Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gotcha ~ Five years a family

I can not believe that it’s been five years since a scared, timid, pensive and very serious wee little Wan Chun Miao was placed in my arms.  I swear that every year I say the same thing and here I go again, I can’t believe that it’s been five years already and that its only been five years.  The time since Maisie joined our family has flown by but on the other hand, I barely remember a time before Maisie.  Every year I love my girl more and more and couldn’t imagine our lives without her.  

We don’t make a big deal out of Gotcha/Family Day but it’s fun that we are always away on holiday having fun times together.

Untitled 0 00 35-19 eFive years a family ~ 2011.  Eagle Beach, Aruba.

Gotch 12-11-2010a[1]Four years, with attitude ~ 2010.  Sans Eammon as he couldn’t take the time from work.  Eagle Beach, Aruba

Gotcha Anniversary 20092009 ~ Three years with my sweetie Maisie Miao Miao.  Unfortunately Eammon couldn’t make the trip because of work.  Eagle Beach, Aruba

In 2008 I was so sick that I totally forgot to take a picture as I spent all my time sleeping in a chaise on the beach in Aruba, bad Mama!

PC210030.JPG_Thumbnail1[2] e2007 ~ Maisie’s first year at Eagle Beach in Aruba and our one year Gotcha/Family Day Anniversary. 

Familyof3 eGotcha/Family Day,  December 11, 2005  Chongqing, China.

On a completely unrelated note, tonight for dinner we enjoyed one of my favorite soups, Tom Yam Ghoong.  Yesterday I made a huge double batch so my freezer is now stocked.  Now this winter when I get a craving for a hot and steamy bowl I’ll be all set.  Click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.

Tom Yam Ghoong

Other recent recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter and Biscoff Fudge.



  1. Congratulations on 5 wonderful, fun, amazing years together!!!

  2. Happy family day! You all look so beautiful and healthy on that beach.

  3. I completely understand your statement of feeling so long and so short!!!
    Looks like you guys celebrated in style as usual!!

  4. Love the look back! And wow - it sure doesn't seem like 5 years since Maisie came home!


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