Saturday, January 7


A bunch of us who've adopted (or are adopting) from China get together every month or so. This time, we kicked things up a notch and Mary-Mia and I hosted a Chocolate Fountain party! We invited everyone we could think of and, to our surprise and delight, just about everyone came!
While we set stuff up, Mary-Mia's husband, Rod (above) kept Gwen entertained with some piano lessons.

I don't have a picture of them, but we were also really excited to see K of the Wunchmachen blog and finally meet her husband, F.

I would love to name everyone who came but I know I'd leave someone out so I'll just leave it as this.

Above, is Kat and Colin. It was fun to see them again and we can hardly wait until they have their daughter! I hope the time flies!
There was special reason to celebrate as our dear friend, Stacey, finally got Ryleigh's referral.

Ryleigh will be turning 1 in a couple of days so Andrew baked a cake (from scratch!) and we all sang Happy Birthday. Stacey cried but we're not sure if it was our singing or the sentiment .

Isn't Ryleigh just the cutest? Look at that tongue sticking out!

(If you're in the SF Bay Area and you want to be included in future get-togethers, please email me or Mary-Mia. Our email address is in our profile on our respective blogs.)

This party was super easy since we did it as a potluck. The food was fabulous and we got to meet lots of new faces. Including some new baby faces! On the left is little Kelly (Lisa's baby girl) and there's Gwenny below her and "Dragonfly Diary" Helen sitting on her mommy's lap.

Above, Emma enjoys something yummy dipped in chocolate!


Blogger Gracencameronsmomy said...

Looks fun, so sorry I missed it! Scott had planned a Birthday surprise with Cameron that he was ery excited about, can't wait until the next one!

January 10, 2006 4:11 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hi - cute pics, looks like everyone had a great time! I also wanted to say CONGRATS on being mentioned in the blog article in the latest Adoptive Families magazine! Good for you!

January 10, 2006 4:25 PM  
Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Fun, fun, fun! What a great group of people. I know I say that every time this group gets together, but it's true!!! :-)

January 10, 2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger Dunn Family said...

I am glad there was a cake for Ryleigh! Looks like you all had lots of fun!

January 10, 2006 9:08 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Looks like you all had a great time!

January 11, 2006 5:59 AM  
Blogger Mrs. D said...

Hooray! It's wasn't exactly our goal to remain "stealth." In fact, you can see my right knee in the Kelly, Gwen, Helen photo. - kristin

January 11, 2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger Lisa~~ said...

Looks like a fun party and a chocolate fountain to boot.

January 11, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Donna & Joe said...

Oh how fun to get together and meet so many blogging buddies! I really enjoyed your photos.

We are going to a monthly get together later this month of our local FCC's waiting parents group. They are having a couple who recently returned with their daughter as a guest speaker. I'm so looking forward to seeing their little one and hearing about their experience.

Donna :)

January 11, 2006 5:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa and Tate said...

Oh man- Everytime I see the Bay Area get togethers I get jealous!!! I think I'll move just to be part of such a great group.... It looks like ya'll are having so much fun!!


January 11, 2006 8:30 PM  
Blogger Ed and Lisa said...

Oh how fun!!! We are actually hoping to return from China via SF ... we have very dear friends that live in that area and we thought it would be a great way to connect for a few days. : ) Loved the pictures.. thanks for sharing!

Lisa :)

January 12, 2006 7:32 PM  
Blogger Chris Ayers & Kelly Kline said...

Donna & Andrew, you are wonderful hosts. Thanks so much for opening your home to this amazing brood!

Chris, Kelly & Helen
(who left their beans behind...)

January 12, 2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger Stacey Teague said...

Donna and Andrew and Gwen,
Thanks for the party and the wonderful cake for Ryleigh. You guys don't know how much that meant to us!! It was so fun meeting so many amazing new friends (and old).

Stacey Mark and Austin

January 15, 2006 8:21 AM  

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