The time has come for a new blog. The Ladybug site was originally set up to follow the journey of our adoption to bring our Ladybug home from China. We continued the journey by following her life as our daughter. Now that we are embraking on a new journey to bring home our Babybug, a new blog seems to be the best fit for us. This will be the last post on the Ladybug site, and all further posts will be done at our new blog site. I have also transfered over all of the old posts from here to the new site, so if you feel inclined to look back over the years, feel free to do so there. Thank you for following our journey thus far, we look forward to seeing you at our new blog site.



I am so excited to announce that we are soon going to become a family of 4!!!

About a year ago we started the long process of adoption again. This time though we felt in our hearts that we wanted to bring home a child with a minor medical need. After several months of numerous background checks, doctor’s appointments, social worker visits, fingerprint appointments, filling out forms, and endless weeks of waiting, our dossier was finally logged-in in China September 2009. We received a call last Tuesday afternoon from our social worker that they had a child’s file they wanted us to look at. I excitedly called my wonderful husband at work and said, “Can you get over here? I just received a call from our social worker, and we have a file to view!!!”

The file was e-mailed to us, and upon opening it we laid our eyes upon this adorable little baby girl. I melted immediately, while my husband mulled over all of the details in the file. However, it did not take us long to review all of the information and come to a decision… This is our daughter!

She is currently 9 months old, and living in Guizhou Province. Guizhou Province is very special to us and close to our hearts because it happens to be the same province where our little Ladybug was born. Yup, another “Spicy Guizhou Girl” will become a member of our family. We are thrilled that the girls will share such a special connection. She is missing the fingers on her left hand, but other than that the medical report states that she is healthy and developmentally on track. So now, we just have to wait to travel. We expect to go over some time this summer, June or July. Of course we are hoping to travel sooner, but there is nothing I can do to make it go any faster. Of course, we will always accept lots of prayers and crossed-fingers… they can always help! So, without further ado, here is our “Babybug!”


One of the Ladybug’s favorite things to do is to dress up. Her favorite choices are a princess, a chef, a princess, a doctor, a princess… oh, you get the idea. Her favorite person to dress up as is a princess, and Christmas brought her more wonderful costumes to add to her “dress-up” wardrobe. One of the new additions was not of the princess variety, but has jumped to the top of her choices as one of her favorite costumes (and honestly, this one is now mommy’s favorite costume as well). The costume is Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz.

The Ladybug’s Nana F. sent her the outfit, with adorable, sparkly, red ribbons that add the perfect touch to the outfit. Although the Bug played in all of her outfits in the weeks following Christmas, her final choice each day was always her Dorothy Gale costume.

Below are some photos of the Ladybug playing in her outfit, with a final photo of her dressed as Dorothy, watching the Wizard of Oz on television. Enjoy!


We went bowling! About two years ago we tried to go bowling with the little Ladybug. She enjoyed the game for about 15 minutes, but soon got tired of lugging the ball to the end of the lane and trying to toss is down with enough force so that it would knock some pins down. As she soon discovered, knocking the pins down was much more difficult that she originally thought. So, we soon left the bowling alley, not to return for a couple years.

Hoping that the second time would be a winner, I suggested to the Bug that we go bowling. Without hesitation she said, “YES!” Definitely the answer I wanted to hear.

We made our way to the bowling alley, got our shoes and found some bowling balls. The Ladybug was able to find a nice 6 pound ball that, although still a bit heavy for a 3.5 year old, was the lightest that we could find. After we settled in, the Bug grabbed her ball and made her way to the lane.

She stood with her legs shoulder width apart, placed the ball on the floor between her legs, and pushed the ball so that it rolled ever-so-slowly down the lane toward the pins. Miraculously she knocked down 7 pins on her first try. Not bad for a second-time beginner. To finish up her first turn she used the same strategy and knocked down another 2 pins for a total of 9 pins. Awesome job! This time around the girl was loving bowling.

Unfortunately, that enthusiasm soon waned. Carrying the heavy ball down to the lane and struggling to push it down the lane frustrated her and she started not enjoying herself. Until… Daddy noticed a little girl a few lanes away using a ramp that helped to guide the ball down the lane. It looked simple enough, and with nothing to lose he asked an employee if we could use a ramp as well. No problem! Apparently the bowling alley has quite a few of the ramps for little ones to use. I have never seen a bowling ball ramp at a bowling alley, but it is just what the doctor ordered.

With the newly acquired ramp, the Ladybug’s enthusiasm for the game soon reached a new high! She jumped for joy at each turn, and also started knocking down pins left and right.

After two full games, Daddy and I began taking our shoes off to go home. The Ladybug quickly protested, much to our surprise. But, we promised that we would go bowling again in the near future (which we will, this was not an empty promise). Below are some photos from our afternoon of fun.

Watching the scoreboard as Daddy knocks some pins down.

The Ladybug practicing her cheer-leading skills for Daddy as he makes a strike.

Just lounging around the bowling alley, looking adorable.

This was a great family afternoon of fun and games. I just love it when we find something really fun to do as a family. We can now add Bowling to our list!


After yesterday’s post about the Ladybug wanting to clean our house BEFORE she created a gingerbread house, I now have even more proof that this silly little girl loves manual labor (weird kid!). This photo, taken just a few minutes ago of the Bug helping daddy shovel some snow. She looks exceptionally gleeful!

Note: For those concerned, one minute after this photo was taken, mommy went inside the house and found a nice, warm pair of mittens. The Ladybug’s fingers are nice and toasty now!


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