Hintons 2015

Hintons 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ten years ago today

It's been a very long time since I posted on this blog, but I thought today would be an appropriate day.  Ten years ago today (11/23/05) our dossier was logged into the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs for our adoption of Madison.  This date is significant & forever seared in my brain as this is the date that changed so many things in our life.  This date steered us to become friends with other waiting parents who were also logged in around the same time and still continue to be our friends both in person & on-line.  We treasure these friendships so much and are glad that our paths crossed on this journey because of a date.  

In thinking back it's funny to think that on the date we logged in, Madison hadn't even been conceived yet, let alone born.  At the time the wait seemed to drag on forever but in God's timing it was just needed to happen.  We are forever grateful to China for allowing us to adopt both Madison & Zeke.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Spotty updates

Yes, I know it's been over 2 months since my last update.  What can I say- life happened!  We got through a beautiful March only to get a little dose of weather reality for Easter.  In late April Matt spent 4 nights in the hospital for an infected toe that went wild.  Thankfully he is on the mend!

Now we are getting ready for Kindergarten- Maddy has her 'round-up' next week & is very excited.  Zeke continues to grow & develop by leaps and bounds.  And the siblings daily find something to fight about. 

Below are a few photos from Easter -




Sunday, February 5, 2012

Happy Golden Birthday Madison!




Today Maddy turned 5. We had a fun day celebrating & she loved telling everyone (& I do mean everyone) that it is her birthday. We brought cookies for her to share with her Sunday school class at church & then we headed to PF Chang's for lunch. We have much bigger doings planned for next weekend complete with a party. Since a golden birthday only comes once in a lifetime, we will let her milk it out this week too a little :).



This weekend we also made our annual trek to the motorcycle show. Here are a few photos from that event:


Zeke & Grandpa- we stopped by Grandpa's stand to say hello



No, she didn't get this for her birthday (but Mama's hoping this will be her present someday)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Chinese New Year- The Year of the Dragon





Last Monday it officially became the Year of the Dragon. We went out to celebrate at our favorite local Chinese restaurant. The celebration came complete with red envelopes for each of the kids. This past weekend we also did our annual CNY Party with about 20 other local adoptive families at a friend's house. It's fun every year to see how much the kids are growing, one of the best parts of the night this year was making dumplings. This is one of Maddy's favorite foods so she was thrilled with doing this. I am putting a couple of previous year photos for fun too.



Our little life of the party in his glory right in the middle of all the girls



And now for a couple of flashbacks:

Maddy's first CNY in 2008 @ 1 years old

Last year's photo- Zeke's first CNY at home

Thursday, January 26, 2012

House Party

I was chosen to host a Glade House Party this past weekend. It was a neat experience. Houseparty.com runs various parties you can sign up for & if chosen you get a free party pack with lots of freebies, coupons & fun stuff for both the host & the guests. The main idea is to expose consumers to new products & provide high value coupons to entice you to try it.

Here are a few photos:









Tuesday, January 10, 2012

In Loving Memory

This past Wednesday we lost Matt's Aunt Jane. She was a very sweet lady & will be missed by all of us. I've been blessed to call her my aunt for the past 16+ years. She was a spunky lady that loved her family & loved spending time together with everyone. Some of my fond memories of her were sitting around the table at holidays talking with her & spending time at Yellow Lake with her over the week of July 4th.

She leaves behind a large family of a loving husband, 6 kids & many grandkids. Here she is in 2010 at Yellow Lake enjoying food from our cookout. The other picture is this past Easter with Zeke.