Saturday, January 15, 2011

Let's Play Airplane

 Big Brother

 My little eyes
are watching
All you say and do
And when I grow up
big and tall
I want to be like you.

My little ears
are listening
To everything you say
I am learning how
to grow up
To be like you

So be careful how
you teach me
To be the person
that you are.
You’re a knight in
shining armor
You’re my brightest
shining star.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Bunnies

We love our dear LiLi,
she is so special and very sweet

 Look- we found bunny tracks!

Sweet sisterly love

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Secret Recipe

November 15, 2009
Tian Tian at a KFC in Liuzhou, China
May 2010...again at a KFC in China
Big GeGe sent a photo of himself eating KFC 
to his MeiMei who was waiting in China
So did big JieJie
Is the Cornel's secret recipe the same in the USA?
Finally together!
October 2010
(Not MaMa the vegetarian's favorite choice for a healthy dinner, 
but we had to do this at least once....I needed the photos!)


Take two cups of kindness,
add one cup of trust.
A half of cup of caring,
and a dash of pixie dust.
Take a spoon of kisses,
add it from above.
Stir it slow and gently,
that's my recipe for love.
Sift some understanding,
add a pinch of tenderness.
Blend a dash of romance,
stir it with caress.
Combine them all together,
add a turtle dove.
Makes a life time serving,
that's my recipe for love.

Saturday, January 01, 2011


In celebration of the new decade we find ourselves reflecting on some of our favorite memories of the last year. This past year is worth mentioning specifically because it brought us through many changes, some we planned for, some were unexpected. Regardless of the circumstances these changes caused us to grow and stretch ourselves in new directions, to open our hearts in ways we didn't expect, and to expand our horizons beyond places we could even begin to imagine. 
Happy New Year!

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."-  Emily Dickinson 

"People find life entirely too time consuming."-  Stanislaw J. Lec  

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."
-   Rodin

"Half our time is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."-  Will Rogers
"As lousy as things are now, tomorrow they will be somebody's good old days."-   Gerald Barzan  
"The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you're the pilot."
-   Michael Althsuler
"The day is conscious of itself."
-  Rumi  
"We never remember days, only moments."-   Cesare Pavese  
"Patience is a flower that does not grow in everyone's garden."
-   English proverb
"We all have our time machines.  Some take us back, they're called memories.  Some take us forward, they're called dreams."
-   Jeremy Irons 

"For eternally and always there is only one now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end." 
-   Erwin Schrodinger
"The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."
-   Abraham Lincoln

"When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets."

-  Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All to Human   
"I don't think of the past.  The only thing that matters is the everlasting present."
 -  William Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

"I have seen the future and it's like the present, only longer."

-   Dan Quisenberry  

"Ordinary people think merely how they will spend their time, a man of intellect tries to use it."
-   Schopenhauer
"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity."-  Henery David Thoreau 
"One faces the future with one's past.
-   Pearl S. Buck  
"Who forces time is pushed back by time; 
who yields to time finds time on his side."
-   Talmud
"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance."
-   Yoko Ono, Season of Glass
"People find life entirely too time consuming."
-  Stanislaw J. Lec  

"What then is time?  If no one asks me, I know what it is.  If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know."
 -   Saint Augustine

"Everything requires time.  It is the only truly universal condition.  All work takes place in time and uses up time.  Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource.  Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time."
-   Peter F. Drucker 
"Time is the wisest counselor of all."
-   Pericles
"Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us."
 -   Henrik Tikkanen 
"Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away." 
-   Charles Caleb Colton
Suddenly, as rare things will, 
it vanished."
-  Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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