Monday, March 30, 2009

I Heart Faces - Pouty

This weeks I Heart Faces theme is pouty. I love this picture of Kendall. You can see the original picture below and then I cropped it to show her pouty look. I love that Derek and Carson are very happy and in the corner you can see her pouting! This was taken 2 days before Landon was born and she was being a typical 4-year-old!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Someone PLEASE bring this beautiful girl into your home!!

I came across this beautiful girl today!! Oh my!! Both Derek and I have fallen in love with her. So please SOMEONE consider bringing her home with you! What a beautiful addition she would be to any family. There are also some very cute boys too:

Jenna (age 11) was found abandoned at the age of 4 ½. She was placed in a simulated family within the orphanage in the summer of 2003. She approaches tasks very seriously and is very polite as well as helpful to her foster mother. She helps with the housework and caring for younger siblings. Unlike others her age, she always keeps her bedroom nice and clean and takes very good care of herself.

Jenna is currently in the 5th grade where she studies hard, gets along well with classmates and is very respectful to her teachers. She is very smart and adored by teachers and classmates. Her hobbies include drawing, reading and singing. Other than being far sighted and having astigmatism in her right eye, Jenna is very healthy. Please consider giving her your home.

We don't get out enough!!

Last night Kendall was at a friend's house and Derek and I decided to go to the mall. Our 6-year-old son asked "What's a mall?" How PATHETIC is that!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Kendall is getting so "old" looking. But sometimes I can still see the little girl inside!


Friday, March 27, 2009

More pictures

Thanks to everyone for all of the blog suggestions and especially to my friend Jill who offered to help get it back to the way it was!! But I think I like the pictures big and to do that I will get a blog makeover, hopefully sooner than later!!
If only he would smile.......

Maybe someday Landon will smile and I will get a good picture!!

I got it!!

Ball stealer!
Landon stole the ball right out of Presley's hands! Poor Pres, mom is too busy taking pictures of it!
Popsicles and snot!!

Popsicle stains, snot, and blurry picture, but she is still beautiful!!



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Screwed up my blog!!!!!!

Okay, so I was trying to adjust my margins so that I could enlarge my pictures. Then I noticed that all of my stuff on the side went down to the bottom. So I thought I would just change my margins back, but I don't know where to do that because the coding is completely different now. It's not the same as it was before!!! Oh well, I've been looking for an excuse to spend the money to have someone design a blog for me. Maybe now is the time!!! Can anyone recommend anyone for me?? Thanks!!

Wednesday Playtime!

Chinese Cowgirl!!

Icky sand




Best Friends!

Kendall and SydneyLee

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I Heart Faces - No flash


Last minute I decided to enter the I Heart Faces theme for this week. This week was "No Flash." Since I had just taken the previous photos in manual, I decided to use one of them. Again not a great photo, but it was taken inside with no flash and on my manual settings!!

Landon has sensory issues and has to touch and smell all of his food. So noodles to him are a lot of fun!

Playing around with my camera

I took some more pictures today on my manual settings. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. I just tweaked them a little bit at The pictures themselves aren't great shots, but I am happy that they were taken manually!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cutest Blog on the Block

Thanks Heather for reminding me about!! I still want to do a custom blog, but this will work for now!!

Blog Under Construction

I am trying to redo my blog, but without much luck. It was just time because a lot of new people to my blog probably wouldn't know who Lexi is and her story. If you don't know, you can read this post here Anyway, it's time for a new look, but I may have to pay someone to do this for me!! My lack of creativity is showing through!!

Black and white theme again!!

we picture {this}

This week I am really going to try to work on getting my camera off of the auto settings. This was my first attempt. I have already learned more today that would have made these pictures even better. I have a LOT to learn, but I'm pretty happy with this for the first time!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring Break Recap - Tuesday March 10

On Tuesday we decided to drive to the coast and see the ocean. The silly parents we are didn't even think about getting the kids swimsuits. We decided to go "wading" in the water. Well, Derek stopped to look at a shell, a big wave came along, and all 3 kids got soaked (Landon was sleeping). Presley went under the water, poor little girl!! After that Derek had to hold her, but she still had a great time! I didn't take a ton of pictures. It was very windy and I was worried about sand getting in my camera.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Break Recap - Monday March 9

I spent a week packing for our trip, 10 days on our trip, and it's taken me almost a whole week to unpack!! Vacations are a lot of work!! Hopefully I will finish up these recaps in the next couple of days.

On Monday my sister Val and 2 of her boys (Brady and Elliott) came down to Corpus Christi and we went to the Texas State Aquarium. The weather was beautiful and the kids had a great time!!Kissing Cousins!! We had to keep telling Carson that it was okay to kiss his cousin Brady, but he should kiss him on the cheek, not the lips!! He is really going through a kissing phase right now and wants a "kiss on the lips" several times a day!!

The boys having a laugh at the dolphin show!

Brady entertaining us during the dolphin show!
Brady seeing what's out there

My sister Morgan and her boyfriend Paul. Aren't they cute!!!

Sea turtles!!
This little guy lost his flipper

My sister Morgan getting the treatment from mom AND her boyfriend!! Can you tell she's the youngest!!

Carson having fun with Grandpa!!

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!!