Wednesday, December 31, 2008

how low can you go?

Apparently we are seriously lacking. Gibson just came to me and very seriously said, "Mom, we can't limbo if we don't have a limbo stick! I think we really need to go to the limbo stick store. And when we get there, you can just tell them the magic word...limbo."

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gibson's Christmas

Gibson LOVED Christmas this year! His excitement could hardly be contained. It was also so cute how everywhere we went he told people how Christmas is all about Jesus' birthday.

Here he is in front of Grammy and Papaw's tree. He was finally at the age this year that he would actually pose for me in front of the tree: Here he is with some of his gifts all in one place. He also got a Curious George and has hugged him all night long ever since. And he got his own laptop which makes him feel very grown up. He amazes me with how much he can do on there! Oh, and I can't forget his big rig!
Reading the story of Jesus' birth with Daddy on Christmas morning:
He was so amped up to open presents. He was dancin' all over the place:
Look at that smile. It's like he knows Kung Fu Panda is in there. :)
Here he is looking mad because we were, "Taking too long to open presents!", at Gram and Grampa's house:
Dinosaurs from the Wing family:

They also got him his very own digital camera. Here's the little photog:

Gibson had a WONDERFUL Christmas!

Maya's Christmas

Since there are too many Christmas photos to share, I am going to do one post for each child. I'm sure our families will love that. :) Here is a little glimpse into Maya's Christmas:

Here she is in her little apron. We were baking iced sugar cookies at Aunt B's house:
Here she is receiving a stuffed Curious George at my parents' house. He has not left her side ever since. He officially has a place in her bed, too:
Christmas morning she ran out to find a book under the tree. So she just sat right down to read it! Who needs those other presents? The stocking is always a favorite. All of those little goodies! I think her favorites were the chocolate and the bubble bath. What a girl!She really has a thing for scarves these days. She was excited to get her very own this, of course:Here she is in Michigan with Gram and Reagan opening her new dolly. She likes how she laughs when you tickle her belly!

Get ready to laugh! She got dress up clothes from the Wing side of the family, including this wonderful headband with hair: I mean, seriously. If you ever have a bad day, just look at this: As you can see, this girl had a VERY Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 29, 2008


I was already tired of my wintry background and had to go for a change. It is well documented that once Christmas is over, I'm done with all of the gray and coldness of winter. And my snowflake background apparently.
Christmas details and photos to come!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

And now I give you this classic photo. The gift that keeps on giving...

May your Christmas be full of joy, peace, and love as we celebrate our Savior's birth!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

haunting my dreams

I am very troubled by this picture. I am troubled because he looks like a college boy here...and he's 3!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

toddler humor

So, I'm sure many of you have seen the yummy, natural snack called "Pirate's Booty". I like to buy this for the kids when it's on sale because they LOVE it. Well, they also get a kick out of the fact that "booty" is in the title. Of course, they aren't thinking of loot! Well, they kept forgetting what it was called (except for booty), and they started called it "Booty Pops". I think they thought it looked like Pops cereal. I just find it hilarious that when it's time for lunch, I get requests for Booty Pops.

Friday, December 12, 2008


There is a fun little giveaway happening over at Calico. Her stuff is so fun and unique! Wouldn't it be so fun to win this for Christmas? Go over here to enter for yourself!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

swimming in their jammies

I bought these cozy little numbers on clearance last year after Christmas. I thought it would be cute for them to have matching jammies during the holiday season. I pulled them out a few days ago. You can't tell in the picture, but they are huge! They look hilarious though, which I really get a kick out of. My little snuggly cuties.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

mile high

So I am finally getting around to our Denver trip! The kids were so excited to ride an airplane. Unfortunately, the day of the flight they were both having some stomach "issues". Not good for a day of travel! That made things more crazy than usual. You know, like running through the airport holding your 37 lb. son trying to get him to the potty in time. Fun! At least I got a good workout. Lugging all of our stuff through the airport was also interesting (people always say "interesting", when you know they mean "terrible"), and our sweet little girl was not so sweet that day. It is safe to say we were VERY happy when we arrived at our hotel that night! We just collapsed.
Here they are watching our plane pull up:

The next morning I was up to head to a coffeehouse, Paris on the Platte, with the wedding party:
The vanilla chai was soooo good! Here's the happy couple:

The next stop was our bridesmaid luncheon. We went to Tres Joli and it was delicious!
The college friends, me, Erin, and Emily:
On Friday we had free time all day before the rehearsal that evening. I was so excited to take Phil and the kids to Boulder and Estes Park. We had a great time, and just the drive up to Estes is worth it! Amazingly gorgeous. We had to get a picture with the mountains in the background:
Here is the bride and a few of her bridesmaids at the rehearsal. Emily, me, Jill, and Andrea:
The kids were so tired at the rehearsal dinner, and Maya finally gave it up. This NEVER happens, so I had to get a picture of her asleep on Daddy:
The bride and groom!:
The next day we had to get up very early to head to the airport. Seriously, the kids liked the shuttle rides better than the airplane. They thought it was the coolest thing ever:
The kids did so great in the airport and on the airplane on the way home. It was truly an answer to much prayer! Maya insisted on wearing her hat that day, and Aunt Rachel's scarf.
Our little jet-setter:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

aww, thanks!

So I shared Maya's sweet little song yesterday. Here is one Gibson sang to me today, to the tune of Rudolph:

Mommy the red-nose Mommy
(alright, time to go put my makeup on)

Had some very shiny eyes
(well thanks sweetie, my eyes sparkle!)

And some very shiny skin
(OK, am I having some oil issues?)

And some very shiny snot
(oh he's such a boy!)

eye candy

So I came to know of Kristen through our yahoo group/blog because her family is also adopting from Ethiopia. I love her photography! I don't know how I'd been missing her photography blog, but once I found it I think I looked through every category. Check it out here.
I have to be careful looking at these, it just makes me want a sweet camera so bad. Maybe some day! Until then, I will look at these and dream. Am I the only one that could look at cool photography all day long?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I just heard Maya sing this:

Row row boat

genty down a stream

merry merry merry

we like the dreams

She's so cute!

Monday, December 1, 2008

our special tree

It is snowing a light beautiful snow today. I am really hoping this motivates the Christmas decorating. I love to have my house all decorated for Christmas, it just means I also need to clean first. And then drag everything out from the back corner of the garage. And then rearrange the furniture to accommodate our gigantic tree. But I MUST at least get out some things today. The number one thing is our little tree that we use for our Jesse Tree. We started this tradition last year and I LOVE IT. I am so excited about doing it this year! Gibson remembers it from last year and has been asking about it since the word Christmas was uttered. I also decided to use it this year as our school lessons. We are going to take the devotion for the day and expound upon it for class time. We are also going to use the month of December just to do fun Christmas/winter crafts instead of our normal curriculum that centers around the alphabet. I am excited for a fun break like this!
Jesse Tree day one, here we come!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

uh yeah

You know you're a Mom when:

Football is on in the background and the announcer says, "They need to get their D back", and I thought they said something about a VBAC.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

leavin on a jet plane

Tomorrow we will embark on quite the journey.  Our family of four will be flying from Ohio to Colorado!  We are very excited for the trip, and also wondering just how the kids will handle it all.  
I absolutely cannot wait for our family to be a part of their wedding!!!  

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

sibling love

Gibson and Maya...they have their days. They have their days when they fight all day. They have some where they play nicely and share. They have their days where they get really tired of each other. Other days I find them giggling under the table. When I found out I was pregnant with Maya I wondered how I could love a baby as much as I loved Gibson. Amazingly, you just immediately have more love to give. And what gets me more than anything, is seeing my two kids love each other. There really is nothing like it, and I can't explain it. Your heart swells, a smile spreads across your face, and tears form in your eyes all by themselves. It's true. It's priceless.

This was a good day...

...and all I could do was hang back and click away, my heart full.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

last week

I am a little behind with our latest happenings.  Last week Gibson got his large (aka HUGE) cast taken off.  Here is what he thought about it:

He has been amazingly brave throughout this whole ordeal, but he kind of fell apart at the Dr.'s office.  I prepared him as much as possible, but I'm not sure he totally grasped it.  The saw scared him, not because of how loud it was, but because he thought the nurse was going to cut his arm!  And then he was very sad because he wanted to keep his old cast on "forever".
Dr. Maya to the rescue here.  Never underestimate the power of a purple shovel.  This time he was crying because he said it still hurt.  He said, "I am so sad because I thought God healed it...but it's still broken!".  The Dr. said it most likely didn't hurt where it was broken, but just felt very weird since he was bending his arm for the first time in 3 weeks.  He is like a new man with his short cast (he chose black).  He is sleeping better, playing much easier, etc.  It's great!
In other happenings, I painted Maya's toenails for the first time.  She chose fire engine red.  Yes, she would have rather had pink, but I'm not really a pink polish kind of girl.  Sorry sister. 

Here she is blowing them dry.  She LOVES it!  Every time she looks down she says, "Look, pretty toes!".  

Oh how I love my sweet babies!

Friday, October 31, 2008

my tricky treaters

Our little pirate and kitty ready to get going!

They loved going house to house for the candy. Gibson always was polite with a, "Trick-or-treat" and, "Thank you!". Maya would always say thank you too, but usually started with, "I want some candy too!".
Finally headed home. They could hardly carry their bags. In fact, I was carrying Gibson's at this point.
Time to check out what we got.
Maya eating her fifth or sixth choice...skittles.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

say what girl?

Thanks so much to Marisa, who awarded me with this Kreativ blog award.

I definitely consider myself a creative person. I like to photograph, decorate, sew, craft, bake, etc. The big problem here is that I don't do it often enough! I always feel like I have a million ideas swirling around in my head with no way to get out. Maybe this little award will inspire me to get busy already.

So this award calls for you to list seven things about yourself under each heading, but like the other ladies, I will just list a few.

What I did before: I was a preschool teacher for several years, and then became a nanny. I loved my nanny job and my little sweetheart Drew. I miss him like crazy!

What I do now: I have the amazing privilege to be able to stay at home with our children. I also have begun homeschooling our children (preschool) and I love it! I like using my old lesson planning skills. It is a major task always striving to be a better wife, mother, teacher, cook, caretaker, nurse, discipliner, and playmate! Here's the thing: I love my life!

What I'd like to do: More of everything I listed above, and do it all better. Also be a photographer. I dream of having a really good camera :)

What attracts me to my husband: So many things! He is an inspiring leader, the best dad I've ever seen, lets me put my feet on his lap when we sit on the couch (can't say I do the same), gives wonderful hugs, makes me laugh more than anyone else, he is so wise (really wise), and he's very passionate about the things, and people he cares about. I love him more than anything on this earth!

Favorite foods: Pretty much everything that's bad for you: pasta, ice cream, breads of all shapes and kinds. It is hard to try all the time to not eat your favorite foods! My palate has expanded with age (I say that like I'm 60 or something) so I like a lot of healthy food now too.

What I say most often: Normal conversations: "Seriously", "You know what I mean?", "Whatev", "Yikes" Mommy talk: "Be nice to each other!", "Obey right away", "Obey without complaining or arguing", "Use words, not whines", "Listen to my words"

Pick 7 other bloggers to tag:

1. Rachel is such a wonderful mommy! And I know she will have to use even more creative skillz once baby number two arrives!

2. Kate is astounding. This girl is about to have 5 girls and handles it all with amazing grace and humor!

3. Jeni is so creative and has created her own successful business. They have such adorable things!

4. Amy is a fellow photography lover. She is so very talented!

5. Penelope is one of the first blogs I read about Ethiopian adoption. Not only does she share my heart for adoption, but is so great at being creative in ways to benefit her home and family.

6. Katie has a job where she gets to be creative, and also take some great pictures of her family and also sunrises :) Oh, and she's totally a poet.

7. Phil Definitely will not do this, but I had to tag him anyway. He is one of the most musically creative people I know!

So many other people could be added to this list, and many have already received this little award. Love you all!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

showing off his tattoos

We had to take some pictures of the white cast before it got wrapped

He picked green! It was a last minute decision, he was really leaning toward black for a while. I am happy with his choice, since it's my favorite color. Time for new tattoos!!!