2 delicious dinners!

On Wednesday night in Houston Jen cooked us a wonderful meal that started with Caprese Salad and ended with Grand Canyon Cheesecake! The highlight of the evening was my Aunt Jane FINALLY getting to meet Nadia in person. Jane has been such a sweet part of this adoption with her encouraging thoughts and prayers for our little family. We also met Uncle Perry for the first time and Nadia thought he was great fun.

Meeting Jane and Perry

Then on Thursday we went to dinner with Poppa and Grandma Brooke at our travel mate Lisa’s restaurant, Pearl Dynasty, in Sugarland. If you live in the Houston area you should go there! They have 2 in Pearland and 1 in Sugarland. The egg rolls and Orange Beef are awesome and my favorite, but everything is great.

Visiting Angelina

Visiting Angelina

Visiting Angelina

Nadia and Angelina walked around the restaurant and outside holding hands, which was so cute! I don’t have a photo, but it was really sweet. I am glad that we have been able to see them on each visit to Houston in the last year. That way the girls can grow up getting to know each other.

The Rodeo part 2

After the fun on the farm we headed to the carnival area where I took Nadia on the carousel. Since we go on them all over I have to say that this one was awesome. The horse went up and down fast and the carousel itself was really moving. Nadia kept saying, “up, down, fun, up, down, fun.” It was really cute.

Houston Rodeo 2009

Then we headed over to the ‘Goliath Slide’. I am pretty much a wimp when it comes to things like these, but I knew that Nadia would like it. By the time we climbed to the top I had a sick feeling in my tummy, but I wasn’t going to show any fear! It was really fun and thanks to Jen for these great shots. Nadia kept saying the next couple days, “Slide. Go fast. I go fast. FAST!”

Here we are all the way at the top.

Houston Rodeo 2009

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Houston Rodeo 2009

The Houston Rodeo 2009

Houston Rodeo 2009

Click the photo above to see the whole album. It’s a mix of photos that Jen and I took.

Nadia and I headed down to Sugarland to spend a few days with my cousin Jennifer. We went to the Houston Stock Show and Rodeo to let Nadia check out all the fun kiddie exhibits. I have a lot of photos from the trip so I am going to break this up into several posts. The first thing we took her through was called “Fun on the Farm” and the kids were able to learn all about being a farmer. We took photos at each section, but they started by getting an apron and a basket then they were given a cup of chicken feed. Nadia fed the chickens and then she was able to collect an egg.

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Then she milked a cow which was the highlight for her because Maisy the mouse does that in one of her books. After milking the cow they gave her a carton of milk to put in her basket.

Houston Rodeo 2009

Next Nadia was given a seed to plant to grow carrots. She planted her seed and then picked up a carrot at the end for her basket.

Houston Rodeo 2009

Next Nadia got to pet the sheep and then collect the wool for her basket. (I love this photo Jen took)

Houston Rodeo 2009

Next Nadia had to pick a peach off a tree and pick some corn for her farmers basket of goodies.

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Then it was off to the farmers market to “sell” the stuff that she grew and made on the farm. She gave back her apron and basket and she was given a dollar.

Houston Rodeo 2009

Houston Rodeo 2009

And here she is at the store buying something with the sale of her goods from the farm. The circle of farming is complete!

Houston Rodeo 2009

Houston Rodeo 2009

Houston Rodeo 2009