"Tell your children of Him, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation." Joel 1:3

Friday, December 31, 2010

Nice surprise

On New Year's Eve, I went to the mailbox looking...but not really expecting....to see if our NVC (National Visa Center) approval had come. (We were told it would be about 2 weeks from our immigration approval) Much to my surprise, it was here!
Woohoo!! What a great way to finish out the year!
That's step THREE our of five completed in order to go get our little peanut. Now it all gets sent to the embassy in China and we get issued an article 5. This can take about 2-4 weeks. After getting our article 5, we are 2-4 weeks away from getting our TA (travel approval).
Ya hear that....TRAVEL approval.
oooohhhh....it's right around the corner.
We're coming Livi.
2011 is going to be a great year!

Cookie makin'

Every year we make sugar cookie cutouts and decorate them. We usually do it before Christmas, but this year just got away from us and we did it the day after instead. I kinda cheat my way through some of it cuz I get premade cookie dough at the grocery store.

I am good about making my famous homeade frosting though. YUM!

The nice thing about having the boys get older is that I don't have to do much past the baking part.

They can decorate them without any help....and they love it.

Works for me.

Each one tries to out-style the other....

....including dad.

Christmas Part 2

On Monday, Jay's mom, grandma, and aunt came over to celebrate a belated Christmas. We were supposed to get together Christmas Day, but since we were sick that didn't happen.
About 20 minutes after they arrived, there was a knock at the door.
It was a special guest.

He had a treat for each of the boys

And some jokes to make them laugh

He told them he was glad they were feeling better

And that he wanted them to be good to their new little sister.

Even great-grandma got in on the action..

What a fun surprise.

Merry sick Christmas

When you think of Christmas you think of presents and lights and trees and family. What you don't think of is fevers and puking and germs and headaches.
Well this year, we got the latter.
By Thursday night, we were droppin' like flies. Myself and 2 of the boys weren't feeling well. By midnight, we were a wreck.
Down for the count were me and Tanner. We were up all during the night. So was Jay as he was the one taking care of us.
I spent the whole day in bed on Christmas Eve. All plans were cancelled and we just stayed home.
By Christmas morning, we were feeling a little better and able to do presents by about 11am.
Santa was good to us this year and we appreciate him braving our sick home.

My favorite part of Christmas is seeing the boys open their gifts and get so excited. I love to see their faces when they get something they've been asking for.....and especially if they get something they never thought they'd see.

Tanner was so excited about his remote control 4 wheeler....

And Tony loved his new Guitar Hero game for Wii.

The older boys loved their new shirts....yep, we've reached that age where your kids actually want clothes.

Trae was so crazy for his Fujigi ball that I couldn't

hardly get

a clear shot.

More clothes for Timmy.....

and a shared gift for the 2 middle boys.

They gave presents to eachother and it looks like Tanner was happy with what he got from Tyler.

Tony's big gift was a guitar. If you saw this kid move his fingers on Guitar Hero, you'd see why we thought this might be a good idea for him.
You can see by Timmy's face, he was a bit surprised by his brothers good fortune.

But Santa made up for it with some fun Wii stuff.

Even with the sickness, it was a great Christmas. We are all better now and very grateful.

massage time

Who can turn away a free massage.

And who cares what their motives are.

I'll take it.

I am one spoiled mom.