"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merry Christmas, Annie!

This Christmas, Annie, we have so many hopes and dreams for you.  We pray for you, we talk about you like you are part of the family.  We LOVE you.  You may be a tiny baby at this point, or you may be growing inside your mother's womb.  We don't know.  But, so many people lift you up in prayer daily.  I love it when people talk about you and ask me about you.  Nonna and Nonae gave me the most precious gifts for you (and me) for Christmas.
I got this necklace that means mother in amharic which is the language you will know.
 I absolutely LOVE this book and CAN. NOT wait to read it to you.  
It is about children all over the world and that we are all alike regardless of where we were born or where we came from.  All the babies have ten little fingers and ten little toes.  I cried when I read it because I was thinking of you.
 Your first American Girl bitty baby.  I, of course, cried again.  

Jeremy, Rachel,Owen, Noah and Jonah gave you these sweet pink ballet slippers for our Christmas tree.  When we hang these on the tree next year we will be only months away from bringing you home forever.
We also received so many donations for your adoption fund.  You will be here in our arms before we know it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crafty Christmas

I had to get a little crafty this year for Christmas to cut some costs.  It was fun though.  I love being crafty.
All of the kids teachers got homemade Cinnamon Honey Butter.  This stuff is AMAZINGLY YUMMY!!!!  I didn't really follow the directions.  I just kind of did it by taste and added tons more cinnamon.
Joel requested his very own jar for Christmas.  It was so easy and loved by all.

 I made these cloth keychains for all the girls in the family.  These are so easy to make and I love mine.  I can keep track of my keys easier.
 I made Joel this laptop sleeve.  I was prepared for disaster as I was making this, but it actually turned out okay.  

I made scarves for Nonna, Gigi and Marlene.  They turned out sooo cute.  I forgot to take a picture, but here is the link to it.  Handprint Fleece Scarf.  I used black for the scarf and maroon and cream for the hands.  Gigi's scarf had 10 little hands stacked up on each other.  So cute!!  I think, overall, Crafty Christmas went pretty well.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Babes and Bowling

Happy 34th birthday, Joel!!
and Happy birthday, Jeremy (his twin)!
and Happy anniversary, Lowell and Suzanne (their parents)! 
It was a busy day of celebrating for all of these special people.
Joel really wanted to go bowling and then go to Babes for dinner.  So, we had the Babes and Bowling Birthday Celebration.  
 Els really wanted to bowl.  Sorry, buddy.  Maybe next year.

 Oliver was having a blast.
 Go, Owen.
 Way to go, Clayton!

 We had some problem with our lanes, so we got some extra time which put us into the neon bowling hour.  





Happy, happy birthday to an incredible husband and Daddy.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day Part 4

(the day after)
We spent the day after Christmas with my extended family. 
Holly was the hit of the party.  She was a gift from Santa to my neice, Olivia.  She is soo tiny.
 The fam
 Poppa Joe, Alisa, and Jenni
 The newlywed, Amy Schwarz

 Macey and Emily performed on their guitars this year.  I was quite impressed.


After some traditional game playing, we had to head out for another Christmas.  We went to the boys' godparents house. 
Whew!  What a marathon of Christmas.  But, we are so blessed.  Tomorrow is another big celebration.  Joel's birthday.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day Part 2


We spend Christmas morning with the Halpin family at Mimi and Gongi's house.  This has been a tradition for years and years.  It is so much fun.  I did a horrible job taking pictures from here on out on Christmas day, but I got a few.  





Thanks to Mimi and Gongi for hosting another fun Christmas breakfast.

Christmas Day Part 1

Santa came and he brought some really cool stuff.  Clayton got Mighty Beanz (he is obsessed with these things), legos, spyware lasers, some books and a ds game.
 Oliver got a big thomas train set, candy land, some books, the Joker house, hot wheels track and a darth vader costume.

 Joel had asked me to make him a manly sleeve for his laptop.  I also gave him a cool giftcard that he could buy a water filter for a family in Africa.  
Joel surprised me by having a blog set up for Annie and had starting organizing the 5k that we are going to have.  I was in tears.
 We woke Els up late, but he got a fun new car track.

 And look at this crazy mess!!!!

Happy Birthday, Jesus!  We had a wonderful morning celebrating.

Christmas Day Part 3

We spent the rest of the day at Gigi and Grandpa's house.  My picture taking was sparse, but there were tons of presents to open and tons of food to eat.  I was busy making enchiladas during the present opening.  We has a yummy mexican feast for lunch.


 Clayton had been battling a stomach virus at the beginning of the week and we we were so thankful that he woke up feeling great on Christmas day.  But,  after he ate lunch, he was sick AGAIN!!!  Poor guy.  He was pretty much out of commission for the rest of the day.  
We had two more stops planned for the evening.  We were supposed to go have dinner with my parents and then go over to Marlene's (godmother) house.  But, as you can see in the next pics, the kids were worn out.  We were too.

We had a wonderful Christmas Day!  except for a sick Deeds.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Tree Disaster

I left the room for a moment and CRASH!!!!!!!  Elliot had pulled the christmas tree on top of himself.  Poor guy.  Thankfully it only scared him...he was fine.  But, the tree.....it was not.  BROKEN.  Only a few ornaments broke.
 Sadly, one of Joel's favorite ornaments broke.  I think it can be glued together.
 Here is the tiny culprit.  BIG crocodile tears.  
We got a good deal on a new tree the day after Christmas.