Odds and Ends…

It’s been a crazy week! Over the weekend we went to Philadelphia and met up with some friends (Chau and Chris) and family (our niece Candice). We had a blast.

Also, today we opened our home to a Japanese foreign exchange student. It is something that Joe and I have always wanted to do and we are very excited to have her. So now, not only do I have a pre-schooler at home but a teenager as well! I will post more about this later.

I leave you now with pictures from Philly:

Leah painted my face at the children’s museum

Leah looks at her favorite painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Leah and her cousin Candice

Newlyweds Chris and Chau

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19 Responses to “Odds and Ends…”


  1. 1 JerseyGirl August 23, 2006 at 1:02 am

    Oh, to be a newlywed again! Seems like we went from newlyweds to parents in a blink of the eye!

  2. 2 Juliet August 23, 2006 at 1:21 am

    What lovely photos!I never realized it before, but Leah looks a lot like you.

    I look forward to reading about what it is like having a teenager in the house.

  3. 3 Joely's mom August 23, 2006 at 2:02 am

    Leah is adorable – and possibly a budding artist. Good luck with the new addition!

  4. 4 Lorihttp://thirdculturekid.blogs.com August 23, 2006 at 2:33 am

    Beautiful pictures – Leah’s a happy looking kid (and her mom looks pretty happy, too!).

    Enjoy your student!! I used to chaperone Japanese college students overseas (from Japan, that is), and they can be a lot of fun.

  5. 5 Connie August 23, 2006 at 3:03 am

    What a nice weekend! Great pics ;0)

    Keep us posted on life with a teen! :0)

  6. 6 Michelle August 23, 2006 at 3:57 am

    Leah is SO adorable! Looks like you guys had a good time.

  7. 7 Robin August 23, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    Have fun with your new teenager. It’s been a year since our exchange student returned home to Norway. We still keep in contact via email. 🙂

  8. 8 Doris & Dan Clark August 23, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely pics! Looks like a fun time.

    Good for you for hosting an exchange student. One day I hope to also. My aunt and uncle have done it for many years and actually have a specific room in their house for their international visitors.

    Keep smilin!

  9. 9 wzgirl August 23, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    LOVE the big toe painting.

  10. 10 Georgia and Jeff August 23, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    4 year old, 2 blogs, scrap booking, adopting, and now exchange student? You are one busy lady!

  11. 11 Jacquie August 24, 2006 at 1:23 am

    I swear, you have the cutest little girl. And she has great taste. I love that painting too!

  12. 12 Nicole (the great) August 24, 2006 at 2:42 am

    I would love to know how the exchange student thing works out. I have debated doing it myself but we live in the middle of nowhere. If I was a student, I would want to go back home after staying out here.

  13. 13 Gracencameronsmomy August 24, 2006 at 3:24 am

    Very cute, did you walk around the rest of the day that way? I am not sure I could have done that!!
    Lisa

  14. 14 Christina August 24, 2006 at 4:42 am

    Notice Leah’s face has a perfect ittle heart painted on it and yours has a perfect portrait painted on it. Obviusly Leah likes using many colors.
    The day sounds like fun and let me know how you like having a teenager around, if it works out I’ll send you two more.

  15. 15 Kim M. August 24, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    Great photos! Who is the artist of Leah’s favorite print? She has funky taste! Thats awesome. Hey we are planning a trip to Philly with our DTC group it’s in Sept. E-mail me if you are interested in doing the China Town tour with us!!!!

  16. 16 Melissahttp://ourprojectnh.typepad.com August 24, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Phildelphia Museum of Art rocks! I love going there when we are in town to visit family. Great pictures. Good luck with your exchange student.

  17. 17 asiangarden August 24, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    cute pictures!!!

  18. 18 Christina August 25, 2006 at 3:55 am

    PS Steph I tagged you for a meme if you would like to do it.

  19. 19 Nicole August 25, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    I didn’t know you were getting a foreign exchange student. How long is she staying??


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