Track and Field Day

I am terrified and nervous and exited and every other thing I should be feeling about this day. because this is my first time doing Track and Field Day. Since I’m not that good at running a far distance, I’m only going to do 3 events that is 100 m, 200 m, and a 100 m relay race. I will add pictures of me doing some of these races with other runners soon after tomorrow because Track and Field Day is tomorrow. One more thing…
 Help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I’m Scared

This is what I’m terrified of…

Measures of Academic Progress also known as, MAP TEST!!!!!!!
 I absolutely, do not like tests, and I’m scared of this one… AHHHHH!!
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Maddie’s Nasturtiums

Maddie’s seeds are doing well after the rains. Curious as to when the flowers will show up!

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Koh Samui B-day Party

Hi, I’m Maddie. Right now, I’m old enough to start blogging myself. I would like to tell you about my Christmas vacation in Koh Samui, and my friend Daniel’s birthday party.

On Daniel’s birthday party, I saw 8 of my friends. The thought of seeing my friends was exciting. Everybody were eating jelly beans and pasta. Me and 1 of my friends were thinking about getting a henna on our hands.( a henna is like fake tattoo, but from a special dark cream) My little sister was going to get one, so me and my friend got one, too.

Also, we made a tight rope with a long, long thick rope. A lot of my friends walked on it, but since I got the henna a head of time, I didn’t get a chance to walk it.

My favorite part about this party was seeing my friends.

Talk to you in a few days.

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Shakes and Sodas!

Dad is coming home in a few hours so what do we do. We head to Johnny Moo’s for some shakes and Cherry Cokes! I love my time with my girls so very much… they are just down right fun to be around. Feeling thankful for this gift of time with them…

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Oregon Snow…


We finally made it to snow ver the winter holiday! One of my favorite memories of living in Oregon is Linda Dunn’s A frame cabin up in Rhodedendren. We took the the girls up there for their moment of snow which was awesome with those pink hats. Next year, we’ll ski. For now, we’ll build snowmen every chance we get!

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SAS Concert Series…

Maddie Anna and the entire elementary school performed at a recent concert and this one was by far one of our favorites. We’ve put it on our Apple TV and every time I walk into the room, either Amelia or Maddie has put it on and they are singing along with The Unicorn Song all over again! :) It was extra special that Maddie was able to sing with Mrs. Tucker whom she had for Art last year.

I especially love the video that Julie Wild made to go alone with the song. She photoshopped each child into a picture that coincided with the words of the song. Watch for Maddie and the green alligator!

You may watch the video below or view it by clicking here.

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Letters to Santa

Maddie's Letter to Santa

Last year Maddie wrote a letter to Santa for both herself and Amelia. The result was she got a very cool video message from him while we were vacationing in Thailand AND she got the one thing she asked for. She was inspired…

Yesterday she stayed him from school as she was feeling a bit under the weather and she took advantage of the time to be inspired again. She wrote a letter to Santa and as soon as her sister got home from school, she helped her sister write a letter.

Amelia's Letter to Santa

We’ll post everything to Santa this week. I’m pretty sure it will get there in time, but it remains to be seen if Maddie and Amelia will get the one gift the want from Santa. Okay… so Maddie wants two gifts...

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Christmas Cookies

The girl is growing up. When Andy leaves, Maddie has this way of…. getting instantly older. She cooks, she cleans, she helps Amelia with baths. Today we went to the dentist for a cleaning/sealant and not one complaint came out of her mouth. Amelia on the other hand… that’s a different blog post. Crazy kid.

We got home from the dentist and we decided to reward ourselves by making cookies and decorating them. Three dozen cookies later, the kitchen was only mildly destroyed. We ended up using this sugar cookie recipe because Maddie thought that it was cool that there was lemon in it: and then we used two different types of icing...

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Maddie Makes Dinner

There is a running joke in our family. Mom can’t cook. Freaks mom out. So…. when dad leaves, mom agonizes over dinner. However, Maddie is stepping up to the task. We found some recipes online and she took charge. I started the marinade for the pork chops in the morning, but she took it from there.

Maddie made orange joyce and soy sauce marinated port chops. She even reduced the sauce so that we could pour it over the brown rice. See the recipe here:

And then she blanched some asparagus and even put the asparagus in an ice bath! She didn’t have almonds so she decided to use pine nuts in the lemon butter sauce for the asparagus. Delicious: ...

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Phineas and Ferb Science Lab

Science Lab Materials!

Pour milk in petri dish.

Add a drop of food color.

Add a drop of dishwasher soap.

Amelia's blue food coloring.

Amelia adds dishwasher soap.



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Hangin’ out at Grandma and Grandpa’s

Moving in 13 days!

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Location:NE Orenco Station Pkwy,Hillsboro,United States

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Daisy Girl at Cornelius Roadhouse!

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Location:NW Cornelius Pass Rd,Hillsboro,United States

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Maddie’s Big Day!

Maddie First Horse Show!

Maddie had an excellent day as she participated in her first horse show where she completed two dressage Equitation Tests! She looked like a true horse girl with her coat, breeches and hunt cap. First she completed her flat work and then she completed her beginning jumping class. She passed both tests and advanced to the next level! Good job Maddie!

Just to make the day a bit more interesting… she decided to save a puppy on the way home from the barn. As we were coming off the highway, we saw a puppy trying cross 8 lanes of traffic and it was close to be an unsuccessful attempt. We grabbed him and Maddie held him all the way home. We sent him to the vet immediately and found that he is only about 9 weeks old but in great health. So cute… we call him B.T...

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Dear S.C.,

She is so hopeful… to be a kid again!


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Growing Up TCK

Growing up TCK (Third Culture Kid) is sometimes a tough job. I think the most difficult part of growing up overseas is saying goodbye to friends. I watch on Facebook as my friends in Shanghai go through it and I watch as my students go through it. It impacts Maddie as well.

Last year, Maddie said goodbye to her good friend Roqueya. There were tears and she had the belief that they would never see each other again. Here we are 9 months later and the girls were on Skype showing each other their new paint in their bedrooms.

Thankfully, in this day and age, the kids don’t really have to say goodbye. They just say, I’ll see onilne and maybe we’ll be F2F someday!

This year, Maddie is saying goodbye to her friend Paulina. From my perspective, Maddie and Paulina have been the perfect mix...

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We found a bug!

We all find bugs everyday but we’ve been noticing them a lot more lately since Maddie is heading out to really cool Bug and Insect Field Trip soon. We walked out our front door the other day and look what we saw!  Can anybody tell me what it is?? :)


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Student Led Conferences

Maddie was in charge of her very first Student Led Conference at school today. In year’s past, the elementary school had traditional Parent Teacher conferences but they have moved to SLCs into action across the school. Maddie was excited all week long and the night before she told us that she had to lay out an outfit that was “confident”. She called it her confidence outfit… jeans, T-Shirt, Justice boots!

We walked into class and she pulled out her folder that had her checklist of everything she was going to share. I have to admit that I half expected her to sit there and just show us stuff but she talked and talked and talked. We were supposed to be in there for 30 minutes and we talked for 45 minutes...

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Getting Ready for the Barn

Warmer weather… Earlier sunrises…. Both are a good thing on Saturday mornings! Maddie wakes up in time foe a great breakfast and cartoons on Nick Jr.!

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Location:E Lingbai Rd,Shanghai,China

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Maddie’s favorite chair

Maddie is back from the barn and it doesn’t look like she is moving anytime soon!

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Location:Renmintang Rd,Shanghai,China

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