Thursday, January 01, 2009

Random Vacation Shots

Here are a bunch of random shots I haven't used yet but I loved, and the stories behind some of them! :) Enjoy!

Our first morning here we went to Krispy Kreme for a special breakfast. Liam was loving the donuts, to say the least!!! :)

For some reason, I don't have as many of Olivia (maybe because the boys do more things that are just funny/off the wall!) so my goal today is to capture her image as much as possible, but here's one of her opening a Hannah Montana doll. (which she hasn't touched since this photo) :(

Liam's new buddy, now named Marley, which Grandma and Grandpa went overboard with! :)

Liam pretending to be Santa at a deli we went to (great free cheesecake if you order a complete meal!)

An early birthday gift from the grandparents for Liam (3 on the 30!)

Braeden at a mall play area. He was near me and I saw a woman just kind of watching him. I was thinking, "Oh no, what did he do???" She followed him with her eyes as he basically crawled (he was on all fours being a gorilla - he's obsessed with Donkey Kong right now from Mario Kart!), over to me. I was cringing inside wondering what she was doing. She asked me, "Is he yours?" I said, "Yes" thinking, WHAT HAPPENED? And she proceeded to say, "He is such a nice and polite boy!" :) So nice to hear!

Olivia ice skating at the mall near my parent's home.

New Aprons sent from my aunt and uncle!

Liam playing with Grandpa's hat. Though I've never actually seen Grandpa wear this...hmmmm...

Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney with Brandi and her kiddos. Brandi got to talking to a ?manager about adoption. I joined in and we discussed foster/adoption and single parenting. Then she brought out sets of My Little Pony stuff for the kids to play with and sent another employee to get sets of Mr. Potato Head things for the boys to play with. The two of them sat with our kids and we played there for at least 30minutes, it was priceless!

Brandi and kids at the aligator in front of Rainforest while we were looking for the new Dinosaur restaurant to meet up with our other blogging friend and her family.

Our friend Anne and her son. I finally captured him! :) He likes to turn his head and not get a photo! :)

Braeden and the onion which came out of a very large onion ring at Olivia's favorite restaurant - IHOP!

Two more from swimming

Braeden's Donkey Kong pose!

My mom and I took Liam to a great Mongolian grill. You pile your bowl full of raw meat and tons of veggies and hand it over for them to do up on the grill for you with whatever sauce you choose. It's wonderful, but not really for Olivia and Braeden, so Grandpa took them to a nearby McD's which had a great playplace!!! :) Liam loved the chopsticks!

Brandi... this one is all for you!!! (They are hitting the trash today!)


Great pictures!! We ate at IHOP 2 or 3 times on this trip. I love breakfast.

Jennifer said...

Why are you pitching the shirts?

Lisa said...

Actually, I'm probably NOT putting them there, It's just a joke with Brandi! If you read her blog, Living Freely, her Brayden wore one of these for their Festivus which is supposed to consist of the tackiest Christmas clothes they could find!!!! And my kids all have them!!! :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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