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!