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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Weekly Goal #5 and Grammy's

Did you watch the Grammy's last night? Justin and I did - we always do. You should Tivo all award shows - so you can fly through the commercials and boring parts. We thought that they were pretty good this year. Some years they are just so boring. Most of the performances were great. I think my favorite was Beyonce and Tina Turner. Want to know something fun? Four years ago Justin and I actually went to the Grammy's in LA because Justin was nominated for a Grammy as a songwriter. It was amazing, to say the least. I got to wear the coolest dress, get my hair and makeup done, and see a zillion celebrities. Isn't that cool? Fun, fun, fun! It would have been so much better if he would have won, but still, not many people can say that they have been nominated for a Grammy. By the way, he was robbed and absolutely should have won! I am still so proud of him. I love award season time. The red carpet is so fun to watch. To say I am a big fan of E! Fashion Police is a big understatement.

On to the important stuff. Personal Improvement Goal of the Week: work on my posture. I slouch so badly. It is awful. It hurts my back to try and sit up straight for long periods of time, but I can do it. I love how straight Lucy sits up. She has perfect posture, and I am a little jealous. I am trying to become more aware of the slumping.

Task Goal of the Week: Think of something fun to do with Lucy every day that involves us as a family doing something together. This can include things like going to the park (which we did today), doing an art project, etc. I want us to be more and more active together and not rely on TV as entertainment. Lucy LOVES tv all of the sudden and can sit and watch it for long periods of time. I do not want this, so I am going to stop allowing so much of it. Her little brain is so receptive to learning right now and she is not going to get the stimulation that she needs from the tv, but from our interaction together and using her imagination to actually play. I am not the kind who plans on eliminating tv all together. I just want to limit the amount of time she spends camped out in front of the tv. I don't think there is anything wrong with watching Sesame Street in the morning. The problem is when it goes much beyond this. There is just too many other things that we could be doing. I am working on a post about my views of parenting, which seem to always be evolving, but I think also improving at the same time. I am reading the most fascinating book about parenting and the way children learn right now. I LOVE it and will discuss it in my post that I am working on. I want to get through the book before I write my post, but in case you are interested, it is called Magical Parent, Magical Child - The Art of Joyful Parenting by Michael Mendizza with Joseph Chilton Pearce. For me, it is a book that will change the way I mother my children forever. I really really wish I would have read it earlier, but better late than never.

Here are some pictures of Lucy in her Ao Dai and from the park today. Cutie Patootie.













27 comments:

Shawna said...

Lucy's hair is super cute like that Kel! I love her Ao Dai too. Sooooo pretty. I watched the Grammy's last night and thought they were great too! You're right, Justin was robbed!! I want a recount!!

Nancy said...

m'kay, 3 things:
1 - what song?!? That is so cool!
2 - we cannot call it PIG of the week. :(
3 - awesome pics, as always! :)

Mom said...

Kelly Bell--The pics of Lucy in the Ao Dai are absolutely precious, and should definitely be included in your next set of pics to the nannies at the orphanage. Am so excited to see you guys and can't wait to see how straight you are sitting!!! Tell Justin that Dad wants to take him to Waffle House!!! he he he Just a little joke! Love and kisses, Mom

Meredith said...

You have the most adorable little girl! I've really loved reading your blog since we joined this crazy world of Vietnam adoption.

Meredith

Sarah said...

I love Lucy's hair and all of her cute expressions. Too sweet! That is super cool about you attanding the grammys. Congrats to Justin, even if it's 4 years late.
I'll have to check out that book.

Elaine said...

Oooo! I want to know what song, too! And, as always, cute cute pics.

Norah said...

Yup, she's a cutie patootie alright!

abc123vn said...

As you are aware I already think Lucy is the most adorable little girl! And I agree with nancy, what song??? Oh yeah if you come up with a solution for your posture, let me know I have VERY bad posture as well and really need to work on that.

Jen said...

Lucy is just precious in her Ao Dai!!

That is also really cool about Justin being nominated for a grammy. He must be enormously talented! What an amazing experience!

jilljohnandhope said...

Kelly,
She is just so freakin' cute! I love those puckered up lips. I can't believe how grown up she is looking!
Jill

Liz said...

I really want to hear about that book!!! Was just about to order some books from Amazon so I'm wondering if I should add that to the list. I love Lucy's hair in those pictures - she looks precious. We just got back from market and got some pretty stinking cute little girls necklaces - Lucy is going to need one. I'll send one your way when we get them made up. Have a great week!

Liz

craftymommy said...

That is so cool about the grammy nomination! Lucy looks so cute; I love the one where she's making a puckered lips face.

LawMommy said...

Lucy looks so lovely in her ao dai! Did you find that here or did you bring it back with you from Viet Nam?

Oh, and he was totally robbed, by the way, because his song is just the best. (But, you know what a special place I have for that song in my heart.)

G

Kate said...

adorable! :)
love the piggies! pass along the good books and fun things you all are doing! i love it!

steppingonlegos.com said...

That is SUPER cool about the Grammy's and Justin. That would have been absolutely amazing and what a HUGE honor to be nominated! Can I tell people I know a Grammy nominee?!

Joseph Chilton Pearce is an amazing author. My best friend had him stay at her house for a few days while he was in town giving a speech. I got to talk to him about Noah and he told me what a huge head he had which, if you read any JPC, is a HUGE compliment :) I was gushing for days!!! Anyway I do love all his books and count them in the very tippy-top of the best most evolved parenting books EVER. If you are already reading JPC at this stage in your parenting "career" you are WAY ahead of the game, imo. And I think I can count on one hand the number of friends I have who have read his stuff. So that's the long gushy way of saying I am SUPER thrilled that you love his book!

And Lucy looks SO gorgeous in her ao dai. The pics are just stunning. I love the pouty one best :)

C-mon said...

I have just come across your blog and see you went through the same agency as we are now. know what ya mean about T.V. my daughter could do the same so we have been being more creative as well. Our daughter is from southern China and boy do our kids look alike. Cuties!

Kristin said...

LOVE THE HAIR!

Laurie said...

What? Spill the song woman. I'm dying to know what he wrote!
Love Lucy in her Ao Dai!

Sarah Bussey said...

Kelly, I can't believe how big Lucy is getting. She is adorable. Call me next time you are in LR. Oh and I hope we can see you next weekend when we are in Dallas.
-Sarah

Laurie said...

Ok, just checked out C-mon's blog and her daughter and Lucy TOTALLY look alike. You have to see this Kell! That's wild.

StaceyF said...

My favorite part of the Grammys was Tina Turners and Beyonce's performance too. Furthermore, I'm loving those expressions on Miss Lucy!

Kerry said...

What song?????!!!

Awesome photos!! Do you have any of your grammy night (the coolest dress??)

thedelightfuldelaney said...

-very cool about having been to the Grammys!
-love, love, love the pigtails! All her pictures are cute, but these are fantastic!
-I will be checking into that book. I'm of course doing more thinking than ever right now about what kind of parent I want to be and how I can get there. So I'll be anxiously awaiting your parenting post, as it sounds like you'll have some great insight for me!

Holly said...

Kelly Bell - inquiring minds want to know, so I'm putting it out there for them. Justin & Pat's song was Wave on Wave (Pat Green Band). Lucy is looking like such a big girl these days...Adam keeps saying that every time he sees her pictures. She's just the cutest little pumpkin. John needs to come play!!!

ourvalentinesdaytreat said...

I've always wanted to go to a big awards show! HOw exciting!!! Lucy looks adorable. :)

MandyM said...

Who cares if it's 5 o'clock somewhere??!!!!!!!!! I vote for JUSTIN! What's that you say? My vote doesn't count?! Ok, well, whatever...I LOVE that song.

Victoria said...

I love the pictures in her Ao Dai and her piggies. She couldn't be any cutier!