Monday, April 7, 2008

Beijing in Peoria

We've been having a wonderful visit with my family, who are here from Beijing. They arrived with all sorts of Chinese gifts for Madeline, including silk dresses and little Tiger shoes (which the Chinese believe protect children)! Madeline loves playing with Nancy's beautiful pearls from Beijing's pearl market.

Madeline popped up to walk a few weeks ago, and hasn't stopped since. She staggers around bowl-legged like she hopped off a horse after chugging a bottle of tequila. She is also imitating language and has "said" her name, purple, wow and ball. Lots of pointing too; her little finger darts out and slowly moves, so Rob and I have a hard time figuring out what she's actually looking at -- "Uh, chair? Tree. Um, outside! Light?"

We're spending this weekend with my college girlfriends -- Erin, Jamie and Tara -- and their families in Brown County, Indiana, where we have rented a fabulous cabin in the woods with a hot tub, pool table, big screen tv for movies and comfortable rooms for each family. We can't wait!

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