Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 50, July 31, 2010

Day 50
A career in computers... maybe!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 49, July 30, 2010

Day 49
Colin showing off his new veggie chalk!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 48 July 29, 2010

Day 48
Yes, another day of dress up and Dylan is not having it! 
(This too was one of my dresses as a baby:)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 47 July 28, 2010

Day 47
Bethany is at it again... poor little boy getting dressed up in girl clothes!
(That outfit just happened to be mine when I was a baby.. given to me by Uncle Tom)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 46 July 27, 2010

Day 46 
Dylan giving Colin a little night, night love 
(Colin refuses to sleep with pillow cases so yes that is a slobbery pillow you see;)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Gotcha Day!

Happy Gotcha Day
(a day early!!)

Dear Anna Li,

It was two years ago today that you joined our family. It is a day I will never forget- a day that I will cherish forever! I remember you holding my hand as we left with you for the very first time. I just knew everything was going to be ok! We brought you to America thinking you would be with us forever but as we know now, God had a different plan, a perfect plan just for you. God made you very special and I am so glad he decided to share you with us even though it was for just a short time. Today is a day of celebration as it is the day you entered our lives, the day you began your journey to America! It was just the beginning of your journey to find your forever family and I am just so thankful He used us as the stepping stone to get there.

I hope you never forget just how special you are and just how many lives you touched. It is my prayer for you to always trust the Lord and follow Him. As long as you put Him first you can never go wrong. Your family always comes next. You should always treat them with love and kindness. You should always respect your parents for they only want what is best for you. We love and care for you and your family very much. We give all the glory and praise for what He has done in our lives and yours.

Happy Gotcha Day!


Chad, Kristy, Bethany, Colin, and Dylan


Day 45 July 26, 2010

Day 45
Who needs toys when you have a box?

Sunday, July 25, 2010


T- Shirt Give Away
it just happens to be
a really, really, really
cool t-shirt
to give away:)

You MUST check it out

Day 44 July 25, 2010

Day 44
 Busted! Caught both boys playing in the baby bed...
at least its being used.... neither one of them would sleep in it!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 43 July 24, 2010

Day 43
Monkey #2 having fun on Sissy's bunk bed

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 42 July 23, 2010

Day 42
Colin with his Bunny Bear that Bethany gave him when he was born.
(She secretly bought it for herself since babies can't play with toys but Colin has officially reclaimed it!)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 41 July 22, 2010

Day 41
How many Grays does it take to wake up the Princess?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Helping Julianna

Hi, My name is Julianna and I am three years old.
I was born with some clubbing in my left foot.
I am in need of casting to correct my foot so that I can walk normal again.
If you sponsor me I will receive a serial casting using the Ponseti method.
This is a gentle way to move my foot into the correct position.
Not only will this help me to walk normal
but will also better my chance of finding a forever family!
I need $1800 to cover 6 months of treatment as well as
travel and caregiver fees.
A donation of any amount will help me
get the best treatment possible.
Will you give today?


Day 40 July 21, 2010

Day 40
Bethany: "Where is Colin?" He is not in bed!
Mom: Yes he is. Go check again,
Bethany: "No, Mom! He is not in here."
We get up out of bed to look for Colin and where do we find him...
Under the baby sound a sleep in the trundle! 
Silly boy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saying Goodbye

I can honestly say this was the BEST vacation we have had in a very long time

Day 39 July 20, 2010

Day 39
New Dishes- A color for each of us! 
Each person is responsible for their own color.
They have to wash, dry, and put them up. 
This has really helped out on the amount of dishes we have to wash each day.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 38 July 19, 2010

Day 38
Mini Popsicles! Aren't they so cute!
(Yes, his high chair cushion went straight in the wash after the making of this picture:))

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 37 July 18, 2010

Day 37
Visiting my sister's new home
Mamaw and some of her grandsons:)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 36 July 17, 2010

Day 36
Bowling on Daddy's Birthday

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 35 July 16, 2010

Day 35
Colin at our friend Jason's wedding
"Are they really going to kiss?!?!?!"

The Florida Keys (Part 2)

Waiting for our 3 hour tour:)
What is up with Colin and his super hero poses!?!?!

Our glass bottom boat ride 
We seen lots of fish on our tour... well maybe I should say they. Every time they said "oh look, there's a shark, a stingray, or other large fishes" I saw nothing! 
The boat was all full of excitement and I didn't see a thing... well nothing but these little fishes! 
The girls truly enjoyed the boat ride. I think it was the highlight of the whole trip. 
Dylan wasn't allowed on deck for safety reasons so we took turns taking the big kids out.

It was a beautiful day and we felt so blessed just to be there and able to spend time with Anna Li. 
God is good my friends

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 34 July 15, 2010

Day 34
Helping mommy get ready for work!

The Florida Keys (Part 1)

Thursday we got up and decided to head for the Keys! Well, I said we got up but it wasn't early. To be honest it was rather late (its vacation right). So, Key Largo was as far as we made it. Can you see the excitement in Colin's face?? He was not forced into getting this picture... nope, no way! 

Anna Li was the only willing participant to get their picture made at the visitor's center. The nice lady at the visitor's center told us of a really neat park to go to and that is where we spent our day. 

Ready to swim.... or maybe not. 

There is a reason why you do not see Bethany, Dylan, and myself in this water! They told us of a nice "beach" to go to but they failed to mention it being full of sharp rocks. Our tender feet couldn't handle those rocks so we sat in the shade while the rest had fun:) Chad and Anna Li swam out to a sunken ship.  I hear it was really cool but due to tender feet I will never know.

After all that swimming we had a nutritious lunch- chili nachos and coke. 
I snapped away as the devoured the food:)

Stay tune for part 2 as we board the glass bottom boat and head out to sea to 
visit the coral reef.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 33 July 14, 2010

Day 33
Dylan finally noticed the TV
no worries, it held him captive for only 2 seconds then off to something else:)

Another Day at the Beach

Anna Li spent the rest of the week with us. We spent Wednesday at the beach most of the day. The kids had a blast together! After the beach we went out to eat at Bubba Gump's once again so Anna Li could fill up on shrimp:) Then we went to the movies and watched Karate Kid. It was a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 32 July 13, 2010

Day 32
Sleeping boys

Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 31 July 12, 2010

Day 31
Bath Time Fun!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day 30 July 11, 2010

Day 30
Can never get enough of that smile!!

Cooking Out with the Pokos

We cooked out at the Poko's House and it was the highlight of our vacation. We really enjoyed it so much. Mike cooked chicken on the grill and Sandy prepared all the fixins' and desert. It was delicious!
The big girls spent time in the jacuzzi while the little ones went for a swim.
Colin and Amy both have a huge crush on each other!! 
The little ones had so much fun together... well except for Dylan:)

Hanna and Paisley got all dressed up for us... aren't they gorgeous?!?!
Amy and Colin once again.... she got all dolled up for him:) 

I don't think I will know here on earth why things happened the way they did but I am thankful and give God all the honor and glory and praise for putting Anna Li (Mary Katherine)  and the Poko family in my life. They are very special and dear to me.