Friday, January 30, 2009

Today's mission...try to get Landon to smile or even LOOK at the camera!!

Looking towards the camera, but eyes closed!

I'm not going to look!

I'll just turn around!!
(BTW - I am going to ATTEMPT to cut the back of his hair this weekend. Wish me luck!)

Still not looking!

Keep trying!

OK mom, you get one quick look. Better snap fast!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kendall's Koncoctions

My dear sweet Kendall. You gotta love her!! She is always planning something. She has papers and papers filled with lists. She loves to throw parties and invite her friends. We have had a Halloween party and she is currently planning a Valentine's party. She has her morning schedule all written out. I love that one though because she gets up when her alarm goes off, gets dressed, and comes downstairs for breakfast. I don't have to do anything but make her oatmeal!! So I am going to start keep track of all of her planning. This is really more for me than for all of you. I want to be able to look back at all of the things that she has planned, especially the funny ones. Yesterday she made a sign-up sheet for our family. It is for a stretching class that starts February 1. I guess she wants us all to get together as a family and stretch! Too funny!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The House That Never Sleeps

Yes, that would be our house!! We all got to bed early last night and were all asleep by 9:30. Presley woke up at 3 am crying. I went in there because she has been having the runs lately. That wasn't the problem and she quieted down after about 10 minutes. At 3:30 she woke up again. I knew I wasn't going to get back to sleep so I picked her up and we went downstairs. Thank goodness Noggin is on 24 hours a day!! At 4:15 Carson came down. Did I mention that Presley cries VERY loudly!! At 4:45 Kendall poked her head down to us and told us to please keep it quiet. Well, she couldn't get back to sleep either and was downstairs at 5:15! Landon was the only one who slept until 7:00. So now it looks like I will be picking Carson up early from school since he tends to tire in the afternoon anyways. It is 8:30 and Presley is STILL awake!! Though she is getting quite cranky! Wish me luck tonight as we try to do homework with very cranky kids!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Funny Carson

Carson just came out of the bathroom and informed me that there are 2 guys that live in his bottom. The poo poo goes on one side and the pee pee goes on the other side. So the 2 guys make sure the poo poo and the pee pee go to the right spot!! I guess that would explain why the poo poo comes out of one spot and the pee pee comes out of another!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday's Pictures

Okay, before you look at the following pictures, I want you to imagine something for me. Imagine my children in adorable coordinating outfits, Presley's hair done perfect with a bow that she leaves in the WHOLE time with a shirt that isn't too small and boyish looking. And Landon is actually looking at the camera and maybe even cracks a smile or two!! And of course we are also in some tropical location!! Okay, you can go ahead!!
The picture below is probably my favorite one in this post.

I love in the picture below how the other petal is falling.

Presley was really upset that she couldn't get the tangelo!!
I LOVE the picture below. Too bad it is a bit blurry!

This one is really blurry, but too cute to leave out!!

My sweet Kendall!!

Please help this family build a new house!!!

There is an incredible family that lives in Colorado. They have 10 children, many of them are adopted. They brought their 2 new daughters home from Uganda just a few weeks ago. This past Wednesday their home was destroyed by a fire, then on Thursday their son had appendicitis, and on Friday their dog passed away. This family had recently moved into a "simpler" home so they could simplify their lives and bring more children into their family. You can see their blog here and read their incredible story. They have friends that are trying to get a house built by Extreme Home Makeover. PLEASE go here and leave a comment so EHM will know how many people they have touched by their strength and devotion to God.

Monday, January 19, 2009

My kids have STYLE!!

Though I'm not sure exactly what kind of style that would be!!
Presley really wanted to wear Kendall's belt and shoes.

What kind of family did they send me to??

Here she comes!!

I guess these weird people aren't so bad!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

New picture of Lexi!!

We got a new picture of Lexi!! When I first got it, I thought for sure it wasn't her. But Derek and my sister are SURE it is her. For some reason, it doesn't look like her to me. I am so excited! I thought that once she went back to the orphanage, we would no longer know what happens to her. She looks like she is doing well. I wonder how many layers of clothing she has on???

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Presley's Adoption Timeline

  • 8/15/2007 - Received referral for Geneva!
  • 9/13/2007 - Sent LOI (letter of intent) to our agency
  • 9/29/2007 - LOI was sent to China!
  • 10/08/2007 - LOI was delivered to the CCAA in China
  • 10/29/2007 - PA (pre-approval) was issued!!
  • 1/15/2008 - DTC (dossier to China)
  • 1/18/2008 - Dossier delivered to CCAA
  • 1/25/2008 - LID (log-in date)
  • 4/1/2008 - LOA (letter of acceptance)
  • 4/25/2008 - CCAA issues TA (travel approval)
  • 5/22/2008 - Leave for China!!!
  • 5/25/2008 - Met our sweet Lexi!
  • 5/26/2008 - Discovered Lexi had brain damage
  • 5/30/2008 - Met precious Presley!
  • 6/7/2008 - Arrived home

My Family

My Family
My favorite people!!