Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas and The End (maybe)

Zach is home and we had a great Christmas!

Although this wasn't technically for Christmas, Greg and the boys finished building a play/swing set in the backyard Saturday before Christmas.
Emily loves it!  But now it's snowing and too cold to use it!

Zach arrived home Sunday afternoon.  We are all so glad he's here, especially Emily and Kona!












Emily got her big Christmas gift a day early.

Then we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's house for Christmas.  We went to the Christmas Eve service at Daniel and Tammy's church then to a Chinese restaurant for Grandma's birthday dinner.
   
And yes, there are now 2 boys taller than Greg!

We opened gifts Christmas morning.  Jon and Ben got a remote control car and helicopter.  It was pretty funny later when Jon got that helicopter stuck very high in a tree and Greg had to rescue it with very tall ladder and pole.  But everyone including the helicopter survived!
 Zach got a very practical Garmin GPS so he'll be able to find his way around his new home.
Later there was way too much food, a fun white elephant gift game and lots of laughter.  It was a great Christmas in Virginia!

As for the end....I think I'm done with this blog.  It's been a great memory keeping tool for me, but I just can't see to keep up with it lately and I think I'd rather spend my computer time on my digital scrapbooking.  I'm not deleting the blog and I may change my mind, but I probably won't be posting here anymore.

Have a great 2013!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Stuff


 We had a great Thanksgiving with Greg's parents and brother and sister-in-law.  We ate way too much food, watched football,  loved on Grandparents, played with Chewie (dog), and were so very thankful to be in Virginia!  We really missed having Zachary here, but he'll be here in 3 weeks!
 
Then Doelyn had a chore for the boys.  They got down who knows how many boxed of Christmas decorations and 2 trees from the attic and then set up Doelyn's 12 ft Christmas tree.

We started our own Christmas decorating with this felt tree for Emily,  though she won't keep it decorated.  I guess she thinks the decorations look better all over the floor!
This weekend Greg was raking and burning leaves.  Ben and Emily decided to have some fun!
 
  

And last but not least....This little girl is potty trained!!!
It took about a week, but she is doing great!  We were out shopping for a couple hours this morning wearing big girl princess panties.  No problem!

I'm a big girl now!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful

I've been posting on Facebook things I'm thankful for.  I wanted to record the things I wrote about my family here.

I'm so thankful that God gave me an amazing husband who loves me selflessly, is a great dad to his boys and girl, is a man of integrity, is an awesome provider, and is an all around good guy.

Thankful for my son Benjamin. He's always made us happy we had a 3rd child. He's funny, smart, loyal, a talented pianist, and a great big brother to his baby sister. He makes me smile.

Thankful for my second son Jonathan. He is my smart, brave, dedicated, loving, talented drummer boy. Can't wait to see what the future holds for him!

I'm thankful for my first son Zachary, the one who made me a mom. He's loyal, dedicated, determined, independent, and a hard worker. I'm so proud of him.

So very thankful for our beautiful, sweet, spunky Emily. Our family was not quite complete before she arrived and now we'll never be the same.

Happy Thanksgiving!   

Monday, November 19, 2012

Adoption Day!

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the day Emily's adoption was finalized.  Last year we celebrated with friends.  This year we got to celebrate with family!

We met Greg's family (parents, brother, sister-in-law, nieces and families) at a McDonald's.  Greg and Ben didn't come because Ben has strep throat (for the 2nd time in a month, poor guy).  

 Here's Emily with her cousins (2nd cousins?, 1st cousins once removed?)  Emily is actually first cousins with their moms!

Papa!

Cupcakes!

Presents! (with Grandma)

We are so thankful that this beautiful girl is a part of our family!
Happy Adoption Day Emily!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What's up

I've been on a kick of knitting for others lately.

I made this scarf for my friend in Albuquerque.  I also crocheted a scarf for my niece, but forgot to get a pic.
 I made these hand warmers for a friend from college.
 I've got one sock done and one to go for my sister-in-law.
 I do have plans to knit for me too!  I've got yarn for socks and a scarf to keep me warm!

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Greg's brother and his wife delivered this to us this week.
Isn't it beautiful?!!!  The previous owners had something similar for a well cover, but of course took it with them.  David decided to make us one.  He lives with severe back pain and had surgery just a few weeks ago, so I'm not sure how he got this done.  For sure it was a labor of love.  Doelyn was worried it would be too big (it looked huge when we saw it in their house last week), but it's perfect and looks great in our yard.

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Here's my biggest news:

Zach is coming home!!!

He found out last week that our friends decided not to renew his lease on their garage apartment.  The only way he was able to afford staying in NM was because of the very low rent there.  He thought about getting a second job or trying to find a roommate, but decided that coming home would be best.  He's realized that he needs to get an education and needs the support of his family to make that happen.  We're proud of him for trying life on his own, but so very thankful that he's making a wise decision now.

We have already purchased a plane ticket for him to come for Christmas, so he'll go ahead and use that.  Then Greg will fly out the first week of January to pack him up and help him drive home.

I'm sure it's going to be a bit of a transition for all of us, be we are so glad he's coming home.  It will be nice to have all my kids under the same roof again!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Halloween

We survived the Super Storm Sandy!  We did lose power Monday night about 9:30, but it was back on by 4:30 am.  The winds were really howling, but we were safe and we had no damage to our home or property.  We had more that 48 hours straight of rain.  That was weird for us desert people! I feel terrible for New York and New Jersey and all those who lost homes and busineses.  It really was a terrible storm.  They cancelled school Monday and Tuesday and had a 2 hour delay Wednesday.  My boys liked that! 

Because of the storm and power issues our church postponed it's planned Trunk or Treat for Halloween.  So instead we took the kids to a nearby neighborhood to trick or treat.  We had Minnie Mouse, Mario, and a referee. 

 The boys taught Emily to say "trick or treat" and "happy halloween".  She charmed everyone - as usual!
Jonathan also went to another church's youth group party with some friends from school.  He had a great time.  I'm glad he's making friends - even if they are girls!

Can't believe it's November!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane and some iPhone pics

So I guess we're in the middle (well, on the edge) of a hurricane here in Virginia.  It's been raining since about 8pm last night (it's 11:30 am Monday now) but not too windy yet.  Didn't think about having to deal with hurricanes when we moved here!  We've been told to expect to lose power during the worst of the storm tonight, though I don't think it will be too bad where we are.  But we are prepared anyway with flashlights and batteries and water and food.  They cancelled school so the boys are home.  Greg went to work (only 5 minutes away), but he'll probably be home early.

Here's some pics from my iPhone from the last couple of weeks.
Our cars are now Virginia residents!

For about a week Emily every time I'd put Emily to bed for nap or night, she'd get all her blankets and pillows and sleep on the floor.  She's back to the bed now!

Greg put in a new light fixture over the kitchen table.  So much better than the ugly brass one that was there!

Emily got a new toybox (or stool to see out the window!).

The fall colors here are so beautiful!  Probably won't be any leaves left after this storm though.
Benjamin's new hobby - climbing trees!  He actually made it nearly to the top of this tree in front of our house.
See you on the other side of the storm!

 
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