Monday, November 30, 2009


Sunday started off spending some time with my aunt and uncle. The kids LOVE helping to feed the barn cats...
and the horses...

Then after lunch we headed out to a community center for our family Christmas.
A different family "hosts" it each year and I'm hoping we can have it sometime once we move. The ones who hosted this year had some very cute things for the kids to do. First on the list was decorating gingerbread men ornaments out of foam. So cute!
Then it was on to decorating their own little gingerbread houses and two larger houses that were "community" projects. :)

Besides my three, the only other "kid" is my cousin's little girl who's going to be 2 in spring.

After that, they decorated gingerbread men and listened to the story of the Gingerbread Man. (Miss detail-oriented Olivia was still decorating!) :)

Then they ate their cookies. I LOVE this picture of Liam! Can you tell how very careful he was being to NOT get the cookie itself! He just wanted that hat! :)

Next was time for the adults to get in on the action. We usually do a game with dice and gifts, but this year played bingo. It was $10 to play two cards, kids played free, and a bingo netted you $5! :) Olivia was able to call bingo half the game and loved it!

Braeden and I each won one game for $5, but Olivia, even with calling half the games, won two and got $10!

They each got some wonderful gifts and had such a great time with family! They were VERY sad to leave! Olivia asked why our family was "split up." Meaning why did everyone live so far away. She was very upset about this. I explained that as people become adults they have to make choices on where to live based on their job, their spouse possibly, what they want to do in their spare time, where they want to live, etc. I also explained that just because we live in different places doesn't mean our family is split up and that we're still family. I think it just brings up all the stuff with her past and missing her brother! Just breaks my heart! But, one more reason to be sure to move back to the area! She said this morning she wishes we were moving today. :) Soon my dear, soon.
We really did have a wonderful weekend!


Holly said...

Sounds the pictures.
Hugs to you and yours,

Sara said...

Sounds like you have been having a lot of fun!!! Are you totally exhausted???? LOL

Oh, and I should send you the pic of me that looks exactly like your pic of you. This summer I had to jump in and save Noah in a hotel jacuzzi--all my clothes on an everything, jeans and a black shirt. hahaha. Things happen so fast. Glad everyone was okay.

Lisa said...

Hugs to both of you!

Sara, hilarious! I want to see it! :) LOL

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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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