Thursday, July 30, 2009

In The "Blog" House

Yeah we have been BAD bloggers lately. Well after the weekend of the 4th with the Duckers, we needed a vacay :-) ! J/K. We have been keeping SUPER busy and enjoying our awesome temps we have been having. Normally we have mid to high 90's and HUMID HUMID. Not this July.
So much to re-cap we can just do a little photo montage to cap it all off. We head off to Michigan this weekend. Our annual trip, my 37th summer there and Tricia is on 8 and Sophie's first to this magical place. Lots of previous memories and we look forward to many more trips. We will be absent again....for sometime. We will try to post some trip photos while we are away.

Baseball Heaven was busy during All-Star week! "El Hombre" during the HRD.

Mowing the...uh patio.....

I look like a ROCKSTAR!

Mimi and 4 of her Great Grandchildren. Beckett, Sophie, Jack and Mason

With Uncle Bub and Dozzy in Tulsa while spending time with Mema and Grandad.

Feeding the stringrays at the Oklahoma Aquarium

Cheers with Mommy and Aunt Jenny

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Requesting Your Voices

Currently the immunization and sibling age exemptions for children adopted in a non-Hague country are not applicable to those children adopted in a Hague country. This unintended consequence was an oversight of the Intercountry Adoption Act and not the intent of the authors.

As a result, adoptive families are being delayed in bringing their children home and having to stay in the country additional time. In some instances, children are having multiple shots for immunization just prior to boarding the plane.

Senate Bill 1376 has been introduced in the Senate to correct this problem and urgent action is required to pass this legislation immediately so adoptions will not continue to be disrupted.
Please contact your Member of Congress and encourage your friends and family to join you in this effort. Contact your Member and urge them to give this matter the high priority that it deserves.

You can review further details at Holt's Advocacy and Legislation website here:

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of children and families!

On the Belz front....We are keeping very busy at this time with a NEW post coming very soon.....stay tuned! Sorry for the lack of updates, but since it has been OCTOBER weather in July here we are taking FULL advantage of the cool weather.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rosebud Camp out

This past Saturday we went to the annual Rosebud Camp out. Our friend, Uncle Mike, has a place in Rosebud Mo. that is perfect for camping, swimming and fishing and he has made this trip an annual trip for friends.
This year we had an extra guest... Sophie. Originally I was just going to take Sophie out there to swim and hang out and then take her home. BUT, we got there and she was having so much fun and it wasn't to hot that we decided to stay. So........she is a full blown camper now. She slept in a tent, pee'd in the woods and even slept on a blow up mattress! We are very proud of her and she amazes us more and more each day. She even got to fish a little.

She got a big one!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Celebrating Our Independence In Jersey

We had a wonderful trip to Jersey last week to visit my sister Diehnee and the rest of "Team Hognon" as well as spending the 4th with the Duckers who live just South on the Jersey Shores. We kept very busy in Summit, welcoming a new fire engine to the Chatam Township Fire Dept, playing at the children's museum and spending good time with family. Sophie enjoyed meeting Sarah and Jack as well as Uncle Chris. Jack kept Sophie busy the second she arrived! Thanks D and crew we had a blast!
We spent the 3rd-5th with our fellow Holt buddies Rich, Jackie and Mya Ducker whom we share a very special bond with. They were with us at the same time in Viet Nam to be united with their beautiful daughter Mya Grace. The girls had a wonderful time with each other and the parents did as well. We had some wonderful food and laughs with great friends. We plan on keeping the girls in touch as much as possible. Thanks Duckers, it was very special!

Hugs to Aunt Diehnee.....

Being silly with Jack

Piper 5 Alpha Charlie cleared to land runway 30R winds 305 at 6.

I love America!

She could be Miss Viet Nam too...

I make this look GOOD!

Family photo op...

Reunited once again!
Playing on the beach at Surf City
Passed out after the beach...Mya trying to wake her up!

Rich grilled some AWESOME bay scallops and shrimp for dinner

Moms & Daughters

Sunset photo after dinner at the Oyster Creek Inn.

...and a video....