Monday, January 15, 2018

Hi all....below is our summary of 2017 captured in photos!  
Enjoy....Sending hugs to all 😍

Mid January - Visit from David, Nicole, Alex and Ethan...very fun weekend!!

End of January -  We thoroughly enjoyed Paul's company sales award trip to Lake Tahoe, CA ⛄....keep working hard honey so we can tag along on these trips ha ha!!

2/25 - Celebrating 10 year gotcha look at these Chinese babies πŸ’Ÿ

2/28 - Ella's second time to donate her hair πŸ’‡ (11inches) to cancer her !!

3 /24 - Ella and I ran 5k πŸƒπŸƒ at her school.  This was her 1st 5k...she did so good!!!

4/22 - Oreo had a playdate in our backyard with Ms. Mary's granddog, Olive 🐢🐾🐢

4/29 - Ella molding clay with her new pottery wheel.  She got this from her Godmother, Dawn...this is her favorite birthday gift πŸ’—!!  The bowl came out beautiful!!

5/6 - Ella wanted to spend time at the nursing home memory care unit for her 11th birthday instead of party.  She invited a few close friends and we planted flowers🌷, ate chocolate chip cookiesπŸͺ and enjoyed the outdoors with the residents.  She had a great day!!

5/21 - Our sweet neighbors treated us to an ice cream 🍨 social because we decided to move back to Atlanta in June.  We were incredibly fortunate to have wonderful neighbors during our five years living in Alabama.....miss them so!!!

5/23 - Fun evening spent at Brocks Gap Intermediate School as Ella received end of 5th grade academic achievement awards for "A" honor roll and receiving Social Studies highest average score in her community.

6/3 - Enjoyed a great night at the Regions Fields watching the Birmingham Barrons Baseball ⚾game.  We had so much fun with our sweet friends the Sewell Family 😍

6/3 - The movers just left with all our belongings but we had to get hugs and doggie kisses from Ms. Mary and Checkers 😒

6/3 - Above is visual example that moving is exhausting zzzzzzzz

Early June - Ella and I went to Minnesota/South Dakota for a week.  We really enjoyed family time with my extended family!  We had so much fun as the photo above shows many memories were made πŸ’“πŸŽ£πŸŽ¨πŸͺ😍

6/9 - Happy 3rd birthday Oreo 🍦

Early July - We spent 4 long, fun filled days at Universal Studios!!!  Ella is a avid Harry Potter fan and she was in heaven! We really enjoyed ourselves through Ella's love of Harry Potter πŸ’Ÿ

7/14 - We adpoted a friend for Oreo.....Biscuit (9 months old) cockapoo - cocker spaniel and poodle mix.  He was found by animal control and ended up in the shelter where a foster family took him into their home and we adopted him πŸΆπŸ’›

End of July -  We traveled to St. Louis, Missouri and spent a long weekend with the Morton Family!  Fun times touring the Budwiser plant 🍺, Science Center, Zoo  🐘, ate at Pappy's Smokehouse (the best barbeque!!!) and played multiple games of our favorite game Qwirkle - our favorite game!!

8/7 - Ella's 1st day of 6th grade at her new school...River Trail Middle School

Ella chose the trumpet for band class and she loves it!!

After school fun with neighborhood friends (Alya, Lily, Katelyn and Madison).....playing in the pool 🏊 and picnic 🍱 in their handmade fort in the woods!

11/15 - Happy 1st birthday 🎈 Biscuit!!  He got a doggie birthday cookie/treat which he shared with Oreo 🐢

11/15 - 6th grade Band Concert!  Ella and her friend Ayla (she plays flute)....sweet friends!!

11/18 & 11/19 - Ella and some other band friends from school were invited to participate in the Atlanta Trumpet Festival.  The afternoon concert on the last day was amazing and Evan came to support his sister πŸ’›

11/23 - 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day......Ate a fabulous Thanksgiving meal at our sweet friends KC, Alice and their daughter Katelyn's house πŸ—πŸ¦ƒ

12/11 - We got snow...yeah!! Snow day = no school = sledding, snowman making, snow ball throwing = hot choclate and cookies ⛄❆☃ 

Family Selfie with our fur babies Oreo and Biscuit!  
Happy New Year and many blessings to all in 2018 πŸ’–πŸ˜

Thursday, March 2, 2017

January 2016 to December 2016

Hello you can see, I have been very lazy in updating the blog!!   Anyway I guess a late post is better than NO post at all right?!?!  Below is pics of what we have done throughout 2016.  See you all in 2017...sending hugs to you all!!

  • January - visited family in NY during MLK weekend.

  • February - Ella and Maya roller skating during our Gotcha Day (2/25) celebration in Lexington, KY

  •  2/28 - "Oreo" joined our family.  We adopted her from a family in KY...thank goodness she doesn't mind riding in the car because we had a 7 hour trip before she finally made it to her new love her 🐢


  • 4/15 - Ella and I drove to Atlanta on Friday afternoon and surprised Paul by showing up at his work place to enjoy a 🍰 happy birthday weekend. 

  • April - Spring break fun in Atlanta with family and friends!!!


  • 4/23 - Celebrating Ella's πŸŽ‰ 10th birthday 🎈 at Do It Yourself Crafts.  The created with clay "taco fish" fun and really cute!!

  • 5/25 - Ella's last day of 4th grade at Deer Valley Elementary.....sniff sniff 

  •  πŸΆHappy 2nd birthday Oreo 🐾(June 9th) πŸ˜ƒ


  • End of July, mini-vacation - The Morton's made the 9 Hour drive from Waconia, MN down to St. Louis and we made the 8 Hour Drive up from Birmingham Alabama. This trip was planned a few months ago and we knew it would be hot but it was excessively HOT!!! We tried to stay cool with lots of water and personal fans. We toured the Arch, St. Louis zoo and went to an evening Cardinals vs Dodgers 🎫baseball game. After over an hour wait, we had the best ribs and brisket EVER at Pappy's Smokehouse 🐷 (restaurant was on Food Network Man vs Food)....thanks to Whitney for this recommendation πŸ˜‹ YUMMY!!


  • August - The week before Ella started back to school, she had two of her gymnastic team mates over for much needed sleepover/play date!


  • August 11th, Ella's first day of 5th grade...sniff sniff!!


  • 8/24 - Ella's new and improved teeth,,..9 months of braces and she's got a more beautiful smileπŸ’Ÿ 


  • 9/11 - After gymnastics competition (Beach Bash) in Mobile, Alabama, all the girls enjoyed some fun times 🏊


  • October - Oreo enjoying some "doggie" 🍦 ice cream at the local fair!


  • September - Celebrated out 25th wedding anniversary with the best in laws ever πŸ’“


  • 9/28 to 9/30 - Ella went to Camp Mcdowell for her first ever camping trip without her mama sniff sniff!! She had the best time and still talks about the delicious!!


  • 10/2 - Ella and Lona shared the podium earning 2nd place for balance beam event at JamJev Octoberfest gymnastics meet πŸ™Œ


  • 10/22 - Battle of the Bay gymnastics meet in Daphane, Alabama...they did great!


  • 10/27 to 10/30 - We traveled to Minnesota/South Dakota to visit friends and was a quick trip but so much fun!

(Sister Lisa, Uncle Roger, Aunt Dolly and niece Jaden)

(Marian, owner of cafe that I worked at while in High School)

(Sister Lisa with Jaden and Cousin Kristine with her two kids)

(Cousin Love 😍...Ella and Jaden)

(Celebrating Whitney's, Dawn's middle child, confirmation)

(Ella and Preston, Dawn's sweet boy)


  • 11/22 - Drove to Huntsville for the day to visit Ella's sweet friend Lona


12/25 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from these cuties πŸ’•πŸΎ

Welcome to Ella's Blog

Hi everyone, Welcome to Ella Sarah Lazar's first blog.

How it Started

Laura, Evan and I will be updating this blog as we prepare to travel to Yangchun, China. Yangchun is located approximately 160 miles southwest of Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province, China. We just received our match (referral) on Thursday January, 4th 2007 and aim to travel 4-8 weeks from this date (most likely 7-8 weeks as the Chinese New Year falls during this period).

Watching Ella Grow

Thanks for visiting - we had so much fun updating this blog during our trip to China, that we decided keep Ella's blog updated (once a month) to watch her (and Evan) grow up in front of our very eyes!

Happy 1st Birthday Ella

Happy 1st Birthday Ella

Ella Laughing for Mom

Ella Laughing for Mom

Daddy's Little Girl

Daddy's Little Girl

Ella's Referral Pictures #2

Ella's Referral Pictures #2
What a cutie!

Ella in Crib

Ella in Crib

Ella Referral Picture #3

Ella Referral Picture #3
Look at that Hair!!!

Announcing Yang Chun, Hua Tuan

Announcing Yang Chun, Hua Tuan
1st Picture of Ella