic lunch we headed to our favorite place....Target!!!!
Peyton and Mylee
This goat was trying to eat our hand sanitizer

I was trying to get a picture but no one would cooperate
Hello there Mr. Giraffe
He got almost close enough to give him a kiss


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Peyton's Graduation....

Tonight Peyton graduated from 8th grade. I can't believe my sweet little Peytie Pooh is going to be a Freshman in High School. She pretty much took every award there was to receive. She received the American Legion Award, Science Award, Spelling Award, English Award, Math Award, Reading Award, Literature Award and the Health Award. Donnie and I were busting at the seams. We are so very proud of Peyton and all of her accomplishments. Oh by the way....did I mention that Peyton got the "All Season Athelete of the Year" at the Sports Banquet?
Allendale's graduating class of 2010
All the CRAZY girls in Peyton's class
Peyton and her bestie Ashley
Sisters
Daddy and his not so little girl
Now lets eat some cake!!!!!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

WELCOME HOME....

We flew into Evansville at 9:40 and had the entire family waiting for us at the gates! All the grandmas and grandpas, Wayne and Whitney, Debbie, Trish, Milady and Berkeley were there! They all had signs they had made to welcome Mylee home, balloons and flowers. Whitney was right up front with a bib on that said "I love my big sister" I wanted Whitney to be the first one to hold Mylee. She stretched her arms out and went straight to big sissy, then she laid her head on her shoulders as if to say "I love you WeeWee!" It was such a special moment for Whitney....as you can see she was crying happy tears! Then it was all the grandmas and grandpas turn! Mylee went to each and everyone without a whimper...she was such a doll!.
Trish and Milady were there with a big Taco Tierra Diet Pepsi with a big straw.....just the way I like it! And OOOOOHHHHHH it tasted so good! It definitely felt good to be home!
We loaded up all of our luggage and headed to Allendale! We had a lunchmeat tray, chips and cookies waiting for us at the house. We ate, visited a while and then we all laid down for a quick nap. Peyton has her "Sports Banquet" tonight at 6:30.....and we wouldn't miss it for the world!
I love you Whitney!!!
Grandma Barb snagging a kiss
Mylee with Mimi
Big Bubby Wayne and Mylee
Auntie Debbie with balloons for Mylee
Grandpa Bob
Papaw Larry
Still giving her love to Whitney
Home Sweet Home....with an awesome sign in the yard!!!
Peyton's friend Elise even made a sign and put it on our door.....too sweet!
Just a snoozin'


Monday, May 17, 2010

Our Last Day in Taiwan.....

We woke up early this morning and got all our bags packed and weighed (that was a job!) to get ready to go home. But first we had to be at AIT to pick up Mylee's visa at 11:00. We had to check out of the hotel by noon, but our flight didn't leave until 11:55 pm. So Cheryl arranged for a friend of theirs, Jen Jen Chien, to meet us at the hotel and take us to the Handicraft Mart and also to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. Luckily, the hotel had aggreed to hold our luggage in the lobby until 8:00 pm when they would take us by van to the airport.
Jen Jen was right on time. We walked to the Burger King just down the street to eat and said she would be back in an hour to pick us up. A friend of hers had a van and he was going1 to drive us around. Thank goodness....I tell you this had to be the hottest day we were in Taiwan! Poor Maci threw up in the middle of the night and she still didn't feel good today. She ate a few fries and drank some sprite at BK, but that just came right back up.
Jen Jen and her friend picked us up and we headed straight for the Handicraft Mart. We had more souveniers that we were wanting to buy before leaving Taiwan and this was just the place for that. Ted had told us that we needed to go straight to the basement, because everything was cheaper there. Things got more expensive as you went up each floor! We found pretty much everything that we needed in the basement. Maci was such a trooper! She got sick a couple times while we were there...bless her heart.
After that we went to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. We wanted to get there by 5:00 so we could see the changing of the guards. WOW! That is all I can say! This was an amazing sight and I am so glad we got to see it! Jen Jen taught me a lot about the Taiwan government and explained to me who Chiang Kai-Shek was. It was all very interesting.
After the Memorial we went back to Jen Jen's house and met her mother. Peyton still had some money left and she was dying to spend it. So Jen Jen said there were some shops around her house for Peyton to go to. Donnie, Dillon and Mylee stayed at the house while me, Peyton and Jen Jen set out for the shops. Peyton found a backpack and I found a diaper bag. I was wanting to get some formula for Mylee while we were out too. That turned out to be quite a feat! We went everywhere but still couldn't find the right formula. And let me tell you something....that Jen Jen is a power walker if I ever seen one! I could barely keep up with her! I am not kidding, I bet we walked at least 3 miles trying to find this formula. Finally we found a baby shop that carried it! Praise the Lord! I don't know how much more walking I could take. On the way back to her house, we stopped at a street shop and got some potstickers for supper. They were awesome! Then we walked back to the hotel to catch our bus ride to the airport! But not before we made one more stop at the corner 7 Eleven. We had to stock up on Digestives, HiChew and a few bottled Jasmine teas.
We were so thankful to Jen Jen for taking us around Taipei and showing us the sights. She is a lovely Christian lady with an amazing spirit for life!
We arrived at the Taipei airport around 8:30 and got all 12 pieces of luggage checked in. We were even able to get bassinette seating on our flight back. YAY!!!! We had plenty of time to relax and just walk around. I was wearing my His Hands shirt, and we were approached by an American gentleman who had many questions about adoption. He told us that he and his wife were talking about adopting but just didn't know how to even begin. We spoke for quite some time, then he gave us his business card so we could email him some information about His Hands Taiwan.
Even though we were all saddened by the fact that we were leaving Taiwan....we were all extremely anxious to get back home and see our family that we missed very much. And most importantly, to introduce them to our daughter Mylee Kai Xin Farmer. America...here we come!
Handicraft Mart
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial
Getting ready for the changing of the guards
Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife
This was a model of Chiang Kai-Shek's office
Our family in front of the Memorial





Jen Jen with Mylee in the 7 Eleven
Jen Jen and the kids in front of the Hotel....it's been a long day
Checking our bags....and ready to be home
Maci HAD to get her picture with Hello Kitty!!!!