Saturday, December 27, 2008

We had a wonderful Christmas!!

We had a wonderful Christmas, this year. Charlotte was excited about her presents and is still having fun with her new loot. Ethan said this was the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. I got everything on my list. More on that later. And Jay and I enjoyed Christmas watching the glow in our children's eyes. They just had so much fun. Of course my incredible husband did way too much for me, as usual. He gave me a new zoom lens for my camera, which I am loving. He also got Photoshop Elements for me. I am looking forward to using it, but have to change out my laptop hard drive. I have had for about 6 weeks now, so I guess the procrasitnation has to end some time. Here are some pics of our fun, I will explain more about Ethan's Christmas "miracle after the pics.


Sweet Girl with her new horse at DaDa's house. She loved that he talked.



Goldfish in Sha Sha's stocking, her favorite.




Opening presents at Nana's house on Christmas Eve.



Ethan with his new tech deck ramp.
























Ethan on Christmas morning. He was up at 5 AM but I made him hold off until 6:20.



All of the Christmas loot, thanks Santa!!

So on to Ethan's Christmas miracle. You can see in the pic above that Ethan got a red Razor Electric Scooter the E175 version. He was soooo excited. He went out in his pjs to ride it. Then his friend Jack came out with his scooter, a E200 version. Well it went faster than Ethan's and at first it was ok, until he could not keep up with Jack. So on day 2, he asked if we could upgrade. We had asked about it on Christmas, but he said it was ok, he liked his red scooter. But now he had changed his mind. We told him we would clean it up and try to take it back to the store, but he would have to use his Christmas money for the difference in price. He said no problem, and that it would be ok if they did not take it back, but still wanted to try. Well luckily Spo*ts Author*ty took back the scooter, but did not have the E200 in stock. Daddy and I tried, 2 Toy stores, 3 sports stores, Wally World and Tar*et, no luck. We came home and Daddy came up with the idea to try Pep B*ys. He checked online and then called to check. They had it-yeah. And the best part it was 20% off with a $20 rebate. So the upgrade only cost $40. Can you believe it, it was a Christmas "miracle" in Ethan's eyes. I know it seems like we endulged Ethan on this one, but he is such an awesome kid, he really did deserve it. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well. Can't wait to see pics of your special days as well.


On the adoption front: we have our last Home Study Appointment on Tuesday. After I have that I will be able to send everything off to immigration and get my other dossier documents certified. So we are still on track for my April goal. My prediction is that we will be spending Christmas in China next year-you never know right!?!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Blessings

We had some Christmas portraits taken yesterday. They came out great and I wanted to share our Christmas Blessings with you. I can't wait for Christmas, I am so looking forward to celebrating with my family. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas as well. Wishing you joy, love and peace in the new year.

























































Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blue Belt

Ethan earned his blue belt in TKD last night. He did an awesome job on his test. He actually had to take the test by himself, as a make-up, since he was sick on the original test day. That meant he could not sneak a peak at anyone else, he had to know it all himself. And he did a great job. Master Jung told him he was one of his strongest students and he was very proud of him. We are too. Just look at how high that stretchy kick is in the picture.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

And the winner is...

After taking 70 shots using the remote control clicker here is the winner for our Christmas Card this year......

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Update on Ethan

Ethan had a great 1st day at his new school. He was super excited about riding the bus, and met new friends. He just had a wonderful day. What an answer to prayer. Thanks for praying for him and for me. Now I am off to do some baking!!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

December

December is here, can you believe it. Only 24 days until Christmas, so much to do. I did manage to get all of our decorations out and up this weekend so I was happy about that. I will post a couple of pics later from home.

But, if you would say an extra prayer for my little guy today. Ethan started at his new school this morning and it was a little overwhelming when we walked in the class and everything was so different. He was really excited, but I think the change hit him all at once. So say a prayer for him for a quick transition and for a friend to be made easily and quickly. And say a prayer for his mommy too, who had a tough time leaving him this morning. I know he is in 2nd grade, but he has been at my school since Kindergarten and he is still my baby!