Saturday, December 26, 2009

Snowed In For Christmas

Merry Christmas
We've had a pretty busy few weeks around here.
Lots of visits and visiting with friends and family.
We spent a great evening with Bailey's birthfather's family. They came sporting yummy pizza, and gifts for the kido's. The girls introduced their family to the joys of an Ipod Touch. Will and Shay were quickly sucked in and it was so funny to watch them play.
Shay was trying to conquer the water slide game and her poor girl kept screaming as she'd fall off of the slide. Too Funny!
Madison and her Mommy :))
The kids all opened their gifts from each other
Levi was given these 100 balls and a wonderful drum set. You should have seen our house there were balls EVERYWHERE and we are STILL enjoying such lovely sounding music!!
Thanks Will! LOL
We had a blast with our Shotton Family ( you guys are great!) and can't wait to see them again.
Love you!
Christmas Morning...
My parents arrived early and snuggled in our recliners until the coffee was ready. Dad wasn't feeling well but still got up and cooked everyone yummy pancakes, bacon and OJ for breakfast. Grandma gave Levi a new card game and taught him how to play. We've been playing ever since. :)) Watching him play is just too cute. I thought I'd share some pictures.
Thanks Grandma!!
After breakfast the crew showed up. Gabby, Reiko, Heidern, Pollo, and Juani.
(Levi's birthmother and family)
They came despite the fact that it was snowing like crazy out and had been all night long. The streets were not plowed and everyone was getting stuck. They made it all the way until they got to our street and we had to park their car and go get them in our van.
We opened gifts, ate a tasty meal together, and played games for most of the day. This was the first time that my parents were able to meet Gabby and the guys and that made my heart happy. Anytime I can enjoy my family along with my birthfamilies it's AWESOME to my heart!
Thanks Dad and Mom for being here with us. :))
This was Heidern's first Christmas and he seemed to already get the concept of gift opening. LOL
Heidern (our Grandbaby) snuggling with his Grandpa.
Everyone just passes him around and it's pretty special when you get him for any length of time alone.
Our family loves to play card games and it didn't take long before we had everyone hooked as well.
Levi did not always understand the concept that it wasn't his turn. LOL
We played games for most of the day and into the night. Before we knew it, the snow was way too deep for anyone to get out and our Christmas turned into one big slumber party. Our kids slept in Bailey's room, Reiko and Gabby got the hid-a-bed, Heidern slept with us and Pollo and Juani slept in the bedroom downstairs. Fortunately, my parents left for home before it became impossible to leave.
Breakfast the next morning was biscuits and gravy.
The snowplows did finally make it down our street and everyone (but me and Heidern) went out to help shovel the driveway and play in the snow.
Reiko and Levi playing in the snow
It was awesome to have so much help shoveling.
Levi and his icicle

Reiko showing Levi how to use the snowboard down the driveway.
She too funny!

All in all, we had a wonderful time. I think we might make it tradition to keep everyone overnight for Christmas. It sure made a memory for us to wake and have breakfast together.
There's just nothing like waking to the smell of fresh coffee, and yummy food amongst loved ones.
God is Good!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Addi's 11th Birthday :))

Last night was Addison's 11th Birthday slumber party. She was pretty excited to get her Ipod touch. Now, she won't have to bug her sister to play on hers. Kids started arriving after school and played and watched fun movies until 11:00 pm when we made them all load up in their pj's for a late night run to Dunkin Donuts.


Grandpa decided to take a quick little nap and Bob decided he'd join him. LOL

I tried to tell Bob to get down and leave Grandpa alone but I think the love between them is mutual because Grandpa said he could stay.
Just look at that face...He knows he's getting away with something.

The ladies from our church surprised Addi by decorating a table with cookies, donuts, and hot cocoa. When we arrived they jumped out shouting


How's this for a cake? LOL

These ladies are AMAZING!

Mayshell did so many of the behind the scene things for Addison's party.

She is such a Blessing!

Kathryn, Bailey, and Tyler

Here is a snapshot of some of the birth sibs with our kido's

Love this of Kathryn and Bailey

Levi being Mr. Funny!

Bailey and my friend Megan

Here's one of me being silly with Michelle and Bailey

Me and my Bails

We had a wonderful time and it was a blast to do it so late at night. I'm sure Addison will remember this birthday party for years to come.

God is good...