Thursday, July 31, 2008

How to Play the Apple Game

Get the apples off of the tree.

Make sure you pull a lot of them... you need a lot of apples to play!

JUMP if you can't reach the apples!

Now take all of the apples that you have picked and carry them with your dress.

Once you have arrived at your destination, aka the slide, begin to line the apples carefully up at the top.

Line the apples up so they look like this...

Now climb up the slide and get ready!

Oh, this is so much fun! I can hardly wait!!!

Now, push all of the apples so that they fly down the slide!

Look- they're all down!

Make sure you see all of your apples in the grass...

And gather them up.

There are a lot of apples here...

So make sure that when you are picking them up,

that you line them all up to account for each and every one!

Now carry all of your apples back to the slide to play again!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Emily and Lexie!
Emily and her family were in our travel group for her gorgeous little sister, AnnaClaire and Sarah Lu. Emily is getting ready to go back to China to bring home precious Miss Kate around the same time we bring Chayah home!
I met Lexie through our blogs over a year ago. She and her family have just received their referral for beautiful Karleigh, who will also be coming home around the same time as Chayah!

O.K. Here are the rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged you
2) Post the rules on your blog
3) Write 7 random things about yourself
4) Tag 7 people at the end of your post and link to them
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up

1. I am 16 and starting college in the Fall. This year I completed two years of school and am ready to start in August.
2. I own a pair of pink plaid rain boots. I bought them at Target and they are actually pretty cute!
3. It has always been my dream to own a Basset Hound. When I was 2 yrs. old, I picked out a Basset Hound stuffed animal and named her "Uh-oh" and I have wanted a Basset Hound ever since.
4. I call tongs "weasel-catchers" and so does the the rest of my family. When I was 2, my sisters and I were watching "The Wind and the Willows", when I came running into my mom, got the tongs, and said, "Deez is not tongs, mommy, deez is weasel-catchers"! And it stuck, Sarah even calls them that now!
5. I've had the same best friend since I was 8 years old. That was over half of our our lives ago!
6. I don't tan, I just burn. It's sad, actually. I wish I could tan.
7. I can't swallow pills. Yeah, I know... pretty weird. No matter how hard I try, I just can't! It's the whole thing about having to let something go down my throat without chewing it first... I chew everything, even liquid, and pills make me feel like I am going to choke.

I met Leigh a while ago through making a video for her organization. She and her husband have started Our Creator's Hope: Helping with Orphan Placement Expenses, an absolutely amazing adoption grant foundation! They have also just started the adoption process to bring home a sibling group from Bulgaria!!! I am so excited for them!

Sera was one of the first 'adoption bloggers' that I met. It was through Sera that we first learned about China's waiting child program, which is what both Sarah and Chayah have been and are being adopted through! She has three siblings adopted from China, Asher, Emma, and Esther.

I met Annie through a yahoo group for siblings of children adopted from Asia. We have talked for a while on there. Her brother, Kai Wei, came home from Taiwan and they are currently waiting to bring home Sarah Grace from Taiwan as well.

Keri was in the same travel group for her daughter, Claire and as we were in for Sarah Lu. It is funny to see how alike Sarah and Claire are! They are both very princessey little girls! :)

Becki traveled to China in the group right before us to bring home sweet Addison. Addison is so adorable and I just love to follow her blog.

Ellie just returned back from the Shoahannah's Hope trip to China this summer! She visited the same city that Chayah is in and was at the very same foster home that Sarah spent months of her life at!

Nikki just returned back from a trip to the Dominican Republic. She has a passion for orphans and children around the world and runs Blogs for a Cause where she raises funds for the charity of the month!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Sarah Evangeline, July 26, 2008, 4 years old

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Introduction

Most of you have probably been following from Sarah's previous blog at Journey to Sarah Lu. But for those of you who may not have, I decided that I would do an intro post.

First, Welcome to the new blog! Be sure to update your links and subscriptions to follow Sarah Lu here at:

Why the name "Mei Mei Adventures"?
Mei Mei is Mandarin meaning "little sister", it is pronounced like "may may". So the title of the blog is literally, "Little Sister Adventures", which I thought was fitting since it documents my life with my little sister, soon to be two!

Who I am: My name is Staci, I'm 16 years old and one of three big sisters to Sarah Lu, and soon Chayah. I traveled with my parents to China in December of 2006 to bring Sarah home. I love China and orphans around the world are my passion.

Sarah Lu! Sarah Evangeline LuHua is 4 years old (I still can't believe my baby girl is that old!). She is an absolute princess and a drama queen. She is hilariously funny and has more personality than anyone I have ever met! Sarah's Gotcha Day was December 11, 2006 at 2.5 years old. America World Adoption Association was our agency for Sarah's adoption and they were wonderful. Sarah Lu is an amazing sister and I just love her so much!

And Chayah! Chayah Elizabeth Ruby is 6 years old. Chayah is pronounced like "Khai-uh". She is still in China, but will be coming home in Fall 2008, which is rapidly approaching! I can hardly wait until she comes home! We received her referral in December 2007 and paperchased through May 2008. Our dossier went to China on June 24, 2008 and our log in date is July 3, 2008. We are using Chinese Children Adoption International for Chayah's adoption and they have been amazing. To follow more about the journey to Chayah, please visit:
I will continue to post about Chayah on her blog "When Love Takes You In" until after she is home.