Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

So here are the top 10 moments of 2010 that stood out to me. It is weird looking back it seems like some of these happened years ago and others seem just like yesterday. 

1. January 2010 my grandfather passed away unexpectedly. I can remember as a kids spending much of my time in Mississippi at my grandparents. Every time my parents would come to pick me up I would beg to stay just one more week. Such great memories to pass on to my children. I was so happy to see my grandmother's sister, Aunt Louise, was able to make it to the funeral. 
It has been years since I last saw her. 
Papaw, you are greatly missed. I always loved you calling me Kris:)

2. Colin played Upward Basketball for the first time. It was so fun watching him learn, practice, and grow in this sport. He couldn't dribble a ball when he started and on the last game he scored his first goal (I think that is what you call it... or is that soccer?!?!)  

3. Taking an overnight trip to Auburn with my sweet daughter. We attended a math and science expo and it was so much fun! We met some really fun people and learned a lot. It was the highlight of our homeschool year. 

4. Our overnight trip to Guntersville State Park! Chad and the kids got to canoe for the first time! 
I stayed on shore with the baby. We also did a little fishing and hiking. 

5. My little Colin graduated preschool! So, so proud of him!

6. Bethany and her friend Jane Marie went to Girl Scout Camp for the very first time. She was so excited and had lots of fun! However, when it was done... she decided she wasn't a camping kinda gal:)

7. Soccer Season!!! Colin had the best team ever! We had a great group of boys, wonderful parents, and awesome coaches! Bethany's team dominated! This was their best season yet.. #1 in the region!

8. Our trip to Universal Studios! So much better than Disney! Besides Colin getting lost we made some wonderful family memories this trip!

9. Our most memorable moment of the year.... visiting Anna Li! 

10. Celebrating Dylan's first birthday along with Colin's 6th. This whole year has been nothing but a joy watching this little boy grow and learn. He has been quick to get teeth, pretty quick to crawl, but I just didn't think he was ever going to walk! He loves his daddy! He is a scaredy cat! He is most definitely a cry baby! I am thankful the baby stages are over for him and very much enjoying the toddler stage!

Ok, maybe I should a done the top 20... or 30. We have had a really great year! Bethany is attending a wonderful school and has lots of good friends. Colin is enjoying Kindergarten and doing so good at it.  Chad was blessed with a new job and now has weekends off!!! We found out we are expecting our 4th child! And the Lord has lead us to a wonderful church family in Birmingham. 

What I hope for 2011...
We get our house on the market and it sells quickly!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Make that a Merry WHITE Christmas! 
First ever! 

The kids had so much fun in the snow.
Dylan did NOT want to come inside!

Bethany was super surprised with

Dylan wasn't super thrilled with opening presents 
but he did sit down and let me take this cute pic of him:)

Colin didn't sit still long enough for me to get a picture of him and his gifts 
but he did get this neat little flying thingy:)
(Yes, by the next day it was tangled up in sister's hair and we had to bring out the scissors:( )

Merry Christmas 
Happy Birthday 
to our Lord and Savior!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm Still here...are you?

My little ole blog is up to

How exciting is that:)

Maybe one day I will give
you 20 kind people
to read:)

I am such a bad blogger these days!

For those of you who do not know...
we had an answered prayer
to Chad's job situation.
He turned in his notice at WM after 11 years
and now has a M-F job
doing something
that he LOVES

We are also expecting our fourth blessing
due July 22nd:)

Pray with me that very soon
we will get our house on
the market
that it will sell quickly!

It is not easy driving to Bham 6 days a week!
Chad's job is there.
Our church family is there.
Our hearts are there.

Life will be much easier
when we move!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Vote For Myah!

Rina Shpiruk is a friend of mine I met when adopting Anna Li. We used the same agency and brought our girls home around the same time.
Rina adopted Myah and I believe she is around 3. Myah has had a rough year! She has had several surgeries and Rina has taken her to doctor's all across the US. She had emergency surgery Sunday to remove a tumor that had wrapped its self around her stomach! You can read more about her here:
Awhile back, Rina sent in a "potty" story to Disney Family. Out of 40,000 people she was one of the finalist. What is so great about this is the winner gets 4 tickets to New York and that is where Myah needs to go to see a specialist. They are not able to afford the trip on their own as they have over $100,000 in medical bills. So... we need people to VOTE for her story!!!
I am not going to lie.. it is a little aggrevating as you do have to create yourself a login... but really its only about 5 minutes and it is a great cause! You can vote everyday for the next 7 days. She is in second place right now but there are 2 or 3 that are neck and neck.
You can go to:

Thanks for you help! Please spread the word. I posted it on facebook as well!

30 Days of Giveaways!


this is something

You and I



want to miss out on!

30 days of giveaways!!!


I feel like I am on the Ellen show:)

Go on over to

to find out ALL the details


this is gonna be fun

Good Luck!

PS. I won 2 adorable hats on Day 18!

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Christmas with Meaning

And this is the way Christmas should be....