Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

We had a very blessed Christmas together!

Our Christmas Eve tradition, started when I was very young myself, is to eat at Red Lobster before or after church. Used to that that was the only place even open, which is how we started, but it became a family tradition we grew to cherish and I've continued with my kids.

All dressed up and ready to go...

BUT, then when we went out to the car to go... it was DEAD! DEAD battery... we were going no where! So instead we had a relaxing time at home. We cooked the meal we were going to make on Christmas, stayed dressed up and set the table, and had a wonderful meal together. Then we got into Christmas jammies and watched The Best Christmas Pageant Ever before going to sleep. Ahh....

Christmas morning dawned bright and early for this tired Santa! But the kids were SUPER excited!

Gifts were well received, with Thanks all around...

Grandma was a huge hit with the Happy Nappers she sent...

The American Girl PJs and slippers...

The snowboard...

The AA ballerina ornament Olivia got, And the other special special gifts.

It was a Christmas of "recycled" gifts from myself. We have a FB page locally that is like an online garage sale, and I found some AMAZING deals, like two "new to her" American Girl dolls and clothes...

This HUGE remote control car...

A Buzz Lightyear snuggie and Butterscotch the horse...

We didn't forget to take time to wish Jesus a very Happy Birthday either. Liam kept busting out singing to Him all day long which was so cute!

And later in the day some very special friends came over with dinner and a jump for the van!

It was a VERY special and blessed day! We hope yours was too!

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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

Macy - 5

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
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Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
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Little did I know that love could be so powerful
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Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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