Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!! We got our Christmas present the day after Christmas and it was a call from Mary Katherine (our Anna Li). She was so excited that she called while Papa Denny, Mama Carol, Kevin (Chad's brother) and Bethany (sister in law) were here.
She got to talk to everyone. She is doing very good and is very happy.
That just made my Christmas complete. The kids on the night before Christmas looking all cute in their pj's.
Bethany is way to polite to say she has a favorite... for goodness sakes, I couldn't even get her to tell me what she wanted Santa to bring! I believe her favorite was her Nintendo DS games and her North Face jacket. She detested the blow dryer he brought (didn't even want it in the picture) but mom loved it because that means she can quit using mine!!

I know, I know! Santa has went overboard once again!! Someone is going to have to have a talk with that man. Colin's favorite was the bat cave. He spent hours on end playing with it. The picture is a little blurry. I think my camera is at the later part of its life. Hmmmm, maybe Santa should have bought me a new camera!


Dylan bug got a walker.. his legs are too short for him to touch the ground but I promise you he is so ready to take off. Grow legs!! Grow!!! He just looked in amazement as the other two tore into their presents;)



Friday, December 18, 2009

Sleepy Head

I am so tired today!
Dylan kept us up all night.
I am not sure if it is teething or the stuffy nose..
or both
but I pray we get some sleep tonight.
We tried Tylenol last night
but it seemed to just boost his energy
instead of giving him some relief.
I am so thankful for my husband
for taking shifts with me.
I was up until 2am
and Chad took the 2-4am shift.
I think he gave out sometime after 4am
and we got a little sleep
before getting up for work.
Oh the joys of parenthood:)
_______________________
I have also made the decision NOT to quit work right now.
I know, I know.. I am heartbroken over this.
There is nothing I want more than to be a stay at home mom.
BUT
let's face it
the economy stinks!
I have a good job with good benefits.
We are just not where we need to be in order for me to quit....
BUT
I will stay optimistic.
I will continue to pray for Chad a full time teaching position.
I will work really hard to pay down our debt.
AND
I will reevaluate things this fall.
Bethany is still being home schooled.
Chad is home during the week to help her.
I get to do special projects with her when I get home from work.
She is doing really well.
She use to hate to read and now she loves it:)
She is doing great in math but still needs to brush up on her multiplication tables.
She is learning so much about the East in History
and doing lots of projects.
We just finished China! She made a model of the Great Wall, learned to write 1-10 in Chinese Characters, and is a champ at Chinese Chess.
We love the Sonlight Curriculum.
It is very demanding but she is learning so much.
We are going to focus more on writing, spelling, and vocabulary this next semester.
Those are her weak spots.
So, we are hanging in there.
We are still struggling with the loss of Anna Li
but God will carry us through.
Tonight Chad and Colin is going to the movies
and Bethany, Dylan, and I are going Christmas shopping.
Tomorrow night Chad, Colin, and Dylan will stay home
and it will be Bethany and Mom's time
for the movies.
It was the only way to work it so we wouldn't have to have Dylan with us.
He just isn't crazy about the movies... too loud for his little ears:)
Tomorrow we have an eye appointment for Bethany...new glasses:)
Next week.. another hearing test for Dylan...
let's pray he passes this one!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dylan Bug is 3 months old







Well, he will be in about 2 more days but close enough!
Dylan is such a joy!!
He is very active.

He loves to laugh, smile, and coo.

He was 11 lbs at 2 months so we will have to wait for his checkup to see how much he has grown.

He LOVES to be held and walked around thanks to the girls!

We have made it 3 months without any sickness
minus the stuffy nose;)


He loves his Bumper Jumper.


He hates his swing and bouncer.


He loves music
and
He loves his mommy!






Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mission Fair @ FBC


We had such a fun time at church today! Last night Bethany and I baked lots of cookies for our Mission Fair at church today. The kids set up booths in the gym and sold their arts, crafts, and baked goods to raise money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Bethany was able to donate $22 from the sale of her cookies. We had Mint Chocolate Chip, Brownie Bites, and Sugar Cookies.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bethany's 11th Birthday Bash

Oh what a night we had!!
5 little girls running all over the house.
5 little girls giggling.
5 little girls with their high pitched screams.
Oh what a fun night we had:)
Happy Birthday Bethany! I hope you had a wonderful night! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
These girls can put away some chocolate.
They had chocolate cake and a bag
full of chocolate candy bars.
Washed down with about 3 litters of sugary coke=
ONE wild night!
The girls created their own fashion designs and
put on a fashion show.
I can now say I have no garbage sacks, cling wrap, or aluminum foil.
They would have got the TP but there was only 2 rolls left...
That could have been disastrous;)



1 girl went home sick (probably from eating too much chocolate)
2 girls went to bed at 2am
and
2 girls went to bed about an hour ago (8:30am)
Uhhh, that would be Bethany and her cousin Kailey!
Pray for me today as I will have two very ill and grouch kids:)
Colin spent the night with his buddy Luke... wonder what time he went to bed??



We got a very unusual surprise this morning...
A beautiful dusting of snow on the grown.
Doesn't happen often where we live.
I had to take a picture to show the girls because I am sure it
will be long gone by the time the girls get up!



Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thanksgiving Pics (better late than never)!

This year we took our 2nd annual after Thanksgiving dinner walk in the woods:) It was a little sad not having Anna Li walking with us but I know she had a wonderful Thanksgiving with her new family AND she called and talked to us the next day. She is really doing great in her new environment. We are so thankful for her and her family. I can't say enough how much it means to have them in our lives.
Before you look at the pictures I want to share a few blogs with you. My dear sweet friend Vickie adopted a 13 year old about a year ago only to find out that her daughter had two biological brothers in China. She is now in the process of going back to adopt them (in the paperwork stage). Such a precious family click on their link and if there is anything you can do to help them out please do.
Another great blog to check out is
Myah and Emily were adopted around the same time from the same orphanage from two separate families. The two girls were really good friends and were heartbroken when they had to leave each other. Myah was chosen from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to have a wish granted and the two girls will be reuniting this weekend.
I have kept in touch with both families over the past year and they are both just really great people. Such a sweet story!
Enjoy the pictures:)
Chad and Colin
Bethany and Kailey



4 Generations
Mary Katherine (our Anna Li), we love you and we miss you BUT
we are so happy for you!
You are the sweetest little girl
and you deserve the best out of life.
See you this summer!