Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Ready

We're getting ready to go ... Ready to head to FL to spend Christmas with my parents, and Ready for the house to go on the market when we return.

This is our last week of school before break. We get out on Friday at 2:30, are going to pick up Liam, have snacks ready in the car, and hit the highway for the drive to FL. I usually can make it easily in one shot on the way down (about 20 or so hours with stops!). We're staying until January 1st, yes New Years Day, and coming back. On the way back we'll stay at a hotel near Chattanooga to break up the drive - I'm usually BEAT going home! :) We're all looking forward to a nice, relaxing, OK, who am I kidding, crazy busy and fun FL vacation! :) We have some fun activities planned and I'm truly looking forward to my day after Christmas shopping extravaganza! It's my one day I get up super early, get a bagel from Einstein's (not sure if I'll do that this year or not), and wait in Target's parking lot for them to open so I can buy the kids' stocking stuffers for the NEXT Christmas! :) I love all their fun Christmas toys and such, and then I don't have to think about stocking stuffers! :) (Unless of course we were to add to our family before next year.) Then I travel to some other stores to check any deals, try not to spend more than what Santa has given me, and just relax (sans kids). :)

After we return our house will be going up for sale, so we've also been completing odds and ends around the house to be "ready." Now if it will only stay that way! :)

Off to finish some things and then bed for me!

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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!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

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