Monthly Archives: April 2007

Potrait of the artist with a young woman…

The 21st century’s greatest mural painter, as far as we know, came for a visit over Easter weekend. Sara Lee had been chomping at the bit to come for a visit and this was the first weekend it worked for her schedule.

SaraLee and Li Li room

We love having Sara Lee come for a visit because she is just so much fun. The big news is that Sara Lee has started her business painting murals. She designed the website herself with some help from friends. So if you know anyone who wants a custom mural, of any size, send her an email. She’ll travel anywhere from her homebase in NYC – so don’t let distance be an issue.

Of course it was Easter Weekend and Passover. Our next door neighbors have a traditional egghunt every year and even though their boys ages are 23, 22, 18, and 16 they don’t let that stop them. Although the oldest is in Peru so it was the three “youngest” who battled it out this year. The egghunt has evolved into a full-contact scramble complete with hip-checks, stiff-arms and just plain shoving all for the coveted Pink Egg with the $5 bill inside

Egghunt Scramble start

The start came a little earlier than usual because the squirrels seem to like plastic eggs stuffed with chocolate – 3 eggs were lost to the squirrels before the hunt began.

EggHunt 3

As you can tell this is no eggunt for the timid. Here Catherine stands back protecting Li Li from the crush of hunters, you can even see a little purple egg about to be plucked.

Sara Lee and Li Li Easter

The boys were gracious though and gave Li Li her very own egg since she wasn’t ready to compete this year. She enjoyed playing with it with Sara Lee’s help. No chocolate for her this year though, she’ll have to wait to acquire that particular addiction.

Bath Update

For those who remember Li Li’s particular aversion to bathing she has recently begun to enjoy the experience. Here she beams her 100-watt smile stage left to her mother.

Happy bath

She’s a toy hoarder in the bath. She likes to have all of her toys within arms reach. That’s all for now. Hopefully we’ll be able to get more photos up shortly. -t

It’s hard to resist taking pictures

As we settle into some routines, we are finally able to sit back and watch the most compelling show we’ve ever seen.

We no longer need alarm clocks to see the morning sun because our dear daughter gets us up between 6:30 and 7 just about every day. We had a few blissful days of sleeping in to 7:30 just after the time change but somehow she reset her clock to be up with the sun. We take turns deciding who gets (has) to get out of bed and start the morning routine. After making coffee and giving Li Li a small bottle she becomes quite happy.

morning smiles 1

Morning Playtime 2

Just after lunch we noticed all of the crocuses I had planted bloomed all at once. So we took Li Li out to enjoy her first flowers since the weather was so warm.

Li Li flowers

Li Li enjoyed touching them althought she really wasn’t sure what they were. Just a few hours later the squirrel hooligans came and cut down almost every single crocus. We may establish open season soon on the squirrels if they keep cutting down, but not eating the crocuses.

flower squirrel

Li Li does something new each day that we marvel at. Lately we’ve been enjoying the late afternoon sunshine beaming in on her her chairs after she wakes up from her afternoon nap.

Li Sun1

“Sidelight makes me look especially cute…Even when I have banana on my lips..”


“hmmm, what’s this….”


“So these things go into my mouth pretty well…”


“I like food, it’s tasty and it makes me happy”

That’s all for now. -t