Leo be like, wow!

Lol such a cute photo!

Leo is at that point where everything goes straight to the mouth.

Leo, Tingting and I went out to the Place, just to get out and have some fun. We ate lunch at Sounds Good, and we are happy to report that it was good! 🙂

Mine!!! :)

Only 4 months old, and Leo has already set his eyes on the good stuff!!

The bird whisperer?

Out for a walk with Tingting and Leo, we came across this lady holding what appeared to be a wild bird! It just sat there, looked around, and even jumped onto another person! Haha

Just a short walk through Huangjincheng Dao, also called the Golden Street. It is so beautiful today. Everyone was out taking photos.

So awesome!

This how I should always grade papers! Nice cafe, good music, great food! Oh ya!

Amazing little dude!

Just a great photo of Leo. Tingting and our ayi took him for a walk the other day. He is amazing.

Leo received his US passport today, as well as his official Consulate Record of Birth Abroad that formally acknowledges he “Acquired United States CITIZENSHIP at birth. . .” It’s so cute, to see a real passport, with a 2 month old baby photo inside! LOL


Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks day 4 – Amanda Carpenter-Sutton is an awesome woman who’s heart is as full of love as it is strength and passion. I was in middle school when she and my brother Ian Sutton began dating, and I was in the 8th grade when

they gave birth to my nephew Zach. It’s crazy how much I sincerely miss those days! I would stay the night, sleeping on their sofa, and we would play Nintendo or MTG all night long. Many nights, Ian and Amanda would invite their friends over, and I felt so cool hanging with the “older” crew! I even had a secret crush on a good friend of theirs. Often, Amanda would cook spaghetti, and I still think hers is the best in the world!

Over the years, I sort of fell out of touch with Amanda and her family. I have regretted this so much because she and her family are such good people. Amanda, like her sister Saraha, brother Charles, and the rest of her family, are forever welcoming and accepting of others. They don’t shy from differences, rather they embrace them and celebrate them. Amanda is always thoughtful, and always wiling to offer a helpful hand to a friend in need. And while these qualities are deserving of thanks in their own right, I want more than anything, give her a million thanks for giving my brother unending happiness, love, joy and satisfaction. The most I could ever wish for someone is to be happy and to be loved, and she made sure that Ian was!

Thank you Amanda! I love you!

Amanda, Ian and baby Zachary circa 1999.

Ian, Amanda and Zachary